1 month ago | Hip-Hop
The weirdest thing about Kendrick Lamar’s free concert last night wasn’t that it was performed with a full band on the back of a truck while driving down a blocked off Sunset Strip with hundreds of kids running behind it. It was that he didn’t pla...
2 months ago | Let's Talk Iconic L.A. Music Venues
On a recent crisp night, guys stuff their hands into their puffer vest pockets as a couple of excited girls, oblivious to the chill, bounce from one bare leg to the other. The requisite red velvet rope delineates where to queue, and a bouncer sits...
6 months ago | Hip-Hop
Todd “Too $hort” Shaw is sitting beside his partner Monica Payne, a powerhouse with a pixie cut, in the belly of their brand-new baby — a 5,000-square-foot digital production facility in Studio City called the Magic Gate. Dave Hampton, who renovat...
7 months ago | Festivals
When it comes to hip-hop festivals, Murs has the Midas touch. In 2006, the rapper had the crazy idea to create Paid Dues, an all-day, outdoor live music event packed solely with underground hip-hop acts. Not only did the inaugural concert sell out...
7 months ago | Hip-Hop
Hopsin ran away in January. Deeply depressed, he was on tour in Fort Collins, Colorado, when he decided he couldn't perform that night. Other rappers might booze it up, pop a Xanax or bed groupies to cope. But Hopsin doesn't drink, do drugs or che...
8 months ago | Theater
“Why do you live where they do this to colored people?” asks 18-year-old Bulrusher, who grew up one of two black people in pastoral yet progressive Boonville, California. It’s the summer of 1955, and Vera, who’s just off a train from Birmingham, h...