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KXNG Crooked; Credit: Urban Hitchcock

Long Beach Rapper KXNG Crooked Is Waging "War Against Wack Shit"

Dominick Wickliffe, better known as KXNG Crooked (formerly Crooked I), is proud to be part of Long Beach’s illustrious rap history. “We had one of the biggest runs in hip-hop history,” he proclaims. “I don’t think it’s really talked about much. We had more major deals in the city of......
Astronautica; Credit: Jack Strutz

Astronautica Is Happy to Add a Feminine Voice to L.A.'s Beat Scene

As a little girl, Edrina Martinez wanted to be an astronaut. She also wanted to be Gwen Stefani. She tied a ribbon around her acoustic guitar with some tape and sang along to Tragic Kingdom from her couch.  Ultimately, Martinez combined her dreams and became Astronautica, a cosmic traveler who......
Cool Uncle's Bobby Caldwell and Jack Splash; Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Cool Uncle's Bobby Caldwell Is "Not Your Average Sexagenarian"

When '70s soul man Bobby Caldwell ("What You Won't Do For Love") and Grammy-winning producer Jack Splash (Cee Lo Green, Kendrick Lamar) initially decided to work together, Splash was pretty nervous. "But as our group name suggests," Splash says, "it ended up kind of like me working with my cool......