5 videos of Eric B. & Rakim from the Don't Sweat The Technique era, in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary. [via egotripland]

Joey Bada$$ is on the rise. [via Pitchfork]

A recent proposed deal between Universal and EMI led to a senate debate about the appropriate level of record label power. [via NY Times]

Killer Mike’s first trip to a strip club was to see 2 Live Crew. [via MTV Hive]
Ab-Soul puts on a gutsy solo performance at S.O.B.'s. [via Village Voice]