1. Worst Album Covers of All Time.
Uh, we think they mean the greatest album covers of all time!
[ Taste Buds ]
2. The Second Coming.
Q&A with Chuck Statler - the filmmaker tapped by Prince to direct The Second Coming - his lost 1982 cinematic endeavor. Not unlike the subsequent Purple Rain , it's described as "a high-concept, erotically charged rock opera infused with a surreal ’80s neon motif."
[ Wax Poetics ]
3. Living in (Crack) City.
Michael A. Gonzales picks his top 10 hip-hop crack anthems in advance of "Memories of Crack City" - his essay in the forthcoming issue of One More Robot magazine.
[ One More Robot ]
4. Beat Construction: El-P.
Round out your week's El-P-related reading with Noz's Q&A with El-Producto. Did you know Co Flow/Indelible MC's "The Fire In Which You Burn" was just a different take on Audio Two's "Top Billin'"? Now you do.
[ The Fader ]
5. Dave Tompkins Explores Personal Space .
DCT shares thoughts on Personal Space , a compilation of vintage obscure outsider electro pop-soul that's one of the best releases of the year.
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
6. Library of Congress to Preserve Prince, Bo Diddley, "Rapper’s Delight."
Purple Rain , Sugarhill Gang, Booker T and the MG’s “Green Onions,” Parliament’s Mothership Connection , Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love" added to the National Recording Registry.
[ Federal Times ]
7. Where a Career in Hip-Hop Starts With a Court Sentence.
A look at One Mic, a jail-alternative program in downtown Brooklyn that teaches young offenders life skills while honing their rhyming, producing and writing skills.
[ New York Times ]
8. The Making of Nas' It Was Written .
"Find out how Nas originally wanted to make the album with Marly Marl, how The Notorious B.I.G. influenced Nas' album in more ways than one, and how Nas was still very much in the streets when he made this album."
[ Complex ]