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1. Jay-Z Is Right 99 Times, But This Ain’t One.
With 'Hov recently voicing doubts on the Occupy Wall Street movement's focus (though it didn't stop him from selling his own "Occupy All Streets" shirts), Russell Simmons rebuts: "So, Jay, here's the deal. You're rich and I'm rich. But, today it’s close to impossible to be you or me and get out of Marcy Projects or Hollis, Queens without changing our government to have our politicians work for the people who elect them and not the special interests and corporations that pay them." Can't knock the Russell.
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2. The Artist Formerly Known as Mos Def.
Yasiin Bey talks stage names, music and fashion. On the latter: "I don't have advice for people on how to dress. People should dress based on what they find beautiful. My best advice: Keep your clothes clean." (Ya smell him?) By Mark Anthony Green.
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3. Ashok and Anil Go to the Cafe.
Ashok Kondabolu of Das Racist interviews Anil Dash, the blogger and technologist about growing up Indian, NYC in the '90s and his memories of Aaron McGruder and Funkmaster Flex.
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4. Hip-Hop Pit Stop #5: Orlando’s Armstrong and Grandaddy Souf.
Noz on the other side of "The Most Magical Place on Earth" - Orlando, Florida's hood, and its most pre-eminent street rappers.
[Red Bull Music Academy ]
5. Bob Dylan's Great White Wonder : The Story of the World's First Album Leak.
The story of an infamous Dylan bootleg and how you might say ain't a damn thing changed with leaks today. "On one basic level, what happened in 1969 with Wonder - and what happens every day with mp3 leaks - illuminates a very basic economic fact: Official markets will always lead to unsanctioned ones that feed off of the legit products - and often operate much more efficiently." By Eric Harvey
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