April 18, 2014
White people are guests anywhere other than at an appropriation and subjugation conference. #FactsOnly
April 17, 2014
I feel like this is the album that's finally gonna get him above a 6.0 at Pitchfork.
He's never gonna get his back taxes paid running afoul of the Teh Ghey Mafia.
After 20 years, the mainstream embraced Nas at Wednesday night's start of the Tribeca Film Festival. He embraced it back by abandoning the casual homophobia that some critics have used to write off hip-hop as a means to progress.
“Illmatic” is a long, long way from the most homophobic rap recording. And “Time Is Illmatic,” director One9's excellent documentary about the album, methodically captures the poor, violent environment that created it, the Queensbridge Housing Projects. It puts the album's blunt language in perspective.
But one passage, from the clever, playful “Halftime,” still jars the ear: “I got to have it/I miss Mr. Magic/Versatile, my style switches like a faggot/But not bisexual, I'm an intellectual.”
Nas commandingly performed the entire album at the end of Wednesday's screening. As he has at live shows in recent years, he cut the offending lines. Sometimes, his hype man has shouted the rhymes as Nas went silent. But on Wednesday, he performed with just a DJ, Green Lantern, and let silence fill the space once occupied by casual homophobia.
You can't check the video, because VEVO, but apparently she touches some black guys, and this got some people on Twitter all upset. Admittedly, I'm bothered, in a sense, just at the thought.
Below is a statement she issued via Facebook.
April 14, 2014
It's precisely this kind of nuanced thinking that leads a black man to put on a skirt.
After the jump is another response to Lord Jamar, from Simon Rex a/k/a Dirt Nasty.