The Sample: For those of you not in the know, a “sample” is when an artist or producer takes a portion of one song and reuses it in another song. Sampling, as a production method, goes back to Hip-Hop’s very beginnings and has always been used as a means of re-imagining beats, melodies and sounds. […]Read more "My Five Favorite Samples in Hip-Hop History"
Recently, Cornel West has been all over the news because of his heavy criticism of President Barack Obama. I’ve always been fond of Cornel West, and I’ve always been fond of Barack Obama so it pains me to see Bro. West making it a point to attack Obama so viscerally. Like many so called progressives, […]Read more "Cornel West, Barack Obama, The Shoeshine Man and Me"
Sometime around 11th or 12th grade, as all of my male classmate’s growth began spurting and they became taller than our female compatriots, I came to one of my life’s more important realizations: Height Matters. I’d always known that height mattered if you wanted to be a professional basketball player or a model or something […]Read more "The Not So Tall Man’s Guide to Gaining Friends, Influencing People and … Winning"
Last week, I finally got around to watching “Luther” on BBC America. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Idris Elba plays John Luther a British detective charged with leading a team in the investigation of serial killers. John Luther is smart, calculating and highly effective when it comes to catching bad guys; he […]Read more "‘Luther’ And My Love For Damaged Souls"
I judge people who root for sports teams from cities not their own. There’s just something about not rooting for your hometown team that strikes me as disloyal. There’s something about being from a place and wishing failure on the team that represents that place that makes me question not just your fanhood or your […]Read more "Four Reasons To Hate Folks Who Don’t Root For The Home Team"
From as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a G. Being a G means having a code. The G-Code has always been referenced but never actually defined; it’s been this mythical set of rules, with no traceable author, that governs the actions of the men who adhere to it. The […]Read more "The G-Code: Five Rules That Every True Gentleman Knows To Be True"
Anyone who knows me knows that I have an encyclopedic knowledge of the musical catalogue of Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter. I’m ashamed to admit it – but I probably quote Jay-Z lyrics more than I quote the bible. I’m the type of Jay-Z fan who’s never read the second half of Decoded because after reading the […]Read more "The 10 Best Jay Z Features Of All Time"