Adele and James Blake are on the short list to receive the UK's prestigious Mercury Award for best album of the year. [Pitchfork]

Check out this interesting piece about how Rebecca Black's latest single is an attempt to shame to universe that made her famous. [TheAtlantic]

Jon Caramanica breaks down the Pitchfork Music Festival performances and compares Odd Future to the Sex Pistols and others. [NYTimes]

Ja Rule has received 28 months in additional jail time for tax evasion. [TheBoombox]

The Strokes talk about how a small New York venue was the worst gig they've ever played. [NME]

Check out this list of the top 10 intellectual rappers. [ListVerse]

Check out some unseen footage from Britney Spears' "Gimme More" video. [PopDust]

Red Cafe has announced a new joint project with Fabolous and a single featuring Rick Ross, produced by Ryan Leslie. [Vibe]

Dom Kennedy is preparing a DVD mini-movie to couple with his latest album From The Westside With Love II. [Billboard]

Check out this interview with legendary rap group Naughty By Nature where they talk about being underrated and how Kay Gee didn't want to release one of their biggest hits ever. [HipHopChronicleUK]