Last night, this year's lineup for the 10th annual Rock The Bells show in San Bernardino was announced and there seems to be a little bit for every type of hip-hop fan out there. The big news is that after last year's Tupac hologram sighting at Coachella, Rock The Bells is going to double that with ... More >>
Like we've said before, Orange County loves their Wu. Then again, when ODB notoriously declared that "Wu-Tang is for the children" he might as well have said "Wu-Tang is for everyone" considering the massive global impact the Shaolin spitters have had. Wu-Tang has a universal appeal that most more g ... More >>
At this point, there's no denying that Santa Ana is officially the new OC headquarters for the Wu-Tang Clan. With Ghostface Killah and GZA both making his appearance last year, it seems only necessary that Method Man come through this weekend to christen the building for the first time. Arguably the ... More >>
This weekend is the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Viewed by many as music's biggest night, the telecast has been home to lifelong icons finally getting their due, musical phenomenons explode and some of the most shocking moments in broadcast television history. As great as the former are, it's the unpr ... More >>
GZA, Killer MikeThe ObservatorySeptember 28, 2012It is said that the third time's the charm, and after two less-than-stellar performances here in Orange County, we were betting on a third round sweep from Wu-Tang esteemed patriarch the GZA. The last couple times h ... More >>
The gloomy and spaced-out sounds of Spaceghostpurrp --"trill phonk," as he calls it-- may transport the listener to the crime-ridden swamp-grounds of nineties-era Memphis, but Purrp -earth name Muney Jordan--is not on this mortal plane to corrode or destroy. When it comes to his purpose and his asp ... More >>
The 4th of July is an annual reminder that there's nothing like a great neighborhood cookout. Everyone loves having a blast with their neighbors, including rap artists who sometimes choose to share their festivities over a beat. From communities uniting together for a cause to east coast artists bri ... More >>
There are three rites of passage for American men, and a lot of you ball bearers don't know what they are, because you either didn't have a daddy, or your daddy didn't raise you right.The first two are easy, and no, the OCeeker ain't talkin' a mamby-pamby trip to Wrigley Field and some backpacking-t ... More >>
This Sunday night, the Grammy Awards will once again be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 54th version promises to be an eventful night with confirmed performers like The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, the night promises to b ... More >>
Wu-Tang Clan City National Grove of Anaheim Jan. 18, 2012Even without Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Wu-Tang Clan at the City National Grove of Anaheim last night was nothing short of spectacular. The C.R.E.A.M. Team showed Orange County what real east coast hip hop looks and sounds like, with the ... More >>
In order to broach the subject of musicians appearing in video games, we're legally obligated to mention Rock Band and Guitar Hero in the first sentence, so there. Putting aside those big franchises, several other games have featured musicians in increasingly unusual capacities. Both The Beatl ... More >>
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The constant question surrounding every new Wu-Tang Clan album is whether the "Slums of Shaolin" MCs are still "nothin' to fuck wit." The deep imprint of Wu members was felt on Kanye West's ultra-hyped My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy letting hip-hop heads know where they stood among the newcome ... More >>
Shannon Cottrell/Houston PressWu-Tang ClanVillage Voice/Frank 151 SXSW PartyMarch17, 2011Austin Music Hall Of course you wish you were there. According to Houston Press, the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and Frank 151 Showdown at SXSW was one of the festival's most anticipate ... More >>
www.lauryn-hill.comYesterday, Urb.com called it: Lauryn Hill would be performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety at Guerilla Union's veritable hip-hop fest, Rock the Bells. When the lineup was announced at the Key Club in Hollywood last night, Rock the Bells announced ot ... More >>
Most of the time, when you want to see an artist, you buy a ticket, drink a few beers, wait for an hour or so, see a performance (sometimes mediocre, sometimes stellar). Other times, you find out that waiting for the artist to go on for four hours is way more entertaining than actually watching the ... More >>
James CarneyWe 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 >>
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