A-Trak: The Hipster’s Hipster (via @LAWeeklyMusic/@lizohanesian)
Shots At Greatness: Muhammad Ali In Pictures with Famous People (via @TSSCrew/@johngotty)
MIXTAPE | Stalley - Savage Journey To The American Dream (via @livemixtapes)
Children Of The Night Wave The New York Flag On Queens… Revisited (@soundofthecity/@phillipmlynar)
Snoop Dogg’s Top 5 Reggae Jams (via @boomshots)
LISTEN | Keep It Thoro With Elliott Wilson on EVR (@evr/@elliottwilson)
PRVSLY | Morning Links for 3/30
READ | Da Oral History of Da Butt: Put your memory in motion! It’s the back story of D.C. go-go’s biggest national hit. (via @sarahgodfrey/@wcp)
In the spring of 1987, D.C. go-go band Experience Unlimited traveled to New York to record “Da Butt,” a song commissioned by director Spike Lee for the film School Daze. At the time, the members of the group weren’t convinced the song would yield anything more than a paycheck and a trip to New York.
WATCH | Here Is a Children’s Cartoon About Snoop Dogg’s Murder Trial (via @chazraps/@LAWeeklymusic)
Before kids’ programming was relegated to cable, the major networks competed for young viewers. With the relatively new Fox network’s penchant for cutting edge programming, their block of ’90s shows for kids was no exception. From X-Men to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, they dominated by entering territory most of these types of shows wouldn’t dare.
A shining example is Eek the Cat’s take on the “Cop Killer” hysteria surrounding Ice-T and Body Count, and Snoop Dogg’s public murder trial. This 1994 episode was called “Shark Doggy Dog,” and you can see it above.
LISTEN | The Combat Jack Show featuring Dallas Penn [Guest: Neal Brennan] (via @combat_jack/@combatjackshow)
Tomorrow Warren G turns 41, celebrating with a show at the Key Club on Friday. But while everyone knows him for “Regulate,” his signature duet with Nate Dogg, he’s actually had important roles in hip-hop history, many of which have gone under-discussed.
Warren Griffin III started his career as one-third of rap trio 213, along with the Doggs Nate and Snoop. Taking their name from the Long Beach area code, they recorded a particularly potent demo which Warren was able to get in the hands of his step-brother, Dr. Dre. He thus not only hooked up Dre with Snoop, but played an important role behind the scenes at Death Row Records, helping Dre produce The Chronic and shaping the west coast g-funk sound that changed hip-hop. [READ MORE]