1. Step Inside The Mind That Revolves Around Rhyme: The Making of Danny Brown's XXX .
XXXcellent, enlightening dissection of a contemporary classic. But honestly, we're still wrapping our race-fixated heads around the realization Danny Brown is apparently half-Filipino. He's even mo' extra hip-hop than we thought!
[ Passion of the Weiss ]
2. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire Explains Quitting Rap Twice, Brooklyn Influence, Putting Emotions In Lyrics.
... oh, and also: why his moms listens to his raps, leaving college, spitting over Necro and Mr. Len beats, just rhymin' wit' El-P, being compared to ODB and Biggie, and other stuff on his Muthafuckin mind.
[ HipHopDX ]
4. Respect the Shooter: B+.
Mochilla co-chief Brian Cross talks bubbling L.A. music scenes, supplying sample source material for Damien Marley and Nas, and the time he photographed mom-to-be, Lauryn Hill.
[ Life & Times ]
5. His Story: A Writer of Words and Music.
Written up in the Times and way high up on our reading list, the late, great Gil Scott-Heron's The Last Holiday: A Memoir . GSH, forever.
[ NY Times ]