Jay Smooth – XOXO Festival Presentation (video)

Posted in Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on October 25th, 2013 by Hyphen

If you aren’t familiar with one of the best cultural critics we have in hip-hop, this gives a good introduction for what Jay Smooth does on and offline. Let this play and learn something. I guarantee you’ll be inclined to check out more of his stuff, and you can do so right here.

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Jay Smooth – How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race (video)

Posted in Comedy, Politics, Random Ish, Videos on November 19th, 2011 by Hyphen

As usual, you should already know what you get with a Jay Smooth commentary.  Please take 10 minutes out of your day and watch this.

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Lyricism and Capitalism

Posted in Videos on March 7th, 2010 by Hyphen

Preeeeeeeeeach.  I hate rappers.

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Jay Smooth punks Michael Steele

Posted in Comedy, Politics, Videos on September 9th, 2009 by Hyphen

Another excellent clip from Jay Smooth and yet another example of shockingly hypocritical behavior by a Republican.  This is all a joke right?  I feel like Ashton’s going to hop out any second and tell me that America’s been playing me on Punk’d.  These people are crazy.

Oh, and LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL @ Steele looking like Humpty Hump.  How did I never notice that before!?!?!

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Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.

Posted in News, Politics, Sports, Videos on January 21st, 2009 by Hyphen

More true words from Jay Smooth.  Like I said in my last post, we have to “be the change” we want to see.  That means we have to get to work and take pride in what everything do.

I’m making 2009 a huge year for myself and I hope y’all do the same.  Live better in every aspect of your life and get things moving in the right direction.  Do your best to really experience life.  Remember what Jimmy V said?

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

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Jay Smooth – A Poem For The Young Voter

Posted in Live Performances, Politics, Videos on October 25th, 2008 by Hyphen

As always, Jay Smooth comes through with another on point video.  The importance of the youth vote has never been higher and this is the biggest election in our lifetimes.  It’s imperitive that you actually go vote (or send in your absentee ballots ASAP) on the 4th.  No excuses whatsoever.

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Jay Smooth on the economic crisis

Posted in News, Politics, Videos on September 23rd, 2008 by Hyphen

Smart people > dumb people.  When you continually vote for “the guy you want to have a beer with,” this is what happens.  Be a lame or be a leader.  Which side are you on?

Swiped from Jay Smooth.

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Jay Smooth breaks down “Hipsters”

Posted in Artists, Comedy, Videos on September 13th, 2008 by Hyphen

Amen.  As always, Jay Smooth is on point.  Hahaha @ the Full Force part.  To all my friends who are sometimes randomly lumped into this “hipster rap” category, keep making dope music and disregard the attacks.  To all my friends who resent the new wave of hip-hop, do like Jay said and listen to the music.  It’s good.  End of story.

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A Beginner’s Guide to “No Homo”

Posted in Comedy, Videos on August 17th, 2008 by Hyphen

Hahaha, Jay Smooth is back with another dope vlog.  Personally, I never really got on the ‘no homo’ bandwagon, partially cause it’s dumb, but mainly cause it just sounds weird to say.  However, “pause” was, and always will be, hilarious to me so I reserve the right to use that at any time.  Even Gus Johnson dropped it on TV to help out Spike:

Classic.  I really try to fight the homophobia in hip-hop though, so I wonder if my useage of ‘pause’ somehow contradicts that.  Hmm…perhaps I’ll have to rethink it…

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Jay Smooth talks about the ludicrous Ludacris controversy

Posted in Politics, Videos on August 4th, 2008 by Hyphen

Jay Smooth drops another one of his excellent vlogs, this time commenting on the faux news story regarding Luda’s Obama freestyle a few weeks back.  As always, he’s on point.  It’s annoying to see people with no understanding of our hip-hop culture talking about it on the news, but Jay makes a great point that Luda really should know better.  There have been a bunch of less tactful Obama songs/references too, but none with as high a profile as this one.  I knew it was going to be trouble when the story broke and some agencies were calling him an actor instead of rapper.  That’s when you know you’ve made it to the next tier and your words are going to be given a lot more legitimacy, right or wrong.

As further proof that Obama is the perfect presidential candidate for the hip-hop generation, here’s a clip from earlier this year:

I agree completely, and it’s shocking to see that kind of intelligence and understanding from a politician.  If you’re involved with hip-hop culture and NOT planning on voting for Obama, I’d love to know why.  Not to say it’s not possible, but you better have some substantive policy disagreements…

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