Critical Breakdown Drake’s “Nice for What”

I can’t stand Drake, but I always give him a chance. I am a rap fan that loves to dissect the  trends occurring in the Hip-Hop. The rise of drake is very important to pay attention to and I pay close attention to this moves, his brand, and his music. Overall I consider him an ok rapper, but an ok rapper with incredible pop instincts. Pop instincts in rap are not bad things, pop instructs to me, represent the ability of an artist to rise above the strict rules of rap-dom, and craft music with a wide appeal. I consider … Continue reading Critical Breakdown Drake’s “Nice for What”

How Western Evangelicals are Under-developing Africa

In high school, I met a kid who was a year younger than me, who proudly said he didn’t believe in God. This story stood out to me because, his ass got beat a bunch of times because of it, and he stood by it. It was completely bizarre to us, because growing up in deeply conservative self-proclaimed christian nation in Africa, such opinions are heretic. Growing up we never even thought that was something you could even consider. Only thing more hated than being gay is being  an Apostate or an Atheist, in a deeply conservative African country.  We … Continue reading How Western Evangelicals are Under-developing Africa

My favorite Griselda Record’s songs to date

Buffalo New York home of the Buffalo Bills, and the second largest city in the state of New York. A city that’s more genetically connected to midwestern cities like Cleveland and Detroit. Its a city that always described, the way someone describes a woman that is past her prime. A city that was once the shit but slowly slid into gritty decline and became a city know more for how hard it is to live there than anything. With all this in mind a good friend of mine, one of the few friends whose taste in music I trust excitedly … Continue reading My favorite Griselda Record’s songs to date

Making Sense is Overrated: A case for so-called Mumble Rap

Making sense, is overrated. Often times when art takes its next step, the next step always involves throwing out, the very idea of “what made sense previously”.  The previous rule book always has to be reinvent the very foundations of what it means to express a clear and well defined idea in an art form.  In Hip-Hop the old heads decry the death of real rap,  that make sense, but they forget when rap came out no fan of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield or Led Zepplin, seriously thought rap made sense.   Rap as a form of expression has always … Continue reading Making Sense is Overrated: A case for so-called Mumble Rap

My personal Dj History: Part I

Today being a Dj, is probably more popular than being in a band. The line between Dj, Collector, Taste maker and Curator, is constantly blurring.  EDM Djs are making more money than bands, fist bumping and doing molly is more popular than ever. Underground dance culture has evolved into big business. All the while I have continued doing my little part as a Dj both on the airwaves at a college station in Cleveland Ohio, As a dj of live events in and around Cleveland and as a vinyl collector and music curator. My first forays into Dj culture began … Continue reading My personal Dj History: Part I

On Watching Get Out

The movie get out was terrifying because it managed to capture in a very real way the sort of psychic terror that comes from being a minority. I am African and as such many Americans sort of acted like I was completely unaware of race in America, by race in America I mean its historical, social and political implications. Sadly for some I was very aware if not in some ways more aware. I grew up gorging on copious amounts of American film and television, I remember being terrified watching “Mississippi Burning” or “A time to kill”. I was aware … Continue reading On Watching Get Out