Snoop Dogg and his Peanuts-inspired moniker aside, the worlds of rap and cartoons rarely collide. Might have something to do with all that bad language - for some reason, broadcasters seem to think Saturday morning kids TV is better off without talk of gin, juice, hoes and bankrolls. Bucking that trend this week is PBS Digital Studios, who have animated a classic 1994 interview with Tupac Shakur as part of their Blank On Blank series.
One of my favourite new artists to emerge in 2014 gives his first NME interview this week. Idris Vicuña goes by the name Eyedress, and in the mag he chats to Kevin EG Perry about growing up in Arizona and California before moving back to Manila when he was a teenager. From there he's created some wonderfully evocative music, which is slotting right into place on XL-affiliated label Abeano. His 'Supernatural EP' is out now and comes highly recommended.
Sheffield punks Nai Harvest return on March 3 with new EP 'Hold Open My Head', and here we have the premiere of the title track.
Pixies frontman Black Francis recently announced ‘The Good Inn’, a graphic novel telling the story of “the first narrative pornographic film". He joins rapper Lupe Fiasco, who this weekend began publishing a novel via Twitter brilliantly titled ‘Teriyaki Joe: Neo-Harlem Detective’, in the ranks of musicians with literary debuts in the works. They're not the first musicians to try their hand at fiction, though: Louise Wener from Sleeper, Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, 50 Cent and Leonard Cohen have all authored novels of sorts.