Warren G Reflects on His Classic Regulate...G Funk Era Album 20 Years Later

Marv Watson
Mr. Warren G on the board
West Coast hip-hop seemed as invincible as ever when rapper/producer Warren G dropped Regulate...G Funk Era 20 years ago. Released on June 7, 1994, the debut album tapped into the strength of Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle that came before it while offering something distinctive along its path as a hip-hop classic. "Regulators! Mount up!" the title track called out before Warren G and Nate Dogg slickly traded rhymes with perfection over a smooth sample of "I Keep Forgetting" by Michael McDonald.

"Regulate" soared all the way up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list propelling the album to triple platinum status. Although the smash single detailed the gritty side of Long Beach, Warren G perfected a good times G-funk vibe throughout the album, especially with the reminiscing rhymes of "This DJ" and its eternally quotable chorus. Regulate...G Funk Era netted two Grammy nominations in creating a simply defined soundscape "where rhythm is life and life is rhythm."

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Toad the Wet Sprocket Still Crank Out Vulnerable, Ego-less Alt Rock

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Seventeen years ago, Toad the Wet Sprocket's infamous song "All I Want" was one of those inescapable songs on the '90s airwaves competing with the likes of Nirvana and Soundgarden. After a few more Billboard hits from their 1991 album "Fear" along with multiple albums following, the Santa Barbara-based group took an extended break from band life only to come back together in 2010.

October 2013 saw Toad hop to the forefront with their latest album New Constellation, an opportunity to return to their element while each band member still pursues solo careers.

"Starting into my 40's, I feel like this is the age where you reclaim some kind of hope and idealism, but with a little more experience under your belt," says lead vocalist Glen Phillips. "It's through this understanding that happiness is not something that you get by getting what you want, in fact, it's something you work at every day."

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Fifteen Years Later: Rage Against the Machine's The Battle of Los Angeles Rages On

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Fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy
Rage Against the Machine was poised to take the reigns of rock when the band delivered The Battle of Los Angeles on November 2, 1999. Their third studio album burned with unbridled rebellion fueled by Zack de la Rocha's radical rhymes and Tom Morello's experimental mastery on guitar. The vanguard of rebel rock belonged to Rage Against the Machine when the effort sold 420,000 copies in the first week, claiming the top spot on the charts.

In a world tormented by injustice, The Battle of Los Angeles feels as urgent now as it did when first unleashed.

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Set Your Boners to Hyperdrive: Star Wars-Inspired Burlesque Show Coming to Santa Ana!

Photo of Audrey Deluxe by Maarten Deboer
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, comic book geeks and science fiction nerds were among the least likely social groups to be associated with sexuality. However, anyone who has attended a comic book or sci-fi convention in the past 10 years, give or take, has observed that flesh, cosplay, and nerd chic have become as part and parcel of the cons as getting autographs from artists & celebrities, buying campy memorabilia, and geeking out over trailers to upcoming superhero movies. That being said, on Saturday, July 12, the girls of Devil's Playground Burlesque, in association with Yadi, will be taking all Orange County comers -- nerdly fetishists as well as civilians -- to the next level of galactic experience with their Star Wars-inspired show, "Star Girls."

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Backstreet Boys' Millennium vs. Rawkus' Soundbombing 2 --15 Years Later

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Interscope Records
The Boys from the Backstreets
Yesterday marked 15 years since an important date in music history. If you were a fan of pop music in 1999, the world stopped for the record breaking release of Backstreet Boys' Millennium. But on the same music retailers were flooded with teeny-boppers geared up to listen to the soon-to-be-smash single "I Want It That Way," underground hip-hop heads were busy looking to scoop the landmark Rawkus compilation Soundbombing II, regarded as one of the most important releases to come before the 00's. Now that it's been 15 years since both were released, it's time to compare and contrast the two to decide which is right for you.

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Remembering N.W.A.'s Infamous Concert 25 Years Ago in Anaheim

An anti-police brutality activist took the podium at Tuesday's tense Anaheim city council meeting and began rapping the intro to "Fuck Tha Police" by N.W.A. Little did he know that history was being channeled as the world's most dangerous rap group performed the very same song nearly 25 years ago to the day! The Celebrity Theatre, literally a stone's throw from City Hall, played host to the concert that almost didn't happen on March 24, 1989.

"Anaheim, can I talk to y'all for one minute," MC Ren said to the crowd then. "They didn't want us to do this show because they said Eazy-E and N.W.A. promote gang violence and drugs. And I'll tell you who said it, it was the po-lice, right!" Before getting into the cut, he hyped the crowd. "Say fuck the police!" MC Ren commanded. Concert goers responded and Ice Cube took it away.

See also: Cover story on the Sons of NWA recording album in OC

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20 Years Ago, Zack de la Rocha Raged Against White Santa!

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Photo by the late Andrew Youssef
"Fuck you, I won't tell you what I want for Christmas!"
With Christmas Eve a week away, is Santa Claus whiter than a snowstorm at the North Pole? The controversy over the tubby toy giver has been the latest salvo in the manufactured "War on Christmas" with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly recently declaring, "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white." The comments were in response to Aisha Harris, who wrote the article for Slate titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." Kelly has since claimed her comments were "tongue-in-cheek."

But long before this most recent flare up, Rage Against the Machine front man Zack de la Rocha raged against white Santa.

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10 EDM Albums to Listen to Before You Die

Above & Beyond
Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki

Due to the multiple sub genres of electronic dance music and the amount of decades in which this type of music has been produced, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time. The old school ravers and elitist will argue the importance of including a lot of the pioneers, but the last thing we need is another throwback 1990s list. Yet with the rising popularity of "EDM" (which is just a fancy word we use to encompass all the complex genres of dance music) it's only natural that the demand for such a list exists.

It's difficult to make this list relevant today because most DJ's produce singles without ever having a full-length album or after only releasing an EP - think Avicii and "Levels." Additionally some of the greatest albums are actually compilations or filled with remixes such as Sasha's Involver. So though we know that any top 10 list is stepping into the boundaries of controversy, we couldn't help and compile our top 10 EDM albums to listen to before you die. Who knows, maybe in between all of the untz untz and and wobbly bass lines you might actually fall in love like we did.

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What to Look for in Rage Against the Machine's 20th Anniversary Box Set

Christopher Victorio
Reiusse Against the Machine!

On November 10, 1992, Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled debut assault of rap-rock radicalism upon the music world. Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford combined their collective talents together as the Epic release would eventually peak at No. 1 on the Billboard heatseekers chart. The commercial success of the uncompromising album of leftist political anthems surprised the Los Angeles band as critics hailed its blistering offerings including "Killing in the Name" and "Freedom."

Twenty years later, Legacy Recordings will commemorate the musical feat with a remastered reissue of Rage Against the Machine. When the anniversary box set is released on November 27 to the collective joy of the rebel rockers' loyal fan base, it will deliver a treasure trove in the form of a double CD, double DVD, vinyl LP, poster and 40-page booklet!

When that day arrives, here's what to look for:

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*Inside Out: Early Zack de la Rocha Band and Hardcore OC Pioneers Still Have Bestselling EPMore »

Five Things an EDM Diva Learned at Burning Man

Burning Man

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Burning Man is an annual event and temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Having conquered every other major music and arts festival in the US from Ultra Music Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to Electric Daisy Carnival it seemed only natural that I was ready to embark on the journey to take on the 26th Annual Burning Man pilgrimage. On top of being a community of over 60,000 music and art aficionados it is a spiritual refuge where burners gather to reflect on their lives and mourn the loss of loved ones or other obstacles with the burning of the man (a giant wooden effigy in the shape of a man) and then the temple so beautiful it rivals many churches.

Burning Man takes place on a dry lake bed, a vast flat expanse of alkali salt called the playa. Two girl friends and I made the nine-hour drive to meet our three guy friends who drove an RV all the way down from Vancouver and another close girl friend who flew into Reno, Nevada. All sharing journeys of overheated cars and electrical problems on planes, I wish someone would have told us the journey to the playa would take an entire day. But we were finally together, brought some bad-ass army and Indian tribe outfits and stocked way too much vodka and beer with not enough tequila and Four Lokos. Living on an RV in Black Rock City made us the closest hippie family and taught us plenty of valuable life-changing lessons.

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