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Big Pun’s Wife and How Sexism Runs Rampant Through Your Vericose Vains

August 5, 2009 Jose

Indulge me. Watch this video and tell me what’s your first reaction. If your first reaction to this video was “Girl, get a job!”, whether you’re a woman or man of any color or stature, you’re enacting on sexist behavior. Yes, I got this from rapradar.com and also saw it on another website. While I […]

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Who’s Gonna Cover Your Vibes, XXLs, and Sources?

July 6, 2009 Jose
Jay-Z Vibe Cover

Recently, Vibe Magazine closed its doors, at least in print form. For those who never ventured into black publication, Vibe Magazine was a Black-based magazine started by Quincy Jones last decade. The ostensible vision of the pub was to highlight Black culture, but with a bit of a White lens. It mainly featured R&B and […]

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A Letter To The Black Star, Mos Def and Talib Kweli

May 31, 2009 Jose

Dear Mos Def and Talib Kweli, (or whoever decides to read / respond / reflect) Your concert piece last night reminded me why I’m such a big fan of yours. A myriad of followers from all over the Tri-State area, of all different backgrounds, ages, and cultures came through to show these two Brooklyn men […]

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The JLV’s Top 5 Greatest vs. Top 5 Favorite MCs of All Time

January 22, 2009 Jose
Hip-Hop MC

On Facebook, I came across a slight problem that most hip-hop heads come across whenever a major hip-hop event happens (i.e. the release of Notorious, the movie): how do we qualify our short-list of greatest MCs and favorite MCs? I put up my thoughts to the masses and got a good 30+ responses, ranging from […]

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It Was All A Dream (What If …?)

March 10, 2008 Jose
Biggie, the King

My hip-hop heads know that, over the last weekend, many of us commemorated Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace’s (a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.) anniversary of his murder 11 years ago on March 9th, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA. Unfortunately, the murderer still roams free (or so we presume), and while the lawsuits are still ongoing, many in […]

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Step Into a World

December 3, 2007 Jose
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In a recent conversation about rap over at Bionic Teaching, I highlighted the essence of how teachers should approach rap and hip-hop in general: I think if you’re going to do it in the classroom, do it from the gut i.e. have a true and honest discussion. After all, that’s what rappers do when they […]

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