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Public Enemy’s Chuck D Yells ‘F— Donald Trump’ at SXSW, While Flavor Flav Has a Different Outlook.
“If Donald Trump does become president, there’s only one thing we all can do: just sit back and let the man do his job,” Flav tells Billboard . By Brian Anthony Hernandez
[ Billboard ]
Gene Simmons Skewers Pop Charts, Is “Looking Forward to Death of Rap.” Talib Kweli Fires Back.
KISS bassist says silly shit. Talib responds with KRS lyrics. By Kory Grow & Adelle Platon
[ Rolling Stone & Billboard ]
DJ fined for playing ‘[Expletive] tha Police’ at Westfield bar.
Spins N.W.A classic as cops try to clear drunk crowd from Massachusetts pub, gets summons for disorderly conduct ($50 fine). By Dan Glaun
[ Mass Live ]
Charlton police warn of men challenging others to rap battles.
“A black SUV with the men inside pulled up next to the teens on Dresser Hill Road and asked if they wanted to ‘spit some bars,’ police said, but the boys declined.” By Mina Corpuz
[ Boston Globe ]
T-Mo of the Goodie Mob on O.J. Simpson and the Infamous “Soul Food” Line.
That infamous line is, of course: “They know they’re making it hard on the yard/Fuck Chris Darden, fuck Marcia Clark.” Says T-Mo: “When I was addressing the issue, it was something serious.” By Eric Ducker
[ Frank 151 ]
I Want You Still: Celebrating 40 Years of Marvin Gaye’s Sensual Classic.
“I brought the music, but the magic that Marvin brought with his vocals made it a classic,” says I Want You producer and co-writer Leon Ware. By Jason King
[ Pitchfork ]
George Clinton on Kendrick Lamar: “The only other person I’ve seen do it like that before is Prince.”
“Kendrick told me respect was going to be paid to the funk.” By Ralph Sher
[ Pigeons + Planes ]
Easy Lover Easy Rider: Action Bronson Interviews Phil Collins.
Phil talks about the folder on his iTunes of “In The Air” covers and the curry and jalapeños that almost killed him. Intro by Scott Lapatine
[ stereogum ]
The Okayplayer Interview: LL Cool J Talks Dr. Dre, G.O.A.T. Status & Honesty.
“But for me, the purity of just crazy beats and rhymes is the cloth I’m cut from.” By William Ketchum III
[ okayplayer ]
A 2Dope Interview with Joell Ortiz.
“When I get into something, I go into it representing that golden age when you had to be hard, rap hard and rip something apart. You had to make someone’s face scrunch up. When you heard the beat you had to frown. That’s what I stand for.” By Andreas Hale
[ 2DBz ]
Sly and the Family Stone: 20 Essential Songs.
Some of the best funk/ soul/ rock of the ‘60s and ’70 in one chronological list. By Oliver Wang
[ Rolling Stone ]
Nina Simone’s Face.
“Simone was in possession of nearly every feature that we denigrated as children. And yet somehow she willed herself into a goddess.” By Ta-Nehisi Coates
[ The Atlantic ]
The Hidden History of Compton Hip-Hop: Part One.
B+ and Meen Green quoted on the influence of the Good Life. By Aimee Kuvadia
[ The Kind ]
Metta World Peace Grew Up Around Hip-Hop Greats — Now He Wants to Be One.
Going down Memory Lane with NBA baller: “The perennially unsung great Tragedy Khadafi (formerly Intelligent Hoodlum) used to date Metta’s sister. Roxanne Shanté was his babysitter, and he remembers watching wrestling’s Survivor Series with The Firm’s Nature at the rapper’s apartment.” By Jeff Weiss
[ LA Weekly ]
Vince Staples Gives Zero Fucks At SXSW.
Included this review for the following section: “Spotify [who sponsored the performance] was the butt of so many jokes that it was almost uncomfortable, but Vince’s shrewd commentary was undeniably funny. ‘I get an eighth of a penny every time y’all listen to one of my songs on Spotify,’ Vince said. ‘So thank you.’ He continued on another break, ‘Look at all the artists on the bill, if you go to Spotify and stream their albums 1000 times it’s equivalent to one album sale.’ And my personal favorite: ‘I know y’all are Tidal users anyway, had to get that Pablo .’” By Collin Robinson
[ stereogum ]
No Country for Old (Rap) Men: Action Bronson live at The Forum, Melbourne.
“Throughout the performance, Action repeatedly told dude to go fuck himself, yelled at him for cueing the wrong song, and made disgusted screw faces at the guy. For a mean-spirited punter such as myself, this was entertainment at its finest.” Bronsolini and Laurenovich show down under gets approval from Unkut ’s Robbie Ettelson
[ Acclaim ]
From Disco To Daft Punk: Giorgio Moroder’s Neverending Story.
The trailblazing producer looks back at an iconic 50-year career that included working with the late Donna Summer and David Bowie. By David Ma
[ cuepoint ]
Stones Throw Beatsmith Samiyam Traces His Unlikely Journey from Mops and Brooms to Rocking Rooms / How Samiyam Became The Producer He Always Wanted To Be.
Talks new album, Animals Have Feelings , and working with Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson. By Reed Jackson & Laurent Fintoni
[ Noisey & Fader ]
An instant lesson in the history of Detroit hip-hop.
From Kaos & Mystro to The Hip-Hop Shop and beyond. By Kahn Santori Davison
[ Metro Times ]
Everybody Is a Star: How the Rock Club First Avenue Made Minneapolis the Center of Music in the ’80s.
“In its heyday, fabled Twin Cities venue First Avenue fostered the legend of everyone from from Prince to the Replacements to Hüsker Dü, becoming a mythic musical destination in the process.” By Michaelangelo Matos
[ Pitchfork ]
Revisiting the book that immortalized the ’80s indie punk rock scene.
Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life revisited 15 years later by the author, and members of Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Mudhoney, Minor Threat, and others. By Corbin Reiff
[ A.V. Club ]
Meet the Black Blues Musician Who Befriended the KKK.
Documentary made about real life (and not a Dave Chappelle character) Daryl Davis, who has spent over 30 years getting chummy with members of the Ku Klux Klan. By Jen Yamato
[ Daily Beast ]
Some monsters have started a petition to change the plural of “vinyl” to “vinyls.”
This is obviously (hopefully?) what the kids call trolling. But, yeah, it’s fuckin’ “vinyl.” By Miles Bowe
[ Fact ]
An Eagle Fighting with Flies: An Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Artist is now 87 years old, but age hasn’t stopped him from working on his next movie. By Anthony Paletta
[ The Awl ]
Bolaji Badejo: The Nigerian giant who played ‘Alien.’
Profile on late graphic artist and gallery owner whose only film role was a challenging part of cinematic history. By Thomas Page.
[ CNN ]
My LA to Z: Paul Reubens.
“I’m all about Olvera Street.” See where else Pee-Wee Herman loves to go to in Los Angeles. Interview by Chris Nichols
[ Los Angeles Magazine ]