(Photos: Andre 3000: Patrick Redmond (XLrator Media)/ Bam: Joe Conzo/ Wild Style: ZEPHYR/ Lee Scratch Perry: Dem Passwords)
1. André 3000 Is Moving On in Film, Music and Life.
“Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day.” By Jon Caramanica.
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2. Q&A: Run the Jewels on the Tragedy in Ferguson and Racist Idiots.
“I don’t want another generation of kids being afraid to interact with police officers,” says Killer Mike. By Dan Reilly.
3. Nas Is Not Your Old Droog.
“Why, for example, would an unknown MC say, ‘Making like four more albums then I’m falling back’ when he hadn’t even released one? And why would he choose to write so many of his rhymes in the past tense, as if his career had already happened?” Your old friend responds in this face-to-face interview. By Jay Caspian Kang.
A-Plus says: “First off, after doing the Que and Meek Mill remixes, I wanted to remix an artist that was more in the vein of the kind of hip-hop that I do. What better person than one of my best friends on Earth and fellow C7 crew member, Del. After selecting the song, and getting the O.K. from Dan the Automator to give it a whirl, I realized it had 4 verses. I didn’t want to cut any verses, so to keep it interesting, I decided to remix it in a medley type of way using a different sound style for each verse. …MORE
Vintage footage from Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood – the famed, now-closed record retail chain’s flagship location – from its initial year of operation, 1971. …MORE
“I’m surrounded by hipsters / What does that say about me? / Maybe I’m not being honest with myself…”