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Andre Benjamin

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2014

    Outkast's Do-Over Recaptures the Spirit of '99

    Last weekend was supposed to mark the return of the gangster when Andre 3000 and Big Boi played the first of 40 festival shows to mark the duo's 20th anniversary. However, things didn't go according to script. Many fans were turned off, even worse, bored by their set. How was this possible, many in ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    10 Rappers Who Have Changed Their Names

    Rappers are often quick to change the names we've grown accustomed to. Religion and maturity usually account for the swap, but sometimes, like in Diddy's case, the change is completely unfounded. In many cases, however, the name change has happened before the artist has blown up. Here are 10 rappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Capital Cities Almost Signed a Deal With Rick Ross, Worked With Andre 3000

    In our print feature this week, we caught up with Los Angeles' Capital Cities who have been flying up the pop charts on the strength of their hit single "Safe and Sound." Ahead of tonight's sold out show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, we decided to share a few interesting tidbits that didn't make ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

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  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s Most Memorable Samples

    Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day where we celebrate the birth and countless contributions the good Reverend Doctor made in the name of civil rights and equality in this country. Among Dr. King's most memorable works were his inspiring speeches. It's easy to forget that in a pre-internet/mass med ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    The Top Five Post-Break-Up Rap Debuts

    With the release this week of rapper Big Boi's sophomore album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, we're reminded of how truly great his 2010 solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty truly was. It's rare that a rapper hits a home-run when making their first effort as a solo artist fol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Lil Wayne's New Shoe Line: Will it Suffer the Same Fate as These Companies?

    ​Today, Lil Wayne announced his latest foray into the fashion business with the announcement of his yet-to-be named shoe company. Weezy has had success with his Trukfit brand streetwear brand and getting into sneakers seems to be the logical progression for the New Orleans-bred rapper. Just to rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Blue Ivy Carter and Other Obscure Hip-Hop/R&B Child Names

    ​For those of you not in the know, or not near a TV or Internet this weekend, it finally happened: Jay-Z and Beyoncé gave birth to what is soon to be the most famous heir in hip-hop history: Blue Ivy Carter. Young Blue's middle name allegedly is for her mom and pop's birthdays (both being on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Ten Vegetarian Musicians with an Open Invite to My House for Thanksgiving Dinner

    ​I gotta be honest: I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving.On the one hand, it's my vegetarian anniversary. I gave up meat on Thanksgiving 1997, which, for all you math failures, means this year marks the 14th Thanksgiving in a row since I've eaten meat. For that, I am excited and proud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Steve Aoki Talks About Pacific Festival: OC and How Growing Up in Conservative OC Turned Him into a Hipster Icon

    ​Steve Aoki grew up in Newport Beach in the '80s and '90s, and he says growing up in a very conservative, white part of Orange County definitely "turned me into the person that I am." Aoki took solace in Orange County's hardcore punk scene and immersed himself in music. Fifteen years after moving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods, Part II

    ​Tanya Petrovna is the chef and owner of Native Foods. Her ever-expanding vegan eatery started out in Palm Springs in 1994, but we in OC know her best from her restaurant at The Camp, which is housed inside a yurt. She has two other restaurants in OC, not all of them in yurts, but serving the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    InDELible: An Interview with Del the Funky Homosapien

    Del, in his more bizarre days. [We didn’t have space in the paper to run this feature by Ben Westhoff, but we think it’s worth posting on Heard Mentality in advance of West Coast underground-rap luminary Del’s appearance Wed. Feb. 20 at the Vault 350.] Richmond, California emcee Del The Fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008

    A Bloggy Valentine: 20 Songs About Love

    By Jeff Shaw at our sister paper, Citypages. Love is a many-splendored thing and all, but it's also dependent upon a relationship's context -- and so is the associated music. You don't want Al Green's "Let's Get Married" to stream through the car speakers during your third date, you don't want your ... More >>

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