Max Bell

Photos

No One Sees Rap Like Photographer Brian Cross

See photos from 'Ghost Notes: Music of the Unplayed,' featuring Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and more.
Max Bell
1.19.18
PROFILES

Buddy Is One of the Best West Coast Rappers You've Been Sleeping On

Since 2011, the 24-year-old Compton native has spent his career on the cusp while working with Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, Kaytranada, and more. Now he's almost famous, so he bought a billboard.
Max Bell
9.7.17
Premieres

Here Is an Extremely Good Cover of the Best Song of All Time, “Return of the Mack"

Pioneer 11 give a proper rendition.
Max Bell
2.16.17
Interviews

How Darkside's Dave Harrington Improvised a New Solo Career

We spoke with the prolific guitarist about making his debut LP 'Become Alive' and playing Hall & Oates in the club.
Max Bell
4.15.16
Interviews

A Freak Is a Freak, and Egyptian Lover Is an Icon

Ahead of his new anthology, we spoke with the gilded lothario about 808s, the state of DJing, and how he shaped West Coast hip-hop as we know it.
Max Bell
4.13.16
Interviews

Freddie Gibbs Sings in the Shower: "If You Don't Evolve with the Game, Get Out"

Freddie Gibbs explains why Drake and Future are his only competition for his new album 'Shadow of a Doubt.'
Max Bell
11.20.15
Longreads Or Whatever

Vince Staples's Summertime in the LBC

The 21-year-old rapper is on the cusp of his highly anticipated debut 'Summertime '06.' How did a kid from a broken home who tangled gang life get to this moment?
Max Bell
5.6.15
Premieres

Stream The Purist's "Pimp Hand" Featuring Freddie Gibbs

Gangsta Gibbs joins the UK producer for some fire emojis.
Max Bell
3.17.15
Premieres

PREMIERE: Funk Your Whole Day Up with the Stream of Moniquea's LP 'Yes No Maybe'

Get ready to funk somebody.
Max Bell
10.13.14
Longreads Or Whatever

Fly Like an (Open Mike) Eagle: Soaring with Rap's Comedic Genius

The LA art rapper is both hilarious and thoughtful, so what else does he have to do to get your ear?
Max Bell
6.9.14
Premieres

Get Your Art-Rap On and Stream Open Mike Eagle's "Dark Comedy Morning Show"

The L.A. rapper announces his new album, 'Dark Comedy,' out this summer.
Max Bell
4.15.14
Premieres

Nocando Has Never Looked Better in His Video for "Never Looked Better"

We also interviewed the Los Angeles-based rapper about freestyling, his new record, and Wayne Brady.
Max Bell
3.25.14