(Photo: Janette Beckman)
1. Diggin’ In The Files: A Tribe Called Quest.
A short retrospective on Tribe's career via print articles from the Bill Adler Hip-Hop Archive.
[ Crazy Hood]
2. An Open Letter to Everyone But Mostly to White People.
The “Christopher Columbus syndrome” mentioned in Spike Lee's well-publicized gentrification comments is real according to Junk Science emcee. By Michael Angelo Tumbarello aka Baje One.
[ Modern Shark ]
3. MC Ren: Rebel Muzik (Interview).
"When you get a chance to speak, it’s cool to do party-ass records sometimes, but sometimes you’ve got to talk the truth." By Jake Paine.
[ Crazy Hood ]
4. Ronnie Hudson Is Behind the Iconic "California Love" Sample.
"We were helping to start West Coast hip-hop and we had no clue," says the man behind "West Coast Poplock," the song incorporated into various N.W.A recordings by Dr. Dre. By Jeff Weiss.
[ LA Weekly ]
5. Chali 2na: Charles In Charge.
MC discusses solo EP series Against The Current , Jurassic 5 reunion, and looks back at The Good Life. By Jake Paine.
[ Arena ]
6. Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?
The long-term prospects for women rap artists are still precarious. MC Lyte and others offer insight. By Erik Nielson.
[ NPR ]