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 >>
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 >>
Buff Love aka The Human Beat BoxLast week, the USDA introduced a new symbol for healthy eating to replace the decades-old food pyramid long considered ineffectual. The new graphic, called "MyPlate," replaces the pyramid with a plate-shaped pie chart demonstrating the importance of making fruits a ... More >>
A 25-track disc comprised of beats made by the late J Dilla is "dropping" (that's hip-hop for "being released") June 2 on Nature Sounds. Dilla was a much-heralded producer who gained fame in the late '80s with the group Slum Village. Many credit him for helping to place Detroit on the hip-hop map, b ... More >>
Last Night: MC Chris, Totally Michael and Sirah at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Oct. 21, 2008.
Better Than: All three of the "Star Wars" prequels. Sorry, "Revenge of the Sith" apologists.
Download: Totally Michael's self-titled debut, released last week and on iTunes.
MC Chris isn't a fan of the "n ... More >>
The talent-heavy hip-hop festival Rock the Bells (which we previewed here) will now take place at Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen Saturday, Aug. 11.
Performers include Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and MF Doom.
All tickets for the originally scheduled National Orange Show Events Center will be hon ... More >>