(Photo by Rachell Morillo)
1. Finding Hip-Hop’s Beginning in Afrika Bambaataa’s 40,000-Deep Record Collection.
Three of Bam’s storage spaces full of vital artifacts have been emptied and donated to Cornell University. By Brett Koshkin.
[ Village Voice ]
2. Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit.
The Roots drummer on why awkward (and racial) social situations have turned him into “a 75 percent robot, 25 percent human being.” By Amhir Questlove Thompson.
[ New York Magazine ]
3. Beats, Rhymes, and Commerce: Remembering the Greatest Hip-Hop Shops.
From suburban shops in Long Island to cramped, high rent sweatboxes in the East Village (with one detour to the West Coast), J-Zone presents his 10 favorite defunct rap stores.
[ Complex ]
4. The Gaslamp Killer’s Near-Death Account.
DJ relives nightmare of auto accident and dealing with EMTs who don’t give a fuck. By Jeff Weiss.
[ LA Weekly ]
5. Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail App Under Investigation.
The US Federal Trade Commission is watching. By Sean Michaels.
[ The Guardian ]