THE STORY BEHIND N.W.A.’S FIRST RECORD COVER

The Story Behind N.W.A.'s First Record Cover from Oliver Wang on Vimeo.

I originally researched most of this story in 2012 for Artbound but I just revisited it for the Leimert Park Book Fair and decided to record the update as a narrated slideshow. It tells a serendipitous set of stories behind where N.W.A. shot the cover photo for their first release and how it plugs into a longer history of music in Los Angeles.

UPDATE: I should have caught this before, but in the LA Weekly piece from 2010, Sir Jinx shares this important detail: “”All […]

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KENDRICK LAMAR: CHURCH

Kendrick Lamar: Rigamortis (TDE, 2011, Section 80)

No doubt, I’m loving To Pimp A Butterfly (just wrote a new piece about its L.A. connections) but especially with all the hyper-jazziness of parts of that new LP, I keep coming back to my intro to K. Dot. “Rigamortis” still feels like a cotdman revelation every time I hear it.

365 Days of Soul, #90

LION BABE: YOU MIGHT BURN

Lion Babe’s “Treat Me Like Fire” originally dropped in 2013 but they finally came out with their debut EP and redid the video for this single (the original is here). Love the entire vibe of the song; it’s like the best song Erykah Badu never cut. And love that producer Lucas Goodman is flipping a frickin’ Mod-Art 7″ for the beat/vocals here.1 So killer.

365 Days of Soul, #55

Peep the Mawkus blend edit. ↩

DONUTS: THE FULL-LENGTH VIDEO

There are labors of love…and then there’s this. *mind goes supernova*

VINYL ASIDES (FEAT. ME)

About eight years ago, before I moved from the Bay to L.A., Cooper Kenward and a friend interviewed me for a high school project on hip-hop. I ran into Cooper again at the SS@10 party in S.F. the other month and he asked if he might interview me again, this time for a series of web videos about…record collecting. How could I say no? The video is above and interviewer Jonathan Shifflet has a small write-up to go with it.