As some of you may or may not have heard, our longtime friend and esteemed fellow scribe Michael Gonzales was recently the victim of a violent crime. The co-author of 1992's hip-hop primer Bring the Noise , and a regular contributor to virtually every notable music publications of the past several years - from Vibe to Wax Poetics (and, of course, ego trip ) - Michael is one of the most revered and beloved individuals in our profession. Whether you know Michael, or have simply enjoyed his writing, we hope you'll take a moment to make a donation to the recovery fund that's been set up to help him get back on his feet . No amount is too small. Go HERE to help. Stay up, Cousin Mike.