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Randall Roberts

Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music, and pens the weekly California Sounds column for the Los Angeles Times. His recent Times series on the geography of L.A. music has explored Sunset Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. In his career with The Times, Roberts has been music editor and pop music critic. A St. Louis native, he was schooled in the power of sound as a radio and club DJ, and schooled in supply and demand as an indie, punk and electronic buyer at a major Midwest record store.
California Sounds: New music from Steve Lacy, Jackie Mendoza and Tyler, the Creator

Randall Roberts reviews the latest music from restless L.A. creatives Steve Lacy and Tyler, the Creator.

YG was ready to drop a new album. Then his friend Nipsey Hussle died

Compton rapper YG talks about his new album and the future of gangsta rap in wake of losing his collaborator and friend Nipsey Hussle.

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