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 >>
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 >>
Method ManThe ObservatoryMarch 3, 2013Orange County's relationship with hip-hop is different than its Los Angeles neighbor. Whether it's Aesop Rock or ASAP Rocky, LA will come out in droves. Later in April, Aesop Rock will be performing at the Constellation Room, a small Observatory offshoot only ca ... More >>
Lowkey's approach to hip-hop was always professorial and politicized. His critically acclaimed independently released double-album Soundtrack to the Struggle last year was layered with lyrical lectures and skits sampling luminaries like Tariq Ali. It was, then, as surprising as it was fitting that t ... More >>
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The porta-potties at Coachella were truly repulsive. As the festival progressed, the combined waste of 90,000 accumulated, ... More >>
Charles Moore / Black StarIt seems like you hear about the police more often than usual these days. Whether it's the death of Mark Duggan that's inciting the London riots or the killing of Kelly Thomas that's shaking up the Fullerton PD, the news is rife with reports of police misconduct, and it' ... More >>
L.A. Rising's July 30 date at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is coming up, and to get people pumped, organizers have been producing interviews with various performers on the bill. Today they dropped the interview with Immortal Technique; last month they released interviews with Rage Agai ... More >>
Rakaa and DJ Babu, two-thirds of the critically acclaimed hip-hop group Dilated Peoples, will top off a daylong, free, all ages event with a headlining performance this Saturday in Fullerton. Their participation is a centerpiece of the second installment of the Generations Urban Arts Festival. T ... More >>
Retro-soul singer Aloe Blacc grew up in Laguna Hills, but these days, he's making music all over the world. Currently recording in New York, his album Good Things, out today, reflects his desire to promote social change with songs like "Politician" and "I Need a Dollar." (Download his so ... More >>
2Mex's fan base will destroy you. Just look what they did to that deer.2Mex is the kinda guy who likes to put his money where his mouth is. Two months before the November release of his new album, My Fan Base Will Destroy You (on Sage Francis' label, Strange Famous Records), this vetera ... More >>
www.myspace.com/immortaltechniqueRevolutionary underground MC Immortal Technique dropped knowledge in Costa Mesa on Wednesday for an assembled group of Los Angeles and Orange County-based community
organizations for a panel discussion on
immigration and indigenous issues.
John Morales, an activis ... More >>
If you have ever felt overwhelmed by stepping into a music store like Sam Ash or Guitar Center, then NAMM, the massive music trade show that kicked off Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Convention Center and runs through Sunday, is not for you. Andrew YoussefYour senses are bombarded by the errant ... More >>
Kool Keith is a man of many mysteries, many personalities and, of course, many surprises. Since the twilight years of hip hop's Golden Era, Keith (aka Black Elvis, aka Dr. Octagon) has held the torch for rappers who dare to be different, and a little eccentric. You'll definitely get a taste of th ... More >>
As of yesterday, the 4th Annual Paid Dues festival actually ANNOUNCED it's line-up slated to perform at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on Mar. 28. The festival is presented by rapper Murs (or Murs 3:16, whatever) in association with Guerilla Union (one of hip hop's most venerable omni ... 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 >>
Brian at catsandbeer.com has bestowed what he thinks is the definitive list of rap tracks that are closest to the hearts of honkies [he posted this in Oct. 2007, but it's just come to my attention through a friend's tip].
Bri's right on right on most of the time, but I have some bones to pick. For ... More >>
Del, in his more bizarre days.
[We didn’t have space in the paper to run this feature by Ben Westhoff, but we think it’s worth posting on Heard Mentality in advance of West Coast underground-rap luminary Del’s appearance Wed. Feb. 20 at the Vault 350.]
Richmond, California emcee Del The Fu ... More >>
FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend yo ... More >>
The talent-heavy hip-hop festival Rock the Bells (which we previewed here) will now take place at Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen Saturday, Aug. 11.
Performers include Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and MF Doom.
All tickets for the originally scheduled National Orange Show Events Center will be hon ... More >>