• DJ Chronicles – 5: The Times Were A-Changin’.

    Right around the late 00’s, the DJ game began to change. Well, maybe “evolve” is a better way of saying it. More and more DJ’s were discovering the wonders of Traktor Pro and Serato Scratch Live. These new doohickeys allowed you to manipulate music that was converted to electronic media, just like vinyl records. It […]

  • Hip Hop Frum Tha Past: Misspelin Stuf Iz “Kool.”

    While it’s true that Hip Hop music has taken a significant dip in quality over the last 20 years, there is one thing that you don’t see a whole lot of these days: deliberate misspelling of names and songs. Other than the rare exceptions like The Weeknd or Knxwledge, you don’t see that much misspelling […]

  • Girls Be Trippin’…

    …and sometimes, they actually be trippin’, as in, taking trips to vacation destinations. Such is the case with the fun-seeking foursome in last year’s comedy hit, Girls Trip. It’s a raunch-filled rollicking romp, and the first major motion picture with four black female leads in quite some time. I already talked a bit about the […]

  • DJ Chronicles – 4: Keep The Turntables Turnin’…

    DJ Chronicles – 4: Keep The Turntables Turnin’…

    Well, somebody must have been paying attention to me while I was trying to make my mark in the Minnesota turntablist scene. One of the first gigs I got asked to do was to provide music for a house party over by the U of M. Boy was that an adventure. It was during my […]

  • Kitty Love.

    Kitty Love.

    Rumor’s goin’ around that there’s another X-Men spinoff film, and this one’s spotlighting one of my favorite X-people, and my first comic book crush, Kitty Pryde. I’m not ashamed to admit it–when I read issue 152 of The Uncanny X-Men, and came across young Katherine Anne Pryde, it was love at first sight. (In my defense, […]

  • DJ Chronicles – 3: I, Turntablist.

    DJ Chronicles – 3: I, Turntablist.

    So I’m fresh out of college with my degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in Music Recording that I was only a few units short of finishing, a pair of ungently-used turntables, a beginner’s-level mixer, and a bedroom full of records. Now what? Well, I managed to make a few contacts thru working at […]

  • DJ Chronicles – 2: In Full Effect(?)

    DJ Chronicles – 2: In Full Effect(?)

    My freshman year at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles was spent trying to get my rapping career off the ground. Ya see, when I was in high school, I wrote a rap for me and my friends to perform for some project in Chemistry class. When the rest of my friends chickened […]

  • DJ Chronicles – 1: The Genesis.

    DJ Chronicles – 1: The Genesis.

    I’ve always loved to write, but I’m not just a “wordsmith.” Besides writing, reading, and watching more television than I should, I’ve been a lover of music all my life, and I’ve been a DJ for almost 30 years. I remember listening to music on the hi-fi as a kid. The hi-fi was a console […]

  • A Complete Breakfast?

    I am old school. Decidedly, defiantly (and I mean “in defiance of.” I’m not misspelling “definitely”) so. As such, I’m constantly gobbling up any and all references to the past days of glory that the internet can offer up. Recently, I’ve come across a bunch of YouTube videos of Saturday morning TV commercials from the […]

  • Thank you, Mr. Gruenwald.

    Of course I’m a comic book junkie. High fantasy doesn’t get any higher than superheroes vs. super villains, and aliens vs. other aliens. I started seriously collecting comics when I was about 12 years old, around the time when The Uncanny X-Men was blowin’ up for Marvel, and The New Teen Titans was blowin’ up for […]