My Fall Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 37-“Kush: It’s been long-forgotten and oft-considered forgettable; but I love the first single from the oft-rumored, oft-delayed, and never to see the light of day, Detox. “Kush” came and went because it was formulaic: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tag team for another big record, with piano keys on fortissimo; but the 2010 version, so... Continue Reading →

My Fall Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 36-“If You’re a Player” In the fall of 1998, I sat in my grandmother’s basement and watched Rap City on BET. On this particular episode, on the campus of Howard University, Joe “Cleezy” Clair interviewed a young Terius Gray alongside his cohorts. He wore a backwards baseball cap, with his rap name, Juvenile, inscribed on the part which... Continue Reading →

My Fall Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 35-“Yours” One of hip hop’s greatest assets and cultural contributions to society is its roots in exploration. Since the days of the park jams, DJ’s raided record collections and stores for rare breakdown sections to garner a reaction from their audience. The first response is “What is this?!” then one must find it. As the... Continue Reading →

My Fall Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 34-“Nina” “Daddy, did you ever notice all of the Disney Princesses’ moms died?” Cydney said in a matter-of-fact tone. As she rattled several of them off, I asked her “You watched this on YouTube?” This was my dad-tactic to distract my daughter from a wormhole in which she would connect, identify, and feel sadness because... Continue Reading →

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