I don't know about you, but growing up in Spokane in the 90's gave me a great appreciation for gangster rap. I listened to a lot of other music too, don't get me wrong. I'm not exactly sure what the correlation is. Part if it was always feeling like you were trapped in sprawl. Part of it is most definitely the heat and the beautiful summer days. Growing up in the west, I've always had a small pull to live in Los Angles. I've been lucky enough to visit a couple times this past year, and I've visited a bunch as a kid. LA never disappoints. It's magical and overwhelming. It gets too hot and there is way too much concrete. But I love hearing people describe why they love LA so much. This is of course with the exception of Randy Newman. Check out this quick video of Ice Cube talking about why he loves LA and Charles and Ray Eames. It marries two of my favorite things Ice Cube and Mid Century Modern design, oh yeah, and LA.