Dollars Make Sense.

A Couple Pennies, 8/6 – 8/12

Posted in reads. by Jason Mekkam 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 Jason Mekkam 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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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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A Couple Pennies, 8/9 – 8/15

Posted in reads. by Jason Mekkam on August 15, 2015


“I was learning that just being a Negro doesn’t qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine.” – Dick Gregory 


Police Shootings Are About Class as Well As Race by Rev. Jesse Jackson

On Ferguson And The Enduring Resilience Of Black People by Kara Brown

Ferguson And America: One Year Later by The FADER

Police Abuse Is A Form Of Terror by Charles M. Blow

‘What The Hell Is Going On In Ferguson?!’ How #MikeMike Changed Our World by Kirsten West Savali

RIP Sean Price (3/17/72 – 8/8/15)

Sean Price, Rapper With Deep Brooklyn Roots, Dies at 43 by Jon Caramanica

Thank You, Sean Price by Daniel Isenberg

Remembering Sean Price, The Grimiest Rapper Ever To Do It by Drew Millard

Sean Price, Rest In Power by Sheldon Pearce

Brooklyn: What Did Sean Price Mean To You? by Bucky Turco

Norwegians With Allergies

On N.W.A. And A Crazy Motherf*cker Named Gotty by Gotty

Kendrick Lamar Interviews N.W.A About Coming ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and Changing the World by David Ritz

Jerry Heller Expresses Himself by Amos Barshad

The N.W.A. Member Turned Pornographer by Jen Yamato

Straight Outta Excuses: It’s Time We Confront Dr. Dre’s History of Beating Up Women by Crystal Irby

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is The Lamest Kind Of Gloss-Over Musical Biopic by Jim DeRogatis

Writes Abouts Raps

Rapper Drops Clinton For Sanders by Dena Zaru

The Immortal Soul: The Revival Of Soul Music And It’s History In Hip-Hop Production by Matthew Sedacca

What Does The White Rapper Owe #BlackLivesMatter? by B. Dolan

Let’s Be Serious: Meek Mill and Drake Did Not Have a Real Rap Battle by Rob Kenner

Getting Rowdy: Keith Ape and Real Rap in Korea by Jon Caramanica


The Influencer: A Decade Of Soulja Boy by Meaghan Garvey

How 2 Live Crew’s Leader Went from Sex-Rap Mogul to Sociopolitical Pundit by Andy Beta


Compton – Dr. Dre by Ivan Rott

Compton – Dr. Dre by Jay Balfour

Compton – Dr. Dre by Jeff Weiss

Compton – Dr. Dre by Samantha O’Connor

Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) – Lil B & Chance The Rapper by Winston Cook-Wilson

Bang 3 – Chief Keef by Winston Cook-Wilson

Bang 3 – Chief Keef by Chris Gibbons

Politics As Usual

Inside The GOP Clown Car by Matt Taibbi

‘Black Lives Matter’ And The G.O.P. by Charles M. Blow

General Fuckery

Tinder And The Dawn Of The Dating Apocalypse by Nancy Jo Sales

BET Isn’t Really Bringing Back Uncut And Mighty Casey Might Have To Sue by Byron Crawford

‘8 CDs For A Penny’ Company Files For Bankruptcy by Laura Wagner

Watch Ice Cube Fact-Check the “Straight Outta Compton” Rap Genius Page by Mike Hogan

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