ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Dizzy Wright
XXL Freshmen Live 2013
Better Than... Actually being a freshman in high school
Since 2008, hip-hop magazine XXL has named its "top freshmen" each year, and on Saturday night the bulk of them performed at Club Nokia. Black Hippy crewmates School ... More >>
Not all rappers need critical adoration to achieve commercial success. Some use negative reviews as motivation, others dismiss them as hate, and a few of them probably don't know what constitutes a review. But it's commendable anytime an artist reaches some level of success. In fact, some of the mos ... More >>
The 19-year-old rapper Casey Veggies is a founding member of Odd Future, he built a considerable buzz with his 2010 release Sleeping In Class.
He put off college in favor of a three-month nationwide tour with Mac Miller, and went on to ink a management deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation soon after. His n ... More >>
One of hip-hop's do-no-wrong stories of 2012, Albanian Queens-native Action Bronson put out Blue Chips for free and followed it up with Rare Chandeliers last year. He signed to Vice Records and made countless critics' year-end lists flowing unpretentiously on typical rap fare (girls, chronic, hooker ... More >>
10. My Morning Jacket
The Wiltern, September 11-13
The ever-electrifying My Morning Jacket held a three-night stint at the Wiltern this past September and didn't repeat a single tune. That's right. Three nights and no repeats. It takes one heck of a repertoire not just to have that many songs, but t ... More >>
Waka Flocka Flame
There's this great moment midway through rapper MGK's video for "Wild Boy," on which Waka Flocka Flame is featured. "You think you're a good rapper?" MGK asks Waka. "Fuck no," Waka replies.
See also: Our slideshow of the concert
That was the general consensus ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Fuck Guilty Pleasures celebrates the over-produced, commercial, artless, lowbrow music that we believe is genuinely worthwhile. Like, among the best music ever.]
In March, Mac Miller put out a mixtape. It is called Macadelic. It features "Ignorant," a collaboration between Miller an ... More >>
See also: Our review of Rock the Bells 2011
Last night Guerilla Union announced this year's Rock the Bells 2012 dates, headliners and lineup.
Beginning in 2010, the hip-hop festival's headliners -- famous acts whose first few albums often outshine their later work -- have performed their classic ... More >>
Mansions on the Moon are not at home.
It's an unusually warm Wednesday afternoon, and I'm camped out on the front porch of their Hollywood home thirty minutes after our scheduled meeting time. Suddenly, my phone rings and Ted Wendler, the band's lead singer and guitarist, breathlessly and profusel ... More >>
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. His archives are available here.]
The plan was simple. Head to Venice Beach, sample the mixtapes hawked by the hucksters hovering near the paddle tennis courts, pick one rapper to profile ... More >>
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See also: Snoop Dogg's Player's Ball 2011 - Marbella - December 17, 2011
Song: Snoop and Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild and Free"
History: "Young, Wild and Free" i ... More >>