When Thugs Cry: Read A Never-Before-Told Story About Tupac Shakur.
The night Public Enemy dedicated a song to Pac shortly after being beaten by police. As told to by Adisa Banjoko.
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Contact High: Chi Modu Celebrates Tupac Shakur’s 45th Birthday.
Photographer talks about the first shoot Pac did for the cover of The Source . By Vikki Tobak
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Attrell ‘Prince Be’ Cordes, P.M. Dawn Rapper, Dead at 46.
“Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”: Succumbs to long battle with diabetes. By Daniel Kreps
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Chuck D Talks ‘Mein Trump,’ ‘Keeping Seat Warm’ for Zack de la Rocha.
Public Enemy rapper on supergroup Prophets of Rage and the need to rage against the machine that is U.S. politics. By Jason Newman
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DJ Premier Gives The Inside Story On The Making Of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt 20 Years Later.
Shares stories about doing beats for “D’Evils,” “Friend or Foe,” and “Bring It On” for the classic debut LP. By Reggie Williams
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An Oral History of Hyphy.
The story of the Bay Area movement with insight from E-40, Keak Da Sneak, Mistah F.A.B., Too $hort, others. By Steven J. Horowitz
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Rapper Vince Staples, city officials back program to aid North Long Beach youth.
“I want to be able to be one of the people that reinforces the fact that we matter just as much as the next person,” said the rapper who is backing YMCA program that will allow 20 young people to learn filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing and product design. By Josh Dulaney
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YG Doesn’t Need Your Co-Sign.
On making it out of Compton without Dre, getting more political on songs, and the making of his new album, Still Brazy . By Matthew Strauss
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Del The Funky Homosapien Recalls Ghostwriting For Ice Cube & Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” Being His Only Platinum Record.
The D-E-L on why sometimes rappers write for each other. By Dana Scott
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Graffiti mural pays homage to N.J. hip-hop.
Tame One of Artifacts does legal wall.
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Oddisee Shares Advice For The Touring Musician & His Ideas For A Better World.
Recognizing the value of simplicity.
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How the Dust Brothers Saved Beck from Becoming a One-Hit Wonder with Odelay .
“We would listen to stuff and either sample it or get inspired by it. It was usually pretty ridiculous stuff. We’d be like, ‘God, it’s so not cool’ that it made us laugh. And then we’d try to make a song that was as not cool as the sample we heard.” By Anna Oseran
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