Fat Beats: An Oral History.
The store’s founder Joseph Abajian, along with DJ Eclipse, El-P, Evil Dee, DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Buckwild, Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, Ill Bill, Talib Kweli, Percee P, Q-Unique, Mista Sinista, Breeze Brewin, Audible Doctor, Homeboy Sandman, and others reminisce over New York City’s legendary “last stop for hip-hop.” By Phillip Mlynar
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
N.W.A Reflect on Efil4zaggin , 1991's Most Dangerous Album.
Rappers look back on meeting Guns N’ Roses, their messy break-up and a gangsta-rap turning point. By Kory Grow
[ Rolling Stone ]
Prophets of Rage: Inside New Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Supergroup.
How Rage Against The Machine (minus Zack de la Rocha), Chuck D and B-Real united for one of the most anticipated groups of the year. By Andy Greene
[Rolling Stone Link 1 & 2 ]
Zulu Nation apologizes to Afrika Bambaataa’s alleged sex abuse victims weeks after attacking their claims.
"We extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many people who have been hurt by the actions of Afrika Bambaataa and the subsequent poor response of our organization to allegations leveled against him.” By Michael O'keeffe
[ New York Daily News ]
Prince’s Own Liner Notes On His Greatest Hits.
"When Prince’s first greatest hits collection was released, Prince made private comments as a guide for the liner notes. Later briefly posted on his website thedawn.com in 1996, Prince’s comments have been lost for the last 20 years, but now provide a rare first-person insight into how he saw some of his most famous songs." Intro by Anil Dash
[ Medium ]
Prince Paul Interviewed at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival.
On Superblack, Phife (R.I.P.), Stet, more. By Brian Coleman
[ Medium ]
A Renegade Muscles In On Mister Softee’s Turf.
New York Ice Cream, staffed by drivers who used to cover Midtown Manhattan for Mister Softee, has had the area locked down for at least a year, Mister Softee said. The renegade is enforcing its dominance with threats and intimidation that sometimes get physical. “From 34th to 60th Street, river to river, that’s ours. You will never see a Mister Softee truck in Midtown. If you do, there will be problems.” By Andy Newman & Emily S. Rueb
[ The New York Times ]