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Still The Greatest Of All Time? Part II: Making A Case Against Rakim

A¬†quick caveat: The following does not necessarily represent my opinion. It is an attempt at an objective reconsideration of Rakim’s status as the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T.) per my previous post. 1. Undoubtedly, Rakim’s greatest influence on hip-hop has been the introduction of internal rhyme. Prior to the release of Paid in Full (1987), … Continue reading

Still The Greatest Of All Time?

Last week, former Chicago Bulls small forward Scottie Pippen suggested that Miami Heat All-Star LeBron James was a better player than the great Michael Jordan. Pippen stated, “Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game, but I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to … Continue reading

Persona Non Grata

A great deal has already been said and written about the recent controversy involving emcee/poet/actor Common being invited to perform at a poetry slam held at the White House. Perhaps the most noteworthy response to the controversy was offered by The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart¬†(and continued here), in what was quite simply an effective takedown … Continue reading

Lupe Fiasco Fights the Power (?)

Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco recently appeared on The Colbert Report, where in a brief interview with Stephen Colbert, he reveals–amongst a host of other things–his current dissatisfaction with President Obama, particularly in regards to the War on Terror, and the difficulties he had with his record label Atlantic over the release of his current album … Continue reading