Remembering the 1993 LP Doggystyle and examinig its significance within the artform of hip hop in the post-Reagan and H.W. Bush-era war on drugs and recognizing its importance on American culture on its 20th anniversary. Do you want to feel old? It has now been twenty years since Jurassic Park was released theatrically for the first time. In addition to Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs-running-amuck blockbuster, 1993 was a seminal year in pop culture for another reason. It was the same year that that the Dogg Pound was unleashed with the release of Snoop Lion's (then Snoop Doggy Dogg) landmark LP Doggystyle....
Who thinks of Tom Green as a bad ass rhyme-spittin' MC with a whole lotta' flow? I didn't. But I probably should have because one day I saw this. What we have here is an episode of Tom Green's own variety show in which Xzibit is a guest. At a certain point in the interview Tom Green feels like a freestyle, requests a beat from his house DJ, and asks Xzibit if he'd like to join in at any time to feel free. Mildly amused, Xzibit sarcastically replies to the court jester, "If you inspire me, I'll jump right in."...
Earlier this week Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots appeared on the "The Daily Show" to promote his new book/memoir Mo' Meta Blues. Though short (at roughly 5.5 minutes) in length the interview yielded a fascinating discussion which touches upon Questlove's traumatic experience involving his favorite show "Soul Train" and the modulated bridge of Freddy's Dead off of the Superfly soundtrack and what he considers to be the most influential moment in the history of hip-hop. It's good stuff.
Tyler, the Creator made a stop in New York this week as his third LP (and second for a major label), Wolf, prepares for its release April 2. While here, Tyler took some time for an interview with The Fader. Tyler discusses touring solo, why he'd like to go back to 2006, when he'll stop being sober among a great deal else. Check out the interview here. If nothing else, Wolf will go down as having what is perhaps the greatest cover album design of all-time. Look at it!! It's a god damn masterpiece. via FDR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zswrGZP7jUY The full and complete documentary narrated by Ice T.
Australian native and Tokyo based graphic artist Mark Drews presents "Deez Nuts." Drews' exhibition includes Peanuts comic strip panels as also seen in his Deez Nutz magazine. The pieces contain (primarily 1990s) hip-hop lyrics inserted in place of the precocious 50s cynicism of Charles Schultz. via HD
https://vimeo.com/48449637# https://vimeo.com/48449637# https://vimeo.com/48449637# Why do relationships, even marriages, end? Well Nas lays it all out with his latest single "Bye Baby" - recounting his own experiences which ultimately led to his own divorce. via BAM