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MTV Unplugged was designed primarily for rock fans who wanted to hear what their favorite artists sounded like when their instruments weren’t plugged …Hip Hop
[An L.A. native, L.A. Weekly columnist Jeff Weiss edits Passion of the Weiss and hosts the Shots Fired podcast. Find him online at passionweiss.com, …Rap Music
Between rehearsals for an upcoming show at Largo, actor/comedian Maya Rudolph’s bandmate Gretchen Lieberum admits that the night she saw Prince’s …Maya Rudolph
Video of ignorant white student explaining US crime shows perfectly how cable news keeps racism alive
Video posted earlier this month of a Minnesota high school student blaming minorities for violent crime in the United States gives some insight into …Crime
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And the debate rages on! A recent interview of Ghostface Killah found the Shaolin assassin addressing the long …Ghostface Killah
If the old disposable grill isn’t doing the trick though, you might fancy checking out this new lava-cue. You read that right; these …Hotels
Jerry Saltz: How and Why We Started Taking Kim Kardashian Seriously (and What She Teaches Us About the State of Criticism)
A conversation between senior art critic Jerry Saltz and editor David Wallace-Wells about just what to make of Kim Kardashian, her sort of brilliant …
Jack White has come under scrutiny lately for his involvement with TIDAL, Jay Z’s Spotify-killing, paid media streaming service. Many have been apprehensive about the idea of supporting a service that, from its ads anyway, appears to only be promotional and beneficial to the …Jack White
If you don't already follow Alex Sturrock on Instagram, you probably should. In his professional life as a photographer he shoots some exceptional portraiture and reportage, and has been working with VICE UK pretty much since we started over a decade ago. There are too many of those stories to link …England
Michael Kandel, who recorded ambient and trip hop music as Tranquility Bass, has died, 5 Magazine reports. He was 47 years old. A cause of death was not shared.
Kandel grew up in Chicago. In the early 90s, he and Tom Chasteen formed Exist Dance, an electronic music label, and began recording as …Tranquility
By Indiewire | Indiewire May 21, 2015 at 11:17AM
From shooting a sex scene to creating DIY special effects, these indie filmmakers tell how they did …Film
Mr. T has been sporting the mohawk, wearing gold chains, and pitying fools longer than anyone. For over three decades the man born Laurence Tureaud has commanded attention from jibber jabberin’ suckas, first with the A-Team and later branching off into everything from feature films, to a stint with …Cool Stuff
You have your cap and gown and, if you attended USC, you already have your degree in-hand.
Now it's time to find a job. If you want to stay in Los …Los Angeles
This Creepy Family Portrait is of a Virginia Politician Who Served Time For Molesting His Underage Secretary (Pictured) Who Is Now Baby Momma #4
Myra Pringle and Joe Morrissey
Politicians never cease to amaze me and the most recent scandal out of Virginia proves that some of them are out …Family Portrait
Michael Walker (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)
The story of a man who was kept in jail 27 months—while LAPD detectives concealed evidence …
Last month, two members of the rap group Migos were arrested after a performance at Georgia Southern University. Combined, they were charged with …Film
For America’s most seasoned ranger, sharing nine decades of history is, truly, a walk in the park.
Betty Reid Soskin, 93, is thought to be the nation’s oldest active park ranger, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has worked at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical …Women's News
For maximizing a movement.
A 25-year music-industry veteran, Jocelyn Cooper is responsible for discovering neo-soul pioneer D’Angelo (she signed him to her publishing company in ’93), and empowering Cash Money to take Southern rap music mainstream (as head of Universal A&R). In …D'Angelo
When you saw "The Hunger Games," who did you root for? Katniss and her beleaguered community? Or people in the Capitol wearing pink eyelashes and …Baltimore
No one would ever dare to compare the writing prowess of artists like Macklemore, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry to Chaucer and Ginsberg, but a new …Lyrics
For those who had the privledge of seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, the usage of practical effects and stunts in the Namibian desert instead of relying on …Mad Max
A federal judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for embattled Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis.
Judge Fernando M. Olguin is calling for Francis' …Arrest Warrant
.@S_C_ & @iamthekartel RT @realtable Who are your favourite rappers! #AskTheStones @mickjagger https://t.co/rBftOTqp83
— The Rolling Stones …Hip Hop
Promo photo by Greg Helgeson
Over the past three decades, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Lewis have become synonymous with recording …Audio Quality
Next month, jazz pianist Robert Glasper—whose playing permeates Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly—will release a compilation of covers recorded at …Robert Glasper
French drinks giant Pernod Ricard is poised to sell its Cuban-made rum in the United States once a 53-year-old trade embargo is lifted, going head-to-head with Cuban-founded Bacardi which dominates the world's biggest market.
Pernod's Havana Club will have to change its name to "Havanista" for U.S. …Drinking