| Feb 28, 2013
| 8:24 AM
Is there a song for and about Los Angeles that tops all the others? Judging by early reader reaction to my column about a local musician named Justin Chart, who set out to write the definitive local anthem, I think......
| Feb 22, 2013
| 6:54 AM
One of the victims in a spectacular predawn shooting and crash on the Las Vegas Strip has been identified as Kenneth Cherry Jr., an aspiring rapper known as Kenny Clutch....
| Dec 7, 2012
| 8:23 PM
The family of Notorious B.I.G. expressed skepticism Friday after the Los Angeles Police Department unsealed the 15-year-old autopsy report on the slain rapper. LAPD officials said they hoped the unsealing would generate new leads in the mystery. “...
| Dec 8, 2012
| 6:07 AM
The night rapper Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in one of L.A.'s most brazen unsolved homicides he had no drugs or alcohol in his system, according to a Los Angeles County Coroner report unsealed Friday....
| Dec 7, 2012
| 3:35 PM
An attorney for the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. said his relatives are shocked that the autopsy was released after 15 years without notifying them first and remain outraged that no arrests have been made....
| Sep 29, 2012
Celebrated poet and author Nikki Giovanni helps to expand and enrich young minds in Blacksburg, where she's a professor of English at Virginia Tech. Still, she's not exactly cloistered in her mountain-top, ivory tower. She gets around.
Giovanni, who grew...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 10:14 AM
It’s impressive enough for a charismatic guy with a British accent, a pirate’s hat and an acoustic guitar to bring a theater full of excited teenage girls to a frenzy of screams worthy of Justin Bieber or the Beatles, as Ed Sheeran did on...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 8:18 AM
When you think of holograms, you probably think of the Tupac hologram at Coachella, or those shitty hologram baseball cards they used to sell a long time ago. But now, the University of Southern California and a design firm named Conscience Display have...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Among the most important rap albums released over the last year or so, one contains a song about Nas' complicated relationship with his teenage daughter. Another has a track in which Killer Mike outlines President Reagan's contribution to the prison-...
| Nov 13, 2012
Anyone looking for the loud, boisterous version of Chris Tucker may be disappointed. Asked to tell me a joke, Tucker’s delivery is so understated I react late to the punchline, expecting something juicier than, “I went to a psychic and she...
| May 21, 2012
| 7:48 AM
Chicago's Black Ensemble Theatre is to make its first major foray into rap and tell the life story of Tupac Amaru Shakur.
The new show, to be shepherded by artistic director Jackie Taylor, is slated to open in January of next year at Black Ensemble's new...
| Oct 20, 2010
For the future members of Maroon 5, a moment of clarity came unexpectedly in 1998 in the form of a funky, sultry pop tune on the radio: "Are You That Somebody?" by Aaliyah and Timbaland. It was a revelation for singer-guitarist Adam Levine, who was...