I just finished reading the August 18th Gawker article by Dee Barnes, the former TV personality and former friend and colleague of rap legend Dr. Dre. Dre is a founding member of the ground-breaking rap group N.W.A., which is receiving renewed attention as a result of the success of the new film, Straight Outta Compton. Continue reading “Straight Outta Asterisks”
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”
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…