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.
If you ever wanted to watch me squirm uncomfortably while a Los Angeles hip hop pioneer makes sex jokes then today is your day. There is some good information about Ice-T, 808s, spinning records backwards, etc., etc. in there too. Egypt later apologized for drinking two margaritas before the interview.
I also spoke to Ohio funk legend Steve Arrington of Slave who is not a rapper but who has been sampled by rappers. More importantly he is a tremendous talent, an incredible human, and a fan of James Taylor’s honesty.