Subject:

Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Top Five Essential No Limit Soldier Tracks

    With yesterday being Veteran's Day, we at the Weekly were reminded of how the late 90s wouldn't have been the same without the contributions of Master P's No Limit Soldiers. From their beginnings in California through their rise to national prominence with some of New Orleans' finest, No Limit Recor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Asher Roth: Frat-Rapper Turned Hip-Hop Nostradamus

    Tonight, rapper Asher Roth plays the Yost Theater. In the almost-four years since his single "I Love College" propelled him into regular radio rotation, he and his legacy have gone under a particularly curious metamorphosis. Like him or not, his celebration of the white-stoner millennial lifestyle w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Five Porn Stars Who've Attempted Music Careers

    Earlier this week we examined both hip-hop artists who would make interesting adult film stars as well as rap stars who've actually attempted creating their own erotica. As shocking as that was, would you believe that plenty of porn's biggest names have actually attempted to crossover into music as ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    Sound Asylum Put Spotlight on the 'New West'

    OC's hip-hop elite join forces to bring some shine to their scene at a new quarterly event

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    Sami Matar, Music Man

    [Best Of 2012] The Muslim-radio pioneer's favorite things about Orange County

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    How 'The Cypher Effect' Has Changed the Local Underground Hip-Hop Scene

    In his dedication to the culture, Jorge Soria had been involved for many years on the local Los Angeles scene helping hip-hop artists by doing promotions, putting shows together and recording music all before taking a break. He returned last year offering his skills in music video production when an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    GZA, Killer Mike - The Observatory - September 28, 2012

    GZA, Killer MikeThe ObservatorySeptember 28, 2012It is said that the  third time's the charm, and after  two less-than-stellar performances here in Orange County, we were betting on a third round sweep from Wu-Tang esteemed patriarch the GZA. The last couple times h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Kanye West and 50 Cent's 9/11/07 Album Showdown Revisited

    See Also:*Five Unexpected Cover Songs From the Insane Clown Posse*Five Artists (Besides Lil Wayne) Who Think New York Sucks*Kai: Street Artist Painted Kanye and Eminen How They Act--Like Medieval Kings Believe it or not, at one point Kanye West was considered an underdog. Before we were watching the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Top Five Acts You Can't Miss at Rock The Bells

    See Also*Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup Announced*Juicy J, Smoke DZA, Joey Badass, Fat Trel - The Observatory - 8/4/12*House of Campaign: Five Rap Songs Looking for Your Vote The twilight of the summer festival circuit is fast approaching, and hip-hop's foray into all the sweaty, sometimes expensive act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    House of Campaign - Five Rap Songs Looking For Your Vote

    See Also: *Going for the Gold: Five 2012 Rap Songs To Inspire Our Olympic Team *Get It Together: 6 West Coast Posse Cuts For Your 4th of July Cookout *Did MTV Really Snub Waka Flocka Flame's Rapping Rooster? With the new Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis movie The Campaign opening tomorrow (oh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Juicy J, Smoke DZA, Joey Badass, Fat Trel - The Observatory - 8/4/12

    See Also*Did MTV Really Snub Waka Flocka Flame's Rapping Rooster?*Big K.R.I.T. Keeps His Beats Homemade and His Rhymes Country*Slaine Opens Up About New La Coka Nostra Record, Friendship w/ DJ Premier and La Coka Nostra Without EverlastThe lineup the Smoker's Club tour at the Observatory read like a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T.

    The Observatory

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012

    Fat Joe

    Observatory

  • Calendar

    July 5, 2012

    Wax Wednesdays

    Detroit Bar

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012

    Action Bronson

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup Announced

    Last night, the folks at Guerilla Union announced the lineup and dates for Rock the Bells 2012 and a couple new surprises to its format.In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Coachella's decision to clone itself, this year's Rock the Bells will be expanding its lineup to two co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Top Ten Rap Albums For People Who Don't Know Shit About Hip-Hop

    Our good friends over at LA Weekly ran a post today recommending ten rap albums for people whose knowledge of the genre is limited to Kanye West -- and only then because Obama called him an asshole for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. Naturally, the comments section has exploded with " ... 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 27, 2012

    Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots Panel Discussion - Grammy Museum - 4/26/12

    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 >>

  • 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

    April 18, 2012

    Lowkey, UK-based Rebel Rapper, Calls it Quits

    Lowkey's approach to hip-hop was always professorial and politicized. His critically acclaimed independently released double-album Soundtrack to the Struggle last year was layered with lyrical lectures and skits sampling luminaries like Tariq Ali. It was, then, as surprising as it was fitting that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac's Hologram at Coachella, April 15, 2012

    See also:*Tupac's Hologram: How It Was Done*Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs*Coachella: Five Signs You're An Aging Hipster*Radiohead at Coachella: No Alarms and No SurprisesDr Dre and Snoop DoggCoachellaApril 15, 2012Headlining on Coachella's Sunday night is a tough slot to fill -- by that ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2012

    Dom Kennedy

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Tyga at The Observatory, March 29, 2012

    ​TygaThe ObservatoryMarch 28, 2012 Warning: This review contains explicit language, and your children should not read this--too bad you let them attend this concert.If you were at the Observatory to see Tyga perform at his sold-out show, you heard a lot--and I mean a lot--of  "Rack City," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Dr. Dre To Produce A Film and 5 Other Rappers To Work In Film

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW Coverage Ahead

    "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    The Notorious B.I.G.: 15 Years Later His Music Enjoys 'Life After Death'

    ​Canibus offered his opinion that "the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th" on "Second Round Knockout." For hip-hop heads, the day has been forever etched in stone as Christopher 'The Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace was fatally gunned down on Los Angeles in 1997. Hard to believe, but this day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Lil Wayne's New Shoe Line: Will it Suffer the Same Fate as These Companies?

    ​Today, Lil Wayne announced his latest foray into the fashion business with the announcement of his yet-to-be named shoe company. Weezy has had success with his Trukfit brand streetwear brand and getting into sneakers seems to be the logical progression for the New Orleans-bred rapper. Just to rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    5 Reasons DJ Quik and Sugafree Can Come Back To Orange County Any Day

    Last Saturday night the Galaxy Theatre held the most eclectic party in Orange County by hosting the legendary DJ Quik and Pomona-based rapper Sugafree. The soldout show invited a crowd of all ethnicities and cultures to the rappers show and some even climbed on stage and booty-bounced while the rapp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Happy Birthday J Dilla: Must-Hear J Dilla Track No. 4

    ​Had he not passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, beloved hip-hop producer J Dilla would have turned 38 years young Tuesday. Although his official cause of death is cardiac arrest, Dilla suffered from a rare blood disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.In honor of J Dilla's birthday, his pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Must-Hear J Dilla Track No. 3: 'Mash'

    ​Had he not passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, beloved hip-hop producer J Dilla would have turned 38 years young Tuesday. In honor of J Dilla's birthday, his passing (Dilla suffered from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, although is official cause of death is cardiac arrest) and his awesomeness, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Must-Hear J Dilla Track No. 2: 'Reckless Driving'

    ​Had he not passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, beloved hip-hop producer J Dilla would have turned 38 years young yesterday. In honor of J Dilla's birthday, his passing (Dilla suffered from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, although is official cause of death is cardiac arrest) and his awesomeness, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Happy Birthday J Dilla! Commemorate With A Must-Hear Soundtrack

    ​Had he not passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, beloved hip-hop producer J Dilla would have turned 38 years young today. Not the household name of say a Dr. Dre, Timbaland or Jermaine Dupri, the man born James Dewitt Yancey was -- and remains -- an underground hip-hop icon thanks to his work with De La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Eight Worst Hip Hop Collaborations

    ​Last week, Cypress Hill released their single "Roll It, Light It" with  dubstep sensation Rusko,  and it wasn't pretty. This is not what hip-hop needed. With rap trending on a horrible downward spiral, we thought it would be a good time to name our eight worst hip-hop collaborations.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Wu-Tang Clan Last Night at the Grove

    ​Wu-Tang Clan City National Grove of Anaheim Jan. 18, 2012Even without Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Wu-Tang Clan at the City National Grove of Anaheim last night was nothing short of spectacular. The C.R.E.A.M. Team showed Orange County what real east coast hip hop looks and sounds like, with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Remember Wu-Tang Clan's Terrible Video Game? We Do

    ​​In order to broach the subject of musicians appearing in video games, we're legally obligated to mention Rock Band and Guitar Hero in the first sentence, so there. Putting aside those big franchises, several other games have featured musicians in increasingly unusual capacities. Both The Beatl ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2012

    Wu Tang Clan

    City National Grove of Anaheim

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Damizza On Being in the Music Biz and His New Book, Guilty by Association

    ​ Damion Young, aka Damizza, has done it all. He started in radio when he was 12 and his drive, passion, and ambition launched one of the most interesting and diverse careers in the music industry. He's worked with legendary greats like Michael and Janet Jackson, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Tupac, Bigg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Top Five White Trash Rap Anthems

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2011

    Kreayshawn at the Observatory Last Night

    ​Kreayshawn The Observatory Dec. 30, 2011 Having been to more shows than I can count in 2011, last night's Kreayshawn gig at the Observatory in Santa Ana was definitely was one of my most eagerly anticipated of the year. With all the hype (both good and bad) that surrounded the pint-sized rapper, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 29, 2011

    Kreayshawn

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Top 10 Most Annoying Songs Of 2011

    ​As I mentioned once before, there's a shitload of really, really bad and annoying music out there. The music released in 2011 is no exception (No hate to Kreayshawn, but "Gucci Gucci," anyone?). Whether it's overexposure, repetition, or just a terrible melody, each of the songs below are some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Black Star: We Break Down Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Brilliance

    ​Hip-hop's history might be strewn with many more notable groups than duos, but time and time again, a couple of guys are able to come together and blow everyone to smithereens. So many great twofers have existed in rap: Eric B. & Rakim, Outkast, Blackalicious, Atmosphere, and Gang Starr. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Jay-Z and Kanye West at Staples Center Last Night

    Christopher Victorio​Jay-Z and Kanye West Staples Center December 11, 2011 From the Givenchy-designed gold cover to lyrics dripping with foreign luxury brand references like "Hublot" and "Margiela" to the video in which they chop up a $350,000 Maybach for giggles, Jay-Z and Kanye West's albu ... 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

    November 28, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco: 'These Ain't Bars, This is Barbarity!'

    ​ When I first downloaded Lupe Fiasco's free Friend of the People mixtape on Thanksgiving, I had no clue what to expect. Like many fans of the rapper these days, everything new that he does comes with the preoccupation as to whether the music industry will clamp down and restrain his genius. The i ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Big Sean, Now Really Big

    The Detroit rapper lives the dream on his debut album

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2011

    Big Boi

    Galaxy

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Fat Joe to Rappers: 'Come Out Of The Closet'

    ​ Fat Joe says it's time for gay rappers to come out of the closet. "Hip-hop is the greatest gay market in the world," he told VLAD TV. "So why wouldn't a guy come out and say, 'I'm gay,' and go with that kind of love?" Fat Joe asks.

  • More >>
Loading...