Chief Keef Thrives In Exile

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Chief Keef can’t go back to Chicago. The rapper has outstanding warrants in his hometown, but the authorities in Chicago have enmities against Keef that go deeper than that. Back when he still lived in Chicago, before he relocated to Los Angeles, Keef was effectively banned from performing in his own town; I’ve got friends … More »

The Year In LA Gangster Blues (And Reds)

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Red And Blue Bandana2016 was quietly the year of the gangster, specifically the LA gangster of the red and blue varieties. ScHoolboy Q, Vince Staples, YG, and DJ Quik and Problem put out four of the best rap projects of the year, the Game turned in solid efforts with 1992 and Streets Of Compton, and Nipsey Hussle, AD, … More »

The World’s Best Rap Music Comes From California

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G PericoThe G-funk era is over, but it might be just beginning again. Those days — the classic early-’90s halcyon era of West Coast rap — produced classic albums and huge, dominant personalities. And when we look back on it these days, we tend to focus on its biggest names: Dr. Dre, 2Pac, Snoop Doggy Dogg. More »

E-40 – “On One” (Feat. AD)

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E-40 - On OneThe Vallejo, California rap legend E-40 has been making records for more than a quarter century, and he still cranks out dizzy, inventive, fun-as-hell rap music at a rate that should embarrass most of his much-younger peers. This guy has been on an insane run lately, cranking out double- and triple-albums on an almost yearly … More »