A minor snowstorm once every four days and arctic blasts without pause means the Northeastern U.S. is too friggin’ cold. Peace to the readers dwelling in temperate and tropical climes. Luckily, the internets and the rap blogosphere in general have been producing great content (except for you cack huffing, reactionary, stuck in the past, automaton sites that just post download links, of course.) Links after the jump. Tyler The Creator – Bastard: DocZeus explains how it came to be that certain aspects of the least slept-on album of the year are actually slept on.
Pittsburgh and California: A Tale Of Two Cities: More insight into the Pittsburgh-L.A. connection, this time courtesy of H World, who focuses on Death Row producers/musicians Budda, Stu-B-Doo, and Mel-Man.
Dan Charnas – The Big Payback: Oliver Wang weighs in on Charnas’s landmark book, suggesting that its coverage of “how” hip hop music happened (through business deals and marketing endeavors that enabled creative ideas to be realized on a large scale) is a notable departure from books that seek to find out “why” hip hop developed (as a response to socioeconomic factors, racism, etc.).
Nas and Blitz – “Street Glory”: realniggatumblr takes a closer look at a track off of the unheralded QB’s Finest compilation from 2000.
Astoria Projectors – Superlover Cee and Casanova Rud: Sacha Jenkins pays homage to true school legends and fellow Astorians Superlover Cee and Casanova Rud. If you’ve never heard “Do The James” you should make it a point to change that.
Cracker Jacks Pt. 1, 2, & 3: The Cracker Jacks are a Long Island duo that were down with LONS and are best known for their contributions to the posse cuts “Mt. Airy Groove (Levels Of Imagination),” “Sound Of The Zeekers,” and “Spontaneous.” Kevin Beacham interviewed them about the New School Society, the Long Island Scene, the ins and outs of the biz, and what they’ve been up to since.
L*roneous – Roller Coaster EP: Spotted at Grandgood. L’*roneous is a Bay Area emcee who put out a highly slept on album in 1998 called Imaginarium. He’s been relatively quiet as of late, so the news that he is still recording music is a pleasant surprise. The new EP is really dope, btw, and it’s available as a free download.
Unlimited Creations – Filipino Mobile DJs of the Bay Area: Oliver Wang provides a brief summary of the Filipino Mobile DJ scene in the Bay Area from the late ’70s to the mid ’90s.