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LA County Fair Aug. 30  to Sept. 29 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Might it be the L.A. County Fair? The 2013 L.A. County Fair opens Friday and for the first day will offer $1 admission from 3 to 6 p.m. This […]

Artist collaborations infuse dynamic firepower into rap genre

Many successful rap songs feature memorable guest appearances. What would Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” have sounded like without Alicia Keys? Or how would B.o.B’s smash hit “Airplanes” have fared without the assistance of Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams? The hip-hop genre is notorious for eccentric and unexpected, yet highly successful collaborations. They allow rap to […]

BET Awards shines once again

Hip-hop is more than just rhyming raps, loaded lyrics, booming beats and mic-blowing MCs — it’s also a cultural community, which is celebrated every year at the BET Hip Hop Awards. This year’s pre-taped award show, which aired on BET Oct. 11, brought legends, moguls and newcomers in the game to Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Civic […]

Justin Bieber sends Lil’ Wayne gift via Twitter

Posting birthday gifts on Twitter might be the next big fad. To wish Lil’ Wayne a happy 29th birthday — which the artist celebrated Sept. 27 — Justin Bieber tweeted his own version of the rapper’s “How to Love.” Posted during the insomniac hours of Wednesday morning, the tweet read, “Trying to sleep. until then […]

New album releases are a mixed bag

What do the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Guetta, and Lil Wayne all have in common? They all dropped brand new albums this week. On sale now are I’m With You by the Chili Peppers, Nothing But the Beat by Guetta, and Tha Carter IV from Lil Wayne. The Chili Peppers are back with their […]

Romance does exist in rap music tracks

When it comes to Valentine’s Day songs, hip-hop is probably the last genre lovebirds look to for romantic music. For years, hip-hop has been branded as a male-dominated, chauvinistic music style. Those accusations are largely accurate, as rappers have been calling women names and rapping about mistreating them for more than 20 years. Dr. Dre […]

Artist rides reputation with new album

The name Jason Derulo already draws significant recognition for a singer who has not released more than two songs to the public. An accomplished songwriter and producer, Derulo has worked with artists such as Lil Wayne and Sean Kingston before getting in the studio to record his own material. After an eight months of production […]