Oct 23

New Book in Stores “Definition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop”

Bill Adler – the author of the Run-DMC biography “Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run DMC” – has teamed up with Cey Adams – a well known designer who has worked for countless hip hop artists – to release a new book entitled “Definition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop“.

The book, which hit stores just a week ago, highlights the careers and artwork of hip-hop elders as Run-DMC, Dapper Dan and Snoop Dogg and many others as well as contemporary artists, featuring over 200 photos.

If interested, check out the interview with Cey and Bill at www.sneakerfreaker.com. The interview provides some background these guys come from and why their book could mean something to the hip hop world.
There is also a book review at Mic to Mic Blog, who’s author was so friendly to notify me that this book has been released.

I personally have not had my hands on the book yet, so can’t tell if it is any good. You’ll have to check yourself.

Feb 13

Some VH1.com Articles re JMJ’s Murder

VH1.com recently published two articles dealing with the topic of JMJ’s murder. While not revealing a lot, it looks a bit like there is some movement in the case currently, people revealing information/thoughts unheared before. So there are signs that somebody might have shot at the gun men as they were leaving the studio.

If interested, read the two articles “Jam Master Jay’s Murder: Run-DMC DJ’s Friend Randy Allen Responds To New Allegations” and “Who Shot Jam Master Jay? Were Killers Caught On Video?” at VH1.com. The latter summarises a meeting between Randy Allan (JMJ’s friend and business partner) and Marvin Thompson (JMJ’s brother).

Also interesting, the timeline VH1.com put together: “Jam Master Jay’s Murder: A Timeline And The Key Players”

Oct 30

Jam Master Jay’s Studio

In recognition of todays anniversary of JMJ’s death, MTV News got an exclusive visit to his former studio (24/7 Studio in Queens, New York).
The Queens native William “The Mayor” Pittman bought the studio with his partners Erik Jewel and female rapper Vein in January this year.
Pittman told MTV News in what bad condition he found JMJ’s studio when he got the keys earlier this year.

Read article at VH1.com