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Every Single Solo Studio Album Kanye West Track Ranked.

Posted in music. by Jason Mekkam 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 Jason Mekkam 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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Rap Musics Sweats Donald Trump Bruh.

Posted in smh. by Jason Mekkam on August 25, 2015

This explains so much. I’ve been scratching my head wondering why the #BlackLivesMatter Movement has yet to Kanye a Donald Trump event. Clearly hip-hop (thus black people by extension obvi) is in beds with the man no hot comb can handle.

I found the above clip while guiltily skimming the Ennis Del Mar of my very existence, WorldStarHipHop – oh how I wish I knew how to quit you. I knew about ‘Country Grammar’ and ‘Up Like Trump’, but I can’t believe that Trump-name-drops date back 25 years and are so mindbogglingly numerous. Watching the video is like taking cruise through the entire history of lake rap. It’s reassuring to know that while the characters, beats and flows have changed over time, the unwavering reverence of obnoxious old white men wealth remains a constant.

A Couple Pennies, 8/16 – 8/22

Posted in reads. by Jason Mekkam on August 23, 2015


“I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I’ve tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied.”  – Ralph Ellison

Writings On Rappings

Here’s What’s Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me And The Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up by Dee Barnes

Dr. Dre Apologizes to the ‘Women I’ve Hurt’ by Joe Carselli

How Widespread Is Ghostwriting In Music And How OK With It Should You Be by Peter Robinson

A Rough Guide To Fictional Rappers In TV And Film by Jonny Coleman

Why LL Cool J’s Famous Album Almost Never Happened by Kathrine LaGrave

The Sociopath’s Answer To Macklemore: Introducing The Haughty Ignorance—And Heinous Michelle Obama Rhymes—Of Chart-Topping White Guy Lil Dicky by Matthew Pulver

How East Coast And West Coat Hip-Hop Are Both Winning by Steven Zietchik

Why 2015 Is The Year Of Hip-Hop by Patrick Ryan


These Are The Faces The Of The East Side Detroit Rap by Liz Raiss & Matt Sukkar

Mac Miller Finds The Way by Rembert Browne


Trap-A-Velli Tre – 2 Chainz by Sheldon Pierce

Politics As Usual

G.O.P. Candidates Follow Trump To The Bottom On Immigration by The New York Time’s Editorial Board

Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny by Matt Taibbi

Donald Trump Is An Asshat.

Posted in smh. by Jason Mekkam on August 20, 2015


Donald John Trump says enough terrible things in day to eviscerate the career of a lesser politician for two lifetimes. Unable to stay content in own crazy for too long, he’s outdone himself this week with a self-appointed crusade against birthright citizenship – a matter that by all accounts was settled by the ratification of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1868 and resettled by the Supreme Court’s United States v. Kim Wong Ark decision in 1898.

If you’re born in America you American.

Simple right?

‘Nah’ says Trump.

Illegal immigration is what is ruining America. Not failing schools. Not institutional racism. Not income inequality. Not gender discrimination. Not the criminalization of poverty. Not the personification of corporations. Not increasing obesity. But Pablo hoping a fence to kick it. Yeah he’s the problem.

This attack on birthright citizenship is the worst thing Trump has ever done because instead regurgitating the most crass of current conservative talking points at maximum volume in his signature, caricature style, he’s dusting off relic racist rhetoric and attempting to pass it off as political innovation.  Like the Slave Codes, Chinese Exclusion Acts, and Immigration Acts of the first quarter of the 20th century, challenging birthright citizenship serves no greater purpose than for those in power to define what a “real American” at the detriment of everybody else. Such desries fall perfectly in line with old white men longing for the days humans of darker hues weren’t so bold in their assertions of self dignity and demands for equal respect.

Worse yet is that the the birthright non-debate at it’s core wishes to criminalize birth, being that children have no control over where they are born, talk less of if their births are coincide with made up rules and regulations established before their existence. Too we are a nation of immigrations and descendants of immigrants or decedents people who were kindnapped and violently forced to work for nothing by those immigrants. If one were to follow this ideology to its extreme wouldn’t that mean that none of us actually have a right to be here?

All this is kind of hard to wrap one’s head around, so allow me to make it easier. The 14th Amendment was a Reconstruction Amendment added in response to the Civil War the fuckedupness of slavery. Donald Trump wants to undo what was done in response to hate. He’s crossed the line this time from public headache to actual menace to society and he’s starting to have a real influence on how we talk about immigration.

This madness must be stopped.


Posted in truth. by Jason Mekkam on August 19, 2015

Quick programming note:

A couple months ago I got a pretty nifty suggestion from a commenter (and I use that term sorta loosely because I’m like 98.7% sure it was an old roommate of mine trolling) that I find somewhere else to stuff my looser, more incoherent ramblings. So I found one: You’ll find mostly words and images that fill my brain on the everyday but aren’t polished enough for Dollars Make Sense and aren’t small enough to meet the brevity of a 140 character limit.

Also keep an eye out every week for the brand “A Couple Pennies” section highlighting the best internets writings on all things rap from the past week. New edition drops every Sunday.