Short Notes: Nas Is Like, 40 Years Old Now

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A few notes: Check out my revamped Tumblr, where I share clips of everything I like from around the web. [MathematiquesNoir] These pretty math posters are going up in my classroom sooner than later. [Explore] Comedian Russell Brand talks about his recent scuffle with GQ over what he said about Hugo Boss. Secret activist over here. [Guardian] Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, thinks teachers should have more …


Nas, Lil’ Wayne, and Adolf Hitler: A Rap and Education Memo

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The latest news that may signal a sea change for hip-hop is that Nas, one of the most prolific and legendary artists in rap, may have asked for help with a few concepts in his album N*gger, or, as a few people have described it, had ghostwriters. The term “ghostwriting” has been reserved for guys like Dr. Dre and Diddy (Puff Daddy), those who would prefer to just let an …

Educate So Hard, Michael Bloomberg Wanna Fine Me [Education Week]

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Excerpt: As in any other subculture, rap aficionados argue about which rapper has produced the most impressive output. Jay-Z has cited Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., and 2Pac as “greats”—and his career is often compared with theirs. The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac met untimely deaths in 1997, so comparisons are limited. But Nas’ “Illmatic” is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Few hip-hop fans believe any of …