Are We Being Too Hard On Troy Ave?

Be honest. Before you had all the facts, you had Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave — the heartbeat of the Irving Plaza shooting that left 1 dead and several injured — pegged as a bad guy. Even if you’re unfamiliar with him as a Hip Hop artist, all you heard from the media is that he raps about drugs and that it was him in that now infamous video. The one where he is clearly discharging his weapon in a room full of cowering party patrons. A healthy portion of us who are familiar with Troy know him to be a bit outlandish and somewhat annoyingly arrogant in between his aggresive attempts to convince us he…

Why I Support Hakeem Lyon’s Choice To Avoid A Controversial Photo Op

Bryshere Gray, who’s widely known around the world as infamous MC, Hakeem Lyon, star of the musical drama Empire, is under the proverbial gun right now for decided not to take a photo with a Philadelphia musical Collective known as Philly Drag Mafia. Bryshere — nee Hakeem — was in town to perform at the Anti-Defamation League’s Walk Against Hate and the PDM opened up for him. So, it would only make sense that he would take photographs with this local act, seeing as though he’s such a big star, right? According to people that were at the function, Bryshere made himself available to take photographs and selfies with various members of the audience as…

The Real Reason Drake Sold Over 600,000 Copies of “Views” in 1 Night

For months, Drake has been preparing us for the release of his album Views from the 6, which dropped last Friday. If you ask me, the wave really began when Meek Mill declared war on Drake. Drake used that momentum to get us prepared for his next offering, and he even let us know he was taking a break from recording the album to respond to Meek during their conflict last year. If you listen to the tail end of Back To Back, Drake makes the reference “I took a break from Views, now it’s back to that, 6!” Shortly before releasing the album online, Drake shortened the name of the release to simply Views,…

Birdman Vs The Breakfast Club: A Case of Rude Radio or Sensitive Rapper?

Last Friday, Brian Birdman Williams appeared on The Breakfast Club radio show in an apparent effort to bully the show’s hosts for disrespectful comments and offensive commentary made regarding record industry mogul. The video clip, seen above, is a bit comical in nature. If you remove all the negative connotation attached to the meeting, it looks like a grown ass baby, no pun intended, sitting in a chair, pouting, preparing to launch a ghetto-fortified hissy fit. And essentially, that’s exactly what Birdman did. He demanded that his name be respected comma and for about 35 to 40 seconds, engaged in a friendly game of “So what you gon’ do?” You remember that game, we’ve all…

Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, and the Colorful Case of Mistaken Identity

I have a manager at work who occasionally calls me other Black guys that work with us. It doesn’t happen at a frequency where I think she’s racist or visually impaired, but clearly, to a lot of people, if even only subconsciously, all Black people look alike. And there’s really nothing wrong with that. Because in all honesty, other races look alike to me, too. I don’t think it’s anything personal or derogatory, but rather the mental manifestations of the generalized perception that society as a whole has in place. There’s a video floating around the internet right now of a woman mistaking comedian Kevin Hart for bigger comedian Chris Rock. On schedule, the World…

Nas Is Doing Something Strange In Your Neighborhood

Nas is my favorite rapper. And when I say favorite, I mean I will probably never purchase another Nas album and there’s a slim to no chance that I’d ever buy concert tickets to see him on stage, but I grew up idolozing him and still — on a fairly regular basis — listen to his catalog. (Last album I bought was the one where he basically told Kelis to kiss his ass.). In Hip Hop terms, my fandom for Nasir is pretty unconditional. I support his bountiful decisions to drool lava over genuinely subpar tracks. I supported his decision to marry a women who sang about her lady cum. I even supported Ether, which…

What We Hopefully Learned From Kyrie and Kehlani’s Chaos

Superstar basketballer Kyrie Irving is involved in a bit of an Internet scandal right now. His girlfriend, R-n-B singer Kehlani, was exposed on the internet for cheating on him with her ex, musician PartyNextDoor yesterday. The internet went crazy with memes, GIFs, and hella jokes galore. Social media was chocked full of heartless humor, from Twitter to Snapchat. From Instagram to Facebook. With all the comedic chaos swirling about, I bet no one ever checked to see how poor Kyrie was doing. Men have feelings, too, bruh. Any fella whose ever been cheated on knows the pain Kyrie was feeling. We all shook our fists in unison — at no one in particular — when…

5 Life Lessons You Should Have Learned By Age 40

Earlier this month I turned 40 years old. I also took a vacation from my job that week. What was supposed to be five days of continual fun and celebration actually became a time to reflect and think about the past, as well as the future. That’s the kind of thing that happens when you’re a a man. At some point we have to deal with the things we have to deal with. I feel that after a certain amount of years on this planet, one is obligated to share the wealth of knowledge and wisdom they have accumulated. And it all begins with the basics. So today, I wanted to share the five Life…

It May Be Time To #BanValentinesDay

Every year, on February 14th, men become pawns in an evil game called Valentine’s Day. The game is relatively simple. There aren’t any rules but there is a method to the madness. Show the person you care about how much you care about them monetarily. Generally it’s the man who foots most of the bill to celebrate this imaginary holiday. Yes, some women do shell out chips to showcase affections for the man in her life, but for the most part Valentine’s Day is a day where male fools fall victim to the gold dig.   Valentine’s Day, first and foremost, is not a real holiday. But if you pay attention, it gets more commercial…

Friend Zone Flexin’: How To Win at Being The Loser

  In case you’re not familiar with it, the Friend Zone is the imaginary place that a man is banished to when he is curved or otherwise rejected by a feminine interest. The “friend zone” is often viewed as a place where time stands still and any possible exits are few and far between. Unfortunately, for many men who have nothing to offer, it’s an all too familiar place. Let us take a moment to recognize and pay respect to those men who are forever trapped in some chicks friend zone. And shame on their fathers/big brothers/uncles/legal guardians for not doing a better job of teaching them how to get a lady. Being the optimistic…