Kurupt, in his snarling prime, was one of West Coast rap's fiercest figures. He didn't ra so much as spit contemptuously at you, spring-loading several lifetime's-worth of seething aggression and anger into each over-emphasized syllable. When he opened his mouth, you flinched. These days, he's mellowed out considerably — he's still among the most nimble-tongued rappers in L.A., in love with the way hard consonants hit a block-shaking beat, but he has the aura of a wizened ex-warrior now, fatherly and almost benevolent. The laid-back, low-riding, easy-going cookout anthem "Honestly" is an ideal example, off of his recent Tha 4:20 Mixtape.
By Hua Hsu on 08.28.13 in Collections
Before there was a family, there was the Dungeon — otherwise known as Rico Wade's mom's basement. It was in the magically stank Dungeon — described by Cee-Lo as "a crawl space with a bench that held a stack of blankets"...
By Nate Patrin on 08.27.13 in Reviews
Expectations are intrusive enough when you're dealing with a reunion from a long-dissolved beloved musical act. With the new Goodie Mob album, Age Against the Machine, that reunion is coupled with a reinvention: 14 years...
By Jayson Greene on 08.22.13 in Reviews
When Odd Future crashed the party in 2010, they seemed, momentarily, like marauders. Now that the Golgi Apparatus of the music industry has more or less broken them down for useable parts — a cartoon show, a pop-up cloth...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.29.13 in Collections
Headed to Chicago but still not sure who you want to see in Grant Park? Fear not: We've boiled the brain-busting Lollapalooza schedule down to 15 essential sets.