1. Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz Opens Up About Adam Yauch: “He Was in Charge.”
MCA covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone , which includes the first comments from surviving Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz since Yauch’s passing. Ad-Rock remembers his friend’s creative leadership, the time he spliced reel-to-reel tape all over his apartment because, “[he] heard Sly Stone did that,” and his struggle to write about love and peace without coming off “Hallmark.”
[ Rolling Stone ]
2. Large Professor Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1).
Plus, “Part 1” means there will be a “Part 2.” Good news.
[ Complex ]
3. Chuck Brown: An Elegy for Chocolate City.
Jeff Chang on C. Brown’s life and times, and musical innovations, and what the Godfather of Go-Go meant to the District. As Chuck once told Chang: “That was my dream — to create a sound for this town.”
[ Grantland ]
4. The Trouble With Lupe Fiasco Goes Beyond Pete Rock And Touching “T.R.O.Y.”
Andy Hutchins on Lupe’s inflated sense of self-importance: “Claiming to be a world-changing artist is a risky move if the artist in question is as accomplished as Kanye, or Jay-Z, or Bono, and even those folks tend to be treated with more skepticism in evaluating those claims. Lupe Fiasco is a rapper whose last two hit singles were a reworking of Modest Mouse’s gloomy “Float On” as a party jam and an abysmal collaboration with Trey Songz on a concept song about women as earworm.”
[ Village Voice ]
5. KAWS Character Headed Up in the Air.
The artist’s Companion will be transformed into a 40 feet long, 34 feet wide and 30 feet tall balloon for the next Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
[ New York Times ]