Movie Review: Why I Loved Every Minute Of “Straight Outta Compton”

A self-claimed hip-hop aficionado breaks down “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about the rap group N.W.A. The writer admits the movie relies on a handful of cliches to tell the story, but couldn’t help getting swept up in the emotions of its real life characters and the generation they represented. “Much of the film’s backdrop is Los […]

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The new staple of Long Beach hip-hop

Vince Staples is a rapper whose career includes working with the Los Angeles collective Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt, and Syd tha Kid. His debut album showed his seriousness as a rapper, and tells stories of the neighborhood he grew up in. “North Long Beach is portrayed in the album as a troubled place with little to celebrate… With his lyrics Staples sees North Long […]

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Is hip-hop being whitewashed?

With recent Grammy wins for two different white rappers, some hip-hop fans are criticizing white rappers for what they call the cultural appropriation of a genre that developed out of black culture. For some local Long Beach hip-hop artists, respecting and acknowledging those who came before is enough to keep the culture authentic. “I don’t care who’s […]

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