(Photo: Micah Usher/ Riverfront Times )
1. Viscerally Facing Up to Ferguson.
When confronted with events in Ferguson, Mo., Killer Mike and J. Cole made the loudest noise — not by making music, but by laying bare their innermost struggles. By Jon Caramanica.
[ New York Times ]
2. We Are All Accountable.
"This is not to say that hip-hop websites have an obligation to cover what should be considered news proper. Nor is it an argument for rappers to rise to leadership roles within the black community at times of crises. These sites have no duty to cover anything outside of their beat; rappers owe us nothing but music. That's the agreement— except it's not ." By kris ex.
[ Pitchfork ]
3. All Possibilities: The Purple Rain Story.
Let’s Go Crazy author Alan Light discusses Prince's proposed darker ending to his debut 1984 film, the tension between Prince and his band The Revolution, and how Prince took inspiration from Bob Seger in the writing of "Purple Rain.” By Arun Rath.
[ NPR ]
4. Run The Jewels on the Brutality, Music, and Magic of Steven Seagal.
El-P: "I just love the man. He’s an important part of action-movie history for me. He’s incredibly brutal; he’s confused about his heritage, his culture. What’s not to love?” By Eric Thurm.
[ A.V. Club ]
5. Al’ Tariq aka Fashion – The Unkut Interview, Part Two.
Kool-Ass Fash on leaving The Beatnuts, meeting Kanye West, forming Missin’ Linx, and getting beat-jacked by Dr. Dre. By Robbie Ettelson.
[ Unkut ]
6. A Conversation with Wendy Day (Pt. 2).
Wendy drops gems about Pimp C catching the New York subway, her role in Dr. Dre discovering Eminem and the undisguised greed she’s witnessed in the music industry. By Jimmy Ness.
[ Nah Right ]
7. Divine Styler: The Return of Hip-Hop’s Radical Cult Figure.
Talks new album, Def Mask , and current state of rap: “It would be sacrilegious for Hendrix not to know who Muddy Waters is. Why is there no relationship between Bobby Schmurda and Chuck D? Or Chief Keef and KRS-One? That’s what we’re missing.” By Chris Campion.
[ The Guardian ]
8. Al Green, The Soul Legend and Kennedy Center Honoree, Is Still Tired of Being Alone.
"Because even though Green’s greatest hits exalt the bliss of human communion, he lives alone in rural seclusion. That bliss has slipped in and out of his hands since childhood. More than four decades after writing 'Tired of Being Alone,' Al Green is still very much exactly that.” By Chris Richards.
[ Washington Post ]
9. WKRP In Perpetuity.
A look back at the first American prime time television show to take rock seriously as a subject. By Michaelangelo Matos.
[ NPR ]
10. Rap's Poetic (In)justice.
"No other fictional form — musical, literary or cinematic — is used this way in the courts, a concerning double standard that research suggests is rooted, at least in part, in stereotypes about the people of color primarily associated with rap music, as well as the misconception that hip-hop and the artists behind it are dangerous.” By Erik Nielson and Michael Render (aka Killer Mike).
[ USA Today ]