There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family.
Yo yo yiggity yo, son. Christmas is upon us, dawg, and if you ain't gots a gift ready for yo' cuz, you best be frettin'. Nah, just playin'. We got yo' back.
(OK, sorry. My hip-hop lingo is apparently derived from the hardcore stylings of "American Idol's" Randy Jackson.)
Whether your cousin is a legit hip-hopper or a poser from the 'burbs, there's good news! They like the same exact things. And hey, if your white, suburbianite cuz doesn't like your gift, just say "Other gangstas love it." Soon, he will love it, too.
1. Busdriver's Jhelli Beam on vinyl
The hipster rapper of choice got decent reviews on this record. Let your cousin decide if he likes it for himself. It might help if you call Busdriver "underground." This, and other hip-hop vinyl is available at Stinkweed's, Revolver Records or The Ghost of Eastside Records, which just opened today.
2. Tickets to see Childish Gambino
"Community's" Donald Glover is hilarious, talented and adorable, but his rap alias is vaguely dirty and obscene. He's coming to The Venue Scottsdale April 11. Tickets are $20-$22 and available here via TicketFly. In the mean time, check out this awesome undercover Christmas lover track he did as Troy on "Community."
3. Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones
Sure, they're a tad on the expensive side at $100+ dollars, but how much do you love your cousin? Enough to get him some brightly colored, disputably overpriced headphones. Beats by Dr. Dre are much more of a status symbol that anything else. Hey, spare a few bucks by wrapping up a used pair you bought on Craigslist.
4. Bottles to pop
That's what all of these hip-hop guys are talking about all the time, right? Get your 'cuz a selection of liquor bottles to pop, from Barcadi to Diddy's Ciroc vodka. Almost any liquor you can dream up is available at Tempe's Top's Liquor.
5. I Am T-Pain Microphone
Yes, this is a real thing. Sing through this toy microphone and it automatically makes your voice sound autotuned. Available for around $30 where ever toys are sold.