1. Burlesque's N.A.S.A. Poster.
Boombox? Check. Bongos? Check. Bikini-clad chick? Check. Duck stacking chips? Check. A peek into the process of creating the dope-as-hell poster art for the N.A.S.A. documentary film - courtesy one of our favorite design studios, Burlesque out in Minneapolis.
[ Burlesque ]
3. The GQ&A: Andre 3000.
Andre apparently way more focused on his clothing line, Benjamin Bixby, than a new OutKast album - for which there are "no plans." Dude needs to get off that Benjamin bullshit.
[ GQ ]
4. MC Shan Recalls Laughing At Rakim And Squabbin' With LL Cool J, And Exposes The Label And Producer Profiting From His Classic Material.
Juice Crew pioneer reminisces, still holds his tongue for no one. Shan: "I was up for that part of The Fresh Prince [ of Bel-Air ] because I was signed to Warner Brothers where [V.P. of the Urban Division and inspiration for the show] Benny Medina was. And why I didn’t get that fuckin’ part was because I called Benny Medina a faggot. I was just wild."
[ HipHopDX ]
5. Thoughts on the Rihanna-Chris Brown Collaboration.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: "An expectation that the record industry, through the Grammys, would be our moral compass is to expect too much." Also, a re-up of the police report for all the ride-or-die CB fans out there (a/k/a, ignoramuses).
[ The Atlantic ]
6. Swarming the Field: Bugs, Nazis, and The Hellstrom Chronicle .
Dave Tompkins on one of the most bizarre documentaries to win an Oscar and episodes of sports mothsanity. (Danny Buggs, hold ya head.)
[ Grantland ]