Tupac Shakur

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    DJ Carisma: Santa Ana's Hometown Heroine

    When it comes to spinning hip-hop on the ones and twos, DJ Carisma is the sole woman you'll find on the FM dial in Los Angeles. Her distinctive platform on Power 106 didn't come easy. Deejaying, as with other elements of the culture, is all too often a man's world. Carisma, who grew up all over Or ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 11, 2014

    Inconvenient MC

    [Hey, You!] Slingin' CDs in all the wrong places . . .

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Resurrecting the Memory of Cambodian Elvis

    It's hard to explain to Americans the importance of Sinn Sisamouth, the most prolific singer-songwriter in Cambodian history, who was killed sometime in 1975 by the brutal Khmer Rouge. His silky vocals and poetic verses spent more than 20 years wafting over the cities and countryside of Southeast As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    10 Best Black Empowerment Songs

    As we come up on the 50th anniversary of the MFDP (Mississippit Freedom Democratic Party) and the Freedom Summer on top of finding ourselves in the midst of the Ferguson debacle, a situation that has disarmed the pundits claiming we live in a post-racial country. This musical highlight of the Black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Rap Shirts for White People is Hip-Hop Hilarity!

    What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    20 Songs to Get the Angels Over This Horrible Season

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    World Star Hip-Hop's Founder Tells Us Which Web Videos Are Too Vulgar, Even For His Site

    Lee "Q" O'Denat, founder of World Star, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Rock The Bells To Feature "Virtual Performances" of Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Top Five Acts at Paid Dues 2013

    A few months into 2013 and we're less than a week away from the first big live hip-hop experience of the year. Last year was filled with immensely enjoyable shows all across Southern California, from Nas at Rock the Bells to Juicy J and ASAP Rocky at the Observatory. And, here we are, ready to start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Top Five Best Rap Songs to Help You Prepare for the Apocalypse

    We're only a few short days away from December 21st, 2012. For years, many have speculated that the Mayans predicted on this date, the world will end. We at the Weekly are somewhat divided on the topic, but when it comes to the end of the world, it's much better to be safe than sorry. That in mind, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Halloween Costumes You're Guaranteed to See This Year

    Story and Illustrations By: Jena ArdellEach Halloween you see scads of folks wearing the same costumes. Last year it was the damn black swan, and meanwhile Slash and the LMFAO guys seem to turn up annually. So this year we're handicapping the proceedings. You can pretty much bet you'll see some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Is Live Streaming at Lollapalooza and Other Festivals a Good Thing?

    For those of you who aren't able to make the three-and-a-half hour flight to Lollapalooza in Chicago next week, there's some good news: the show will be streamed live online. Just like Coachella, Lollapalooza is making the event available to those who can't attend, which is cool that you can see thi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012

    Fat Joe


  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Five Great Eats at Coachella 2012

    The second installment of Coachella 2012 kicks off today in Indio. I just got back from enjoying Weekend 1 in the desert and between great performances by At the Drive-In and Tupac's hologram, I managed to get a little food blogging done.It's always smart to fill up before you get to the festival, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Tupac is Back: Six Dead Artists We Should Resurrect Via Hologram

    As many of you know by now, Tupac performed at this year's edition of Coachella via hologram. When he appeared, the much-intoxicated crowd did not know what to do. It was as if Tupac had died and rose again (to many conspiracy theorists, that was a literal take). Now that we know how Dr. Dre and AV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Tupac Hologram Going On Tour? Preview the Disney Haunted Mansion Stop

    Did you hear that Tupac Shakur's hologram is possibly going on tour? The image, which debuted at Coachella over the weekend, might go on the road with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. The duo are currently "discussing logistics for a joint tour that would regularly feature the hologram."  Where will the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac's Hologram at Coachella, April 15, 2012

    See also:*Tupac's Hologram: How It Was Done*Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs*Coachella: Five Signs You're An Aging Hipster*Radiohead at Coachella: No Alarms and No SurprisesDr Dre and Snoop DoggCoachellaApril 15, 2012Headlining on Coachella's Sunday night is a tough slot to fill -- by that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Dr. Dre To Produce A Film and 5 Other Rappers To Work In Film

    ​Though this isn't his first rodeo in film (he's acted before), legendary hip-hop impresario Dr. Dre will be a producer on the upcoming horror/thriller film, Thaw. How this affects his Chinese Democracy-esque album Detox remains to be seen, but in the interim, this is likely to be the latest proje ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Jim Belushi Talks Chicago Cubs, Second City and His Love For Tupac

    ​Jim Belushi has earned his well-deserved status of being a household name. With a career that has spanned longer than some of our lives, his resume include movies, TV, kick ass music, and brilliant sketch comedy. Jim is more than well rounded--he's a legend. And if there was ever a time or a venu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Damizza On Being in the Music Biz and His New Book, Guilty by Association

    ​ Damion Young, aka Damizza, has done it all. He started in radio when he was 12 and his drive, passion, and ambition launched one of the most interesting and diverse careers in the music industry. He's worked with legendary greats like Michael and Janet Jackson, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Tupac, Bigg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Free Ticket Tuesday: DJ Quik at the City National Grove of Anaheim

    ​He might not get as much attention as Dr. Dre or Tupac, but DJ Quik is just as -- if not more -- influential. Our sister paper, LA Weekly, even put the underrated rapper on the cover this summer. Win tickets to witness the man with the flyest hair in the game at the City National Grove of A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    No iPhone 5 vs. Tupac's Real Killer: Which News is Bigger Today?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Sly Stone and Six Other Musicians Who've Claimed Homelessness

    ​ Funk pioneer Sly Stone announced in the New York Post this week that he's homeless. Fans are lamenting Stone's predicament, but we see it as karmic retribution for the annoying omnipresence of his music (those who have heard "Everyday People" 90 times during a morning commute can relate).

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Five Interesting Songs With 'California In The Title

    Nate Chacon​Did you know that this month is the 161st anniversary of California's admission as the 31st state in the Union? I didn't think so. Sure, the Golden State is notorious for fiscal calamity, traffic jams and a plethora of sub-par reality stars, but you have to admit it's still an inspira ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Jock Jams-Free 2011 NFL Kickoff Playlist

    ​Are you ready for some football? Hank Williams, Jr. really wants to know. The 2011 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday night, when the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Apparently, for cities with a pro football team, this is a pretty ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Faces Eviction

    [Mental Notes] Plus: Introducing the softer side of Rob Zombie, and NYC inmate says he shot Tupac

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Dexter Isaac, New York Inmate, Says He Shot Tupac Shakur in 1994

    ​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 that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    The Late Geronimo Pratt in OC

    ​Former LA-based Black Panther Party leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt died earlier today in Tanzania at the age of 63. He spent twenty-seven years of his life behind bars after being falsely convicted and imprisoned in 1972 for the earlier shooting death of schoolteacher Caroline Olson. Pratt, go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Five Songs for Earth Day

    ​ Today marks the forty-first anniversary of Earth Day. As the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the observation first held in the United States on April 22nd, 1970 was conceived as a 'teach-in' meant to inspire awareness and action on issues critical to the health of the enviro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2010


    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Flier of the Week: West Coast Wednesday at The Crosby, TONIGHT

    ​If you don't know why this glorious portrait of revered West Coast rap legends was picked for flier of the betta' ask somebody.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Today in Music News: Unreleased Michael Jackson Track, Cold War Kids, Soundgarden Reunion, Drake with Jay-Z

    Michael Jackson to be next 2Pac? "Unreleased Michael Jackson song hits the web."Vampire Weekend, Spoon and OC's Cold War Kids on Pitchfork's guide to upcoming releases for winter 2010. Chris Cornell tweets Soundgarden reunion. More details courtesy of Spin. And New York Times. And even though I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    New Year's Eve Party Playlist

    Looking for some tunes to blast at the bash you're hosting tonight? Or maybe to crank up in the car on your way to a slamming soiree? Here's my New Year's Eve Party Playlist, featuring the best from the past year and stone cold classics. Enjoy. Flickr user Sada 1988Click song title for YouTube clip ... More >>

  • Film

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 28, 2008

    The LA Times, That Tupac/Diddy Story, and the Value of The Google

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    Leviathan Brothers, DiPiazzas, September 13, 2007

    Photo: Suzie Ahn Leviathan Brothers' keyboardist (and occasional OC Weekly contributor) Sean O'Connell announced from the DiPiazzas stage: “This week marks the sixth year of the five-year anniversary of Tupac's death. To commemorate the occasion, we're going to play an original.” Now that's w ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 18, 2007

    !Ask a Mexican!

    'Why do young Chicanos keeps imitating blacks?'

  • Film

    January 4, 2007

    New Reviews

    Code Name: The Cleaner; Freedom Writers; Happily N'Ever After; Thr3e

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Prostate Orgasm

    GET OUT! Nightlife and more: Dec. 7 - Dec. 14

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    I Love AC/DC

    Devin Christopher, in-game DJ for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

  • Music

    January 13, 2005
  • Music

    December 9, 2004
  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    Beats Rhymes Life

    A Tribe Called Quest: not another Urban Dance Squad!

  • News

    January 2, 2003
  • Film

    October 3, 2002

    The Untouchables

    Biggie & Tupac doesnt solve anything

  • Film

    January 31, 2002

    How Neatly Spreads His Claws

    The 18th annual Sundance Film Festival

  • Music

    February 15, 2001

    One Very Funky Week

    Zapp, the Wailers gid grooves deeper than the evil in Trent Lotts soul

  • Culture

    January 13, 2000

    Outlaw Poetry?

    How to keep poetrys wild frontier wild

  • Food

    December 23, 1999

    Peace Meal

    The borderless delights of Pakistani and Indian food

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    West Coast Wrap

    East vs. West in ultimate cyber death match

  • More >>