1. Red Bull Music Academy 5x5 Lecture Series Transcripts Now Online.


    Red Bull Music Academy 's "5x5" lecture series from last summer featured five artist interviews about five essential New York hip-hop albums repping each of the five boroughs (The Bronx - Slick Rick 's Great Adventures ; Brooklyn - Black Moon 's Enta Da Stage ; Queens - Mobb Deep 's The Infamous ; Manhattan/Uptown - Diplomats ' Diplomatic Immunity ; Staten Island - Wu-Tang Clan 's Enter the Wu-Tang ). In commemoration of RBMA hitting NYC this fall, the transcripts for these talks - three conducted by ego trip's own Sacha Jenkins and Chairman Mao ; one by our pal Miss Info - have been newly uploaded and reveal some cool factoids you might have missed the first time around. For instance - did you know Black Moon's name was inspired by the Bruce Willis-Cybil Shepherd-starred '80s TV show, Moonlighting ?

    DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon :

    Black Moon was actually Beatminerz’s original name. Mr. Walt was a fan of Moonlighting . Now there’s a true story, too... Mr. Walt was a fan of Moonlighting . And if he was here he would punch me in the face for saying that. But he, um, the name of their detective agency [in the show] was "Blue Moon Detective Agency." So, Walt just changed the "Blue Moon" to "Black Moon."

    Meanwhile, Rick the Ruler talked about his old day job pre-Get Fresh Crew fame.

    Slick Rick :

    I had a job, I used to work at Lehman Brothers, and places like that downtown, as a mail clerk. So, once Doug E. put me on, the difference in the finance – I used to make like $520 a month! And that’s working every day, too. Five days a week. After taxes, $260 every two weeks, and my rent was $350. So, you can figure out, 520 minus 350 leaves how much for food and tokens, and floss and fun, and whatever. Old English or whatever, you know what I’m saying.

    ... I was still working when ["The Show"] was taking off, so it got to the point where it was like, “You gotta leave now, kid,” you know what I’m saying. It’s a wrap, because $260 compared, at first I was getting like $300 just to perform with the kid, you know what I mean, and that was like, I’m doing $260 every two weeks, after taxes, and eventually, when it just kept going and going, Madison Square Garden-type tip, it was like, doesn’t make sense to keep, to stay at your job, when you know you could be getting $300 a show, whatever.

    Lecture: Slick Rick (RBMA World Tour 2011) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo .

    To check out all five transcripts and full lecture videos from the RBMA World Tour 2011 5x5 Series, mosey over to Red Bull Music Academy .

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      It's nice to hear Ricky do the math like that ....