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Denise Matthews, Pop Singer Known as Vanity, Dies at 57.
The beautiful Laura Charles is in (7th) Heaven. May she rest in peace. By Eli Rosenberg
[ New York Times ]
Bun B’s South Carolina Dispatch, Part 1: Southern Pride and Side-Eye in Trump Country.
Trump supporters go gaga over “the Honey Boo Boo of this political pageant.” By Bun B
[ Vice ]
Killer Mike: Free Speech — Unless It’s Rap?
Weighing in on the First Amendment case of teen suspended for doing a disparaging rap about a teacher accused of sexually harassing female students. By Michael Render (Killer Mike) & Erik Nielson
[ CNN ]
Geto Boys’ Willie D Blasts Ted Cruz: ‘He’s a Self-Aggrandizing, Insufferable Douchebag,’ ‘Scum.’
Rap legend responds to horrible parody of “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta” in campaign ad. By Christopher Bickel
[ Dangerous Minds ]
Rick Rubin: My Life in 21 Songs.
Producer on the making of various records in his long career, from LL Cool J and Beastie Boys to Johnny Cash and Black Sabbath. By Kory Grow
[ Rolling Stone ]
Darryl Makes Comics on Their First Writing Assignment for Marvel.
DMC and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez discuss Guardians of Infinity #3 and what’s next for their comic book venture. By Jordan C.
[ Mass Appeal ]
Wyclef Jean Deleted His Reddit Account After an AMA Disaster, Teaching Celebrities: Do Not Do an AMA.
Fugees frontman ready to talk about 20th anniversary of The Score , is instead confronted by Internet users asking about his charity that allegedly “misused funds to pay for things like recording-studio rent and mistresses.” By Brian Feldman
[ New York]
Higher Power 2011: A Candid Convo with Rap’s Young King Kendrick Lamar.
An early profile on K.Dot before he was burning down Grammy stages. By Datwon Thomas
[ Vibe ]
20 Years After Its Release, 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me Remains West Coast Hip-Hop Gospel.
Celebrating Pac’s out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin’ double album. By Jeff Weiss
[ LA Weekly ]
Nu Shooz’s “I Can’t Wait” Turns 30.
“How two ‘jazz hippies’ (and a Dutch DJ) made Portland’s biggest song ever.” By Matthew Singer
[ Willamette Week ]
Curren$y’s Late-Night Guide To New Orleans.
Charbroiled oysters at Drago’s and other hot food tips. By Justin Bolois
[ First We Feast ]
“I Love Fly Street Shit”: An Interview with Westside Gunn.
Get to know him. By Max Bell
[ Passion of the Weiss ]
Old New York: An Interview with SEEN.
Graffiti icon on his new art exhibition. By Jamie Maleszka
[ Mass Appeal ]
Bam Bam!: 12 Times Hip-Hop Sampled, Remixed + Flipped Sister Nancy.
From Main Source to TLOP . By Jesse Serwer & Richard “Treats” Dryden
[ LargeUp ]
Interview: Charlie Grappone, Vinylmania Owner.
“From the DJ History archives: A chat with the man who sold records to Larry Levan’s devoted fans.” By Bill Brewster
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
The Queen of Sample Clearance: An Interview with Deborah Mannis-Gardner.
“I think sampling is an art and I think it’s incredible. When I first started, I was told how it was theft. I was told that hip-hop and rap was a phase. That it wasn’t going to be around. All of that horrible, negative stuff. I kept saying, ‘Well, a collage, that’s not real art? Jambalaya isn’t real food?'” By Jimmy Ness
[ Forbes ]
#SleptOnSoul: Randy and The Gypsys.
Spotlight on youngest Jackson brother. By Michael A. Gonzales
[ soulhead ]
J-Zone on Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage , Homemade Time-Stretching, and Sampling From Cassettes.
A 2013 Interview: “I used to high speed dub one cassette to another so that I could sample the tape’s high speed dubbing. It would sound like chipmunk shit and I’d slow it way back down.” By Gino Sorcinelli
[ Medium ]
Brian Coleman on Punching Someone For a Jungle Brother’s Record at the Roosevelt Hotel.
“This dude walked up to me, looked me in the eye, and just tried to grab it.” By Gino Sorcinelli
[ Medium ]
The Year I Faced the Reality of My Rap Career.
“…I got my first royalty check in the mail. ‘Oh shit, I’m getting paid to rap for real now,’ I thought. And it was double the money I was making every month working two jobs, so I was gassed. I thought these were gonna keep coming every quarter for the rest of my life! I was so naïve.” By Daniel Isenberg (Stan Ipcus)
[ Pigeons & Planes ]