Caramanica brings hyphy to the Gray Lady.
I really had no idea Droop-E was 40's son, or that Turf Talk was his cousin, or that James Baldwin was his godfather.
Better late than never!
Hip-hop comes to the Smithsonian.
Xgau confronts the many personæ of Slim Shady.
"Mr. Parks was the photographer and filmmaker who used his prodigious, largely self-taught talents to chronicle the African-American experience."
"The self-taught Malian guitarist and songwriter merged West African traditions with the blues."
Goldie Gold from the Federation suffers the entrevista treatment over at WWS.
Taken from website of the Double Door, a dive-ish Windy City venue whither Large Professor will be bringing the timelessly old-school sonic wisdom on the night of Feb. 26:
Eric B & Rakim. Biz Markie's 'All Samples Cleared'. Pete Rock & CL Smooth's 'Mecca and the Soul Brother'. Nas's 'Illmatic' and 'Stillmatic'. Diamond D's 'Stunts, Blunts & Hip-hop'. Kool G Rap. Big Daddy Kane. A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. Rob Swift. The Beastie Boys. Roxanne Shante. Gang Starr. Main Source.
LP has never betrayed hip-hop's early ideals. His career is nobly devoid of quests for celebrity and material wealth; he is content behind the scenes, twiddling and programming--the humble antithesis of today's superproducer.
THE GREG TATE enlarges on CSWS: "And if hip-hop culture, more politically asleep now than ever before, can produce a few more active dreamers with the wit, realism and enthusiasm of Chang, Kitwana and Watkins, progressive politics might not have to seem as Jurassic as the Bushies have made it appear to America's vast, Twin Tower-traumatized daydream nation."
) What Mozart and Sid Vicious have in common: primitivism )) The vocal godfather of a dying school of death metal: the Cookie Monster ))) The glue holding together the social history of Western music: notation )))) Responding to Proust's ulterior-motivated Beethoven cheerleading, Stravinsky snarled: "I detest Beethoven"