OC's hip-hop community was dealt a tragedy last week when Matt Hughes (known locally as rapper "Pocccets" a.k.a. "Vape Hollywood") was killed in a car crash on the eastbound 91 Fwy on the early morning of May 19. He was 29 years-old. The crash happened just west of Weir Canyon Rd. near a weigh stati ... More >>
Darnell Price nearly killed himself 22 years ago. Now he raps about it
The halo around the Big A at Angels Stadium has hardly been lit up this season--32 times to date--warranting lots of talk of an ousting of Mike Sciosia after 13 years as our skipper. Consequently, the discussion not being had is one of postseason projections and it's certain the Angels will have fro ... More >>
How the sons of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre plan to write the next chapter of NWA's legacy in . . . Lake Forest?!
You might recognize Long Beach native Jonathan McDaniel from his role back in the day on Disney Channel's That's So Raven (It's OK to admit that you watched it) or from one of his songs as recording artist "Lil' J" but these days, you're about to know him for something different all together. McDani ... More >>
Snoop Dogg Heat Ultra Lounge 5/29/13 SEE PHOTOS FROM SNOOP DOGG'S PERFORMANCE HEREWas I supposed to know Snoop Dogg's show last night at Heat Ultra Lounge was a DJ set and not a traditional performance or did I miss the memo? I mean, I sure as hell thought Tha Doggfather would be getting on the ... More >>
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?
We spend the night hanging with the rapper and his DJ
[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 >>
[Best Of 2012] The Muslim-radio pioneer's favorite things about Orange County
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 >>
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.
Toni Monroe may claim to be the "Biggest Bitch in the Game," but she's not what we'd classify as a bitch at all. She is a woman on a mission, and that mission is to go hard. Releasing Big Girl Cookies: First Batch on January 5, this West Coast native's mixtape features DJ Crazy Toones, Kurupt, a ... More >>
Ryan RitchieSnoop Dogg and Wiz KhalifaWiltern December 13, 2011 To use a tired party cliche, if you remember the Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa show last night at the Wiltern, you weren't there.I mean, seriously, was anyone not getting high? The answer is no.Wiz performed for about a half hour ... 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.
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 >>
Jacob Khan/OC WeeklyHappy Valentine's Day! Wondering what you may have missed this weekend? There were cougars galore at the Shark Club in Costa Mesa for the first Orange County Cougar Convention, Snoop Dogg rolled through Pomona for a performance at the Fox Theater, and one dog took the crown at ... More >>
Kurupt, a solo rapper and one half of Tha Dogg Pound, released an iTunes-only mix yesterday. It's called Tha Penagon, Vol. 1 and based on the track list, it's sounds very promising.Guests include B-Real (from Cypress Hill), Gail Gotti, Killah Priest, Roscoe, A Dub, Gillie Da Kid, Teknizzle, Nas and ... More >>
Last Night: "Quik's Groove" featuring DJ Quik and um...some other people. Friday Mar. 13 at The Grove of AnaheimBetter Than: Getting a flat tire in a bad neighborhood. Download: The new "Fuck Y'all" single by DJ QuikBetween the soft, melodic rise of string ensembles and the thumping energy of ... More >>
BY RYAN RITCHIELast Night: Snoop Dogg at the Glass House in Pomona, Dec. 26, 2008.Wanna know if you're old? Go see Snoop Dogg and ask yourself which category of fans you fall in to. You're either in a) the group of shaggy-haired teenagers who wouldn't mind if he played "Sensual Seduction" twice, or ... More >>
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