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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
A bit of gender analysis for the masses.
The following video was taken from a class discussion I had my freshman year at the University of Maryland. The question posed is “what if women exploited men to make them have babies.” And while the idea/discussion wasn’t fleshed out as much as desired, it’s still an interesting view. Take a watch and stuff.Read more
Fathers: A Speed on the Beat Rantanalysis
Alright, time to chill on the happy-go-lucky jazz for a bit.::takes Waka Flocka off my playlist and fires up some Coltrane:: Sunday is Father’s Day. This is one of those obviously concocted holidays to push consumerism and all that other big business crap. But, it’s still one that hits close to home in several ways. […]Read more