Underground Hip-Hop

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    How Z-Trip's Mission To Be a DJ Conductor at Wavelength Festival Almost Didn't Happen

    By: Ian Joulain It's Friday afternoon and Z-Trip looks a bit groggy. Donning a black Vans t-shirt with grey Diesel jeans and sneakers, he orders a Chai tea along with some breakfast. We are at The Coffee Table in Eagle Rock and the DJ/producer/godfather of mashups has been on tour most of summer. He ... More >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Jason Bentley, Z-Trip and Bonobo Added to Pacific Symphony's Wavelength Festival Lineup

    Fans of EDM in Orange County, rejoice. Pacific Symphony's Wavelength Festival of Music will be heading to the OC Fair & Event Center on August 24, featuring sets by KCRW's Jason Bentley (the host of Morning Becomes Eclectic for those of you who don't know), DJ Z-Trip and Bonobo, alongside members of ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    DJ Shadow

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella: Weekend One

    Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    How Rapper Aliso Black Plans to Hustle His Way to Paid Dues

    Aliso Black doesn't like to talk about the dues he's paid to his local hip-hop scene. He'd rather just show you the worn-out soles of his white, high-top Chucks, the armpit stains under his sweatshirt, or a car trunk full of mixtapes and show fliers. Then of course there's the swath of Google entrie ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2012

    Dilated Peoples


  • Music

    September 13, 2012

    Don't Judge Brother Ali's Album By Its Cover

    The rapper believes some people are taking his prayerful message the wrong way

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Get It Together: 6 West Coast Posse Cuts for your 4th of July Cook-Out

    The 4th of July is an annual reminder that there's nothing like a great neighborhood cookout. Everyone loves having a blast with their neighbors, including rap artists who sometimes choose to share their festivities over a beat. From communities uniting together for a cause to east coast artists bri ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2012

    Action Bronson

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup Announced

    Last night, the folks at Guerilla Union announced the lineup and dates for Rock the Bells 2012 and a couple new surprises to its format.In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Coachella's decision to clone itself, this year's Rock the Bells will be expanding its lineup to two co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Abstract Workshop, Detroit Bar, March 31, 2012

    Abstract WorkshopDetroit BarMarch 31, 2012It didn't take long to gather a crowd of about 150 people at Detroit Bar Saturday night for headliners J Rocc and Peanut Butter Wolf. Abstract Workshop celebrated their 14 years of hip hop in Orange County with tunes ranging from classic old school hip hop t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 23, 2012

    Dirty Ghosts

    Detroit Bar

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    December 15, 2011

    Binary Star

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Paid Dues 2012 Headliners Announced

    Christopher Victorio​The headliners for the 2012 Paid Dues Hip Hop Festival were just announced via Ustream. The festival will be held April 7, 2012 at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. Festival creator and indie hip-hop legend Murs released the names of the headliners as well as pre-sale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Aloe Blacc and the Grand Scheme at the Detroit Bar

    ​Aloe Blacc and the Grand Scheme Oct. 12, 2011 Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa If I were to tell you that the coolness of Aloe Blacc's delivery would've made Marvin Gaye do a double take you'd say I was delusional. Maybe so, but the sheer audacity of the previous statement is a testament to Blacc's skill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Free Ticket Tuesday: Cut Chemist at the House of Blues

    ​In this week's print section, we talked to Cut Chemist, aka Lucas McFadden, about his obsession with vinyl. "I didn't know how to play instruments when I was a kid, so I had no choice but to play records," the LA-bred turntablist says. "I couldn't play guitar or the drums--but I could play ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Freddie Joachim: 'Bootlegging my Albums Gets my Music to a Wider Audience'

    ​Freddie Joachim (JO-AH-KIM) is a hip-hop producer and SoCal resident who draws from soul, funk, and hip hop influences. Though largely underground, Joachim's refined style is recognized and respected by listeners and artists from all around the globe. OC Weekly talked to him about where he's head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Seven Rap Songs about Eating Well

    Buff Love aka The Human Beat Box​Last week, the USDA introduced a new symbol for healthy eating to replace the decades-old food pyramid long considered ineffectual. The new graphic, called "MyPlate," replaces the pyramid with a plate-shaped pie chart demonstrating the importance of making fruits a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    "I Used To Be a Vegan" by Zion I & The Grouch: Vegan Underground Rap Yo!

    ​This last Sunday, I bit the bullet and tagged along with an "amiga" to a Jersey Shore-themed family party in Walnut. It didn't really work out, but at least I got the scoop for a bad-ass underground rap song.My then-unofficial cuñado ("brother-in-law," for you non-español forkers) Kenny Segal l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Activist/Rapper Immortal Technique Heads Immigration Panel in Costa Mesa

    ​In a recent Daily Pilot profile of Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor, the controversial politician claimed that taco trucks blaring "La Cucaracha" motivated him to get active in politics. If that's the case, he'll be slightly relieved that revolutionary underground MC Immortal Technique is coming to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Record Review: Chali 2na, Fish Market Part 2

    ​When the hip hop group Jurassic 5 disbanded in 2007, fans were left wondering what would happen to the six talented individuals who made up the ensemble. Would they stick with a career in the music industry, or fade away into the daily grind of everyday life?For Chali 2na, the instantly-recogniza ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2010

    Aloe Blacc

    Commonwealth Lounge

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    March 11, 2010
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    October 7, 2009

    New Music: LD and Ariano produced by DJ Babu (Dilated Peoples)

    ​Last time we checked in with rap/DJ duo LD and Ariano, they were still hard at work shopping their second full length album Color of the Music. As far as we can tell (by checking out their website) it looks like it has yet to find a home, which might be a little frustrating for those who've antic ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009
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    November 4, 2008

    Last Night: The Faint, Kool Keith, Passion Pit at Grove of Anaheim

    Last Night: The Faint, Kool Keith, Passion Pit at the Grove of Anaheim, Nov. 3, 2008. Better Than: "The Jagermeister Music Tour" with Hinder, Trapt and Revelation Theory at the Grove the night before. Well, I'm sort of guessing, but I feel pretty confident. (How great is it that those bands are spo ... More >>

  • Music

    June 19, 2008
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    March 27, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Sticky Vinyl

    Peanut Butter Wolf

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2007

    "Tasmanian Devil Flow"

    Lootpack member Wildchild spits the contents of his active mind Saturday Nov. 24 at Detroit Bar for another installment of Abstract Workshop (this one's called "Ox City Getdown"). Straight outta Oxnard, California, Wildchild is supporting his new album, Jack of All Trades (FatBeats). From what I've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2007

    Abstract Workshop, Detroit Bar, August 25, 2007

    DJ House Shoes and Brian Gillespie at Detroit Bar. Photo by DJ Edouble First thing I heard as I approached Detroit Bar was Seals & Crofts’ 1973 hit “Diamond Girl.” At Abstract Workshop, one of OC’s preeminent hip-hop nights? I didn’t think baby-boomer nostalgia was part of its equation, ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007

    CD Review

    Billie Holiday, Remixed & Reimagined (Columbia/Legacy Remixed)

  • Music

    March 29, 2007


    Abstract Workshop Anniversary Party

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2006

    Album Covers Of The Year 2006

    To their credit, Pitchfork compiled a more-or-less well done 25 worst album covers of the year list, but they're remiss in not recognizing the power of a well done album cover. Rather than complain, we're taking matters into our own hands and making a list of our own. If RIAA doomsayers are to be be ... More >>

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Album Review

    The Visionaries, We Are the Ones (Weve Been Waiting For) (Up Above)

  • Music

    July 27, 2006

    Album Review

    Bang On Em! Exile, Dirty Science (Sound In Color)

  • Music

    April 13, 2006


    Bionic Records

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Felt So Good

    Murs and Lisa Bonet make for some real Atmosphere

  • Music

    March 2, 2006

    Abstract Art

    Abstract Workshop spent eight years bringing hip-hop to OC: Now they're bring their own music to the world

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Don't Need a Cassette

    Breakestras live mix tape

  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    Future Now

    Long Beachs Sound In Color gambles for the big time with Steve Spacek

  • Unknown

    September 22, 2005

    Whos a Black Sheep?

    Nightlife and more
    Sept. 22 - Sept. 29

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    September 1, 2005

    Scourging: the Only Word

    The week in nightlife and more: Sept. 1 - Sept. 8

  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    Alone in the Dark

    Never heard of Writers Block?

  • Music

    March 10, 2005

    'It's Getting Scary'

    Living Legends vs. a media monster

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    August 12, 2004
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    May 20, 2004
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    November 27, 2003

    Up From the Underground

    Aceyalones intellectual hip-hop

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    June 15, 2000
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