1. DJ Ross One - Keep It Moving Pt. 2 Interview.
Our boy Ross One is out for presidents to represent him. Here, a continuation of the conversation about the DJ life begun by this very funny video. By PH.
2. Ashley Beedle on Donald Byrd's Places & Spaces.
An appreciation of the late trumpet legend's Mizell Brothers-produced mid-'70s classic by the revered UK DJ/producer/remixer.
[Ashley Beedle Outernational]
3. Waajeed Interview: "Nobody wants to be legendary."
With a whole mess of new projects on tap - including collaborations with Mad Mike Banks, DJ Skurge, Theo Parrish and DJ Dez Andres as Electric Street Orchestra - Bling 47 big cheese Jeedo talks trap, gentrification in Detroit, demystifying Dilla and more.
4. Coming Out of the Locker Room Ghetto.
If you're not up on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Huffpo columns - like his recent assessment of HBO's Girls - you need to fix that situation promptly.
5. Hip-Hop Speaks to the Guns.
Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city "gives us a broad reckoning with the meaning of everyday gun violence unfolding far from the tragic spectacle. [The album] has earned its share of praise from critics and hip-hop fans, but it perhaps has the most to offer to those shocked into action by the senseless massacres we’ve endured over the past few years." By Ta-Nehisi Coates.
[New York Times]
6. Joey Ramone's Record Collection Up for Auction.
Direct link to bid on the late punk rock icon's vinyl LPs, which include albums from Led Zeppelin, The Who, T. Rex, Cream, The Human League, Iggy Pop, The Temptations and the Ventures.