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Up to SpeedUsually found stimulating the pop-listening masses with songs about "pimpin' "' and harshly exhorting certain female drivers to get out of his way, Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris, (whose real name is Christopher Bridges) spent Labor Day weekend playing...
Pop & HissThe video for Pill???s ???Trap Goin' Ham??? was infamous before it ever saw release this summer. Uncensored and unscripted, cameras followed the Atlanta rapper deep into the trenches of the city???s often forgotten 4th Ward, a warren of crack pipes,......
Pop & HissIf you listen closely, you can hear the sound of the Los Angeles chapter of the Hip-Hop Nation collectively holding its breath. All they have to go on is a blunt, simple announcement on the website of L.A. indie hip-hop......
Pop & HissA few years ago, the majority of kids turning out for DJ A-Trak shows were what he called âuber DJ fansâ who preferred to film him for YouTube clips, as opposed to doing what his mixing suggested: dance. But more......
Tobacco talks collaborating with Beck, the possible demise of Black Moth Super Rainbow and unveils exclusive MP3Pop & HissThe world first discovered Black Moth Super Rainbow three years ago, with the release of their third album, âDandelion Gum,â a supernatural and synaesthetic swirl of drum machines, disorienting vocoders, and sun-splintered Moog synths imitating...
L.A. Times Tech BlogEntrepreneur and investor Shervin Pishevar has penned a new rap song about Silicon Valley...
An article and related materials published on the Los Angeles Times website on March 17 have been removed from the site because they relied heavily on information that The Times no longer believes to be credible. The article, titled "An Attack on Tupac...
Times Staff WriterIsaac Castillo watched uneasily as a pack of 15 boys streamed out of a Van Nuys McDonald's. They paraded across Balboa Boulevard, ignoring four lanes of traffic. Isaac and four of his friends headed toward their car in the Del Taco parking lot. The other...
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Special to The TimesYOU could say the often ugly, R-rated brand of hip-hop known as gangsta rap was jump-started by a prank. Dr. Dre, the brilliant record producer, and fellow N.W.A member Eazy-E were motoring through Torrance one afternoon in the late 1980s when Eazy...
Special to The TimesIt was the fall of 1969, and Janis Joplin, the biggest female star in rock, seemed invincible on stage — long, reddish hair swinging wildly as she stretched her vocal cords to alarming limits: "Come on, come on, come on, come on and take it take...
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JEFF CHANG is the editor of "Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop." DAVE ZIRIN is the author of the forthcoming "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports."MUCH OF THE criticism of commercial rap music — that it's homophobic and sexist and celebrates violence — is well-founded. But most of the carping we've heard against hip-hop in the wake of the Don Imus affair is more scapegoating than...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWith his spiky mohawk, cluttered canvas of tattooed skin and punk rock pedigree stretching back to childhood, Travis Barker isn't exactly pleading to be taken seriously as a hip-hop head. A former drummer for the multi-platinum-selling power pop trio...
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