Burrowed inside a community center in South Central Los Angeles, a thick crowd of sweat-drenched men vied for space as police in riot gear hovered outside. Spurred by the local media, who had homed in on this particular spot on Leimert Boulevard and perpetuated rumors that it was a mecca for gang activity, the police swarmed the place. As the lights went out and darkness descended, the combatants occupying the building refused to disarm. Instead of encountering armed thugs, however, L.A.'s finest found a group of battle-hardened MCs wielding megaphones -- which they'd reached for when the power to their mikes was cut -- in the midst of a fierce... More >>>