| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:38 AM
After her years-long hiatus from music, Lily Allen fans had reason to smile when her new video for "Hard Out Here" surfaced. But a few of those grins turned to groans after critics began questioning whether or not the irony-laced video trafficked in...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Donald Glover's newest album as Childish Gambino, "Because the Internet," is a self-aware portrait of a young man isolated by technology, celebrity and relentless introspection. Anyone who caught Glover's recent bloodletting Instagram session (in which he...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 7:00 AM
To judge by the media coverage this summer, only two hip-hop albums of note have been released. Both were recorded by multi-platinum multimillionaires raised on first- and second-generation hip-hop.
As even your grandma could probably tell you, these...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Musical obsessions are some of life's great pleasures, and "Doris," the latest album by Los Angeles rapper and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, 19, has lived in my car at huge volume for a month now.
I'll confess to crawling up next to cars blasting...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:30 AM
On a recent afternoon Thebe Kgositsile, 19, wandered around his sparse central Hollywood apartment lugging a gallon of orange juice and thinking about the logo to his fledgling music imprint Tan Cressida.
A piano melody looped from a computer plugged...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:59 PM
If the torrent of anticipation surrounding Earl Sweatshirt's album "Doris" isn't sufficient for you, now the much-touted Odd Future rapper has something else for you to look forward to -- a free L.A. show.
The MC has announced a free set at the El...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 1:55 PM
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Earl Sweatshirt, the Los Angeles-born rapper whose major label debut “Doris” is due this summer, has been forced to cancel all upcoming concert dates after a bout of pneumonia landed him...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 10:59 AM
On Wednesday night, everyone who went to see Earl Sweatshirt perform at the El Rey Theatre got a free cartoon-y mask of the rapper’s visage. It was for a photo shoot -- a sea of Earls staring back at the El Rey stage.
But a lot of people kept them...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Since its inception in 2004, Rock the Bells has anchored itself as the preeminent festival for hip-hop fans. For its 10th edition, the festival, which begins at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, once again proves why it's a hot ticket....
| Sep 9, 2013
| 11:02 AM
A few minutes into J. Cole’s Sunday night set at the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival in San Bernardino, the introspective wordsmith thanked the crowd for just being there.
“I know there were other choices, but I appreciate you coming to me,&...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:16 AM
As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts wrote in a recent profile, Earl Sweatshirt is building a complicated relationship with fame -- even as his upcoming major-label debut promises (or threatens) to bring it closer.
The L.A.-based rapper -- part...