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After 16 years, Smokin Grooves Fest makes its long-awaited return & blazes a new trail in Long Beach

Smokin Grooves Fest 2018 - NxWorries

FESTIVAL REVIEW: For one day only, a sold-out crowd descended upon The Queen Mary to enjoy the sounds of The Roots, Miguel, Erykah Badu and many more.

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With CyHi the Prynce on the bill, Big K.R.I.T. shows fans why his moniker is much bigger than him

Big K.R.I.T.

SHOW REVIEW: The rapper painted a picture of his royal advancement — a positive one that he explained is not only meant to be a reminder for him, but also for us.

Jay 305 backs up his ‘more LA than the Rams’ claim in front of a hometown crowd at The Roxy

Jay 305

PHOTOS: The South Central rapper has seemingly pushed his legal troubles and album delays aside to focus on his craft — and it showed.

Lucky to be alive, YG is celebrating life to the fullest

YG

SHOW REVIEW: If extended album delays, a near-death experience and government censorship can’t stop YG, I don’t know what can. And neither does he.

Jhené Aiko turns a hometown show at Avalon into her own living room party

Jhené Aiko

SHOW REVIEW: On this night for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA series, the local songstress really, really, really didn’t want to leave her home.

With dignity and grace, Pusha T stays true to himself

Pusha T

SHOW REVIEW: The veteran Virginia Beach-raised rapper made it clear on this night that his appetite for more will not be diminishing anytime soon.

Isaiah Rashad makes a statement at Echoplex while giving fans a lesson in reverse psychology

Isaiah Rashad

SHOW REVIEW: The 25-year-old emcee has gone from being the contemplative unknown in superstar Kendrick Lamar’s crew to a complete artist deserving of your attention.

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins pours his heart and soul out during his latest stop through LA

Mick Jenkins

SHOW REVIEW: The 25-year-old emcee used his lyrical sword to cut through faith, violence and race toward a light, which at the very least, was different.

Riding J. Cole’s coattails, Bas doesn’t shy away from the spotlight at a sold-out Roxy Theatre

Bas

SHOW REVIEW: It’s clear that the 29-year-old emcee has no plans of letting his inebriation with success — and its subsequent effects — stagger his straight-lined momentum.

Young Thug isn’t afraid to do things his own way

Young Thug

SHOW REVIEW: Managing to toe a stylistic line of convoluted brilliance, Atlanta’s 23-year-old cult hero remains an enigma with lofty pop-star expectations to meet.

Adrian Younge turns up the heat in his hometown

Adrian Younge

SHOW REVIEW: Greatness demands a lot, and Adrian Younge seems hell-bent on doing everything possible to ensure his genius analog vision remains intact.

Stormzy shows no fear in his LA debut at The Echo

Stormzy

PHOTOS: Known as the budding sensation of grime, the towering South London emcee elevated an energized crew that was full of life.