The Story Behind: Mati Klarwein’s Bitches Brew Album Art.
A look at the artist who did the amazing artwork for Miles Davis’ amazing LP: his philosophies on art, his world travels, and being mentored by Salvador Dali. By Nora Ritchie.
[ The Revivalist ]
Real Trap Sh*t? The Commodification of Southern Rap’s Drug-Fueled Subgenre.
Lady Gaga’s joke Trap song sparks this thought-provoking piece about the genre rooted in the dead-end world of drug dens. By David Drake
[ Complex ]
Shimrock (Point Blank MCs): The Unkut Interview.
Leader of the ’80s rap crew from Elizabeth, NJ recalls group’s big hit “Hard To The Body,” doing shows with Biz, and the emergence of the crack trade. By Robbie.
[ Unkut ]
8 Miles and Runnin’.
Eminem’s revered motion picture debut 10 years later. Interviews with cast members, including Mr. Mathers himself. By Jeff Rosenthal
[ Vibe ]
Spazzy Drummer Boy.
Prince Paul collaborator, WordSound Records chief, voice of “Don Rodriguez,” and chef, S.H. Fernando (a/k/a Spectre), as profiled by By Michael Gonzales.
[ City Paper ]
Avena Lee Talks Her Love Of Hip Hop, Her Journey From Porn To Deejaying.
Former adult film star “has been present for Dr. Dre Detox sessions, gotten shout-outs from DJ Premier, helped Shock G stay digital and is presently honing her deejay skills under the tutelage of The Beat Junkies.” By Jake Paine.
[ HipHopDx ]
Ill Bill Talks Rick Ross, Black Bar Mitzvahs, & Tough Jews.
La Coka Nostra rapper on what he would tell the Bawse: “If I had juice with Rick Ross, I’d tell him to go all out and do a video dressed like a Black Hebrew Israelite. Put him in front of Macy’s on 34th St. or Times Square with the mic plugged into the guitar amp. Have him rocking that Judas Priest/Soul Sonic Force meets Beyond Thunderdome look. That’d be hard as hell. He’s already got the Black Moses beard.” By Timmhotep.
[ Mass Appeal ]