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”

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

Taste Buds: Why I love dance music

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

Rest In Peace Reggie Osse (Combat Jack)

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)

The Technique of Shadow Boxing

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

Is this song any good???

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???