Dexter Thibou has been helping realize the sonic ambitions of rappers and producers since 1993, when he first interned at the legendary D&D Studiosin Manhattan. He eventually became a full-fledged engineer, and has worked with the likes of Eminem, Janet Jackson, Guru, Common, and M.O.P., to name but a few. In 1995, when he was in his early 20s, he began assisting with the recording sessions for Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt. This is what he remembers.
It is freaking me out to realize that since I started interviewing people for jobs in 1980, I’ve been interviewing job-seekers for thirty-six years. Since I was twenty years old and a fledgling supervisor in a tiny company in 1980, I didn’t get any training before I was thrown into my first job interview.
Like most professional sports leagues, the NFL has general expectations for how its teams format their websites. Each site looks pretty much the same, with a standard menu bar and a drop-down item labeled “Team.” Most have a link marked “Front Office,” for fans to see who runs the operations on the business side. Sadly, if you were to check out who occupies these positions on most NFL team websites, you might be surprised by the lack of diversity among the executive faces. (Or, perhaps, not very surprised.)
In his 25 years on earth, Tupac Amaru Shakur was a man of many words and emotions. Often they were captured on tape in the form of music and film. But Pac was in rare form when being interviewed. On Kendrick Lamar’s new LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, K. Dot captures another glimpse inside the mind of the late rap star on the closeout track “Mortal Man.” The song features a Shakur interview from 1994, surreally edited by Lamar to appear as a conversation between the two MCs about the still relevant topics of fighting and overcoming oppression.