The other day, I saw Cornel West on television say that Lil Wayne’s physical body bears witness to tragedy. I don’t even know what that means, but I do think that Wayne’s artistic persona is a testament to damage.
"I’ve always thought Yunior’s voice isn’t possible without hip-hop," Junot Díaz says. He discusses how hip-hop influenced his writing, his top three albums (Immortal Technique’s Revolutionary Vol. 2., Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, and Big Daddy Kane’s Long Live the Kane), and even Miley Cyrus in an interview with Salon. Previously, we reported that he wrote his first book to the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack.
"The ‘cameo’ or ‘fade,’ that troubling cyberpunk flat-top haircut favored by Carl Lewis and Grace Jones but popularized by the group Cameo’s rapping Larry Blackmon, has now become less a haircut than a sculptural statement: words, logos, slogans, and complex signs razored into the rigid anvil of hair that is, according to the Voice, ‘the most culturally conscious unisex hairstyle since the ‘afro.’”
The book David Foster Wallace co-authored with Mark Costello about the pair’s “uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop” will be re-released in the US next Tuesday. UK readers look like they’re going to get a reissue of the book on their shelves as well.
The Science Genius Initiative is a pilot project organized by Rap Genius, science teachers from ten New York City public schools, and GZA.
Later during my trip, I asked McQueen and his manager what they envision for Jackson’s future. McQueen’s immediate response was: “What do we want Jackson to be like? Have you ever been to Atlanta? Like that … you know, something outside of the roads just being tattered and torn to bits.” He went on to say:
It would take a broader-minded person to say, “I know why this is. I know why Farish Street looks like it does, I know why Capitol Street looks like it does.” And it all goes back to fear … with that fear you can keep stagnation. And with stagnation, what happens? It gets old and stale and just deteriorates and evaporates and goes away. But that’s what they’re hoping will happen, the powers that be, that’s what they’re hoping happens.
Of course, if you were to ask the “powers that be” the same question they would tell you that there are plans in the works to revitalize Farish Street, which is true: the Farish Street Entertainment District development project is technically in the works right now. The problem is that the buildings still sit entirely empty, despite 2012 predictions that they’d be completed by now. Progress has obviously stalled.
A little goodness for your morning, courtesy of Danny Brown.
De La Soul, “Stakes Is High”