Max Bell

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  • 17 days ago | Hip-Hop

    Last year, Los Angeles’ biennial homeless census revealed that the county’s homeless population had risen 12 percent since 2013. Asad Ill spent innumerable nights curled up in abandoned cars, but friends, family and co-workers had no idea he was p...

  • 4 months ago

    Vince Staples was one of the best rappers in L.A. long before he landed the XXL Freshmen cover. Prior to his blistering 2014 EP, Hell Can Wait, each successive mixtape proved more promising than the last. His delivery became more distinctive, his ...

  • 4 months ago

    Low End Theory has often played the role of L.A.'s sole hip-hop night, but beats there generally take precedence over lyrics. Recently, Bananas has emerged as L.A.'s best unadulterated rap night. Hosted by venerated L.A. indie rapper VerBS and rap...

  • 7 months 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...

  • 8 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...

  • 10 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...

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