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February 13, 2013 | By Jonathan Gold
Food and hip-hop; hip-hop and food: two dissimilar things as intriniscally linked as a combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Up for a quiz? You can even get busy in a Burger King bathroom. More quizzes from Jonathan Gold:   Feet | French fries  |  Food and punk rock .articlerail, #pmad-rail {display:none;} ALSO: Valentine's Day recipes   Taco Tuesday: The Mysterious Spuderito Counter Intelligence: Le Ka's a bit of this and that, for the beautiful people  
March 5, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
This post has been updated. See below for details. A "Game of Thrones" mixtape. Let that sink in for a second. Now. What would that sound like? War drums and pastoral lutes? Maybe some gutteral Gregorian chants? Music that sounds like Marcus Mumford's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather? Lots of Iron Maiden? Deep tracks from Jethro Tull? No. When you think of “Game of Thrones,” you think hip-hop and reggaeton -- of course -- and if you don't, the series is hoping its new mix will set you on the proper course.
August 22, 2008 | Jeff Weiss, Special to The Times
More than two decades after he helped define Los Angeles' early electro-rap sound, Arabian Prince holds court inside Sawtelle's vinyl-jammed Turntable Lab. He's still filled with the restless creative spirit that drove him when he was an original member of N.W.A and that is captured on the newly released "Innovative Life: The Anthology -- 1984-1989." "The title had to be 'Innovative Life' because that song expressed everything about me. I always try to create and forge new paths," Arabian Prince, 43, says.
March 4, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Fox has tapped Grammy award-winning producer and rapper Timbaland to produce and write music for the new pilot "Empire," the network announced Tuesday. “Empire” is a family drama anchored in the hip-hop world and will feature both original and current music. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will star. Howard will play Lucious Lyon, the charismatic, savvy head of a record label. Henson will portray Cookie, Lucious' ex-wife, who spent 17 years behind bars for dealing drugs and upon her release for good behavior returns to reclaim what she feels is hers after she funneled all that drug money into her husband's fledgling music business.
October 18, 1998 | Soren Baker, Soren Baker writes about hip-hop for Calendar
A Tribe Called Quest's fifth album, "The Love Movement," may have just hit the record stores, but there's no celebration these days among fans of the premier hip-hop crew. Because of personal and business differences, the group is calling it quits after a decade in which the Tribe proved to be one of the most innovative and influential outfits ever in rap.
September 24, 2010 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When Hotlanta rapper-turned-movie star T.I. was arrested on drug possession charges earlier this month, there was a feeling of "haven't we all been here before?" But also genuine surprise. From ODB to DMX, Kanye to 'Pac, hip-hop performers have a chronic habit of getting busted for stupid stuff. Identity theft. Cruelty to animals. Wearing a bulletproof vest after being convicted of a felony. Rappers behaving badly have become one of popular culture's most numbing constants. After all, T.I. was already on probation when L.A. County sheriff's deputies stopped his $600,000 Mercedes Maybach on the Sunset Strip for what they said was an illegal U-turn and then detected what they said was "a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle"; earlier this year, he served a seven-month prison sentence for attempting to buy a cache of automatic weapons and silencers.
August 6, 2009 | August Brown
Two of L.A.'s most significant summer hip-hop shows are on the same day this year, leaving fans to choose between Rock the Bells and Power 106's Powerhouse 09 on Saturday. While this means that Los Angeles remains something of a mecca for top-flight live hip-hop in America, it also illustrates that the genre has competing visions for its relevance, and that booking a rap festival is only slightly less logistically complex than planning a moon landing.
February 3, 2011
The Grammy Museum's new exhibit "Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey," based on a large-format photography book of the same name, explores the genre's four-decade history in the United States and its effect on the world. Through interactive mixing and listening stations, video footage, rare photographs and original artifacts, visitors will get a taste of what made the first pioneering moments from such auteurs as Grandmaster Flash so appealing. Highlights include handwritten lyrics from Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J's trademark Kangol hat, the Run-DMC leather jacket and pants worn during the "Walk This Way" performance with Aerosmith and a hip-hop sneaker gallery.
September 6, 2012 | By August Brown
The most profitable man in hip-hop hasn't released a solo album since 1999. But as anyone who follows the record business knows today, the real racket is in corporate partnerships and investments, and that's what vaulted the producer Dr. Dre to the top of Forbes' hip-hop earners list . Dre hauled in $110 million before taxes in 2011, the vast majority of it coming from a $300-million investment in his Beats by Dre company by the telephone-tech company...
August 30, 2012 | By August Brown
Chris Lighty, the manager of prominent hip-hop artists including 50 Cent, Diddy and Mariah Carey , died Thursday morning in New York in an apparent suicide, police sources say. He was 44.  Lighty, who died of what police sources say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was found inside his Bronx apartment, reportedly after an argument with his ex-wife, Veronica. The two divorced last year. According to various reports and law enforcement sources, Lighty also owed significant debts to the IRS, totaling near $5 million.
February 24, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
One of the year's most anticipated hip-hop releases, Schoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" lives up to its buzz. Both heavy with bass and filled with memorable hooks, Q's long-gestating major label debut is tight in length and rich with intent. "Oxymoron" arrives in the wake of fellow Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar's Grammy album of the year nominated "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. " That's a lot of pressure for anyone's major label debut, but Schoolboy Q meets those expectations. "Oxymoron" presents 12 bass-heavy tracks upon which the artist born Quincy Hanley explores his neighborhood, his hedonism and his rough-and-tumble early life hawking Oxycontin tablets on street corners near his 51st Street and Hoover neighborhood.
January 13, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Now here is this unforeseeable artifact, "Chozen," a cartoon series about a gay white rapper, an ex-con (he was set up) living on his sister's couch at a liberal arts college. Premiering Monday on FX, it is from people who make that network's spy-toon "Archer," whose visual style it borrows whole, and from people who made HBO's "Eastbound & Down. " And it is very much as if they had taken these shows - neither of which puts a great point on taste, sensitivity or modesty - and run them at each other very fast.
December 11, 2013 | By Meg James, This post has been corrected
Classic R&B and hip-hop radio station KDAY-FM (93.5) has been sold to Meruelo Media, a Los Angeles company that has been expanding its holdings. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The station had been on the market for more than two years. Earlier this year, another company attempted a nearly $20-million deal to buy KDAY from Magic Broadcasting of Florida, but that deal fell apart. The previous group, RBC Communications, had planned to switch the format to Mandarin language, which startled some longtime listeners.
December 8, 2013 | By David Colker
The Watts Prophets performing group, formed by three young poets in the wake of the 1965 Watts riots, was known for hard-edged commentary. But perhaps the most feisty of the trio was Richard Dedeaux, who once challenged Muhammad Ali to a poetry fight. "We were going to a reception after a performance at an event at the L.A. Convention Center, walking behind Muhammad Ali and his entourage," said another member of the group, Amde Hamilton. Dedeaux ran up to the famed boxer and sometime poet and tapped him on the shoulder.
November 19, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican from Florida, was charged Tuesday with possession of cocaine, according to court documents. He is scheduled to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday.   The felony charge stems from an Oct. 29 incident involving an undercover buy, according to a law enforcement source who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to comment publicly. Radel, 37, came to the attention of the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration this fall.  Radel, who was not formally arrested, could face a maximum of 180 days imprisonment and a fine of $1,000.
October 30, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
VH1 will look at hip-hop's influence on culture with a four-part documentary, the network announced  Wednesday.   Based on Steve Stoute's best-selling book, “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy,” VH1's documentary will provide a visual history of “the hip-hopification of America” -- which Stoute coined in his book as “tanning.” The series, which falls under the network's Emmy-winning...
August 27, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Say what you want about Jerry Jones -- he's a great team owner, he meddles too much in the Dallas Cowboys coaches' business, he spent way too much on that palace of a stadium, he built one heck of an amazing stadium ... whatever you want. Just don't say he's a good rapper. Please. I beg of you. Even if you're joking. We don't want to encourage more commercials like the Papa John's spot above. The advertisement is a follow-up to what was apparently a successful Papa John's bit featuring Jones, or at least his likeness, break dancing . But this hip-hop commercial is Jones all the way. After all, if they were going to fake it, you'd think they'd get someone with at least a little rhythm.
January 21, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Doug E. Fresh, 2 Chainz and MC Lyte were among those on hand to be honored at Sunday night's Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. But none let the fact that they were collecting hardware keep them from taking the mike. MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh -- hip-hop icons both credited with influencing many of the genre's current artists -- showcased their talents while receiving lifetime achievement awards. Stepping back on-stage after her acceptance speech, Lyte flashed a quick smile.
October 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Sorry, zombies. AMC's "The Walking Dead" continues to have fans swarming Twitter, but the apocalyptic show couldn't top Tuesday night's BET Hip Hop Awards. The music awards show, which gave multiple honors to Kendrick Lamar and Drake, was the most tweeted-about telecast for the week that ended Sunday. The show had a unique Twitter audience of 6.88 million -- meaning that's the number of people who viewed the tweets -- and generated 2.55 million mentions. The accolades-fest  was packed with performances by the likes of  Meek Mill ,  2  Chainz , Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Future,  Rick Ross  and the Cyphers.
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