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 >>
The halo around the Big A at Angels Stadium has hardly been lit up this season--32 times to date--warranting lots of talk of an ousting of Mike Sciosia after 13 years as our skipper. Consequently, the discussion not being had is one of postseason projections and it's certain the Angels will have fro ... More >>
Lee "Q" O'Denat, founder of World Star HipHop.com, is an unlikely figure in the canon of modern hip-hop success stories. The reserved, 40 year-old Hollis,Queens native of Haitian descent is probably one of the first and most controversial examples of hip-hop's ability to create moguls out of tech wi ... More >>
Why the fallen king of social media was actually pretty damn good
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By: Moses SumneyWith Facebook's stock and growth rates skydiving, it's time to say something that should have been said a long time ago: Myspace was better. Maybe not when it came to its coding or those garish "personalized" pages, but definitely when it came to music. Back in the day -- say, about ... More >>
See Also:*Big K.R.I.T. Keeps His Beats Homemade and His Rhymes Country*Spaceghostpurrp is Here to Elevate*Juicy J, Smoke DZA, Joey Badass, Fat Trel - The Observatory - 8/4/12A slight guy in nondescript white t-shirt and baggy Nike basketball shorts is bent over the vintage jewelry case at Fairfax's ... More >>
If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>
So now that everyone is disappointed that Apple didn't introduce the iPhone 5 and instead introduced a version of the iPhone 4 with a better camera, we turn our attention to our sister paper LA Weekly's big news today: that Tupac Shakur was ordered killed by Sean Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, ... More >>
Flickr user Jamie IvinsHowie Dorough--better known as Howie D--of Backstreet Boys fame, announced that his new solo album Back To Me will drop this coming November. The tweens of America responded with "Who? That's not Justin Bieber."
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 AllHipHop.com that ... More >>
www.myspace.com/lilwayneLil Wayne is a genius, and not simply because he spends seven days a week in the studio, recording some of the most lyrically intricate, metaphor-laced verses in the history of the rap game off the top of his head, no pen, no pad.
Wódka--Polish for vodka--is a new line of vodka that claims to rank higher than Ciroc in taste tests, but sells for only $8.99 for a 750-mililiter glass bottle. According to its website, Wódka earned a 90-point rating from the Beverage Testing Institute, while Ciroc earned 88 points, Belvedere ... More >>
The "secret" lies within the yellow thing on Odom's wrist.You may have seen the colorful rubber wristbands around. They're about as trendy with celebs and athletes as flannel and plaid are with hipsters. Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers. Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets. David Beckham o ... More >>
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 >>
If being a celebrity and having a perfume line is the true mark of success, the sad corollary is that audiences think dousing themselves in the "wet ozone" notes of Paris Hilton's product will make you fun and vacuous as well, or that wearing "Unforgivable Woman" by Puffy Combs (aka. P. Diddy/Sea ... More >>
Now that both Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell are leaving American Idol, rumors abound over who's going to be the next arbiter of taste on the Fox show. J Lo's supposedly signed a deal. Allegedly, Steven Tyler's been asked to join the show. P Diddy's thrown his hat into the ring. Elton John, Jessic ... More >>
Borrowing the nickname of iconic crime boss John Gotti, Rick Ross' newest effort employs an Escalade-full of gaudy, bone-rattling beats to remind us exactly how hard he's shining with his latest album, Teflon Don (out today on Def Jam).
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 >>
'Get Him to the Greek' is crude on the outside, sweet in the middle
Evolution is a beautiful thing. While it has been nice to see California smooth-house artisans such as Kaskade, Jay-J and Andy Caldwell gain international clubland acclaim, their Kenny G.-like dance music often lulled us into a deep siesta. But artists change. Kaskade has moved on to trancier cl ... More >>
Not content with a hugely successful music career, a record label and a fashion line, Justin Timberlake is now branching out into the world of alcohol.901, his new brand of tequila, is named for the area code of Memphis, Timberlake's hometown, and also (rather unconvincingly) "because 901 is the tim ... 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 >>
Slate follows up on word that Barack Obama wore bullet-proof clothing during his inauguration by noting that a Colombian company, Miguel Caballero, makes bullet-resistant leather jackets, polo shirts, windbreakers and ruffled tuxedo shirts, which range from a few hundred dollars to $7,000 in price. ... More >>
Costa Mesa's The Whole Pita (a.k.a. "The Greek Island Grill") is now known as "Thasos - Greek Island Grille". Same owners, same food (for the most part), but a new name. Why did the place pull a Sean "Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy" Combs on us? I called and asked. They have a few new items, they ... More >>
Okay, I'm not trying to pile on Chuck Philips or the Los Angeles Times over the now-retracted story about Sean "Diddy" Combs' alleged involvement in a 1994 attack on Tupac Shakur. Ever since The Smoking Gun ran a withering dissection of the documents on which the whole story depended and the Times w ... More >>
"I'm a celebrity hip-hop media mogul. Seriously." And he's placed an ad on Media Bistro's joblistings site. Read the ad after the jump, with my translations of classified adspeak in brackets. Can I hate the playa and the game? I think so.
WEB EXCLUSIVE!: Crossing over: whos doing it, whos not
Abstract Workshop's flagship rapper Jud Nester debuts magic track "U Shoulda Seen Her On Myspace" at #4 (!) on this week's Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart way above other new singles by Young Jeezy (#17) and Eminem/50 Cent/Lloyd Banks/Cashis (#26) and Fat Joe (#36)! Plus Jud come ... More >>
The Year in Being Fingered
Rings soars, Monsters whores, Majestic bores
With Rock Steady, No Doubt officially joins pop-music aristocracy
Def Jux fights the power
Summer flicks 2001
Dragging around the ghost limbs of severed relationships
Readers bewareand then buy early and buy often!