Wiz Khalifa

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    October 27, 2014

    Kimbra - The Observatory - October 24, 2014

    Kimbra The Observatory 10/24/14 Last Friday was a fête at The Observatory. Hundreds of people were in line for the sold out Wiz Khalifa show, but hundreds more were there for the other sold out show, Kimbra's first ever trip to Orange County.The indie-pop princess had already played five shows in ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Wiz Khalifa - The Observatory - October 24, 2014

    Wiz Khalifa The Observatory 10/24/14 A line of cars wrapped around the corner of Harbor Blvd. and smoke creeped out of cracked windows. A man held a black t-shirt between his hands with a graffiti like font reading "Wiz Khalifa." Pink wristbands wrapped around the wrists of those in line as a secur ... 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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    October 20, 2014

    The Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Monday, October 20 TTNG The Constellation Room Formed in Oxford, England, in 2004, TTNG originally named their band This Town Needs Guns, a cleverly ironic nod to the fact that no one in England really owns firearms. Then, as the ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    Memorial Held For OC Rapper Pocccets, Killed in a Car Crash After Opening for Ty $ Sign

    OC's hip-hop community was dealt a tragedy last week when Matt Hughes (known locally as rapper "Pocccets" a.k.a. "Vape Hollywood") was killed in a car crash on the eastbound 91 Fwy on the early morning of May 19. He was 29 years-old. The crash happened just west of Weir Canyon Rd. near a weigh stati ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Miley Cyrus Has Infiltrated the Hip Hop Community

    While Miley Cyrus claimed to have have "never heard a Jay Z" song on her 2009 hit "Party in the USA", one could say that times have certainly done changed. (Even HOVA himself dissed Cyrus on his recent Magna Carta Holy Grail.). With her much publicized image shift, Miley has found herself not only o ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Week

    Tuesday, July 16th Ted Nugent The Grove Going to see a Ted Nugent concert is like nothing you've ever experienced. Whether you're witnessing some of the most insane acrobatics on Earth to the shredding to "Cat Scratch Fever," the heat of some of the biggest concert pyrotechnics ever done, or some ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Friday, July 5th Riff Raff The Observatory From the humble beginnings of MTV's reality show "From G's to Gents" Riff Raff's career is hardly as funny to himself as it has been to his fans. Riff Raff's rap trio Three Loco features comedian celebrities Andy Milonakis and Dirt Nasty. He's also garnere ... More >>

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    July 5, 2013

    The Must-See Acts at the Long Beach Funk Fest

    The Long Beach Funk Fest has become a great tradition in downtown Long Beach. Over the last four years, immense respect has been paid to the pioneers of funk who essentially laid the groundwork for the wealth of hip-hop and soul that followed in its wake. Without many of these performers, we would b ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    June 23, 2013

    Power 106 Powerhouse - Honda Center - June 22, 2013

    Power 106 Powerhouse Honda Center June 22, 2013 On Saturday night, thousands of hip-hop fans converged on Powerhouse--the yearly celebration of all things current in hip-hop and R&B courtesy of L.A.'s KPWR 105.9 FM. The lineup, headlined by R&B's ever-polarizing star Chris Brown, capped a bill teemi ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Ask Willie D: I'm a Rich, Orange County Divorcée Looking to Get Buckwild

    [Editor's note:Rap pioneer and Geto Boys member Willie D answers reader questions for our sister paper, Houston Press. Something on your mind? Ask Willie D!] LOVING ORANGE COUNTY Dear Willie D: I'm a newly single divorcée with lots of time and money on my hands. After dating and catering to the s ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2013

    Will Carjacking Charges Derail Kadillak Kaz's Hip-Hop Career?

    With a deal with Snoop Dogg in the works, the rapper was about to hit hip-hop heaven. Now he faces decades behind bars. But is he guilty?

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    November 14, 2012

    Wiz Khalifa - Gibson Amphitheater - November 13, 2012

    Wiz KhalifaGibson Amphitheater, Los AngelesNovember 13, 2012From Pittsburgh mix tap flop to festival main stage headliner, Wiz Khalifa turned the Gibson Amphitheater into LA's next best Cannabis expo last night. Since he recording Ink My Whole Body in 2008, the Wizzle man has had a snow ball effect ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Raised in a City full of Churches, Fashawn's Gritty Rhymes Inspire True Belief

    Using the world "destiny" to describe Fashawn's trajectory toward a hip-hop career might be a bit much. He'd prefer to think of it as more of a calling. At 3 years old, Santiago Leyva wanted to be a preacher, having been raised in a trailer behind a church, which apparently isn't that extraordinary ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Shawn and Marlon Wayans Play a Game of Musical Word Association

    We all know Shawn and Marlon Wayans from their various roles in, White Girls, Scary Movie, Dance Flic, and the best movie of all time, Don't be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. But real talk, the list goes on and on and one has time for all of that. Since these guys s ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Top Five Acts You Can't Miss at Rock The Bells

    See Also*Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup Announced*Juicy J, Smoke DZA, Joey Badass, Fat Trel - The Observatory - 8/4/12*House of Campaign: Five Rap Songs Looking for Your Vote The twilight of the summer festival circuit is fast approaching, and hip-hop's foray into all the sweaty, sometimes expensive act ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Let's Talk About the Crazy Names For Musician Fan Bases, Like "Beliebers"

    See Also:*Miley Cyrus Calls Anaheim Resident a "Fucking Creep" on Twitter*Octomom Releases New Topless Album Cover for 'Sexy Party'*Christina Aguilera and YUM! Brands Team Up to Fight Hunger. Seriously?As Jerry Seinfeld might say: What's the deal with all these crazy names for musician fan bases, li ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Snoop Dogg Finally Smokes Too Much Weed and Creates a Reggae Album as Snoop Lion

    This week, we've been convinced that Snoop Dogg has finally, once and for all,  smoked too much weed. The iconic, Long Beach-born rapper is currently working on a reggae album titled Reincarnated with EDM wiz Diplo as the executive producer. Under his new found moniker Snoop Lion, a music ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Spaceghostpurrp is Here to Elevate

    The gloomy and spaced-out sounds of Spaceghostpurrp --"trill phonk," as he calls it-- may transport the listener to the crime-ridden swamp-grounds of nineties-era Memphis, but Purrp -earth name Muney Jordan--is not on this mortal plane to corrode or destroy. When it comes to his purpose and his asp ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Shazam Predicts 2012's 10 Most Popular Summer Jams

    Summer is just around the corner (June 20, to be exact), and with that comes summer mixtapes. There's nothing better than the sunshiny bliss that comes from driving with your windows rolled down, wind whipping through your hair, and upbeat, buoyant music blasting through your ste ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Fashawn's Divine Inspiration

    Raised in a city full of churches, the Fresno rapper's gritty rhymes inspire true belief

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    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 >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Curren$y - The Observatory - 5/2/12

    A veteran of high-profile labels such as No Limit and Cash Money, Shante Scott Franklin finally just decided to start his own imprint under a deal with Warner Bros. Records, Jet Life Recordings (the name pulled from the mantra he created, "JETS" -- "Just Enjoy This Shit"). Last night, the crowd ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    The Best Of Coachella: Sunday, April 22, 2012

    See also: Our Complete Coachella CoverageBy the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

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    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 >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Smokeout 2012 at NOS Events Center, March 3, 2012

    ​Smokeout 2012 NOS Events CenterMarch 3, 2012Guerilla Union threw another successful festival in Cypress Hill's Smokeout 2012. The all day mind opening experience showcased a unique lineup with a wide variety of talented artists including hip-hop, heavy metal, dubstep, experimental, reggae and ele ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Pulp: Top 10 Songs for Beginners

    ​So I've heard some talk around the water cooler that Coachella has become too big. Too commercial. Too KROQ-ey. Really? No Gerard Way.Two Weeknds? That $h!# cray. Nevertheless, the Chelly will welcome its usual cast of characters: the Bro Montegnas, the Hairy Potters, the Cloney Deschanels, and a ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival 2012 Announces Final Lineup

    ​New things are happening at Cypress Hill's Smokeout Fest this year: One, Cypress Hill and Rusko are performing together. Two, there's going to be a Low End Theory stage--yes, LA's most famous experimental hip-hop and electronic music night that Thom Yorke frequents when he's in town. Three, Wol ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Wu-Tang Clan Last Night at the Grove

    ​Wu-Tang Clan City National Grove of Anaheim Jan. 18, 2012Even without Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Wu-Tang Clan at the City National Grove of Anaheim last night was nothing short of spectacular. The C.R.E.A.M. Team showed Orange County what real east coast hip hop looks and sounds like, with the ... More >>

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    December 31, 2011

    Kreayshawn at the Observatory Last Night

    ​Kreayshawn The Observatory Dec. 30, 2011 Having been to more shows than I can count in 2011, last night's Kreayshawn gig at the Observatory in Santa Ana was definitely was one of my most eagerly anticipated of the year. With all the hype (both good and bad) that surrounded the pint-sized rapper, ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa at the Wiltern Last Night

    Ryan Ritchie​Snoop Dogg and Wiz KhalifaWiltern December 13, 2011 To use a tired party cliche, if you remember the Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa show last night at the Wiltern, you weren't there.I mean, seriously, was anyone not getting high? The answer is no.Wiz performed for about a half hour ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Wiz Khalifa Finally Gets His Shit Together on "Smokin' On"

    ​Along with every other straight-to-DVD film, we've been ignoring Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg's upcoming buddy comedy, Mac and Devin Go to High School. The movie promises to be a Cheech and Chong redux. We have no idea what the concept is other than getting high, potentially blowing up a chemistr ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Mac Miller: Five Ways to Pre-Game Before His Show

    ​Mac Miller's affinity for Chuck Taylors and alumni status with Taylor Alderdice's Pittsburgh high school might have you believe that he's a part Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang crew, the truth is Miller and Khalifa couldn't be further apart. Although they both launched their careers with Pittsburgh-bas ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Happy Birthday Nintendo! Top Five Weird Hip-Hop Songs With 'Nintendo' In The Lyrics

    sgs_1019/Flickr​Nintendo was founded as a multinational corporation in Japan 122 year go. Today the company is one of the most powerful in the gaming industry--well recognized both in and out of gaming circles. And the hip hop industry--with its proclivity to name-drop brands -- has been dicing N ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Urban Nomad Interviews Tinie Tempah at Lollapalooza 2011

    ​ UK rapper Tinie Tempah performed at Lollapalooza this weekend and we caught up with him to talk about what's next. The artist born Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, 22, made his first mixtape in 2007 with 28 songs, freestyles and remixes. His first album, Disc-Overy, debuted at No. 1 last year in the ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Five Things You Didn't Know About 'Ladies Love Me,' Chris Brown and Justin Bieber's Mixtape Collaboration

    ​So you can now download Chris Brown's 21-song mixtape Boy in Detention (here), which not only features  Swizz Beatz, Kevin McCall, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa, but also Shawty Mane, Justin Bieber's rapping alter-ego, in a song called "Ladies Love Me." Obviously you don't need me opining on the qual ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    R.I.P. Jeff Porcaro: Five of the Legendary Toto Drummer's Best Songs and How They've Been Sampled, on the 19th Anniversary of his Death

    ​People say that even without Toto, Jeff Porcaro would've cemented his place in music history because of the high caliber of his drumming. It's said to have defined much of the music produced in the late '70s and '80s. Born into a musical family, he toured and/or recorded with Sonny and Cher as a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Five Musical Moments in the NBA Off-Season

    After this year's dramatic NBA season, basketball fans may have to wait a long time before the league's owners and players agree to a new collective bargaining deal. The off-season normally allows fans to speculate over player trades and retirements, but given the current lockout, they'll have to se ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Summer Music: What Kind of Fan Am I?

    [SUMMER GUIDE] Can't decide which shows are worth opening your recession-lightened wallet for? We're here to help!

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    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 >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Rebecca Black to Guest on MTV's O Awards

    ​First the DigiTour, and now Rebecca Black is going to be at the MTV O Awards. Why does the world keep proving the Onion right again and again?As you all know, "Friday" has racked up more than 122 million views on YouTube. This is apparently enough to merit an appearance on MTV's inaugural O Award ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Shawn and Marlon Wayans: Don't Judge Them via Twitter, Wiz Khalifa is not a Wayans and Nothing Happened with JLo

    ​Whether its movies like Scary Movie, The Wayans Brothers, White Chicks, Dance Flick, or Don't be a Menace, the name "Wayans" goes hand in hand with the word laughter. This Thursday through Saturday (April 21 to April 23), Shawn and Marlon Wayans are coming to the Irvine Improv. 

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    April 12, 2011

    OC Collective Names New Strand of Weed After Compton Rapper YG​ Green Aid, a medicinal marijuana collective in Anaheim, recently developed a new strain of weed--"YG OG," named after Compton rapper YG. It's sold exclusively at their location.

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    March 9, 2011

    Four Songs to Be Remixed Into Anthems If the Kings Move to Anaheim

    ​The Maloof Brothers-owned Sacramento Kings are ditching their outdated digs at Arco Arena (which has recently been renamed Power Balance Pavilion) for greener pastures at Anaheim's Honda Center. The move, which would make them the Anaheim Kings and bring yet another NBA team to ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Snoop Dogg Now a DJ?

    ​​​Snoop Dogg, one of the most celebrated hip-hop MC's of all time, manned the decks (well, really, Mac) at 300 Bowling Lane in Anaheim on Friday night. He was joined by Wiz Khalifa, the hot young MC from Pittsburgh, and they "lit up" the stage. Snoopaloop laid down the programmed beats, while ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Rock the Bells Festival at NOS Over the Weekend

    Doug Neill/OC WeeklySnoop Dogg​Check out our Rock the Bells slideshow here!Rock the Bells Festival August 21, 2010 NOS Event Center Scorching heat, swarming crowds, parking gridlock, inefficient management, and borderline incompetent staffing didn't stop Southern California from "rocking th ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Rock The Bells 2010: No Lauryn Hill, But Guess Who's Performing?​Yesterday, called it: Lauryn Hill would be performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety at Guerilla Union's veritable hip-hop fest, Rock the Bells. When the lineup was announced at the Key Club in Hollywood last night, Rock the Bells announced  ot ... More >>