Friday, November 11, 2011

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 11/11/2011

R.I.P. Heavy D:

More Heavy D Tributes by Khal

Mama Trammell Remembers Waterbed Hev by Matthew Trammell

Why Heavy D Was One of the All Time Greats – A Final Farewell by R.A. the Rugged Man

R.I.P. Heavy D: 1967-2011 by Chris Daly

Heavy D, As Remembered by ?uestlove

Thanks, Hev by Drewpreme

Rapper Heavy D Has Died by Jacob Ganz

RIP Heavy D by Khal

Heavy D Tributes by Peter Rosenberg

Heavy D Was Rap’s Original Pop Superstar by Jaap van der Doelen

Heavy D RIP: The Hip-Hop/R&B Pioneer Dies In Los Angeles by Dan Hyman

Rest In Peaceful Jouney by Dallas Penn

DJ Premier Confirms Heavy D Was Working On “Blue Funk 2″

Music Analysis & Reporting:

The 50 Greatest Producers of All-Time #50-41 by Jeff Weiss & Co.

The 50 Greatest Producers of All-Time #40-31 by Jeff Weiss & Co.

The 50 Greatest Producers of All Time: #30-21 by Jeff Weiss & Co.

The Greatest Producers of All-Time: Honorable Mentions, Part III by Jeff Weiss & Co.

The Throne RESPECT. Cover Story by Elliott Wilson

I Take Back Everything I Ever Said About Lana Del Rey by Byron Crawford

Lex Luger Can Write a Hit Rap Song in the Time It Takes to Read This by Alex Pappademas

WYDU’s Look At 2010: Trav’s Favorite 100 Tracks (100-91)... Just A Little Late by Travis

Death Certificate. Part II by Drewpreme

The Contempt and Conscience of Pusha T’s “Fear of God II” by Jonah Bromwich

For Birthplace of Hip-Hop, New Life by Alice Speri

Funky Homosapiens: The Best Rapper Names of All Time by Phillip Mlynar

Madlib: Flying High by HL

C.H.I.P.$’s Detroit Hood Tales by Aaron Matthews

Premier Commits Sewaside by Werner von Wallenrod

The Punk Smoove Rap Balladeer by Dallas Penn

Notes from A Hip Hop Baby by Tony Grands

The Rise and Stall of Pac Div by Rebecca Haithcoat

Rap Made Me Do It! by Harlem World

Jay-Z Sells Occupy Wall Street Shirts That Don't Benefit Occupy Wall Street by Carrie Battan

The Dreamer, The Believer, But Most Importantly, The Rapper by Tosten Burks

5 Differences Between Fans & Casual Listeners by Tony Grands

How Stevie Wonder Sparked Drake's 'Marvin's Room' by Gerrick D. Kennedy

The 10 Most Unappreciated Emcees In Hip Hop by Andreas Hale

Mel's Message Week, Day 2 - The Actual Message by Werner von Wallenrod

Jasiri X Stands By His Words, #OCW Silencers Be Damned by Jaap van der Doelen

Let’s Cut Drake Some Slack, Shall We? by Jonathan Hailey

L.A. Art-Rapper Subtitle Returns With 'Black Jack Parsons' EP by Jeff Weiss

The Time Flying Lotus Pretended To Be A UCLA Physics Major by Chris Walker

Nas and Amy Winehouse Duet on "Like Smoke" by Henry Adaso

Remember Our Top 20 L.A. Rap Albums? Here Are The Worst Records By Those Artists by Ian Cohen

The Gift of Gab II: Five Legendary Pimp C Interviews by Justin Tinsley

Classics Revisited: Big Daddy Kane – Long Live the Kane by Aaron M.

Silent Treatment: The Endangered State of the Hip Hop Interview by Jake Paine

Follow the Sample: Drake's 'Take Care' Comes from the Blues by Ann Powers

Timeline: Wale's Road to Success by Julian Pereira

DMX Performs New Religious Rap On ‘Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers’ by Sketch the Journalist

Album Reviews:

Drake - Take Care by Henry Adaso

Drake - Take Care by Big Ghostfase

A$AP Rocky - LIVELOVEA$AP by Jeff Weiss

A$AP Rocky - LIVELOVEA$AP by Big Ghostfase

Pusha T - Fear of God II: Let Us Pray by Ralph Bristout

Pusha T - Fear of God II: Let Us Pray by Jordan Sargent

Pusha T - Fear of God II: Let Us Pray by Alex Thornton

Wale - Ambition by Henry Adaso

Wale - Ambition by Edwin Ortiz

Wale - Ambition by Sam Rosen

Torae - For the Record by Navani Otero

Styles P - Master of Ceremonies by TC

Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park by Max

Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park by Andres Vasquez

Roots Manuva - 4Everevolution by Phillip Mlynar

Teebs - Collections 01 by Andrew Ryce

Profiles & Interviews:

DJ Clark Kent Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records by Daniel Isenberg

Q&A: Drake on Battle Rappers, A$AP Rocky, and His Five-Figure Bet With Nelly by Jay Smooth

The GQ&A: Drake by Mark Anthony Green

Hey! It's [Blockhead] Talking About [Blockhead]!

James Pants’ 10 Favorite Sample Flips

Naughty By Nature Reveals New Group Garden State Greats, Recalls Making Heartfelt Tributes After 2Pac's Death by Will Lavin

Michael Rapaport Takes A Look Back At 'Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest' by Mark Zhuravsky