1. (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 5.23.12

    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 ]

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