From left: Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Baby D, MC Ren, MC JB. Photo courtesy Juana Sperling.

From left: Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Baby D, MC Ren, MC JB. Photo courtesy Juana Sperling.

In August, Mr. Roberts profiled the trailblazing hip hop group J.J. Fad. The all-female trio joined Ruthless Records at the same time as N.W.A, but were mysteriously left out of the "Straight Outta Compton" biopic. The Los Angeles Times feature went viral, shining a light on unsung heroes of Southern California rap.

Read "Straight Outta Rialto: J.J. Fad, Jerry Heller and Ruthless Records."


Mr. Roberts is an award-winning journalist based in Los Angeles.
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