Gerrick D. Kennedy

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.
  • Perspective
Smokin' Grooves, BET Experience offer varying ambitions for R&B, rap fans

Six years after its launch, BETX doesn’t feel nearly as ambitious as it once was.

  • Commentary
Slain rapper XXXTentacion's violent life stood in stark contrast to sensitive music that reached out to those on the edge

Rapper XXXtentacion, killed in South Florida on Monday, offered stark contradictions between the sensitive and the sadistic, the talented and the tormented.