JSC Radio Ep. 70: Third Eye Blind

PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — The 70th Episode of the People’s Podcast is here and, it’s our Anniversary! Yep. It’s been Two Years since this podcast made its inauspicious debut and ever since that day, it’s grown by leaps and bounds…all while never really having a true single focus. It’s not a sports podcast. It’s not an entertainment podcast. It’s not a political podcast. It’s simply a damn podcast and it’s been a blast for the first two years.

This is NOT appropriation. I grew up with cats who looked like this.

That brings us to Episode 70. Seventy! SETENTA! It is the official end of the “Second Season” of the show and I figure I would take it home by going at all the overly woke soldiers out there who have taken to yelling “cultural appropriation” in the same way that you’re not supposed to yell “fire” in a crowded room. The latest victim is Bruno Mars.

This week, along with me showing love and giving thanks to all of you who have supported this damn show, I also go in on the ridiculous idea that a half Filipino/half Puerto Rican dude who grew up in 1990s Los Angeles is somehow both “stealing from black culture” and succeeding at the expense of Black artists — this asinine and simple-minded idea that “they don’t like black music when it comes from black people” as if this is still the 1960s and most of the top stars in music over the last 40 years haven’t been black. There is such a thing as being too damn woke for your own good.

chirag_mack__catch_102774_730x419-m-e1520940011840Plus, I take a second to remember Craig Mack, who passed away this week at just 46. He’s the latest in a growing group of rap icons who died nonviolently before age 50. He set the table for Hip-Hop’s explosive Renaissance in the mid-90s.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, Google Play, and now playing on…Spotify! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

A New Episode drops every week — usually on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. And remember to check out JSC TV on RVN TV every Saturday morning at 11:30am Eastern. Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 70: Third Eye Blind

Forgetting Sarah Palin: Why Do People Still Care About This Woman…?

Whatever Happened To Bowing Out Gracefully?

“You can’t legislate intelligence and common sense into people”

— Will Rogers

DETROIT — Imagine, if you will, that you were the head coach of a basketball team. You had this unknown point guard suddenly show up on the scene. You signed the kid the day before a big game and you toss him into the lineup when you find your team in a 23-point hole in the 3rd quarter. You figure you have nothing to lose. This PG, gets on the floor with a basic grasp of the offense and runs the plays you feed him to perfection. He’s hitting teammates at the right spots. He’s running the pick-and-roll to perfection. He even made a killer 18-foot jumper off of an iso. Next thing you know, you’ve trimmed the lead to six points with that guard on the floor. Just as it seems like you are ready to make that push in the 4th to try to win the game, that damn point guard decides he’s gonna start running his own plays and goes into business for himself. He’s no longer running the offense through the post. He’s jacking up 28-foot jumpers with 14 seconds left on the shot clock. He’s leaving his man on defense. He’s trying to drive on three guys and gets his shot tossed. Next thing you know, that lead has ballooned to 28. Game over. You Lose the game…and your job. Ladies and gentlemen, this particular point guard’s jersey number was 2. The name on the back: Palin. Let’s get down to business. Continue reading Forgetting Sarah Palin: Why Do People Still Care About This Woman…?

JSC Throwback: Why 1996 Was The Last GREAT Year for Hip-Hop

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Greetings People. Figured I would send you into the weekend with the first Jay Scott Confidential Throwback. I mean, I know you didn’t think that I just started blogging a couple of weeks ago, did you? Hell, a lot of you probably did actually…but that’s cool. Time to get you up to speed. This comes to us from July 7, 2008. Mr. Rufio Jones, you may know him from The CYDIBlog, and I were having a convo on Facebook about how craptacular rap had become just since 2002, and it got me to thinking about how in 2002, hip-hop had crashed and burned (or so I thought) from its height of greatness in the mid-1990s when I was in high school. This was the blog that laid out what I felt was hip-hop’s last legendary year, 1996, and how it completely kicks the collective asses of this garbage that’s out now and takes its lunch money. Enjoy.

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Drake-ing The Shark: Rap is in Dire Straits…

They Say The Children Are The Future…Then I Need A Time Machine to warn the past...◊

“I’m strictly about skills and dope lyrical coastin’/Relying on talent, not marketing and promotion”

—KRS-One, Step Into A World (1995)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — I am entering my third decade of hip-hop/rap fandom and I have essentially come to the conclusion that the music that I grew up loving is in some serious trouble. Rap, as in all forms of music and entertainment, is predicated as much on hype and bullshit as it actual talent and skills. In a lot of ways, it’s similar to the NBA or NFL draft. A fresh, new, UNKNOWN talent is like that hot shit quarterback or point guard. And often the path to hot shit-dom is College, which in rap circles is the mixtape and underground circuit.

Continue reading Drake-ing The Shark: Rap is in Dire Straits…