Electro pioneer who quit N.W.A weeks before Compton now makes beats for Grand Theft Auto
Hip-hop's been in a lull. Meet the new torchbearers
Hip-hop scribe profiles 36 seminal rap albums. Let the arguments begin
Sentencing Diagrams: A swarm turns in on itself
Two decades later, Straight Outta Compton is as vital — and brutal — as ever
Hip-hop and hype from the streets of Compton (reprint of May 5, 1989, Weekly cover story)
A voters guide to the most important rap election in a generation
For the week of March 15 - 22
L.A.s Omar Cruz: Could he become the first Mexican-American rap star?
The Aggrolites play ska as Jah intended
After a five-year war, Snoop and Tha Dogg Pound reunite for love, profits and West Coast pride. Ben Quiñones catches the buzz.
For the week of May 25 - 31
PHARRELL AND FRIENDS at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, February 23
L.A.’s underground Visionaries make “honest music for the masses”
L.A. rapper Kam and the politics of love
Is The Game playing for keeps?
February 24, and Tangier, February 25
The Game and Daz bring gangsta back where it belongs
Eminem’s Encore falls into the gap between his obvious talent and his elevated stature
Compton’s evolution from mild-mannered L.A. backwater to ground zero of ghetto nation makes cowards — and accomplices — of us all
Gangsta rap hits L.A.
Brendan Mullen on spin city
Nas vs. Jay-Z and 50 Cent
DJ Quik lays 'em out
Getting a fix on Scarface and Clipse
Eminem returns to rankle
Media from the other coast bungle the story of LAPD’s scandal
Music mutilates the movies
Stalking classic rock with the Charlatans UK
Don't punk Julio G
Two sides of Nas' coin