The importance of Kendrick Lamar. [via Potholes In My Blog]

For RZA, hip-hop was just a prelude to kung fu. [via NY Times]

Machine Gun Kelly explains apologizing to Jimmy Iovine. [via HipHopDX]

Why album sales and YouTube views aren't necessarily reliable barometers of hip-hop fandom in this era of gentrified taste and consolidated gatekeepers. [via Pitchfork]

Don't miss these bands at CMJ. [via Village Voice