Contact High: The Day Photographer George DuBose Held Court With Biz Markie.
Details on how two Biz Marks appeared on the cover of All Samples Cleared! (1993) without the use of Photoshop (plus, the subliminal dig at Gilbert O’Sullivan). By Vikki Tobak
[ Mass Appeal ]
Ice-T Shares With Us The Secret History Of New Jack City .
Rapper shares memories of the Mario Van Peebles film: “I was doing my Ice-T thing, talking shit in the bathroom [of a club]. I said something like, ‘If you could take a microscope and find one molecule in my body that gave a fuck, then they’d have a chance.’ Someone said, ‘Whoever said that needs to be in my movie.’” By Kyle Eustice
[ Okayplayer ]
‘Game, Blouses’: The real story behind the famous Chappelle skit about Prince’s late-night hoops challenge.
“Everything in that skit is true,” says Micki Free of Shalamar. “We had on ‘blouses,’ and frilly shirts. The same clothes we had at the club. Prince played in 6-inch heels!” By Jerry Bembry
[ The Undefeated ]
Case Of The P.T.A.: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective On Leaders Of The New School.
A look back at the career of Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Busta Rhymes and Cut Monitor Milo. By Dart Adams
[ Okayplayer ]
Rapp Will Never Die.
MC Shy D and the roots of Atlanta rap. By Will Stephenson
[ Oxford American ]
A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Will Have A Street Named After Him.
The intersection of Linden Blvd. and 192nd St. will reportedly be co-named Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way. By William Ketchum III
[ Okayplayer ]
Give the Drummer Some: Slave’s Steve Arrington.
“We didn’t try to harness the raw funk, so my drum sound was wide open.” The multi-talented musician talks about his influences, his time with the Escovedo family band, and thoughts on hip-hop sampling his music. By J-Zone
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
“Banned in Babylon” Shows the Rise of Bad Brains, Dawn of DC Hardcore.
Photos by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Lucian Perkins part of exhibit at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles that also features paintings and works on paper by Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, as well as mixed-media paintings by Shepard Fairey. By Jamie Maleszka
[ Mass Appeal ]
Hip-Hop Legend Big Daddy Kane On The Music Biz, Brooklyn Gentrification And Trump.
“I’m worried about Donald Trump, but I’m more worried about what America will be with his supporters.” By Ben Arnon
[ Huffington Post ]
Nas Talks Writing Raps for Netflix Hip-Hop Drama The Get Down .
On providing actors with old school era lyrics: “This is an early style. This is the Seventies. These are the tapes that the older guys were playing in my neighborhood, listening to, partying to. This is a different style, this is not what I normally do…. I placed pictures around myself of parties like Harlem World, the Roxy, jams out in the Bronx in the park, DJs like Jazzy Jay on the turntables, of course Grandmaster Flash photographs everywhere, the Furious Five photographs around me. I really just went into that world.” By Christopher R. Weingarten
[ Rolling Stone ]
On The Rise: Life From #TheWinners Circle With Hus Kingpin.
“The Hus Kingpin sound is like if Nas, Portishead, Sade, Noreaga and Scarface formed Voltron.” By KC Orcutt
[ The Source ]
Gucci Mane comes out of a prison a new man: “I’m always trying to help people. I wouldn’t give a damn if I get four artists right now and all of them burn me. I’mma get me four more, because I feel like the more people I help, the more good I do. No matter what a person does, helping somebody can never hurt me.” By Andrew Nosnitsky
[ FADER ]
Masta Ace brings “Young Black Intelligent” to Sheepshead Bay High School.
Ace revisits his old school to talk to the kids. Filmed by Joshua “Lega-C” Rodriguez
[ The Bee Shine ]
Killer Mike Informs Bernie Sanders Supporters That The Revolution Is Not Over.
“A revolution doesn’t end with a presidential campaign. We have been dramatically transformed.” By Danielle Harling
[ HipHopDX ]
Questlove Called Out Bill O’Reilly for Insensitive Remarks About Slavery.
Had to put the dumbass in check for trying to re-write history. By Jordan Crucchiola
[ Vulture ]
Playa Prophets, Prison and Pimp Tales: UGK’s Ridin’ Dirty Turns 20.
Certified street classic. By Todd “Stereo” Williams
[ The Boombox ]
The 30 best G-Funk tracks of all time.
Like all lists, it’s always fun to debate what’s there and what’s missing (like where is Tha Dogg Pound classic, “What Would You Do?”), but it’s all good when you get to re-play a lot of great songs. By Max Bell & Torii MacAdams
[ FACT ]
Rare Boombox Collection Goes Up for Sale New Zealand’s Craig Kenton is selling over 400 vintage sound systems for $20,000.
Auction closing soon. By Matthew Strauss
[ Pitchfork ]