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 >>
By: Mac McCann Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions or to provoke a visceral response in listeners or say something about a particular issue or for the shock itself. Sometimes, they're presented as true story warnings, as in Bushwick ... More >>
By: David Thorpe Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodie ... More >>
This month came the somewhat surprising news that, 14 years after its release, The Roots' album Things Fall Apart has finally gone platinum. An album whose reputation as the group's most critically acclaimed has made it the go-to entry point for new fans as their popularity has grown, it's still kin ... More >>
Sharon Barragan has a soft spot for white rappers--so sue her. While often derided as novelties who rarely last in the hip-hop game, there's something about these artists and their anglo flow that the comedienne can't stay away from. Since the dawn of the 90s, there's been quite a few that have mad ... More >>
Yesterday, we at the Weekly highlighted which hip-hop artists we thought would make for the most absurd adult film stars. But in an example of real life being much, much stranger than fiction, the list of rap artists who've actually tried their hand at pornography is even more startling. While many ... More >>
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Though this isn't his first rodeo in film (he's acted before), legendary hip-hop impresario Dr. Dre will be a producer on the upcoming horror/thriller film, Thaw. How this affects his Chinese Democracy-esque album Detox remains to be seen, but in the interim, this is likely to be the latest proje ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>
For those of who you don't know, Monday marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Black Water Dragon. 2012 should bring happiness and success. The year is also favorable for the establishment of family, birth a smart and healthy children. During this period we sho ... More >>
As Eminem's protege, the Alabama-raised Yelawolf is the latest rapper to tap into a niche you could politely call white trash rap. His debut album on Shady Records, Radioactive, openly embraces his less-than-classy roots, with brags about his body being totally tatted up, rocking "dirty ass jeans ... More >>
Last month, OC Weekly's Justin Shady created a list of the Top Five Worst Black Rappers and Top Five Worst White Rappers. The following is a list of five Asian-American rappers or rap groups who have found moderate to great success in crossing the color line of hip-hop. Like the two previous lists, ... More >>
Making it big on the big screen is rough. Judging by the forgettable attempts by the cast of Friends--sans Jennifer Aniston, whose most memorable roles involve playing some semi-neurotic version of herself in intellectually-gutted rom coms--transitioning to movies isn't made any easier through su ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklySurprisingly, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire won album of the year for the 53 Grammy Awards last night. Shocked? We are, too. They beat out Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster, Eminem's Recovery and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. The Grammys seemed to get ... More >>
Myspace.comWTF:To Eminem fans everywhere, I apologize for socking it to him frequently as of late, but today he's once again made himself the perfect clay pigeon for my editorial buck shot. According to Spin.com, the great white ???? is set to star in a new film.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyEminem, nominated for 'Recovery'WTF:Despite the fact that the way the world listens to music has changed radically over the past decade, the Grammys ostensibly continue to reward bands based on a model en vogue 50 years ago. This year's list of nominees reflects that ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyEminem at Epicenter 2010 September 25, 2010Auto Club SpeedwayThe Show: Though he sang about the vilest of things on the Slim Shady LP, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Eminem's early work. His machine gun delivery coupled with razor sharp wit boos ... More >>
Amber Boggs Twenty years ago, post-punk band Concrete Blonde surprised the world by taking mainstream America with their top 20 radio hit "Joey." Although the band has, according to mercurial singer Johnette Napolitano, "officially retired," die-hard fans (myself included) rejoiced when news brok ... More >>
"Tony [Kanal] and Gwen [Stefani] are rocking the synth. Our little studio is warm and candlelit, above the glowing city," Tweets No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont.Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake and Blink-182's Travis Barker "in a special performance ... added to stellar Grammy lineup!" reads the Tweet. Hope ... More >>
The past year produced plenty of quality music but you wouldn't know it perusing the Nielsen SoundScan's sales tallies, which landed in my inbox today. Other than Kings of Leon, Jay-Z (who probably would serve his legacy best by re-retiring) and Eminem, whose best album, The Slim Shady LP, came ... More >>
La Habra freak show Nadya "Octomom" Suleman closed out 2009 as the nation's least desirable neighbor. Now, that's impressive. I spent the past decade blasting music and screaming to friends--we thought we were talking--at all hours of the night and what did I get? Nothing. No award. No mention ... More >>
The White Stripes unveil trailer--click above--for upcoming tour doc Under Great White Northern Lights and release new song "Let's Shake Hands."Long Beach-based Cold War Kids talk to Billboard about new EP Behave Yourself. It drops January 19 but we have been totally rocking it out for the past ... More >>
A lot of things have changed since that publicity photo of D12 was taken--most notably, the death of group member Proof in 2006, not long after finally hitting the mainstream with the goofy-fun video for "My Band." But the hip-hop crew consisting of Eminem and his long-time pals from Detroit--surviv ... More >>
Despite some conflicting reports on the matter, Weezer is coming to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine with Blink-182 (pictured) on Sept. 17, as confirmed today by Live Nation. This is, of course, the first Blink-182 tour since their 2005 breakup, which led to largely uninspiring projects l ... More >>
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