Mac Miller tribute concert taking place on Halloween in Los Angeles • Word Is Bond

An all-star cast will pay tribute to the late Mac Miller at the end of the month at the Greek Theatre. The cast will include those who Miller collaborated with in music, friends, and associates in music.

The “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” concert will feature acts like Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, and more. They will help bring the house down on Halloween night, while assisting with the launch of the Mac Miller Circles Fund (MMCF).

Miller passed away last month from a drug overdose. He has struggled with substance abuse in the past, and even spoke about it in his music. For example, in his song Self Care’ from his newest album, Swimming, Miller referenced his DUI and arrest back in May, ‘That Mercedes drove me crazy, I was speedin’ / Somebody save me from myself, yeah / Tell them they can take that bullsh– elsewhere / Self care, we gonna be good / Hell yeah, they lettin’ me go.’ In the music video for the same song, he carved the words ‘Memento mori’ into a lid of a coffin – which in latin means ‘remember you have to die’.

Miller was set to go on a 26-day tour towards the end of this month in San Francisco, but that got cancelled following his unexpected death.

Tickets for the tribute concert started selling today via MMCF.

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Billie Eilish tags Vince Staples for the smooth "&burn" • Word Is Bond

Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish teams up with Vince Staples  for her latest single titled “&burn”. The single which was produced by her brother Finneas O’Connell  is a mellow, moody sombre track layered with booming drums and her unique hushed delivery. She also taps Vince to drop a solid verse for the culture. For the record, the 15 year old singer hit the mainstream with the release of her debut EP “dont smile at me” (Darkroom/Interscope Records) and sold-out tours across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.


&burn is available on all digital platforms from today. Listen HERE .

With an appetite for the gliding, glassy indie-pop of artists like Aurora and Lana Del Rey and the Distorted Menace of Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, Billie Eilish listens to music the way that most watch movies, entirely undefined by genre. This bleeds through into her own unique style of music, calling out lyrics with a mix of heartbreak and damaged indifference. Born and raised in Los Angeles by two actor/musician parents, Billie Eilish grew up surrounded by Art. She began singing in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus when she was 8 years old. Now at the “seasoned” age of 14, Billie has begun releasing her own original material, Produced and Co-written by her Older brother Finneas O’Connell (Of The Slightlys). With songs like “Fingers Crossed”, telling an apocalyptic tale of a virus outbreak and the Song “Ocean Eyes” Calling out to a lost love, Billie’s voice and perspective roams far beyond her years in it’s emotion and power.



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(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 10.30.16

Street Named After Phife Dawg To Be Unveiled On November 19th.
And the last ATCQ album, which Phife recorded raps for, will be released on Nov. 11.
By William E. Ketchum III

The First Time I Listened To Hip-Hop.
A-Trak, Cee-Lo, Curren$y, Danny Brown, DJ Premier, George Clinton, Gucci Mane, Hannibal Buress, Master P, Pusha T, Questlove, RZA, Warren G, more reflect. Edited by Jacob Moore, Graham Corrigan, Alex Gardner, John Walaszek, India Nicholas, Sarah Honda

Ghostface Killah Reflects on the Making of His Ironman Album.
“I was 26. It was just like I was still coming off the streets. I remember one time doing the album; I even had The Delfonics with me. I had got into a shootout, they was with me. I was in one car and they were in a van in back of me watching it all go down.” By Emmanuel C.M.

Vince Staples and Eric André Discuss the Future.
“If Trump Becomes President I’m Gonna Be the First Jew in ISIS” By Sean Evans

Chuck D Adamant LL Cool J Should Nab Rock Hall Nomination Before Tupac.
“I love Tupac to death. I was there for his beginnings, but I just think there’s an order of things.” By Kyle Eustice

Pete Rock Talks Working with Nas, Rakim, Jay Z, Kanye And Diddy Copying His Adlibs.
Talks “Shut ‘Em Down” remix, more.
[Doggie Diamonds TV]

An Interview with Billy Danze.
“I’m an R&B dude by the way. I really wrote most of the M.O.P. records to the O’Jay’s.” By Zilla Rocca

The Du-Rites Detail Their Seamless Funk Debut.
J-Zone & Pablo Martin on their new record: “A pro engineer would have a heart attack if he or she saw how some of the stuff was done. But a lot of the mojo of our sound comes from the imperfections in the gear and the set up.” By Nate Patrin
[Bandcamp Daily]

The Hip-Hop View of the 2016 Election With Fab 5 Freddy.
Interview starts at about 26:30 min. in. By Will Leitch & John Heilemann

Stones Throw’s 20 Greatest Releases, in Honor of Their 20th Anniversary.
Peanut Butter Wolf’s label two decades strong. By Jeff Weiss
[LA Weekly]

Stay Away From “They” — DJ Khaled The Keys Book Sneak Peek.
“‘They’” tried to count me out. ‘They’ told me I couldn’t have a house on the ocean, that I couldn’t have a garden filled with angels. ‘They’ told me time and time again that whatever my goals were I couldn’t reach them. And I remember it all…” By DJ Khaled.
[We The Best]

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(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

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(O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 3.19.16

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Public Enemy’s Chuck D Yells ‘F— Donald Trump’ at SXSW, While Flavor Flav Has a Different Outlook.
“If Donald Trump does become president, there’s only one thing we all can do: just sit back and let the man do his job,” Flav tells Billboard. By Brian Anthony Hernandez

Gene Simmons Skewers Pop Charts, Is “Looking Forward to Death of Rap.” Talib Kweli Fires Back.
KISS bassist says silly shit. Talib responds with KRS lyrics. By Kory Grow & Adelle Platon
[Rolling Stone & Billboard]

DJ fined for playing ‘[Expletive] tha Police’ at Westfield bar.
Spins N.W.A classic as cops try to clear drunk crowd from Massachusetts pub, gets summons for disorderly conduct ($50 fine). By Dan Glaun
[Mass Live]

Charlton police warn of men challenging others to rap battles.
“A black SUV with the men inside pulled up next to the teens on Dresser Hill Road and asked if they wanted to ‘spit some bars,’ police said, but the boys declined.” By Mina Corpuz
[Boston Globe]

T-Mo of the Goodie Mob on O.J. Simpson and the Infamous “Soul Food” Line.
That infamous line is, of course: “They know they’re making it hard on the yard/Fuck Chris Darden, fuck Marcia Clark.” Says T-Mo: “When I was addressing the issue, it was something serious.” By Eric Ducker
[Frank 151]

I Want You Still: Celebrating 40 Years of Marvin Gaye’s Sensual Classic.
“I brought the music, but the magic that Marvin brought with his vocals made it a classic,” says I Want You producer and co-writer Leon Ware. By Jason King

George Clinton on Kendrick Lamar: “The only other person I’ve seen do it like that before is Prince.”
“Kendrick told me respect was going to be paid to the funk.” By Ralph Sher
[Pigeons + Planes]

Easy Lover Easy Rider: Action Bronson Interviews Phil Collins.
Phil talks about the folder on his iTunes of “In The Air” covers and the curry and jalapeños that almost killed him. Intro by Scott Lapatine

The Okayplayer Interview: LL Cool J Talks Dr. Dre, G.O.A.T. Status & Honesty.
“But for me, the purity of just crazy beats and rhymes is the cloth I’m cut from.” By William Ketchum III

A 2Dope Interview with Joell Ortiz.
“When I get into something, I go into it representing that golden age when you had to be hard, rap hard and rip something apart. You had to make someone’s face scrunch up. When you heard the beat you had to frown. That’s what I stand for.” By Andreas Hale

Sly and the Family Stone: 20 Essential Songs.
Some of the best funk/ soul/ rock of the ‘60s and ’70 in one chronological list. By Oliver Wang
[Rolling Stone]

Nina Simone’s Face.
“Simone was in possession of nearly every feature that we denigrated as children. And yet somehow she willed herself into a goddess.” By Ta-Nehisi Coates
[The Atlantic]

The Hidden History of Compton Hip-Hop: Part One.
B+ and Meen Green quoted on the influence of the Good Life. By Aimee Kuvadia
[The Kind]

Metta World Peace Grew Up Around Hip-Hop Greats — Now He Wants to Be One.
Going down Memory Lane with NBA baller: “The perennially unsung great Tragedy Khadafi (formerly Intelligent Hoodlum) used to date Metta’s sister. Roxanne Shanté was his babysitter, and he remembers watching wrestling’s Survivor Series with The Firm’s Nature at the rapper’s apartment.” By Jeff Weiss
[LA Weekly]

Vince Staples Gives Zero Fucks At SXSW.
Included this review for the following section: “Spotify [who sponsored the performance] was the butt of so many jokes that it was almost uncomfortable, but Vince’s shrewd commentary was undeniably funny. ‘I get an eighth of a penny every time y’all listen to one of my songs on Spotify,’ Vince said. ‘So thank you.’ He continued on another break, ‘Look at all the artists on the bill, if you go to Spotify and stream their albums 1000 times it’s equivalent to one album sale.’ And my personal favorite: ‘I know y’all are Tidal users anyway, had to get that Pablo.’” By Collin Robinson

No Country for Old (Rap) Men: Action Bronson live at The Forum, Melbourne.
“Throughout the performance, Action repeatedly told dude to go fuck himself, yelled at him for cueing the wrong song, and made disgusted screw faces at the guy. For a mean-spirited punter such as myself, this was entertainment at its finest.” Bronsolini and Laurenovich show down under gets approval from Unkut’s Robbie Ettelson

From Disco To Daft Punk: Giorgio Moroder’s Neverending Story.
The trailblazing producer looks back at an iconic 50-year career that included working with the late Donna Summer and David Bowie. By David Ma

Stones Throw Beatsmith Samiyam Traces His Unlikely Journey from Mops and Brooms to Rocking Rooms / How Samiyam Became The Producer He Always Wanted To Be.
Talks new album, Animals Have Feelings, and working with Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson. By Reed Jackson & Laurent Fintoni
[Noisey & Fader]

An instant lesson in the history of Detroit hip-hop.
From Kaos & Mystro to The Hip-Hop Shop and beyond. By Kahn Santori Davison
[Metro Times]

Everybody Is a Star: How the Rock Club First Avenue Made Minneapolis the Center of Music in the ’80s.
“In its heyday, fabled Twin Cities venue First Avenue fostered the legend of everyone from from Prince to the Replacements to Hüsker Dü, becoming a mythic musical destination in the process.” By Michaelangelo Matos

Revisiting the book that immortalized the ’80s indie punk rock scene.
Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life revisited 15 years later by the author, and members of Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Mudhoney, Minor Threat, and others. By Corbin Reiff
[A.V. Club]

Some monsters have started a petition to change the plural of “vinyl” to “vinyls.”
This is obviously (hopefully?) what the kids call trolling. But, yeah, it’s fuckin’ “vinyl.” By Miles Bowe

An Eagle Fighting with Flies: An Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Artist is now 87 years old, but age hasn’t stopped him from working on his next movie. By Anthony Paletta
[The Awl]

Bolaji Badejo: The Nigerian giant who played ‘Alien.’
Profile on late graphic artist and gallery owner whose only film role was a challenging part of cinematic history. By Thomas Page.

My LA to Z: Paul Reubens.
“I’m all about Olvera Street.” See where else Pee-Wee Herman loves to go to in Los Angeles. Interview by Chris Nichols
[Los Angeles Magazine]

Originally from (O)ther (P)eople’s (P)osts, 3.19.16

Vince Staples Gets Political (CNN Interview) (VIDEO).

“When suspension rates are lowered, the over all performance of the academics in the school rises for everybody. And dealing with a child’s problem isn’t sending them back home because the problem derives from home. So if we focus on what school is actually for and think more about the children in the long run, then maybe more kids will stay in school.”

To check out the article that goes with this video, go here.

Originally from Vince Staples Gets Political (CNN Interview) (VIDEO).