Flashback Friday Flop: “Tha Doggfather”

This is the first entry of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I will examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time. I’ve done this sortContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Tha Doggfather””

Lennon & McCartney BBC Interview [1966]

John Lennon & Paul McCartney were an incredible songwriting team. They wrote virtually all of The Beatles’ music and they even gave away songs to other artists (including the Rolling Stones). In this 1966 BBC interview from McCartney’s new home, the two talk about their partnership. Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all ofContinue reading “Lennon & McCartney BBC Interview [1966]”

In Appreciation of: “Young Guns II” – I’ll Make You Famous

From the ages of about twelve to seventeen, I was alone for much of my downtime. I didn’t have a girlfriend, so if I weren’t at basketball practice, I was lounging around the house, either listening to hip-hop or watching my favorite movies over and over, quoting dialogue, imagining being a different person in aContinue reading “In Appreciation of: “Young Guns II” – I’ll Make You Famous”

Stanley Kubrick’s Annotated Copy of Stephen King’s “The Shining”

Following up on yesterday’s post on Room 237, here are some photos from Stanley Kubrick’s copy of Stephen King’s novel, complete with his notes and ideas.

Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction”

Pulp Fiction is one of those films where it’s hard to imagine anyone portraying the characters other than the actors that were ultimately in the film. However, this list of Tarantino’s dream actors for the cast is great. For me, the most interesting case is Lance, the drug dealer in a robe, who was ultimatelyContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Original Wish List for the Cast of “Pulp Fiction””

Shawn Kemp Was a Destroyer of Worlds

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.“ – Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching The mid-’90s Sonics never won the chip, but in fairness, they were victims of some horrible luck. In 1994, they lost to a really good Denver Nuggets team in the first occurrence of an 8-seed beating a 1-seedContinue reading “Shawn Kemp Was a Destroyer of Worlds”

Jay Electronica Should Never Release an Album

Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit C” was a masterpiece, “a magical moment—one he nor any other rapper in the past five years could top,” but it came out in December, 2009. We’re approaching the sixth anniversary of its release and all Jay has given us in the intervening years are some (admittedly pretty great) guest appearances andContinue reading “Jay Electronica Should Never Release an Album”

LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” Live on “Showtime at the Apollo” [1991]

Although he’s now know more for acting and hosting, LL Cool J is one of the greatest artists in hip-hop history and he used to put on a hell of a show. This performance of “Mama Said Knock You Out” on Showtime at the Apollo is nothing short of fantastic. Christopher Pierznik is the authorContinue reading “LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” Live on “Showtime at the Apollo” [1991]”

20 Classic Hip-Hop Songs for Casual Fans

As a favor – one that you did not ask for – I’ve compiled a list of twenty songs that I think casual hip-hop fans should know.