READ | Boys To Men: The Second Career of Adam Yauch (via @grantland33/@huahsu)
Here is a list of people and things I discovered while listening to the Beastie Boys: Lee “Scratch” Perry; Walt “Clyde” Frazier; Puma “Clyde” sneakers; Groove Merchant Records in San Francisco; Eddie Harris’s Plug Me In; that you could wear beanies even when it was hot outside; that billy goats had beards; Mike Mills (then just a graphic designer); Spike Jonze (then just a maker of skate videos); how to pronounce “Stuyvesant”; that diaper rash is “funky”; that the egg is a symbol of life, whatever that means; all-time hits leader Sadaharu Oh; Ricky Powell (though I had no idea what he “did”); what a “mullet” was; Ben Davis work clothing (“Union-made”); the situation in Tibet; “‘Sweetie Pie’ by the Stone Alliance”; that I wanted to one day move to New York.
WATCH | Ricky Powell Raps with RTW + MCA Salute (via @massappeal)
Presents Gallery in Brooklyn, NY showcased the work of T-Kid, Zephyr, Revolt, and so much more! Introducing you to those famous names is Ricky Powell, who interviewed the show’s participants. Watch the full clip for the special tribute to Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys. RIP MCA.
LISTEN | Hear Killer Mike’s Firey ‘R.A.P. Music’: The MC runs Us Through His New LP (via @spin/@LUKEmccorm)
Killer Mike has always been a passionate rapper, but with his sixth studio album, R.A.P. Music, he’s gone next-level. “I put everything into this record. I said I was going to do everything I wanna do and say everything I wanna say,” said Mike, as we chatted at a small Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Your insomnia’s buzzing. It’s June 30, 1987. 3 a.m. No shot at sleep, no shot at sex. You’re up, awake, obsessing over the sudden dip in Wally Backman’s batting average or what the Yankees are going to do about their third starter. Normal, nightly stuff for a New York sports fan. Then you get pensive. About why the Knicks suck; and why the Rangers suck; and why the Jets and the Giants suck even if it’s the wrong season to think about their suckitude. You want to talk it all out. No, you need to talk it all out. But there’s no one there to listen. You can fix this. HoJo’s stroke, Rasmussen’s slider — well, OK, maybe not the Knicks. You’re alone in the world with all this knowledge until, suddenly, you are not. [Read More…]
Story Time With Jalen Rose: Jalen Steals Patrick Ewing’s TV (via @grantland33)
"One week while Jalen and I were recording our podcast, he told a story about the time he stole Patrick Ewing’s television. I made a mental note. When I told Bill about the Ewing TV story, he said to me (read this part to yourself in “Bill Simmons voice”), “When we have a YouTube channel we have to do a show called Story Time With Jalen Rose.” I made another mental note. Months later when we finally shot Jalen telling the story, we could hardly keep our cameras steady from laughing through the whole shoot.” [Full Article]
A tournament to determine the most despised in recent NCAA hoops history.
For three weeks during the summer of 1998, Kobe Bryant lived in the New Jersey mansion of hip-hop record executive Steve Stoute. Bryant was there to try on the role of rap star, but since he was also training to be the next Michael Jordan, basketball consumed most of his time. Every morning, he’d drive to nearby Ramapo College and shoot 2,000 jump shots. Sometimes, Stoute would shuttle in streetball players from New York to help Bryant brush up on his defense. By sundown every day, though, he was tasked with absorbing “the lifestyle,” a kind of initiation into the late-’90s world of rap royalty. [Read More..]
Words by: @golianopoulos
The Black Album came out on a Friday.
It was supposed to be a later Friday, November 28, 2003, but by the early days of that month, tracks on the album began to leak, much to the delight of the Kazaa-affiliated populace. “Due to individuals illegally distributing my album, I have no choice but to move the release date,” Jay Z said in a statement, with the album then pushed up two weeks to November 14.
That was 10 years ago today.
The Black Album came out a decade ago, which means it’s been 10 years since we were supposed to be done with Jay Z, the rapper, because of his retirement.
There’s no need to build up suspense as to what happened next, because we all know the retirement was short-lived, and we are still living in the era of that reversed decision. But it’s important to remember — as far-fetched as it seems in hindsight — that for a period of time, we all thought it was over.
Even with a project as phenomenal as The Black Album, it didn’t fully make sense that he’d stop. As eloquently stated by Ghostface Killah in the tunnels of Madison Square Garden on the night of Jay Z’s farewell show:
Why you leaving the game, baby? Know what I’m saying, you supposed to stay here and keep it thorough and … stay reppin’.
But even among the confusion (along with a variety of other emotions), all signs pointed toward him leaving said game, and everyone believed him. [READ MORE…]