October 3, 2012 |
Rap Genius is getting its paper on. The popular online community that sprang up around rap lyrics just raised $15 million from Silicon Valley venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, who are betting the trio behind the website can move beyond the coded language of rap to decoding everything from the Beatles to the Bible. One would presume that the catalyst behind this rare convergence between the worlds of rappers and coders was Horowitz, known for expressing business principles with rap lyrics.
September 22, 2012 |
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - The MTV Music Awards in Brazil had until recently been the domain of tinny pop and smiling boy bands. But last year, one of the show's stars took the stage and unexpectedly delivered a set of rap bars through a deadly serious face: We are the debunkers of Carnaval/ Runaway slaves on digital drums/ The phoenixes of Ash Wednesday/ The Landless Workers Movement of the social networks Emicida, now...
HOME & GARDEN
September 1, 2012 |
In search of something transformational in these troubled times, we're headed down to a food fight at Irvine Lake, something legitimate, fully sanctioned, with rows of Porta-Pottys lined up like sentries at a royal garden. Have you noticed that, of all the people at the Los Angeles Times, I get the most assignments involving Porta-Pottys? The royal garden in this case features heaping mounds of tomatoes, ringed by chain-link fencing. The setting is Edenesque, though it stinks a little too, and we haven't even started stomping the stupid things or -- on occasion -- vomiting.
June 29, 2012 |
When Killer Mike arrived to play his set at Echoplex on Thursday, the rapper had reportedly already sold out of T-shirts that read "I'm Glad Reagan's Dead. " The merchandise was spun off of a brutal lyric about the late president from the Atlanta rapper's new album, "R.A.P. Music. " Are hip-hop fans that furious at a long-deceased icon of conservatism? Were they enticed by the shirt's shock value? Perhaps the fashion statement signals something more fundamental happening in rap music - a genre born in rebellion is rediscovering its anger and outsider status.
May 10, 2012 |
Lil Boosie, a gangsta rapper of national renown, is facing first-degree murder charges in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., and this week prosecutors introduced his own recordings into court. The musician's violent and threat-filled lyrics, they say, show that he paid a hit man to kill an alleged rival. Boosie, who was born Torence Hatch, has recorded for the Warner Brothers-associated Asylum label, according to Allmusic.com, and is serving an eight-year drug smuggling sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2012 |
It had only been a few years since Adam Yauch had found fame as the in-your-face rapper and bass player MCA in the transgressive, boundary-breaking trio the Beastie Boys. But in 1992 he was searching for something else, traveling in Nepal to snowboard and pursue a growing interest in Buddhism when he came upon a group of Tibetan refugees. The encounter intensified his interest in the teachings of the Dalai Lama, and he was soon one of the world's leading advocates for the cause of Tibetan independence.