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Best Rapper

Kendrick Lamar has been the default choice for "best L.A. rapper" since 2012's Good Kid, m.A.A.d City. Acclaim for each subsequent offering has been deafening, and the impact of Lamar's artistic innovation endures long after the buzz has dulled (not died). This year's DAMN. is no different. Tighter and far......
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Best Rapper

Kendrick Lamar has been the default choice for "best L.A. rapper" since 2012's Good Kid, m.A.A.d City. Acclaim for each subsequent offering has been deafening, and the impact of Lamar's artistic innovation endures long after the buzz has dulled (not died). This year's DAMN. is no different. Tighter and far......
Beat Cinema's wave Groove

A New Generation of Beat Scene Artists Sets Up Shop in Little Tokyo

You don’t go to karaoke bars to hear the progressive, head-nodding instrumental music emanating from L.A.’s internationally renowned beat scene. If you’re lucky, no one in your besotted cohort will belt a tone-deaf “Don’t Stop Believin’” or attempt their best Scott Stapp impression. For the last year, however, if you......
Azad Right still raps

The Rapper Son of an Iranian Poet Is Building a New Kind of Record Label

L.A. rapper Azad Right has made selflessly championing others the guiding principle of his career. Today he’s vice president of rising indie label Mind of a Genius (MOAG), whose roster includes recent Coachella performers Gallant and ZHU. “If you help someone that you believe in, they are naturally going to......
As co-founder of Low End Theory

When It Comes to L.A.’s World-Renowned Beat Scene, Daddy Kev Does It All

At this point, Kevin Marques Moo’s stage name needs no origin story. The producer, DJ, Grammy-nominated mixer and mastering engineer known as Daddy Kev has been the guiding hand behind L.A.’s “beat scene” — the loose electronic-music collective centered around internationally recognized weekly club night Low End Theory (LET) —......
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