(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

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(Photo: DMC in an ice cream truck. Hollis, Queens. 1987. By Ricky Powell, Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Photographing Hip-Hop’s Golden Era.
A new collection acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture from Bill Adler that surveys hip-hop’s golden era before today’s corporate-sponsored arena concerts and big-money endorsement deals. By David Gonzalez
[New York Times]

Big TLOP: Big Ghost Returns To Review Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo.
“Dog… you made ‘Jesus Walks’… ‘All Falls Down’… ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’… You need ya old ghostwriters back fam. Bring Q-Tip cousin wit the white piano keys for teeth back…Accountability or whatever? Bring Rhymefest back b… Let Pusha T write you some shit. These aint even coherent thoughts you spittin out b… You actually makin Tyga sound like Maya Angelou wit shit like this.” By Big Ghost Ltd

Interview: Havoc Explains How Q-Tip Helped Him Get On Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo.
“[Kanye] likes those dark sounding drums, ‘90s sounding drums. He’s a real fan of that. He’s a real artist.” By Eric Diep

Three 6 Mafia Star Remembers His Oscar-Winning Night: “Like That, Salma Hayek Killed My Hard-On.”
“Salma Hayek walked up to me — who I was super in love with because of From Dusk Till Dawn with George Clooney — and said the craziest shit: ‘You know your brothers and sisters are dying over in Africa because of all this jewelry you’re wearing.'” By DJ Paul, as told to Seth Abramovitch
[The Hollywood Reporter]

Inside Fugees’ The Score, 20 Years Later, With Its Collaborators.
Diamond D, Salaam Remi, Rah Digga, Joe Nicolo & Roberta Flack talk about the breakthrough LP. By Kathy Iandoli

OutKast Evolved With ATLiens And Forced Hip-Hop To Do The Same.
Andre 3000 and Big Boi “did what important artists do when given the chance—they rejected complacency. More specifically they looked upward and inward, contemplated the cosmos and themselves, and re-entered the earth’s atmosphere as ATLiens.” By Chairman Mao

Interview: Kashif.
The R&B and boogie pioneer tells his remarkable story, from joining funk band B.T. Express at the age of 15 to penning hits for George Benson, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Whitney Houston, and many more.
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Profile In Style: Questlove.
Slide show showing afro picks, the Lazy Susans he designed, personal photos, and more.
[New York Times]

How Z-Trip & DJ P Accidentally Sparked The Mashup Revolution.
“We thought people were going to fucking hate Uneasy Listening.” By Katie Bain

Tweet Chirps Back On Charlene.
Refocusing on her God-given gifts, Charlene ‘Tweet’ Keys returns with a new studio album. By Michael A. Gonzales,

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 2.26.16