| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:30 AM
On a recent afternoon Thebe Kgositsile, 19, wandered around his sparse central Hollywood apartment lugging a gallon of orange juice and thinking about the logo to his fledgling music imprint Tan Cressida.
A piano melody looped from a computer plugged...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 11:51 AM
The opening night of Drake’s annual OVO Fest in Toronto has been canceled due to Frank Ocean’s recent vocal injury, Live Nation announced on Tuesday.
The R&B crooner was slated to headline the first night of the two-day festival alongside...
| Aug 19, 2013
***1/2 (out of four)
Listening to Earl Sweatshirt rap sometimes makes it easy to remember all of the garbage that came along with being a teenager. Earl, the youngest member of Odd Future--the one who suddenly disappeared to a Somoan boarding school...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 3:37 PM
Earlier this week, the K-Pop superstar G-Dragon posted an image to his Instagram account that shocked many U.S. fans with its resemblance to a widely shared image of the Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin.
Though the post didn't mention Martin by...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:16 AM
As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts wrote in a recent profile, Earl Sweatshirt is building a complicated relationship with fame -- even as his upcoming major-label debut promises (or threatens) to bring it closer.
The L.A.-based rapper -- part...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Singer Chris Brown has filed a countersuit against the man who accused the artist of attacking him earlier this year outside a West Hollywood recording studio.
Brown filed an assault and battery lawsuit Wednesday against Sha’Keir Duarte, an...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Jhené Aiko offered a quick warning before she played her single, “The Worst.” It’s best enjoyed alone with a joint (her words).
She curled into a plush leather chair, took a long sip from a cocktail and gently swayed as the wrenching...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:23 PM
“I'm just trying to move forward and learn from every mistake," Chris Brown tells me as he explains the genesis of "X," his upcoming album.
It’s late March and Brown is at a Burbank studio previewing tracks from a record meant to jolt a...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 12:47 PM
“Emotional stress” and “nonstop negativity” are what caused Chris Brown to suffer a seizure early Friday, a rep for the singer said.
The L.A. city Fire Department responded to a 911 call around 1 a.m. on Friday saying the 24-...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 2:24 PM
Tyler, the Creator is back.
Wary perhaps of being outdone by his Odd Future pal Frank Ocean -- who performed and picked up a pair of prizes at the Grammy Awards earlier this week -- the attention-loving L.A. rapper announced Thursday that he'll...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 10:21 AM
Frank Ocean is "like 10, 11 songs" into his next album, the follow-up to last year's Grammy Award-winning "Channel Orange."
Speaking Tuesday night to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, the L.A.-based R&B star said the album is shaping up to be "another...