1. Thank You, Frank Ocean.
Odd Future-affiliated crooner’s news dominating tumblr post – in which he admits to past feelings for another man – has made him the gay Rosa Parks of rap. An open letter by dream hampton.
[ Life and Times ]
2. E-40 And Cousin Fik, “I’m Laced.”
Dave Bry takes a look at how Charlie Hustle rocked the MLB All-Star vote and got Giants fans to place three of their team’s players in the National League’s starting line-up. Fo’ sheezy.
[ The Awl ]
3. Murder, Drugs and Cough Mixture: Hip-Hop Roots of ZZ Top’s New Single Revealed.
Guitarist Billy Gibbons explains how his group’s new single, “I Gotsta Get Paid,” was inspired by “25 Lighters,” the ’90s Houston hit from DJ DMD, Fat Pat & Lil’ Keke. By Scott Rowley.
[ Classic Rock Magazine ]
4. Prodigy Explains “Illuminati Is Us” Line, Shares Story Of Tupac’s Notebook.
P talks origins of the secret society and gives insight into Pac’s plan to unite ‘hoods. By Paul W. Arnold.
[ HipHopDX ]
5. Hank Shocklee Featured In Upcoming Documentary DUST: The Art Of Sampling .
This is from last month, but barely catching up now. Bomb Squad vet discusses how legal precedents changed rap production forever.
[ Shocklee ]