Tag Archive: rap

Last night, the supergroup of Jay-z, Rihanna, and Kanye West performed Run This Town on the premiere of Jay Leno’s return to late night talk tv.  They all did their thing.



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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels who is 1/3 of the legendary Hip-Hop group Run-DMC recently spoke to a group full of educators and teachers at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame about the potential value in making Rap music a part of their curriculum. He spoke about how true Hip Hop crosses all racial and social backgrounds calling it  “information, education, communication, and motivation.” When you dissect the lyrics to a lot of classic Rap songs you find similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, symbolism, and many other creative writing tools just as you would if you broke down a novel or a play from Shakespeare.

Although it wouldn’t be the first time rap music was used for the purpose of learning (Syracuse English professor Greg Thomas teaches a class called “Life and Times of Lil Kim” ), it could be an idea of how to reach younger generations and get them interested in both creativity and improving their writing skills.

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We have now seen two of the most unlikely colabos of all time with Fergie out rapping Nelly on his own single and now Taylor Swift stepping up her street cred by doing what every real rapper does…get a T-Pain feature. So tell us who’s you think was better?

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3 Feet..No Pressure


I remember when I was about 12 years old and got my first basketball hoop in the backyard. Any time somebody would D’ Up on you real good on an inbound pass you could just say “3 Feet No Pressure!” and they had to back up. They knew they had to give you some space. But most the time when you’re under pressure it aint that simple.

 My family had moved from the South Side of Chicago to South Suburban Riverdale when I was 8. At the time I had never even heard of Riverdale ,or been to a suburb ,or even had a conversation with a person who wasn’t black other than a teacher. Alot of that changed real fast. My dad had been in  jail since I was 4, me and my mom didn’t have the best relationship, and to make it worse I was an only child (sorta) with no cousins within 10 miles or 10 years close to my age.

My only release was when I went back to the city to visit my God Brother Chris and his family. The problem was to them I was an outsider now. Like anybody else I wasn’t trying to be considered the lame of the group so proving myself was a constant thing. They all were great at sports but physically I wasn’t gonna be able to compete. My outlet became music. Hip-Hop, or Rap (whichever you wanna call it) to me was more than what my parents saw it as. Yeah it was a lot of reckless examples of violence, drugs, degrading women etc. But what wasn’t mainstream was the art form in it. The skill, the cleverness, the wit, the passion. The beat, the mic, the crowd, the delivery, the flow all showed me I could do me and didn’t have to be like anybody. I would still hoop  but writing became my release, it was my 3 feet no pressure.

What’s Yours?