Head on over to The Conservative Rap Coalition Tumblr for our rap magazine archives, Great Rap Promo Items, a bunch of classic photos of Syndicate Queen Darlene and other pictorial greatness. It’s been around for a minute but it’s being updated more regularly now that I saved-up enough money from my paper route to get a working scanner.
I seem to be having a bad run of pissing-off Double-O and Naledge from Kidz In The Hall in recent years. First I accused them of the crime of Hipster Rap, to which they responded on an UGHH.com video, and now it seems that I’ve thrown them under the bus again in my latest guest post for XXL:
I’m assuming ‘lol’ is some kind of code for ‘we’re going to get our bodyguard to put you in a yoke when we find you’, although that may be considered bad karma since the same thing happened to Double-O at that nightclub in Tempe, AZ back in 2008. Since I’ll be living in a cardboard box somewhere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, I’m sure the money I might make from any resulting lawsuit will come in handy for when I need to buy myself a couple of Ghetto Big Macs. (more…)
Noah Callahan-Bever, the current E-I-C over at Complex just opened the vaults from his past life as a freelance writer, sharing a couple of outstanding pieces he did on Paul Juice back in 2002. I copped the XXL issue when it dropped, but seem to have misplaced my copy somewhere in my magazine graveyard so it was great to read this one again. The Large and Nas cover feature for Mass Appeal I missed altogether. Salute!
Not sure how I missed the debut last week, but I just caught the second episode of The Combat Jack Radio Show with Dallas Penn on PNC Radio, and I think it’s safe to say we’ve got a keeper on our hands.
Phone conversation with myself and Rammellzee (first voice), from October, 19th, 2007:
“You like oysters, boss?” “Sure.” “I’ve got a spot over here for you. We can watch the boats sink.” “Okay.” “I’ll let you hold the bomb.” “Thanks.” “Do you know anyone at the Smithsonian Institute?” “Working on that one.” “You need to talk to someone in the Department of Space.” “Okay.” “The Andromeda Galaxy is going to be here in 5 million years. It will consume this galaxy.” “Uh-oh.” “This means something to me.” “Of course.” “It’s sending a master blaster radio cloud ahead of itself.” “When?” “That one will be here in 10,000 years.” “Shit.” “I know it’s a little far off, but you might want to take a look at it.” “And finish my book before it happens?” “EXACTLY!” “Okay.”
Me? I Twitter a lot? No, it’s not me. [Laughing] Hey, don’t believe everything you Twit! It’s not my page. But I’m an artist – so it’s probably someone running that shit. Don’t believe everything you Twit, yo!
That’s not to say there’s no truth to the announcement, I’m just sayin’ though…
I didn’t pay much attention to XXL’s Top 100 Best Hip-Hop Websites when I initially saw it in list form, but now that they’ve posted a version with descriptions of each site I thought I’d cast a quick glance over it. In the two minutes it took an intern to skim through Unkut Dot Com, here’s what they reported:
Aging East Coast elitists take heart—some of the finest hip-hop blogs still cater to your demographic (even if the radio doesn’t). Unkut serves up comprehensive interviews from veterans like Freddie Foxx, Masta Ace and T La Rock and appeals to rap nerds everywhere, with hyperanalytical discussion of hip-hop’s past (“Which rappers wasted dope beats?”)
East Coast elitists? Guilty as charged. Comprehensive interviews? Check. What exactly is a ‘rap nerd’ though? Anybody who remembers a song that’s over two years old? Or does just knowing who Lakim Shabazz is make you a hip-hop geek these days?
Dallas Penn and eskay let the people know that Unkut Dot Com is in their personal Top 5, which holds a lot more weight with me than where I got placed on the ‘official’ VYBE [sic] list. Maybe it had something to do with my comments that I’d “rather be in Hustler” after they “threw me a bone” and ranked Unkut #19 in the “30 Best Music Web Spots” list from 2007….
Drew Huge wrote a great piece about fallen soldier Tony D for The Guardian.