Friday, January 27, 2012

Rap Round Table, Week(s) Ending 1/27/2012

Music Analysis & Reporting:

I Found Ice Cube's 'Good Day' by Donovan Strain

Top 50 Rap Songs of 2011 by Henry Adaso

A Full Timeline of the Common vs. Drake Beef by Jaap van der Doelen

DJ Premier’s Top 25 Albums of 2011 by DJ Premier

I Used to Love H.I.M. (Pause) by Blockhead

Why Rap Album Skits Are (Not) Important (Anymore) by Tony Grands

Samsonite Man: A Look At Hip Hop's Diplomatic Affairs by Alex Dwyer

Quincy, 2012: ScHoolboy Q’s "Habits & Contradictions" by Jeff Weiss

Classics Revisited: Gang Starr – Daily Operation by Aaron McKrell

Know The Ledge: A 20 Year Retrospective on "Juice" by Lakeia Brown

Watch The Throne and Loutallica: A Comparison by Drew Millard

Remembering Jimmy Castor, the funk legend behind 'Troglodyte' by Randall Roberts

Notable Quotable – A$AP Rocky On "Hands on the Wheel" by Raj

Death Row Records Photographer 
Simone Green Has the Last Laugh by Jesse Serwer

Top 20 Musicians of All Time, in Any Genre: The Complete List by LA Weekly

Beastie Boys’ Mike D Talks Hip-Hop Semantics on The Colbert Report by Ryan J.

Dr. Dre Tribute Album: We Tear It a New One by Dan Hyman

Ice Cube - Bootlegs & B-Sides (November 22, 1994) by Max

Public Enemy Puts Spotlight on Skid Row by Ernest Hardy

A Story to Tell: Biggie Smalls and Narrative – "Somebody's Gotta Die" by Abe Beame

A Story to Tell: Biggie Smalls and Narrative – "N***** Bleed" by Abe Beame

R.I.P. Johnny Otis by Carrie Battan

An Appreciation: Etta James by Randall Roberts

Swizz Beatz Is Not An Owner Of Megaupload, Says Court Filing by Zack O'Malley Greenburg

Jay-Z & The Bitch-Word: Thoughts on the Ridiculous Recycling of a Hoax by Jaap van der Doelen

Housekeeping: A New Kind of Gangsta & A Trill Young Texas Playa… by Mobb Deen

Bring Me a Shrubbery! by Werner von Wallenrod

Ring Ring: Rick Ross is “Rich Forever” by Jonah Bromwich

1000 Reasons Rappers Are Good Role Models Reason #1 by Harry Monaghan

WYDU’s Year in Review: Trav’s Top 50 Albums (and mixtapes, street albums, etc) by Travis

My 5 Favorite Rapper Cameos On “Chappelle’s Show” by AJ

Eric’s Most Played For The Week (The Semi-Obscure Edition) by Eric C.

Why Does Tyler, the Creator Have A Problem With Vince Staples? by Rebecca Haithcoat

Hipster Runoff is Having a Psychic Meltdown Over Lana Del Rey by August Brown

Rick Ross: King of Diamonds by HL

Top 25 Instrumental Albums of 2011 by Mallory Pickard

Broken Promises: 12 Potential Collab Albums That Never Released by TSS Crew

Australian Supermodel Jessica Gomes is the Voice Behind the "Maybach Music" Drop by Ernest Baker

More on Rawse (and Jeezy)... by Mobb Deen

Three Things That Can Help You Create "Changes" in Your Beats by Amir Said (Sa'id)

Strangers in a Strange Land: The Majesty of Etta Jones by Jeff Weiss

The 10 Greatest Hip-Hop Battles (and the Winners) by Henry Adaso

Each One Teach One: Hip Hop's Current Place In Higher Education by DX Staff

'SNL' introduces the world to Lana Del Rey by Todd Martens

Beats by Dr. Dre to sever ties with Monster Cable by Gerrick D. Kennedy

Beatfighter Steps Into the Arena by Son Raw

Blue Ivy Carter: Top Five Worst Examples of Rap Nepotism by Phillip Mlynar

BeatTips Beat Breakdown: Creating an Arrangement from Your Composite Idea by Amir Said (Sa'id)

Aggressive Content: Common, Drake & the Hip Hop Beef Double Standard by Slava Kuperstein

California Demise: Tyler, the Creator and EMA Feel the Bad Vibes by Jessica Hopper

When Jay-Z Heard Kanye’s “Big Brother” For The First Time by Raj

Classics Revisited: Main Source – Breaking Atoms by Aaron McKrell

Live: Smoke DZA & SPACEGHOSTPURRP Headline Highline, But A$AP Mob Steals The Show by Jeff Rosenthal

Notable Quotable – Brother Ali On “Writer’s Block” by Beware

Nicki Minaj Masters The Art Of The Diss Video With "Stupid Hoe" by Mike Barthel

The First Hot Release of 2012 by Werner von Wallenrod

The Top Five Hip-Hop Albums of 2012 So Far by Chaz Kangas

Notable Quotable – 2 Chainz On “F*ck ‘Em” by Justin Tinsley

Kurtis Blow: Day Dreamin' by HL

The Wizard by Werner von Wallenrod

WYDU’s Year in Review: Trav’s Top Ten(ish) Instrumental Projects of 2011 by Travis

Jay-Z and Kanye West Guard the Throne by Mike Barthel

SOPA and Hip Hop’s Escalating Custody Battle. by Sam Rosen

'It Was Like Flies To Honey': 25 Years Of Rap-A-Lot Records by Noz

The model, the yacht, the fat bloke … Kim Dotcom understands the internet by Jonathan Jones

The Return of Young Jeezy by Amos Barshad

L.A. Woman Was the Doors' Bluesy Masterpiece, and Jim Morrison's Kiss-Off to L.A. by Jeff Weiss

RIAA-Ruined Rap: The 20 Worst Platinum Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time by TC

Stones Throw Shakes Up Model, Offers $10 Digital Subscription by Randall Roberts

Lyrics Of Fury: Nas On ‘Triple Beam Dreams’ by Jaap van der Doelen

Danny Brown: Hip-Hop's Cormac McCarthy by Aaron Frank

Rap Icons Shilling Brew In The ’90s: The Top 10 St. Ides Commercials by Jaap van der Doelen

Son Raw’s most anticipated albums of 2012 by Son Raw

Lana Del Rey: Why Brian Williams and Others Are Completely Wrong About Her by Amy Silverstein

Screen Shot: Lana Del Rey's Fixed Image by Sasha Frere-Jones

The LA Underground (90-94 Mix) by Jeff Weiss

Hip-Hop History: Eazy-E Disses Death Row On The Arsenio Hall Show by Justin Tinsley

Gangrene Alchemize Vodka & Ayahuasca by Jeff Weiss

Gangrene: Liver for Sale by HL

Classics Revisited: Dr. Dre – The Chronic by Aaron McKrell

New Rap Music by Noz

Wu-Tang Clan @ Club Nokia (1/21/12) by Ben Westhoff

Lupe Fiasco: Double Burger With Cheese by HL

Rap Radar 2011 Lists Recap by YN & Co.

Meet Mood At the Lounge by Werner von Wallenrod

Hidden Bustdown Remix by Werner von Wallenrod

Eric’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011 (10-1) by Eric C.

“King Kulture” Compilation Album Raises Funds for African School by Sketch the Journalist

Pour some Suga (Free) on Me by Jeff Weiss

Escobar Season #1 by HL

Escobar Season #2 by HL

Georgia Anne Muldrow – "Seeds" (Prod. by Madlib) by Jeff Weiss

Album Reviews:

Lana Del Rey - Born to Die by Randall Roberts

ScHoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions by Neil Martinez-Belkin

ScHoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions by Jayson Greene

ScHoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions by Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Gangrene - Vodka & Ayahuasca by Francisco McCurry

Gangrene - Vodka & Ayahuasca by Jesse Gissen

Gangrene - Vodka & Ayahuasca by Nate Patrin

The Roots - undun by Randall Roberts

Raekwon - Unexpected Victory by Jaap van der Doelen

Raekwon - Unexpected Victory by Paul Thompson

Raekwon - Unexpected Victory by The Company Man

Mobb Deep - Black Cocaine EP by Ian Cohen

Rick Ross - Rich Forever by Jordan Sargent

Rick Ross - Rich Forever by Edwin Ortiz

Rick Ross - Rich Forever by Noz

T.I. - Fuck Da City Up by David Drake

T.I. - Fuck Da City Up by The Company Man

Mistah F.A.B. - I Found My Backpack 2: The Lost Notebook by Raj

Drake - Take Care by Max

Ruff Ryders - Past, Present, Future by Greg Whitt

Cam'ron & Vado - Boss of All Bosses 3 by Jordan Sargent

Juicy J - Blue Dream & Lean by Jordan Sargent

Curren$y & The Jets - Jet World Order by Francisco McCurry

Vado - Slime Flu 2 by Jayson Greene

Dizzee Rascal - by Jess Harvell

Lupe Fiasco - Friend of the People by Jayson Greene

Young Buck - Live Loyal Die Rich by Neil Martinez-Belkin

Common - The Dreamer/The Believer by Jayson Greene

Saigon - Warning Shots 3: One Foot in the Grave by Ralph Bristout

KRS-One - The BDP Album by Jake Paine

Sha Stimuli - The Calling by Slava Kuperstein

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire - Merry eXmas by Jonah Bromwich

Wiley - Evolve or Be Extinct by Jess Harvell

Wiley - Evolve or Be Extinct by Andres Vasquez

Boog Brown - The Brown Study Remixes by Francisco McCurry

Gonjasufi - MU.ZZ.LE by Nate Patrin

Pterodactyl - Spills Out by Brian Hodge

Ernest Gonzales - Natural Traits by Erik Stabile

The Internet - Purple Naked Ladies by John Healey

Teebs - Collections 01 by Patrick Masterson

Nirvana - Live at the Paramount by Jayson Greene

Doc Singe - Kiss of the Beast by Eric C.

Starkey - Open The Pod Bay Doors EP by Graham Major

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Stage Whisper by Margaret Wappler

Neutral Milk Hotel - Box Set by Mark Richardson

Profiles & Interviews:

Step Inside The Mind That Revolves Around Rhyme: The Making of Danny Brown’s XXX by Aaron Matthews

Large Professor’s 10 Favorite Sample Flips by Ego Trip

A-Trak’s 10 Favorite Sample Flips by Ego Trip

Big K.R.I.T. Talks Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Influence On Music, Conscious Rap In The Modern Era by Sean Ryon

Gangrene Explains The Meaning Behind "Vodka & Ayahuasca," Alchemist Says ASAP Rocky is the East Coast Version of Dilated Peoples by Paul Meara

Mos Def Tour Promoter Sam Speaight: "I literally broke down and cried." by Andrew McMillen

Syd the Kyd On Odd Future, Her Sexuality And Why She Hates The Word "Lesbian" by Andrea Domanick

Masta Ace Interview by Inbox Sessions

Can Hip-Hop Change the Style of Politics? by Michel Martin

Q&A: Too $hort On Not Getting A Lot Of Love In New York, His Aversion To Mixtapes, And Working With Biggie by Phillip Mlynar

Syd the Kyd on Odd Future, Her Sexuality and Why She Hates the Word "Lesbian" by Andrea Domanick

K'Naan Discusses Nas' Comments About Africa And Explains Why Other Rappers Backgrounds "Can't Hold A Candle" To His by Paul W. Arnold

Interview: Confidence (of Rashad & Confindence) by Eric C.

Answers for Questions Vol. 69 w/Blockhead

Answers for Questions Vol. 68 w/Blockhead

Answers for Questions Vol. 67 w/Blockhead

#SevenQuestions: Dallas Penn by Khal

Producer's Corner: Kane Beatz by Melanie Cornish


The Illustrated Drake by Joey L.

In Celebration of: Rihanna Aficionado Kaven Marenger by Dom Passantino

Trending Topics with Tim Baker and Blockhead Volume 70 w/Ninja Tunes & Blockhead

5 Things More Dangerous Than the Internet by Tony Grands

President Obama is a Big Fan of Janelle Monae by TC

Sharing Our Musical Craziness With the World: An Interview With Keep Shelly In Athens by Brian Hodge

7 WTF Endorsement Deals Featuring Rappers by Word

Jay-Z & Beyonce Exposed For What They Really Are by Tony Grands