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News, The Informer Laker Jordan Hill Lost His Mom at 3. Now He Plays in Her Memory

Laker Jordan Hill Lost His Mom at 3. Now He Plays in Her Memory

Pink is everywhere: pink pom-poms, pink ponchos, even pink beards. There are bulldogs strutting in pink sweaters. Pastels overpower the blue color scheme of the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Standing atop a wooden riser, a woman clutches a pink megaphone beneath a banner reading: 2014 Los Angeles County Race for...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best Under-the-Radar Artists at Coachella This Year

The Best Under-the-Radar Artists at Coachella This Year

If you're attending Coachella, prepare for the battery of pressing questions. Do you take the red pills, the blue pills, or the hallucinogenic Andean tree bark procured by your Topanga friend who is pretty sure he's a shaman? What's the most efficient way to get drunk on a per-dollar basis?...…
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News, The Informer Clippers 120, Lakers 97: Year One of the "Trading Places" Era Comes to An End

Clippers 120, Lakers 97: Year One of the "Trading Places" Era Comes to An End

"Fear? That's the other guy's problem." - Louis Winthrop III in Trading Places. "I don't care, to be honest."   -  Clippers Coach Doc Rivers on the Lakers-Clippers rivalry. It used to be that the best way to watch the Lakers was to watch the Clippers. It was an open L.A. secret...…
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Music, West Coast Sound For Russell Simmons, the Only Goal Left 
to Achieve Is Total Enlightenment

For Russell Simmons, the Only Goal Left 
to Achieve Is Total Enlightenment

You can take the New Yorker out of the noise and the noise out of the New Yorker, but internal speed is immutable. Spend two minutes with Russell Simmons and the root of his "Rush" nickname becomes obvious. It's 9 a.m. and the Queens-bred mogul has already meditated and taken...…
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MadGibbs: When Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Get Together, Chaos Ensues

Freddie Gibbs is gone. A quick trip to the store has turned into an almost hourlong absence. Nobody's worried about his well-being: The gangsta rapper from Gary, Ind., ostensibly could survive a thermonuclear holocaust. But that doesn't mean there's not trouble. It's October 2012, and tonight is an early recording...…
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News, The Informer Lakers 127, Knicks 96  -  Yes, That Really Happened. And It Felt Good.

Lakers 127, Knicks 96 - Yes, That Really Happened. And It Felt Good.

There is only so much sage you can smoke. You needed something stronger to handle last night's Lakers-Knicks game. Maybe a bindle of Mandrake root spiced with crushed tusk of mastodon; ayuhuasca with sacred rites uttered by an Amazonian shaman. You needed 1,000 dream catchers, all the mandalas in Topanga...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Noah King Has Changed His Mission and Sharpened His Skills

Noah King Has Changed His Mission and Sharpened His Skills

It takes more than 15 seconds to think of something that can be effectively completed in 15 seconds. That's the sprinter's time allotted to make an Instagram video - double that of Vine - but barely enough for anything but twerking clips, jokes, athletic miracles or funny cats fucking up...…
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News, The Informer Freddie Gibbs on the Lakers   -   and How He Destroyed Brian McKnight

Freddie Gibbs on the Lakers - and How He Destroyed Brian McKnight

Freddie Gibbs is too raw for ESPN. The live censors could never move quick enough to stop the curse words or comic slander. Ask him a question about professional sports and you will get the truths that you usually only hear in a bar argument. At his most opinionated (usually...…
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Music, Diddy's Revolt TV Tries to Reinvent Music's Role on the Small Screen

Diddy's Revolt TV Tries to Reinvent Music's Role on the Small Screen

Inside the Hollywood studios where Revolt Live is being taped, a sign in searing red reads: "Every generation needs a Revolt." Supporting this theory is a balcony of 100 quick-to-applaud, leather-clad audience members, currently transfixed by transgender New York rapper Mykki Blanco, a transgressive artist attempting to catwalk between Busta...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best Hip-Hop Songs Sampling Kraftwerk

The Best Hip-Hop Songs Sampling Kraftwerk

For four decades, one of hip-hop's biggest external influences has been a quartet of automatons from Düsseldorf, Germany. Should you be unfamiliar with the infinite groove of the autobahn, I'm referring to Kraftwerk, the German legends launching a four-night, eight-performance, three-dimensional cybernetic revolt at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each evening they'll...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Prince - Hollywood Palladium - March 8, 2014

Prince - Hollywood Palladium - March 8, 2014

Prince Hollywood Palladium March 8, 2014 Only a few artists earn the right to make the world bend to their idiosyncratic whims. Out of this exclusive group of mono-named deities, none are funkier or more unpredictable than Prince. For roughly a half-decade, he made everyone refer to him in symbol...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Ronnie Hudson Is Behind the Iconic "California Love" Sample

Ronnie Hudson Is Behind the Iconic "California Love" Sample

"California knows how to party." That five-word mantra might as well be tattooed on the dopamine receptors of every Golden State resident. Most under 40 remember it as the chorus of Dr. Dre and Tupac's "California Love," but its genesis traces back to 1982, when bassist-singer Ronnie Hudson took a...…
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News, The Informer How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Embrace the Tank: The Lakers Season Enters Its Last Quarter

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Embrace the Tank: The Lakers Season Enters Its Last Quarter

The next five minutes could determine the future of the franchise. Deep in the fourth quarter trenches on Friday night, the Lakers led the Sacramento Kings by a single point, 115-114. It was crunch time, a true test of will, a schism separating the really bad from the fantastically awful...…
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Music, Riding Around South Central With Schoolboy Q

Riding Around South Central With Schoolboy Q

How do we come to grips with the fact that this thing is too real, out of control like some huge snowball rolling down a hill, threatening to smash and kill all in its path, including those who originally fashioned it? –Monster Kody of the 8-Tray Crips Before I even...…
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News, The Informer 10 Ideas for Making It Out Of This Lakers Season Alive

10 Ideas for Making It Out Of This Lakers Season Alive

Is anyone still out there? Have we abandoned this Lakers squad to smoke wax in the Bronson Canyon Batcave? Television ratings have plummeted 38 percent from last year. The team's record is 18-36, complete with eight straight home losses. Calling this season a bloodbath sullies the fine name of both...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Beeff Makes Hip-Hop That's Authentically Artificial

Beeff Makes Hip-Hop That's Authentically Artificial

The paradox at the heart of hip-hop is that no genre celebrates authenticity more but rewards artifice so richly. Former corrections officer turned crustacean-slurping, would-be mob boss Rick Ross is only the latest in a line that stretches back to the "borrowed" rhymes on The Sugarhill Gang's "Rappers Delight." But...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Last Year Isaiah Rashad Worked at Hardee's; Now He's Rap's Next Big Thing

Last Year Isaiah Rashad Worked at Hardee's; Now He's Rap's Next Big Thing

Sometimes the top of the world is a ratty sofa in Carson. That's where Isaiah Rashad reclines on the last Thursday of January, sipping a grape soda, scarfing Honeybuns and idly glancing at a muted rerun of Gilligan's Island. Rashad awoke to discover his debut, Cilvia Demo, at No. 2...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Toy Light: The Beat Scene's Collegiate Recruit

Toy Light: The Beat Scene's Collegiate Recruit

If you're anything like I am, your last year of college was an anxiety-riddled, hallucinogen-addled holding pattern. A bachelor's degree in the humanities usually leaves you qualified to immediately do little more than play-act as a barista at a post-grad internship. The best hope of avoiding indigence is accruing an...…
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News, The Informer Kendrick Lamar on Phil Jackson, Kobe and Why He Won't Abandon the Lakers

Kendrick Lamar on Phil Jackson, Kobe and Why He Won't Abandon the Lakers

Kendrick Lamar was born in Compton on June 17, 1987 - three days after the Showtime Lakers defeated the Celtics for their 10th NBA championship. So by the astrological and geographical circumstances of his birth, the Grammy-nominated rapper is bound to the purple and gold. A self-professed "huge basketball fan," Lamar's lyrics...…
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Music, West Coast Sound House Shoes Has Hip-Hop and Shit-Talking In His DNA

House Shoes Has Hip-Hop and Shit-Talking In His DNA

You don't have to listen to House Shoes, aka Michael Buchanan, but you probably should. If hip-hop had a United Nations, he would be the ambassador from Detroit: raw, skeptical, unwilling to stomach any side-winding geopolitical fuckery. Since relocating to Los Angeles five years ago, he has become one of...…
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