1. (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 5.28.14

    1. Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Larry Parker becomes KRS-One.
    Right up to your face and dis you — even in the train yard. By Ed Piskor.
    [ Boing Boing ]

    2. Apple Confirms Its $3 Billion Deal for Beats Electronics.
    Reportedly Apple’s largest acquisition ever. By Brian X. Chen.
    [ New York Times ]

    3. An Open Letter To D’Angelo.
    The enigmatic singer’s first A&R clears the air. By Gary Harris.
    [ Inside Playa ]

    4. Heavy Rotation with The Black Sheep Dres.
    Find out what songs by Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Robert Glasper, Dres has been listening to recently. By Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus).
    [ Nah Right ]

    5. Dave Chappelle Announces Radio City Music Hall Shows With the Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu.
    Plus Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, and a full orchestra. By Evan Minsker.
    [ Pitchfork ]

    6. South African Rappers: The New Kwaito Kings.
    “Kwaito as a genre, a style, and way of life has provided the blueprint for these new artists to learn, transforming them from wannabes to new kings.” By Kwaku Gyanteh.
    [ Pigeons + Planes ]

    7. Maya Angelou’s Life in Music.
    “As we reflect on Angelou’s life and her words, it’s worth taking a few minutes at least to get acquainted with the music she left us with as well.” Rest in peace. By Dee Lockett.
    [ Slate ]

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