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SPIN’s December Issue


So, by now, you should be able to find the December hip-hop issue of SPIN in stores. I had a hand in putting the whole thing together and I’m very proud of what we did: We documented what the hell is going on in rap right now and that’s what we wanted to do. So yes, go read it, maybe buy it, or at least stand in a Barnes & Noble somewhere and look through the thing. Most of the content is online but there are a few thing you’re missing out if you don’t grab the print version…

  • “Opening Act”: The usual “editor’s letter” for each issue. Here it has the great Charles Aaron discussing SPIN’s role (or lack thereof) in covering hip-hop and a pretty funny Instant Messenger conversation between Charles and I about Mac Miller, Main Attrakionz, and other rap minutiae.
  • “The New Underground: We Got This”: My story that explains how the hell we got here. Featuring: Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, Lil B, Yelawolf, Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar, Cities Aviv, Main Attrakionz, Stalley, Clams Casino, AraabMuzik, and DJ Burn One.
  • “Hip-Hop’s Planetary Shift”: That infographic that everyone’s arguing about!
  • “The Loud Family”: Julianne Escobedo Shepherd hung out with Odd Future and showed them to be regular-ass human beings. Tyler’s essentially straight-edge, which is totally fascinating.
  • “50 Mixtapes You Need”: A guide to 50 essential Internet releases (most of them free) from Action Bronson to Zilla.
  • “Rocket Men”: David Peisner went down to Huntsville and talked to G-Side and plenty of other Hunts Vegas rappers. Lots of stuff about Slow Motion Soundz that I didn’t know before, including a really tense meeting with a “real” record label.
  • “Encore”: The last page of the issue features a picture of a young sleeping Rick Rubin, with quotes from the dude who took it and Rubin himself.

Written by Brandon

November 28th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Posted in Spin

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  1. Just picked up the “hard copy” this afternoon. Great work. Deluge of *must hear* mixtapes over the past year has been rather overwhelming–seems like you’ve just finished one Curren$y mix when Spitta drops another on you. So putting together a top 50 was a nice public service.

    Also… quick question for you or any readers. What’s the song playing in the background during A$AP Rocky’s introductory segment for Pitchfork Selector? With the half-sung lyrics about a “pusher”? Anybody?


    29 Nov 11 at 1:30 am

  2. Man, appreciate it you picking it up! We tried to do that 50 mixtapes thing like a sylabus or something.

    ASAP’s “Palace” is playing at the beginning, is that what you mean? Sorry if you know that already and I’m being dumb and you mean another song…


    29 Nov 11 at 1:43 am

  3. Yeah, not “Palace.” About halfway through the first segment when they transition to lazer-tag game, there’s a (I think) non-A$AP song playing in background. Maybe it’s a Main Attrakionz cut I’m not familiar with.


    29 Nov 11 at 1:57 am

  4. Ah sorry, yeah, I don’t know what that is either. Anybody??


    29 Nov 11 at 2:04 am

  5. Emailed Eavvon O’Neal to find out. The song is “get high ft. DEEFERG” from the Deep Purple mixtape. Didn’t have that one. Now I do.


    29 Nov 11 at 4:49 am

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