1. Tom Morello: "Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against."
TM: "Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn't understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine."
[ Rolling Stone ]
2. Rick Ross, Gangster of Love.
For the first time, the Bawse talks about his past life as a C.O., supposedly claiming he took the job, in part, because his best friend was sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking cocaine and heroin: "This was my best friend, who I ate peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with, and pork and beans with, my buddy, my partner, my number-one dude. Suddenly I'm talking to him over federal phone calls. Hearing the way it was building, I knew I couldn't take nothing for granted," says Ross. "My homey's father was a huge influence on my life, too . . . He was the one who was like, 'Yo, go get a job somewhere, man. Go be a fireman. Or go be a fucking corrections officer. Just go sit down somewhere.'" By Josh Eells.
[ Rolling Stone ]
3. Freeway Ricky Ross Calls Rick Ross’ Rolling Stone Interview “BS” and “Scripted.”
The OG Ricky Ross has long claimed Rozay and his record label hijacked his ID to make millions. Now, FRR cites the portly rapper's recent Rolling Stone interview as evidence that can be used against him in court: "These music executives recognized [the value of my name] and set up to steal that value, because I had a life sentence and refused to include me in the process." By Grouchy Greg Watkins.
[ All Hip Hop ]
4. J-Zone’s Favorite Forty-Fives.
ETL all-star contributor J-Zone talks seven-inch slabs o' wax. Appropriately enough, since Zone's got a 45 release of his own on the horizon. Act like ya know, fools!
[ nerdtorious ]
5. 50 Rap Lyrics That Sound Incredibly Outdated Today.
It's The Real breaks down rap lines that went way past their expiration dates: "The Lakers beat the Supersonics," "We ain't ready to see a Black president," and more for the ages.
[ Complex ]