Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jay Smooth

I'm going to be doing a post here or there on dudes who rule, sort of as a continuation of this post. I don't know much about Jay Smooth other than that he vlogs at Ill Doctrine and blogs at Hip Hop Music and is the founder of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI's Underground Railroad. Jay is sort of like your high school basketball coach who seems a little silly with his Brooklyn "I'm down with the kids" voice but who you secretly adore because he is incredibly intelligent and always standing up for the underdog. He manages to take controversial topics about racism and sexism in pop culture or hip hop and explain them in just a few minutes with an amount of depth, fairness, and complex humanity that most writers can't get across in entire books on the subject.

In this video he explains an Asher Roth scandal I hadn't heard of but don't worry he'll explain it. This explanation of what our country is going through in its racial dialogue is pretty good, it put together a lot of things I'd been thinking but couldn't quite sum up.

This is a great approach to the conversation of abuse in the Rihanna & Chris Brown scandal.

Disregard the intro in this one. Here he does a really funny twist on that Miss USA gay marriage uproar.

This is a thoughtful and unique way of looking at Michael Jackson's death and the media frenzy that followed.

1 comment:

Jay Smooth said...

I'm from Harlem. It's an "I'm down with the kids" Harlem accent. :)