There was a time when the international consumption of the rap hops was a rarity and cause for confusion rather than just a fact of life. Mad isms such as cultural imperialism and relativism are implicated here, word to Channel Live and of course as with many troubling topics, the blame is basically assigned to Hammer. Enjoy all these free words.
5:17 pm • 15 July 2014
There’s so much I’m tempted to write here about how goddamn slept on and misunderstood NBN is but y’all are just going to reblog shit for cool pictures and the ten of you that actually read the article will comprehend that the trio from E.O. were large on the radio, respected in the streets, and way ahead of their peers as entrepreneurs. Also Kaygee was a fucking genius.
5:02 pm • 15 July 2014
"Pita man" is one of the better misquotes of the pre-CrapGenius age. Maybe Big Mike worked at Mamouns and I’m just the last to know.
4:37 pm • 15 July 2014
If you want to buy some great art, hear some great music, or just step to the Gawd check this out. - Dr. Brown Celray, 5MH, PHD (playa hating degree).
4:36 pm • 11 July 2014
No disrespect to NWA but the “world’s most dangerous group” was definitely the Cro-Mags (or maybe MobStyle but shit that’s for a different day). I found this interview with Harley in issue 3 of Razor’s Edge, a Krishna Core zine from Brooklyn, circa 1989, right around when “Best Wishes” came out. Dude is definitely mostly on some dogmatic Krishna tip and sounding a little brainwashed, but I haven’t seen too many interviews with members of the band and figured it was worth posting.
Also everyone in the world should read this:
9:48 pm • 10 July 2014
Creem Magazine’s May 86 issue finds some guy really up and arms over the emergence of the Jesus & Mary Chain… I dunno, I cant call it, perhaps the righteous indignation was somehow warranted or the Reid brothers were just buttholes. All I know is that “Psychocandy” was the soundtrack to many junkie dreams for me once upon a time and continues to fuck my head up long after I stopped getting fucked up. To each his own methinks.
10:15 pm • 5 July 2014
Should’ve been 5 Mics to me…
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And go here to preview Vol. 2’s chapter on Dah Shinin:
10:08 pm • 5 July 2014
This is from the precise issue of the Source (February 1995) where shit just kind of fell off to me: no more Shecky Green on the masthead and a lot of the original Mind Squad dudes nowhere to be found. More specifically, some nameless noodle-brain gave a 3 Mic review to
"Dah Shinin" thereby destroying whatever credibility the magazine had left.
All that shit aside, the issue does contain this one very super fresh article about MC Eiht, written by MC Eiht. It’s a damn good read.
9:57 pm • 5 July 2014
This was a really big deal to a young akhi like myself at the time, the medallion around my neck was my first real sense of belonging and unlocked doors that lead to relationships that have lasted for over two decades now, not to mention that ATCQ was/is one of the greatest musical groups of all time in any genre and here they were squabbing with the “Rump Shaker” clowns. From what the Kings and older heads tell me this almost went down a very violent path and as much as I have my personal qualms with the Nation, it’s a good thing that this got squashed when it did. Now rappers “sneak diss” each other in instagram comments and shit.
9:14 pm • 19 June 2014
The Gods had a fuckload of quoteables in 93 and 94. When “Protect Your Neck” and “Method Man” dropped it brought something back to the music that had been missing since the glory years of BDP to me and also ushered a whole new sound in to the mix.
9:04 pm • 19 June 2014