It’s a gloomy east coast Tuesday. The inbox and the desk are bloated, but it’s all good, mostly due to Ghostface Killah’s Apollo Kids on volume 10. We discovered some digital jewels that we wanted to share with our beloved readers:
If you ask any of HipHopDX’s editorial, one of our biggest inspirations is ego trip magazine. This dream-team of Hip Hop writers made a magazine (and two books) that gave us an Ivy League Hip Hop education. The way the guys covered the past and the past, the sub-genres of Hip Hop was simply by fanatics, for fanatics. With back-issues going on eBay for top dollar, we were ecstatic to discover that egotripland.com has launched. There’s some dope new content, but we highly encourage the vintage interviews. One we particularly wanted to share is Jeff “Chairman” Mao’s 1996 cover-story with Ghostface Killah. This is the type of shit that made us do what we do, and it’s so great to be able to share it.
DX has been known to bust guns – at the gun range, of course. While we join the Self-Destruction movement in still encouraging all to “stop the violence,” we love gun music. From “AZ’s Chillin’,” a Fizzy Womack beat made of gunshots to Waka Flocka Flame’s name origins to Smif-n-Wessun, it’s all great to us. With 50 Cent’s film Gun releasing to DVD, the Complex.com brethren paid homage to the Hip Hop gun metaphor. From “Me & My Girlfriend” to “I Gave You Power,” the trend is chronicled here.
Just-Ice once rapped about Hip Hop’s earliest days, “I know, I was there!” When it comes to Death Row Records’ earliest days, few there are talking about it. Suge Knight and Dr. Dre rarely do interviews, and Snoop Dogg rarely wants to revisit those days. Well, a new voice has emerged, Donnell Alexander. He is providing tidbits of information on those controversial Death Row years. We really are enjoying the entries, and this latest one talks about Suge Knight strong-arming Compton’s Most Wanted affiliate The Unknown DJ for the Death Row name, as well as the famous “don’t use my phone” incident that involves a gun, Kurupt’s early managers and a million dollar lawsuit.
Pardon the terrible quality of this video. This past weekend, the HipHopDX editorial staff was together, and “like we always do,” we reminisced about our favorite Rap memories. A conversation about BET’s Rap City made us re-live this 2000 Ghostface Killah interview gone terribly wrong. Many people forget how Ghost got confrontational with Big Tigger and threatened to “smack that grin off your face” on live television. Ah, those were the days.