(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, […]

(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 […]

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 — […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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 […]

(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. […]

(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] […]

(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 […]