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As Danny Hoch ambles through Echo Park, a familiar sight catches his eye. Although he's far from his home in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, Hoch instantly recognizes the telltale signs of approaching urban Armageddon: pasty-faced guys in porkpie hats,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersRap impresario Dr. Dre's 20-year-old son was found dead over the weekend in his Woodland Hills home, coroner's officials said. Andre R. Young Jr. had been out with friends the night before and was discovered in his bed by his mother at 10:24 a.m....
Special to The TimesIs there any event as brazenly inattentive to the coolness of Los Angeles as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3) week? Like mayflies, armies of suited video game industry executives and programmers and all other manner of power-geek descend on L.A....
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...
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...
Tags: Television, Arts, 50 Cent, Civil Rights, PBS (tv network)
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...
Tags: Television, Reviews, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Bono
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...
Tags: Reviews, Television, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Bono
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterLou Rawls, the Grammy Award-winning singer whose velvety baritone was one of the most recognizable voices in pop music on hits such as "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," "Lady Love" and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," died today. He was 72. Rawls,...
Zap2itMusic award shows aren't what they used to be. The opulence, shout-outs and performances running the gamut from embarrassing and ridiculous to showstopping -- those things remain in full regalia. But these days, unwieldy televised events like the Grammys,...
Times Staff WritersWith their vast arsenals of electronic gear, they are the most entertained generation ever. Yet the YouTubing, MySpacing, multi-tasking teens and young adults widely seen as Hollywood's most wanted audience are feeling — can it be? — a bit...
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...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersMIAMI -- Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, whose name is synonymous with the music genre's violent history, underwent surgery Sunday for a gunshot injury he suffered in a Miami Beach nightclub, police said. Knight, 40, who was expected to recover from...
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