Dave Tompkins’ chronological history of Bass music from Issue 5 of Grand Royal Magazine. There’s a lot of other scan-worthy stuff in this issue including an excellent Tompkins interview with Maggotron, a Tompkins and Lil Jon sojourn around Atlanta, and a conversation between Luke and Pandisc’s Bo Crane all of which I will (probably) scan in due time.
5:46 pm • 15 April 2014
Repping that Yay Area, it’s Terry Riley. Despite the writer’s weird attempt to foment Riley vs. Eno & Fripp and Riley vs. Glass & Reich beefs, there are many knowledge jewels contained within this page. It’s way better than matzah, that much I can promise you.
From the April ‘81 issue of Trouser Press.
4:49 pm • 15 April 2014
Hopefully this is more-or-less self explanatory. Happy Pesach.
From the April ‘81 issue of Trouser Press
4:36 pm • 15 April 2014
I’m not even gonna front in the backpacker east coast zulu nation circles in which I traveled as a young youth it was definitely not okay to like Too Short. Unlike a lot of other arbitrary rules that I rejected from the jump I definitely bought in to the “Too Short is not real hip hop” horseshit for many moons. I think what changed it for me was the Too Short and Erick Sermon song that Stretch used to slap all the time coupled to frequent trips to the Bay where my guy Mikey Disko of Soulsector fame and now repping the Mop Tops and Knuckleneck Tribe (shouts to you wherever you are) used to bump Short all the time. Later on, I flew to the Bay for 24 hours at the request of an artist I was working with to get a verse from Short. As I smoked an L and watched awestruck as he wrote a verse in front of me I was thinking to myself how funny it is that there are a whole bunch of dudes who only own one Too Short record because it contains a relatively mediocre Primo remix. As Dr. Liston-Smith said, “expand your mind.”
Article from David Paul’s zine-that-was-way-doper-than-your-zine The Bomb Hip-Hop Magazine, September 1992 issue. I even blew up the crisp graphic at the top courtesy of 8th Wonder, because I’m really generous.
7:54 pm • 7 April 2014
The Box was as democratic as it was easy to manipulate, so one day you might find out about 3 rap groups that NY-centric media outlets were ignoring and then the next day you’d be forced to listen to “Nu Nu” by Lidell Townsell and the MTF 65 times in a row. Such is life, I think.
The Source, October 1994
4:24 pm • 31 March 2014
"Party and Bullshit" once made me jump straight out of bed while I was fully asleep listening to WKCR. One of the greatest who ever touched a microphone. Rest In Peace.
October 1994 issue of The Source
4:21 pm • 31 March 2014
Hopefully some day, now that there are like hip hop classes at Harvard and other such shit, people will look back at the cannon and acknowledge how supremely unbelievably brilliant this album was.
From the October 1994 issue of The Source
4:18 pm • 31 March 2014
And last but not least, the Funkiest Homosapien talks about Parliament loops, being commercial, his desert island discs, Eric Dolphy, and not listening to Ramsey Lewis anymore after he denied his sample clearance. Personally, I always liked the first album the best, but I think that has more to do with liking DJ Pooh more than I like upright bass loops. Word. From 4080 Vol. 2, Issue 1
10:24 am • 22 March 2014
Going out to my brother citiesofdope and all the people out there repping Weird Berzerkley, CA. Nobody covered their local scene better than 4080, from Vol 2, Issue 1, circa 1994.
10:12 am • 22 March 2014