Danny Brown

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    After Almost Dying, Aston Matthews Became a Rapper

    At the age of 18, Lakewood rapper Aston Matthews was barely a legal adult. Yet, it was at this age that his life was forcibly set on the course he is now on. On an otherwise normal night out partying, the kind of evening that for Matthews at worst resulted in passing out from too much liquor, ended ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The Five Must-See Acts of Rock the Bells 2013

    In a very recent interview with the Press Enterprise, Guerilla Union/Rock the Bells boss Chang Weisberg said "I think all of the acts on this bill are making a contribution to the fabric of hip-hop culture in their own unique ways." And, though it may sound like the usual pre-show pump-up a head-pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    I'm a 40-Year-Old White Guy Trying to Have a Rap Career. Is the World Ready For A$AP Fogey?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Rock The Bells To Feature "Virtual Performances" of Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E

    Last night, this year's lineup for the 10th annual Rock The Bells show in San Bernardino was announced and there seems to be a little bit for every type of hip-hop fan out there. The big news is that after last year's Tupac hologram sighting at Coachella, Rock The Bells is going to double that with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Long Beach Rapper Joey Fatts Releases 'Choppa' with ASAP Rocky and Danny Brown

    If we are to take what rappers rap about even somewhat seriously, then rising Long Beach artist Joey Fatts is, like he says, "Michael Vick with clips." That's easily one of the most violent football references we've heard an emcee spit all year, and judging by the block-battering sound of Fatts' new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Sean Price - The Constellation Room - March 14, 2013

    Sean PriceThe Constellation RoomMarch 14, 2013Hip-hop needs its animated characters, and we're not speaking about cartoon cameos. The genre started out as a mean-mugging form of music that promoted a street stalker's mentality, so it's necessary to have those who can push aside some of the genre's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts Get Graphic on New Track, "Nina"

    Lakewood rapper/gun-enthusiast Aston Matthews and Long Beach's new hope Joey Fatts (two-thirds of the Cutthroat Boyz) link up once again for their brand new record, "My Nina." And no, this is not a sentimental track with someone waxing poetic about their sweet, kind-hearted "Nina," this is an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Lineup Announced

    The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived! At around 8:30 tonight, the Coachella lineup was announced and as usual, it contains some interesting names. Headliners have a heavy dose of rock including The Stone Roses (!!!) and Blur Friday, Phoenix on Saturday, with the Sunday night he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    The Top Five Rappers We'd Like To See At Coachella This Year

    It's the dawn of a new year, which for those of us who love music means a whole new year of live shows and another Coachella. Speaking a bit more specifically, it means another period of buzz surrounding possible Coachella lineups, rumors, definite answers, and photoshopped posters. This list is non ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Pacific Air Keep Their Pop Above the Clouds—and Indie Trends

    Brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon steer clear of attempts to let hype overshadow their minimalist sounds

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown - The Observatory - October 27, 2012

    ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny BrownOctober 27, 2012The ObservatoryTo finish up the California portion of the "LONGLIVEA$AP" tour, a show was lined up at our favorite Santa Ana spot, the Observatory. It was sold out several weeks in advance, so before we even entered the ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    The Five Essential Top Dawg Entertainment Tracks

    By the time the month of October is over, each member of California's rising rap quartet that flies under the banner of Top Dawg Entertainment and Black Hippy will have performed in or around Orange County. Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock are coming to play The Fox Theater in Pomona and School ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Smokeout 2012 at NOS Events Center, March 3, 2012

    ​Smokeout 2012 NOS Events CenterMarch 3, 2012Guerilla Union threw another successful festival in Cypress Hill's Smokeout 2012. The all day mind opening experience showcased a unique lineup with a wide variety of talented artists including hip-hop, heavy metal, dubstep, experimental, reggae and ele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival 2012 Announces Final Lineup

    ​New things are happening at Cypress Hill's Smokeout Fest this year: One, Cypress Hill and Rusko are performing together. Two, there's going to be a Low End Theory stage--yes, LA's most famous experimental hip-hop and electronic music night that Thom Yorke frequents when he's in town. Three, Wol ... More >>