The 50 Best Rawkus Records Songs.
Relive that magical era of late ’90s indie rap and see if you agree with this ‘Plex list. By Brian Josephs
[ Complex ]
Afrika Bambaataa Looking to Create National Hip-Hop Museum in New York.
Plans to have museum at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx. By Carrie Battan
[ Pitchfork ]
Say Hello To Mr. Greico.
“Do you know Don Rodriguez from the Bronx?” Get On Down gets the skinny from rap journalist/record label owner S.H. Fernando Jr. on how he got choked by RZA during the popular GZA Liquid Swords skit.
[ UpNorthTrips ]
The Long, Strange Trip of Dock Ellis.
Yes, we know you know about the former Pittsburgh Pirate’s legendary no-hitter pitched while trippin’ on LSD. But what about his red vinyl trimmed Cadillac, fearlessness in the face of racism, struggle with substance abuse and rejuvenation as a drug counselor? Word up, Dock. By Patrick Hruby.
[ ESPN ]
Fear of a Black President.
Heads still ain’t ready. “Before President Obama spoke, the death of Trayvon Martin was generally regarded as a national tragedy. After Obama spoke, Martin became material for an Internet vendor flogging paper gun-range targets that mimicked his hoodie and his bag of Skittles. (The vendor sold out within a week.) Before the president spoke, George Zimmerman was arguably the most reviled man in America. After the president spoke, Zimmerman became the patron saint of those who believe that an apt history of racism begins with Tawana Brawley and ends with the Duke lacrosse team… The irony of Barack Obama is this: he has become the most successful black politician in American history by avoiding the radioactive racial issues of yesteryear, by being “clean” (as Joe Biden once labeled him) — and yet his indelible blackness irradiates everything he touches.” By Ta-Neshisi-Coates.
[ The Atlantic ]