In addition to this week’s curation, I started a weekly playlist over at Lunch N Leftovers featuring some of my favorite songs from the week, so check that out. This edition of the SD curation is stacked from floor to ceiling with content. We have interviews from Vince Staples and Father both worth reading, why Travi$ Scott’s debut album is a sequel to Yeezus, some little known facts about Mick Foley, the streaming wars and what it means for free music, and more.
Vince Staples – The FADER Interview: As we await his debut album, Vince Staples dropped GEMS in his interview with The FADER. He talks about not feeling pressured for a radio single, why hip-hop culture isn’t appreciated as much, structuring his album after the summer of 2006, and more.
The Real Story Behind Macho Man’s Rap Album: In case you needed a reminder, Randy Savage made a rap album, and before John Cena I might add. This is the story of how it came together equipped with quotes from Randy’s brother and more. I loved this.
Father – NPR Interview: Simply because NPR has some of the best interviews in the game, and very underrated too, here’s the sit-down they had with Atlanta’s own Father. He talks about the inspiration behind his latest mixtape title, utilizing his creativity, and more.
Travi$ Scott’s Rodeo Will Be The True Sequel To Yeezus: To this day, we can argue about Yeezus. It’s a very disappointing album to me, and always will be. Gary Suarez looks at Travi$ Scott’s debut album and how it’ll be a sequel to Kanye’s worst album, which I’m actually fine with. I think Travi$ can carry that kind of sound, but ‘Ye didn’t.
13 Facts You May Not Know About Mick Foley: From his first name to his first little known run in WWE, these are the facts you may or may not have heard about Mick Foley’s career.
A Day In The Life of Fetty Wap: If you’re one of those people who have been burning up trying to figure out what Fetty Wap does in his day, Billboard has answered your prayers. You’ll witness his alcoholic, party-animal ways, how he doesn’t understand how people with two eyes not being able to drive when he can do it with one, and more.
Taking Acid With ILoveMakonnen: An Ernest Baker tale from Governor’s Ball.
Bring The Drugs: The Weeknd & The Rise of Overdose R&B: Nathan Slavik goes deep with the drug-filled world of The Weeknd’s music. He questions how a man of Abel’s caliber has been able to survive this journey he portrays through the music and if we should worry.
The Streaming Wars & The Coming Free Music Apocalypse: Paid streaming is the future, so, as we look on the impending change, Yoh writes about how things will begin to change. However, Brian Z (DJ Booth’s founder) provides an interesting comment about indie artists always using the internet to build a fan base instead of hiding behind a pay wall. It’s a lot to think about.
20 Hip Hop Veterans Offer Freshmen Advice: From Bun B to Juvenile, some of the artists who have experienced longevity gave some key advice for new artists. Somehow, Lil Mama is in here, which I’ve never considered her a vet. It’s valuable even if you’re not a rapper.
Balloons To Hills: The Weeknd’s Rise From Cult Indie Hero to Budding International Superstar: The Weeknd is in an interesting position with his career. He’s fighting to be behind two mediums with his dark edge and his newfound pop success, which collide nicely on “Can’t Feel My Face.” Eric Bernsen writes about his career, why his upcoming album is important, and more.