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1. The Pharcyde’s Bumpy Ride.
Not everyone in the Pharcyde was celebrating last month’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the group’s classic debut, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde . Rebecca Haithcoat interviews Imani and Bootie Brown to get their side of the story.
[ L.A. Weekly ]
2. Large Professor On ’90s Babies, Nas & Rakim’s Relationship And Lupe Fiasco’s Rights To “T.R.O.Y.”
Writer Paul W. Arnold chops it up on a variety of topics with one of the all-time grand masters behind the boards (currently on the promo grind for his latest, Professor @ Large ).
[ HipHopDX ]
3. DJ Spinna Reflects On The Life Of I.G. Off, Explains His Impact On Hip-Hop.
DJ Spinna shares fond memories of his late friend, the underground rapper from Queens I.G. Off, who sadly passed away last week: “I think he’s an emcee that a lot of up and coming emcees looked up to in the mid to late ’90s. He was one of the best freestylers – if not the best freestyler off the top of the head.” By Paul Meara.
[ HipHopDX ]
4. 2DBZ Presents The 7th Chamber: All We Ask Is Trust.
Remember that Internet legend of a secret society orchestrating gangsta rap music to fund the prison economy? It’s apparently still going strong. (It’s like someone’s behind that shit or something…) Here, Justice Equality Supreme takes a closer look at the rumor that won’t die.
[ 2DBZ ]
5. Beat Construction: Tree.
Noz sits down with Chi-town rapper/producer Tree to discuss the “Soul Trap” sound, manipulating samples, and that slept-on Sunday School project.
[ The Fader ]
6. Marijuana Plants Discovered by LAPD, Returned to Owners.
Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams Part 2? Cops give back pot shop’s herbs after seeing all their papers are in order. Talk about “The Giving Tree.”
[ LA Weekly ]
7. How Rock Ballads Brought My Father’s American Dream To Life.
Hua Hsu with poignant reflections on his immigrant pops’ musical tastes… and mixtapes! Paul Young – hold ya head.
[ NPR ]