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Music, West Coast Sound Janette Beckman's Photos Capture L.A.'s Punk and Rap Past

Janette Beckman's Photos Capture L.A.'s Punk and Rap Past

Janette Beckman's lens somehow always seems to always capture the intersection of gritty and cool. Born in London, England, Janette is a product of the '70s punk movement. Like the music and lifestyle her art embodied, she soon crossed the ocean to New York, and has lived there since the...…
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Music, Time to Close the Book on the Tupac and Biggie Murders?

Time to Close the Book on the Tupac and Biggie Murders?

On the 1996 night Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas, Suge Knight was nabbed for violating his probation (for stomping a guy); he spent five years in prison. During this time, Knight's former high school classmate and head of security, Reggie Wright Jr., took over the bulk of Knight's...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Here's Some Amazing Drum Machine Porn

Here's Some Amazing Drum Machine Porn

In the early 1990s, Boston producer Joe Mansfield made hits for rappers Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs. His instrument? The Akai ASQ10 sequencer. As his discography advanced, he began accumulating machines that manipulated and enhanced his sounds. "I know I've got too many of these things," he says. "I've always...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Left Eye Was Making an Album For Death Row When She Died

Left Eye Was Making an Album For Death Row When She Died

You may have seen VH1's TLC biopic last month, called CrazySexyCool. (Here's our review.) Drawing 4.5 million viewers, it was the highest-rated cable movie of 2013, as well as Vh1's biggest film in history. But while the work, starring real-life musicians Lil Mama as Left Eye, Keke Palmer as Chilli...…
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