The Exceptionalist Negro Wake-Up Call

I’m starting to believe this sort of thing is a coping mechanism for Black men who don’t quite know who they are, which is why I hesitate to be completely dismissive of the narratives I’m referencing in this post. The description of the video reads “A first-person examination of racism and micro aggression in interracial relationships…




Stop using ‘Empire’ to fuel lazy respectability debates

Last Wednesday Empire’s EPIC! 2-HOUR! SEASON FINALE! aired. Ratings for the finale were higher than the previous week, as is the show’s habit. Empire has gained viewers every week since it premiered, a feat industry pubs are tripping over themselves to remark on. It’s easy to understand why the show is so popular, but the…




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The 25 Greatest Bad Boy Remixes (10-6)

10. New Edition: “You Don’t Have To Worry” (1996) ft. Missy Elliott This track has everything — 112 lyrics, peak Stevie J. production, a Missy cameo and a lead performance by Bobby Brown. 9. Craig Mack: “Get Down (Q-Tip Remix)” (1994) ft. Q-Tip When it comes to Craig Mack remixes this one is almost but forgotten. On…




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The 25 Greatest Bad Boy Remixes (15-11)

Mary J. Blige: “I’m Going Down (Remix)” (1995) ft. Mr. Cheeks So you’re just gonna remix everything, Bad Boy? Even remakes of ballads? By turning it into a totally different song, sampling one of your biggest artists and slapping a Lost Boy on there? Ok, you did that. 112: “Only You Bad Boy Remix)” (1996)…




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‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is also a karmic victory.

I generally prefer entertainers to be quiet. I especially don’t want to know your race or gender politics if you’re a rich rapper or otherwise connected to the mainstream Hip Hop world. My expectations of this group have deeply diminished over the years, and I’m usually surprised and comforted when one of them has a…




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The 25 Greatest Bad Boy Remixes (20-16)

20. Puff Daddy & The Family: “Victory (Hip Hop Remix)” (1997) ft. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes I purchased the “Victory (Hip Hop Remix)” as part of a “P.E. 2000″ import single. This version is less pretentiously cinematic than the album version, has a more straightforward Hip Hop beat that samples “Nautilus” and masterfully swaps…