26 Nov
45 minutes of beats dedicated to Brooklyn, NYC

In collaboration with adidas, Jay-Z ‘s culture site Life + Times premiers a new mixtape created by hip-hop beat veteran DJ Neil Armstrong. Mixing for eclectic hip-hop legends like The Roots, De La Soul, Kanye West and even formerly the Jigga himself, the Adidas Global Ambassador carries a deep knowledge of musical history and impeccable turntable skills. With a musicologist’s touch, Armstrong has […]


26 Oct
Gianni Lee & Mike Blud assemble 9 tracks of KL samples

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Kendrick Lamar’s debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, we cannot recommend the album any more highly. The Compton kid is a true lyricist and storyteller the likes we haven’t seen since maybe early Outkast. For many hip-hop fans, it will most likely be considered the album of […]


4 Oct
Street artist leaves LA with some love, heads to Newcastle exhibit

Combining two of the most powerful cultural tsunamis of the moment, zombies and Kim Kardashian, the great TrustoCorp crew create their latest cover of Out Of Touch magazine with an image of the undead bubble-bottomed socialite/sex tape phenom/cultural black whole eating herself alive (undead). Why not. I mean, who would be shocked by the shamelessly self-promoting […]


30 Aug
Angry midgets with 40s, clown beatdowns & plenty of strippers

Even by Swag Rap standards, the latest by 2 Chainz raises the absurdity to retarded new levels. With a great verse by a threesome-pushing Yeezy, the Andreas Nilsson directed video for “Birthday Song” brings midgets spraying 40 ozs, dancing Pakistanis, booty cakes, clown beatdowns and of course copious strippers to the best party to hit College […]


10 Aug
Photoshop + Tumblr + the glorious internet = Emceez Ansari

Today, like most days, we’re thankful for the internet and the wondrous ways of Photoshop as we’ve been gifted with a new face of hip hop: Emceez Ansari. The meme is taken from a Tumblr page, where actor/comedian Aziz Ansari’s face has been Photoshopped onto a handful of hip hop album covers. It’s amazing how […]


3 Jul
Based God's 848 freestyles vs TL's Rose Land v.1 mixtape

Today two of the best of the new wave of hip-hop artists dropped mixtapes — Lil B and Theophilus London. Among the top in the fresh crop of Twitter Rappers, the two albums include the Bay Area’s Lil B, aka Based God, who has compiled all his freestyle raps into one expansive encyclopedia of stream-of-consciousness babble […]


3 Nov
Only 500 bottles to be made, 10 headed to auction

British artist Damien Hirst is known to stir controversy, ever since the days of slicing up cows and sticking them in formaldehyde. Then of course came his notorious For the Love of God piece, an ancient human skull embedded with 8,601 diamonds, including a big pink one worth more than $8 million. That skull ended […]


21 Jul
West Coast debut July 23 at MOCA Pacific Design Center

It’s a big week coming up for Miranda July. The Los Angeles-based artist/filmmaker has an exhibit of eleven sculptures opening at MOCA‘s satellite Pacific Design Center gallery this weekend, and her second feature film, The Future, hits theaters on Friday. She might be giving manic Renaissance man James Franco a run for his money. July’s […]