*Here Are Pictures of Dr. Dre's New $13 Million House
*The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012 Thus Far
It was November of 1999 and we were on the cusp of the millennium when Dr. Dre famously proclaimed that the next one thousand years would be "the millennium of Aftermath," on the song "Forgot A ... More >>
Rebecca HaithcoatBlack Milk, Master of Ceremonies"We at nine right now; I wanna bring it up to ten," Black Milk instructed the orchestra of fans near the end of his set last night at The Roxy. Actually, they'd already surpassed his directive. The crowd's energy, simmering dangerously close to ... More >>
Thursday's cover story on Gary, Indiana-raised rapper Freddie Gibbs, engendered a substantial response within the hip-hop blogosphere, with prominent sites Rap Radar, Nah Right, Fake Shore Drive, and The Smoking Section, all taking note. Even Wale twittered a congratulations message. Cons ... More >>
Prediction: If Kobe doesn't grow a mullet, the Lakers will take it in June.
Kobe Bryant = Kanye West
Raised in more affluent circumstances than their peers, Kobe and Kanye are not only among the best in their respective fields, they share a severe lack of humility and empathy. Mutually ol ... More >>
25. Prafit-"Nice Weather"
The nice weather is long gone--the ostensibly immutable Los Angeles sun blotted by kidney colored clouds and cold rain. So Prafit's ode to the sizzle of July feels like an antique postcard documenting endless light, chicken breasts smothered in BBQ sauce, and basement ... More >>
Q: What was it like for you growing up in Los Angeles during the 80s?
A: It was the LA of the Reagan administration. Drugs were really heavy in the streets at that time…more crack addicts…crack babies. It was a good time simultaneously because there was more creativity within the music and it ... More >>
In what's quickly shaping up to be late 90s unsung rap group week (sponsored by St. Ides Special Brew), it's appropriate that I include the West Oakland duo, The WhoRidas. Particularly since, during our interview last night, Bishop Lamont and I bonded over our mutual love for "Talkin' Bout Bank" a ... More >>
Margaret B. Plagiarizin'?
A little over two years ago, in the midst of the Oprah/James Frey fiasco, I wrote an expose called Navahoax that outed award-winning "Navajo" memoirist Nasdijj as being Tim Barrus -- a middle-class white guy from Lansing, Michigan, who was also a failed writer of gay porn ... More >>
The film that ended the Cold War.
9. Hi-Tek Ft. Talib Kweli & Dion-"Time"
"People get caught up in a time and what that song represents to them at the time they hear it. Nothing I'm gonna do after that is going to match up to that time period, because they can't get that back. So I have to real ... More >>
I...listened to all that Death Row stuff....and Lords Of The Underground, Busta Rhymes, Redman and Keith Murray, where your takes had to be so clean and ill to get off the phonetics that you were dropping. Your lines had to be crisp. Other cats don’t come from that school. It took me studying R ... More >>