Friday, September 30, 2011

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 9/30/2011

Music Analysis & Reporting:

Sylvia Robinson, Pioneering Producer of Hip-Hop, Is Dead at 75 by James C. McKingley Jr.

R.I.P. Sylvia Robinson by Carrie Battan

A Story to Tell: Biggie Smalls & Narrative — “Juicy” and “Everyday Struggle” by Abe Beame

The Ratings Game: The Inflation of Review Scores by Jaap van der Doelen

Lazy Producers Need Motivation by Hopp

The Unremembered '90s Nostalgia of Mac Miller by Evan Nabavian

The Show: Shitty Beer, Little Titties, and Thun Language by HL

Gangsta Gibbs on Classic Albums by Mobb Deen

Having Already Influenced Every Rapper You Like, Freestyle Fellowship Are Back by Jeff Weiss

Happy 20th Birthday, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Low End Theory”, I Love You So Much by Ericka Simone

When Rap Ruled The World: A White Boy MC’s Photo Album, 1986-1991 by Peter Nash

Mixed Tapes & Mixed Drinks: Young Jeezy, Lil B, Domo Genesis & Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire by Drew Millard

A History of Transatlantic Pop/Rap Collaborations by JLWalker

Everybody In Wu-Tang: The Gap Enters The 36 Chambers With Its Latest T-Shirt Offering by Maura Johnston

Jermaine Cole’s World by Steven Lewis

Cypress Hill: Deconstructed by Oliver Wang

Rococo Kraftsmanship by Jeff Weiss

A Dissenting Opinion: Let's Quit It With the Live Performances of "Classic" Hip-Hop Albums by Phillip Mlynar

Hip-Hop: Beyond Violence, Misogyny & Homophobia by Werner von Wallenrod

Song of the Day: Random Axe - Chewbacca feat. Roc Marciano by Mobb Deen

Cam’ron, Walgreens And The Woman With An Amazing Talent by Justin Tinsley

Billy Preston: Putting a John Henry on Your Heart by Oliver Wang

Natural Elements - NOW We're Talking!! by Werner von Wallenrod

Underdog Rap by Tony Grands

Spaceghostbustin… by Jeff Weiss

Song of the Day: Evidence - It Wasn’t Me by Mobb Deen

Lil Boosie’s Letter to Save A Young Fan by John Gotty

Rock La Flow Is Back! by Werner von Wallenrod

Song of the Day: Freddie Gibbs - Anything to Survive (feat. Freeway & Adrian) by Mobb Deen

The iPod Shuffle – TQ’s “Right On” by Beware

Evolution of a Carter: Lil Wayne's 10 Most Important Songs…And Why by Ryan Redding

Why This Song Sucks: The Knux's "Run," featuring Kid Cudi by Shea Serrano

Rap Industry Fan Fiction: Drake Buys An Issue of Details by Drew Millard

Song of the Day: Tim Dog - Game feat. Cool Chuck by Mobb Deen

When and How to Use Time Stretch or Pitch Shifting by Castro Beats & Amir "Sa'id" Said

Band Merch 101: What to Make, How to Make It, How to Sell It by Rob Dix

The Nevermind You've Never Heard by Seth Walls

Album Reviews:

Evidence - Cats & Dogs by Jaap van der Doelen

Evidence - Cats & Dogs by Slava Kuperstein

Evidence - Cats & Dogs by Aaron Matthews

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by TRU Brain Trust

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by Big Ghostfase

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by Mikael Wood

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by Doc Zeus

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by Jayson Greene

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by William E. Ketchum III

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by Adam Fleischer

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story by Rap Genius

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV by Raj

Phonte - Charity Starts At Home by Adam Fleischer

9th Wonder - The Wonder Years by The Company Man

9th Wonder - The Wonder Years by Neil Martinez-Belkin

Bronze Nazareth - School for the Blindman by Alex Thornton

DTMD - Makin’ Dollas by Steven Potter

Das Racist - Relax by Craig Jenkins

The Primeridian & Tall Black Guy - Darling Lure by Francisco McCurry

The Knux - Eraser by Matt Diehl

Nirvana - Nevermind (20th Anniversary Edition) by Jess Harvell

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy by Brian Hodge

Neon Indian - Era Extraña by Erik Stabile

Profiles & Interviews:

Evidence: A Conscious Rapper Who Doesn't Mind Being Called As Much by Rebecca Haithcoat

Power Rangers and Shit: An Interview With Murs by Seth Lopez

Producer's Corner: Organized Noize by William E. Ketchum III

Just Blaze Speaks On The Wide-Ranging Controversy Surrounding His Cat, And Its Fake Twitter Account by Phillip Mlynar

Dame Dash Explains BluRoc Mission, Upholding Lifestyle In Independence, And Being A Candidate to Run Death Row Records by Jake Paine

Artist Profile: J. Cole by Henry Adaso

Footwork: J. Cole's 10 Favorite Sneakers by Insanul Ahmed

Most Valuable Players: J. Cole's 10 Favorite Albums by Insanul Ahmed

Geoff Barrow's Sour Rhymes by Christopher R. Weingarten

Meet the A&Rs Behind Projects From Large Professor, Malcolm & Martin, Tragedy Khadafi by Jake Paine

Freeway Presents: The 10 Greatest Beards In Hip-Hop by Soo-Young Kim

J-Live Speaks As Emcee, Deejay & Producer, Explains Bridging Gap Between Masta Ace and TiRon by The Company Man

Lil B Discusses His Career Strategy: "Every day, there's something new for me. I have to be very picky and choosy what I do." by Ben Westhoff


10 Thoughts Going Through Drake’s Mind on Take Care Cover by The Rap Up Crew

Mr. EBT Sets the Record Straight by Byron Crawford

I Can Make You A Celebrity Overnight (No Boutros) by Byron Crawford