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"Do I Really Hate Him?": Thoughts About Fatherly Love

A couple years ago, I wrote a piece on “Let Nas Down” and the absent father. The piece mentioned my resentments towards my father. But, as with some aspects of the Speed on the Beat backstory, I usually keep quiet about my father and my feelings towards him. Because of this, I’ve never actually went into […]

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The Road to Songs For…, Part Two (#FourTilFOR)

(This is part two of a series of blogs leading up to the release of Songs For… on Saturday) Sometime in 1996Baltimore, MD My father beat me. My father in 1942. Yes, he was thatold. That’s not one of those things that’s too out of the ordinary. I’m “black” and my parents were older than most. […]

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