All of the Greats Take Losses

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.” — Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest.” Everyone knows that, but there’s something that seems to be lost inContinue reading “All of the Greats Take Losses”

Ranking All 21 “Best Rap Album” Grammy Winners

Much like the NBA, the Grammys have a complicated relationship with hip-hop. Decisions like Young MC’s “Bust a Move” winning over Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” have led many to believe that those who vote on the Grammys have no clue about real hip-hop.

Flashback Friday Flop: “14 Shots to the Dome”

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: LL CoolContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “14 Shots to the Dome””

Flashback Friday Flop: “Can-I-Bus”

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: Canibus’s Can-I-BusContinue reading “Flashback Friday Flop: “Can-I-Bus””

Week in Review (October 23, 2015)

I’m going into Manhattan for a close friend’s birthday party tomorrow night. I’ve lived here for over a year and I’m only a half-hour train ride from Penn Station, but I still have only gone into NYC a handful of times. It’s weird.

LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” Live on “Showtime at the Apollo” [1991]

Although he’s now know more for acting and hosting, LL Cool J is one of the greatest artists in hip-hop history and he used to put on a hell of a show. This performance of “Mama Said Knock You Out” on Showtime at the Apollo is nothing short of fantastic. Christopher Pierznik is the authorContinue reading “LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” Live on “Showtime at the Apollo” [1991]”