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    October 9, 2014


    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Five Things We Learned From the 1999 Source Awards

    This month marks 15 years since The 1999 Source Awards were broadcast nationwide on UPN. While at first glance it may seem inconsequential to note the anniversary of yet another award show, these particular Source Awards were a landmark event for many reasons. Recorded at Los Angeles' Pantages Theat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Phantogram Laughed Through the Dark Times, Now They Party With Rap Stars

    "We toured the country multiple times, just the two of us," says Josh Carter, one-half of electropop duo Phantogram. "We'd sleep in Wal-Mart parking lots. Playing for five people every night was a success then. The first time we sold out Bowery Ballroom--that was a huge success. It's constantly buil ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014



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    April 19, 2014

    Outkast's Do-Over Recaptures the Spirit of '99

    Last weekend was supposed to mark the return of the gangster when Andre 3000 and Big Boi played the first of 40 festival shows to mark the duo's 20th anniversary. However, things didn't go according to script. Many fans were turned off, even worse, bored by their set. How was this possible, many in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    10 Rappers Who Have Changed Their Names

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Hip-Hop's Greatest Hockey Moments

    Despite a long-lasting lockout that vivisected this season, hockey is hotter than ever as this year's Stanley Cup Finals have become the highest rated games in history. In anticipation of tonight's game six between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, we've assembled the five most memorable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Five Radio Hits That Don't Need Any More Airplay, According to John Heffron

    Comedian John Heffron has a pretty hectic life and yet somehow, he always manages to stay full of energy while consistently keeping it funny. Just how busy is this guy? Well, he's getting ready to shoot his fourth comedy special, working on a book, he invades earholes via his hilarious podcast "Heff ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 23, 2013

    Limp Bizkit


  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Is Killer Mike the Perfect Link Between Dr. Dre and MLK?

    For Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, it has never been just about hip-hop. It has never been about preaching rhetoric over a beat. But his sharp-tongued lyrics and booming baritone carry enough ferocity to scare your social consciousness wide awake. It's a style that's both refreshingly informed and effo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    The Wide World of Lil Wayne: A Tribute to his Talents

    Last weekend, the news of Lil Wayne's health issues gave us at the Weekly quite a shock. As longtime fans of Weezy, we were happy to hear as the conflicting reports subside that it sounds like he's going to pull through. Being that we seemingly came so close to losing him, what better time than now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Gucci Mane - The Observatory - February 8, 2013

    Gucci Mane The Observatory 2/8/13 First thing's first, it's a bit odd that Gucci Mane just played The Observatory, right? I mean, he's not currently on tour, and he decided to play in Santa Ana even though he is from Alabama? Okay, we're down with that. However, what us OC-ers are not down with ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Tales From the Trap: Behind the Scenes of Gucci Mane's Early Recording Process

    Picture this. It's the mid 2000's, and the south has been steadily drawing out the blueprint for street music in the 21st century. Records in Young Jeezy's early canon such as Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 and T.I.'s Trap Muzik have all but literally set in stone the commandments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Tommy Gun Tunes: A Playlist for Gangstas and Gangsters

    Today, the highly anticipated gangster movie Gangster Squad hits theaters. The film, which will hopefully usher in a resurgence in classic gangster period pieces, promises that classic shoot 'em up action with a sleek new style. Of course, in honor of the occasion, we at the Weekly feel compelled to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    The Top Five Post-Break-Up Rap Debuts

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Top Five Essential No Limit Soldier Tracks

    With yesterday being Veteran's Day, we at the Weekly were reminded of how the late 90s wouldn't have been the same without the contributions of Master P's No Limit Soldiers. From their beginnings in California through their rise to national prominence with some of New Orleans' finest, No Limit Recor ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 13, 2012

    2 Chainz

    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Top 5 Awesomely Silly Dancing GIFs From the Outside Lands Festival

    BY: Ian S. Port and Andrew NilsenSee Also: * Ten Hot, Sweat, Silly Coachella Dances, In GIF Form*Top Ten Awkward Electric Daisy Carnival Dance GIFs*25 Gorgeous GIFs From Lollapalooza 2012One thing crowds at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival do pretty well is get down. Despite the relentles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Going for the Gold: Five 2012 Rap Songs To Inspire Our Olympic Team

    See Also:*Get It Together: 6 West Coast Posse Cuts For Your 4th of July Cookout *Did MTV Really Snub Waka Flocka Flame's Rapping Rooster?*Big K.R.I.T. Keeps His Beats Homemade and His Rhymes CountrySummer Olympics gather the greatest athletes in the world to perform at the absolute heights of human ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T.

    The Observatory

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012

    Action Bronson

    The Observatory

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2012

    Dom Kennedy

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Tyga at The Observatory, March 29, 2012

    ​TygaThe ObservatoryMarch 28, 2012 Warning: This review contains explicit language, and your children should not read this--too bad you let them attend this concert.If you were at the Observatory to see Tyga perform at his sold-out show, you heard a lot--and I mean a lot--of  "Rack City," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Lil Wayne's New Shoe Line: Will it Suffer the Same Fate as These Companies?

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    November 17, 2011

    Big Boi


  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Kreayshawn Gets Nominated Best New Artist at the VMAs--and Other WTF Moments This Year

    ​I've never agreed with any award-giving body on who gets nominated or gets awards for best this or that, but this year's VMAs are akin to the year Milli Vanilli won Grammys over the Indigo Girls. (The fact that I date myself by remembering this hoopla means I'm really mystified by what's going on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Happy National Lollipop Day! Five Songs Named 'Lollipop'

    ​July 20th marks the observance of National Lollipop Day, and what would any holiday be without an aptly assembled play list to aid in the festivities? Here are a handful of tracks that celebrate the sweet side of oral fixation so you can get your suck on righteously.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Lil Wayne Flirts With Retirement, Nicki Minaj Gets Hit in the Face With a Suitcase

    by minusbaby​Needless to say, it hasn't been a good week for Young Money Entertainment.We all know how notoriously noncommittal rappers can be about retirement (read: Jay-Z) but Lil Wayne has been flirting with the idea for a while--according to MTV, he announced during a radio interview with Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Lil Wayne Rips Apart Kreayshawn's 'Gucci Gucci' on His New Mixtape

    ​When our sister publication LA Weekly reported that Lil Wayne finally dropped his mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait and freestyled over white chick rapper du jour Kreayshawn's Gucci Gucci in a track by "Lil Tunechi," I got a little, well, nervous.Haters may diss Kreayshawn's one-hit wonder of a song as a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 7, 2011

    "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Pacific Amphitheatre

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Watch Bonnaroo from Home

    Musical festival season is in full swing, and that means you're either already on a plane to attend this weekend's Bonnaroo Music Festival or staying at home and wishing you were there. This year, the likes of Eminem, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant and Lil Wayne are part of the star-studded lineup in Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Lil Jon

    ​Take some "shots, shots, shots, shots" and get crunk with Lil Jon this Sunday at Sutra, when the DJ representing Atlanta makes an appearance. Lil Jon paved his way to fame with hip-hop group, The Eastside Boyz and the song "Get Low" (which became so popular even Sandra Bullock paid a tribute to t ... 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

    March 4, 2011

    Why is Lil Wayne a Genius? We Explain His Appeal (Plus, His New Video for 'Six Foot Seven Foot!')​Lil 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. 

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    'For Girls Who Love Themselves Enough to Talk Back to Lil Wayne'--a Response to Weezy's So-Called Genius

    ​Not everyone agrees with our writer Brooklyne Gipson in her post earlier today about Lil Wayne's genius. This Colorlines story by Jamilah King talks about Watoto From the Nile, two girls, ages 9 and 10, who rapped an official letter to Lil Wayne about his disparaging lyrics about women over the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Yelawolf at Detroit Bar

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Lil Wayne: Probation, ON; Alcohol, OFF

    ​According to all-knowing TMZ, now that Lil Wayne is free from his sentence of gun possession, serving only eight months of his year-long sentence, he's found out the rules of his probation. The rules "clearly state that Wayne 'may not consume or drink any substance containing alcohol' as long as ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 15, 2010

    Giant Orange Festival

    Orange County Great Park

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    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.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Major Lazer La Roux = Free Lazerproof Mixtape!

    ​More free music! Electro-dancehall duo Major Lazer (aka Diplo and Switch, who made the weirdest video of 2009 in my book) got together with British synthpoppers La Roux and created Lazerproof, a mixtape to be released for free tomorrow on Mad Decent. After the jump, how to get it.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    New Big Boi Video, Smashing Pumpkins Auditions, DMX Busted, Lady Gaga in 'Rock Band'

    Fo Yo Sorrows VIDEO Big Boi Ft. Too Short and George Clinton from SNORT THIS TV on Vimeo. New Big Boi video (posted above) just released.Singing for DragonForce not good enough for ya? How about playing bass in Smashing Pumpkins?DMX does some blow, busted for violating probation.Does Lady Gaga reall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2010

    Lil Wayne to be Sentenced Monday (?), His Video with Eminem Scheduled for March 11; Guru Recovering, Danger Mouse Album Ready for Release

    "I am doing fine and I am recovering! I'm weak though," rapper Guru, who went into a coma after suffering heart attack over the weekend, tells Mouse (Brian Burton) and EMI reach agreement to officially release the heavily leaked Dark Night of the Soul album due out last May.  ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 1, 2009

    In Love with Night

    Guggenheim Gallery

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    August 13, 2009

    Lil Wayne

    Honda Center

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Busted Rhymes: The Top 10 Most Preposterous Rap Songs of 2008

    By Ben Westhoff Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008
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    January 23, 2008

    Lil Wayne in Big Trouble

    Police near Yuma, Arizona have arrested Southern rap star Lil Wayne for possession of “dangerous” drugs, narcotics and drug paraphernalia, TMZ is reporting. This incident follows a 2007 arrest in Idaho, also for drug possession. If Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter Jr.) had kept in the responsibl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    “The Efron Scandal” Gets Internet's Panties in a Bunch

    Wayne and Zac: brothers from other mothers, fo' sheezy. Have you read Ben Westhoff's “The Efron Scandal” feature yet in this week's OC Weekly? Dozens of thousands of 'net surfers have (enough—30,000 and counting—to crash our site, temporarily). Among those readers are those who work for ver ... More >>

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    December 6, 2007

    The Trill Is Gone: Pimp C, RIP

    The Dec. 4 death of UGK rapper Pimp C (Chad Butler, 33) in Los Angeles' Mondrian Hotel has prompted much mourning and reminiscing. Our sister paper Houston Press has a substantial coverage of the much-respected H-town MC on its blog. Along with UGK partner Bun B, Pimp C helped to bring Southern rap ... More >>

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