1. Exclusive Book Excerpt: R. Kelly's Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me .
The R&B supastar recalls the rap-n-R&B album he was supposed to do with Tupac, letting Biggie be the first person to hear the smash, "I Believe I Can Fly," and writing a hit for Fat Joe.
[ Rolling Stone ]
2. Gallery: 22 Pictures of Reasonable Doubt Era Jay-Z.
UpNorthTrips goes e-digging and comes up with some classic Mr. Carter.
[ Complex ]
3. 5-10-15-20: Kool Keith
A/K/A Black Elvis lists some of the albums that shaped his life and music, including works by Kraftwerk, Slave & H-Town. On James Brown: "[He] sometimes felt like my uncle on record, like he was a down-South relative. My pops danced just as good as him, and my Aunt Jessie used to look like a female version of him, with her hair done like that. It was weird that he seemed like a close person in the family. I cried when James Brown died. It touched me a lot." By Ian Cohen.
[ Pitchfork ]
4. J-Zone’s Tool Box: Kool and The Gang – N.T. (Parts 1 & 2).
Classic break - but Zone confesses his luh-hate relationship with Part 1/Part 2 45s, and debates whether "No Title," in fact, works better on LP.
[ Hot Peas & Butta ]
5. Toppa Top 10: Ten Reggae Tunes That Influenced Punk Rock (Selected by Earl Gateshead).
Dope list. "A knife, a fork, a bottle, and a cork - that's the way we spell 'New York' - right on."
[ Large Up ]
6. Yasiin Bey Would Like You To Quit Calling Him Mos Def.
Especially since it's apparently not the recent development some think: "The name dates back to Bey’s first trip to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj in 1998. 'When he came back, he came back with the name Yasiin,'[Talib] Kweli told me. 'He didn’t ask anyone to call him that, but I definitely remember him saying, ‘My name is Yasiin.’' By Scott Korb.
[ The Awl ]
7. Nelson George X Jeff Chang.
Brooklyn and the Bay connect as Chang interviews George on the latter's heartfelt Brooklyn Boheme documentary. (Closing music for the Bay Area screening premiere provided by team SFNY's final soiree.)
8. The Soul-Sides "Guide" to Home Pig Roasting.
No pork on your fork? Definitely skip this. Fine with the swine? Peep the thoroughness as ODub goes live at the slow roast BBQ. Step-by-step thematic soundtrack provided.
[ Soul-Sides ]