1. Tick-Tack-Toe for the Vigorously Unsquare.
The million-dollar question tho: Who’s the rap Paul Lynde?
[Via New York Times ]
2. Blunted On Reality: A Journalist Recalls Smoking With Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Cypress Hill & More.
Our amigo and respected colleague Michael A. Gonzales reminisces about all the times he got lifted with rap stars including Biggie, Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill. Sample quote from Sen Dog: “I do everything better when I’m high. I write better, ride my skateboard better, make love better, and talk shit better.” Also, as a bonus, the author counts down the “50 Best Weed Songs.”
[Via Complex ]
3. Da Oral History of Da Butt.
How D.C. go-go band E.U.’s go-go smash from Spike Lee’s School Daze went national 24 years ago. Retold by all the key players with wonderful subheads like “Da Butt: Backstory” and “Da Butt Explodes.”
[Via Washington City Paper ]
4. Period Piece: Rammellzee and the End.
Our good homie of North Kakalak extraction, the esteemed Mr. David Tompkins , once spent all night with hip-hop enigma Rammellzee talking military engineering, tanks, dentistry, deep-sea bends and gangster ducks while listening to Black Sabbath. Read more about that and take in Dave’s assessment of the latest Rammell art exhibition.
[Via The Paris Review ]
5. Doing It to Death: A review of RJ Smith’s biography of James Brown.
Another piece by our man Dave Tompkins. This new JB bio sounds too good to resist with tales of hallucinogens, funky sweat and a glorious cape.
[Via Grantland ]
6. Prodigy Speaks on Mobb Deep Rumors with Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg (Video).
P tells HOT 97’s Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg that the Mobb was never on the verge of breaking up and a ll that Twitter beef wasn’t real. Sorry P, we don’t believe you. You need more people.
[Via Miss Info ]