Friday, October 7, 2011

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 10/7/2011

Music Analysis & Reporting:

On Steve Jobs, The Music Industry & Hip-Hop As We Know It Today by Raj

Steve Jobs Gave 'The Blind Eyes; The Deaf Ears' -- Stevie Wonder by Randy Lewis

Cassette Tapes See New Life After MP3s by Kara Rose

Five Reasons to Pay Attention to Detroit Hip-Hop Now by William E. Ketchum, III

Philaflava's 10 Most Underrated Emcees of 2011

HipHop’s Fallen Soldiers (Part I) by R.A. the Rugged Man

The 50 Best Radio Freestyles by Andrew Barber

J-Zone's Putting Out A Book by Khal

Snoop’s Discography Reconsidered by Mobb Deen

Wall Street Rappin' by Werner von Wallenrod

How to Get Signed: Stones Throw Artist Vex Ruffin's Tips for Getting Your Demo Tape Heard by Phillip Mlynar

5 Lessons Kindergarteners Can Learn from Rap Music by Tony Grands

Mingus via Mos Def by Mike Hobart

Dear T.I., Just Stay Home by John Gotty

The Neptunes Release Single from Compton-Raised Rapper Buddy by Jeff Weiss

The Children of OutKast by Dallas Penn

Five Hip-Hop Snitching Controversies by Phillip Mlynar

Blu and Exile (Briefly) Reunite on Exile's New Mixtape by Jeff Weiss

The Magic Number: Grand Puba Edition by The Great Gats, B

Screwball Week, Day 1: Screwed Up Set Straight, Part 1 by Werner von Wallenrod

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

The ‘Net, The Machine, & Hip Hop Stardom by Tony Grands

Swishahouse by Droopy

What’s Luv: Is Rick Ross Trying to Make Wale the Ashanti of Maybach Music? by Evan Nabavian

The Persistence of Memory: Mos Def’s “Travellin’ Man” by Jeff Weiss

New Rules for Rappers by John Barclay

Lil B - "I'm 2 Real" by HL

Notable Quotable – Phonte’s “Who Loves You More” by TC

Nottz’ “Shine So Brite” Illuminates Beatmaking's Impenetrable Force Field by Amir "Sa'id" Said

My Odd Fascination With Odd Future by Bassey Ikpi

Willie the Kid and the Art of Robbery by Evan Nabavian

There’s A Method Man To The Madness In New Sour Patch Kids Ad by Beware

The Imagination of Lana Del Rey by Nitsuh Abebe

Album Reviews:

Evidence - Cats & Dogs by Jonah Bromwich

Z-Ro - Meth by Amanda Bassa

Phonte - Charity Starts at Home by Henry Adaso

Phonte - Charity Starts at Home by William E. Ketchum, III

Phonte - Charity Starts at Home by Fred Castano

Blu - Open by Phillip Mlynar

J-Live - S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability) by Luke Gibson

Cormega - Raw Forever by Amanda Bassa

DJ Shadow - The Less You Know, The Better by Ian Cohen

DJ Shadow - The Less You Know, The Better by Chris Bosman

Miles Davis - The Bootleg Series, Volume 1: Live in Europe 1967 by Hank Shteamer

Feist - Metals by Lindsay Zoladz

Profiles & Interviews:

Da Beatminerz’s 10 Favorite Sample Flips by Ego Trip

Q&A: Tragedy Khadafi On Growing Up In Queensbridge, How Jail Has Changed, and Reaching The Kids In the Projects by J. Pablo

Queens OG: Exclusive J-Love Interview by Step One

Talib Kweli Plays Occupy Wall Street by Nick Pinto

C-Rayz Walz: Bronx Emcee Lands in Indy by Kyle Long

Phonte - Do for Self by Anthony Springer Jr.

Homeboy Sandman Looks to "Kool Herc" Album, Talks A3C & Stones Throw and Decries Violent Rap by The Company Man

Freeway Confirms An Upcoming Project With Brother Ali, Talks Young Jeezy Signing Rumors, and Previews A3C by The Company Man