Stuck

When I got the text about Prodigy, I put everything on hold and I sat in front of the computer unable to speak while clicking on links hoping it was a mistake. It had to be...but it wasn't.  Two days later, my cousin, Tiff asked why I didn't post anything about Prodigy. I explained to... Continue Reading →

Safe Space

The concept of a “safe space” doesn't exist. It's a figment of your imagination. I know, the buzz term makes you comfortable, gives you hope, but it's also farce. Don't believe the hype. That was rather cold of me. I meant no harm, honestly. Could I have said it better? Yeah, my mom dukes would... Continue Reading →

Never Change 2.1

So, if you have been following this blog for a couple of years, you know I did a mini research project about Jay-Z and his rhymes. I re-upped and got a little bit more critical this time with Never Change 2.1. It does the same thing the old one did but with updated stats and... Continue Reading →

Somewhere in Brooklyn

Happy Birthday to Brooklyn's Finest who was not only a client but the player president: Mr.Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace bka Biggie!  

in the details: the Lemonade narrative

 Think pieces are flying out from everywhere about Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade. So, I was going to chill to the next episode. Yesterday, however, I saw a photo and commentary that made me change my mind. It was the latest selfie set of the Queen Bee, Lil Kim. A very light and hardly recognizable Lil... Continue Reading →

Theory and practice: The analogy

Recently, engineering PhD candidate and educator Daphne Chery posted her student’s comparison of electronegativity to R&B crooner Trey Songz. The Instagram post went viral, but a closer look reveals that it is so much more than just a funny answer. Chery, who teaches one period of high school chemistry has said that she encourages her... Continue Reading →

Rhyme in Peace: Phife Dawg

A legend. A pioneer. An ill MC. Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor was my favorite rapper from A Tribe Called Quest.  When I heard his Jamaican accent mixed in his dope rhymes (code switching), it brought a sense of pride. It felt like “we” were a part of hip hop. Busa Bust did it too, but... Continue Reading →

It's been 19 years since his demise, yet Tupac Shakur's influence can still be seen and heard today. This infographic looks at lyrics from his album, The Don Killuminati: 7 Day Theory (released under the alias Makaveli) and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli and excerpts from his most famous work, The Prince. “Life Goes On” (Intro) The Prince (Il... Continue Reading →

Silence and Violence

One week ago, activist, Brittany “Bree” Newsome scaled a pole and took down a Confederate battle flag in South Carolina. This is called civil disobedience but as child of 1990’s hip hop, I call it, silence and violence. Those of the Fox News breed will say I am promoting negativity. NOPE, come here, let me... Continue Reading →

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