Nocando is the God of Hellfyre and an impossible person to squeeze into seven questions. I don’t remember the first time I heard his name, I just know that I haven’t stopped hearing it since, and if this is your first time hearing it, you have a lot of interneting to do. Nocan is both hip hop and Los Angeles personified, the epitome of a rapper. During his performances, my favorite thing to do is scan the audience for other rappers, which is easy since they all have the same facial expression that says, “Fuck it, I quit.” There
Nora Martin-Hall is an artist. Like, a real artist. I first discovered her while I was on a stage in LA being distracted by her easel light glowing in the back of the dark room. I had to squint to make out the image on the canvas and, mid-verse, I thought to myself, “is that a big fucking mouth?” It was a big fucking mouth. The person painting the big fucking mouth had thick, flowing hair that was tangled with the cords of her headphones, all of which stuck out from the hood of her sweatshirt. At first glance, Nora looks like the type of person w
Bonnie Blue is a Hip Hop artist who lives somewhere in Los Angeles. I really don’t know where she’s from originally and that’s kind of tight to me. While many of us would eagerly trade the personal details of our private lives for potential likes and retweets, she chooses to remain something of a mystery, and still manages to be more popular than a lot of us. She performs with a certain confidence that suggests you should already know who she is, and if you don’t, it’s because you’re not paying attention. You should be paying attention.
Johnny Greaseball is a weirdo from Riverside, California, who raps really well. He makes up one half of the The Herbalistics, an Inland Empire based rap group he formed with his friend and fellow rapper MC Lyfe. Together, The Herbalistics have amassed quite an impressive resume, especially considering how little promotion they do; even finding a halfway decent photo of this cat was a pain in the ass. He’s clearly more concerned with ripping mics than he is with taking pretty pictures of himself, something most of us can’t claim, which, in my opinion, basically makes him way co
It’s really hard to sum up a person like Sean “Thesis” Eberhart, so I’m not even going to try. As is stated in his bio section on the Cloudmakers website, “He’s the man and everyone knows that shit.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. I met Sean back in 2009 when his group played after me at a show in Long Beach. I’ve been a blatant fanboy ever since, and I’m not sorry. Most known for his affiliation with a number of renowned rap crews (Cloudmakers, On A High Note, English Class Project), his appearances on The Cypher Effect a
I was briefly interviewed by a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, which is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. He asked me to elaborate, and I’m naturally long winded, so I was happy to oblige.
NB: What made you pursue music?
Gadzooks: The funny thing about this question is that six years ago I would’ve rambled on about preserving the art form, keeping the culture alive, etc. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have been genuine, but I’ve long outgrown the self-righteous speeches and I’m no longer hesi