3 days ago | Bizarre Ride
You don’t expect to hear synth pop on 56th Street in South Central. It’s known as the neighborhood that begat the sawed-off gangsta raps of Schoolboy Q and Ice Cube — walking distance from where the riots first started. Boyz N’ the Hood territory,...
10 days ago | Bizarre Ride
We live in a time when grotesque self-promotion is often considered an asset, but Jamie Strong takes the opposite approach. The co-founder of Innovative Leisure Records and the Do-Over party series initially didn't want to do this story — lest he ...
17 days ago | Bizarre Ride
For the last three Septembers, this column has implemented the most statistically advanced sabermetrics available to assess the Dodgers' championship odds, in the form of their players' walk-up music. One secret left out of Moneyball was that play...
24 days ago | Bizarre Ride
If you skim the singles, you might get the wrong impression of RJ. Over the last 18 months, the South Central–raised protégé of DJ Mustard has dropped several of L.A.’s biggest street rap hits. There’s “Get Rich,” on which RJ and Oakland’s Iamsu! ...
1 month ago | Bizarre Ride
The staff at George Petrelli’s Steakhouse in Culver City greet Dam-Funk like a celebrity, even though they’ve never heard his music. He’s a regular, but it’s more than that. Some people just naturally command respect. If they listened to his catal...
2 months ago | Bizarre Ride
Picture yourself in the world’s grimiest bathroom. Graffiti smears the walls. Piss everywhere, the toilet seat unwashed for eons. You soap your hands, but the water doesn’t work. You’re wondering what brought you into this foul tomb. Then you look...