1. Those Shepard Fairey-Designed MCA Billboards? Here’s How They Came to Be.
How a Beastie Boys fan paid out of his own pocket to get Shepard Fairey and Kaves designed memorials for Adam Yauch (based on Glen E. Friedman photos) up in L.A.
[ L.A. Weekly ]
2. A Rapper Finds His Muse in the Stars.
GZA’s upcoming album, Dark Matter , is droppin’ science. Literally.
[ Wall Street Journal ]
4. Question in the Form of an Answer: Killer Mike.
Southern rappers talks cops, preachers, pimps and teachers as well as the making of his stellar R.A.P. Music . Interview by Alex Koenig.
[ Passion of the Weiss ]
5. The Secrets of a High-Quality Vinyl Record.
Bone up on your LP, 45, record player facts with this nifty guide.
[ New York Times ]
6. Introducing Outside the Lines With Rap Genius.
In-depth audio interview with rapper Jean Grae by RG Editor SameOldShawn. They chop it up about her upcoming album Cake or Death , Jay-Z, Eminem, Louis C.K. & a bit of the old ultraviolence.
[ Rap Genius ]
7. Express’ Crazy 90s Guide To “Street Slang.”
Mall chain store’s primer on ‘hood vocab is off the hook, boo.
[ The Awl ]