We need the genius of Dan Le Batard. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz represents exactly what sports media is too devoid of in the wake of an over-saturation of coverage. [Read more…]
Ever since his initial brush with fame, Drake has been a lightning rod. His impact on hip-hop culture overall cannot be understated, but within the guise of the art-form that is rap, he stands as the fissure between old-school “hip-hop head” values and new-age pop-culture modernism. [Read more…]
“All it ever took, was a down payment on a Lincoln Town Car.”
My parents were children of the baby-boomer generation. After the conclusion of the Second World War, the United States experienced an economic surplus that was spearheaded by the advancement of industry and education. Kids of those who came of age during this time grew up in an era that was marred by civil unrest, civic inequality and social injustice while also noted for the advancement of the individual based on one’s decision to pursue higher education. It was the impetus of the American Dream. Whether you were black, white or purple, finishing high school and going to college almost assured you an opportunity to live a fulfilling and fruitful life. [Read more…]
Like many other human interests in popular culture, the way hip-hop is viewed and analyzed is far different today than it was when I was coming of age during the 90s. The immediacy of information and the somewhat close access to famous people and public figures via social media has cultivated a landscape in which an artist’s talent has been tied to the hitch of their perceived character qualities. [Read more…]
Dave Chappelle was one of the first credible names to call America out on its apparent celebrity obsession during his classic comedy set, “For What It’s Worth.” Ironically, one of the celebrities Chappelle cited to give credence to his views was none other than Bill Cosby. While Chappelle’s context for the use of Cosby as a case study for celebrity praise was far different than the firestorm that Cosby now finds himself under, the fact that Chappelle had the foresight to admonish us on the pitfalls of exalting famous people makes him even more of a visionary than I could have predicted. [Read more…]
Half of all marriages in America end in divorce. It’s a sad yet proven reality that is enough to give anyone who is considering tying the knot cause for pause. Moreover, the complete overhaul that the socialized approach to marriage has undergone has had a profound impact on the very activity that is supposed to be fun, enlightening, and – if interesting and less stressful enough – an eventual step along the path to being forever someone else’s: dating. [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: At the time that this article was written, the 2015 NBA Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors had not begun. Hence, Kyrie Irving had not sustained his season-ending knee injury. While on the surface this would make the content of this piece less sensical, I nevertheless stand by the spirit of the message because of a previously-established precedent and my belief that its premise would have applied even if Kyrie had remained healthy.
An article on the reputable FiveThirtyEight.com, titled “Where This Year’s Cavs Rank Rank Among LeBron’s NBA Finals Supporting Casts” and written by Neil Paine, attempts to posit that this year’s Cleveland Cavaliers squad sans LeBron actually represents the third-worst team “carried” by its best player since 1985. [Read more…]
I am continually astounded by the effect that immediate communication has had on American society. Social media is the chief proprietor of this powerful technology. It has afforded everyone from Johnson of the fifth register at Wal-Mart, to Oprah Winfrey, the world’s most powerful media magnate, with a platform to spout off their heart’s content. The era of newspapers, regional news broadcasts, and the non-news cycle has fallen to the wayside in the wake of everyone having access to news sources that operate every hour of every day. As much as I am a fan and advocate of these various tools, it hasn’t been utilized completely for good. In my opinion, the ability of all people, whether individuals or in groups, to both create and contribute to narratives and perceptions has birthed a nation of rabid moralists and cultivated a widespread moralist culture. [Read more…]
I’m not the most up-to-date on current events. I never really am, and the reason why has more to do with lifestyle choices than my resignation to be ignorant to what’s going on in the world.
After a 10+ hour work day, I usually head straight to the gym for a much-needed unplugging via basketball and a hard workout. I usually finish my workout sometime between 10 and 10:30, at which point I head home and cook myself a very late dinner. By the time I’ve finished eating, it’s well after midnight and I barely have time to take in 5 minutes of Sportscenter before I lay my head to sleep, all to rinse and repeat the next day. [Read more…]
For some time now, I have believed that a paradigm shift in rap has occurred in which the pendulum of talent has swung from the artist in front of the mic to the maestro behind the board. If you’ve read my piece on the relationship between hip-hop and the mainstream music industry, I intimated that in hip-hop the emphasis for music making has transitioned from conceptualizing complete bodies of work to cashing in on cultural trends that do not amount to timeless pieces of art. [Read more…]