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1. Jay Electronica and the Rothschild Affair.
Hua Hsu assesses the winners and losers in this whole Jay Elect - Rothschild scion romance/scandal: "[Jay Electronica] has essentially become the only rapper ever allowed to refer to the Illuminati, the New World Order, or secret societies trying to keep their eyes on him as a legitimate, lived thing." Fans now patiently await future song entitled, "In My Dimethyltriptamine-time."
[ Grantland ]
2. Ice-T Says "Art Of Rap" Is Not An Attack On Pop Rap, Reveals Why No Younger Artists Are Featured.
The Ice Opinion - still provocative after all these years. On his cinematic directorial debut: "If you ever had any curiosity about [hip-hop] – and I believe that’s 90% of the world – you will enjoy this film. The other 10%, go watch Bill O’Reilly and eat a dick."
[ HipHopDX ]
3. Impostors Post Up in N.B.A. Finals.
Pithy play-by-play from fake Twitter accounts - outplaying tweets via official Twitter accounts every time. Game over.
[ New York Times ]
4. The Art Of Story Telling: Interview With Masta Ace.
Ace talks narratives, coaching high school football, and why his recent collab with Doom, Son of Yvonne , was conceived as an homage to his moms.
[ The Come Up ]
5. A Pictorial History Of Rap Untouchability.
Dave Bry lauds the latest from MMG - a/k/a, "The Untouchable Empire" - yet suspects this whole "untouchable" thing is not new to rap. Peep exhibits A through X (and sometimes Y).
[ The Awl ]
6. Game of Thrones Showrunners Sorry for Putting Dubya’s Head on a Spike.
Heads at HBO weren't ready when the likeness of George W. Bush was spotted on a decapitated dome on GoT . Says the series' showrunners: "It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around." Yeah. We've tried that ol' excuse before.
[ Gawker ]
7. 2DBZ Presents DJ Eclipse: Give the DJ a Break Ep.4.
Saying farewell to NYC rapper I.G. Off.
[ 2 Dope Boyz ]