• Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    The Best Hip-Hop Stripper Anthems

    The allure of an exotic dancer can be irresistible, and nothing screams, "I want to make it last forever...or just for the night" like penning a song dedicated to the craft of poppin' that thang. Whether you make it rain with dollars or make it hail with quarters (cheap bastards), the sultry shaking ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    10 Reasons Urban Outfitters is Bad For Music

    By: Jonathan Patrick Urban Outfitters is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash-culture bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But, by and large, it's a beast we ourselves feed. Like creepers to a drug deal we lurch in, grab what we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Going for the Gold: Five 2012 Rap Songs To Inspire Our Olympic Team

    See Also:*Get It Together: 6 West Coast Posse Cuts For Your 4th of July Cookout *Did MTV Really Snub Waka Flocka Flame's Rapping Rooster?*Big K.R.I.T. Keeps His Beats Homemade and His Rhymes CountrySummer Olympics gather the greatest athletes in the world to perform at the absolute heights of human ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. Keeps His Beats Homemade and His Rhymes Country

    See Also: *Spaceghostpurrp is Here to ElevateMississippi native Big K.R.I.T.  makes it cool to be country, and it's not just because of the southern drawl in his voice, or the leaned back cadence splashed all over his discography.  The 25-year-old has a strong enough flow to please purists ... 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

    September 26, 2011

    Matt & Kim Stage Diving at a Venue Near You

    ​Matt & Kim are well-known for their high-energy shows and positive vibes, but their recordings and performances never preach or cloy. They're all smiles on stage, and even the most cynical of listeners can't help but feel propelled by their warmth and good feelings. Equipped with synthesizer ... 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

    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

    March 21, 2011

    Girl Talk at Fox Theater Friday Night

    Mary Bell/OC Weekly​Check out our slideshow here!Girl TalkMarch 19, 2011Fox TheaterGirl Talk's sold out show at the Fox Theater was one massive dance party, '90s MTV spring break style, with hundreds of college-aged kids grinding on each other and balloons and giant beach balls filled with confett ... More >>

  • Music

    March 17, 2011

    Girl Talk Is the Best at What He Does

    Audiences aren't sick of mash-ups yet, not when they're as sophisticated as Gregg Gillis' work

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    August 9, 2010

    What You Missed: U.S. Open of Surfing Finals, Weezer, Crawfish Festival, Maloof Money Cup, National Lifeguard Championships

    John Gilhooley/OC Weekly​What'd you miss this weekend? It was a long one for us, full of what Orange County has come be known for (partially, at least): Action sports! We celebrated Brett Simpson's (right) second win at the U.S. Open of Surfing, checked out Weezer and Hot Hot Heat's performances a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Local Bands Wax Nostalgic On Michael Jackson

    ​Friday marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and really, many fans are still reeling from losing the King of Pop. Fans are holding tributes and still milling to his grave.The Jackson family is unveiling a monument in Indiana. Everyone--from big stars such as Busta Rhymes and Lud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Was Obama An Extra In The Video For "Whoomp (There It Is?)"

    ​[via Gawker]The biggest thing on the Interwebz this weekend was a story going around that President Obama was in Tag Team's 1993 hit song "Whoomp (There It Is)." According to Gawker, the whole conspiracy theory has appeared everywhere, from the hip hop message board Tha Corner, the message board ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Release the Sounds: Juvenile, 'Cocky & Confident'

    ​It's an album title that pretty much speaks for itself. Although one would think that three years after the chart success of Juvenile's 2006 album Reality Check, the Crescent City rapper might attempt something a little more humble than Cocky & Confident (the title of his new record, out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Five Regrettable Music/Video Game Moments

    ​Motörhead are currently on tour (including a stop at the House of Blues in Anaheim), they also play a role in upcoming action/adventure game Brütal Legend, out next week on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (we got a chance to play it at Comic-Con this year, it's a fun, straight-forward beat 'em up wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Black Keys Hip Hop Project: Good Thing or Great Thing?

    James Carney​We may be a day or so behind on this one, but in a quest to find some ever-elusive liner note credits for Black Key's Thickfreakness album, we stumbled onto something a hundred times better. Up until now, things were staying pretty quiet on the whole "rap-rock" front, at least for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Jimmy Fallon: Savior of Hip Hop?

      For some reason, when ?uestlove announced in November that The Roots would cease touring and become the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, there was minor outrage. "Black Thought opening for Jimmy Fallon every night is the cultural equivalent of Miles Davis playing his horn on the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 25, 2009

    Jamie Foxx

    The Grove of Anaheim

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    The Vandals, Asher Roth, More Added to Bamboozle Left

    With less than a month to go before Bamboozle Left, a whole mess of new acts have been announced for the two day festival, set for April 4 and 5 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Pleasantly, a couple of the acts are even from Orange County--like punk legends the Vandals (on April 5) an ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    October 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Will Rappers Cost Obama the Election?

    Please, Plies, come out in support of Sarah Palin Young Jeezy's brief flirtation with John McCain on the set of Saturday Night Live aside, it's clear rappers favor Barack Obama by a wide margin in this election. (Check out this survey, for starters.) Though emcee after emcee has supported Obama wit ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
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    February 25, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part XI

    Dave Segal moved into Detroit Bar on both Friday and Saturday nights: "Free the Robots' thrilling [Friday] live show blew away Afrika Bambaataa's moldy DJ set. Local upstarts overshadowed a legend!" And on Sat, "DJs Josh One, Hyder, James Pants and Peanut Butter Wolf spun loads of great hip-hop cuts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2008

    Live Review: Ludacris on 02/23

    Review, video and photos by Patrick Chavis. Ludacris, Pacific Division Walter Pyramid, Cal State University Long Beach February 23, 2008 A night of protests, hos and intellectual conversation in the LBC: isn’t that what hip-hop’s all about? The opening act—Pacific Division from Palmdale, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 2/23

    REGGAE CRUISE, 7 p.m. For all the Reggae-loving bredren. Star Party Cruises, 140 Marine Dr. Alamitos Bay Long Beach CLUB RUBBER, 8 p.m. Celebrating their 12-year anniversary. Galaxy Concert Theater, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd. Santa Ana LUDACRIS, 8 p.m. And for extra entertainment: a protest outside. Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2008
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    November 15, 2007

    Career Killah

    Is Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface as Dumb as He Sometimes Acts?

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2007

    Usher Gets Weird (At Least His Producer Does)

    Usher is rather fond of Dat Girl Right There. I never thought the day would come that I'd gush over an Usher track. But “Dat Girl Right There” (who hasn't had similar complex thoughts?) featuring Ludacris and produced by Rich Harrison is amazing—sonically anyway. The electronic backing is omi ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    Fo' Sizzle!

    Summer concerts/festivals to heat the beat

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Indie Vs. Major: Who's Got the Flavor

    Urban music in 2006 was typified by what it wasnt as much as what it was

  • Film

    June 22, 2006

    Slam Dunk

    How the story of a high school basketball team ended up much more

  • Unknown

    June 30, 2005

    Oh, Dread

    Nightlife and more: June 30-July 7

  • Film

    May 5, 2005

    Space Race

    The territorial imperative in Crash

  • Music

    February 17, 2005
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    January 13, 2005
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    June 24, 2004

    College Admissions

    Take the Kanye West aptitude test