–The onetime musician Ryan Adams, whose next new book of poetry, Hello Sunshine, just landed on top of his last one, Infinity Blues, at SOTC HQ, is taking his act to the Awl, where he’ll be reviewing video games. Ahem: “Playing Gorf is like getting wasted, or what I remember about getting wasted: It’s loud, it’s confusing, there are a bunch of lights going off, people (robots) are shooting at you, you need pizza, etc., then its game over. Of course you just play the thing again but as my pops once told me ‘You lose when you drop the quarter in.'”
–Raekwon is having a release party for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II at Santos Party House on September 8, the same day the record comes out. In attendance? Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Beanie Sigel, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, Lyfe Jennings, and DJ Kid Capri. That group could combine to do more classics than we can name. Tickets available here.
–Looks like there was some substance to The-Dream’s retirement talk. He is apparently Island/Def Jam’s new Executive Vice President. According to Twitter: “I wanna Thank everyone at Island Records/DefJam for their faith in me and making me Executive Vice President of Island Records. Thank you to my team..my manager Mark Stewart & my attorney Aaron Rosenberg for getting this 1st step of a goal accomplished. Thanks to Judy. Thank you to my partner Tricky Stewart and the RadioKilla & RedZone Staff. LA Reid, Karen Kwak, Steve Bartels, Joe Barino. Steve Gotlieb and Thank you, Universal Chairman, Doug Morris. I look forward to the challenge of rebuilding music for not only Island Records, But for Universal Records as a whole. Today I’m humbled and blessed. Terius ‘The-Dream’.” The-Dream is a man who knows how to make a hit, so good for Island/Def Jam. Hopefully being an executive won’t make him what it made Jay-Z into.