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“Birthmark: A Gospel / Hip-Hop Experience” excites UCR during its 10-day...

When The Sugar Hill Gang released “Rapper’s Delight” in the fall of 1979, not only did it introduce all but New York to the...

Long live 03 Greedo

Walking through the parking lot of Santa Ana’s The Observatory, a familiar aroma wafted between car to car. A cocktail of blunts — the...

Cardi Cash: Cardi B’s debut is another round of hits

Cardi B live-streamed the completion of her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” on Instagram in a moment which signaled a fulfillment of the endless...

The “Black Panther” soundtrack is not revolutionary, but a worthwhile listen

“Black Panther’”s official soundtrack was released through Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope records and executively produced by Kendrick Lamar and Anthony...

Meet rap’s modern Spice Girls: Rico Nasty, Asian Doll and Cupcakke

Among hip-hop’s incoming class are female rappers Rico Nasty, Asian Doll and Cupcakke. Their careers are interesting to take notice of, as they’ve come...

From Eminem to Offset, an analysis of hip-hop’s history of homophobia

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the music video for VFN Lucci’s single “Boss Life” was released. The track features Offset of the rap trio Migos,...

Rolling Loud: The world’s biggest hip-hop festival takes on SoCal

By now, any argument that plants rock music at the forefront of cultural relevance over hip-hop rests at a platitude — it’s an observation...

“Laugh Now, Fly Later” is a bland appetizer for a tipping...

Wiz Khalifa is a hotly-debated rapper whose brand of stoner rap has cultivated a dedicated fanbase as well as a fair show of critics...

Under the Radar: Swsh

Up-and-coming musician Swsh is a self-proclaimed “Big bitch in lipstick and a midriff” who is making her way out of Los Angeles. This fearless...

Even off their A-game, Future and Thugger come together with flare

Discussing current trends in hip-hop inevitably comes around to highlighting the importance of Future and Young Thug, the Atlantan rap titans whose postverbal eccentricities...