Photo: Jeannette Montgomery Barron
1. Reflections on Keith Haring.
Eric Haze revisits an unpublished piece he wrote four years ago on what would have been his friend Keith Haring’s 50th birthday, and shares it with all of us. Thanks, Haze.
[ Spread Art Culture ]
2. Hip-Hop Pit Stop #2.5: Houston And Odd Squad’s Rob Quest.
Noz targets H-Town for an in-depth conversation with a rapper called Quest (Rob Quest of ’90s cult favorites, Odd Squad). As you’ll quickly learn, Rob may lack the power of sight (being blind since childhood days), but he’s never lacking in insight on such subjects as fellow Squad member Devin the Dude, Rap-A-Lot Records, and working with DJ Screw.
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
3. Rap Libs: Hip-Hop Mad Libs.
Ever wonder what rap lyrics with lotsa curses would be like if you just took them out and replaced them with other words, Mad Libs-style? You haven’t? Well, why the ______ [noun, singular] not?!?
[ Mandatory ]
4. Get It Together: On Mourning Adam Yauch
ETL contributor Dave Tompkins with a great piece on Adam Yauch, playing pick-up hoops with the Beasties during Lollapalooza ’94, and mourning memories.
[ The Paris Review ]
5. ’90s Rapper Akinyele Makes $5 Million In First Week After Opening Vegas Strip Club Lollypops.
Hot damn, the Ak-tapuss went from “Put It In Your Mouth” to puttin’ mad loot in his pockets. America is a great place to live.
[ Bossip ]
6. El-P And Killer Mike Talk Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Anger As A Positive Force, And The Unlucky Fate Of Their Favorite HBO Shows.
An all around entertaining conversation over cocktails. El-P: “I love when people say, ‘El-P sounds like Odd Future.’ That’s how I know I’m really, really old now.” Killer Mike: “I consider myself a hopeless optimist. My friend here is a shameless New York cynic, and I think we balance each other.”
[ Village Voice ]
7. U Street Reacts to Chuck Brown’s Death: “When He Plays, He Has Meaning.”
The temperature of on “Black Broadway” in the wake of D.C. icon and Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown’s passing.
[ Washington City Paper ]
8. Rapper Wraps Up Role in Film About Rapping.
Former fellow rap scribe, first-time filmmaker Neil Drumming on working with friend, esteemed emcee, and now actor, Jean Grae.
[ The Atlantic ]