Bizarre Summer Mix, 2014 July 23, 2014
It’s mid-summer and mercury thermometers across Southern California are slated to scream all weekend long. Triple digits. $150 ski masks to the beach. Weird randoms staring at your tiger-colored one-piece. Holler if you hear none of this. You may have noticed that I was mix-less while the rest of the POW staff stayed pouring gas […]
Torii MacAdams just finished wiping his car down Summer jams are supposed to be breezy, feel-good anthems, girding the assumption that shit is sweet. It’s easy to view summertime with soft-focus nostalgia, especially in Southern California, a supposed paradise marketed to doe-eyed outsiders since the mid-Nineteenth Century. The truth is, the proverbial shit ain’t sweet, […]
Max Bell once played basketball with Nate Dogg.  Last week, a friend and recent L.A. transplant told me 2Pac and Dr. Dre songs left still bodies staring at the deserted dance floor of a Westside lounge. Outsiders equate lack of motion to tracks from the accepted West Coast rap suzerain with treason. And yet, this reaction […]
Who is Ice Cube? June 13, 2014
Jesse Taylor doesn’t know but today seems kind of odd Prologue December 24, 1992 Floating high amongst trees grazing wind-blown leaves was a pitch-black figure approaching a large home. It passed through the stucco exterior and inside the walls. In the master bedroom snoring loudly was rap music legend Ice Cube. He cuddled against his […]
Harold Stallworth will always roots for the villain. This year’s spring has been absurdly slow in arriving to Washington D.C., but better late than polar vortex. Bidding farewell to old man winter is a bittersweet occasion, seeing as how my dearest strains of music and fashion were born out of blistering winds and torrential snowfall. […]
Abe Beame heard that you look like MC Hammer on crack. Everyone’s talking about YG and DJ Mustard’s Compton throwback, My Krazy Life and its standout track, “Meet the Flockers”. In the song, YG gives us a brief overview on the fine points of home invasion. The song is glorious, but it’s hardly the first […]