1. Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The First Day of MTV.
Serialized graphic novel’s latest panels visit the set of Blondie’s “Rapture,” and reveal how Wild Style got off the ground. By Ed Piskor.
2. The Making of The Chronic.
Via the words of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, Nate Dogg, and more. By Ben Westhoff.
3. Hall of Game: Classic Material.
Why a hip-hop classic can only properly be judged a classic with the perspective attained by the passage of time. And other stuff. By Noz.
4. Michael K. Williams Shares His Tales of R. Kelly’s Wild, Weird Wrap Parties.
The Wire and Boardwalk Empire actor and Trapped In the Closet co-star recalls – via more animated panels – how Kells was known to take over a Chi-town McDonald’s as his private VIP spot. As told to Hua Hsu.
5. Bill O’Reilly’s All-Time Wackest Hip-Hop Rants.
“Bill O’Reilly” and “wackest” – a marriage of words that shall remain faithful to one another forever. By Harry Allen.
6. Words Are Weapons: Hip-Hop’s Self-Depreciating Lexicon.
Homeboy Sandman contemplates the power of words, and why you should be careful where you point the things: “When people attempt to compliment my hip-hop music by calling it ‘crack’ I correct them. I like to think that people can find it addictive and powerful, but its purpose is to strengthen not weaken.”