1 month ago | Hip-Hop
Stop offering Vince Staples weed. "Life is hard," the 21-year-old Long Beach rapper says. He stares at you when he speaks, unblinking, his limpid eyes catching yours with the precision of a shackle clicking into a padlock. "But I've never done [dr...
2 months ago | Media
One of the 54 fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People Issue 2015. As a child, Yesi Ortiz was so shy that she would opt for an F rather than speak in front of the class. "I always felt like I was an outsider. I used to talk to myself...
3 months 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...
4 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...
8 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...
10 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...