27 days ago | Hip-Hop
Illusions disintegrate when lead projectiles scorch skin and shred flesh. Hugh Augustine knows. In 2011, the 23-year-old rapper was the victim of another man’s gang initiation, shot three times (twice in one leg, once in the other) while walking i...
2 months ago | Festivals
Low End Theory is arguably the best weekly party in L.A., if not the entire the U.S. A veritable Valhalla for the beat scene’s elite producers and DJs, a seemingly inexhaustible breeding ground for emerging L.A. musicians (electronic, rap, jazz, e...
3 months ago | Brainfeeding
Masta Killa once said, “The dumb are mostly intrigued by the drum.” He lambasted those listening to rap solely for the beats, but he also foresaw a time when bass-driven electronic music would become the dominant genre for an entire generation. Th...
7 months 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 Rejecting the outdated but still practiced tradition of hawking of CDs...
9 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...
9 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...