A couple of quick recommendations:
First, if you guys haven't checked out Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog at the Atlantic Monthly website, you should. He's a smart political commentator, hails from urban Baltimore, and is still quite a bit younger than your average pundit, which all adds up to an interesting, entertaining perspective on national events, written with a flair you won't find quite anywhere else.
Also, he has some very interesting thoughts on hip hop, which he muses on fairly regularly, and this weekend he posted this video from Kool G Rap in 1990. Some call Kool G the original gangsta rapper, which doesn't quite do him justice, as essentially nobody since has rapped "gangsta" with nearly so much depth, style, and social consciousness. Plus, his flow is just fucking sick! Prepare to watch some true science drop: