It's always weird to hear your own writing read back to you. You find yourself thinking, am I that childish and vulgar?
A while back, my article on Dr. Dre was turned into an audiobook. It begins with discussion of how the World Class Wreckin Crew got more pussy than the BusBoys, despite the fact that they dressed like fruits—and the BusBoys fucked everybody. I think that was about as much of it as I ever listened to. But I already knew how it went, because I wrote the damn thing.
This newsletter is about a silly controversy that arose after the release of a Black Girl Magic feature in Essence magazine. It gets into what exactly that is and why this is all so ridiculous. Johnetta "Netta" Elzie, the leader of Black Lives Matter, figures prominently, and roundly.
It's read by Mumia Ali a/k/a Obsidian, a blogger for the men's rights site A Voice for Men, who does a daily podcast that's distributed primarily via YouTube. Check out this article he wrote for Return of Kings, 5 Reasons Why Black Feminism Is A Failure. He's doing yeoman work. Consider donating to his Patreon account.
Kanye West is back trending on Twitter, just in time for the impending release of his new album, but for all the wrong reasons.
Tuesday he announced that the album is called Waves, rather than Swish. What waves have to do with the price of tea in China, and how an album can go from being named Swish to being named Waves and remain thematically congruent, wasn't made clear, but obviously the switch was brought on by copyright infringement concerns.
Swish kinda sounds like Swoosh (short for Swooshtika), the symbol on the side of a pair of Nikes, and from what I understand (granted, I may have read this on Twitter), the title was intended to taunt Nike over the fact that people are actually buying those Kanye West Adidas that look like house shoes made from the sweater Bill Cosby wore on his perp walk.
If Phil Knight got on the phone with Apple and had the new Kanye album pulled from iTunes the week it came out, it would be devastating. It's gonna have a hard enough time as it is, because it's probably gonna suck balls. Kanye couldn't afford to run that risk.