Wiz Khalifa The Observatory 10/24/14 A line of cars wrapped around the corner of Harbor Blvd. and smoke creeped out of cracked windows. A man held a black t-shirt between his hands with a graffiti like font reading "Wiz Khalifa." Pink wristbands wrapped around the wrists of those in line as a secur ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Slingin' CDs in all the wrong places . . .
As we come up on the 50th anniversary of the MFDP (Mississippit Freedom Democratic Party) and the Freedom Summer on top of finding ourselves in the midst of the Ferguson debacle, a situation that has disarmed the pundits claiming we live in a post-racial country. This musical highlight of the Black ... More >>
What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's ... More >>
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Tuesday, April 1 School Boy Q The Observatory Remember when Kendrick Lamar played the Glass House? And Kanye played the Galaxy? Maybe you should make it a point to go see Top Dawg/Black Hippy's Schoolboy Q--with ferocious Long B ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
How the sons of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre plan to write the next chapter of NWA's legacy in . . . Lake Forest?!
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 >>
By Patrick Montes Since the release of Kendrick Lamar's universally acclaimed album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, the Top Dawg Entertainment/Black Hippy crew has been dominating every wave of communication revolving around hip-hop. Whether it's a Kendrick Lamar single being played on Power 106 or an Ab-S ... More >>
Friday, May 3 Basscon The Yost Theater Friday night's alright for partying down, so make your way over to Santa Ana's historic Yost Theater for Basscon tonight. The Yost has been putting out great EDM and trance music nights for a while now, but Basscon looks like its going to be an intense night o ... More >>
An abundance of hoodies and the heavenly stench of pot dominated the crowd at the Observatory last night as the Chicago trap duo DJ J2K (born Josh Young) and Autobot (Curt Cameruci) better known as Flosstradamus unleashed their beats in Santa Ana as part of their Underground Nights US Tour. The boys ... More >>
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 >>
Monday, January 31New Year's Eve With Kendrick LamarThe ObservatoryLike Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet, Kendrick Lamar's self-explanatorily titled Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is about children lost to overmedication. A casualty of first-world comfort, Lamar raps of being strung out on pharmaceu ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny BrownOctober 27, 2012The ObservatoryTo finish up the California portion of the "LONGLIVEA$AP" tour, a show was lined up at our favorite Santa Ana spot, the Observatory. It was sold out several weeks in advance, so before we even entered the ind ... More >>
By the time the month of October is over, each member of California's rising rap quartet that flies under the banner of Top Dawg Entertainment and Black Hippy will have performed in or around Orange County. Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock are coming to play The Fox Theater in Pomona and School ... More >>
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 >>
See also: *Our complete Coachella coverageThe first weekend of Coachella: cold, damp, and wet. The second weekend of Coachella: hot, sultry, and steamy. Here are our scribes' picks for the best of what they saw on Friday, April 20 at Coachella.
by Molly BergenSee also: *Our complete Coachella coverage*James' Tim Booth on Coachella vs. LollapaloozaYesterday was 4/20. It was also Coachella. And so, the percentage of festival-goers who were stoned rose from a paltry 75 percent to a full 98 percent. (These estimates have a margin of error of ... More >>
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 >>
Kendrick LamarKendrick Lamar is a man after our own heart. After penning the honest, yet tragic "Keisha's Song (Her Pain)" song about women caught up in the cycle of prostitution, the Compton rapper follows up with a concert to benefit L.A.'s Downtown Women's Center and Project RISHI.
Rapper Game establishes his place in the hip-hop heirarchy with 'R.E.D. Album'
Name: Skeme Age: 21 Reppin: Inglewood, CA Where You Might Heard Him: Dom Kennedy's "Left Side, Right Side" or "Play On"; Kendrick Lamar's "I Do This [Remix]," Overdoz's "Don't Wanna Be Your Girlfriend," Mann's "Kickin it With the Lingo" Projects to Date: Pre Se ... More >>