DJ Jazzy Jeff, a humble champion of hip-hop.
“Music is the most loving and most confusing thing in my life. It keeps me up at night. If I hear a great song, I sing it all in my sleep. If I hear a great album I’ll live with it for four or five months and play it every day, learn it inside out, the chord structures, the arrangements. My brain is a mess of music.” By Jeff Vrabel
[ Indy Star ]
The Enduring Mystery Of ‘Jawn’, Philadelphia’s All-Purpose Noun.
It’s unlike any word, in any language. By Dan Nosowitz
[ Atlas Obscura ]
How Quik Is The Name Became an Instant West Coast Classic.
“The phones immediately lit up and they were calling me to do radio interviews,” Quik remembers. “I was just sitting at home with my Compton homeboys and my SP-1200.” By Jeff Weiss
[ LA Weekly ]
Rapper Nas Invests in Tech With QueensBridge Enterprise.
“I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by the smartest people in the word, and didn’t want to limit that to just music. I meet the people that are changing the games across all different industries, and I get to be there first at the ground level. It’s helped me to progress tremendously in my business.” By Alex Titus
[ NBC ]
National Endowment for the Humanities grant will preserve Afrika Bambaataa archive.
Bambaataa’s archive comprises hundreds of boxes, including 450 containers with 20,000 vinyl records, many of them annotated by Bambaataa and numbered in the order he acquired them. By Melanie Lefkowitz
[ Cornell Chronicle ]
Interview: Sleepy Brown Talks Organized Noize Documentary, Family Fall Outs and Walking Away From $20 Million / How Organized Noize Put Southern Hip-Hop on the Map.
Atlanta production team behind OutKast and Goodie Mob are in the spotlight with release of Netflix documentary. By Will Lavin & Elias Leight
[ Complex & Rolling Stone ]
Unbreakable: Mr. Lif On A Career Resurrected.
Lif speaks on the tour bus crash that nearly ended his life, signing with Mello Music Group and how Thievery Corporation may have saved his career. By Jake Rohn
[ HipHopDX ]
Liner Notes: The Indescribable, Unlikely Magic of The Score , and The Fugees.
How do you go from being second-tier tax write-offs to releasing a monster album in just two years? By Jeff Weiss
[ Vinyl Me, Please ]
No Malice Finds Himself in The End of Malice Documentary, Returns to Rap With Let the Dead Bury the Dead Album.
“Our music was 100 percent non-fiction but there was more to it and I just feel like I had to shed light on the downside. Not everything was so glamorous.” By Sidney Madden
[ XXL ]
Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs.
Watergate co-conspirator explains what kicked off the drug prohibition: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” By Dan Baum
[ Harpers ]
Lee “Scratch” Perry at 80: “I am a prince and the music is the king.”
“If you have good music you have good magic:” The pioneer of dub reminisces about Bob Marley, Haile Selassie and laying off weed (temporarily). By Dave Simpson
[ The Guardian ]
How Light In The Attic Became One Of The Most Successful Re-Issue Labels In the World.
Interview with Matt Sullivan, who helps introduce people to great, under-appreciated music. By Will Schube
[ Forbes ]
Invisible Hits: Iggy Pop’s Decade of Destruction.
Back in the ‘70s nobody would have predicted that he would outlive legends David Bowie and Lou Reed. By Tyler Wilcox
[ Pitchfork ]
Photographing Hardcore: Ed Arnaud.
His raw photos captured some of the most important bands of the era. By Chris Black
[ Green Room Radio ]
This site lets you dig through your favorite vinyl from the golden era of hip-hop.
“The experimental crate digging experience:” Digging Into Hip Hop (dihh) is a hip-hop-themed 3D interactive website that simulates the experience of digging for underground hits and ’90s classics in a vinyl store. By Dimitar Mihov
[ TNW ]
No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Art Of The Patched Rap Album.
With Kanye still finalizing The Life of Pablo , will digitally reworking albums after their release be a trend in the future? By Robbie Ettelson
[ Unkut ]