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The Hidden Economics of Oakland's Rap Bohemia

Are these starving hip-hop artists in Oakland underdogs—or the 1 percent of the no-budget rap game?


Members of Oakland's bohemian rap scene, including Mike Melero, second from right in the back row, and Antwon Williams, center

In our weekly Hustlin' series, we go beyond the pitying articles about recession-era youth and illuminate ways our generation is coping. The last few years may have been a rude awakening, but we're surviving. Here's how.

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Why Millennials Want To Be Rich

We've heard the message loud and clear: If you don't want to be poor, you have to be rich.

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From Teacher to Writer: Why I'm Proud to Be Part of 'Generation Job-Hop'

After five years of teaching English, I traded in my classroom keys for bylines. And I've never been happier.

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In our weekly Hustlin' series, we go beyond the pitying articles about recession-era youth and illuminate ways our generation is coping. The last few years may have been a rude awakening, but we're surviving. Here's how.

Five months ago, I packed up my backpack, flicked off the lights, and locked up my classroom. After six years of trying to mold young minds and have my very own Freedom Writers moment, I closed the door one afternoon and never looked back.

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Hustlin': How to Apply for Food Stamps

An eye-opening journey through the world of EBT cards.

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Meet the Young, Black Entrepreneurs Remaking New Orleans

New Orleans' renaissance isn't just due to educated white kids. It's also thanks to young black professionals from around the country.

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Hustlin': Why We Need to Stop Obsessing Over What College Majors Make Us Rich

We get it, English majors are poor. But instead of following the money, shouldn't we be asking why our culture undervalues arts and humanities?

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