(Photos, clockwise from far left; Missy Elliott, Joe Fudge/The Daily Press, via Associated Press; Notorious B.I.G., Clarence Davis/New York Daily News Archive, via Getty; Tupac Shakur, Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives, via Getty; Salt-N-Pepa, David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives, via Getty; LL Cool J, Michael Ochs Archives, via Getty)
1. Classic Hip-Hop Is Spreading on the Radio Dial.
"Oldies radio used to mean Johnny Mathis and the Four Seasons. Now it’s Tupac Shakur and LL Cool J.” By Ben Sisario.
[ New York Times ]
2. D’Angelo’s Black Messiah Was Released in Response to Protests.
"After a grand jury didn’t indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer last month in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, D’Angelo called his co-manager Kevin Liles. 'He said: ‘Do you believe this? Do you believe it?’ Mr. Liles said. 'And then we just sat there in silence. That is when I knew he wanted to say something.’” By Joe Coscarelli.
[ New York Times ]
3. D’Angelo & “Brown Sugar”: The Making of a Classic Single.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad shares memories of working with the artist. By Michael A. Gonzales.
[ Soulhead ]
4. Mike Tyson Interviewed By Earl Sweatshirt.
Iron Mike: "None of us are really who we appear to be. Like me talking to you, this is not who I am.” Introduction by Stephanie Janssen.
[ Humanity ]
5. “Fuck tha Police” in Historical Context.
Hip-Hop songs versus cops. By Byron Crawford.
[ Cuepoint ]
6. How A Comic Book Writer Helped Ghostface Killah Create His New Album.
Interview with Matthew Rosenberg, who wrote the story for 36 Seasons . By Sophie Weiner.
[ Fast Company ]
7. Easy Mo Bee's Top NYC Tunes.
"I've never ever pictured 'Good Times' being played on a dance floor anywhere else but in New York City." By Christopher Tarantino.
[ Time Out ]
8. CJ Moore of Black By Demand – The Unkut Interview, Part One & Two .
Discusses "what could have been the greatest rap supergroup of all-time, working with Kool G Rap, his sessions with Ultramagnetic and the mystery surrounding Paul C’s untimely demise." By Robbie Ettelson.
[ Unkut ]
9. Cornell To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive.
"Bill Adler sent Cornell University 500 vinyl recordings, an impressive collection of books in several languages and roughly 100,000 newspaper and magazine articles about rap and hip-hop. One of the books — in Polish — is a 600-page encyclopedia of rap." By Jon Kalish.
[ NPR ]