Rappers are often quick to change the names we've grown accustomed to. Religion and maturity usually account for the swap, but sometimes, like in Diddy's case, the change is completely unfounded. In many cases, however, the name change has happened before the artist has blown up. Here are 10 rappe ... More >>
Going head to head on hip-hop album release dates is nothing new for Kanye West. His September 11, 2007 Graduation album topped 50 Cent's Curtis in first week sales after a much publicized face-off where 50 Cent declared he would quit his solo recording career if he finished second. Unfortunately fo ... More >>
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With the release this week of rapper Big Boi's sophomore album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, we're reminded of how truly great his 2010 solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty truly was. It's rare that a rapper hits a home-run when making their first effort as a solo artist fol ... 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 >>
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Our good friends over at LA Weekly ran a post today recommending ten rap albums for people whose knowledge of the genre is limited to Kanye West -- and only then because Obama called him an asshole for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. Naturally, the comments section has exploded with " ... More >>
Today, Lil Wayne announced his latest foray into the fashion business with the announcement of his yet-to-be named shoe company. Weezy has had success with his Trukfit brand streetwear brand and getting into sneakers seems to be the logical progression for the New Orleans-bred rapper. Just to rem ... More >>
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 >>
Here's what we know about Coachella 2012: It will be held over two weekends, with the same lineup at the same place. Coachella Weekend 1 will be held on April 13-15, 2012 and Coachella Weekend 2 will be held on April 20-22, 2012. The lineup will probably be revealed mid-January, as was the case l ... More >>
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Little Wayne emerged from Rikers Island late last year. Now, owing to the terms of his probation, he must lay off drugs and liquor for three years or return to prison. And, by all accounts, he's kept kosher. And yet something doesn't quite sit right. For the man who once composed a lo ... More >>
theused.netJeph Howard, the Used's bassist, has pretty tattoos. The Used is headlining Sunday night at tattoo-and-music festival MusINK opening at the OC Fairgrounds today, so Howard send over some photos we can ooh and aaah over.
After releasing Trunk Muzik 0-60 (Interscope) last year, Michael Wayne Atha, a.k.a. Yelawolf, has been receiving a lot of appreciation within the hip-hop crowd. He collaborated with Big Boi on the OutKast MC's solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, and was signed to Eminem's l ... More >>
Remember when Broken Social Scene and Feist and Metric and the New Pornographers were all over the music blogs because they were awesome and also Canadian? Well, the days of glorifying our neighbors to the North for health care and cold weather are over, but the Arkells still do a p ... More >>
Last week while eating at L.A.'s Mac and Cheeza restaurant, I had the good fortune to try this cucumber-flavored soda: Mr. Q. Cumber soda by LisaBeebe on Flickr Lemme tell ya--while the macaroni and cheese I had for lunch was really good, this soda was amazing. To quote an old Outkast dit ... More >>
Big Boi announces upcoming discs from him, Andre "3000" Benjamin and--get this(!)--"when the solo albums come out, depending on how the fans support them, then we're gonna give them the Outkast album."The Beatles score best selling album of the decade--yeah, this past decade. Perhaps the 1960s wer ... More >>
In the latest chapter of the weird saga of the Sleepy Brown show scheduled for this Friday at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana--the same show that rather dubiously advertised superstar duo Outkast (who haven't performed together in forever) as a supporting act, which was later confirmed to be "one me ... More >>
In the "things that make you go 'hmm'" department: the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana is advertising Outkast as performing at their venue on July 17. (Click on the flier to see a bigger version.) Hmm.Yes, the same Outkast that gave us "Ms. Jackson," "Hey Ya," "The Whole World," etc. etc. etc. The same ... More >>
Don't be alarmed folks. Despite his crazed outward demeanor on stage, or in the photo to your left, Dusty Angel is really just a nice, approachable guy. In fact, if you are a musician and happen to peddle your sonic wares in the belly of Downtown Long Beach, then chances are you actually have ... More >>
LAist has about 20 artists they say are "confirmed" for Coachella (coming up soon! April 17-19!), and many more that are "rumored"--and given that just about every act of note is "rumored" for Coachella at this point in the year, a classification that's about as meaningful as last night's Golden Glo ... More >>
By Jeff Shaw at our sister paper, Citypages. Love is a many-splendored thing and all, but it's also dependent upon a relationship's context -- and so is the associated music. You don't want Al Green's "Let's Get Married" to stream through the car speakers during your third date, you don't want your ... More >>
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