The Bitch In You: Revisiting Ice Cube and Common’s Vicious ’90s Rap Battle.
Before they were big screen buddies, the two headstrong rappers needed Minister Farrakhan to mediate their beef. By Mike “DJ” Pizzo
[ Medium ]
Give Them What They Want: The 10-year mission to release J Dilla’s legendary lost solo album.
“This is the last record he wanted out.” — Eothen “Egon” Alapatt. By Laurent Fintoni
[ Fact ]
Let’s Take It Back: J Dilla Remembered.
Egon, Ras G, Jonwayne, Gilles Peterson and more speak on their favorite cuts. By Joseph Stannard
[ The Wire ]
OKP Exclusive: Freeway Talks Kidney Failure, Dialysis And Free Will Album.
“I wasn’t fully aware of how serious it could be.” By Kevito
[ okayplayer ]
Masta Ace: Don’t Blame Artists For Bad Hip-Hop, Blame The Fans For Supporting It.
“Hip-hop fans have made artists with zero talent rich and famous.” By Jeff Moses
[ Phoenix New Times ]
[90s‘ til Infinity] Bahamadia Talks the 20th Anniversary of Kollage .
Time travel through the Golden Age and hear straight from the Goddess MC. By Michael A. Gonzales
[ Ebony ]
Marco Polo: The Journey of a Beatmaking Pioneer.
“It was scary as shit, but I was like, ‘I gotta leave Toronto and move to New York, if I wanna do this for real.’ And that’s what I did.” By Amir Said (Sa’id)
[ BeatTips ]
Flop as Much as I Pop: How Jurassic 5’s Soup Went from Living on the Streets to Making Music Again.
Rebels of Rhythm’s Zaakir Muhammad’s long road to latest music project. By Daniel Kohn
[ Noisey ]
Two-Headed Monster Chris Crack and Vic Spencer Put Their Heads Together.
“You must be personally connected to [the music].” By Sammie Spector
[ South Side Weekly ]
Key Tracks: Marvin Gaye’s I Want You .
Producer Leon Ware and Gaye’s wife Janis discuss the making of the influential LP. By Chris Williams
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
What Does Genius Look Like? Don Cheadle On Miles Davis And Race In Hollywood.
Actor-director discusses the Miles Ahead bio-pic. Heard on All Things Considered.
[ NPR ]
Inside Bernie Worrell’s All-Star NYC Benefit.
George Clinton, Questlove, and more unite for “funkraiser” for legendary keyboardist who has Stage 4 lung cancer. By Will Hermes
[ Rolling Stone ]
Interview: Dr. Lonnie Smith Bridges the Gap Between Jazz and A Tribe Called Quest.
“When hip-hop takes my music and goes somewhere else, it’s with the time now. Sometimes, one of my daughters will rap to one of my songs, and I’ll think it fits perfectly; that it’s meant for that.” By Justin Charity
[ Complex ]
Living Colour’s Corey Glover on Donald Trump and the Cult of Personality.
“We were a band without a country. We weren’t metal enough to be a metal band, not punk enough to be a punk band, and not R&B enough to be an R&B group.” By Matthew Stewart
[ Broward Palm Beach . h/t yasboogie ]
Relive the Punk-Rock Scene of 1970s Los Angeles.
Photos from the book Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977–80 . Story by Catie L’Heureux
[ New York Magazine ]
Sprawling Mural Pays Homage to Cairo’s Garbage Collectors.
“When the first photographs of the mural circulated, reactions ranged from astonished delight to disbelief. Some people, struck by its seemingly impossible scale, seemed convinced that the images had been digitally altered, according to the man behind the project, a Tunisian-French artist known as eL Seed. But what seemed most surprising was that eL Seed and several friends who worked with him had been able to complete the project at all, without being harassed or arrested.” By Kareem Fahim
[ New York Times ]