8:55 PM: I arrive at Corner Bakery Cafe in Westwood to pick up 43-year-old rapper/producer/MC Michael Troy (aka Myka 9) and his Canadian producer Graham Murawsky aka Factor. For some background on Myka, peep our story on his seminal group Freestyle Fellowship.
8:57 PM: "How are you, beautiful?" My ... More >>
A 38-year-old Jersey-born rap veteran who is a verified member of MENSA, Chino XL has called L.A. his home for a decade and a half. Chino's has built a loyal following since his 1996 debut Here to Save You All from stacking oft-referential multisyllabic rhymes ("travelin' through my abdomen/unraveli ... More >>
Trevor TreynorSunshine men go dark and sky rappers eventually touch cement, but Freestyle Fellowship swore that they would never fall the fuck off. That was the promise of 1991, the pre-riot boiling point when their first hand-hawked collection of songs, To Whom It May Concern, crushed casset ... More >>
James "Nocando" McCall titled one of his first solo releases, "Nocando is a Virus." And like any virus, he's innately aware of the importance of mutation. By 25, the Leimert Park-raised rapper had toured the country with Project Blowed avatar, Aceyalone, won Scribble Jam, dropped a pair of al ... More >>
[Make sure to read Jeff Weiss' piece on Open Mike Eagle, from the LA Weekly print edition.]
Open Mike Eagle - I Rock from Mush Records on Vimeo.
In the first ten minutes of his acidic and excellent debut, "Unapologetic Art Rap," Open Mike Eagle samples Pavement and sings a portion of TV on the Ra ... More >>
WarpaintPasadena is used to its parades, but on Saturday its denizens will be traipsing around Old Town to get an earful of music rather than an eyeful of rose pedals. What's impressive about the annual Make Music Pasadena is how many constituencies the festival is serving over one day. With ... More >>
Kate NashFor somebody with a pet rabbit named Fluffy, Kate Nash sounds a little bit ticked off on her new album, "My Best Friend Is You." She's 22 now, and maybe she's learned a few things since "Made of Bricks" made her everybody's darling in 2007, but there's as much snarl as coo in the gir ... More >>
Tonight at Little Temple in Silver Lake, the legendary, influential hip hop night Project Blowed will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an appearance by the Freestyle Fellowship.
The club, which grew out of The Good Life open mic night in Leimert Park ... well, hell, since the late Brendan Mul ... More >>