"Congratulations to the four women and 34 men who debuted as constructors this year,” announced a popular New York Times crossword blog on the final day of 2012. If anything, the note was true to the genre: the crossword puzzle world received the numerical evidence of its gender disparity as just another bit of shrug-worthy trivia, even if no one seemed to know how those numbers came about. Although crossword constructors, editors, and superfans make up about as kind and tolerant (if, yes, also interpersonally awkward) a hobby enclave as you’ll find—and although we are a group whose passion is working through tricky problems—women have lately been excluded from creating and editing crosswords for unclear [...]
In honor of the album's 10th birthday, Complex is running a terrific oral history of T.I.'s Trap Muzik. A specific subject, but also a good opportunity to revisit the golden decade of Southern hip-hop and think about 2003 Producer Kanye making beats in an ATL beauty salon and "playing demos like, ‘What do y’all think about this?’"
Jason Geter: We actually started renting out a room in the back of Mac Boney’s mom’s hair salon. We had a Roland 2480 machine. Truth be told, Trap Muzik was 90% made in that back room of KBJ’s Beauty Salon on this Roland 2480. We would come when it was closed and [...]