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ISSUE 041 • DECEMBER 3rd 2018
Tommy Wright III

Still Runnin-N-Gunnin: The Rebirth of Memphis Rap Legend Tommy Wright III

25 minute read • Red Bull Music Academy

This might well be the best artist portrait we read this year. For RBMA, Torii MacAdams goes to South Memphis to meet with cult hero Tommy Wright III. What's most striking here is the distance between the rapper's Internet deification and his real-life struggle, captured by the author with great subtlety.

Emerging From Migos as His Own Man: The Metamorphosis of Offset

12 minute read • The New York Times

The New York Times' Joe Coscarelli continues his exploration of the Quality Control microuniverse. This time, he profiles Migos' Offset, miraculously alive after a gruesome car accident, determined as ever, and eager to reveal a more thoughtful side. We also get to meet again his billion dollar lawyer.
The Squeaking Bed Sample

The Squeaking Bed Sample: How Hip-Hop’s Horniest Sound Effect Conquered the World

6 minute read • Rolling Stone

Another week, another story on a random rap sound effect reaching global ubiquity. This time, writer Elias Leight (a producer's best friend) goes back to Trillville's 2004 hit "Some Cut" to find the origin of an explicit sound that inspires both Latin Trap and Korean pop. Adam Levine definitely has a point.
Tekashi 6ix9ine

Tekashi 6ix9ine Gets Lost in His Own Album

5 minute read • Vulture

In a busy week, Vulture's Craig Jenkins profiled the Brockhampton conglomerate and interviewed Earl Sweatshirt. But it's his review of 6ix9ine's out-on-bail album that stopped us in our tracks. Don't miss the opening paragraph: this might be the most eloquent, clear-eyed statement on these four years of culture wars. A must read.

Madlib Meets Ethiopian Legend Ayaléw Mesfin

13 minute video • Noisey

"There's a multitude of musicians and craftspeople around the world that people just haven't paid attention to" says sample scholar Egon, as Madlib and him meet Ethiopian funk musician Ayaléw Mesfin. Watching them together is an inspiring moment, as their influences come full circle, from James Brown to Ethiopia, all the way back to Madlib's sampler.
Pimp C

'Long Live the Pimp': A Documentary on the Life and Legacy of Pimp C

27 minute video • Complex (2016)

Tomorrow will mark the eleventh anniversary of Pimp C's passing. Two years ago, Complex and Mass Appeal had joined force for this tribute documentary. Friends, peers and relatives of the late rapper-producer discussed his life, influence, and his showstopping turn in Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'", which almost never happened. 
Meek Mill

58 Minutes with Meek Mill

In Vulture • Recommended by Christina Lee

"Meek Mill may have technically reentered society (there he is on Ellen, after he used to watch Ellen in jail!). But he is here to remind us: 'Meek is not free. He is walking on his tippy-toes.' Vulture associate editor Dee Lockett helps explain, as she breaks down his staggering probation terms in plain language, alongside the weight of his newfound responsibility as a justice reform activist. She captures the unease of his current limbo in greater detail than I've seen elsewhere."

+ Another story about how Meek Mill moves forward, by Marcus Moore for Entertainment Weekly

Christina Lee is an award-winning music journalist who has been published in The Guardian, Rolling Stone and more.

Time flies: our November playlist is already here, featuring Metro Boomin, JPEGMAFIA, J.I.D and Black Thought.

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