7 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...
14 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 ...
21 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...
28 days 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 ...
29 days 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...
1 month ago | Bizarre Ride
Back when Anderson Paak was better known as Breezy Lovejoy, we met at the Dr. Robbin restaurant, close to his Koreatown home. It was less than two years ago, and though the Oxnard-raised soul assassin possessed the style, charisma and singing chop...