From the archives: L.A. Times Past

L.A. Times Past Rap: Striking Tales of Black Frustration and Pride Shake the Pop Mainstream

Times mu­sic crit­ic Robert Hil­burn was an early cham­pi­on of N.W.A, al­though he later wrote that his first ex­per­i­ence in­ter­view­ing the Compton rap group “wasn’t easy.” In 1989, he and oth­er Times mu­sic writers took a look at the role of rap in the in­dustry.

Sources: Los Angeles Times archive