| Jun 23, 2013
| 9:15 PM
Two years ago at Powerhouse — the annual summer hip-hop concert presented by L.A.'s KPWR-FM (105.9), a.k.a. "Power 106" — the Compton rapper Problem performed on a small outdoor stage designed to showcase up-and-coming acts. In 2012 he made it...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 10:44 AM
Rock the Bells added a batch of additional performers to its 2013 lineup from younger voices J. Cole, Pusha T and Action Bronson to veteran hip-hop statesmen KRS One and Slick Rick.
The additions, which were announced Monday night, included more than...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 8:15 PM
If the self-mythologizing of "Yeezus" is a little much for you, how about a rap album where the MC is bummed that he disappointed his hero? J. Cole's "Born Sinner" is at the other end of the universe from Kanye West's latest — a quieter, self-...
| May 15, 2013
| 6:00 AM
When Rock the Bells sets up in San Bernardino this fall, the traveling hip-hop festival will feature two of hip-hop’s most revered – and dead – voices: Wu-Tang Clan’s uproarious fallen member Ol’ Dirty Bastard and godfather...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Somewhere between Grammy hosting duties, starring on a hit CBS cop drama and thwarting home burglars, LL Cool J has completely lost touch with what launched him into superstardom: rapping. That startling disconnection is what bogs down his 13th album,...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 3:16 PM
Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd," has died. He was 80.
| Jun 13, 2012
| 4:37 PM
In the new film ‘Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,’ Ice-T reels in artists like Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Eminem to tell the story of hip-hop’s gritty beginnings....
| Jun 5, 2012
| 9:36 PM
Southern California’s summer pop music calendar includes festivals Hard Summer, Make Music Pasadena and Rock the Bells....
| Jun 4, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Nicki Minaj was set to headline the Hot 97′s Summer Jam festival in East Rutherford, N.J., but pulled out following disparaging remarks from Hot 97 personality Peter Rosenberg....
| May 16, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells announced this year's three-city tour stops will be held on two consecutive days in each of its three host cities. The lineup features the return of Missy Elliott and a host of young buzzy MCs, including ASAP...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 10:54 AM
Meek Mill’s highly anticipated debut, “Dreams and Nightmares,” got off to a rocky start this week when he found himself in handcuffs before his album release party Thursday.
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the rapper...