“I’m the USS Enterprise of the Bronx”: An Interview with Kool Keith.
“People are so out of time. You got futuristic flows but your soul is trapped in like ’81 or some shit. Pull your ass into time.” By Reed Jackson
[ PoW ]
No Country for Old (Rap) Men: Kool Keith – Shine On, You Crazy Diamond
Beyond the wackier antics of post-Ultra Kool Keith, not enough has been written about his impact and influence as a super technical lyrical maniac. By Robbie Unkut Ettelson
[ Acclaim ]
Danny Brown Cares About Rap More Than You Do.
“We live in an age where people listen to something for two weeks and then they throw it to the side. I make records you gotta listen to at least five times to even understand what’s going on.” By Ross Scarano
[ Complex ]
J Dilla Children’s Book Tells Late Producer’s Life Story .
The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey is narrated by Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey-Smith and is out November 22 as a standard printed version and an audio version featuring an USB cassette. By Ryan Reed
[ Rolling Stone ]
BONUS: Ma Dukes on Dilla’s prized MPC being on display at the Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of African-American History. By Lakin Starling
[ FADER ]
R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59.
Influential singer and producer was force behind Whitney Houston’s breakout single, as well as records from Barry White, Evelyn “Champagne” King and George Benson, to name a few. By Gerrick D. Kennedy
[ Los Angeles Times ]
Why We Can’t Stop Making The Same Mistakes On Race.
Like in 1965 and 1992, America today is caught within crisis and a politics of fear. This time, can we get it right? By Jeff Chang
[ FADER ]
We Interviewed Lil Yachty’s Dad To Find Out Why He Can’t Name 5 Tupac Or Biggie Songs.
Photographer Shannon McCollum’s 19-year-old son is a rap star who pissed off old heads with lack of rap knowledge. By Maurice Garland
[ Hip Hop Wired ]
Montréal Collections: Kid Koala
A look at his studio, where his records live among the many eccentric audiophile curiosities he uses to piece together his sonic and visual illustrations. By Bruno Destombes
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]