10 More of the Best Rappers in OC

Categories: Rap

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Supreme Cerebral
By: Nate Jackson and Gabriel San Roman
Last week, our list of Top 10 Rappers in OC seemed to cause a bit of a stir in the local hip-hop community, lots of whining but plenty of praises. Well, good--we're always glad to bruise egos and shake things up over here at Heard Mentality. But of course, the talent on these lists is what matters and frankly, there wasn't enough room for all the names we wanted to squeeze on there. So we gladly took another opportunity to share some of the music we've been bumping in our car stereo whilst trying hard not to get pulled over by the cops. And so we bring you another heaping hip-hop helping of 10 more emcees who are definitely worth your time.

See also: The Top 10 Rappers in OC


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YG's Listening Party Was a Bompton-Style Rager

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Nick Nuk'em
For the past 5 years, the term YG has become more than the general title for a Young Gangster--specifically, a blood. Since dropping "Toot it and Boot it", the Bompton (no typo) rapper has been preparing for a event like last night's; the official listening party for his debut album "My Krazy Life." If you've ever been to a party in the hood, you might be able to anticipate what happened outside the off-Fairfax boutique. For those who haven't had the pleasure, refer to the BBQ at the park in "Menace 2 Society" for context of what the South Central (Bentral, if you're YG) flavored night entailed. Plus it was the young emcee's 24th birthday, so it was pretty much a hood function from the get-go.

Spray-painted black letters--in the font you'd find on trashcans and walls in the hood-- at the HVW8 Gallery on Melrose welcomed patrons to the exclusive celebratory event. Inside the pop-up gallery, below monochrome pictures of YG shot by West Coast photographer Mike Miller and above hi-top Chucks were the titles of the tracks to be featured on the album, dropping March 18th.

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Lil Boosie is Free! Let's Celebrate!

Categories: Rap

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Lil Boosie in "Mind of a Maniac"
If you felt your winter get significantly warmer this past Wednesday, it's likely due to the release of rapper Lil Boosie. Once one of hip-hop's surefire future superstars, the charismatic Boosie's momentum was derailed in 2009 when he came up on his third marijuana possession charge. Now that Boosie is back on the streets, we've assembled your go-to Boosie guide, bringing you both a crash course in all things Boosie as well as what to expect from post-Boosie America.

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An OC Gang Soundtrack Through Five Cholo Rap Songs

Categories: Lists , Rap

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Cholo rap in OC exists even if nobody is willing to acknowledge, much less write, about it. This ain't gangsta rap; it's straight-up gang rap. There's no real music videos nor commercial aspirations to speak of. With the advent of YouTube and other forms of social media, Mexican gangs have penned songs repping their respective hoods that act like sonic placas in cyperspace. Lyrically, that translates to "us vs. them" themes that say "fuck all enemigas," deride rivals as lames and vow to protect their barrios from them through violence, if need be. It ain't hate music: while white-power bands rail against all minorities, cholo rap only concerns itself with its immediate gang and cop enemies. But it's not always about body counts: sometimes, the homies just want to sing about parties and rucas and all the great things in life--just like almost every other musical group in history.

And with that, we present a sample soundtrack of OC cholo rap through five songs. It's by no means comprehensive and the videos are listed in no particular order. (We're sure the comment section will probably have something to say about whose "most hated," etc.) There are more diverse beats and rhymes bumpin' in the barrios. We'll get to that next, but for now, the list...

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What Hip-Hop Needs in 2014

Categories: Rap

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With 51 weeks left to go in the year that'll be gone before we know it, there's ample time for some truly exciting shit to go down in the genre known for keeping it poppin', booty poppin', but I digress. While some guys'll try to mimic Beyoncè and independently drop an album paired with visuals, while others will try their chances at collaborating with a country artist, there are a few things that need to actually happen in order for this be a hip-hop year for the books. It'll take an effort from everyone with the genre's best interests at heart to make it happen, so let's see exactly What Hip-Hop Needs in 2014.

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15 Pop Princess/Rap Combinations We Love

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After 30 years, rap's cultural influence pretty much makes it synonymous with pop music. But when the two fuse for the perfect mix of flava (not a typo) and Top 40 charm to create an even bigger monolith, magical moments can often ensue. With the Milester's current embrace of the Pop/Rap technique in full swing, it seemed like a good idea to highlight the best of this chart-topping class of hybrids.

We bring to you 15 Pop Princess/Rap Combos We Love


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Five Rare Ghostface Killah Songs You Haven't Heard

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Ghostface
On Sunday Night, lauded Wu-Tang MC Ghostface Killah takes the stage at the Yost Theater. Ghost has spent almost two decades being one of the most prolific MCs in the game. Unfortunately, many legal restrictions have kept some incredible work of his from seeing an official retail release. So, for the Ghostface fan who has everything, we have assembled the five best Ghostface songs you've never heard.


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The Best Unanswered Rap Questions

Categories: LOL, Rap, Twitter

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Timothy Norris
Every day (and sometimes every hour) a new and amazing hashtag will appear on Twitter and BAM! The Twittersphere is overrun with gems that make the Internet bling like a rapper's Jesus piece. Case in point: #UnansweredRapQuestions. There have been many questions spouted off during the game of rap and of course you can count on the good folks on Twitter to remind us of the ones that can only leave us thinking, Hmmmmm. Since questions always produce answers, it's time to get in the game with these thought provoking "unanswered rap questions." Because let's be honest, sometimes you just really need to know, "What you gon' do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?" We need answers people!

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Big Freedia - The Constellation Room - July 24, 2013

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Hope Lee
Question: In the history of this blog, how many writers can say they got the headlining act to leave the venue, walk into the parking lot and get into a 1960 Ford Starliner on Cragars to take photographs?

Answer: One. Me.

The event in question happened with Big Freedia last night at The Constellation Room.
All week my friend Gabe had been telling me how he wanted Big Freedia (aka the Queen Diva, the Dick Eater, the Late Night Creeper -- ya besta buhleeva!) to take pictures in his car. I told him it wasn't happening. He showed up in the afternoon and was denied. At this point, I figured he'd drop it. He didn't.

See Also: Big Freedia Brings Bounce-Fueled Ass Battles to OC

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Five Rappers Whose Lives Should Be Turned Into Musicals

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Shimmy Shimmy Ya ass down to the theatre

Ahhh the life of a rap star. Rappers have the pleasure of entertaining the masses if they are lucky enough to become mainstream but what goes on behind the scenes, well that can be even more interesting than a politician embroiled in a sex scandal. While a lot of these artists' lives have a similar beginning, what happens in the middle and sometimes sadly, at the end, can be pure magic.The recent news that a musical inspired by the life of Tupac Shakur is bound for Broadway got us thinking: What other rapper's lives deserve to be adapted for the stage? With that in mind, take a seat and check out the "Five Rappers Lives We'd Like to See Turned Into Musicals."


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