In Appreciation of: Guru – The Overlooked Great

This month will mark the sixth anniversary of the death of Keith Elam, better known as Guru, one-half of the legendary group Gang Starr. Unfortunately, Guru, who was already one of the most underrated emcees in hip-hop history, has had his memory and legacy besmirched and exploited in recent years by his last musical associate,Continue reading “In Appreciation of: Guru – The Overlooked Great”

I Was There: Seeing LeBron Play in High School

I haven’t been to very many historical sporting events. No World Cup. No Super Bowl. No championship-clinching win. I was there for the final Philadelphia Eagles win at Veterans Stadium in 2002, went to a few NLDS and NLCS games in 2008 as the Phillies rolled towards a title, and attended a few NBA PlayoffContinue reading “I Was There: Seeing LeBron Play in High School”

Week in Review (April 8, 2016)

Every Friday, I write a quick little essay in the space before pimping what I wrote over the past week. This week, I had nothing. I’ve been looking at this blank page for a few hours. So let’s talk about writer’s block.

In Appreciation of: Sam Hinkie and “The Process”

37 wins and 45 losses. That was the average record of the Philadelphia 76ers for the ten years before Sam Hinkie was hired in 2013 and implemented his so-called “Process.”

Flashback Friday Flop: “Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age”

Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time.  This week: Public Enemy’sContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age””

A Unique Opportunity: On Ta-Nehisi Coates Writing “Black Panther”

Last year, Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a celebrated writer on race in the United States, published Between the World and Me, a book that is presented as a letter to his teenage son about being a black man in America.

Intelligent Goons: “Black Superhero Music” Reviewed

“A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.“ – Mario Puzo, The Godfather Society demands that we be easily categorized. We are defined not only by our race, gender, geographical location, and political leanings, but also by the things we buy, wear, and drive, and how we choose to spendContinue reading “Intelligent Goons: “Black Superhero Music” Reviewed”

Flashback Friday Flop: “Asleep in the Bread Aisle”

Welcome back to the latest edition of Flashback Friday Flop, a weekly feature in which I examine a hip-hop album from years ago that was considered a flop, either critically or commercially or both, when it was released and see if it has gotten better – or worse – over time.  This week: Asher Roth’sContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Asleep in the Bread Aisle””