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 >>
By: Jessica Hopper
[Editor's Note: Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for te ... More >>
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 >>
Editor's note: Here's the debut post from our new scribe Ali Lerman. She digs the OC Locals Only scene and is an open-minded music lover whose tastes range from Eddie Money to DJ Quik.Cat Party's Ryan Nichols will pull your chainFor a local band, Costa Mesa's Cat Party doesn't really fit into the ty ... More >>
Kool Keith is a man of many mysteries, many personalities and, of course, many surprises. Since the twilight years of hip hop's Golden Era, Keith (aka Black Elvis, aka Dr. Octagon) has held the torch for rappers who dare to be different, and a little eccentric. You'll definitely get a taste of th ... More >>
Last Night: The Faint, Kool Keith, Passion Pit at the Grove of Anaheim, Nov. 3, 2008.
Better Than: "The Jagermeister Music Tour" with Hinder, Trapt and Revelation Theory at the Grove the night before. Well, I'm sort of guessing, but I feel pretty confident. (How great is it that those bands are s ... More >>
Del, in his more bizarre days.
[We didn’t have space in the paper to run this feature by Ben Westhoff, but we think it’s worth posting on Heard Mentality in advance of West Coast underground-rap luminary Del’s appearance Wed. Feb. 20 at the Vault 350.]
Richmond, California emcee Del The Fu ... More >>
Chuck D: Give this man a Classic Rap radio program, stat!
Way back in 1991, I made a prediction that the airwaves would be saturated with Classic Rap Radio by the late '90s/early '00s. That sparkling future obviously hasn't come to pass. Although there are a few such stations on the 'Net (here and ... More >>