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Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Legendary Vibraphone Player Roy Ayers On Being One Of The Most Sampled Artist in Hip-Hop

    Roy Ayers​A music veteran whose legacy stretches from jazz to hip-hop, Roy Ayers is a legendary vibraphonist who, after a career in jazz, shifted to funk, R&B and even a bit of disco. His résumé includes collaborations with Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, the soundtrack to the Jack Hill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Five Reasons We're Going to Miss the World Famous VIP Records in Long Beach, and Why You Should Try to Save It

    ​In mid-September, store owner Kelvin Anderson announced that the World Famous VIP Records in Long Beach announced the end of an era. He said that the store, which was made famous by Snoop Dogg and was considered a landmark of the famed West Coast rap sound in the '90s, will fold by the end of Oct ... 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

    September 19, 2011

    Mos Def and Talib Kweli to Perform at the House of Blues Anaheim as Black Star

    ​We bear good news for people who aren't fans of driving out to San Bernardino for shows! Mos Def and Talib Kweli, who performed their stellar set Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star at the hip-hop festival this summer, are currently touring the album, and will be at the House of Blues in Ana ... More >>

  • Music

    September 1, 2011

    Game On

    Rapper Game establishes his place in the hip-hop heirarchy with 'R.E.D. Album'

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2011

    Kendrick Lamar

    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    R.I.P. Jeff Porcaro: Five of the Legendary Toto Drummer's Best Songs and How They've Been Sampled, on the 19th Anniversary of his Death

    ​People say that even without Toto, Jeff Porcaro would've cemented his place in music history because of the high caliber of his drumming. It's said to have defined much of the music produced in the late '70s and '80s. Born into a musical family, he toured and/or recorded with Sonny and Cher as a ... 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

    July 20, 2011

    Wu-Tang Clan Regroups for 'Legendary Weapons'

    ​The constant question surrounding every new Wu-Tang Clan album is whether the "Slums of Shaolin" MCs are still "nothin' to fuck wit." The deep imprint of Wu members was felt on Kanye West's ultra-hyped My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy letting hip-hop heads know where they stood among the newcome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Lil Wayne Rips Apart Kreayshawn's 'Gucci Gucci' on His New Mixtape

    ​When our sister publication LA Weekly reported that Lil Wayne finally dropped his mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait and freestyled over white chick rapper du jour Kreayshawn's Gucci Gucci in a track by "Lil Tunechi," I got a little, well, nervous.Haters may diss Kreayshawn's one-hit wonder of a song as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Top Five Asian-American Rappers

    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 >>

  • Film

    July 7, 2011

    Members of the Tribe

    Michael Rapaport observes the vibe and checks out the scenario

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Top Five Rappers in Movies

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Top Five Worst Black Rappers Ever

    ​I bet seeing Chuck D's photo below the headline "Top Five Worst Black Rappers Ever" almost made you shit your shorts, huh? Believe me, I love Chuck D. I just put him up there to grab your attention.Remember when I wrote this post about the top five worst white rappers ever? And then remember how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part II)

    ​Yesterday, we published the first part of an interview with Jared Ball, author of I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto, where the "Funkinest Journalist" talks about the politics of hip-hop and popular culture. Read the first part of the interview with Jared Ball here; in this second installment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part I)

    ​ As I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto pays homage in title to a series of articles written by the late freedom fighter Steve Biko, Dr. Jared A. Ball's first book declares hip-hop's mixtape as a principle means by which to "fight the power." Provocative in his analysis, the "Funkinest Journal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Top Five Worst White Rappers Ever

    ​Nope, not MC Serch of 3rd Bass (as seen above)! His image from the early '90s is just a perfect representation of all things white rap: horrible haircut; worse glasses; shaved eyebrow; laughable jewelry; Jewish.Picking the top five worst white rappers is like picking the top five smelliest turds. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Dexter Isaac, New York Inmate, Says He Shot Tupac Shakur in 1994

    ​Nearly 15 years after the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, a Brooklyn prisoner named Dexter Isaac is reportedly claiming he shot Shakur two years prior during a robbery in New York City.Isaac, who is currently serving a life sentence in New York for unrelated crimes, confessed to AllHipHop.com that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Seven Rap Songs about Eating Well

    Buff Love aka The Human Beat Box​Last week, the USDA introduced a new symbol for healthy eating to replace the decades-old food pyramid long considered ineffectual. The new graphic, called "MyPlate," replaces the pyramid with a plate-shaped pie chart demonstrating the importance of making fruits a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Lil Jon

    ​Take some "shots, shots, shots, shots" and get crunk with Lil Jon this Sunday at Sutra, when the DJ representing Atlanta makes an appearance. Lil Jon paved his way to fame with hip-hop group, The Eastside Boyz and the song "Get Low" (which became so popular even Sandra Bullock paid a tribute to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Five Things You Want to Know About Akon

    ​Akon's been pretty busy lately--touring all over the world (he's was in India, Oregon and good old Cali), starting two labels (Konvict Muzic and Kon Live Distribution), collaborating with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Dr. Dre and prepping for his new album in the fall. The Grammy-nominated artist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Rock the Bells 2011: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Cypress Hill and Black Star Performing Whole Albums

    ​This year's hip-hop festival Rock the Bells pushes something Pitchfork and ATP has tried before to the hilt: Nine of its headlining acts will perform their groundbreaking albums in full. The one everyone will be frothing at the mouth to hear? The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Ms. Lauryn herself. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2011

    Atmosphere

    Fox Theatre Pomona

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Top Five Hip-hop Stoner Anthems, Interpreted

    ​Stoners and hip-hop go together like weed and paper. But did you know that there's a lesson to be learned from many hip-hop songs about sweet mary jane? It's virtually Ganja Smoking 101 set to music...read on and get schooled.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Is a Sober Lil Wayne a Good Thing?

    ​Little Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or return to prison. And, by all accounts, he's kept kosher. 

 And yet something doesn't quite sit right. For the man who once composed a lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Warren G Releases Nate Dogg Tribute

    ​ Last month, we saw Warren G break down in tears at Nate Dogg's funeral. Nate Dogg, who died March 15, grew up with Warren G. Along with Snoop Dogg, they formed rap group 213 and became known as the architects of the West Coast rap sound. Warren G's biggest hit, "Regulate," had Nate Dogg on vocal ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 31, 2011

    Talib Kweli

    Detroit Bar

  • Music

    March 31, 2011

    LBC Remembers Nate Dogg

    [Mental Notes] Snoop, Warren G pay tribute in semiprivate affair

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Friends, Family and Fans Mourn Nate Dogg

    Lilledeshan Bose/OC Weekly​A somber send off for Nate Dogg ended at 4 p.m. today in Long Beach. His wake, held at the New Hope Baptist Church, was attended by friends, family and fans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The church was where Nate Dogg (real name Nathaniel Hale) got his musical start by s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Wild Flag, Wu-Tang, Erykah Badu and Yelawolf: What Went Down at the Village Voice/Frank 151 SXSW Party

    Shannon Cottrell/Houston PressWu-Tang Clan​Village Voice/Frank 151 SXSW PartyMarch17, 2011Austin Music Hall Of course you wish you were there. According to Houston Press, the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and Frank 151 Showdown at SXSW  was one of the festival's most anticipate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    [UPDATED] Nate Dogg Passes Away at 41

    Nate Dogg, 1969-2011.​UPDATE, MARCH 16, 8:24 P.M.: According to TMZ, the family of Nate Dogg believes his cause of death was complications from previous strokes he had suffered. Nate Dogg's friend and manager, Rod McGrew, tells TMZ not only was the death unexpected, but that the musician had "cogn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Remembering Nate Dogg: Tweets and Tracks From Collaborators 50 Cent, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, the Game, Xzibit and Daz Dillinger

    ​Long Beach native Nate Dogg passed away last night, and although he had been battling serious health problems after suffering from a massive stroke in December 2007 (he was left paralysed on one side of his body and was then struck by a second stroke in September 2008), the news was a shock to ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Why is Lil Wayne a Genius? We Explain His Appeal (Plus, His New Video for 'Six Foot Seven Foot!')

    www.myspace.com/lilwayne​Lil Wayne is a genius, and not simply because he spends seven days a week in the studio, recording some of the most lyrically intricate, metaphor-laced verses in the history of the rap game off the top of his head, no pen, no pad. 

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    "Merry Christmas, Motherfuckers!": Seven Favorite Hip-Hop Holiday Songs

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2010

    Vox Merger

    DiPiazza's

  • Music

    December 9, 2010

    Hit the Eastside of the LBC

    Snoop Dogg's Long Beach hits close to home

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Too $hort at the Grove

    ​Just in case you didn't know that Too $hort had a dollar sign in his name waaaaaay before Ke$ha was even a zygote in her Auto Tuning producer's eye, we're giving away a LOT of tickets to Too $hort's concert at the Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, December 11. The rapper formerly known as Todd Anth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    New Hip-Hop Album Says Leonard Peltier Got a Bad Rap

    ​While many of us were helping ourselves to servings of turkey, stuffing and other offerings of the annual feast last Thursday, jailed American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier continued to serve time on consecutive life sentences. Peltier has spent more than three decades imprisoned fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    With So Much Drama in the LBC: Snoop Dogg's Long Beach

    Illustration by Luke McGarrySnoop Dogg's LBC​Snoop Dogg's 11th studio album, Doggumentary Music, is due out in March 2011, so-called because, as he said in a statement, "this is my life and I want to share my music, and my process of making it, with the fans."(Speaking of sharing music, Snoop Dogg ... More >>

  • Music

    November 18, 2010

    DJ Quik Turning His Back on Hip-Hop?

    Hip-Hop vet says he wants to transcend the genre that made him famous

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Los Aldeanos Concert in Miami Provokes Political Debate

    ​Cuban hip-hop was given an international profile 10 years ago by Orishas, the talented group  who made a name for themselves and the genre after releasing the album A Lo Cubano from their new home in France. Since then, the duo Los Aldeanos has been the rising recognizable face of the youth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    'Fiasco Friday' Turns into Victory March as 'Lasers' Gets a Release Date!

    www.lupefiasco.com​A week before a legion of Lupe Fiasco loyalists planned to descend on Atlantic Records in protest, the rapper finally reached an agreement with his label on a release date for his third album, Lasers. The long-completed and long-awaited project from the Grammy-award winning rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Rock the Bells Festival at NOS Over the Weekend

    Doug Neill/OC WeeklySnoop Dogg​Check out our Rock the Bells slideshow here!Rock the Bells Festival August 21, 2010 NOS Event Center Scorching heat, swarming crowds, parking gridlock, inefficient management, and borderline incompetent staffing didn't stop Southern California from "rocking th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Five Questions with the Rapper for Las Mujeres, Ms. Krazie

    ​When America Ochoa immigrated to the United States from her native Michoacan, Mexico, she, like many others, eventually settled in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. Before ever coming to the States, however, she developed an interest in music and awakened to the possibilities of Mexican ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Record Review: Rick Ross, 'Teflon Don'

    ​Borrowing the nickname of iconic crime boss John Gotti, Rick Ross' newest effort employs an Escalade-full of gaudy, bone-rattling beats to remind us exactly how hard he's shining with his latest album, Teflon Don (out today on Def Jam).

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Where Is Lupe Fiasco's Lasers?

    www.myspace.com/lupefiasco​Critically acclaimed and Grammy-award winning rapper Lupe Fiasco awoke today to growing fan support demanding a release date from Atlantic Records for his completed album "Lasers." The album, whose title is a backronym for "Love Always Shines, Everyone Remember 2 Smile, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Powerhouse 2010 at the Honda Center

    ​Fueled by sets from hip-hop's biggest money makers, Power House 2010--presented by Power 106 FM-- delivered a massive, beer-soaked night club radiating with radio gloss, left-field surprises, Laker pride and a touch of 90s nostalgia. Drawing crowds that nearly sold out Anaheim's Honda Center on S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Rock The Bells: Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest Added To Lineup

    ​[via MTV] Why, Urb Was Right After All: When they announced that Lauryn Hill was going to be performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety last month, then were proven wrong when the lineup was announced and there was no Fugees lead singer in sight.  Instead, only Wu-Tang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Crunkmeister Lil' Jon Deejays At Sutra Lounge

    www.myspace.com/liljon​Ghetto rap auteur Lil' Jon is holding his CD release party at Sutra Lounge tonight for his new album Crunk Rock. He's performing a live DJ set--no electric guitar crossover, unfortunately--but you will be able to herald the coming of his album with him at midnight.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Rock The Bells 2010: No Lauryn Hill, But Guess Who's Performing?

    www.lauryn-hill.com​Yesterday, Urb.com called it: Lauryn Hill would be performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety at Guerilla Union's veritable hip-hop fest, Rock the Bells. When the lineup was announced at the Key Club in Hollywood last night, Rock the Bells announced  ot ... More >>

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