After sparking intense debate by declaring that Jay-Z’s The Blueprint is better than Reasonable Doubt, our friends over at Complex magazine are at it again. This time, they’ve enlisted Michael Rapaport, director of Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, to make a similarly bold statement: that Midnight Marauders is better than The Low End Theory, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. “First of all, let me say that this is really hard. For me to pick one of these albums is like choosing a favorite child,” writes Rapaport, who breaks down why Marauders is superior.
With his sophomore solo album Cats & Dogs hitting stores on September 27th, Evidence chopped it up with DJBooth.net about the LP, breaking it down track by track. Discussing how he nabbed features for each cut and executed concepts, the Dilated Peoples member explains why the album doesn’t have a thirteenth track, how he chose beats for certain tracks, what it was like to work with DJ Premier, talking about “deep shit” on “The Red Carpet” featuring Raekwon and Ras Kass and more.
Lil B is yet to announce signing a major label deal, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t offers on the table. L.A. Weekly profiled his manager, Sebastian Demian, who spoke on what the Based God has in store for his career. At the end of the article, he hints at Lil B signing to a major record company in the future. “I feel, and I think B feels, that the path will be illuminated when it’s right. I’m helping with the business, and I’d like to think it’s as creative as what he’s doing with the music,” said Demian.