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Hip-Hop and Rap

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    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 >>

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    April 17, 2014
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    March 28, 2014

    The Top 10 Hip-Hop Groups in OC

    In our quest to further map out OC's hip-hop scene, we return with another playlist! As our two top 10 rappers and top five femcee features zeroed in on solo acts, the Weekly now turns it attention to Juice County crews. Before compiling the post, we were jokingly asked "Are there enough groups to m ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    The Top Ten Rappers in OC

    Underground hip-hop is alive and thriving in OC. Anyone who tells you different, isn't listening or paying close enough attention! Last week, the Weekly brought you the top five female rappers in OC. This week, we return with their top ten counterparts--no easy task with the wealth of active talent ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014
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    January 9, 2014
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    January 9, 2014
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    November 28, 2013

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    November 14, 2013

    OG Cuicide Takes His Shot At Redemption

    Darnell Price nearly killed himself 22 years ago. Now he raps about it

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    October 25, 2013

    Five Rare Ghostface Killah Songs You Haven't Heard

    On Sunday Night, lauded Wu-Tang MC Ghostface Killah takes the stage at the Yost Theater. Ghost has spent almost two decades being one of the most prolific MCs in the game. Unfortunately, many legal restrictions have kept some incredible work of his from seeing an official retail release. So, for th ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    The Best BET Hip-Hop Awards Tweets

    The breakdown: Hosted by Snoop Dogg, this year's BET Hip Hop Awards (randomly on a Tuesday) were filled with performances galore by rappers like French Montana, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Future, Yo Gotti, and even Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The kicker? They barely gave out awards. N ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 18, 2013

    In Honor of Xzibit's 39th Birthday, Our Six Favorite Mr. X-to-the-Z Moments

    Today, Wednesday September 18th, is everybody's favorite ride pimp Xzibit's 39th birthday. From his Alkaholiks affiliation to his time on MTV's Pimp My Ride through becoming the subject of one of the all time great internet memes, Mr. X-to-the-Z has brought us a bevy of entertainment over the the pa ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Music

    September 5, 2013

    DNA Project: Straight Outta OC

    How the sons of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre plan to write the next chapter of NWA's legacy in . . . Lake Forest?!

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    August 29, 2013

    Rapper G-Eazy's Style Stretches From the East Bay to the Dirty South

    If Monday night's show at the Observatory is any indication of what's to come, then fans who are heading to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Sunday for Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted Festival, they better braves the traffic and get there early. Why? G-Eazy, that's why. Born Gerald Gillum, the Bay ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

    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 >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Top Five Nirvana Samples in Hip-Hop

    Last week in our sister publication LA Weekly's West Coast Sound, I wrote a piece titled "Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana" about the shortcomings that Jay-Z exhibits in attempting to channel Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. That's not to say Kurt Cobain's work shoul ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Is Dr. Dre's Son's 'DNA' Album Destined to Become 'The Chronic' 2.0?

    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 >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Beat Out J.Coles 'Born Sinner' in First-Week Album Sales. But Was it Really the Better Album?

    Going head to head on hip-hop album release dates is nothing new for Kanye West. His September 11, 2007 Graduation album topped 50 Cent's Curtis in first week sales after a much publicized face-off where 50 Cent declared he would quit his solo recording career if he finished second. Unfortunately fo ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Greatest Hockey Moments

    Despite a long-lasting lockout that vivisected this season, hockey is hotter than ever as this year's Stanley Cup Finals have become the highest rated games in history. In anticipation of tonight's game six between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, we've assembled the five most memorable ... More >>

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    June 23, 2013

    Power 106 Powerhouse - Honda Center - June 22, 2013

    Power 106 Powerhouse Honda Center June 22, 2013 On Saturday night, thousands of hip-hop fans converged on Powerhouse--the yearly celebration of all things current in hip-hop and R&B courtesy of L.A.'s KPWR 105.9 FM. The lineup, headlined by R&B's ever-polarizing star Chris Brown, capped a bill teemi ... More >>

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    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 HipHop.com, 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

    June 17, 2013

    Geto Boys - The Observatory - June 16, 2013

    There appears to have been a plethora of older hip-hop acts rushing to play the Observatory in recent months. It has been as if a faucet directly connected to hip-hop's Golden Era has been jammed to flow at its fullest and Santa Ana is its intended place to dispense. Some of these returning artists ... More >>

  • Music

    June 13, 2013

    Willie D of the Geto Boys Is Rapping to Stay Relevant

    The Texan trio reprise its role as the vanguard of southern hip-hop

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    June 11, 2013

    The Top 10 Male Rappers of All Time

    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 >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Revisiting the February 23rd Club as The Roots Go Platinum

    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 >>

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    May 30, 2013
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    May 16, 2013

    Is Killer Mike the Perfect Link Between Dr. Dre and MLK?

    For Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, it has never been just about hip-hop. It has never been about preaching rhetoric over a beat. But his sharp-tongued lyrics and booming baritone carry enough ferocity to scare your social consciousness wide awake. It's a style that's both refreshingly informed and effo ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013
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    March 26, 2013

    Top Five Acts at Paid Dues 2013

    A few months into 2013 and we're less than a week away from the first big live hip-hop experience of the year. Last year was filled with immensely enjoyable shows all across Southern California, from Nas at Rock the Bells to Juicy J and ASAP Rocky at the Observatory. And, here we are, ready to start ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    The Wide World of Lil Wayne: A Tribute to his Talents

    Last weekend, the news of Lil Wayne's health issues gave us at the Weekly quite a shock. As longtime fans of Weezy, we were happy to hear as the conflicting reports subside that it sounds like he's going to pull through. Being that we seemingly came so close to losing him, what better time than now ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Method Man - The Observatory - March 3, 2013

    Method ManThe ObservatoryMarch 3, 2013Orange County's relationship with hip-hop is different than its Los Angeles neighbor. Whether it's Aesop Rock or ASAP Rocky, LA will come out in droves. Later in April, Aesop Rock will be performing at the Constellation Room, a small Observatory offshoot only ca ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Tim Dog's Top Five Most Outrageous Songs

    Longtime hip-hop fans were saddened last week to hear of the passing of Bronx rapper Tim Dog. Always brash and entertaining, his cult classic 1991 album Penicillin On Wax and legendary feud with N.W.A. made him one of hip-hop's all time most memorable personas. The world was reminded of his greatnes ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2013

    DNA: The Second Generation. Curtis Young, E3 and Lil Eazy-E Are Straight Outta OC

    The sons of Dr. Dre and Eazy-E re-imagine the sounds of West Coast rap from behind the Orange Curtain

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    February 12, 2013

    Our Mardi Gras Phat Tuesday Playlist

    That's right folks, it's Mardi Gras. The day before Lent kicks off with the solemn Ash Wednesday where absurdly excessive partying hits its absolute peak. Of course, whether you're a Catholic or not, Fat Tuesday is a fantastic excuse to cut loose and have the absolute most fun one can have on a Tues ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Tales From the Trap: Behind the Scenes of Gucci Mane's Early Recording Process

    Picture this. It's the mid 2000's, and the south has been steadily drawing out the blueprint for street music in the 21st century. Records in Young Jeezy's early canon such as Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 and T.I.'s Trap Muzik have all but literally set in stone the commandments ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2013

    Will Carjacking Charges Derail Kadillak Kaz's Hip-Hop Career?

    With a deal with Snoop Dogg in the works, the rapper was about to hit hip-hop heaven. Now he faces decades behind bars. But is he guilty?

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    February 7, 2013

    Local Rapper Kadillak Kaz Faces Three Strikes After Nearly Signing a Deal With Snoop Dogg

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Cutthroat Boyz (Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, Vince Staples) - The Roxy - January 16, 2013

    Cutthroat BoyzThe RoxyJanuary 16, 2013Since the drop of his EP Chipper Jones Vol. 1 this past summer, Long Beach rapper Joey Fatts has been quickly spreading his strain of hybridized street-hop across the Internet and from his roots on our YG & TDE loving West Coast to the Action Brons ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Tommy Gun Tunes: A Playlist for Gangstas and Gangsters

    Today, the highly anticipated gangster movie Gangster Squad hits theaters. The film, which will hopefully usher in a resurgence in classic gangster period pieces, promises that classic shoot 'em up action with a sleek new style. Of course, in honor of the occasion, we at the Weekly feel compelled to ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Five Hip-Hop Trends We Hope Will End in 2013

    2013 is surprisingly already off to a strong start. While years past have brought us a January where most artists recoup and regroup for the next 11 months, we've already had plenty of singles, videos and announcements looking to set the tone for 2013. We at the Weekly would like to get in on the ac ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Following Kurupt and DJ Nick Bean From L.A. Video Shoot to Anaheim Gangsta Party

    [Editor's note: Soon-to-be-award-winning gonzo music journalist Danielle Bacher prowls the late late night scene for West Coast Sound. For this installment, she hit the town with rapper Kurupt from Tha Dogg Pound and DJ Nik Bean, a West L.A.-based mixtape impresario who has worked with Snoop and Tha ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Five More Hip-Hop Holiday Renditions We Would Love to Hear

    If the sugar plum fairies dancing in your head this week have started to stop, drop, shut 'em down and open up shop, that's likely because they're still beaming from DMX's absolutely spellbinding cover of the children's Christmas classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." We at the Weekly consider th ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    How Rapper Aliso Black Plans to Hustle His Way to Paid Dues

    Aliso Black doesn't like to talk about the dues he's paid to his local hip-hop scene. He'd rather just show you the worn-out soles of his white, high-top Chucks, the armpit stains under his sweatshirt, or a car trunk full of mixtapes and show fliers. Then of course there's the swath of Google entrie ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Five Dead Rap Artists We Would Love To Hear More From

    There are few things in the music business as puzzling as the post-mortem release. Usually, when an artist we love expires, our first reaction is one of excitement to hear more from them. However, looking back at the history of such releases gives us an underwhelming selection of grave-robbing cash- ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2012

    Locally Grown Collective Grow Their Hip-Hop Roots

    [Locals Only] This dream team of young rappers cultivates a sound that resonates beyond OC

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