Between the duck face tattoos and much more newsworthy events, it’s been a crazy week. Every day the news headlines offer a mix of ignorance, enlightenment and entertainment, and as we got our morning caffeine fix, the latest batch of Loose Links seemed to capture that odd mixture perfectly.

“Take A Look Around You”

Nothing appeals to our inner Hip Hop/Journalism nerd like good, old-fashioned investigative reporting. Sam Slovick has a great piece in Los Angeles Weekly with Top Dawg Entertainment/Strange Music artist, Jay Rock. Without giving too much away, this is everything you look for in a good profile story. Jay Rock and Slovick address California’s controversial Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act, and why an emcee that signed a lucrative deal with Tech N9ne is in Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects. It’s a thought-provoking read if you have the time.

Read “Inside the Nickerson Gardens Projects with Rapper Jay Rock”

“It’s a Family Affair”

It’s easy to get so caught up in the every day ins and outs of Hip Hop culture that you kind of miss out on real issues at home and abroad. For those following the violent revolts in Libya, there’s an interesting mix of politics and entertainment going on. As Libyan Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi is threatening to kill protestors and others who oppose him, publicists have to decide how to explain why artists such as Usher, Beyonce, and Mariah Carey were booked for high-paying performances as guests of the Qaddafi family. Good luck with that.

Read WikiLeaks Cables Detail Qaddafi Family’s Exploits

“Screw Gooden, I’ll pitch in the PJ’s”

By now, everyone knows how obsessive we get about Hip Hop artists doing commercials. But Andrew Noz of Cocaine Blunts and the folks at Complex took things even further with a list of the 50 greatest Hip Hop commercials. The all-inclusive list features recent ads, such as Jay Electronica’s Mountain Dew: Code Red commercial. You’ll also see hard to find gems like Memphis Bleek hawking Garnier Fructis shampoo, and the iconic St. Ides malt liquor ads from the early ‘90’s.

Read’s “50 Greatest Hip Hop Commercials”