The Key Club's last day is today! Ever since West Coast Sound broke the story of its impending closure, local music fans have been mourning the place. Personally, we've been to the venue hundreds of times, and worked there as a DJ during Metal Skool's heyday for about two years. We believe the venue ... More >>
Last week we brought you the 60 worst Lil Wayne lines on Tha Carter IV. Those lyrics are bad mainly because Wayne has stopped exerting effort; he clearly used the first thing that came into his head, even if said thing was, "Nothing standing in my way/ Like nothing's my security."
But give ... More >>
Erykah Badu is known foremost for her mesmerizing, cutting-edge R&B. I put her recent album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) in my top ten for last year, and it's just one of her many groundbreaking works.
But beyond her music she's probably best known as baby mama to the rap stars ... More >>
Danny ClinchCracker and Camper Van BeethovenDavid Lowery turns 50 years old on Friday, which means the man who gave us one of the finest lyrics of the '90s ("What the world needs now / is another folk singer / like I need a hole my head") is likely to be onstage tonight when the clock strikes ... More >>
The Notorious Fake Vodka P.I.M.P.Oh Puffy...
Insanely talented (and plain insane) rapper Jay Electronica has just leaked a track called "The Ghost of Christopher Wallace." Christopher Wallace, in case you don't know, was the Notorious B.I.G.'s birth name.
Jay told MTV that "when Big was aro ... More >>
De La Soul, back in the day
Only a handful of rap groups can be bandied about as G.O.A.T: Wu-Tang, Outkast, EPMD, Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, UGK, The Geto Boys, and De La Soul. If you need an introduction to the De La -- Posdnuos, Dave/Trugoy the Dove, and Maseo -- you obviously hav ... More >>
Other than freshman Delta Sigma Theta rushes at Cal-State Chico, no substrata of the American population has worse taste in rock than rappers. Sure, your little brother likes Fall Out Boy, but eventually, he's going to grow up and discover The Clash, then weed, then hopefully Junior Murvin and Lee ... 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 >>
Contrary to popular belief, Blu did not take his name from the Eiffel 65 song popular in the late 90s.
Q: So where exactly in LA did you grow up?
A: I was born at St. Andrews and 54th, at my grandparent’s crib, that’s where I was living last year and it’s the first place I ever stayed. But ... More >>
You may not know who Jay Electronica is yet, but I'm willing to bet that you would had he chosen a better name. Jay Electronica does not sound like the one of the most buzzed about rappers of 2008. Jay Electronica sounds like the name of a small-potatoes Milwaukee techno DJ circa 1999 who magicall ... More >>
With a spot on Entertainment Weekly's "8 to Watch in 08" and Ann Powers' SXSW rave in the LA Times, the Wale hype is getting pretty loud, yet it exists for good reason. After all, how many young guns can go toe-to-toe with Bun B and Pusha-T? Not to say he's quite there yet. From this angle, Bun-B ... More >>