‘Respect is key’: The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LAPD headquarters, meet with Chief Charlie Beck.
The Game made a call for Black, Mexican and men of all races to “make the Californian government & its law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us.” By Ben Poston, Veronica Rocha & Joseph Serna
[ Los Angeles Times ]
Killer Mike: I’m Afraid I Will Be Murdered.
Once again, Killer Mike gets real in a radio interview : “It’s time to get these dogs out of office that care nothing for you.”
[ Hot 107.9 ]
Public Enemy’s Professor Griff Receiving Death Threats Over Picture With Dallas Cop Killer.
Professor Griff has come forward to deny knowing Micah Johnson. By Mike Winslow
[ All HipHop .] [ More Coverage: Rolling Stone ]
The World According To Trump.
Welcome to Trump’s America. By @ironsidehex
[ Kweli Club ]
2 Live Crew’s DJ and Producer Mr. Mixx On the Roots of Miami Bass.
The usually low-profile Mixx offers insight into the rise and fall of 2 Live Crew and Miami Bass, the reasons for his silence and explains how his time in California, London and New York helped shape the sound that built the Dirty South. By Jesse Serwer
[ Red Bull Music Academy ]
[ BONUS: Dance To The Drummer’s Beat: A Loop History . By Jesse Serwer]
The Fatback Band: ‘Everything was just raw energy.’
“Street Music is what I always called it because it came from the top off my head and we never rehearsed,” says founder Bill Curtis, who breaks down the making of “King Tim III (Personality Jock),” considered the first rap song ever commercially released. By David Ma
[ The Guardian ]
Crucial Conflict’s “Hay” Turns 20.
History usually remembers Common, Da Brat, and Twista as the first breakout stars from Chicago, but that’s only part of the equation. During the summer of ’96, many were first introduced to Midwestern music (non-Bone Thugs edition) via The Box, where “Po Pimp” and “Hay” battled it out all summer as two of the most requested anthems. By Jeff Weiss
[ Passion of the Weiss ]
Contact High: Joe Conzo Explains What It Was Like To Shoot B-Boys Before Hip-Hop Even Existed.
Most of Conzo’s images capture hip-hop when it was still a grassroots culture with b-boy/girl battles taking place in neighborhood parks, discos or wherever there was an electrical outlet to plug in a set of turntables. By Vikki Tobak
[ Mass Appeal ]
No Country for Old (Rap) Men: The rap albums I didn’t hate from 2016 so far.
Conservative Rap Coalition Approved. By Robbie Unkut Ettelson
[ Acclaim ]
How To Make Every Studio Session Productive According to super-producer Terrace Martin.
“Know yourself and your role,” says the producer who has worked with Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg. By Rawiya Kameir
[ FADER ]
Rhymesayers’ Revolutionary Raptivist Sa-Roc Ready For Her Shine.
“I feel like if you maintain artistic integrity, keep working and be good at what you do, you’ll get there.” By Ural Garrett
[ HipHopDX ]
Joyce Wrice’s Buddhist Faith Informs Her Sad Yet Uplifting R&B.
“The practice reminds you that you have the power to do anything that you want and you’re in control of your environment.” By Jeff Weiss
[ LA Weekly ]
Back When ABC No Rio Hosted An Exhibit For “So-Called Graffiti Vandal” SANE.
Here’s what having a graffiti exhibit at NYC’s most punk gallery was like in 1989. By David CHINO Villorente
[ Mass Appeal ]