Blogospheric Conditions: Closing Out The Shortest Month


Links after the jump; pretty great batch this week, ranging from fly stickers to an interview with Grand Daddy I.U.

Fred The Godson – David notes that for all of rap’s cool posturing, at its core it is the pursuit of outcasts and misfits.

DJ Premier Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records – Gimantalon provides us with an easier to read version of Complex’s recent DJ Premier feature, all on one page.

Lil B: Devil Music – hl discusses Lil B’s engaging —if difficult to pin down— stabs at profundity on a song inspired by Young Chris.

EPMD Week Part 6: Rap Is Outta Control – I have long wondered if anyone ever bothered to save and scan those little promo stickers that came attached to either the cellophane packaging of tapes and CDs, or the plastic cases themselves. More, please.

J-Live Freestyle WNYU 1995 – Nes digs up a college radio gem. J-Live’s albums are almost all sleep-inducing, but his early material, including freestyles like this, are almost all great.

Who got the State Props? – The Martorialist spotlights a posse cut from 2009 from Young Chris featuring Freeway and Beanie Sigel.

Young, Gifted, and Black – Andres Torres discusses the radical political content of Nina Simone’s music.

Notes On The Big Payback – Noz discusses a problematic aspect of Dan Charnas’s recent book:  “The Big Payback somewhat inaccurately paints the rise of hip hop as linear – from small, local owned businesses to a global industry … but it’s only a half truth. While hip hop was going global, plenty of smaller black owned businesses continued to thrive.”

Hempstead High: Talking the Biz, Blimpie’s and Baseball Bats with Grand Daddy I.U. – Jesse Serwer interviews Long Island’s own Grand Daddy I.U.

‘Newish’ To Me… Vol.1 – mobdeen does something unusual for a rap blogger here. He revisits his initial, hastily formed opinion of an artists (Danny Brown) and revises them after engaging in more thorough listening. Take note.

Back In Full Effect! – Freaky-L digs up Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard’s unreleased 1992 promo album, King Of New York.


The story of Crazy Wisdom Masters (and other Natives knowledge) – Noz digs up a Vibe piece on Tribe, De La, and the Jungle Bros. from 1996.

Song of the day 2/24/11 – Blockhead ruminates on Guage The Mental Murderah, a Cella Dwellas affiliate with one mid-90s underground single to his fame, whose eccentric style might have earned him significantly more notice had he been born years later.

odd future is nothing like wu tang – David points out the fallacies informing a lazy comparison that seemingly can’t be killed.

The Imminent Decline of Southern Rap? – hl nobly attempts to rein in an increasingly silly debate begun in response to a shockingly dumb article.

Rap Atlas: Oakland – Eric K. Arnold takes us on a photo essay tour of notable Oakland hip hop landmarks.



3 Responses to “Blogospheric Conditions: Closing Out The Shortest Month”

  1. Brandan E. says:

    did yall check out the last write-up i wrote on my blog?
    i think its a pretty good piece i wrote that i think u should check-out.

    please check it out if u can.

    • Thun says:

      Brandan, I read it. I don’t disparage anyone for expressing how they feel, but the answer to your general question about why hip hop isn’t simpla nd plain anymore is that is became global billion-dollar industry. That’s a reality we just have to accept.

  2. Teddy C.D. says:

    LOL @ Wu-Tang/Odd Future comparisons. David pretty much sums it up with this: “The contexts alone are entirely different … Wu Tang certainly werent critically celebrated group for white magazine critics in 1992 any more than Odd Future are getting street tape burn today.”
    I find that most popular music outlets like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, etc. are frontrunners when it comes to reviewing rap music.

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