R.J. Smith

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  • 10 years ago

    August 23, 1988 A little dirty, Harris Pankin wears a T-shirt with three faces looking at you: Jesus, Manson, and Pankin. "Choose Your God" it says beneath. His hair—Pankin's, I mean—is curly and long enough to fall, in ringlets twirling...

  • 12 years ago

    Quentin Tarantino holds the keys to the Pussy Wagon. Of all the reasons why it's good to be the king, surely being able to drive the Pussy Wagon is up there in the top five. "It brightens up everybody's day," says Tarantino. "When you drive a Puss...

  • 13 years ago

    In the money scene of 8 Mile, the young white Detroit rapper Rabbit Smith (played by young white Detroit rapper Eminem) battles a series of black MCs for the night's crown. We watch him find his game face in the mirror of the men's room of a club ...

  • 14 years ago

    Out-of-Body Experience, heaven version: "I saw my life before my eyes, and that is no shit. . . . I saw myself walking in and out of countless record stores, forking over vast fortunes in an endless chain of cash-register clicks and dings. . . . I...

  • 14 years ago

    Two guys march into the Victor Recording Company office one summer day in 1922, mad flossing all the way: one dressed like a cowboy, the other like a Confederate soldier. Either the music they're selling or their unforgettable getups pique the rec...

  • 14 years ago

    Cornel West's Sketches of My Culture is probably the first hip-hop record by a Harvard professor. I demand that academia reciprocate and immediately put Ol' Dirty Bastard on the tenure track. Until then, Dr. Dre doesn't need to worry about Dr. Wes...


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