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Wes’ Weekly Hip Hop News Roundup | (Mar 21, 2007)

DOWNLOAD: Talib Kweli ft Jean Grae – Say Something (MP3) (via Spine Magazine)

Public Enemy @ SXSW – March 16, 2007 (CRED)
Public Enemy @ SXSW

Hip Hop @ SXSW

  • Prefix Magazine has videos and pictures of Redman‘s set at the Fader Fort. Monsters&Critics reviews the show.
  • James took some great pictures of the Rakim showcase.
  • Some great photos here of Public Enemy‘s fantastic SXSW concert. Still rocking a crowd of 12,000 after 20 years. AngryCitizen reviews.
  • A selection of other great photos from Aesop Rock, Brother Ali, C-Rayz, El-P, Rakim & Ghostface‘s showcases here. El-P show review here
  • Spankrock in action can be found here and here, Pidgeon John here (+ review), and UGK here.

Did I miss any great reviews, videos or pictures? Link them in the comments!

El-P @ SXSW – March 16, 2007 (CRED)


  • West Coast rap crew Jurassic 5 officially broke up.
  • The Beastie Boys speak on returning this summer with an album and a tour.
  • Oshino Sparks is pleading with Jay-Z to clear a sample so he can eat.
  • Redman in a great speaks on his new album, label business and more in one of the more intelligent and entertaining interviews in recent history by any rapper. Great to see someone take responsibility for his own career instead of whining about other people getting more attention.
  • TI discusses new album, which will have features from Eminem, Timbaland, Lil’ Wayne, and more.
  • Check out this fascinating read on how to save old rap music from dying off.

Ghostface Killah @ SXSW – March 17, 2007 (CRED)
Ghostface @ SXSW


  • The Rap Up has a great freestyle by Joe Budden. When is Def Jam finally going to unleash him?
  • Check out a few EL-P tracks from his new album I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead here. Read a 4.5/5 HipHopSite review of the album here (most reliable review site for hip hop hands down). Pitchfork also reviews, and the Village Voice does a feature. Also listen to Chuck D interviewing El-Producto on Air America.
  • Download a fantastic 2 disc James Brown mixtape by DJ Premier here. Via Idolator.

Rakim @ SXSW – March 17, 2007 (CRED)
Rakim @ SXSW


  • NWA Day! Watch this hilarious video. I can’t really explain it.
  • Redman performing ‘Tonight’s The Night’ @ SXSW. Watch here.

“Gabo” got a Devin the Dude Tattoo (CRED)
Devin the Dude

Then Gabo hung with Devin @ SXSW.

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