My High School has Become an Embarrassment

I was very proud when I read that West Orange High School, located less than a mile from my home and where my child will most likely attend when she’s old enough, chose not to discipline students that, like so many others, protested gun violence by choosing to walk out of school on February 21st.Continue reading “My High School has Become an Embarrassment”

A Musical Trip Through the Cosmos – Alpha & Scorcese’s “A World Only Gods Know” Reviewed

After four decades, it’s hard to create a hip-hop project that doesn’t sound like everything else that has come before it while also maintaining the elements of what has made the music endure and grow for so long. Sometimes, though, an album finds a new space that hasn’t been plundered yet. A World Only Gods Know,Continue reading “A Musical Trip Through the Cosmos – Alpha & Scorcese’s “A World Only Gods Know” Reviewed”

The Greatest Year in Hip-Hop History

Of all the conversations and debates surrounding the best of the best in hip-hop — MC’s, groups, producers, labels — perhaps the most difficult to ascertain is what is the greatest year in hip-hop history. Let’s answer it with a 16-slot bracket tournament.

“Classic Albums” Documentary: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’

For years, it felt as if there were no interest in what went into the making of a hip-hop classic. While other genres, most notably rock, had the backstories of their best results covered extensively (largely because it was often the favorite music of the people in charge of such things), there was not muchContinue reading ““Classic Albums” Documentary: Jay-Z’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’”