Friday, January 21, 2011

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 1/21/2011

Music Analysis & Reporting:

Nicki Minaj, Lil B, Kanye West, Rick Ross: The Triumph of the Weirdo Rapper by Jody Rosen, Jonah Weiner, Carl Wilson & Ann Powers

Album Preview: Raekwon's "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang" by Insanul Ahmed

O.C., Homeboy Sandman, and the Infamous Ice-Grille by Thun

Late pass: Week 2 of Snoop Dogg's #PuffPuffPassTuesdays arrived Wednesday by Jeff Weiss

New Rap Music by Noz

The Bible According to Weezy by David D.

Bobby Robinson's Enjoy Records by Oliver Wang

Five Great LL Cool J Anecdotes by Robbie

Somebody’s Brother – The Unkut Guide to Rap Nepotism by Robbie

Fame As A Ferris Wheel: On Gucci Mane and Lil B by John Gotty

Freeway Sorts Through Fan Mail by Thun

Best In Beats: 7 Things About Rap In 2010 That Need To Piss Off by WULU

The new rap language: Recent and notable hip-hop downloads from Fiend, Danny Brown, Killer Mike and more by Jeff Weiss

The Side of Lauryn Hill We Never Saw by J. Tinsley

Distant Relatives Jamaican Journey Part Three: Trenchtown Rock by DX Staff

Complete cast revealed for Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right Revisited” by Alex Young

Billy Preston: The 'Fifth Beatle,' Reborn by Marc Silver

Album Reviews:

Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids by Nicholas Candiotto

Illastrate - Eddie Coleman’s Friday Night Theme Music by Eric C.

David Banner & 9th Wonder – Death of a Pop Star by John Healey

David Banner & 9th Wonder – Death of a Pop Star by Jess Harvell

T.I. – No Mercy by Arika Dean

Mistah FAB, DJ Rah2K & The Empire - I Found My Backpack by Edwin Ortiz

Tyler, The Creator - Bastard by Doc Zeus


Skipp Coon and Mr. Nick – Sophomore Slump Vol. 1, Independents Day EP by Thun

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead by Amanda Petrusich

Louis C.K. - Hilarious by Joshua Love

Georgia Anne Muldrow - VWETO by Marcus Moore

Diddy-Dirty Money – Last Train to Paris by Craig Jenkins

Anika – Anika by Ellie Pryor

Profiles & Interviews:

Interview with Common by Henry Adaso

Interview: Danny Brown Talks About Rap Pt. 1 by Noz

Interview: Danny Brown Talks About Rap Pt. 2 by Noz

Raekwon: Unstoppable by Paul W. Arnold

Full Clip: Pete Rock Runs Down His Entire Catalogue Ft. Public Enemy, Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Kanye & More by Keith Murphy

Question in the form of an Answer: Mary J Blige by Matt Shea

Doing It Live: Freddie Gibbs by Jacob Ganz

Freddie Gibbs may hail from the birthplace of the Jacksons, but he's not looking to take over where the King of Pop left off by Diana Benanti

Young Chris: A Reintroduction To The Future by Amanda Bassa

TSS Presents Fifteen Minutes With Droop-E by Droop-E


Stuff You Should Know: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kristi Harrison

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Peaceful Revolutionary Warrior That Was More Gangsta Than Amerikkka Would Have You Believe by Ice Pick Slim 17


Money Can Buy Happiness — As If by Woody Allen

Worst I ever saw by Byron Crawford