Posts Tagged ‘hip-hop’

Golden Oldies: An Occasional Series Highlighting the Best of Frank Owen’s Writing

Posted: January 20, 2014 in Articles
Tags: Compton, Easy E, , Ice Cube, LA, music, NWA, Racism, Spin Magazine

NWA: Hanging Tough

Frank Owen, Spin, April 1990

Hounded by the FBI and acclaimed as the new, new Sex Pistols, NWA’s rise has been rapid and sensational. But now that chief spokesman and lyricist Ice Cube has left the band, has the soul and intelligence of these Niggers With Attitude gone with him?

THE NUMBERS alone are impressive. Both NWA’s Straight Outta Compton and NWA member Eazy E’s solo album Eazy-Duz-It have sold over one and ahalf million units each without radio play, MTV support or major record company promotion.


Golden Oldies: An Occasional Series Highlighting the Best of Frank Owen’s Writing

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Articles
Tags: Fab Five Freddy, , , Max Roach, music, Spin Magazine

Fab 5 Freddy & Max Roach: Hip Hop Bebop, Spin, October 1988

Max Roach says the new Charlie Parkers are in hip hop. The inventor of modern jazz drumming celebrates the new generation with wild stylist Fab Five Freddy.

MAX ROACH — legendary drummer with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk; a key figure in the creation of the music known as bebop; University of Massachusetts professor and recipient of a MacArthur, or “genius” fellowship; and now a collaborator with Fab Five Freddy on a hip hop/bebop project — is screaming at me at the top of his voice: “I can’t stand it, I can’t stand it, I can’t stand it. Don’t talk no more. Just get the fuck out of my house, you racist motherfucker, you supremist cocksucker.”

Max Roach

Max Roach

Golden Oldies: An Occasional Series Highlighting the Best of Frank Owen’s Writing.

Posted: December 18, 2013 in Articles
Tags: 1980, Bronx, , , interview, , NME magazine, rap, scott la rock

Scott La Rock: Wasted In The Zoo, NME, 26 September 1987

Less than a month ago, the Bronx rap supremo SCOTT LA ROCK was tragically shot dead in a street brawl, the very day he’d signed a high profile contract with Sleeping Bag. FRANK OWEN, who did the last interview before Scott’s death, here pays tribute.




“The mystery powder in the clear capsule cost $10, a dead giveaway it wasn’t the substance the dope peddler was claiming it was. Nobody sells the real deal for that price. Examining it under the light, one could see yellowish rice-shaped crystals shifting around inside the half-filled capsule. It didn’t even look like the genuine article.”

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“The Last Days Of Jam Master Jay,” Playboy, December 2003

The Story That Broke Open the Jam Master Jay Murder Case:


Beastie Boys Book Proposal by Frank Owen

Posted: June 26, 2012 in Articles
Tags: Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys, , , License to Ill,

“Blown Away” Playboy March 2010

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Playboy Articles
Tags: clubs, cocaine, , , philadelphia, playboy, rian thal, the wire