1. Why I Don’t Feel Sorry for KiD CuDi.
Thoughts from Eskay post Cudi’s recent record label rant: “We have this whole new school of artists that we refer to as ‘groundbreaking,’ that came up on the internet and built these huge followings outside of the system, and as soon as a major comes knocking their independent spirit goes out the window. Why not pull a Louis CK or something?” Can’t say we disagree.
2. Soul Men: The Making of The Blues Brothers.
Cocaine was heavily involved. By Ned Zeman.
3. Stretch & Bobbito Snap Back: NYC Radio Legends Recall the Best of 90s Rap.
Transcript of our own Chairman Mao’s RBMA lecture with Stretch and Bob last year. Include such observations as: “Staying up until 5am was… For my hairline, it was hard” – Bobbito.
[Red Bull Music Academy]
4. Sol Yurick, Author of The Warriors, Dies at 87.
A former worker at the New York Department of Welfare, the Bronx-bred Yurick recast an ancient Greek battle for his 1965 novel about warring NYC street gangs – many details of which were changed for the now-famed film adaptation. RIP. By William Yardley.
[New York Times]
5. Kool G Rap: The Unkut Interview Parts 1 & 2.
Yes, we’re late on linking to this, but better late than never. G Rap talks Queens hip-hop history, his friendly competition with Big Daddy Kane, and how his verses on “The Symphony” and “Men at Work” were actually once one in the same. By Robbie.
6. Geechie Dan: The Unkut Interview, Part 2.
More history from Killa Queens; memories of Mikey D, LL Cool J and more from Q-boro native, Dan.