Cool Hunting’s 24 Songs for 4/20

A taxman tribute, our 420 playlist, DJ Spooky's #PrivateJam and more in the music we tweeted this week

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’ (aka Nasir Jones) seminal debut album Illmatic, which remains equally relevant today. The record—permeated with thoughtful and poetic lyrics, performed in Nas’ trademark gravelly and passionate voice—is often credited with bringing East Coast hip-hop back into the raw fold and paving the way for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. One listen to “NY State …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The Simpsons IRL, Delta’s photon shower, the history behind 4/20 and more in our weekly look at the web

1. In Memoriam: Graphic Artist Storm Thorgerson Undoubtedly the man who made album covers a veritable artistic force, Storm Thorgerson sadly passed away Thursday, 18 April, at just 69-years-old after a battle with cancer. Sweet, introspective and energetic, Thorgerson left an indelible impression on the entire world through his “contrary” album covers, to which he has created over 300 works for bands like Ween, Biffy …