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.
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!
4. 142 Distinctly Non-Threatening Rap Names.
Dave Bry compiles a ton of monikers that wouldn't hurt a fly.
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.
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.
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.)
8. Rapper Ms. Melodie Of Boogie Down Productions Dead.
May she rest in peace.