Friday, May 20, 2011

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 5/20/2011

Music Analysis & Reporting:

All the Sad Young Literary Rappers: Earl Sweatshirt’s Poetic Roots by Harriet Staff

Earl Sweatshirt's Mom Ate the Box by Byron Crawford *dead*

What’s Life Like for Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt in that Secret Samoan Academy? by Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Mystery solved: Earl Sweatshirt, his mother and his poet-father communicate with the New Yorker by Randall Roberts

With the Ladies in the Back at an Odd Future Show by Emma Carmichael

The 50 Best New Orleans Rap Songs by Noz

De La Soul Is Dead… 20 years later by John Book

Kool Herc's Top Three Old-School New York Hip-Hop Venues by Phillip Mlynar

On the Road to SXSW with DJ Burn One by Dominick Brady

Just Blaze Explains His Fallout With Cam'ron by Rob Markman

Now Playing… by Amp Geez

Live Show Review: Mobb Deep At Best Buy Theater by Robbie Ettelson

The Great Father MC Showdown!! by Werner von Wallenrod

Rapper Lil B’s Recipe for Search-Optimized Success by Eric Steuer

Eminem's Tupac by Werner von Wallenrod

One Hitta Quittas, Vol. 5 by Danj!

Lost Tapes 2 Is Dead by Abortatron

Venezuelan Rappers Preach Peace to Teenagers by Jenée Desmond-Harris

The Darkness by Danj!

Reaction: We the Bes-Wait, Who Is We? A Khaled Question by Bryan Stevenson

Bahamadia – Kollage by C-Dub

Golden Axes and Glass Spaceships by Jeff Weiss

Rap After Odd Future: Action Bronson is Magical by Cord Jefferson

Ladies and germs - it's showtime! by The Great Gats, B

Album Reviews:

Tyler, The Creator - Goblin by TSS Crew

Tyler, The Creator - Goblin by David Greenwald

Tyler, The Creator - Goblin by Phillip Annand

Blu - Her Favorite Colo(u)r by Nate Patrin

Blu - Her Favorite Colo(u)r by Jonah Bromwich

Reks - Rythmatic Eternal King Supreme by Dom Passantino

DJ Quik - The Book of David by TC

Vakill - Armor of God by Fred Castano

Blueprint - Adventures in Counter-Culture by John Healey

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome by Jess Harvell

The Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain by Tom Breihan

Love Inks - E.S.P. by Brian Hodge

Kate Bush - Director's Cut by Jess Harvell

Song of the Day: Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Season’s Trees (Starring Norah Jones) by Mobb Deen

Profiles & Interviews:

Lakers Q&A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 'I don't expect my relationship with the team to continue beyond this point' by Mark Medina

Sean Price Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs by Insanul Ahmed

Prodigy, Rapper and Member of Mobb Deep: Interview on The Sound of Young America by Jesse Thorn

Interview: Ben Westhoff by J to the AAP

Question in the Form of an Answer: Charles Bradley by Aaron Frank

The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac Talks Race and Comedy by Jenée Desmond-Harris


Why Cornel West Is Wrong About Obama by David Swerdlick

Attacks on Cornel West Highlight Class Divide Among African Americans by Susie Madrak

Santorum Says McCain (Who Was Tortured) Doesn't Understand How Torture Works by Jillian Rayfield

When O'Reilly's Own Poll Shows He Got Creamed By Jon Stewart, You Know It Was Total Evisceration by David Neiwert


What’s a Goon to a Mamba: An autopsy of the 2010-11 Los Angeles Lakers by Jeff Weiss

The Thunder vs. Mavericks Preview: 10 Points to Watch by TSS Crew

The Heat vs. Bulls Preview: 10 Points to Watch by TSS Crew


Cali Swag District speaks on the death of M-Bone by Jeff Weiss

R.I.P. Randy Savage by Khal


  1. *daps Ivan and his conglomerates, who shall remain anonymous*

    As always, appreciate the look, chief

  2. I look forward to the Rap Round table every week. One more reason why Hip Hop Is Read is one of my favorite blogs.