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January 30, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN
A lot of hip-hop acts have sampled or done their own versions of hard-rock songs, but now a bunch of hard-rockers is turning the tables and doing versions of key rap songs for an upcoming album. Titled "Loud Rocks," the project is the brainchild of Loud Records President Steve Rifkin and will feature such rockers as System of a Down, Incubus, Sugar Ray, 311 and Shootyz Groove doing songs originally by the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Big Pun, the Alkoholics and others on the Loud roster.
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February 9, 2000 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Rios, the million-selling rap artist known as Big Pun (short for Big Punisher), died Monday of heart failure in White Plains, N.Y. He was 28. Rios' first album, "Capital Punishment," released in 1998 and featuring the hit single "I Ain't a Player," debuted at No. 5 on the national sales chart and sold more than 2 million copies, making Rios the first Puerto Rican rapper to sell that many albums.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Philip Brandes, Daryl H. Miller
"The Adding Machine," Elmer Rice's 1923 classic, sounds as dated as a steam locomotive. But anyone who has suffered the torment of trying to get an operator on the phone instead of a series of recorded messages will sympathize with Rice's underlying outrage. Put simply, this expressionistic drama illustrates the way an overly mechanized society, ruled by greedy corporate barons, dehumanizes its citizens.
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October 3, 1999 | STEVE HOCHMAN
So far the Internet's been largely a free lunch for music fans--and a year or so into the downloadable music explosion, many in the music business are still wondering whether fans will pay for music files by star acts. The English band Bush is trying to provide an answer. Thus far, such artists as Tom Petty, Alanis Morissette and Chris Cornell have made songs available for download for no charge as ways to build buzz, sign up fans on an e-mail database or draw traffic to a Web site.
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July 2, 1992 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lynn Davis' large sepia- and selenium-toned photographs of ancient Egyptian monuments are blatantly obvious and profoundly mysterious. Made in 1989 on a sightseeing tour of Egypt's most famous pyramids and colossi, her 16 seemingly straight-forward images at the Lannan Foundation steal a stunning sense of undiminished beauty from these well-known and overphotographed attractions.
NEWS
June 16, 1992 | CINDY SCHARF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Yulia Sheveleva raised her slender arms in exasperation and belted out a panicky cry that rang across the stage, startling the amateur, teen-age actors. "How do you expect to perform this play in two days in front of hundreds of people when you refuse to even talk to each other?" she asked the cast, Armenian and Azerbaijani youths rehearsing a Romeo-Juliet production set in their strife-torn hometown of Baku. Silence.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | D. JAMES ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hip-hop will rock and shock the nation. rap group Wu-Tang Clan **** Bart Simpson shouts out "Yo!" Disney releases an album titled "Rappin' Mickey." McDonald's commercials feature cute toddler twins, dressed in fashionably baggy clothes, rapping their way to a Happy Meal. Two decades after it emerged on the streets of the South Bronx, hip-hop has become a dominant force in American and global pop culture.
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