1. Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album.
According to RZA and the album’s main producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, the plan is to first take Once Upon A Time In Shaolin on a “tour” through museums, galleries, and festivals. Just like a high-profile exhibit at a major institution, there will be a cost to attend, likely in the $30-$50 range. (The one-of-a-kind launch will be a separate endeavor from the group’s 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow .) “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king,” says RZA. By Zack O’Malley Greenburg.
[ Forbes ]
2. Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Style Wars Pt. 1.
“Style Wars is the perfect title for the film as it captures the many struggles and battles within hip-hop/graffiti culture.” By Ed Piskor.
[ Boing Boing ]
3. Lord Jamar: Hip-Hop’s Alpha Conservative.
“I’m that voice of what hip-hop used to be,” Jamar says. “I think I represent the hip-hop conservatives. And I use the word ‘conservative’ in the sense of conservation: I’m trying to conserve hip-hop and its essence.” Still, others believe the rapper is spreading hate speech. By Leon Neyfakh.
[ The New Yorker ]
4. Pharrell Williams on Advanced Style Moves and That Oscar Snub: My Song Will “Be Here For 10 Years.”
Producer talks politics, being unhappy, and the fucking hat. “I think it’s so much more interesting to go inward, to experience the outer space that was built for you.” By Zach Baron.
[ GQ ]
5. Does Record Store Day Screw Small Labels?
As David West, co-founder of label Art Is Hard, explains: “I think it’s totally right that we celebrate record shops, but it’s sad that so much of the focus of Record Store Day is on major labels, past-it rock stars and unwanted reissues.” By Emma Garland.
[ The 405 ]
6. Occupy iTunes: Can Spotify and Beats Music Get Us to Listen to The 99 Percent?
According to a new report by MIDiA Consulting, the top 1% of musical works now account for 77% of artist revenues. As the streaming takeover of the music industry continues, it seems that more and more wealth will be put in the hands of superstar artists. But why is that? By Nathan McAlone.
[ Pigeons + Planes ]
7. 15 Things We Learned By Reading Rappers’ Wikipedia Pages.
Dr. Dre was on his high school swim team? You can’t always trust a big butt, a smile, or Wiki “facts,” but there’s some interesting tidbits here if true. By Eric Rosenthal & Jeff Rosenthal.
[ Complex ]
8. Philaflava’s 250 Favorite Obscure Hip-Hop Tracks (1992-1995).
For those who remember Cash Money Click, Strickly Roots, The Legion, The B.U.M.S., Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, Extra Prolific, DFC, etc.
[ T.R.O.Y. Blog ]
9. Interview: DJ Technics.
“I wouldn’t say I influenced the sound, it was already there,” says the Baltimore DJ. “I just created additional lanes to ride in. Guys back then were all doing tracks the same way trying to follow a certain guide line for style and sound. It forced me to do something different. Plus, I wanted people outside of the ‘hood to have an appreciation for club music. I wanted other races to hear it so I touched things that I knew other races would relate to. That was my gift and contribution.” By Prince Klassen.
[ TTL ]
10. Hashtags and Heartbreak: Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and the Bay Area’s New Rap Revolution.
The post-hyphy generation is alive and well. By Andrew Nosnitsky.
[ Spin ]
11. Entertainment! Turns 35: An Interview with Kevin Dettmar, the Author of Gang of Four’s Entertainment!
“In the end, that’s one of the secrets of Gang of Four’s power. They made their listeners work with them as they analyzed the world around them.” By Paul Gleason.
[ Caught In The Carousel ]
12. John Sinclair: “We Wanted to Kick Ass – and Raise Consciousness.”
From terrifying America with his protopunk band MC5 to writing jazz poetry in Amsterdam, the musician reflects on his life and when the revolutionary dream ended for him. By Sean O’Hagan
[ The Guardian ]