Last weekend, Brooklyn emcee Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) issued (then cancelled) a challenge to the rap world when he made an off-the-cuff, off-the-record statement claiming that he, Black Thought, and King Los could out-rap anyone in the game. But as Yasiin shared in this Soundcloud clip a few days later, he has no interest in starting or perpetuating the “bonanza” and “circus” that he feels surrounds much of the rap industry’s fascination with beefs and drama. Continue reading “The Summer Madness 3-on-3 Rap Tournament”
Mikal is from Toronto, Canada. At the time of his interview, he was living in New York City and spending his days “hoping Kanye [West] will call and sign me.”
Mikal’s Most Likely To Is: Most Likely to Eat a Bowl of Cereal Before This Episode is Finished
It’s the Independence Day holiday weekend in the U.S. Each year, I try to use this opportunity to open my copy of The Declaration of Independence and read through the words of this country’s founding fathers as they prepared for the ultimate turn-up in their protest movement back in 1776. Continue reading “We Still Here”
For the record, I’m a fan of all three artists mentioned in this piece. I’m a fan of each of their new 2015 albums. I’m a product of the broader hip-hop culture that produced them, their fans, and even their haters.
So, I share these thoughts in love, in truth, and in peace…
Jason is from Brooklyn, New York, “by way of Grenada, West Indies.” He was a third-year college student living in Washington D.C. at the time of his interview, and spent his days “studying and doing lots of reading.”
Jason’s Most Likely To is: Most Likely To Be At A Crossroads
In the year 2015, ABC’s new comedy, Fresh Off The Boat, should not be groundbreaking. It should not be desperately needed. It should not be covertly and overtly revolutionary. But it is. Here’s to shattering ceilings, cracking windows, opening doors, and anything else that lets breeze of humanity clear out the stale air of misperception in our minds and in our media.