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   Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Talib Kweli's Hot Thing, Prod. by will.i.am, Off the Upcoming Album Eardrum

Talib Kweli's Eardrum album


Talib Kweli - Eardrum

Here are some streams of Hot Thing, produced by will.i.am, for Talib Kweli's upcoming album Eardrum:

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Special thanks to Warner Music's New Media (Urban) department.




   Monday, June 18, 2007
Blue Scholars - Back Home





A Side Note Regarding Stanley Crouch & Criticisms of Academia

Although I appreciated Stanley Crouch's comments on Oprah back when Russell Simmons and the rest of the obfuscator crew showed, all I needed to do was read the next thing I saw by him to be reminded of his own tendency to muck things up.

Crouch describes Pimps Up, Ho's Down, by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, as a:
book [that] does not suffer from the sort of cowardice one too often hears from black academics who genuflect to hip hop in order to stay current with the tastes of the students who provide them with whatever power they have on college campuses.

Sorry, Scrouch, that's only funny and/or insightful to folks who don't know anything about power in academia. Just so you know, it's well established that popular teachers are generally disliked by the rest of the faculty and often even viewed with suspicion for their popularity. No big deal? It is if you're hoping for tenure or even basic support for one's initiatives from the rest of the faculty.

Though academia appears as a cracked mirror universe from outside, it's perfectly coherent from inside, just as with any culture or subculture with which one is unfamiliar. Unfortunately, I have rarely found an outside critic of academia who bothered to pursue actual details of the terrain he or she critiques.

Kind of like most outside critics of hip hop.