(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 11.12.16

(Photo: Zach Gross)

Waves Don’t Die: Behind The Making of A Tribe Called Quest’s Curtain Call.
First hand account of the creation of We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. By Noah Callahan-Bever
[Complex]

More ATCQ coverage:
Articles & interviews by Lakin Starling, Prince Paul, Monie Love, Dinco D, DJ Rasta Root, Dallas Penn, Ebro Darden, Miles Marshall Lewis, Kevin Powell
[FADER]
[OKP]
[Beats 1]
[NPR]
[Complex]

Ice Cube’s 1991 Classic Death Certificate Is Still a “Cultural Molotov Cocktail.”
“It’s intelligent and ignorant, problematic and powerful, filled with brilliant narratives and uncorked poison.” By Jeff Weiss
[LA Weekly]

Lil Kim Shares Untold Stories About the Making of Her Debut Album Hard Core.
“I never had any idea that my first album would do as good as it did. I had no idea of what went on in the business side. I was just a little kid just trying to enjoy my teenage life.” By Georgette Cline
[XXL]

Obit: Mr. 3-2 Shot & Killed In Southwest Houston.
Influential self-proclaimed Governor of Texas and former member of the Rap-A-Lot group the Convicts dead at age 44. R.I.P. By Brandon Caldwell
[Day & A Dream & ABC]

VICE Autobiographies: Just Blaze (VIDEO).
Producer talks longevity in the game.
[go90]

Book: No Half Steppin’: An Oral and Pictorial History of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the Birth of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era.
New book by Claude “Paradise” Gray (X-Clan) & Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone featuring interviews with Special K,Teddy Tedd, KRS-One, MC Shan, Eric B., DJ Kool Red Alert, Fab 5 Freddy, Just-Ice, Positive K, DJ Clark Kent, Kid, Dana Dane, TR Love, MC Serch, Chuck D, Grand Puba, Sadat X, Pete Nice, Prince Paul, Kurtis Blow, Mike Gee, Daddy-O, Wise, Ced Gee, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and more.
[Wax Poetics]

The Best Rappers On Earth…That Month.
That moment in time when a certain rapper seemed invincible. By Robbie Ettelson
[Unkut]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 11.12.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 10.1.16

“I’m the USS Enterprise of the Bronx”: An Interview with Kool Keith.
“People are so out of time. You got futuristic flows but your soul is trapped in like ’81 or some shit. Pull your ass into time.” By Reed Jackson
[PoW]

No Country for Old (Rap) Men: Kool Keith – Shine On, You Crazy Diamond
Beyond the wackier antics of post-Ultra Kool Keith, not enough has been written about his impact and influence as a super technical lyrical maniac. By Robbie Unkut Ettelson
[Acclaim]

Danny Brown Cares About Rap More Than You Do.
“We live in an age where people listen to something for two weeks and then they throw it to the side. I make records you gotta listen to at least five times to even understand what’s going on.” By Ross Scarano
[Complex]

J Dilla Children’s Book Tells Late Producer’s Life Story.
The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey is narrated by Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey-Smith and is out November 22 as a standard printed version and an audio version featuring an USB cassette. By Ryan Reed
[Rolling Stone]

BONUS: Ma Dukes on Dilla’s prized MPC being on display at the Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of African-American History. By Lakin Starling
[FADER]

R&B innovator Kashif Saleem dies at 59.
Influential singer and producer was force behind Whitney Houston’s breakout single, as well as records from Barry White, Evelyn “Champagne” King and George Benson, to name a few. By Gerrick D. Kennedy
[Los Angeles Times]

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: Soulhead piece by Matthew Allen & Wax Poetics (Issue 64) interview by Chris Williams

Why We Can’t Stop Making The Same Mistakes On Race.
Like in 1965 and 1992, America today is caught within crisis and a politics of fear. This time, can we get it right? By Jeff Chang
[FADER]

We Interviewed Lil Yachty’s Dad To Find Out Why He Can’t Name 5 Tupac Or Biggie Songs.
Photographer Shannon McCollum’s 19-year-old son is a rap star who pissed off old heads with lack of rap knowledge. By Maurice Garland
[Hip Hop Wired]

Montréal Collections: Kid Koala
A look at his studio, where his records live among the many eccentric audiophile curiosities he uses to piece together his sonic and visual illustrations. By Bruno Destombes
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 10.1.16

A History of the War on Drugs: From Prohibition to Gold Rush. By Jay Z (VIDEO).

Asha Bandele writes: This short film, narrated [and scripted] by Jay Z (Shawn Carter) and featuring the artwork of Molly Crabapple, is part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement. As Ms. Crabapple’s haunting images flash by, the film takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today.


Produced by dream hampton


[Via New York Times]

Originally from egotripland.com: A History of the War on Drugs: From Prohibition to Gold Rush. By Jay Z (VIDEO).

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 9.10.16

Remembering The Song That Fantasized About Rudy Giuliani’s Assassination.
The making and impact of Screwball’s controversial 1999 single “Who Shot Rudy?” Featuring producer Mike Heron. By Anslem Samuel Rocque
[Genius]

How turntablists Invisibl Skratch Piklz put together their debut album after 20 years.
Q-Bert: “We want to be different and the turntable is still a unique instrument. Its tactile element is unlike anything else.” By Laurent Fintoni
[FACT]

Def Jef and the Story of Shaquille O’Neal’s Rap Career.
The making of “(I Know I Got) Skillz” and debut album, Shaq Diesel. By Nick Diunte
[The Sports Post]

Where Have All The Hip-Hop A Cappellas Gone?
The ’90s rap mainstay has all but disappeared. Does it need to come back? By Zilla Rocca
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Prince Buster obituary.
Ska and rocksteady pioneer dead at 78. By Peter Mason
[The Guardian]

Give The Drummer Some: Steve Ferrone.
Average White Band drummer reflects on long career. By J-Zone
[Red Bull Music Academy]

London Inspiration: BBE 20 Years Later.
Barely Breaking Even record label founder Pete Adarkwah: “I would like to be the one telling the story of our dance music as best I can. Because if I don’t tell the story, someone else will. That’s the whole point of running a label and ideally life – you want to experience things that weren’t previously accessible.” By Joel Biswas
[Passion of the Weiss]

Live Girls, Lonely Boys.
“On the first floor, there were racks of glossy porn magazines with a sign next to them that read: ‘When looking at magazines use both hands.’” Journey back to the sleazy sexual wonderland that was Times Square before it was transformed into an urban family playground. By Michael A. Gonzales
[Catapult]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 9.10.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 9.2.16

(Art: Loren Purcell)

United States of Bass: Atlanta.
MC Shy D, Mr. Collipark, DJ Toomp and DJ Jelly explain the origins of Atlanta’s bass scene. By Star Eyes
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Ka and the Hidden Lineage of Brownsville Hip-Hop.
“I’m treasuring something in the art of hip-hop that isn’t really treasured anymore,” the rapper says. “I’m hurting my career, by treasuring lyrics in an art form when no one really cares now. But I care. I kill myself for that.” By Brian Josephs
[Spin]

Beanie Sigel Is Proof Time Heals All Wounds.
“…When I came home, with the climate of the music, I thought I would be done with music, to be totally honest with you.” By Emmanuel C.M.
[XXL]

Cypress Hill: The hip hop trio talk about their 1991 debut album and everything that led up to it.
B-Real: “All of the writing in relation to Cypress was based off of experiences, whether direct and living through them or the other guys, or stuff that we seen through other guys in the trenches, when I was living that gangster lifestyle… Serious as it was, we always tried to put a dark comical spin on it so it didn’t feel like we were shoving it down throats or being preachy.” (Excerpt taken from the liner notes to the Cypress Hill “25th Anniversary Skull” deluxe CD package on Get On Down.) By Chris Faraone.
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Hip-Hop’s First Olympian, According to Homeboy Sandman.
Rapper recalls having to rock cheap sneakers growing up. By Homeboy Sandman
[Bandcamp]

Lyor Cohen Predicted the Rise of Young Thug. Here’s What He Thinks Is Coming Next.
“If you don’t have any ideas, that means you’re not willing to put yourself at risk. It takes a thousand dumb ideas to come up with one great one.” By Mike Sheffield
[Complex]

Grace Jones and the Compass Point All-Stars.
After a string of disco records, the iconic artist went to an island and finally found her true sound. By Nicole Pasulka
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 9.2.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 8.26.16

(NOTE: Since O.P.P. took an unexpected hiatus for the last three weeks or so, some of the following links might be old. Unfortunately, we had to cut a lot of links, but significant news (in case you missed it) includes: A Tribe Called Quest reportedly recorded an album before Phife’s death, and Big Boi and Killer Mike have been working on an EP together. Also, for the record, Fuck The NY Post.)

Stealing The American Dream: The True Story of Brooklyn’s Lo Lifes Crew.
“There were so many of us, we would just rush the stores and take all that we could carry.” Excerpt from the Bury Me With The Lo On book. By Thirstin Howl III with Tom Gould
[Cuepoint]

Top Gear: The Oral History of Hip-Hop’s Love Affair With Tommy Hilfiger.
With co-signs from Grand Puba (“I was like a blessing in disguise for that clothing line”), Snoop Dogg, and Aaliyah, Tommy Hilfiger catapulted to success—until a vicious rumor helped dismantle his hip-hop empire. By Karizza Sanchez
[Complex]

De La Soul’s Legacy Is Trapped in Digital Limbo.
“We’re in the Library of Congress, but we’re not on iTunes,” Mr. Mercer said. By Finn Cohen
[New York Times]

Quincy Jones: The day Michael Jackson’s pet snake got loose in the studio
Article also includes this crazy quote: “All I saw were dead bodies, tommy guns and stogies, and piles of money in back rooms. I had my hand nailed to a fence with a switchblade when I was seven. When you’re a kid, you want to be what you see, and I wanted to be a gangster till I was 11.” By Stephen Smith
[The Guardian]

Retrospect For Life: Remembering Common’s Golden Era.
A look back at when Common wasn’t just an ex-Gap model and gun-toting goon from Suicide Squad. By Zilla
[Passion of the Weiss]

20 Years, 20 Questions: Big Boi Reconnects With OutKast’s ATLiens.
Daddy Fat Sax reminisces about the making of his and André 3000’s breakout sophomore album, and hints at upcoming solo work. By Corbin Reiff
[Spin]

Chuck D: ‘Black Lives Matter is a defensive movement’
The Public Enemy leader says: “If we don’t treat all lives equally, then no lives matter.” By David Ma
[The Guardian]

White Rappers, Clear of a Black Planet.
“White rappers — especially in the wake of the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and, to a lesser degree, Iggy Azalea — are now finding paths to success that have little if anything to do with black acceptance…. we have arrived in the post-accountability era of white rap, when white artists are flourishing almost wholly outside the established hip-hop industry, evading black gatekeepers and going directly to overwhelmingly white consumers, resulting in what can feel like a parallel world, aware of hip-hop’s center but studiously avoiding it.” By Jon Caramanica
[New York Times]

Black America & The Police: A Bloody History.
How police departments evolved from slave patrols and a look at possible solutions to correcting racist authority. By David Banner
[Uptown]

The Cipher: David Banner.
From Crooked Lettaz to The God Box. Interview by Shawn Setaro
[The Cipher]

EPMD On Drake Sampling “You’re A Customer” & New Rap Making Kids Dumb.
PMD: “It’s a sign of respect, and also it’s a sign that at the end of the day, everybody wants to be associated to real authentic Hip Hop. To us, that’s a compliment and reassuring that we made our mark.” By Dana Scott
[HipHopDX]

The Making of Casual’s Fear Itself.
Casual and Domino talk about the making of their prolific album, track by track. “To me it was just raw artistry,” says Casual. By David Ma
[Passion of the Weiss]

#SleptOnSoul: Ladybug Mecca – Trip The Light Fantastic (2005).
“My parents allowed me a lot of freedom when I was a child — freedom of movement, freedom of expression — and that has always spilled over into my work.”
By Michael A. Gonzales
[soulhead]

West Coast Hip Hop’s Underground Queen Medusa Still Reigns.
“I’ve been told I’m a millionaire waiting to happen. And there are so many different ways that I would like to give in the community and causes. My millions are coming and I’m here to agitate the maker.” By Ural Garrett
[HipHopDX]

25 Years Later, Cypress Hill’s Debut Album Remains an Ahead-of-Its-Time Classic.
“This was the other L.A. — smoked out but still dangerous. Attacks on crooked pigs, Spanish raps, and sampledelic instrumental tracks still ahead of their time, a quarter century later.” By Jeff Weiss
[LA Weekly]

An Oral History Of Latin Americans In Hip-Hop.
Featuring Charlie Chase, Tony Touch, Fat Joe, Homeboy Sandman, Kemo The Blaxican (Deliniquent Habits), Q-Uniqe, Joell Ortiz, Bodega Bamz. By Phillip Mlynar
[TrackRecord]

Why Lost G-Funk Classic Uncle Sam’s Curse Is More Relevant Than Ever.
“We were empowering ourselves,” collaborator Kokane says about working on Above The Law’s third album (which reportedly is out of print). “We were always talking about [how] the only way we’d be able to get back is if we had the type of organization to mobilize ourselves. But we were doing it with music, with a Nat Turner lick and a Marcus Garvey flow.” By Pete Tosiello
[LA Weekly]

“Summoned By Aliens”: How Beastie Boys, Pete Rock, Q-Tip & Others Changed Rap Music With The Pause-Tape.
Ad-Rock: “It’s some caveman shit, that’s what we used to work with. Banging stones together to make a fire.” By Gino Sorcinelli
[Medium]

Unearthing Biggie’s Lost Recordings.
Interview with Chopped Herring Records boss Bob Lipitch about the Junior M.A.F.I.A demos featuring Biggie and produced by Daddy-O that were recently released. By Mike “DJ” Pizzo
[Cuepoint]

Root For The Villain: Rap, Bullsh*t & A Celebration of Failure… Behind “The One’s & Two’s” with Rapper, Producer, The Du-Rites Drummer & Jack of All Trades, J-Zone.
By Matt Horowitz
[The Witzard]

Contact High: Eddie Otchere, Jamil GS & Joe Conzo Discuss Photographing Black Star, Jay-Z & Cold Crush Brothers.
By Vikki Tobak
[Mass Appeal Link 1, Link 2, Link 3]

Counter Intelligence: Atlanta.
ATL record shops. Photos by Maxwell Schiano
[Red Bull Music Academy]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 8.26.16

(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.
[Okayplayer]

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
[AFH]

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
[Complex]

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
[Pitchfork]

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
[HipHopDX]

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

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
[Pitchfork]

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

(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
[okayplayer]

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
[okayplayer]

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
[okayplayer]

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
[Vulture]

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
[acast]

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
[Watt]

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
[Discogs]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.10.16

(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.1.16

Fat Beats: An Oral History.
The store’s founder Joseph Abajian, along with DJ Eclipse, El-P, Evil Dee, DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Buckwild, Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, Ill Bill, Talib Kweli, Percee P, Q-Unique, Mista Sinista, Breeze Brewin, Audible Doctor, Homeboy Sandman, and others reminisce over New York City’s legendary “last stop for hip-hop.” By Phillip Mlynar
[Red Bull Music Academy]

N.W.A Reflect on Efil4zaggin, 1991’s Most Dangerous Album.
Rappers look back on meeting Guns N’ Roses, their messy break-up and a gangsta-rap turning point. By Kory Grow
[Rolling Stone]

Prophets of Rage: Inside New Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Supergroup.
How Rage Against The Machine (minus Zack de la Rocha), Chuck D and B-Real united for one of the most anticipated groups of the year. By Andy Greene
[Rolling Stone Link 1 & 2]

Zulu Nation apologizes to Afrika Bambaataa’s alleged sex abuse victims weeks after attacking their claims.
“We extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many people who have been hurt by the actions of Afrika Bambaataa and the subsequent poor response of our organization to allegations leveled against him.” By Michael O’keeffe
[New York Daily News]

Prince’s Own Liner Notes On His Greatest Hits.
“When Prince’s first greatest hits collection was released, Prince made private comments as a guide for the liner notes. Later briefly posted on his website thedawn.com in 1996, Prince’s comments have been lost for the last 20 years, but now provide a rare first-person insight into how he saw some of his most famous songs.” Intro by Anil Dash
[Medium]

Prince Paul Interviewed at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival.
On Superblack, Phife (R.I.P.), Stet, more. By Brian Coleman
[Medium]

A Renegade Muscles In On Mister Softee’s Turf.
New York Ice Cream, staffed by drivers who used to cover Midtown Manhattan for Mister Softee, has had the area locked down for at least a year, Mister Softee said. The renegade is enforcing its dominance with threats and intimidation that sometimes get physical. “From 34th to 60th Street, river to river, that’s ours. You will never see a Mister Softee truck in Midtown. If you do, there will be problems.” By Andy Newman & Emily S. Rueb
[The New York Times]

Originally from egotripland.com: (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 6.1.16