1. Underground Legends: Sir Ibu (Divine Force)!!
Kevin Beacham's Sir Ibu appreciation post from earlier this year is more timely than ever thanks to Kanye and Pusha T's "New God Flow." Doesn't look like the audio embeds are up, so for a rare taste of the OG God flow...
(Big Daddy Kane, Sir Ibu of Divine Force & Kings of Swing live on Marley Marl In Control, WBLS, circa late '80s.)
2. How Washington, D.C. Turned Its Back on Go-Go, the Music It Invented.
Abdul-Ali on a rift between mourners and police at Go-Go godfather Chuck Brown’s wake: “The clash may have looked to an onlooker like a rowdy showdown between go-go fans and the police, but it was also a lament from a community who over the past decade has witnessed repeated, flagrant reminders that their music isn’t welcome in the new vision of D.C.”
[ The Atlantic ]
3. Director’s Cut: Danny Brown “Grown Up.”
Child actor Dante Hoagland – who plays the young DB – and director Greg Brunkalla talk explicit lyrics and more. DH: “One of my favorite songs by Danny Brown is called ‘Blunt After Blunt.’ Sometimes, my mom’s OK with me listening to it, but when she gets mad, my dad tells me to turn it off.” By Larry Fitzmaurice.
[ Pitchfork ]
4. Popping That Ass: The Ladies Who Won Diplo’s Contest.
Winners of Diplo’s recent “Express Yourself” self portrait photography contest discuss popping one’s arse in odd public locations and everything that, um, entails (sorry). By Brian McManus.
[ LA Weekly ]
5. Andre 3000 Covers Beatles, Muddy Waters Songs for Jimi Hendrix Biopic.
Because the Jimi Hendrix estate won't allow the producers of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side , to use Jimi Hendrix songs. (Maybe something from Aquemini is available?) By David Browne.
[ Rolling Stone ]
6. Walking on Pins: The Hallowed Ground of NY Rap Life.
UpNorthTrips takes you on a tour of NYC clubs infamous for some of hip-hop's most unsavory moments. "Unsavory" like the times Shyne shot up the place and Jay-Z stabbed someone.
[ Mass Appeal ]
7. Internet's Odd Quest: Send Pitbull to Alaska Walmart.
Pitbull's marketing deal with Walmart: he'll be sent to whichever Walmart store gets the most "likes" on its Facebook page. Kodiak, Alaska currently in the lead thanks to #exilePitbull campaign. By Evann Gastaldo.
[ Newser ]
(Props to egotripland reader @sleepyhologram for hippin' us to the Pitbull story)