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Music Dispatch: Marvel Turned Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon, Kool Keith into Comic Book Covers

Music Dispatch: Marvel Turned Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon, Kool Keith into Comic Book Covers

Remind us why these aren’t real? Marvel turned the famous album artwork of Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon, Kool Keith, and more into comic book covers that have us itching to nab a copy. Thankfully there are plenty of other music things to snatch: Kendrick Lamar penned a beautiful tribute to 2Pac, Yoko Ono is organizing the largest human-made peace sign in honor of John Lennon’s birthday, RZA is directing a film, Grimes finally announced a tour, Foo Fighters won two Emmy (yes, Emmy) awards, and Bikini Kill’s previously unavailable early LP is streaming in full. What are you waiting for? Let’s dive in.

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If you’ve been keeping a sharp eye open, you already know that Marvel Comics have been paying homage to hip-hop in the raddest way possible: inspired covers. In their newest series, Marvel have turned Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly, Raekwon‘s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, and Kool Keith’s Black Elvis/Lost in Space into comic invasions, starring Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, and Venom respectively. Check out the images and more details about the collaboration here. [Uproxx]

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Speaking of Kendrick, the Compton rapper was busy penning his own work recently. On 2Pac‘s birthday this weekend, Kendrick Lamar published a note that honored the late rapper — 19 years after he passed away. “I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you,” he writes. “I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was. INSPIRED.” If that’s got you choked up, wait until you read the rest. [Pitchfork]

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If he were still alive, John Lennon would turn 75 years old this year. To honor him and his contributions to the world, his widow, the ever interesting Yoko Ono, plans on creating the largest human peace sign for the Beatle. How large is large? Somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 people. That’s a whole lotta love (Whoops, wrong band) to remind you that love is all you need (Okay, right band). The Guinness World Record-breaking event will take place October 6 at New York’s Central Park. Hurry there if you want to make hippie history. [Rolling Stone]

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RZA of Wu-Tang Clan cracks his fists with all-knowing power–or so we imagine he is–when prepping for his newest role. The rapper is now set to direct an upcoming action-thriller titled Breakout. The film is set to begin production in early 2016. Don’t mistake those knucklecracks for nervousness. This is his third time working behind the camera.  [Rolling Stone]

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Forget about Grimes the fairy musician. Nowadays, she’s a downright cowgirl. The singer-songwriter, activist, and all-around badass finally announced a tour is on the way. Dubbed the Rhinestone Cowgirls Tour, the performances will see her on the road from October 24 through November 25 of this year, trekking primarily across North America (though she said UK dates are on the way). Does this mean the new album is almost done? You betcha. According to her Instagram, she waited to book tour dates until the record was perfect and all-ages venues were willing to host her. “Will drop some trax b4 tour,” she writes, “[but] still mixing and working on vids cuz I’d like it all to be perfect 4 yall.” [Consequence of Sound]

Every week the Foo Fighters blow us away to a point where we think there can’t possibly be new tricks up there sleeves. Yet here we are, on another week, and they’re blowing minds again. The rock act just won two Emmy Awards for their HBO series Sonic Highways. Specifically, their “Seattle” episode (rightfully) won in the “Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming” and “Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming” categories. Yes, this means they’re halfway to EGOT status. [SPIN]

After hearing “Playground”, “Ocean Song”, and “Just Once” off Bikini Kill‘s 1991 demo tape Revolution Girl Style Now, the entire thing is finally up to hear in full. Stream the reissue before it drops on September 22 via Bikini Kill Records. Originally, it was only available as a cassette tape. Now you can snag a vinyl, CD, or digital copy of the Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto-mixed LP. [Pitchfork]

By the time you finish your third play of that Bikini Kill stream, head back here for another Music Dispatch on Wednesday!

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