NOTE: After a year hiatus, decided to bring this back after people (all two of ‘em) asked if we could start doing it again. Not sure if this will stay a regularly weekly thing or every few weeks. Some of the links might be a little old, too, just so you know. Anyways, peace.
1. [Short J Dilla Reading List].
A quick round-up, including a new, comprehensive look at the late producer's history presented by Complex , an infographic on his favorite samples to use, a round table discussion by Ron Hart with Peanut Butter Wolf and Karriem Riggins , plus Dart Adams with a piece from a fan's perspective good for any young 'uns out there who might just be getting into the man's music but don't know where to start.
2. The Oral History Of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly .
A deeper look into the making of the album that almost had a Prince feature. By Andreas Hale
[ www.grammy.com + Bonus Material over at 2DBz ]
3. Prince Paul Recalls The Making Of De La Soul is Dead .
Paul: "On the second album [Tommy Boy[ said, 'You guys know what you’re doing. We trust you. Make those records you make.'” By Gino Sorcinelli
[ Medium ]
4. My SuperHero.
Chuck D writes about his father, who recently passed away. "He prided himself as a Black Man; he demanded and gave respect without effort."
[ www.publicenemy.com ]
5. Bun B’s New Hampshire Primary Dispatch, Part One: Kissing Asses and Babies.
Bun B has a side hustle covering politricks. Check out his written report.
[ Vice ]
6. The Waves: The Brotherhood Of Madlib.
Lord Quas in The New Yorker . By Hilton Als
[ The New Yorker ]
7. Earl Sweatshirt x Ferrari Sheppard Q&A.
Earl, when he's not touring: "I listen to records all day and watch The Wire with my mom." By Ferrari Sheppard
[ a country called earth ]
8. Sound Collective: Inside The L.A. Scene That Is Bringing Back Jazz And Transforming Hip-Hop.
10 years of the Los Angeles Beat Scene that started with Low End Theory. By Jeff Weiss Photographs by Coley Brown
[ California Sunday Magazine ]
9. Rapsody & MC Lyte Discuss Being a Woman Of Color In Hip-Hop.
No need to cram to understand them. They're talking real talk. Moderated by Adelle Platon
[ Billboard ]
10. Two Turntables and a Keytar: The Night Herbie Hancock Rocked The Grammys.
The cultural impact of “Rockit.” By Nate Chinen
[ New York Times ]
11. Give the Drummer Some: Michael Clark, Herbie Hancock Drummer.
"J-Zone speaks with the session man who helped bring Oakland funk to the masses"
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
12. When Bob Marley Met Michael Jackson.
Welcome to Jamrock, Jackson 5. By Jesse Serwer. Photos by Lee Jaffe
[ Large Up ]
13. Egyptian Lover's Five Favorite Records.
On “Planet Rock”: "The sound of the beat was a dream to me."
[ drip ]
14. Make Your Own Kanye TLOP Album Cover Art.
Keep changing your mind all you want... it's free!
[ www.thelifeofpablol.com ]