(Photo: Gene Bagnato, courtesy of the Adler Hip-Hop Archive/ Art: Ed Piskor/ Photo: Glen E. Friedman / Photo: pimpclinic.tumblr.com)
1. The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith.
In 1983 a bass player from Queens revolutionized the sound of hip-hop. How did he end up forgotten and confined to a hospital bed? By Robbie Ettelson (Unkut).
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2. Hip Hop Family Tree : Ladies Love Cool James.
LL Cool J gets a call that changes his life forever. By Ed Piskor.
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3. Under the Influence: How Def Jam’s Early Days Inspired This Season’s Look.
Some ill flicks of Beastie Boys, PE, Run-DMC, LL. By Zach Baron. Photographs by Glen E. Friedman.
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4. 27 Of The Most Important Jheri Curls In History.
“In memory of Comer Cottrell, creator of the juiciest hairstyle in history.” By Tracy Clayton.
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5. America’z Most Complete Artist: A Guide to DJ Quik.
“The only guide to the music of DJ Quik that you’ll ever need.” By Jeff Weiss.
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6. Interviews: DJ Quik.
“We know the industry is in the fucking doldrums, but that’s not what it’s about. We make music to be happy, and people still need to hear that—people still need music, even if there’s no music industry.” By David Drake.
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7. West Coast Pioneer DJ Quik Talks Death Row, G-Funk & More On Bullseye With Jesse Thorn.
Quik reveals a close brush with a potentially life-changing moment.
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8. Oliver Wang on Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records .
Amanda Petrusich book “is partially an ethnography of this clique of mostly middle-aged men who scour rural flea markets and abandoned basements for fragile pieces of shellac which, in some cases, may constitute the world’s only known, extant copy of a recording… [it] also traces the history of early American recordings and their legacy in contemporary music… [and] serves as a treatise on the act of collecting itself, probing the psychological, social, and cultural implications arising from these pursuits of passion.”
[ Los Angeles Review of Books ]
9. The Making of Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted .
“An exclusive excerpt from Check The Technique Vol. 2 reveals how a gangsta’s fairytale became a classic.” By Brian Coleman.
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