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Gerrick D. Kennedy

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Gerrick D. Kennedy is a music writer for the Los Angeles Times covering pop, R&B/soul and hip-hop. An Ohio native, he came to The Times as an intern in 2009. On the pop music team, he’s found his favorite stories while smoking cigars with Nas, being trapped on a Kid Rock-themed music cruise, rediscovering boy bands and perfecting the craft of the snarky tweet.  In 2012, Kennedy was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Assn. of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles

  • The moment N.W.A changed the music world

    The moment N.W.A changed the music world

    Part of the ongoing L.A. Times series The age of hip-hop: From the streets to cultural dominance. In this exclusive excerpt from “Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap,” Gerrick D. Kennedy details the birth of the first major disruption of hip-hop.

  • The moment N.W.A changed the music world

    The moment N.W.A changed the music world

    Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella caused a seismic shift in hip-hop when they form N.W.A in 1986. With its hard-core image, bombastic sound and lyrics that were equal parts poetic, lascivious, conscious and downright in-your-face, N.W.A spoke the truth about life on the streets of...

  • Hip-hop has long dominated culture — what took so long for it to dominate the Grammys?

    Hip-hop has long dominated culture — what took so long for it to dominate the Grammys?

    Once considered a passing fad, hip-hop has permeated American pop music and become the most influential sound in the genre over the last half century. Its artists have gone from being persecuted over lyrics to bona-fide pop stars, corporate pitchmen, Hollywood players, tech moguls and label executives....

  • Diana Ross on longevity and life off the stage

    Diana Ross on longevity and life off the stage

    Between rehearsals for the American Music Awards, where she will be feted with the Lifetime Achievement award and perform, Diana Ross discussed her career, longevity and life off the stage.

  • Eve officially joins 'The Talk' as new host

    Eve officially joins 'The Talk' as new host

    Grammy Award-winning rapper and actress Eve is adding talk show host to her resume by officially joining CBS’ daytime talk show “The Talk.” The performer made her official debut Tuesday, after previously appearing as guest co-host last month. The artist, whose real name is Eve Jeffers Cooper, is...

  • Camp Flog Gnaw celebrates weirdness, individuality and branding

    Camp Flog Gnaw celebrates weirdness, individuality and branding

    When Tyler, the Creator launched the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in 2012, it was a way to put his Odd Future collective’s raucous approach to hip-hop on full display while marking the close of the group’s tour that year. L.A. Live’s Club Nokia (now the Novo) anchored the daylong event that paired performances...

  • Michael Jackson, Halloween icon? His estate seems to think so

    Michael Jackson, Halloween icon? His estate seems to think so

    Since its premiere in 1983, it’s hard to think about Halloween without Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The creepy send-up of 1950s B-movie horror films, in which the singer morphs into a werecat and a zombie, has long been a fixture this time of year. It’s likely that your local costume store carries...

  • With 'Ctrl,' Sza is in the midst of a breakout year

    With 'Ctrl,' Sza is in the midst of a breakout year

    Sza should have been celebrating. It was the day after her sold-out tour played downtown at the Novo, and she had just learned that her breakout single, “Love Galore,” had gone platinum — yet she was agonizing over the concert. “This is the second time I’ve had a really bad show … I was certain...

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