7:18 is a new mixtape by DJs MICK and Chi Duly, which pairs lyrics/verses by rapper Jay-Z with beats by DJ/Producer DJ Premier. The album we’ve all wanted to hear forever, basically. It’s good. Stream or download it here.

The Redux

It’s no secret that I’m a giant, giant fan of hip-hop producer Prince Paul. His work with De La, Gravediggaz, Dan the Automator, etal, is all incredible to me. Check out The Redux, an hour-long mix, rich with vocal samples, funky soul loops, and some of the best lyricists around: MC Breeze, Jean Grae, Planet Asia, Beatnuts, the RZA, Chubb Rock (!), Kardinal Official, MF Doom, J Zone, and more. Available as a free download for a limited time.

You Know What Time Is It

The sophomore album from West Coast rap group Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, turns 22 today. Most people seem to prefer their debut release but this is definitely my favorite Pharcyde album. Songs like “Drop” and “Runnin'” have been some of my favorite hip-hop tracks since the mid-’90s, and they still sound amazing to me.

30 Second Selfie Rule

I love this story from Dezeen – The Broad imposes 30-second “selfie rule” at Yayoi Kusama exhibition. I sort of loathe selfies, personally, but it’s the worst when people take them in front of artworks you’d like to see. I don’t believe the paintings were intended to be background imagery for portraits, and I think you kind of completely miss the point when you turn away from the artwork to document your own face too. Waiting for folks to hurry up and finish their narcissism so you can finally view the artwork in quest is extra tedious too. I’m getting old, obviously. On the other hand, I suppose that peoples’ need to take selfies in front of famous artwork at least helps to get more bodies into art galleries, which is arguably a win for everyone?

TSOTW: Outernational

This week’s T-Shirt Of The Week is this outdoorsy graphic tee from Selector, now available on black. I didn’t think it would work well on black, an enthusiastic customer really pushed for it, and it ended up looking really great. Teamwork.