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1. Kanye West's The College Dropout : An Oral History.
Ye's debut LP turns 10 in a few days. Here's 26 collaborators, including Dame Dash, Talib Kweli, Freeway, Common, and No I.D., on the making of the album. By Erika Ramirez.
[ Billboard ]
2. The Rap Clout Index: How The World's Biggest Companies Rank.
Big Business, by how many times they've been mention in rap songs. By Marcus Baram & Lisa Mahapatra.
[ International Business Times ]
3. Artist on Artist: Boots Riley of The Coup Talks to ShowYouSuck.
The pair discuss the behind-the-scenes of Politically Incorrect , when rap tours were banned, and Boots’ movie "that's a dark comedy with magical realism and science fiction inspired by my time as a telemarketer." By Miles Raymer.
[ Chicago Reader ]
4. In The Ignorant Denial of Beastie Boys Square, We Let The People Speak.
Community board rejects renaming of the street corner at Ludlow and Rivington. By Lauren Schwartzberg.
[ Mass Appeal ]
5. Since 1984: T La Rock – “It’s Yours.”
Commentating, illustrating, description-giving excerpt from the book, Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (2011), written by Bill Adler & Dan Charnas. Rick Rubin, Ad-Rock, and T La Rock himself on the song that started it all.
[ Def Jam ]
6. Black Larry King (Isn't Any Of Those Things).
Quizzing the folks behind the Twitter handle, @BlackLarryKing, author of tweets like, "For those who missed it the other night, Sade revealed her sweetest taboo is butterscotch ice cream." By Elon Green.
[ The Awl ]