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  • Bun B Talks longevity, working with the next generation of rappers, and the meaning of being a 'Trill O.G.'

     
    Earlier this week, “Trill O.G.,” Bun B’s third solo album, received a perfect five-mic rating from long-running hip-hop publication The Source. Though the magazine’s influence is far removed from the era when Eminem proclaimed it “the only...
  • Live review: Rock the Bells still tolls for 1993

     
    Old school’s in session as Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest party likes it’s 1993 at San Bernardino’s hip-hop hoedown. For a large swath of its audience, hip-hop’s center of gravity will always stay moored in 1993......
  • Rock the Bells announces the addition of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill & DJ Premier

     
    Initially, the 2010 bill for annual hip-hop hall of fame/festival Rock the Bells seemed slightly lackluster. Obviously, Wu-Tang Clan performing "Enter the 36 Chambers," KRS-One performing "Criminal Minded," Slick Rick performing "The Great Adventures of...
  • West Coast legend Kurupt on his favorite rappers, collaborating with DJ Quik and Terrace Martin

     
    Rakim said it best: “It ain’t where you’re from, but where you’re at.” Accordingly, the late Guru may have been Boston-bred, but he’ll eternally embody the spirit of Brooklyn. Despite spending his formative years bouncing around the permafrost...
  • Critic's Picks: Ann Powers list of recommended Coachella performers

     
    Some things about Coachella are obvious. The headliners deliver, and this year they're particularly pro: rap's Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and stadium rock saviors Muse, plus the multimedia blitz of Gorillaz. The bill's middle is packed with great stuff that...
  • After Aftermath: Bishop Lamont Discusses Leaving Dr. Dre's Label, His Future Plans and the State of the West Coast

     
    Call Bishop Lamont hip-hop’s Conan O’Brien. Like the lanky late-night talk show host, the Carson-raised rapper ostensibly received the keys to the kingdom when he achieved the dream of every local MC: signing to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath, “The Tonight...
  • Album review: Rakim's 'The Seventh Seal'

     
    It's been a long decade since Rakim's last album, a period in which the New York native's hometown lost its role as hip-hop's locus to the South, the Midwest and the decentralizing tendencies of the Internet. It's been an even......
  • Rock the Bells' raucous roar

    Rock the Bells' raucous roar
    You know a music festival is stacked to the gills with talent when Rakim, considered the father of modern hip-hop lyricism, is stuck playing the 2:30 p.m. slot in the scorching San Bernardino summer sun. But Rock the Bells isn't just any festival, having...
  • Live: The Cool Kids

    Live: The Cool Kids
    The iced-out money mongering that ushered a new school of rap into vogue around the turn of this century has had an adverse effect on the tried-and-true taxonomy -- two MCs and one DJ -- that reigned for much of hip-hop's golden age. Think about it -- two...