BET Cipher 2009: Dante, Black Thought & Eminem

A cipher among equals! Dante, Black Thought & Em revive hip hop over and over again. Salute! Shout out to the Culture Capture Champs over at Frolab for the extra footage of 75 bars

Jay Electronica x Just Blaze “Exhibit C”

DOWNLOAD :: Jay Electronica “Exhibit C” Produced By Just Blaze :: Shout out to @FWMJ from Rappers I Know for the download link via illRoots Abracadabra! Jay e-mailed @FWMJ the scripture late last night. STUDY THESE! I FEEL GIDDY!

He Said, She Said: Junot Diaz + Edwidge Danticat

As someone who admires the writing of author Junot Díaz, it brings me great pleasure to share an excerpt from BOMB Magazine’s dynamic conversation between Díaz and “the inimitable” Edwidge Danticat. To no surprise, I will highlight the exchange that deals with process — offering insight(s) into the various practices and approaches of each author … Continue reading

Understanding “We Were Once A Fairytale”

There’s nothing quite like a Spike Jonze joint staging the assisted suicide of Kanye West’s symbolic ego to spark lively debate. The first 10 minutes leading up to the final scene artfully expose the hoax of fame and celebritydom (is that even a word?) as the god-like presence of Kanye West collapses onto itself (something … Continue reading

The Bridge

“in order to hold on, you need to release / in order to keep, you need to let go“

Bang This In Ya Whip!

Big Boi feat Gucci Mane “Shine Blockas” for the legit penmanship. yadadamean? Stevie Wonder “For Your Love” (Nick James Remix) for the kind of shine only love can bring Hudson Mohawke “Still On It” for boys from Glasgow, Scotland with big dreams and dirty beats Shafiq Husayn “The UN Plan” for those who know no … Continue reading

life is living and living is green

“life is living and living is green”

The Truth Is No Secret, Just Seek It: “Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka”

Writing about music is an important exercise however it is difficult (if not impossible) to describe that which escapes language. With that said, here’s my humble attempt…Today, Tuesday October 6 marks the highly anticipated release of Shafiq Husayn’s debut album “Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka” presented by the good folks over at Plug Research. We can all … Continue reading