Jay-Z's "Decoded"

Such Dummies, or Why I Didn’t Have To Decode Jay-Z Like Y’all Did

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I finally got around to reading Jay-Z’s Decoded after reading Kevin Nealon’s voyage towards fatherhood in Yes, You’re Pregnant, But What About Me? Rather than examining the contrasts of my literary interests, I prefer we discuss the last month of controversy I may or may not have sparked on the Interwebs with certain pieces I’ve written about the former (here, …

Jose VilsonSuch Dummies, or Why I Didn’t Have To Decode Jay-Z Like Y’all Did
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Jail’s a Revolving Door; The Casket’s Not

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There I go, quoting another rapper again. I consider myself a rap fan by most standards, but today especially, I recognize the power of their words. When Jay-Z speaks of the “genesis of a nemesis” when telling of the birth of a drug dealer, when 2Pac speaks of hopelessness throughout most of his records, and when Joe Budden points out …

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A Synopsis of The Road Less Wanted

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Last week, I spoke extensively about one student who had some serious behavioral problems in his classroom, and how that’s a microcosm of what he’s going through at home. Whenever I look at kids like him, I know how to approach them because I’ve been witness to that environment. Unfortunately, because of program restrictions, I no longer work with the …

Jose VilsonA Synopsis of The Road Less Wanted