Notorious B.I.G.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Army of the Pharaohs - The Observatory - October 22, 2014

    By: David Garcia Army Of The Pharaohs The Observatory 10/22/14 On October 22, fans of underground hip-hop had a very rare opportunity to catch Philadelphia's Army Of The Pharaohs live at The Observatory in Santa Ana. What one would assume to be a quiet Wednesday night was quite the opposite once i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    July 24, 2013

    Papa - Constellation Room - July 24, 2013

    Papa Constellation Room 7/24/13 If there's one thing Papa's good at (for the record, the band's good at a bunch of stuff), it's riling up a crowd, and that was evident last night at the Constellation Room. Their OC fan base, which was much younger than I would have expected, began to go bonkers as s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    The Top 10 Male Rappers of All Time

    By: David Thorpe Since the birth of hip-hop, male rappers have been bringing their unique viewpoint to the art of rhyme. Today, we're shining some long overdue light on their important contributions to rap. We're proud to present our list of the 10 finest male rappers, from the smoking-hot hardbodie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Youngblood Hawke - The Observatory - May 21, 2013

    Youngblood Hawke The Observatory 5/21/13 It's been a turbulent 10 years for Sam Martin and Simon Katz. Together, the two saw their former project, Iglu & Hartly, rise to moderate success and then crumble before their eyes. But when one door closes another opens up, and for the longtime friends the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2013

    Record Store Day: Here Are The Must Haves That Should Be On Your List

    For record collectors everywhere (including this one), this Saturday is their Christmas. Yep, Record Store Day is here once again. Beginning in 2008, the event celebrates independent record stores with the release (and re-release in some cases) of super rare, limited edition (or out of print) albums ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Unlikely Songbird Joey Diaz Gets Up Every Morning and Tweets Random-Ass Music From His iPod

    Joey "CoCo" Diaz isn't really the guy you'd expect to go around singing songs in public. But we'll be damned if he doesn't post them on Twitter. Every day, the hefty, foul-mouthed comic wakes up his followers with a blast of noise, whether it's Tool or 2Pac. It's the kind of ritual that proves there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    On the Line: Alexandra LittleJohn of Green Bliss/Cafecito Organico, Part Two

    On the Line ladies are too few and far between, so spending time with Alexandra was a treat. A musically inclined orator with a depth of knowledge in Native American history, she also kicks back domino hustling or hiking some unique LA trails.Read our interview with Alexandra LittleJohn of Green Bli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Star Slinger Talks New Album, Remembers Notorious B.I.G.

    Darren Williams' life as polymath producer Star Slinger is a series of genre-defying leaps and bounds. One day, he's working on a track for Stunnaman and Lil B, the next he's producing R&B, and somehow, before night falls, he manages to churn out a collaboration with Bay Area club rap weirdo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Cazwell - Velvet Lounge - 5/18/12

    New York-based rapper Cazwell performed at the Velvet Lounge in Santa Ana for about 300 fans Friday night, unzipping a bundle of up-tempo, electro club beats and sex-laden lyrics dripping with demands for us to to suck it, lick it, jerk it get the idea. The club rapper's unabashed sassiness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    Best of Coachella: Saturday, April 21, 2012

    See also: Our complete Coachella coverage See also: *Our complete Coachella coverage*James' Tim Booth on Coachella vs. LollapaloozaSaturday at Coachella meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, some nasty partying and a little r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2012

    Coachella: Let's Talk About Weed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    The Notorious B.I.G.: 15 Years Later His Music Enjoys 'Life After Death'

    ​Canibus offered his opinion that "the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th" on "Second Round Knockout." For hip-hop heads, the day has been forever etched in stone as Christopher 'The Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace was fatally gunned down on Los Angeles in 1997. Hard to believe, but this day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Six Songs with the F Word in the Title for Valentine's Day

    ​Ladies, I've got a secret for you: Men don't like Valentine's Day. I mean, we just got over the pressure of the holidays and now we're expected to come up with more gifts to show our love and appreciation. And do we ever get it right? Of course not. We're guys and we suck.But we know if we play o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Black Star: We Break Down Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Brilliance

    ​Hip-hop's history might be strewn with many more notable groups than duos, but time and time again, a couple of guys are able to come together and blow everyone to smithereens. So many great twofers have existed in rap: Eric B. & Rakim, Outkast, Blackalicious, Atmosphere, and Gang Starr. ... More >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Big Sean, Now Really Big

    The Detroit rapper lives the dream on his debut album

  • 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 >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Faces Eviction

    [Mental Notes] Plus: Introducing the softer side of Rob Zombie, and NYC inmate says he shot Tupac

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Dexter Isaac, New York Inmate, Says He Shot Tupac Shakur in 1994

    ​Nearly 15 years after the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, a Brooklyn prisoner named Dexter Isaac is reportedly claiming he shot Shakur two years prior during a robbery in New York City.Isaac, who is currently serving a life sentence in New York for unrelated crimes, confessed to that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    They Call Him Flipper, Killer ... Or, a Dolphin Gang Attack with a Porpoise

    ​One of the street gangs in West Side Story was the Sharks, but those dancing fancy boys are pussies compared to the real-life Dolphins.Seemingly random acts of violence by bottlenose dolphins on porpoises have been reported in the Pacific Ocean off California. And recent marine mammal research co ... More >>

  • Film

    May 12, 2011

    Life for Sale

    Will Ferrell, down and out, in 'Everything Must Go'

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    [UPDATED Further Details About Murder Investigation from KCBS] Notorious B.I.G. Murder Case Reopened​UPDATE, 4 A.M.,Feb. 14: On CBS 2 News at 11 after the Grammy broadcast last night, KCBS featured a report on the newly-hot Wallace murder. Former LAPD robbery/homicide detective Russell Poole claims that he has a jailhouse source implicating both David Mack (who, according to court doc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Too $hort at the Grove

    ​Just in case you didn't know that Too $hort had a dollar sign in his name waaaaaay before Ke$ha was even a zygote in her Auto Tuning producer's eye, we're giving away a LOT of tickets to Too $hort's concert at the Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, December 11. The rapper formerly known as Todd Anth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Powerhouse 2010 at the Honda Center

    ​Fueled by sets from hip-hop's biggest money makers, Power House 2010--presented by Power 106 FM-- delivered a massive, beer-soaked night club radiating with radio gloss, left-field surprises, Laker pride and a touch of 90s nostalgia. Drawing crowds that nearly sold out Anaheim's Honda Center on S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 27, 2010

    Dan Black

    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Return of the Dream Team at the House of Blues, Anaheim

    The Hype: Despite Orange County's out-dated reputation as a no-fly zone for hip-hop, this local showcase of MCs and DJs at the House of Blues, Anaheim grabbed some serious attention thanks to the eclectic, four-piece tribe Return of the Dream Team. The supergroup of sorts is Huntington Beach duo LD ... More >>

  • Music

    September 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    New Detroit Bar DJ Night a Lot Like Old Detroit Bar DJ Night

    ​Busywork, the old no-cover weekly Wednesday dance night at Detroit Bar, has been replaced by Pistol, the new no-cover weekly Wednesday dance night at Detroit Bar. The similarities don't end there.

  • Music

    May 28, 2009
  • Film

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Here's The Rub: DJ Ayres at Detroit Bar Tonight

    What's the Rub? Glad you asked. The Rub are a DJ collective from NYC consisting of Cosmo Baker, DJ Eleven and DJ Ayres. They're renowned for their History of Hip Hop mixtapes that compile a year's worth of classics from 1979 to 1999 (talk about obsessiveness; DAMN), their clever mashups, their regu ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    Do Look Back

    WEB EXCLUSIVE! Reviewing the musical-biopic bonanza of 2007

  • Music

    November 8, 2007


    Jay-Z’s American Gangster Proves He Ain’t All That—and Never Was

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2007

    Club Call Sick On Friday

    UPDATE: Club pix are up. Thursday night was a little bit different from the usual dance party that is Call Sick On Friday. It brought the best of both nightlife worlds: the beginning was dedicated to live music, the end belonged to digital. Held at Que Sera, this week’s Call Sick opened with L ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Style Wars

    Supernatural sets world records

  • Music

    August 3, 2006


    Freestyle legend Supernatural aims for the Guinness Book of World Recordsin rapping

  • Music

    May 18, 2006
  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    I Love AC/DC

    Devin Christopher, in-game DJ for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

  • Film

    October 3, 2002

    The Untouchables

    Biggie & Tupac doesnt solve anything

  • Film

    January 31, 2002

    How Neatly Spreads His Claws

    The 18th annual Sundance Film Festival

  • Columns

    June 7, 2001
  • Columns

    August 17, 2000

    We're Just Sampling

    Mad props to Tone-Loc!

  • Food

    December 23, 1999

    Peace Meal

    The borderless delights of Pakistani and Indian food

  • Features

    November 25, 1999
  • Features

    November 25, 1999

    Not Angry No More

    Warren G chills

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    West Coast Wrap

    East vs. West in ultimate cyber death match

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Snoop Doggy Dad

    Vernall Varnado rides shotgun on his son's celebrity