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    November 12, 2014

    Is Riff Raff Serious?

    By: Jeff Weiss Riff Raff's hair is a crop circle of braids. His eyes are blue, dilated and deserted. Gold grills glint on his teeth. A boy-band-thin beard zigzags across his face. His chest and neck double as a tattooed billboard for MTV, BET, the NBA, Bart Simpson and Seagram's Seven. To complete ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The Best Back to School Hip-Hop Jams

    It's the week after Labor Day and that means students coast-to-coast are heading back to school! While education is important, the end of summer and the return of homework may be seen as a downer for some. Fortunately, there's plenty of tunes to change your perspective and get you ready to reunite w ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Bay Area Rapper Lil Debbie Has Fashion in Her Blood

    Lil Debbie might be one of the best-branded flowstresses. Not only because her stage name is similar to that of a well-known female who rules the snack-cake world, but also because her style is ideal for an age of music-lovers whose palettes are supplanted by A$AP Rocky and Odd Future. She's a hybri ... More >>

  • Music

    November 21, 2012

    Myspace Changed the Game for Musicians Everywhere. Then Facebook Messed Things Up

    Why the fallen king of social media was actually pretty damn good

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    September 20, 2012

    Myspace Was Better Than Facebook (For Music)

    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 >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Gonjasufi, Jeremiah Jae, and Dot At Low End Theory, Feb. 29, 2012

    ​Gonjasufi, Jeremiah Jae, and DotLow End Theory at the Airliner, Eagle RockFeb. 29, 2012 A roster such as this at Low End Theory is one not to go unnoticed. Having the Bjork-Lee Perry hybrid of the western United States' beat culture Gonjasufi perform with manufacturer of skull ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Matt & Kim Stage Diving at a Venue Near You

    ​Matt & Kim are well-known for their high-energy shows and positive vibes, but their recordings and performances never preach or cloy. They're all smiles on stage, and even the most cynical of listeners can't help but feel propelled by their warmth and good feelings. Equipped with synthesizer ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part II)

    ​Yesterday, we published the first part of an interview with Jared Ball, author of I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto, where the "Funkinest Journalist" talks about the politics of hip-hop and popular culture. Read the first part of the interview with Jared Ball here; in this second installment ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part I)

    ​ As I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto pays homage in title to a series of articles written by the late freedom fighter Steve Biko, Dr. Jared A. Ball's first book declares hip-hop's mixtape as a principle means by which to "fight the power." Provocative in his analysis, the "Funkinest Journal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Kreayshawn on That Million Dollar (?) Deal with Columbia/Sony, Being a Femcee and Working with Lil B and Snoop Dogg

    ​UPDATE June 8, 7:51 a.m.: It's official: Kreayshawn has officially signed with Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The 21 year-old will release "Gucci Gucci" via digital retailers on Tuesday, June 14th and prepare her forthcoming full-length debut album, due later this year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Is a Sober Lil Wayne a Good Thing?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Crunkmeister Lil' Jon Deejays At Sutra Lounge​Ghetto rap auteur Lil' Jon is holding his CD release party at Sutra Lounge tonight for his new album Crunk Rock. He's performing a live DJ set--no electric guitar crossover, unfortunately--but you will be able to herald the coming of his album with him at midnight.

  • Music

    April 15, 2010

    K-Pop Go the Wonder Girls

    [Mental Notes] Also: The condiment artists at Burger Records, Pop Noir's quest for southern hospitality

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    April 6, 2010

    K-Pop Viral Sensation Wonder Girls Coming to House of Blues Anaheim

    ​Remember back in 2007, when kids all around the world were posting videos of themselves doing the Crank Dat Soulja Boy dance?The very next year: The Wonder Girls' "Nobody" dance. The dance sensationalized by the South Korean pop girl group consisted of a few demure movements, some hand gestures, ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Release the Sounds: Snoop Dogg, 'Malice n Wonderland'

    ​What's to say about Long Beach native Snoop Dogg that hasn't been said already? The last decade has afforded him the kind of mega-watt celebrity that seemed unreachable even when he reigned as California's favorite, fresh-off-the-block, gangsta rapper in the '90s. While his ever-expanding popu ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Travis Barker: More Hip Hop than Hip Hop

    ​Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has had plenty of side gigs over the years. Box Car Racer and 44 both featured other Blink members, while a duo called TRV$DJAM included his friend Adam Goldstein. Known as DJ AM, Goldstein, of course, was with Barker in a Learjet crash that killed four people in ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009
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    August 20, 2009
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    August 17, 2009

    Slideshows: Lil Wayne and Soulja Boy at the Honda Center, OC Pride: Picnic in the Park

    Chris VictorioLil Wayne's all "whoa, dudes."​We saw some stuff over the weekend. While some may argue whether or not it was better than midget wrestling at the Galaxy, it was still pretty swell. Well, maybe it's not right to say "we" saw stuff over the weekend--these were both Chris Victorio speci ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Top Five Little Known Facts About Soulja Boy

    ​I interviewed Soulja Boy (who I'll just go ahead and call by his real name DeAndre Way) recently, and it was pretty wild. The Atlanta-based, teen millionaire rapper wore his colossal, eponymous pendant--which he says contains a hundred Gs of diamonds--and bragged about how all the big names in hi ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Lil Wayne

    Honda Center

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    May 8, 2009

    TOMORROW: Wango Tango at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    It's, apparently, radio station concert season--tomorrow at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine is KIIS-FM's Wango Tango show, featuring pop luminaries as illustrious as Kelly Clarkson herself (pictured); next Saturday at the same venue is the Weezer-fronted KROQ Weenie Roast.The Black Eyed Peas ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Incoming: Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, More at KIIS-FM Wango Tango

    KIIS-FM held their December "Jingle Ball" concert at the Honda Center, and they're returning to Orange County for their spring "Wango Tango" concert, happening May 9 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. It's an equally impressive pop-filled lineup, featuring among others, as you've no doubt guessed ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    More Favorite Things!

    In this week's Weekly, I blab about some of my favorite things in music this year. Since my ego clearly cannot be contained to just a half page on a newspaper, I've got even more favorite things here (as referenced at the end of the article--that's what we call "convergence" in the biz).

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    October 8, 2008

    I Can Dance If I Want To

    Sup. I'm Albert, and I'm the new music editor of OC Weekly. I'm pretty tickled to be here - I'm coming from the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, which means I'm sadly giving up some radical shows like this weekend's Festival in the Desert. (Pat Benatar and Boz Scaggs on the same stage on the same day? ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008
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    May 1, 2008
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    March 14, 2008

    Funking Up the Future

    Day 2 of SXSW In my last post, I predicted Holy Fuck's set would be very hard to surpass. Well, I think it was at least equaled by a few artists on the bill at Barcelona—all instrumental hip-hop artists, in fact (Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots, Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus). Who would've thought ... More >>

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    March 5, 2008

    What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?

    “Safety and Courtesy Tips for the Beer Can Regatta” So let it be written; so let it be done. Thursday Night's Beer Can Regattas in Newport Harbor may never be the same. A redraft of the entry form would shamelessly exclude the drunken and the ignorant. The Harbor Patrol and the Harbor Commissio ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Billion Dollar Babies

    Rappers' billfold braggadocio is getting ridiculous

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    January 3, 2008

    Old Dog, New Tricks

    A rap veteran at 20, Bow Wow dispenses advice to the next generation

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    December 6, 2007

    Crank What, Exactly?

    Up Close and Personal Holiday Tour

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    November 1, 2007


    V.I.P. Records

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    October 18, 2007


    Stacks the Vinyl Authority