Friday, June 18, 2010

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 6/18/2010

"typewriter" by the8rgrl

Music Analysis & Reporting:

Is Hip-Hop Really Dead? by Nahshon Landrum

The 50 Worst Hip-Hop Fails of All Time by Jeff Rosenthal

Thank Yous and Threnodies: Drake’s Dull Melodrama by Jeff Weiss

How and Why Hip Hop Has Always Been Political-But Will That Continue to Be the Case? by Davey D

You Need(le) This: The Hiphop Sample Encyclopedia by Dave Segal

RZA On Dictatorships by Matthew Perpetua

Who’s really responsible for the Detox leak? by Byron Crawford

Pac Marks #1: The Demo Years by Noz

Five Hip-Hop Classics That Wouldn't Exist Without P-Funk Guitarist Garry Shider (R.I.P.) by Joshua Glazer

Should Joe Budden respond to Lil B? by Byron Crawford

Stick To Hip Hop, Please by Meka

#If2PacWereHere by David D.

Did N.W.A. Invent the Trunk Shot? by Rizoh

Is Drake the Bill Clinton of Rap? by Thomas Chatterton Williams

Ozone publisher Julia Beverly is the unlikeliest of rap moguls by Ben Westhoff

Dream Date: At long last, hip-hop wunderkind Drake has arrived by Jozen Cummings

Slim Thug goes to strip clubs primarily to eat by Byron Crawford

Why You Hate Drake, and Why You're Wrong About Hating Drake by Zach Baron

The Self-Hating Playa: On his debut album, Drake raps about how alienated he feels when he drives luxury cars and sleeps with models by Jonah Weiner

Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim and the Curse of the Alter Ego by Maya Francis

Celebrating Tupac Shakur: Happy ReBirth-day by Kathy Iandoli

You Get No Beats: Thank Me Later. by WULU

“I Love The ’90s” (Pt. II): 1993 Pt. IV by Eric

The Legend of Tupac Amaru Shakur - Remember the Time… by Brooklyne Gipson

Turn Da Korner by MF

Drake: A Hip-Hop Sensation Falls Flat by Yohance Serrant

Drake: The softest rapper of all time by Byron Crawford

Sweating the Technique: Hip-Hop and the Jewish Problem by Joe Berkowitz

What Does Lil Kim Want? R-E-S-P-E-C-T by Brooklyne Gipson

The cell phone stomp heard ’round the world by Byron Crawford

Don’t Sweat the Techniques: Behind the Shades, the Techniques, and countless other reggae acts, there was Winston Riley by David Katz

Troubleshooting the Vocal Chain of Command by Cus and Amir Said

Album Reviews:

Drake - Thank Me Later by Jeff Weiss

Drake - Thank Me Later by Noz

Drake - Thank Me Later by Max

Drake - Thank Me Later by Ryan Dombal

Drake - Thank Me Later by Andres Vasquez

Eminem - Recovery by Jayson Greene

Eminem - Recovery by Omar Burgess

Common - Go! Common Classics by Ryan Dombal

Rhymefest - El Che by Jayson Greene

Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here by J. Tinsley

Plies - Goon Affiliated by Edwin Ortiz

JFK - Building Wings on the Way Down by Nicholas Candiotto

T.I. - Fuck a Mixtape by Tom Breihan

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid by Francisco McCurry

Major Lazer/La Roux - Lazerproof by Joshua Love

Nappy Roots - The Pursuit of Nappyness by Adam Figman

Lil Jon - Crunk Rock by Slava Kuperstein

The Cool Kids - Tacklebox by Zach Kelly

Factor - Lawson Graham by Zach Cole

Ratatat - LP4 by Kevin S. Gary

Chosen Few - New World Symphony by Preach Jacobs

The Chemical Brothers - Further by Tom Breihan

Tobacco - Maniac Meat by Brandon Rae

Dr. Quandary - Beyond All Spheres of Force and Matter by Andrew Martin

Ratatat - LP4 by David Amidon

Delta Spirit - History from Below by Andrew Martin

Gilles Peterson - Havana Cultura Remixed by David Reyneke

Common - One Day It'll All Make Sense (1997) by Max

Profiles & Interviews:

The dirt on Yelawolf: A conversation with Interscope's next great hope by Jeff Weiss

Question in the Form of An Answer: Yelawolf (Unabridged Version of the LA Times Interview Above) by Jeff Weiss

Murs talks punk rock, his work ethic, and his experience with Warner Bros by Jeff Weiss

Pharoahe Monch, This Means W.A.R. by Rob Markman

DJ Trackstar: A Very Good Year by Justin Boland

Janelle Monae in Wondaland by Ann Powers

Justin Boland - The indie hip hop game by Chris Arkenberg

My Mama Named Me Dudley: An Interview with Declaime by Zach Cole

Jewel Droppin': Rsonist (of The Heatmakerz), pt. 2 by Amir Said

The Higher Concept: “Life’s Good” Part One by Justin Boland

TR Love & DJ Moe Love Release Ultramagnetic Foundation Album by Robbie


Immortal Technique: Destination Haiti by Immortal Technique

Thoughts on Donte Johnson by ?uestlove

Democrats, Don't Do This to the Poor! by Russell Simmons

Getting Shit Done by Andrew Sullivan

Saul Alinsky comes to the Tea Party by Roger Ebert

Not Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Black Atheists, Urban America by Sikivu Hutchinson

Neoconservatism's Marxist Roots Are Showing by Andrew Sullivan


Game 7: Lakers 83, Celtics 79 by Kevin Ding

Ron Artest validates his arrival to the Lakers with an NBA championship by Mark Medina

Kobe's Final Challenge: Is he the Greatest Laker Ever? Not until he beats Boston by Lee Jenkins

Kobe Bryant considers Jerry West the greatest all-time Laker by Mark Medina

Why Does the United Kingdom Get To Have Four National Soccer Teams? by Brian Palmer

World Cup Weirdos: International soccer managers are the strangest men in sports by Brian Phillips


Now in Blogs, Product Placement by J. David Goodman


Tupac Shakur: 'I am not a gangster' (1995) by Chuck Philips

2Pac Lost Interview from 1991 (from Juice to the meaning of Hip Hop) by Davey D

Tupac: Hellraiser by Dream Hampton

Pac, A Rebel With a Cause by Sara Vilkomerson & Benjamin Meadows-Ingram

Tupac: Resurrection by Roger Ebert


Toy Story: The Discovery

Van Jones Speaks on Hope and Change and the Future of Progressives
(Filmed by Davey D)

Steve Perry Discusses Education with The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams

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