Brooklyn Rapper Math Assaulted at L.A. Rap Battle (VIDEO)

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Math Hoffa and Dizaster, moments before the punch.
Rap battles are filled with personal insults. They can also be extremely intense, especially when there's a lot on the line. They almost never end in violence, however.

But that was not the case on Saturday night at Los Globos, when the main event at King of the Dot's Battle of Los Angeles 5 ended in an all-out brawl. It was truly shocking.

The catalyst? During his battle with Brooklyn rapper Math Hoffa, Los Angeles rapper Dizaster concluded his final round by saying: "I should punch you in your fucking face."

"Do it," Math replied, continuing: "I dare you to do it."

And so Dizaster did, punching him in the face. (Video below.)

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La Sera's Katy Goodman on why She Ditched NYC for LA

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Look how much she loves L.A.
photo by Jake Michaels
Katy Goodman is an east coast woman, through and through--born and raised and college-d in New Jersey, with stints living in both Boston and Brooklyn. With her band, Vivian Girls, she became one of the symbols of hipster Williamsburg.

Not that that stopped her from abandoning us for LA, like so many weak-hearted people before her (Moby, Larry David). Her current project, La Sera, is about as California as it comes, full of big sunny riffs and beachfront sighs. If you jumped through a time portal from a distant time (say, 2005), arrived suddenly at today, and managed to get your hand on her new album Hour of the Dawn, out May 15 (without being sidetracked by answering a bunch of people's questions about time travel), you'd be excused for thinking Goodman was born and bred in Silverlake. We caught up with Goodman recently and tried to get to the bottom of her flight to the West Coast.

See also: Vivian Girls Remember: Pizza! Wild Puppies! Jean Jackets!

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Kendrick Lamar's Surprisingly Calm Grammy Snub Reaction, Translated

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Photo Laura June Kirsch
XXL Magazine tried to do some Erin Andrews instant-reaction journalism yesterday, releasing part of an interview done with Kendrick Lamar shortly after his unexpected loss in every Grammy category that he was nominated for. But Kendrick was perfectly cool, calm, and collected about the whole thing in the snippets released so far. He's just a down-to-earth and talented guy excited about the future and who already seems to be over the Grammy "snub", fan reaction, and Macklemore's odd Instagram apology-receipt.

And while Kendrick Lamar is cool, calm and collected--how else could anyone give such a poignant and constrained response to their hardest-fought and most public loss ever-it is not in the way many of us are accustomed. There is so much raging-intellectual-shade being thrown at Macklemore, the Grammys, and the entire state of the universe in Kendrick's brief statements to XXL that they actually turn into light. Since most Americans are pretty bad at identifying when a black man is truly angry, I've taken the liberty of translating Kendrick's remarks for you.

See also: Why Macklemore's "Same Love" Isn't Very Helpful

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Beatles vs. Stones: Rivalry or PR Stunt?

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Beatles vs. Stones
By John McMillian
Simon & Schuster, 288 pp., $25

"The Beatles want to hold your hand, but the Stones want to burn down your town"

-- Tom Wolfe

It was a simple question, really. But one that said (or supposedly said) a lot about your taste in music, sociological outlook, personality, and even dress: Were you a Beatles fan, or a Stones fan?

See also: Top Five Beatles Songs Guaranteed Not To Top The iTunes Singles Chart Today


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Ten Kelly Clarkson Songs That Could Have Been Written About Clive Davis

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After reading her gutsy open letter to Clive Davis that fought back against some of the hurtful accusations he made against her in his new memoir, it's fun to repurpose some of her feistiest lyrics as a career-long diatribe against the legendary but stifling mogul. Presented in no particular and leaving out her debut Thankful, which came before Kelly sought creative control, here's a look at some of the Idol's strongest and well-written declarations of self-empowerment.

See also: Kelly Clarkson Says Clive Davis Lied About Her Career In His New Memoir

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Rap Beef on Twitter: A Brief History

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Lil B has a 3-0 Twitter beef record
Twenty years ago, rap animosity was expressed via diss songs. Like, if someone pissed you off you went home, thought about it, went to a recording studio, pressed up your album, and sent it around. The object of your diss might not find out until six months later.

More recently the rise of the mixtape and the internet allowed diss tracks to reach their targets much more quickly, and today rap disses arrive mostly in 140 character bundles.

While we certainly miss classic diss tracks like "Takeover" and "No Vaseline," Twitter beef can be pretty damn entertaining. Here's a brief history, and at the end we crown a champion.

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Angel Haze Vs. Azealia Banks: Who Won?

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It's no surprise that Azealia Banks got into a twitter fight with fellow New Yorker Angel Haze at the end of last week, Haze getting cagey when Banks ripped on poseurs who weren't from New York and things pretty much erupting from there. (Haze has since deleted her tweets but MissInfo put together a nice summary.) In 2012, Banks started crap with a who's who of female rappers, in the process becoming one of hip hop's most belligerent new Internet personas. What is surprising is that some actual music came out of this beef. Twitter fights nearly always end on the site where they began so it can be somewhat astonishing when some diss songs (there's an anachronistic phrase) emerge from the fray along with meaningless insults and bluster.

(Shockingly enough, this is actually the second rap beef of the year: Cassidy and Meek Mill have exchanged diss songs as well. But I dare you to find me 10 people outside the city limits of Philadelphia who are interested in that.) Haze and Banks are another story. Each is a capable, buzzworthy rapper--Haze with her thin, whipcord flow and raw emotional tracks and Banks with a nonchalant, bubblegum snap and a fantastic ear for production. So who got the better of whom this time? That's what we're here to determine..

See also:
- Azealia Banks's "1991" Is A Throwback Summer Jam
- Live: Azealia Banks Enchants Under The Mermaid Ball's Sea Of Balloons And Tickertape
- A Bite With The Band: Angel Haze On New York, Learning About Hip-Hop, And Fiending For Chipotle


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