Back again. After the jump, the best links from around the blogosphere from the past five weeks or so.
Who Flipped It Better? – h world discusses Ras Kass versus Willie The Kid. Sample courtesy of Al B Sure.
Who’s Voice Been Sampled The Most: Biz, Biggie Or Nas? – Brandan E. investigates.
MTV Mini-Doc about sampling – Irish Craig digs up a YouTube gem. “It features very main-scream examples of a few version-excursions, De La EPK footage, and short talking heads interviews with Bob Clearmountain, Kool Moe Dee, Tom Petty of all people, as well as Jonathon Moore and Matt Black from Coldcut showing us erm, ‘How it’s done’…”
Monie Love – In A Word Or 2 – The Unheard looks back at Monie Love’s disastrously mismanaged career.
Masta Ace Demos – Travis dusts off some of Ace’s earliest recordings.
‘Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling’ - Exceprt from Chapter 1 of Kembrew McLeod and Pete Dicola’s book.
The Outsidaz Go To Germany – Werner Von Wallenrod discusses a rare indie rap documentary.
The Notorious B.I.G. (feat. 112) – Sky’s The Limit [VIDEO] – Yayo reminds us that music is supposed to inspire.
Rude Boys The birth of the Beastie Boys—an oral history on the 25th anniversary of Licensed to Ill. – Read it, obviously.
How 4Music made me increasingly aware of my own mortality – Only Dom Passantino can make an in-depth yet tongue-in-cheek analysis of the state of UK music criticism seem intriguing to outsiders with no stake in the matter.
The Making Of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous – Complex Mag does it again. Essential reading.
emaciatedwildebeest: XV (feat. Kristina Rose) – “U.F.C.” - Noz questions the assumptions informing “lifestyle” or “regular guy” rap fandom.
Q&A: Lord Finesse – The Funky One answers questions about his famous battle with Percee P.
Production Breakdown: The Abridged Sample History of “Just the Two of Us” - Richard discusses the most notable uses of the Grover Washington classic.
Corporate Governance: Warner is out of control – harlemworld drops the truth.
100 Hip Hop Jawns That Changed My Life, Part Four (61-80) – Dart Adams is the ’87 stick up kid.
Is hip-hop homophobia at a tipping point? – An article on Lil B, Odd Future, and homophobia that makes sense.
Video: A Tribe Called Quest Perform “Rhythm (Art Of Moving Butts)” Live in 1990 – Watch it, obviously.
I’m A Big UGK Fan, But… – spaceagehustle describes in no uncertain terms why Bun B’s 2010 album wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
The Darkness- Danji looks back at the ascent of DMX.
Ladies and Germs – It’s Showtime! - The Martorialist discusses DITC related releases of the noughties.