Ryan Lewis, along with his mother and Seattle-based non-profit Construction for Change, has started an initiative to bring accessible healthcare to developing countries. The 30/30 Project’s first goal is a health center in Malawi. I spoke with Ryan about this—and his mother’s thirty years as an HIV survivor.
Flash Bang Grenada "Pet Alligators" (2013)
Nocando is my spirit animal.
Dem Atlas has a new song. His Rhymesayers debut is going to turn things around.
Because they have terrible judgment, the good people at Noisey let me write a scene from a parallel Mean Girls universe that includes Young Buck and a morally outraged Common. I am pictured above, on the far right.
Ma$e “Welcome Back” (prod. The Movement) (2004)
Ma$e is back, again. I wrote about his new attempt, “Nothing”, over at Passion. As I told Jeff, I can’t explain or defend it, but I think “Welcome Back” is my favorite thing ever made. It must be the blurred-out Nike symbols.
The Lost Tapes is the second-best Nas record. I wrote about “Purple” over here.
In some minor news, I’m now the rap editor at Impression of Sound. The site has solid ownership and is giving me more or less free reign over what we cover/how we cover it, and I’ve been fortunate to have some good writers jump on board already.
As far as my recent work at the site: I reviewed Future’s Honest; I wish it were as good as it could have been. I also picked the ten best Kendrick Lamar songs and the five best verses on Illmatic. Last, there’s my essay, “Give Taylor Swift Her Mic Back”. I actually just emailed Taylor, pitching her a patently ridiculous idea. Maybe she’ll give her management the slip and do it, who knows?