Tag Archives: hip hop

G-Eazy
G-Eazy brings out A-listers P. Diddy, Chris Brown for second sold-out Shrine Expo Hall show

Almost exactly a year ago, Bay Area rapper G-Eazy had two sold-out nights at The Wiltern as he toured behind his second album These Things Happen. Over the course of those two evenings, the young rapper brought out a venerable who’s who of the hip-hop community – from T.I. to Big Sean to Bay Area […]

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Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek dust off Reflection Eternal at Belasco gig to much fanfare

Friday night at The Belasco in downtown Los Angeles, I got to see Talib Kweli dust off his side-project with Hi-Tek called Reflection Eternal. In order to get to the point where Talib finally took the stage a little bit after 11:15 PM, I had to brave the smell of your mom and dad’s not-so-dank […]

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Kendrick Lamar gives powerful performance at The Wiltern

Last night at the Wiltern, Kendrick Lamar performed to a raucous sold-out crowd packed to the walls. With the room lit in red and the stage clearly noting “pimps only”, Lamar kicked off what would be a most powerful performance. The Compton-raised hip hop star is currently on tour in support of his incredible new […]

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Boots — Aquaria
Watch Boots’ animated video for “C.U.R.E.” — LA date at The Echo Nov. 19

From underground club beats, to hip hop, r&b and more, Boots has primed us with a most pleasing selection of teasers from his forthcoming full-length album, AQUARIA. After sharing enticing tracks “C.U.RE.”, “I Run Roulette”, “Bombs Away”, and a short film (Motorcycle Jesus) which featured five of his songs, Boots has now revealed the animated […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Future
Future gets party started at Harry Houdini’s mansion for exclusive BACARDÍ’s Untameable Artist Series

The traffic this past Friday night did not help BACARDÍ’s Untameable Artist Series, where there was going to be a special performance by hip hop artist, Future. The 101 was closed off and the streets were jammed, it took me nearly an hour to get to the shuttle stop where I would be then taken […]

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blackalicious
Blackalicious give fans at The Roxy taste of new album Imani Vol.1 with bangin’ performance

Going into Tuesday night’s Blackalicious show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Both Blackalicious and Lifesavas haven’t put out records in a long time and the last time I had seen either group perform was over 10 years ago at the now defunct weekly, The Root Down. Back then, it was an exciting time for […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
kanye west
Kanye West adds second show date at Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West has added a second show date at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, September 26. This past weekend, Kanye announced that he would perform his 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, September 25. Naturally, one show would not suffice for Los Angeles Yeezy fans. A second show date was […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
death grips
Death Grips ACTUALLY show up at FYF Fest

Photo by Jazz Shademan Guess what? Death Grips showed up at FYF Fest. They walked on stage, and played a set that was intense x 1,000. The stage was bathed in fixed red lights with the crowd drowned in darkness. At the Trees Stage there are no screens showing what’s on and that somehow seemed […]

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kanye west
Kanye West has FYF Fest crowd thinking, ‘Frank who?’ — hit-filled set, joined by Rihanna and Travis Scott

Photo courtesy of FYF Fest There were a lot of people disappointed when Frank Ocean unexpectedly pulled out just a day before the first day of this year’s FYF Fest — myself included. Even when it was quickly followed up with the announcement that Kanye West would be the late substitute headliner, it wasn’t enough on […]

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straight outta compton
An Interview with Director F. Gary Gray on his new film Straight Outta Compton, the state of hip hop, the price of honesty.

Biopics aren’t known for their socio-politcal impact. Few of them ever do more than crystallize an accepted artistic narrative into mythos. They aren’t supposed to talk about issues larger then their subject. They may skirt with race relations, but it isn’t the focus. They don’t talk about police brutality, unless the subject is the one brutalized. […]

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