A SIP OF LEMONADE

“Lemonade” (preview for a mix-in-progress) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

It’s a little shocking to me but I haven’t released a full-fledged hip-hop mixtape since Auditory Assault and that came out in 2001. (I guess parenthood and a full-time job slows down the productivity on other fronts).

This summer, I made it a point to start working on mixes again. The first mix (and I’ll tease it later) is a party mix in the vein of Groove [...]

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BAD RAP EDITS

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I’m sympathetic to the fact that record labels were under pressure to create clean edits of rap songs, especially in the 1990s. It may seem quaint now to read about C. Dolores Tucker or the Parents Music Resource Center in an era where any kid can listen to songs on YouTube and experience 1000x the profanity…and that’s just in the comments (*rimshot*). Nonetheless, creating radio edits was good business, a nod to DJs to let them know that it’d be safe to play this new single without the [...]

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ERIC DUCKER ON THE STORY BEHIND “PISTOLGRIP PUMP”

“Pistolgrip Pump” is one of my favorite L.A. hip-hop songs and now Eric Ducker has written a thorough history of how the song came to be (and truly, the many ways in which it could have NOT come to be). Great music journalism at work here.

(Also a sobering reminder of how the song ended up defining Volume 10′s style as something that was actually quite different from what it actually was. Listen to practically anything else on the album and his Good Life bonafides are instantly obvious).

GRAB BAG: JULY 2014

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A FB commentator (uncharitably) suggested that I should post more music to the site…as if I had been withholding out of malice or ignorance. While I may question the spirit of the comment, I at least received the message component, loud and clear. Here, my dears

Kenny Dope Unreleased Project: Comin’ Inside
From: The Pushin Dope EP (TNT, 1994)

Back when I posted this Brass Construction song, I thought [...]

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ASK US: CHILDREN’S STORIES

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An anonymous reader asks:

Curious to know what rap music you listen to, if any, with your daughter? I rarely play my favorites – other than the occasional Tribe or De La – and I’ve always been concerned about my daughter (who is 8) hearing the misogyny and homophobia, not the curse words. (This isn’t to say ATCQ and DLS aren’t guilty, because, I mean, “Infamous Date Rape”? Really, Tribe? I digress for now…) The older she gets, the tougher the call, because I’d really like to share the [...]

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