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Cool? Wtf is "cool? Tell cool I said "your mum"

Funniest things you learn in life. Especially on Twitter where you can see opinions from people outside your social circle. In most cases, they're people you'll never meet so big up the internet.

I was listening to a podcast (Vlad TV with Lord Jamar and Star) after I listened to the latest Combat Jack (Jamillah Larrieux). As we know, the whole "system is designed to keep the black man down" is omnipresent in black American  conversation these days. But for some reason, I clocked something that sparked this post. It will go off in various directions 'cos I've got a few examples. Some are things I've said, some are things I've witnessed, but the thread is all the same. I'll wrap it up at the end. Just stick with me.

There are those sayings like "going against the grain" What is the flipping thing? It's all relative to the times, innit? 'Cos when you pree the thing properly, there are loads of things that were considered rebellious …

Hey black British artists, reppin' your ends is the new black

(Generally speaking now. I can't be arsed to deal with people who say "Oh, but what about this artist?" cos it's stupid. There are always exceptions to the rule. But guess what? In the grand scheme of things, IT DOESN'T MATTER!)

I've been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks, but I decided to start writing this when I watched Tinie Tempah's new video. Everything made sense again.

That time they try tell me about black British history… looooool

Disclaimer: This post isinspired by a conversationThe people quoted in this post are who I believe are symptoms of, not the problem so please understand this isn't a personal attack - it's addressing a wider issue. They were quoted for context so readers could fully understand wah gwaan. Also, they are very up in certain aspects of black American and black British culture. Do not take them for some weak, any guys at aaaallll. The conversation wouldn't have been a conversation if that was the case. Respect them guys. And I'm speaking generally. If you don't feel like you fit the category, you probably don't. This isn't a black vs. white thing, it's a "there's a lot more to the story" thing. Bless up.
Before we proceed, I'd like to start this post by quoting BDL founder, Big Narstie. "Black man can't fool again, my lard." This is a history lesson outside of Black History Month *gasp*. That's about Black American histo…

Chronixx the bad guy? Reggae rates sell outs now?

Now let me set this off right, I've felt away about the reaction to this for a while but I didn't have the right words to say at the time. Now I've formulated all my thoughts, I present this post to you. I'm not late, I'm on Marvin's time. And there's no time like Marvin's time.

So if you aren't familiar with the story, Chronixx posted this the day everybody got a boner 'cos Obama said "Greeting's massive. Wah gwaan, Jamaica?" The picture was deleted not long after.

Loads of people got really upset by this. And I mean, REALLY UPSET. Like, ABSO LIVID, MATE! The young artists page was inundated with comments ranging from "How dare you call Obama a waste man" to "Your VISA should be revoked".  Woah, woah mate, slow down innit. Funniest comment was in response to said "revoke visa" comment, which said "Revoke yu madda…" Mi laugh so til.

(Basically, Jamaican artists require a visa to perform in Am…

Why Skepta is most important black British artist right now

Hear what, yeah, I said it. And I ain't taking back no talk. And I ain't a post-Kanye West and Drake co-sign Skepta fan. Nor am I a deeper grime fan so I'm not gonna go into bere specifics. Nor do I feel its necessary to go into grand detail. I'm just here to talk about the greater cause. Skepta has helped bring back what it means to be a black Londoner expressing him/herself through music and that good stuff.

When it comes to lyrics, Ghetto does a madness nearly every time he touches microphone, but best MC for me is Skepta. — Three Finger Sparks (@MarvinSparks) November 14, 2013
He balances studio & performance bars. Skepta can bun a rave with nuff sing alongs and I can listen to a tune in my yard — Three Finger Sparks (@MarvinSparks) November 14, 2013
@FunkButcher Internet is borderless so "we're the same". This is why Skepta/BBK's moves are so important. They're like the last ones left. — Three Finger Sparks (@MarvinSparks) December 10, 201…