13 days ago | Hip-Hop
Hailing from Santa Monica and Venice, locally grown rappers Ray Wright, Manu Li and Serk Spliff have spent the last four years garnering a devoted local following as Warm Brew. Rejecting the outdated but still practiced tradition of hawking of CDs...
3 months ago | Music Bidness
For independent record labels, exposure leads to expansion. An originally tight-knit community gradually comes untethered. Artists leave for the promise of bigger budgets and bigger hits elsewhere. Risk is jettisoned for the safe bet. L.A.-based e...
3 months ago | Reggae
Reggae will always be relevant. For evidence, see the Bob Marley posters perennially tacked to the dorm room walls of stoned college students across the country. However, few move beyond the genre’s most popular practitioner. If you listen to Pete...
4 months ago | Hip-Hop
The legacy of legendary DJ/producer Afrika Bambaataa is indisputable. Without him, hip-hop music and activism would not be what it is today. To honor Bambaataa and expose hip-hop listeners new and old to the records that laid the foundation for th...
5 months ago | Hip-Hop
Last year Oakland rap paragons Souls of Mischief celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1993 debut, ’93 Til Infinity. Last week the group released the Adrian Younge produced There is Only Now, their sixth studio album and first in five y...
6 months ago | Hip-Hop
When the members of a rap group go solo, the results can be disastrous, both when it comes to the music and the friendships. When there's, eventually, inevitably, a reunion tour or new album, it reeks of anticlimax. Not so for venerable L.A. hip-h...