Monthly Archive: January 2018

Anger Helped Destroy my Marriage. Don’t Let it Happen to You.

I’ve learned recently that I can’t have CNBC’s daily blocks of “Shark Tank” playing in the background while doing important things, because I always get sucked in. “Ratchetality TV,” however, is a different story: I treat “Real Housewives of Love and Hip-Hop with Black Ink Crews” like I do Big Sean’s music: it can play when I’m in the room but I’m never paying any …

The Best Hip-Hop of 2017

As I write this introduction, I’m in a text-message discussion with Panama regarding his piece on Black Thought, the merits (or lack thereof) of “Bodak Yellow” and what role subjectivity plays in what we consider “exciting” hip-hop. As is the case with all nerdy, somewhat esoteric conversations between two opinionated, manila folder-complected individuals who know what they’re talking about, we weaved through what constitutes “good” …