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Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Mama Noz recently hoisted a bucket of old magazines and hip hop ephemera on me that had previously been collecting dust in her garage. In the tradition of the THIMK and Press Rewind, this new weekly series will feature some choice images and articles, culled from that bucket and elsewhere.

Run-D.M.C. – “Here We Go (Live At The Funhouse)

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from Here We Go 12″ (Profile, 1985)

And what better place to start than with Run DMC’s first Rolling Stone cover from 1986? Historic, as it was the first time a hip hop artist had appeared on the cover of the once prestigious publication. I had intended to scan and share the whole thing, but it turns out Rollingstone.com beat me to the punch with an official online transcription. Still, there are a few more photos that aren’t on their site after the jump. Sorry about the cropping issues, RS is much too big for my scanner. (more…)

XXL Apologizes For Freshman 10

Friday, May 15th, 2009

It’s a few months late, but the magazine finally makes their formal amends to the actual rap listeners of the world. I guess blog buzz wasn’t shredding newsstands. (via RR)

Related: MGG comments on the cover.

Drafting Of The Bloggers I’m The Number 7 Pick

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Vibe’s long awaited and soon to be much debated Top 50 Rap Blogs list just leaked to the web. Cocaine Blunts (no comma, no bullshit) comes in much higher than I would have expected, which is flattering. But let’s talk about the rest of the list. Minus an obvious effort to preempt a hissy fit by putting Kanye’s design blog for aging homosexuals at #2, the top ten is pretty solid. After that it starts to lose me. But respect to the Vibe staff for opening up what could be an interesting conversation on what actually makes a rap blog great and hopefully getting us all a little bit of a traffic bump.

Full list and additional commentary after the jump.

1. Nah Right
2. Kanye’s Blog
3. 2dopeboyz
4. Missinfo.tv
5. OnSmash
6. You Heard That New
7. Cocaine Blunts & Hip Hop Tapes
8. Ill Doctrine
9. AllHipHop.com Rumors
10. RapRadar

Peace God Now The Shit Is Explained

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The folks at the TROY blog have taken the time to scan the “Making of Illmatic” feature from this months XXL. I love it. It is a good feeling to actually approach hip hop journalism as a fan who can learn something and not as some sort of obnoxious meta critic. So cue meta criticism: quite frankly, XXL should be running this type of well researched article on a monthly basis. Maybe expand the Classic Material (does that still exist?) section. A lot of these print publications need to recognize that research and reporting is the one arena where they can still consistently do what the web can not. Few web outlets would have the resources or connections (or ahem talent?) to put something of this nature this together on a regular basis, but getting Pete Rock, Nas and MC Serch on the phone for a few words is really no sweat off the back of a publication of XXL’s stature. I’m just saying.

Some thoughts on the Nas article and links to the other XXL Making Ofs after the jump. (more…)

I Ain’t Blogging Too Slow…

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

…Y’all Just Listening Too Fast.

I am about to exit the blogosphere for a short period of time. Mostly because you hated the muxtape. Here are some photos from fifteen year old Murder Dog back issues to hold you over (more…)