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 >>
How the sons of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre plan to write the next chapter of NWA's legacy in . . . Lake Forest?!
The Long Beach Funk Fest has become a great tradition in downtown Long Beach. Over the last four years, immense respect has been paid to the pioneers of funk who essentially laid the groundwork for the wealth of hip-hop and soul that followed in its wake. Without many of these performers, we would b ... More >>
The latest contribution of the Dr. Dre's lineage to West Coast hip-hop continues to write itself in lily-white Lake Forest. We know, it'll take people a while to get used to hearing that. Maybe you never will. But to feel that way is to deny the indo-smoking inventiveness laced inside the beats that ... More >>
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 >>
Wicked Babydoll is coming into her own as a Chicana on the mic. The 23-year-old rapper originally from Los Angeles has three mixtapes to her name with the latest, Words of the Wicked (download here), showcasing her impassioned delivery and hard time rhymes. The collection, laced with dope beats, fea ... More >>
For the past 18 years, faithful readers of the OC Weekly have counted on our music section for the continuous cycle of sniffing out the local albums. It goes something like this: We search for them (yeah, we get a shit ton in the mail too), we listen to them, separate the wheat from the chaff, remin ... More >>
The sons of Dr. Dre and Eazy-E re-imagine the sounds of West Coast rap from behind the Orange Curtain
It's not often that tales from OC's hip-hop scene grace the cover of the Weekly. But when it involves a local gangster rapper, a three strike prison sentence and Snoop Dogg (er, Lion...whatever) you best believe we're on the case. This week's cover story highlights the jailhouse saga of Kadillak Kaz ... More >>
Maybe it was the fact that we had to sit in downtown rush-hour Los Angeles traffic before we got to the Grammy Museum. But probably, it was the fact that we pressed through such a long, shitty day because the light at the end of the tunnel was the knowledge that after trying for so many damn years, ... More >>
As many of you know by now, Tupac performed at this year's edition of Coachella via hologram. When he appeared, the much-intoxicated crowd did not know what to do. It was as if Tupac had died and rose again (to many conspiracy theorists, that was a literal take). Now that we know how Dr. Dre and AV ... More >>
Ali LermanDJ Quik, Suga Free, Flesh-N-BoneDecember 16th, 2011City National Grove of Anaheim If you think the crowd at a DJ Quik concert in 2011 will bring out an audience full of O.G. fans, think again. Friday night's DJ Quik show at the City National Grove of Anaheim brought out an all ages cro ... More >>
Kevin ScanlonDJ Quik (aka David Blake) started making great music in the early '90s, and has been pumping out hits ever since. But Quik's been controversial over the years and has gone through his share of highs and lows. Now, though, he seems more confident in his skill than ever, which only ... More >>
Nadastrom: Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom While Redbull and Converse have worked tirelessly over the last couple years to support new independent music, Scion has proved committed to supporting ultra-niche artists from subgenres like grindcore, dubstep and moombahton by taking on a label-like role ... More >>
It's been two years since rapper/actor Ice Cube first announced plans to produce a film recounting his days as a member of gangsta rap group NWA. There's finally some news about the oft-delayed film. Director John Singleton (of Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious and the upcoming Taylor Lautner-starring Ab ... More >>
Welcome to Tweets From the Park!, where we round up the best, funniest and most irreverent tweets from Disneyland Resort for your reading pleasure. Follow us on Twitter @OCWeekly!SpinelliSays: I wanna go to Disneyland & do Hoodrat shit. Kick Mickey in his ass, & fuck Princess Jasmine.
While it doesn't happen too much anymore these days, the hip-hop world has been known to put out a holiday album or two--and sometimes the too-bright cheerfulness of Christmas carols pairs up extra nicely with the often humorous and/or the sometimes, uh, adult content of the lyrics.After th ... More >>
If you don't know why this glorious portrait of revered West Coast rap legends was picked for flier of the week...you betta' ask somebody.
I've been a Sirius Satellite subscriber (hello alliteration) since the night before Howard Stern broadcast his first censorship-free show. But in that time, I've come to love certain aspects of the other channels and have recommended this product to everyone from friends to my parents.Sirius and XM, ... More >>
Does 1996 qualify as "old-school?" If not, let's just say it does, with the classic cut "Tha Crossroads" from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. At the time, I believe this was the most expensive hip-hop video ever made -- one that's surprisingly bling-free. No one ever said re-animating Eazy-E with a ghostly CG ... More >>
The album that launched Left Coast gangsta rap into white suburban consciousness and mainstream culture, N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, will be reissued Dec. 4 with a bonus live track and covers by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Snoop Dogg and C-Murder, Mack 10, and WC to anticipate its 20th anniversary. M ... More >>
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