10 days ago | Gangsta Is What That Is
For Eazy-E, the concept of gangsta rap was fully formed in his mind. By 1986, the genre, which nobody then called "gangsta rap" ("reality rap," please) had begun to sprout in L.A. by way of Ice-T's "6 'n the Mornin'," which was patterned after Ph...
25 days ago | Goodbye
Joe Fierro, a bodyguard for N.W.A. who was known as KJ Mustafa, died yesterday in Pleasanton, California. He was 61. Fierro was right in the thick of things during the Compton-based gangsta rap group’s most volatile years. As head of security for ...
4 months ago | Hip-Hop
Snoop Dogg is no longer an active gang member. In fact, renouncing his formerly violent life is what he's about these days, and his Snoop Lion and Snoopzilla personas have sought to showcase a more socially conscious, peace-and-love Dogg. Bu...
5 months ago | Hip-Hop
In the conventional rap narrative, a star is born out of the 'hood, overcoming his circumstances to achieve fame and wealth beyond his dreams. But he's then confronted with a choice: Does he remain of the 'hood? Sure, he can afford to buy a nice h...
6 months ago | G-Funk
Rapper Kurupt is a Philadelphia native who moved to South Central at age 16. He gained local fame as a battle rapper, and outside of the Roxy one fortuitous night met Snoop Dogg, who helped launch his career on The Chronic and Doggystyle and in hi...
6 months ago | Goodbye
Some sad news: Today is my last day as L.A. Weekly music editor. Ok, so for some of you that's terrific news. Nonetheless, I am horribly sad about the whole thing and will miss everyone terribly. I'm leaving to embark on a project that's not ready...