• Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Funniest Tweets From the American Music Awards 2014

    Pitbull took the reins with hosting duties for the 2014 American Music Awards and not to be rude (Haha, J/K), he did a better job with his performance with Ne-Yo. There were however plenty of acts to watch this year thankfully. Well, kinda. There was Iggy Azalea giving possibly one of the worst appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Locals Only: Common Kings Are Royals

    Common Kings are poised for a major breakout. They just came off a tour with Justin Timberlake--13 dates across Australia and New Zealand--and for their debut LP, Hits and Mrs. (due mid-January), they're in the studio with a team of A-list producers that includes Timberlake's longtime co-songwriter/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    For Rapper Hopsin, Winning Fans Is Easy. Everything Else Is Hard

    By Rebecca Haithcoat Hopsin ran away in January. Deeply depressed, he was on tour in Fort Collins, Colorado, when he decided he couldn't perform that night. Other rappers might booze it up, pop a Xanax or bed groupies to cope. But Hopsin doesn't drink, do drugs or cheat on his girlfriend. His only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Army of the Pharaohs - The Observatory - October 22, 2014

    By: David Garcia Army Of The Pharaohs The Observatory 10/22/14 On October 22, fans of underground hip-hop had a very rare opportunity to catch Philadelphia's Army Of The Pharaohs live at The Observatory in Santa Ana. What one would assume to be a quiet Wednesday night was quite the opposite once i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Five Things We Learned From the 1999 Source Awards

    This month marks 15 years since The 1999 Source Awards were broadcast nationwide on UPN. While at first glance it may seem inconsequential to note the anniversary of yet another award show, these particular Source Awards were a landmark event for many reasons. Recorded at Los Angeles' Pantages Theat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    These Musical Moments Deserve an MTV Movie Award

    It's time to break out the golden popcorn as the 2014 MTV Movie Awards are here! This Sunday's live broadcast, hosted by Conan O'Brien, looks to continue the show's 22-year-long tradition of being cinema's least predictable night. With the first show, where Terminator 2: Judgment Day swept the categ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    World Star Hip-Hop's Founder Tells Us Which Web Videos Are Too Vulgar, Even For His Site

    Lee "Q" O'Denat, founder of World Star, is an unlikely figure in the canon of modern hip-hop success stories. The reserved, 40 year-old Hollis,Queens native of Haitian descent is probably one of the first and most controversial examples of hip-hop's ability to create moguls out of tech wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Top Five Kris Kross Moments From the 90s

    For millions of us who have fond memories of coming of age in the 90s, the news of Kris Kross' "Mac Daddy" Chris Kelly's passing Wednesday night at age 34 was particularly troubling. But along with being one-half of the duo behind the infectious double platinum single "Jump" off the quadruple platin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Meet Wicked Baby Doll: OC's Newest Hip-Hop Outlaw

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Kai: Street Artist Painted Kanye West and Eminem How They Act -- Like Medieval Kings

    Much like rock stars and supermodels, hip hop and street art have a long history that spans decades. And never before has the relationship between street art and hip hop had more of a literal representation than with the soon-to-be-unveiled "Now Royalty" collection by Los Angeles-based street artist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    The Best Of Coachella: Sunday, April 22, 2012

    See also: Our Complete Coachella CoverageBy the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    The Top Five Songs That Have Won An Academy Award

    ​For those of you who don't know or don't care, this Sunday night is the biggest night in film: the 84th Academy Awards show. Personally, I could care less about the show, but for argument's sake, I enjoy tuning in and seeing who is the recipient of the Best Original Song award. There have been so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Five Most Skewed Moments In Grammy History

    ​This Sunday night, the Grammy Awards will once again be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 54th version promises to be an eventful night with confirmed performers like The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, the night promises to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Yelawolf Punched a Guy Onstage at the Observatory Last Friday: Watch the Video

    ​You wish you were there too when Yelawolf--Eminem's Alabama-raised protege--strutted up and down the Observatory's stage rocking dirty ass overalls. Things got heated while Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" was playing; a concertgoer jumped onstage, got past security, and tackled down the rappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #5 - #1

    Stop grinning. Your album sucks. ​See also: The Ten Most Disappointing Albums of 2011: #10 - #6 5. Jane's Addiction The Great Escape Artist There was no way Perry Farrell and company were going to shock the world with another Ritual lo Habitual. That much we knew -- if for no other reason t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Happy Birthday Nintendo! Top Five Weird Hip-Hop Songs With 'Nintendo' In The Lyrics

    sgs_1019/Flickr​Nintendo was founded as a multinational corporation in Japan 122 year go. Today the company is one of the most powerful in the gaming industry--well recognized both in and out of gaming circles. And the hip hop industry--with its proclivity to name-drop brands -- has been dicing N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Best Musician Deaths in MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch

    ​Celebrity Deathmatch was a very fulfilling television show. There were the cheesy yet humorous puns from commentators Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond, the marathons during the Super Bowl and the satisfaction of seeing celebrities you love to hate get maimed in hilarious ways. In honor of MTV's birt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Kreayshawn Gets Nominated Best New Artist at the VMAs--and Other WTF Moments This Year

    ​I've never agreed with any award-giving body on who gets nominated or gets awards for best this or that, but this year's VMAs are akin to the year Milli Vanilli won Grammys over the Indigo Girls. (The fact that I date myself by remembering this hoopla means I'm really mystified by what's going on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Watch Bonnaroo from Home

    Musical festival season is in full swing, and that means you're either already on a plane to attend this weekend's Bonnaroo Music Festival or staying at home and wishing you were there. This year, the likes of Eminem, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant and Lil Wayne are part of the star-studded lineup in Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Yelawolf at Detroit Bar

    ​After releasing Trunk Muzik 0-60 (Interscope) last year, Michael Wayne Atha, a.k.a. Yelawolf, has been receiving a lot of appreciation within the hip-hop crowd. He collaborated with Big Boi on the OutKast MC's solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, and was signed to Eminem's l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Avenged Sevenfold's 'Nightmare' Goes to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    ​Billboard reports that Huntington Beach natives Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare debuted at No. 1. It's the band's first No. 1 album, and it bumped down Eminem's Recovery, which spent five weeks at No. 1. It's also Avenged Sevenfold's highest charting record; its 2007 debut peaked at No. 4. 

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    It's A Bush Reunion...In Fontana!

    ​Bush, now most famous for being the band whose lead singer is Gwen Stefani's husband, just announced its first live show in eight years. They'll be performing at Epicenter Twenty Ten, taking place in Fontana, California, on September 25 and 26. I guess it's not as glamorous (or played out) as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Five Songs That Get Comedian Heather McDonald In The Mood

    ​Although Heather McDonald has a steady gig as a writer and producer of E!'s show Chelsea Lately (where she does a spot-on mimic of celebs such as Drew Barrymore, Celine Dion, The  Kardashians, Amy Winehouse, Renee Zellweger, The Octomom, and various Real Housewives), she hasn't stopped doi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2010

    Lil Wayne to be Sentenced Monday (?), His Video with Eminem Scheduled for March 11; Guru Recovering, Danger Mouse Album Ready for Release

    "I am doing fine and I am recovering! I'm weak though," rapper Guru, who went into a coma after suffering heart attack over the weekend, tells Mouse (Brian Burton) and EMI reach agreement to officially release the heavily leaked Dark Night of the Soul album due out last May.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Playlist: Songs for OC's Worst Neighbor, Octomom

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Five Regrettable Music/Video Game Moments

    ​Motörhead are currently on tour (including a stop at the House of Blues in Anaheim), they also play a role in upcoming action/adventure game Brütal Legend, out next week on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (we got a chance to play it at Comic-Con this year, it's a fun, straight-forward beat 'em up wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2009

    Last Saturday: KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Andrew YoussefLast Night: KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater; Saturday May 16, 2009. (More pictures here.)Better Than: Wango Tango.Download: Videos from the day at KROQ Weenie Roast is typically full of surprises. With Blink 182 reuniting the night prior at a private ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Listen to the Band: Dusty Angel and the Have Nots

     Don't be alarmed folks. Despite his crazed outward demeanor on stage, or in the photo to your left, Dusty Angel is really just a nice, approachable guy. In fact, if you are a musician and happen to peddle your sonic wares in the belly of Downtown Long Beach, then chances are you actually have ... More >>

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Snap to It

    WEB EXCLUSIVE!: Comeback kids, rhymin Limeys and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2006

    U Shoulda Seen Him On Billboard!

    Abstract Workshop's flagship rapper Jud Nester debuts magic track "U Shoulda Seen Her On Myspace" at #4 (!) on this week's Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart way above other new singles by Young Jeezy (#17) and Eminem/50 Cent/Lloyd Banks/Cashis (#26) and Fat Joe (#36)! Plus Jud comes ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 25, 2005

    Aural Alchemy

    Mr. Karaoke makes stars of its cast

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Bo$$ Dogg

    Is Snoop selling out or just selling?

  • Unknown

    July 21, 2005
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    July 21, 2005


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  • Culture

    January 13, 2005

    On a Clear Day

    From Christopher Shinns On the Mountain, Sophocles wavers in the distance

  • Music

    June 5, 2003
  • Culture

    February 20, 2003
  • Features

    September 26, 2002

    What Do Profs Want?

    The starving student

  • Food

    June 13, 2002

    Looks Good, Tastes Great

    Same old new Memphis

  • Features

    May 30, 2002

    War! Huh?

    Welcome to the summer of love at a theater near you

  • Film

    March 14, 2002

    All That Scratchings Making Me Bitch

    Scratch barely scratches the surface

  • Unknown

    January 24, 2002
  • Culture

    July 19, 2001

    By Any Means Necessary

    Finding new, free music without Napster

  • Unknown

    April 26, 2001
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    February 8, 2001
  • Music

    October 12, 2000


    Pudgy, once-cute teen idols invade Cerritos!

  • Music

    September 21, 2000
  • Music

    August 31, 2000

    Who Murdered Music?

    A Buddy Seigal music manifesto

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Big Respect

    The Up in Smoke tour means hip-hops all grown upand safe

  • Columns

    January 27, 2000
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