Category Archives: Hip-Hop Dopeness

With ‘The Blacker The Berry,’ Kendrick Lamar Issues a Challenge to Black America

I wonder if people’s reaction to “The Blacker The Berry” will change once the song’s meaning sinks in. Because¬†Kendrick Lamar hasn’t created an anthem, at least not a traditional one. He isn’t merely reflecting the moment or the burgeoning #blacklivesmatter … Continue reading

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Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang

My thoughts on the video trailer for Raekwon’s “Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang.”
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Redman – “Defjammable”

My thoughts on the Redman song “Defjammable” and why he’s one of the great hip-hop artists.
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Respect Your Elders: Ice Cube and Rev. Run

My thoughts on why the Father and Sun cypher was my favorite from the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards.
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Hip-Hop Dopeness: LL Cool J on Keith Murray’s Incredible

Before Tupac and Lord Jamar, LL Cool J was the emcee I wanted to be like.¬† I went through a stupid number of cassette tapes of Bigger and Deffer before I finally got a CD and treated it like the … Continue reading

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