Series of essays which explore out loud how my musical taste buds have evolved Hip-Hop started with the DJ as the central character in the story and now in 2018, the Dj is back with a vengeance. The DJ is exiting today in the form of the beat-maker, the producer and the instrumentalist. In the last decade the beat-maker and DJ has come front and center as my central musical inspiration. When I think of my musical icons of the decade I think of Flying Lotus, Dilla, Moodymann, Motor City Drum Ensemble and cats like Theo Parrish. These acts … Continue reading Taste Buds: Why I love dance music
Donald Trumps sentiment is shared by a lot of people. Whenever I had to tell people where I was from (one of the aforementioned shithole countries), I would get two reactions, one would be a reaction registering that they assumed my upbringing included living in a Slum, going through a Slum Dog millionaire existence. The other expression was gladness that I had escaped the drab misery of life in a shit-hole and landed myself a chance to live in the land of milk and honey. I hated these reactions so much for the longest time. Trumps comments reflect two ideas … Continue reading As a Person from a Shit-Hole Country
Bannon’s mind is that of a child, who believes he is owed the world and gets mad when others also get chunks of the world handed to them. His education at Harvard makes him an elite, but even among the elites he felt uncomfortable. So despite being an elite he psychologically turns himself into an underdog a working class man fighting for regular judo-christian whites. He deliberately under-dresses, and always has this disheveled look. All the while he is known for quoting pseudo-intellectual garbage that sounds titillating and novel, to idiots. Despite all the faker y the guy came very … Continue reading The World is Run By Elites Pretending to be Regular Working Class people
I came on Podcasts at a depressing time in my life. Working a dead end job, living in the societal grey of the immigration blues. While living this bleak existence I came upon the Adnan Sayed Podcast, called Serial, and I was hooked. Podcasts became salves that healed pain and inspired in the form of podcasts like WBEZ Chicagos’ “This American life” and WNYC’s “Radiolab”, I got all my laughs from Neal Brennans’ “Champs” Podcast which thrust you into the world of comedy, entertainment and race; Then my go to Hip-Hop content came from Hot 97′s “Juan Epstein” which was … Continue reading Rest In Peace Reggie Osse (Combat Jack)
Hip-Hop like Jazz before it, is obsessed with the idea of technique or style. I liken this to the old Kung-Fu flicks where different temples where adherents to different styles and the supremacy of each style was based on full frontal combat between the adherents of each style. Black-thoughts freestyle sort of brought back to the center the goose bump inducing power of the great use of metaphors, of witty turns of phrase, of vivid narratives, and explosive vocal delivery; The freestyle showed and shows that the old fashioned rap as combat mind set can still set minds ablaze and … Continue reading The Technique of Shadow Boxing
What makes this any good? What makes this song work? Important questions; but the wrong questions to ask when you are dealing with music made by young people. In particular music made by teenage to 20 sumthin’s living in 2017.Youthful music has always been informed by a fearless, boundless sense of possibilities. Young peoples lives are steeped in the boundlessness of their possibilities to create, and this distinct mind set is very present among today’s youth. On this particular song Rich The Kid rap’s with pauses that make you worry if he is rapping or making fun of someone with … Continue reading Is this song any good???
Reading or rather, listening to Adam Hochschilds “King Leopold’s Ghost” is a cynical and enlightening glimpse into the brutal soul of the colonial experiment. The under development of Africa indeed was largely at the hands of Europeans, and their greedy desire to extract untold wealth from this country. In the case of King Leopold their is a strange mixture of hubris, racism and unrestrained stupidity that informs his pursuits. What makes this book particularly illuminating are all the untold heroes that came to the aid of Africans particularly interesting where African Americans like William Henry Sheppard, or people like George … Continue reading Books I’m reading or rather listening to