After an industry blacklisting and a major legal scandal at their former magazine The Source, it seemed like former owners David Mays and Raymond “Benzino” Scott were down and out for the count. But nobody told them that. In 2006, the duo behind one of Hip Hop’s most honored and controversial publications returned with their tabloid-inspired magazine Hip Hop Weekly. Since then, Hip Hop Weekly has become one of the most profitable Hip Hop publications, earning close $4 million in revenues last year alone. Now, the New York Observer has put together an in-depth look at Mays and Benzino’s final days at The Source and how one of the most notorious journalistic duos in Hip Hop came back from the brink.
President Obama employs a lot of different people in a multitude of capacities, but you wouldn’t expect a DJ to one of them. Well, according Los Angeles Weekly, one LA-based turntablist is quickly becoming the man in charge’s unofficial go-to-guy. Meet DJ Adam 12, who’s spun for Obama’s past birthday bashes and is preparing to man the one’s and two’s at an upcoming funraiser event at the House of Blues later this month. Hail to the Chief – and his DJ.
Mixtapes are a download a dozen these days, but back before the Internet became Hip Hop’s home, they were artfully rendered, one-of-a-kind projects featuring mash-ups, rare b-sides, exclusive freestyles and more. So who better to remember the golden era of mixtapes than one of the later generation’s best mixtape DJs, Clinton Sparks. In a new list from Complex, Sparks recalls his 30 favorite mixtapes that inspired him the bang out classics like the Re-Up Gang’s We Got It 4 Cheap and his own extensive Get Familiar series.