Video of the Day – ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’

Fifteen years ago today, ‘the Black Album’! I think a lot of us knew in our hearts Hov was way too young (and had too much money left to be made) for this to really be his ‘retirement’ album.  But good Lord, this is still such a complete work. ’99 Problems’.  ‘What More Can I […]

Video of the Day – ‘Moonlight’

  Barry Jenkins’ trailer dropped this week, and I’m about to hop back onto HBO for Issa, and pretty high odds I’ll have some thoughts on Spike’s new movie next Sunday, and Tessa is…Tessa… So this is as good of a video to start the week as any. Enjoy!

Nano Impressions with Jay Pharoah

  La weekend! Instead of deferring to the current jam I’m listening to, a little comedy. Been a fan of this brother as long as he’s been on my radar.  In general, I’m not crazy about the ‘nano impression’, but hey, if you’re going to do it, get the best. Enjoy!  

Song of the Day – ‘Swagger Like Us’

  A hip hop day on the playlists. On top of having four of the best of their generation, I especially like how the way the song is organized, thematically and lyrically, it sounds like a ‘one up’ contest. And good Lord, Tip brought it home at the end. Enjoy!  

Song of the Day – ‘Birth of the Blues’

  Hope everyone had a good 4th.  I’ve mastered the art of not obsessing about work when I don’t need to be thinking about it, so I remain in my good place. Quick thought on the new Jay-Z album.  Is it a masterpiece?  Eh, I think we need more than a week before we give […]


Wow.  Everyone is going to come at this from different angles.  I’ll touch on what struck the biggest chords with me. Most artists (yours truly included) like to dance that line between what you definitely know about them, and what you think you know, but really can’t prove.  So when the short started, and a […]

Song of the Day – ‘Swagger Like Us’

  You all know how I feel about the ‘group’ rap song where it feels like everyone is trying to one up each other.  I’ve been wearing my ‘movie star’ uniform a lot more lately so this one has been on my mind… [Intro/Chorus 4X: sample of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”]“No one on the corner has […]