Stream The Hip-Hop Episode Of PBS’s Series On The Art Of Music Recording, “Sounbreaking”

Well balanced commentary and insightful interviews featured throughout last night’s airing of Sounbreaking (Episode 6): The World Is Yours.

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(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.10.16

Afrika Bambaataa & The Universal Zulu Nation Scandal: The Secret History.
A detailed timeline of the sexual abuse allegations. By Eric Arnold

Bilal Shares 4 Hilarious Stories Of Prince Encounters Gone Terribly, Terribly Wrong.
“Every time I was around Prince, I was embarrassed or made a total ass out of myself.” By Zo

Contact High: The Stories Behind Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Photographs.
Janette Beckman on her Def Jam press shoot for The Great Adventures of Slick Rick album in 1989. By Vikki Tobak
[Mass Appeal]

How Kanye West’s Secret Show Almost Induced A Riot.
“With the swell of people going absolutely insane, I feel the pressure from their presence on my chest and body as energy on the scene discernibly shifts from an energetic crowd to a crazed mob. Kids start pushing from every direction to storm Webster Hall, and I think to myself, ‘Is this how I leave this earth? Trampled by hypebeast teeny-boppers?’ The thought shakes me to my core and I feel my age very acutely.” By Zephyr Doles

When Kanye Was the ‘Urkel’ of the Studio: A Former Rapper Writes About Meeting West in His Youth.
“…One day while recording, Kanye played an early version of “Jesus Walks,” several years before its release, to a room that included myself, some A&Rs, some assorted industry types, DJ Clue, rapper Fabolous, and engineer Duro. As the song played, Kanye acted out and mouthed his lyrics… displaying yet another example of the unaware enthusiasm (and egotism) that would make him the butt of almost every joke at Baseline. The song ended, some people shared some positive (but subdued) comments, and Kanye left for the kitchen. A few seconds passed before the entire room erupted in laughter. A few people even mocked him, mimicking his rap voice and making fun of his over-the-top zeal.” By Jensen Karp

The Cipher Podcast: Nice & Smooth.
The wild history of the Bronx’s legendary hip-hop junkies. By Shawn Setaro
[The Cipher]

The Library Podcast: Ice-T Interview.
“As he gets ready to headline The Art of Rap Festival this summer, [Ice] discuss[es] … his single-minded drive to find freedom from the poverty and violence of the streets, why you should never battle an unsigned rapper, and what the real lesson of Marlon Brando’s Godfather was.” By Tim Einenkel

Why Am I Doing This To Myself?
“This independent creative life has myriad simultaneous jobs, no days off, no assurance of security and requires extreme self-­discipline. There is no financial net provided AND you have the the super fun task of MAKING EVERYTHING WITH YOUR MIND. That is beautiful and magical, but also really hard to do in the midst of just trying to live.” By Jean Grae

The Insomniac’s Guide To Long Beach With Warren G.
Well, just not the LBC, but the greater Los Angeles area. Hit Bob’s Big Boy then the strip club with a G-Funk aficionado. By Jackson Connor
[First We Feast]

Big Hutch Interview: From Black Superman to Black Godfather.
The man also known as Cold 187um from Above The Law talks working with Dre again and new album.
[All Hip Hop]

Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace For April 2016.
$15,000 for an original 1987 promo copy of Prince’s Black Album. By Grippo

Originally from (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.10.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.22.16

(Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Hip-Hop legend Afrika Bambaataa accused of sex abuse by three more men.
“I still have a lot of anger about this,” said one alleged victim. “I’ve been dealing with this for years. It’s a shame this didn’t come out earlier.” By Michael O’Keeffe
[New York Daily News]

Afrika Bambaataa Responds To Molestation Allegations.
“There’s definitely some serious propaganda goin’ on. And it’s definitely some serious hatin’ goin’ on.” By Ed Lover & Monie Love
[Ed Lover Show]

Slick Rick Talks Gaining U.S. Citizenship, Having a “Fresh Start.” / Slick Rick Talks U.S. Citizenship, Voting For Hillary Clinton & Possibly Making New Music.
“We went through a lot of appeals,” The Ruler explains. “I was planning to live on Mars” By Elias Leight / William E. Ketchum III
[Rolling Stone & Billboard]

A Photo Essay Tribute to Keith “Guru” Elam.
Featuring images from Jonathan Mannion, Janette Beckman, Al Pereira, and Lisa Leone. By Vikki Tobak
[Mass Appeal]

Inside Ms. Lauryn Hill’s ‘Diaspora Calling!’ Art Exhibition.
“Diaspora Calling! is a collection of works intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from the African Diaspora while also illumining persistent and irrepressible themes.” By Alyssa Klein

Godmother of Soul.
Erykah Badu’s expanding musical universe. By Kelefa Sanneh
[New Yorker]

Freeway Talks New Album Free Will, Battle With Kidney Disease, Donald Trump & Early Days of Roc-A-Fella.
“I’m feeling good after my treatments and I’m actually active on the kidney transplant list.” By Rob Kenner

“Where Are Our Black Panthers?”
An Interview with Dres of Black Sheep about race in America (from February of this year). By Marco Polovision
[Passion of the Weiss]

The Library Podcast: Positive K Interview.
The gift and the curse of his 1992 hit “I Got a Man,” how he almost became Nas’ manager, and his soon to be released album with Greg Nice. By Tim Einenkel

The Cipher Podcast: Allah B of the Nation of Gods and Earths.
History and influence on hip-hop – with one of its earliest members. By Shawn Setaro
[The Cipher Show]

J-Zone’s Fish-n-Grits and the Great Rap Divide.
“Nostalgia is great, but it’s also dangerous.” Zone speaks on his critically acclaimed album what keeps old heads and young cats apart in hip-hop. By Marcus J. Moore

Denmark Vessey On Martin Lucid Dream, Blaxploitation, & Rap’s Generational Divide.
“[MLD] was also inspired by the idea of a post-racial society, which is not true, obviously. We don’t live in the world that MLK envisioned; it’s like a parallel universe version of it.” By CineMasai

Two Turntables and a Saxophone.
DJ Premier, Jermaine Dupri, Ishmael Butler, J-Zone, Lyrics Born, Karriem Riggins, and Freddie Gibbs pick jazz records every rap fan should own and rap records every jazz fan should own.

Sonny Rollins: The Saxophone Colossus.
The 85-year-old legend talks about his long history of civil rights activism and how jazz can be like a spiritual offering. By Hilton Als

Revisiting Loma Records, the L.A. Soul Label That Launched Ike and Tina Turner.
Soul label seen as a farm team for emerging talent. By Kirk Silsbee
[LA Weekly]

Check Out These Basketball Jerseys Inspired by Classic Rap Albums.
Gear designs include A Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, N.W.A., Mobb Deep, and Outkast. By Graham
[Pigeons & Planes]

Originally from (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.22.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.15.16

Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industry.
A partial look at the collection of more than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s (including the Danny Clinch photo of Nas that appeared on the cover of ego trip Magazine issue #1) at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Article includes quotes from Bill Adler. By Katie Nodjimbadem

Meet Pam The Funkstress, Prince’s New DJ.
The Coup’s turntable specialist needs no introduction to longtime hip-hop fans. By Stacey Anderson

Boots Riley Still Loves Oakland.
The Coup’s leader talks gentrification and also shines light on local acts, the best food spots in town, and his memories of a mid-’90s warehouse show with OutKast and Eazy-E. By Joseph Bien-Kahn

The Insomniac’s Guide To Atlanta With Outkast’s Big Boi.
From strip club adventures co-signed by Dave Chappelle, to late-night breakfast institutions. By Ryan Joseph
[First We Feast]

Afrika Bambaataa Calls Sexual Abuse Claims “Baseless and Cowardly.”
“These allegations are baseless and are a cowardly attempt to tarnish my reputation and legacy in hip-hop at this time.” By Daniel Kreps
[Rolling Stone]

A Freak Is a Freak, and Egyptian Lover Is an Icon.
“They kind of called it the ‘West Coast sound,’ but I never saw it as the West Coast sound. I only saw it as the Egyptian Lover sound that I created from mixing Prince and Kraftwerk together to come up with this freaky, big-beat sound.” By Max Bell

KRS-One: “The Ruling Class Of White People Are Psychopaths.”
A “group of criminals is what governs the United States.” By Soren Baker

PROOFREADING: DeShaun “Proof” Holton, October 2, 1973 — April 11, 2006.
“I could write 100 pages about Proof. Could pronably write a book on him. I could write some shit about black on black crime that would make Deray from Black Lives Matter proud. I could do a super hip-hop story about Proof’s place in Detroit hip-hop that would bring a tear to Harry Allen’s eye. Its impossible to try to sum up Proof ‘s life in one article, so I’m not even gonna try. Ya’ll know how I do it. I’m gonna tell a few stories about him, and I hope ya’ll get some insight into who he was.” By ironsidehex

DJ House Shoes Shares The History Of J-Dilla’s “The Introduction.”
“I began working on music under him. So to have me produce a joint for him where he’s fuckin mimickin one of Tip’s most well known verses for the intro to the shit is fuckin crazy.” By Jerry Barrow

How An L.A. Engineer Brought The Sound Of J Dilla’s The Diary To Life.
“Jay trusted me to do my thing, so I felt like I had his blessing.”—Dave Cooley. By Laurent Fintoni

Behind The Beat: Statik Selektah.
“It’s become a responsibility [for] us to make sure the kids know what’s going on and know the right way to DJ.” By Danny Schwartz

Domo Genesis Explains Why Getting Lost for Two Years Helped His Career and Inspired New Album.
“People always get to the point where it’s ‘I’m lost,’ but bro that’s the most perfect time. You’re going to find yourself in being lost.” By Emmanuel C.M.

The Ten Most Popular Rap Tapes To Be Buried With.
“When I die make sure you bury me with a cassette of Paid In Full” goes the song. But what tapes would you want to spend the afterlife with? By Robbie Ettelson

“It Could Have Been Worse”: An Interview with White Gzus.
The Chicago duo on incarceration, originality in rap music, and lawyers in prison. By Jimmy Ness
[Passion of the Weiss]

Taxi Driver Oral History: De Niro, Scorsese, Foster, Schrader Spill All on 40th Anniversary.
Trivia: Harvey  Keitel’s pimp was originally written as black; producers “had to hire a gang to protect us from other gangs.” By Gregg Kilday
[Hollywood Reporter]

Originally from (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.15.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 3.25.16

DJ Jazzy Jeff, a humble champion of hip-hop.
“Music is the most loving and most confusing thing in my life. It keeps me up at night. If I hear a great song, I sing it all in my sleep. If I hear a great album I’ll live with it for four or five months and play it every day, learn it inside out, the chord structures, the arrangements. My brain is a mess of music.” By Jeff Vrabel
[Indy Star]

The Enduring Mystery Of ‘Jawn’, Philadelphia’s All-Purpose Noun.
It’s unlike any word, in any language. By Dan Nosowitz
[Atlas Obscura]

How Quik Is The Name Became an Instant West Coast Classic.
“The phones immediately lit up and they were calling me to do radio interviews,” Quik remembers. “I was just sitting at home with my Compton homeboys and my SP-1200.” By Jeff Weiss
[LA Weekly]

Rapper Nas Invests in Tech With QueensBridge Enterprise.
“I’ve always wanted to be surrounded by the smartest people in the word, and didn’t want to limit that to just music. I meet the people that are changing the games across all different industries, and I get to be there first at the ground level. It’s helped me to progress tremendously in my business.” By Alex Titus

National Endowment for the Humanities grant will preserve Afrika Bambaataa archive.
Bambaataa’s archive comprises hundreds of boxes, including 450 containers with 20,000 vinyl records, many of them annotated by Bambaataa and numbered in the order he acquired them. By Melanie Lefkowitz
[Cornell Chronicle]

Interview: Sleepy Brown Talks Organized Noize Documentary, Family Fall Outs and Walking Away From $20 Million / How Organized Noize Put Southern Hip-Hop on the Map.
Atlanta production team behind OutKast and Goodie Mob are in the spotlight with release of Netflix documentary. By Will Lavin & Elias Leight
[Complex & Rolling Stone]

Unbreakable: Mr. Lif On A Career Resurrected.
Lif speaks on the tour bus crash that nearly ended his life, signing with Mello Music Group and how Thievery Corporation may have saved his career. By Jake Rohn

Liner Notes: The Indescribable, Unlikely Magic of The Score, and The Fugees.
How do you go from being second-tier tax write-offs to releasing a monster album in just two years? By Jeff Weiss
[Vinyl Me, Please]

No Malice Finds Himself in The End of Malice Documentary, Returns to Rap With Let the Dead Bury the Dead Album.
“Our music was 100 percent non-fiction but there was more to it and I just feel like I had to shed light on the downside. Not everything was so glamorous.” By Sidney Madden

Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs.
Watergate co-conspirator explains what kicked off the drug prohibition: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” By Dan Baum

Lee “Scratch” Perry at 80: “I am a prince and the music is the king.”
“If you have good music you have good magic:” The pioneer of dub reminisces about Bob Marley, Haile Selassie and laying off weed (temporarily). By Dave Simpson
[The Guardian]

How Light In The Attic Became One Of The Most Successful Re-Issue Labels In the World.
Interview with Matt Sullivan, who helps introduce people to great, under-appreciated music. By Will Schube

Invisible Hits: Iggy Pop’s Decade of Destruction.
Back in the ‘70s nobody would have predicted that he would outlive legends David Bowie and Lou Reed. By Tyler Wilcox

Photographing Hardcore: Ed Arnaud.
His raw photos captured some of the most important bands of the era. By Chris Black
[Green Room Radio]

This site lets you dig through your favorite vinyl from the golden era of hip-hop.
“The experimental crate digging experience:” Digging Into Hip Hop (dihh) is a hip-hop-themed 3D interactive website that simulates the experience of digging for underground hits and ’90s classics in a vinyl store. By Dimitar Mihov

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: The Art Of The Patched Rap Album.
With Kanye still finalizing The Life of Pablo, will digitally reworking albums after their release be a trend in the future? By Robbie Ettelson

Originally from (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 3.25.16