Nuggets of Wisdom: Kendrick Lamar’s Album is Perfect and Wrestling!
Welcome to the weekend Fanbros, Kendrick Lamar dropped an album and nothing was the same.
“Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling” By Max Landis
Next week is WrestleMaina and I need to finish this a feature about Black wrestlers before then so most of you do not get your hopes up. In the meanwhile, you should definitely watch this short by Max Landis. Landis is an interesting character on the internet. The videos he makes are often described as “divisive.” People either love or hate them. His latest video has caught parts of the internet on fire, has it deconstructs the wrestling career of Triple H and paints the character as one of the best fictional players of all of literature. It’s shot Drunk History style, with a bunch of wild cameos and gender swapped roles. It’s better than real wrestling.
“Nigga? Please.” By Talib Kweli
America’s favorite entertainment reporter, Don Lemon, was once again trying to play the part of real journalist and failing at it hilariously. This time, the CNN laughingstock tried hosting a panel discussing “who can say the ‘N’ word” featuring a guest who argued rappers make money off of the use of the word in their songs. Unlike Lemon, Talib Kweli clearly understands the “psychological hornet’s nest” that is this word and actually has something valuable to say about its use in society. Indeed, Kweli and Lemon had their issues in the past, this piece isn’t a response or continuation of that. Instead, Kweli was offering a counterpoint to an opt-ed wrote by Pier Morgan about black people using the word (another hornet’s nest) from months ago. While piece was originally published in November, Talib’s words are still relevant for this latest Lemon kerfuffle.
“To Pimp a Butterfly: Kendrick Lamar’s new album is perfect” by Micah Singleton
People have been talking about the blackness of Kendrick’s new album since its release early Sunday morning. It’s so black, it refuses to keep things funny. Some publications would like to only lightly touch on it, before pushing it aside, while others try to figure out how white fans can come to understand the album’s blackness.(Hint talk to black folk.) Believe me, this is only the beginning of the latest wave of K. Dot think pieces; however over the last week The Verge’s Micah Singleton review is the best. It’s beautifully written and a broad summary does not do it justice. Here read this:
“To Pimp a Butterfly is perfect. There’s no other adjective that can properly convey its greatness. To Pimp a Butterfly is an immaculate amalgamation of rap, jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word. It cannot be restricted by a single genre. It’s the latest evolution of Black Music, and it’s nothing short of genius. (Black Music, inhabited by the likes of Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Prince, the Fugees, Andre 3000, and D’Angelo. A land where the natural barriers of music don’t exist. A place where the main goal is the advancement and protection of the culture.)”Micah Singleton