5 days ago | Bizarre Ride
"You don’t ever talk to me like that!” a voice screams. “We’re supposed to be able to talk,” a quieter one counters. “Get the fuck out my house! Get the fuck out my car!” A door slams, the beat kicks in, and Versis starts telling his story. Record...
12 days ago | Bizarre Ride
Los Angeles is to funk music what Berlin is to techno, what Switzerland is to chocolate, what South Beach is to steroids. We might not have invented the form, but it has flourished here. Among municipal transplants, it's second only to the palm tr...
19 days ago | Bizarre Ride
Hip-hop has always been rooted in competition. Jay Z boasted about being from the block where they argue who’s better, “B.I.G., Jay Z or Nas.” This generation has Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse, plus the occasional rivalry unfolding over social ...
26 days ago | Bizarre Ride
Cam and China were legends before they had driver’s licenses. While still stuck in P.E. class at Hamilton High, the Inglewood twins were two-fifths of Pink Dollaz, the best female rap group since Salt-N-Pepa. This was the 2008-09 apex of the jerki...
1 month ago | Bizarre Ride
"This weather is perfect,” Letta says, greeting me at the gate of his Silver Lake apartment building. After a withering Indian summer, today’s the first ambush of fall: concrete skies and a slight breeze. But Southern California can’t cool enough ...
1 month ago | Hip-Hop
Last night, Phora turned 21. The evidence of his surprise party still decorates his house in Corona: half-devoured birthday cakes, black and white balloons, empty beer cans and paper streamers. There's ample...