1. Sylvia Robinson, Pioneering Producer of Hip-Hop, Is Dead at 75.
R.I.P. to Sugarhill Records’ grand mistress.
[ New York Times ]
2. When Rap Ruled The World: A White Boy MC’s Photo Album, 1986-1991.
Some incredible vintage photos from Pete Nash, a/k/a 3rd Bass’ Prime Minister Pete Nice.
[ Deadspin ]
3. Everybody In Wu-Tang: The Gap Enters The 36 Chambers With Its Latest T-Shirt Offering.
The Gap and the RZA (and the GZA and the Chef et al) connect.
[ Village Voice ]
4. Freeway Presents: The 10 Greatest Beards In Hip-Hop.
Intriguing facial hair list from Philly Freezer. Career beards only.
[ Complex ]
5. The Sidebar #16: Alec Palao, Talking About Music City.
O-Dub discusses the Bay Area old school indie label’s storied catalog with the leading expert on it.
[ Soul-Sides ]