(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.17.16

When Thugs Cry: Read A Never-Before-Told Story About Tupac Shakur.
The night Public Enemy dedicated a song to Pac shortly after being beaten by police. As told to by Adisa Banjoko.

Contact High: Chi Modu Celebrates Tupac Shakur’s 45th Birthday.
Photographer talks about the first shoot Pac did for the cover of The Source. By Vikki Tobak
[Mass Appeal]

Chuck D Talks ‘Mein Trump,’ ‘Keeping Seat Warm’ for Zack de la Rocha.
Public Enemy rapper on supergroup Prophets of Rage and the need to rage against the machine that is U.S. politics. By Jason Newman
[Rolling Stone]

DJ Premier Gives The Inside Story On The Making Of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt 20 Years Later.
Shares stories about doing beats for “D’Evils,” “Friend or Foe,” and “Bring It On” for the classic debut LP. By Reggie Williams

An Oral History of Hyphy.
The story of the Bay Area movement with insight from E-40, Keak Da Sneak, Mistah F.A.B., Too $hort, others. By Steven J. Horowitz

Rapper Vince Staples, city officials back program to aid North Long Beach youth.
“I want to be able to be one of the people that reinforces the fact that we matter just as much as the next person,” said the rapper who is backing YMCA program that will allow 20 young people to learn filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing and product design. By Josh Dulaney
[Long Beach Press Telegram]

YG Doesn’t Need Your Co-Sign.
On making it out of Compton without Dre, getting more political on songs, and the making of his new album, Still Brazy. By Matthew Strauss

Del The Funky Homosapien Recalls Ghostwriting For Ice Cube & Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” Being His Only Platinum Record.
The D-E-L on why sometimes rappers write for each other. By Dana Scott

Graffiti mural pays homage to N.J. hip-hop.
Tame One of Artifacts does legal wall.

Oddisee Shares Advice For The Touring Musician & His Ideas For A Better World.
Recognizing the value of simplicity.
[Crates of JR Marketing]

How Lo Can You Go.
Thirstin Howl III & Tom Gould bring you Bury Me With The Lo On, “an in-depth exploration into the history of Lo Life culture and Polo collecting.”
[The Worlds Best Ever]

How the Dust Brothers Saved Beck from Becoming a One-Hit Wonder with Odelay.
“We would listen to stuff and either sample it or get inspired by it. It was usually pretty ridiculous stuff. We’d be like, ‘God, it’s so not cool’ that it made us laugh. And then we’d try to make a song that was as not cool as the sample we heard.” By Anna Oseran

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.17.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.1.16

The Bitch In You: Revisiting Ice Cube and Common’s Vicious ’90s Rap Battle.
Before they were big screen buddies, the two headstrong rappers needed Minister Farrakhan to mediate their beef. By Mike “DJ” Pizzo

Give Them What They Want: The 10-year mission to release J Dilla’s legendary lost solo album.
“This is the last record he wanted out.” — Eothen “Egon” Alapatt. By Laurent Fintoni

Let’s Take It Back: J Dilla Remembered.
Egon, Ras G, Jonwayne, Gilles Peterson and more speak on their favorite cuts. By Joseph Stannard
[The Wire]

OKP Exclusive: Freeway Talks Kidney Failure, Dialysis And Free Will Album.
“I wasn’t fully aware of how serious it could be.” By Kevito

Masta Ace: Don’t Blame Artists For Bad Hip-Hop, Blame The Fans For Supporting It.
“Hip-hop fans have made artists with zero talent rich and famous.” By Jeff Moses
[Phoenix New Times]

Anecdope: eLZhi Breaks Down Lead Poison [Act One].
Digital liner notes. By Andreas Hale

Marco Polo: The Journey of a Beatmaking Pioneer.
“It was scary as shit, but I was like, ‘I gotta leave Toronto and move to New York, if I wanna do this for real.’ And that’s what I did.” By Amir Said (Sa’id)

Flop as Much as I Pop: How Jurassic 5’s Soup Went from Living on the Streets to Making Music Again.
Rebels of Rhythm’s Zaakir Muhammad’s long road to latest music project. By Daniel Kohn

Two-Headed Monster Chris Crack and Vic Spencer Put Their Heads Together.
“You must be personally connected to [the music].” By Sammie Spector
[South Side Weekly]

What Does Genius Look Like? Don Cheadle On Miles Davis And Race In Hollywood.
Actor-director discusses the Miles Ahead bio-pic. Heard on All Things Considered.

Inside Bernie Worrell’s All-Star NYC Benefit.
George Clinton, Questlove, and more unite for “funkraiser” for legendary keyboardist who has Stage 4 lung cancer. By Will Hermes
[Rolling Stone]

Interview: Dr. Lonnie Smith Bridges the Gap Between Jazz and A Tribe Called Quest.
“When hip-hop takes my music and goes somewhere else, it’s with the time now. Sometimes, one of my daughters will rap to one of my songs, and I’ll think it fits perfectly; that it’s meant for that.” By Justin Charity

Living Colour’s Corey Glover on Donald Trump and the Cult of Personality.
“We were a band without a country. We weren’t metal enough to be a metal band, not punk enough to be a punk band, and not R&B enough to be an R&B group.” By Matthew Stewart
[Broward Palm Beach. h/t yasboogie]

Relive the Punk-Rock Scene of 1970s Los Angeles.
Photos from the book Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977–80. Story by Catie L’Heureux
[New York Magazine]

Sprawling Mural Pays Homage to Cairo’s Garbage Collectors.
“When the first photographs of the mural circulated, reactions ranged from astonished delight to disbelief. Some people, struck by its seemingly impossible scale, seemed convinced that the images had been digitally altered, according to the man behind the project, a Tunisian-French artist known as eL Seed. But what seemed most surprising was that eL Seed and several friends who worked with him had been able to complete the project at all, without being harassed or arrested.” By Kareem Fahim
[New York Times]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 4.1.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 3.14.16

New Jack City Is Turning 25. New Revelations From Its Writer Will Blow Your Mind.
Barry Michael Cooper on who was originally cast to play Pookie, the origins of the Nino Brown character, and more. By Jake Paine

The Five Heartbeats Turns 25!
Director Robert Townsend, writer Keenan Ivory Wayans and actor Leon Robinson on the making of the enduring film. By Crystal Shaw King

How Dilated Peoples Rapper Evidence Inspired Locol’s Breakfast Menu.
Ev speaks on his involvement in Chef Roy Choi’s Watts restaurant, from his photography hanging on the walls to inspiring the Egg in a Hole (with help from The Alchemist). By Justin Bolois
[First We Feast]

Kanye West’s Life Story (In Lyrics).
Hundreds of songs. One autobiography. By Brendan Frederick

Talkin’ ‘Bout Houston: Bun B and ESG Remember the Year the City Broke Out.
“We had seen Death Row come to prominence, the 2Pac ascendance, we saw Bad Boy and all of that, and this was just the era where Houston kind of figured out how to make shit work. The music actually reflected not just the lifestyle of the city in general, but specific neighborhoods in the city.” By Matt Sonzala

Gene Brown Is the Guy Who Finds the Rare Samples for All Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs.
Questlove, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Just Blaze, and DJ Premier are just some of the legendary names who have turned to Brown for sampling fodder. By Reed Jackson

I am a buffer. AMA.
A dude who cleans up graffiti answers all your questions.
[12 Oz. Prophet via Reddit]

“Fight the Power” Roars Back to Relevance at the Oscars.
Public Enemy anthem featured on Academy Awards telecast. By Jon Caramanica
[New York Times]

The Bronx’s Hip-Hop Boulevard Connects the Borough’s Past to Its Future.
Kool Herc and family comment on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue getting recognition from NY state. By Jackson Connor
[Village Voice]

Jazz Legend Archie Shepp Reflects On John Coltrane’s Quest For Musical Freedom.
“He wasn’t the kind of guy who acted like a guru. He was almost embarrassingly humble.” By Ryan Bray

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 3.14.16