November 14, 2010 |
A change wasn't going to come. By 2005, Aloe Blacc's decade in hip-hop had begun to yield diminishing returns. Though the Orange County-raised rapper had earned underground respect, the genre increasingly favored flamboyant eccentrics like Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Avenues for expansion were scarce ? especially for a USC graduate whose press biography touts a love of transcendentalism and French existentialism. "I grew up break dancing and rapping, but hip-hop no longer spoke to me the way it had when I was younger.
January 20, 2002 |
Standing among the schoolchildren and tourists gawking at the glassed-in sea life at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, a man in beige pants and a matching turban studies all manner of coral and kelp with his hands clasped behind his back. Otis Jackson Jr., who lives just a few blocks away and frequents the facility, could be mistaken for a professor of marine biology or perhaps a grad student.
June 16, 2005 |
One of Los Angeles' most vibrant subcultures started with the simplest of urges: Mark "Frosty" McNeill wanted to play records. From that seed grew Dublab, an Internet radio station that survived the dot-com crash and stamped its influence all over L.A.'s underground arts scene. If you've never heard the eclectic fare webcast at www.dublab.