1. (O)ther (P)eople's (P)osts, 7.18.12


    1. The Key to Miami Rapper Rick Ross's Heart Is Cheese.
    Rozay talks food with classy cuisine publication, reveals favorite affordable dessert before he had the riches: "Get you a honey bun and put a slice of cheese on it. Put it in the microwave for 45 seconds and you had the gift of a lifetime." By Ben Detrick.
    [ Bon Appetit ]

    2. How Touré Failed Hip-Hop AND America.
    Writer Dart Adams takes fellow scribe to task: "If you were an outsider to Hip-Hop culture you'd simply take Touré at his word, seeing as how he's the 'expert.' That would be dangerous and ill advised."
    [ Hip Hop Wired ]

    3. You've Never Heard Public Enemy's 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back'?!
    In case you missed it, NPR got a teenage intern who had never heard P.E.'s classic second album to review the LP. Writes Austin Cooper: "I remember the first time I really cared about a rap song. It was the spring of 2010 and 'Over' by Drake had just come out... But when "Don't Believe the Hype" comes on, I'm disoriented — I know I'm listening to one of the most acclaimed rap records of all time, but nothing grabs me and sucks me in. Chuck D.'s unvarnished vocals sit front and center in the mix, accompanied only by percussion that, to me, sounds thin and funk guitar samples that, frankly, I find cartoonish." Let the millennial-bashing begin!
    [ NPR ]

    4. 142 Distinctly Non-Threatening Rap Names.
    Dave Bry compiles a ton of monikers that wouldn't hurt a fly.
    [ The Awl ]

    5. Hip Hop Pit Stop #4: The Slow And Low Sound Of Memphis' DJ Spanish Fly.
    Noz speaks with a Memphis king of the 808 who ushered in an influential sound via mixtapes and club DJing.
    [ RBMA ]

    6. The Creation of Blu & Exile’s Below the Heavens [Five-Year Anniversary].
    The making of a West Coast underground favorite, including interviews with Blu, Exile, Aloe Blacc and Miguel. By Jaeki Cho.
    [ XXL ]

    7. Heds and Dreds: Talking T-Dot Roots and Culture with Kardinal Offishall.
    Writer Jesse Serwer catches up with the Canadian rapper to chop it up about his departure from Akon’s Konvict Muzik stable, the Caribbean influence that’s always permeated Toronto hip-hop, and his preferences when it comes to cutting dubplates. (For more, here's Part 2: Kardinal Offishall on the Greatest Jamaican MCs .)
    [ Large Up ]

    8. Rapper Ms. Melodie Of Boogie Down Productions Dead.
    May she rest in peace.
    [ Urban Daily ]

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    • rumege

      Hopefully there's a Rick Ross cookbook coming out soon...we can see it now: a little Paula Deen but with cheese instead of butter & shirtless with gold chains instead of Talbots.

    • David

      Whenever I see Toure's name, the first thing I think of is "that Toure cat is mad wack," a quote from the ego trip issue that came out right after Biggie died. And that quote is as right today as it was then.

    • bboycult

      Seriously...that NPR intern?! Why does it have to be like that!?! I would bet top $ this same kid would NEVER have the guts to offer a so-called 'modern' critique of let's say the Beatles juxtaposed against; let's say Radiohead. Why do we allow people to treat HipHop that way!?!

    • Jaz

      Rick Ross should change his name to bitch tits.

    • Juiceph

      in 1995, at 15 (two years from discovering that I 'really cared' about hip-hop) I probably would have given the same kind of review to say, Africa Bam. to Hip-Hop heads this should be not shocking. to NPR editors this should not be groundbreaking. it's just showcasing the idea that kids just don't get it and old folks just don't understand and vice versa...nothing new here. that being said, was this kid reviewing an album or himself? was he tasked to do one or the other, and if so which one was it? very droll, NPR. very fucking droll.

    • Juiceph

      look: i just unthinkingly wrote Africa instead of Afrika and I didn't even bother to figure out how many 'a's are in Bambaataa. see what I mean? beautiful picture of that maybach guy by the way. majestic.