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Thursday, June 6 2013

Good Intentions but No Imagination: The Schlock of 'Accidental Racist'

In "Accidental Racist", history is a generic blob, a "back then" that can safely take the blame for vague injustices while more recent history is overlooked in order to soothe one's own ego. 'Cause these days, it's All About You.


Monday, November 17 2008

Hip-Haute Couture

Although "hip-hop" means different things to different people, everyone seems to be confident that they know what "it" is. Through this subjective lens, there is also a unique brand of investment and ownership in the meaning of "hip-hop".


Reviews

Sunday, June 2 2013

LL Cool J: Authentic

Fitz & The Tantrums, Seal, Eddie Van Halen, Travis Barker, Earth, Wind & Fire, Charlie WIlson, Snoop Dogg, Brad Paisley, Chuck D, Tom Morello, Z-Trip, the Trackmasters, Tricky Stewart and more create a charity album for LL Cool J.


Thursday, July 19 2012

Livin' In a Pre-Gangsta's Paradise: 'Big Fun in the Big Town'

Hip-hop's bratty DIY ethos marks it as an urban doppelganger to punk rock.


Wednesday, April 19 2006

LL Cool J: Todd Smith

Todd Smith is glossy, safe, front-loaded, and slick. My mom likes it, enough said. And the young-girl LL Cool J fans will love it too, regardless of what we say here.


Thursday, December 19 2002

L.L. Cool J: 10


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