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July 8, 2020

EDIT: I wrote this about three months ago. The content that follows is just as irrelevant now as it was then.


Day 12 of quarantine here in Los Angeles and I’m not in such a good place right now. The long days spent indoors, eating the microwave dinners everyone else rejected, watching as people proudly complete 10 push-ups on Instagram…these are all things I have heroically mustered up the strength to endure. But behind the drastic changes to our daily routines lies an even more sinister monster lurkin...

September 8, 2018

I feel like I grew up alongside you.

I was 16 when my best friend Patrick showed me The High Life in 2010 during our zero period Trig class. We were told to by Mr. Stuart to put the headphones away, but we just positioned ourselves to where he couldn’t see them.

I went home that day and downloaded your first two mixtapes on K.I.D.S. was like a divine revelation to me.

I raided my dad’s closet for old snapbacks because of you. Some of them were hideous or had irreparably crinkled bills, but I aske...

December 18, 2017

*This article is intended for those who have seen the first four series of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman in their entirety. However, I hope that the following can be enjoyed by those who have not seen the show and have no current desire to watch it.

The following musings WILL contain some thematic spoilers, but should not detract from your overall viewing pleasure. The purpose of this piece is to delve deeper into how Bojack came to be the most self-deprecating manic horse on television, followed of course by Sarah...

November 21, 2017

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “Nev, you’re from the Bay Area, if you’re going to write about a regional rapper, why not do Mac Dre?”

As tempting as it was, the thought never really took hold. Mac Dre, born Andre Hicks, is first in everyone’s mind when it comes to Bay Area products, and since his murder in 2004, has upheld the title of King of Bay Area rap. The father of the hyphy movement and all that.

He developed a massive following through a constant stream of releases and small venue touring, and...

June 9, 2017

Bryson Wallace is an up-and-coming MC originally from Bakersfield, CA, but currently reps the Bay Area. Nev sits down to talk to the jazz-influenced, humble, old-soul that is Bryson Wallace.

February 23, 2017

The Lampin' Blog brings you a new series entitled #GrindsMyGears, in which we rant about shit that bothers us. Nev starts us off with his love/hate relationship with ubiquitous social media stalwart, Snapchat. Enjoy. 

Snapchat is a beautifully simple and innovative, yet socially corrosive application. Allow me to provide an example to back up my somewhat controversial statement. The scene is set on October 11, 2011 in beautiful Danville, California. It’s Friday at lunch at my old stomping grounds, Monte Vista Hi...

December 13, 2016

We conclude our two-part roasting of our least favorite basketball players on our favorite respective teams with Nev's least favorite Warriors. 


I’d like to first make abundantly clear that I do not very much like admitting that I am a Warriors fan, but I feel obligated to root for my hometown team that has the ability to amaze me on any given night. As a Warriors fan living in the LA area during the Dubs’ meteoric rise, I was often forced to listen to the adversarial claims of salty Laker fans and affronted C...

November 30, 2016

Before the Vitamin Water commercials, Kanye "beef," subpar acting gigs, and bankruptcy filing, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson was the rawest mainstream artist rap had seen since Ice Cube. With a hypnotic voice, sensational ad-libs, and uncanny knack for writing hooks, it was no secret as to why Fiddy gained so much success in the early-mid 2000's (not to mention one of the greatest laughs hip-hop has ever seen).

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