What we talk about when we talk about Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is not your typical rapper, but I really mean it this time. No, she’s not a media studies student at an American liberal arts college. She’s a 23-year-old Australian blonde bombshell, and she’s making a serious push to become a legitimate voice in the hip-hop world. In fact, she’s arguably the most successful […]

Haute Highlights

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 […]

T.I. released from prison, signs reality TV deal

Clifford Harris Jr., known as T.I. or T.I.P. in the music world, was released from prison Wednesday, a month earlier than scheduled, and will spend the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house in his home state of Georgia. “The storm is over & da sun back out. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! […]

Multitalented rapper’s debut shows versatility and stand-alone talent

A quick glance at the track list for B.o.B’s debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, might seem as if the Decatur, Ga., rapper was simply using his widespread connections in an attempt to increase sales. The record features prominent mainstream artists — T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Hayley Williams of Paramore […]