1. Lost One: Mister Cee and Hip-Hop Radio's Trick.
Hua Hsu on Mister Cee's (not quite final) farewell from Hot 97: "This, then, was why I felt sad. The need to keep a brave face and say I'm good when shit is all bad. The self-deception and self-blame, and the pressures that produced those responses in the first place. The confessional feel of it all — his mistakes, his transgressions, the sacrifice for the good of the brand. Whether it was the demands of "corporate America" or his own sense of duty, this was Cee assuming total responsibility for a problem that's not his. It's ours."
[ Grantland ]
2. Homophobia and Hip-Hop: A Confession Breaks a Barrier.
John Caramanica on Thursday's Mister Cee - Ebro Darden interview: "A radio station is, generally speaking, neutral territory — songs are played, personalities are a bit bland. But Mr. Darden’s behavior reframed Hot 97 as an ideological institution, not just a musical one. He gave Mister Cee a safe space in which to be all the parts of himself."
[ New York Times ]
3. The Golden G's: On Nas and Aging in Hip-Hop.
How QB's street disciple has been able to stay relevant 20 years later. By Michael A. Gonzales.
[ Complex ]
4. Federal Drug Case Ensnares The Home Of Hyphy.
The connections between drug busts in Vallejo and Mac Dre's Thizz Entertainment are apparently not what they seem. By Reyhan Harmanci and Shoshana Walter.
[ NPR ]
5. Don’t Snip My Brakes in Long Beach.
Dave Tompkins tackles writer's block by reminiscing about O.J. Simpson.
[ Paris Review ]
6. Dust & Grooves Road Trip: Chicago.
The Dust & Grooves crew is on a road trip photographing and interviewing vinyl collectors from coast to coast. Their latest stop: Chi City, where they link with Numero Group's Rob Sevier, Dante Carfagna, and vegetables from Syl Johnson's garden. By Eilon Paz.
[ Dust & Grooves ]