I forgot to share this earlier but here is K-Rob of “Beat Bop” fame and DJ High Priest of Gray rocking at some moment back in the day. K-Rob later had some success as a behind the boards, first producing the now sought after indie rap joint “Who You Be" for Bro-N-X and then lacing a little known rapper by the name of Shawn Carter with afewbeats.
I put together an oral history of Rammellzee & K-Rob’s Jean Michel Basquiat-produced bug eyed rap classic “Beat Bop” over at Spin, stitched together from an old Rammellzee interview and new comments from K-Rob, percussionist/graffiti writer Al Diaz, TV Party's Glenn O'Brien and Profile Records founder Cory Robbins. It's a great record and you should read about it and listen to it.
Ten years after from their last major record, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, we trace Big Boi and Andre 3000’s path from Southern vanguards to the most universally beloved rappers in the world with a career-spanning essay followed by separate pieces on each of their six albums.
Fat Trel & Uptown XO - “Straight Killa” (Mixtape, 2013)
Yes two of DC’s finest hitting “Streight Up Menace" speaks directly to my interests. XO’s a smart rapper, one who has long been attuned to sociology and consequences, and so he does a good job of anchoring Fat Gleesh’s usual reckless hedonism here. It’s like a more extreme version of the Pusha/Mal dynamic. They should make a full length together.