Dollars Make Sense.


Posted in truth. by WULU on November 2, 2015


A Couple Pennies, 8/6 – 8/12

Posted in reads. by WULU on September 12, 2015


“I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.” – Dick Gregory

Writes On Raps

When Black Artists Declare Their Autonomy by Dan Bastenmehr

The Day Kanye West Killed Gangsta Rap by Noah Callahan-Bever

First-Hand Accounts Of The Night Eazy-E And Ice Cube Ended Their Feud By Paul Meara

Mikkey Halsted: Kanye Almost Signed To Cash Money, Birdman Threatened To Kill Me by Lucas Garrison

I’m Not Writing About Slim Jesus’ “Drill Time” Video by Gotty

Melle Mel And Kool Moe Dee On Macklemore And Today’s Hip-Hop by Dan Rys

Everybody Is Going Downtown, To The Capitalist Gangbang by Byron Crawford

With Dance You Can Save The Community: The Enduring Inner City Utopia Of Breakin’ by Stephen M. Deusner

How Rap Got Weird by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Rap’s Most Incomprehensibly Stupid Lyrics by Travis Tack

Profiles N’ Interviews

Geto Boy: An Interview With Bushwick Bill by Shawna Kenney

Too Funky For Gangsta Rap Meet The Producer Who Left N.W.A Weeks Before ‘Straight Outta Compton’ by Jeremiah Alexis


Black Dollar – Rick Ross by Jayson Greene

Politics As Usual

Trump Seriously: On The Trail With The GOP’s Tough Guy by Paul Solotaroff

Bernie Sanders Stunned By His Rapid Rise In The Polls by Nick Gass

General Fuckery

I Fuck Fat People by Eloise LeBel

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A Couple Pennies, 8/30 – 8/5

Posted in reads. by WULU on September 6, 2015


“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

Everything (It Was Kind Of A Slow Week)

On Kanye West And Black Humility by Martin Douglas

On Big Daddy Kanye, Macklemore, And Rap’s Failure To Pay Homage To Old School Greats by Marky Mark

Atoning For Hip-Hop History’s Misogyny: From Dr. Dre To Kanye West by Stero Williams

Was Banning Tyler, The Creator The Victory International Feminism Needed? by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

An Interview With the Legend Behind the “Why You Always Lyin'” Video by Lauren Nostro

The Difference Between Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders by Kareen Abdul-Jabbar

The Republicans Are Officially The Party Of White Paranoia by Matt Taibbi

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Yo They Love Giving Black Mens They Due Way Late Tho.

Posted in truth. by WULU on September 3, 2015


When news broke that MTV was to award Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the Video Music Awards this year something didn’t feel quite right. It wasn’t until Sunday night’s ceremony when Big Sean won a Moonman for his “One Man Can Change The Wold” that I was able to put a finger on it. With Kanye and John Legend standing behind him, Mr. Supa Dupa gave thanks and noted that it was his and John Legend’s first win at the award show but it was probably like Kanye’s 30th.

But wait.. was it tho?

Kanye West has been an institution propelling creative, cultural innovation for the past decade. While pushing boundaries musically, his lifelong pledge to artistic perfection demands his visuals rival the dopiness of his sonic output. His music videos serve testament. From “Jesus Walks” to “Stonger” to “Runaway” it feels as if Big Sean is right, right? 30 is hyperbole sure, but still at least double digits, yah?


After quickly scanning Wikipedia days of carefully mulling over footage, fact-checking records, and cross-examining data I’ve discovered that while Kanye has reinvade 35 VMA nomination, he’s only won four times inducing his win with Sean and his Vanguard. So before last Sunday before being presented with the honor, if my trigonometry is correct, Yeezy had only won 2 of 33 awards he was up for since 2004 or 6%. In this respect Vanguard honor is like being given an honorary Phd after flunking Biology 101 for eleven years straight.

Don’t get it twisted. Kanye very much deserves the Vanguard. Institution, propelling creative, cultural, innovation, remember? What I’m saying is that something mighty suspect is afoot. How are to going to systemically curb the man’s shine for years and then turn around on a dime and be like “you know what homie, you aight” without inadvernlinglt admitting yawl fucked up all those years in the first place?

This incident actually marked my second time within a week of being taken aback by a black artist being given his props way after the fact when it was announced Spike Lee will receive and honarary Oscar for lifetime achievement over two decades after his masterpiece “Do The Right Thing” received negative love from the Academy.

While stories have popped up recently about the VMAs non-support of black artists in particular, I can’t help but to cringe at what I’ve noticed to be lowkey insidious, visceral reactions to displays of unapologetic blackness in the media. As a fan in general and as a young black man in specific, it’s seeing hard such beautiful displays of art I engage with and am impacted by deeply not receive the recognition they deserves because their authors’s views touch nerves. Is that not wha the best art is supposed to do? These achievement awards only serve as vindication of the feelings I’ve been harboring for a minute. While I’m glad that Lee and West are finally getting their much deserved shine I believe it says a lot about our cultural that we still have to wait so long to do so.

The honorarys are great but the actuals would be better.

Every Single Solo Studio Album Kanye West Track Ranked.

Posted in music. by WULU on August 30, 2015

90. “Drunk and Hot Girls” (featuring Mos Def)

89. “Intro (skit)

88. “Wake Up Mr. West

87. “Workout Plan (skit)

86. “Skit #4

85. “Skit #2

84. “Skit #1

83. “Lil Jimmy (skit)

82. “School Spirit (skit 2)

81. “School Spirit (skit 1)

80. “Breathe In Breathe Out” (featuring Ludacris)

79. “Big Brother

78. “I’ll Fly Away

77. “Pinocchio Story (Live From Singapore)

76. “Graduation Day (skit)

75. “School Spirit

74. “Homecoming

73. “Coldest Winter

72. “Skit #3

71. “Everything I Am” (featuring DJ Premier)

70. “Guilt Trip

69. “Bring Me Down” (featuring Brandy)

68. “Celebration

67. “Barry Bonds” (featuring Lil Wayne)

66. “RoboCop

65. “So Appalled” (featuring Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce and RZA)

64. “Family Business

63. “See You in My Nightmares” (featuring Lil Wayne)

62. “Street Lights

61. “The Glory

60. “Bad News

59. “Welcome to Heartbreak” (featuring Kid Cudi)

58. “Hold My Liquor

57. “Hey Mama

56. “Send It Up

55. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing

54. “Say You Will

53. “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)” (featuring Jay-Z)

52. “Good Life” (featuring T-Pain)

51. “Black Skinhead

50. “Touch the Sky” (featuring Lupe Fiasco)

49. “The New Workout Plan

48. “Love Lockdown

47. “All of the Lights (Interlude)

46. “All of the Lights

45. “Roses

44. “On Sight

43. “Get Em High” (featuring Talib Kweli and Common)

42. “Amazing” (featuring Young Jeezy)

41. “Spaceship” (featuring GLC and Consequence)

40. “Late

39. “I Am a God” (featuring God

38. “Drive Slow” (featuring Paul Wall & GLC)

37. “Stronger

36. “Crack Music” (featuring The Game)

35. “I’m In It

34. “Champion

33. “Gorgeous” (featuring Kid Cudi and Raekwon)

32. “Lost in the World” (featuring Bon Iver)

31. “Who Will Survive in America

30. “We Don’t Care

29. “Hell of a Life

28. “Blood on the Leaves

27. “Blame Game” (featuring John Legend)

26. “Monster” (featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver)

25. “Through the Wire

24. “Never Let Me Down” (featuring Jay-Z and J. Ivy)

23. “Addiction

22. “My Way Home” (featuring Common)

21. “Slow Jamz” (with Twista and Jamie Foxx)

20. “Diamonds from Sierra Leone

19. “Good Morning

18. “Heard ‘Em Say” (featuring Adam Levine)

17. “Last Call

16. “Runaway” (featuring Pusha T)

15. “Heartless

14. “Gold Digger” (featuring Jamie Foxx)

13. “Paranoid” (featuring Mr Hudson)

12. “Dark Fantasy

11. “Two Words” (featuring Mos Def, Freeway and The Harlem Boys Choir)

10. “New Slaves

9. “Devil in a New Dress” (featuring Rick Ross)

8. “Jesus Walks

7. “All Falls Down” (featuring Syleena Johnson)

6. “I Wonder

5. “We Major” (featuring Nas & Really Doe)

4. “Bound 2

3. “Power

2. “Gone” (featuring Cam’ron & Consequence)

1. “Flashing Lights” (featuring Dwele)

A Couple Pennies, 8/23 – 8/29

Posted in reads. by WULU on August 29, 2015


“Fiction is an improvement on life.” – Charles Bukowski

Writings On Raps

Dr. Dre’s Apology Is Acknowledged, With Some Misgivings by Joe Carcoselli

Once You Start Banning Rappers Like Tyler, The Creator Where Do You Stop? by Joe Muggs

When J Dilla Said “Fuck The Police” by Mike “DJ” Pizzo

Wu-Tang Clan Still Hasn’t Sold That $5 Million Album by Jonathan Sturgeon

The World’s Leading LinkedIn Expert Advises Gucci Mane On His New Profile by Rembert Browne

Suge Knight’s Crazy Confessional and the Eazy-E Conspiracy That Won’t Die by Merlo Stern

Five Women In Hip-Hop That Deserve Their Own Biopics by Michelle Ofiwe

No Country For Old (Rap) Men: Albums That Fell Tragically Short Of Their Potential by Robbie Ettleson

Profiles N’ Interviews

N.W.A: American Gangstas by Brian Haitt

Uncle Luke Went To The Supreme Court For Hip-Hop, And He Wants More Credit by Rawiya Kameir

A Great Album Or A Horrible Mistake’: Run The Jewels Discuss ‘Run The Jewels 3’ And Cat Remix Insanity by Rachel Toole


Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd by Sheldon Pearce

Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd by Lizzie Plaugic

Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd by Linday Dozoladz

Politics As Usual

#BlackLivesMatter Misfire by Ben Carson

General Fuckery

‘Is Your Boyfriend In The Band?’Critic Airs Tales Of Music Industry Sexism by Amanda Holpuch

Average Size … For A Black Man: Myths About Size, Racism, and Patriarchy by Bill Johnson II

Fleece Johnson, The Lockup Booty Warrior, Is Up For Parole In September by Greg Whitt

In 2015, It’s This Easy To Start Your Own Lucrative Student Drug Ring by Max Daly

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