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Touching Kevin’s Heart with Dirty Hands

Touching Kevin’s Heart with Dirty Hands

This one comes to us from Blake Nail.  Our culture is obviously in the middle of some division: some think it’s necessary, and others think it’s harmful. It seems people, especially on the internet, are on the hunt to shame, ridicule, or in some cases, completely ruin people’s lives and careers. Albeit sometimes over reasonable […]

<i>Chill, dummy</i>—It’s Only Life or Death

Chill, dummy—It’s Only Life or Death

The first time I saw an audience simultaneously discomforted and reassured was at a P.O.S concert. After he sang one of his new songs, “Wearing a Bear,” he explained that the goofy dance he did at the end was for the day of his death (#ripPOS). He had done a different dance at every show […]

New Music: Kendrick Lamar's <i>To Pimp A Butterfly</i>

New Music: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Inside the liner notes of Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp A Butterfly, is a picture of Lamar (shown above) sitting in a room with assorted dollar bills scattered around him on the floor.  Pictures like this are a common and maybe tired rap trope, typically appearing in magazine spreads and liner notes, rife with […]

Mike Powell and Rap's Bored Hedonism

Mike Powell and Rap’s Bored Hedonism

How do I love Mike Powell? Let me count the ways… He’s been churning out some of the most honest and thoughtful commentary on music that I’ve read in years, all with a refreshing candor and without a trace of heavy-handedness. I mentioned his work before in my Poptimism article, but his writing is very […]

The Guilty Heart of a Ghetto Dependent: Justice for the Sake of Peace

The Guilty Heart of a Ghetto Dependent: Justice for the Sake of Peace

This one comes to us from none other than Jonathan Adams: “Just before Christmas 2010, a 36-year-old black man, Trevell Coleman, walks into a police station in Harlem and tells the cops that something’s been troubling him. He was involved in a shooting many years ago, sixteen or seventeen years ago, and has information they […]

Jay-Z Sheds Newborn Light on the Old, Old Story

Jay-Z Sheds Newborn Light on the Old, Old Story

This one comes to us from new Mbird contributor Matthew Schneider: If you’ve paid attention to the news the past few days, you’ve probably caught wind of rapper Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé’s newborn daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. Even bigger news since Monday is Jay-Z’s hip-hop release dedicated to Blue Ivy: “Glory Ft. B.I.C”. My immediate […]

Biggie Smalls and Daniel Chapter 7

Biggie Smalls and Daniel Chapter 7

Daniel 7:13-14 “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, and men […]