Ah, the days when Xzibit was a great rapper, rather than a great pro ride Pimper. Nine years back when he dropped the above album and the song “Los Angeles Times.” A song being played on repeat, as I got a story in the LA Times this morning (one that didn’t involve the words “blogger indicted on securities fraud”). Specifically, a mini-feature on El-P in the print edition of Kevin Bronson’s Weekly Buzz Bands Column. You can check it out here.

Having grown up in Los Angeles reading the Times daily, to get published in the hometown paper is pretty rad. Almost as rad as this Rad. As Duke, once put it: in most major cities you read the alternative weekly for good local music coverage. In LA, its the other way around, mainly due to Bronson’s Buzz Bands Column (now with blog).

MP3: Xzibit-“Los Angeles Times”

Around The Blogosphere:

The Rawking Refuses To Stop Posts A Complete List of Elliot Smith Beatles Covers.

Dodge has an outstanding jealousy-inducing photo recap of SXSW

Floodwatch interviews Sea and Cake

Hidden Track Unveils a new column: I Love Bad Music. Topic 1: Michael McDonald.

Straight Bangin Says Black Milk’s Popular Demand is the best rap album of the year.

Scott Sterling’s been putting in work at Read Mezzanine. And he actually made it to Amy Winehouse this week.

Another new music blog I’ve been enjoying is Galactic Mystery Solvers out of Britain. Basically, anyone who makes Jibbs jokes is a friend of mine.

Another (sorta) eulogy of Jurassic 5, over at Just Sayin, involving record shopping with a very mopey Cut Chemist.

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