Longreads of the Week: ‘Ready to Die’, Novelty Singles, Nicki Minaj and More

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.13.14 in News

Since it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the features that flood social media feeds all week, we did some of the digging for you. Here’s a handful of stories that are worth a click this weekend:

- The Quietus marked the 20th anniversary of Ready to Die with an essay from Angus Batey, a journalist who had his Notorious B.I.G. interview canceled when the rapper was fatally shot the day before.

- Resident Advisor revealed the profound life changes in the lead-up to the Bug’s latest LP.

- Flavorwire asked a live engineer if Courtney Love’s isolated vocal/guitar tracks from a widely criticized show were really that bad.

- The New Inquiry shared an essay on the expectations that often surround female singers.

- The Guardian explored the history of novelty singles, from “Kung Fu Fighting” to “Hey QT.”

- Clash interviewed Jessie Ware about her upcoming album and a hungover session with Chance the Rapper.

- And finally, Dazed posted their new cover story on Nicki Minaj.