Friday, June 4, 2010

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 6/4/2010

"Typewriter" by helmet13

Music Analysis & Reporting:

Further proof payola is rampant in online hip-hop journalism by Byron Crawford

Full Clip: DJ Premier Gives Backstory On Entire Gang Starr Catalog by Keith Murphy & DJ Premier

RZA Addresses Comments About The South That Offended Jay Electronica by Shaheem Reid & Sway Calloway

Police Don’t Have Balls & Jay-Z Still Hasn’t Spit A Triple Entendre by MZ

An Open Letter To Kid Cudi by WULU

Ray J, Ice Cube, New Boyz, Chino XL Team Up For Los Angeles Lakers Anthem by Billy Johnson, Jr.

Prince Paul, Hip Hop's First Satirist by The Assimilated Negro

Hip-hop's oddest, best and most unexpected pairings, as chosen by Sage Francis by Sage Francis & Todd Martens

I hate Drake. There, I said it. by Marc Lamont Hill

My Take on Drake-Have All of Us Reached Our Potential? (A Response to Marc Lamont Hill’s Article) by Davey D

Jaz-O's Relevance by The Assimilated Negro

Swimming with Killer Mike (and Flying Lotus) by Jeff Weiss

The Roots: The True GOAT by Meka

On 50 Centism by The Assimilated Negro

Why 50's Smarts Doesn't Mean He Can Act by The Assimilated Negro

...want me to write you some raps g, just ask me. by The Big Sleep

Good Ass Job: Not the next Illmatic? by Byron Crawford

“I Love The ’90s” Pt. II (1992, Pt. II) by Eric

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

In semi-defense of Fabolous’ little brother by Byron Crawford

When They Reminisce Over You by C-Dub

Kanye West’s “Power,” a Return to Form? No and Yes by Amir Said (a.k.a. Sa'id)

Nas: The Most Dangerous MC In The World by Cedric Muhammad

Is America's 'Race Music' Past Hurting Janelle Monae? by Latoya Peterson

On Bombast And King Crimson Samples: A Prayer For Lorne Michaels by DocZeus

The New Standard for How Hot You Are by C-Dub

Retrospectus No. 2: Stankonia by Matthew Gross

Hating is For Suckas & You Suck by Charlamagne Tha God

The Kool G Rap Album Analysis by Robbie

Wax Poetics, #41: The Hip Hop Issue

Album Reviews:

What’s New In Dart’s iPod #16 AKA The 2010 NBA Finals Edition by Dart Adams

Drake - Thank Me Later by Enigmatik

Necro - Die! by Amanda Bassa

Jadakiss - The Champ Is Here 3 by Ian Cohen

Apollo Brown - The ReSet by Andres Tardio

Devin the Dude - Suite #420 by Tom Breihan

Homeboy Sandman - The Good Sun by The Company Man

Homeboy Sandman - The Good Sun by Zach Cole

yU (of Diamond District) - Before Taxes by Luke Gibson

A-Trak - Dirty South Dance 2 by Nate Patrin

Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute by Fred Castano

Kokane - Gimme All Mine by Remco Semaun

Devin The Dude - Suite 420 by Kkon-El

The Black Keys - Brothers by Brandon Rae

Bizarre - Friday Night At St. Andrews by Luke Gibson

The National - High Violet by Alex Dorf

Profiles & Interviews:

Three Men and a Video Camera, Out to Reveal Urban Truths by David Gonzalez

The Architect: B+ by Jaap van der Doelen

“As Told To…” – Big K.R.I.T.’s K.R.I.T. Wuz Here by David D.

Complex Interviews Lyor Cohen by Toshitaka Kondo


America's True Blood by E.Knight

BP: History of Deception by Rev. Jesse Jackson


Dispelling Old Myths AKA I Am A Celtic Pt. 1 by Dart Adams

History Repeats Itself AKA I Am A Celtic Pt. 2 by Dart Adams

Handmade Hoops Put Clang Into New York Courts by A. G. Sulzberger


The Tech Industry: Revenge of the Nerds? by Chuck D & Lauren DeLisa Coleman


The National Gallery of Art Unveils Beat Memories by Abdul Ali


Amateur blogosphere, RIP by Chris Bowers

Reflections by Dallas Penn (yeah, Dallas gets his own section this week... you'll see why):

In Memory Of… by Dallas Penn


Get Off the Block… by Dallas Penn

A Birthday Card For T.C. by Dallas Penn


When I Reminisce… by Dallas Penn

A ‘BLAST’ FROM THE PAST… by Dallas Penn

Mentoring The Chambers… by Dallas Penn


A Soldier’s Story… by Dallas Penn

A Rider For A Writer… by Dallas Penn

Peer Pressure… by Dallas Penn

DO. NOT. PASS. GO… by Dallas Penn


Remembering Dennis Hopper by Viggo Mortenson

Dennis Hopper: In memory by Roger Ebert

Wrapping things up this week, we feature the Internets Celebrities' mini-doc Stadium Status (again):