The Lost Tapes, Volume One

September 10, 2008

Big big thanks again to everyone who wrote in/commented with kind words and ideas. While I'm busy editing new stuff and repairing this "unmountable boot volume" here are some old podtech videos you might have missed, that I just re-uploaded to

  • ill Doctrine Anthem - My original introductory rap. Wow, I put a lot of work into that one.

  • Amy Winehouse and the Ethics of Clowning People - Sadly that situation is looking even darker now than it was when I posted this.

  • Machine Guns and Stupid Choices - One of the videos that means the most to me, partly because since I posted it I've actually heard back from some of my old students, cosigning and confirming how this rang true for them.

  • RZA and the Legend of the Replicator "It's just another chamber.."

  • Hip-Hop Is Giving Me A Rash - Probably the winner for Weirdest Extended Metaphor.

  • Fox News vs. CNN.vs. WWE - I still can't believe they got away with this..

  • If Bill O'Reilly Was A Rapper Giving Keith Olbermann one more chance to pick this up. You know you wanna air this, Keith!

  • Beating the Little Hater - you woulda thought I'd be better at avoiding creative blocks, after all the great energy that came from this post.. I did get a lot of great things from the discussion it sparked though, especially from all of you who recommended The War of Art.

  • A Conversation With Charlie Ahearn, Part One | Part Two | Part Three - One of the coolest hip-hop conversations I've had in recent years, with the director of Wild Style.
  • Posted by jsmooth995 at September 10, 2008 5:30 PM

    I hadn't caught Machine Guns and Stupid Choices. Thanks for bringin that one back up. That was touching. You always seem to break it down in a way that's so effortless (although I know it's effortful on your part).

    Posted by: withoutscene at September 10, 2008 7:52 PM

    you are a genius.

    Posted by: Marc-Antoine Balthazar at September 10, 2008 10:30 PM

    Haha some classics right here!

    Posted by: The Grip at September 10, 2008 11:50 PM

    Come on man, you're killing me. Where's the follow-up to "Machine Guns and Stupid Choices", explaining how you connected with those T.I.-esque kids?

    Posted by: Joe Grossberg at September 11, 2008 9:05 AM

    Wow. I missed "Machine Guns" on the first go around, but lord that was truth right there. I love how you'll totally take pop cultural fluff as the jump off to something more personal and thought-provoking.

    And dammit, I have to FINALLY see Wild Style.

    Posted by: heyhey at September 11, 2008 2:00 PM

    That was a great collection, glad you brought it up again since my memory isn't the greatest.

    I'm not big on commenting, but seeing the "Beating the little hater" clip, I realized it was time to thank you for all great clips you've brought us.

    Keep doing your thing, it's great to have you posting new videos more often again.

    Posted by: Mac at September 11, 2008 2:38 PM

    Very informative and interesting. Most of them i'd all ready seen because I'm obsessed but I love your views on the Machine Guns vlog and the WWE interview. Thats just horrible how they capped his answer like that. Who the hell can you trust?

    Posted by: Jamari at September 11, 2008 3:33 PM

    Hey Jay! In your video on Amy Winehouse (#2) you say that you want people's approval (who doesn't?) and you get that by being funny. I'm sure you knew it then or know it now that you get my (and others') approval when you show your deep respect for humanity. That is what I adore most about you and what keeps me watching and sharing with my friends. It just sets my heart a flutter.

    And is also why I have a mad crush on you!

    Posted by: Cora D at September 12, 2008 9:42 AM

    Hadn't seen your first rap yet. An homage to lolcats, I love it. Jay you are so on point it's kind of scary. Like, I'm afraid that one night you'll show up at my house and be all, "Yo. This is really the way it is." Then Morpheus will show up and I'll wake from this odd slumber I've called "life" for 27 years. Not a day goes by that I don't tell people to check you out. They always think I'm crazy till like Tuesday creeps around and they get bored at their deskjob and check you out. Then I get the email thanking me. You deserve the thanks. Keep up the good work.

    Posted by: mike at September 12, 2008 11:40 AM

    Dude, where's Bill O'Reily is mad doggie? That was the greatest post of all time.

    Posted by: Incilin at September 13, 2008 12:23 PM

    Okay, I'm going to defeat *my* little hater this time and actually post instead of writing a long comment and deleting it before posting.

    Jay, I think you are a wonderful artist. I'm not here for the hip hop perspective so much as your insight into the world: you inspire me and make me feel hopeful and determined to not give up, to keep protesting and keeping the faith. Your vids make me laugh, they make me think, they both affirm *and* challenge, not an easy thing to accomplish.

    I get your difficulties with the little hater. My best technique for foiling the LH when it's messing with my creative process is to change the rules somehow. Like all haters, the LH is not smart. It's easily confused. It gets obsessed with one thing so if you shift the playing ground, the LH has to scramble to do its obnoxious spiel.

    Usually (since I work best with three or four projects going at once) that means working on something else for awhile, but sometimes it means working on a project out-of-order or skipping the part that the LH is really hammering on. I don't know if this is useful given your medium, but maybe the concept might apply, if not the specifics.

    Thank you for not letting your little hater win. I'm here to say it's making a difference.

    Posted by: Kristin L at September 13, 2008 6:54 PM

    I was not suprised when you said you were counseling in a group home because it seems like a fit for you. You seem to have more wisdom than your age allows (I'm guessing your in your late 20's or early 30's). Yet, you bring this wisdom on with such eloquence. I see how you added a one of my favorite old school instrumentals on "Hip-Hop Is Giving Me A Rash" (I think its Mobb Deep's).

    Keep speaking YOUR truth. Glad I found your site.

    Posted by: Gloria at September 24, 2008 1:05 AM

    I love your piece on the Little Hater. As a regular staff columnist for an online magazine, I have to find ways to constantly write new material and challenge myself to connect with an absurdly broad audience of readers in ways that do not compromise my political stance on certain difficult issues, including and especially race, gender, sexuality, and nationhood.

    Often, I get comments that say absolutely hateful things about my writing, at other times, compliments that drive my ego skyward. Both are ultimately very dis-satisfying, and can cause a lot of angst. After all, they both make their impact upon me because I am overly invested in needing the opinions of others in order to derive self-esteem (this is where the Little Hater comes in, latching on to the negative comments and forgetting all the times people have said positive things).

    What do I do about it? Meditate. Breathe. Challenge myself to write from a centre, integrating myself in the community of readers and respondents, without thinking of myself as separate. Truly committing to working for the well-being of those who read, rather than to try and out-trump some fool who spoke insult to injure me. Writing from the heart, breathing from the gut, and listening to some mad good tunes before hand to spice up my brain and soul, providing fodder for my material.

    Peace man, I love what you do.

    Posted by: Shinen at December 10, 2008 12:06 AM

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