1. Brain Rot: Hip-Hop Family Tree, The "L" Brothers, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, The Funky 4 Plus 1.
Say, "Ho!" if you're feeling Ed Piskor's amazing ongoing series of original school hip-hop history lessons in graphic novel form. In this edition: how Flash and his three emcees took on the "L" Brothers and Funky 4, and became the Furious 5.
2. The Rock’s Backpages Flashback: Riding Soul Train in the Seventies.
Straight out the New Music Express editorial vaults: a visit to the set of Don Cornelius' trailblazing hippest trip in America in January of 1975. Even more amazing that the Soul Train dancers were able to remain amped for the cameras in light of their work day: "The audience moves into the studio at around ten thirty in the morning and stay until eight or nine at night. A box lunch is served around two in the afternoon, and they are expected to remain alert and enthusiastic during the whole ten-hour session."
[Rock's Back Pages]
3. Hip-Hop Pit Stop #1: Noz Investigates Nashville.
Grand Ole Rap-ry: From French Toast and Blow Pop back in the '80s to Young Buck and Starlito today - Noz's overview of Cashville's hip-hop history.
[Red Bull Music Academy]
4. Nine Culinary Ventures By Hip-Hop Artists.
Mm...food. Glorious food. For those on tha run, eatin', the Village Voice compiles its oddly numbered recount of when the worlds of rap and cuisine collide.
5. Kings Highway Cinema.
Detailed documentation of a visit to the last porno theater in Brooklyn: "I turned away from the men in back and looked forward and it was then I noticed the smell in the room. It smelled like a combination of 99 cent store aftershave, Lysol and a grandfather who hadn’t showered in a few weeks." Pour out a lil' liquor since it's since probably screened its last money shot.
[Tripping With Marty]