3 days ago | EDM
We all know kids die at raves. It happens all the time, including most recently at EDC last weekend in Las Vegas. Usually, the cause is drugs. But not everyone who takes drugs dies; those who know what they're actually taking, stay hydrated and ta...
16 days ago | G-Funk
Happy Dre Day! This Friday, June 19, at the Compton Community Center, gangsta rap fans will celebrate the glory of Dr. Dre. It’s the second annual such event, honoring “Compton’s First Black Billionaire,” following last year’s $3 bi...
2 months ago | Gangsta Is What That Is
No one wants to take credit for coining the term “gangsta rap.” At least, no rappers do. As noted in L.A. Weekly's story commemorating the 20th anniversary of Eazy-E’s death, during N.W.A’s time, artists preferred to call the genre “reality rap.” ...
4 months 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...
4 months 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 ...
8 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...