HBK’s CJ Drops Video For “MSGD” Feat. IAMSU!

“Haters ain’t blockin’ my vision…”

November 30th, 2015
Kristen Meza
Category: Video

“I literally make music to make people feel better…because that’s what it does for me.”– HBK CJ

Bay Area collective HBK Gang member CJ is ready to take over. The rapper from Oakland, CA is now based in LA and getting ready to release his latest project, Crash Course 2. In support of that forthcoming effort, CJ dropped the song “MSGD” with help from IAMSU! and Mic Watts on production.
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Play This Playlist: Best Awards Show Performances

It’s that time of year again…

November 23rd, 2015
Kristen Meza
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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I never tune in to award shows to see who’s going to win — I tune in to see the live performances. The AMA’s were last night, and in case you missed it, the highlights included a beautiful tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks by Celine Dion, an awkward lip-lock between Meghan Trainor/Charlie Puth, and a performance by The Weeknd that was simply fire.
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Must Watch: Christine and The Queens – “Tilted”

French pop star stops by The Daily Show

November 19th, 2015
Kristin Houser
Category: Video
Christine and the queens daily show

I watch The Daily Show for many reasons — to keep informed on world politics, to stay on top of the presidential campaign, to get lost in Trevor Noah’s eyes — but I don’t typically expect to discover new music via the show. However, last week the news took a temporary backseat to music on the Comedy Central staple when French pop sensation Christine and The Queens stopped by for a performance of the song “Tilted” from their self-titled debut album.
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Play This Playlist: Hip-Hop Starter Kit

The basic tracks you need for your rap collection

November 16th, 2015
Kimberly Quitzon
Category: Staff Pick, Video
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My favorite thing about hip hop is its profound ability to tell stories and inspire. While many still appreciate its combination of various genres with dope beats and lyrics, some argue that hip hop is dead and that rap has taken over the scene of urban music. Thus, I would like to offer some songs that are must-listen tracks for your next hip-hop playlist.
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The Return of Missy Elliott!

“WTF” ends seven-year recording hiatus

Jay Chirinos
Category: Lead Story, Video
Missy Elliott

To give you some idea of how much the music world has changed since Missy Elliott last released a single, bear this is mind: In 2007 Nicki Minaj’s career launch was still a few years away, and Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana. I pick these two facts in particular because “WTF” may well double up as a sly dig at one of the aforementioned artists, and Missy’s return is an instant reclamation of her crown as Queen Of Rap from the other. Trust Melissa Arnette to come back after years away and drop an absolute banger of a three-minute song.
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Play This Playlist: British Buzz Bands

Emerging UK acts making their way west

November 10th, 2015
Jillian Goldfluss
Category: Staff Pick, Video

UK bands have long resonated with US crowds, so much so that it’s easy to forget how many iconic, influential rock outfits hail from across the sea. You probably don’t need a history lesson in Music 101 to recognize the abundance of classic and contemporary artists that have traversed international waters to establish themselves as essential figures of rock ‘n roll (but if you really do, see: The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, etc., etc.).
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Top 5 Songs For Halloween Vibes

Give yourself a ghostly good soundtrack

October 30th, 2015
Anthony Marks
Category: Lead Story, Video
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It’s that time of year again. My mom is anxiously waiting for her Hallmark Christmas movies to start, and I’m fondly remembering the days when Thanksgiving and Christmas began, you know, in late November. With the greed and competition of modern society, the holidays practically start as soon as it’s fall, but before we prepare for the Thanksgiving feast, book flights, save up for X-mas gifts, etc., let’s enjoy some Halloween celebrations.
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Locksmith Raps From A Coffin In “Careful” Video

Bay Area artist hits LA next month

October 29th, 2015
Kristen Meza
Category: Video

From MC Hammer to G-Easy, the Bay Area’s influence on hip hop has long been undeniable, and some of the greatest artists in recent years have come from area. Get ready to add one more to that list: Locksmith.
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Play This Playlist: Halloween Jams

Set the scary mood with these songs

October 27th, 2015
Sean Kramer
Category: Staff Pick, Video

Halloween is right around the corner, and whether you’re going to a party, trick-or-treating with headphones on, or performing satanic rituals in your garage/walk-in closet/stepdad’s wine cellar, you’re going to need the perfect selection of tunes to set the mood off right. Fear not, for we here at LA Music Blog have got you covered.
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Adele Releases “Hello” Single And Video

Our favorite British songstress is back!

October 23rd, 2015
Kristen Meza
Category: Lead Story, Video
adele hello

The day has finally come — Adele has graced us with new music! It’s been three years in the making, but we can now expect a new album from the British songstress on November 20th. If you’re like me and need something to hold you over ’til then, Adele’s got you covered as she has also released the album’s lead single along with a corresponding music video.
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