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From “Bad Friend” by Rina Sawayama

You may not have paid much attention to music videos, or even music, in 2020. This is pretty understandable when considering that there’s a good chance that you were figuring out how to deal with a global pandemic or worrying about the fact that we had a neo-fascist for a president.

Alas, this post has nothing to do with public health or politics — we will be examining some of the most underrated music videos of 2020.

What is “underrated”? One of my favorite videos of last year was “Hit Different” a video for a SZA song that features Ty…


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From My Own Spotify

Many rappers put out projects in 2020, and many of them are struggling because they are missing out on hundreds of thousands, or even millions, in show money. Some emcees have taken the opportunity to put out more quality music than ever before. If there is one rapper whose stock has risen significantly during the pandemic — it’s Ransom.

If you’ve been listening to mixtapes for a long time, you probably know about Ransom, but what he has done in the last year is truly remarkable. He has always been technically skilled, and hip-hop fans on the East Coast have…


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https://twitter.com/CoriBush/status/1345804761380085760

There’s been an insane amount of discourse around Jimmy Dore, and with good reason. A portion of the Left is dedicated to uplifting him as an underdog, fighting courageously for Medicare For All while every other leftist with a platform is essentially “doing nothing.”

Dore supporters believe that he is the only one holding progressives accountable, and the fact that he has targeted The Young Turks in recent days has only galvanized this idea of Dore as a champion of progressive values. Here’s an example of the kind of recent online support for Dore:

What is the point of…


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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lee_Removal.jpg

I don’t have a huge following, so I won’t act like I am telling you something you don’t know. There was a New York Times piece that caused quite a stir several days ago. The article involved two teenagers — a white girl named Mimi Groves and a biracial teenager named Jimmy Galligan.

I wasn’t going to write about this particular incident, even though I write about racism pretty often. However, I read Nicholas Grossman’s article in Arc Digital and found myself compelled to respond. I also responded on Twitter because I was upset.

There is no doubt in my…


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From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr4FLYYbT-Q&t=2s

What happened to Pat Stedman?

He is a New Jersey-based “dating strategist” that was recently arrested by the FBI thanks to his involvement in the Capitol riots:

I have been following Stedman for a while because I find his section of Twitter amusing, and have previously considered writing about some of the characters in that corner. There are many Twitter accounts that sell Ebooks and consultations claiming that they can help men do things like “become more masculine” or “reach their true potential.”

This isn’t particularly revolutionary, but I had noticed that many of these accounts skew towards Trump. These…


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It’s taken me a while to adjust to the fact that I am an “old head”, but the concept is pretty simple: at the end of the day, there are 15 year-olds that are obsessed with hip-hop, and I’m over twice their age. Unlike other people my age, I don’t downplay the talent of younger artists. I recognize that the emphasis on lyricism has changed and that melodies play a much more crucial role in hip-hop. I still listen to Jay-Z, Nas, and Biggie, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, or Baby Keem, either.


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https://history.columbian.gwu.edu/jessica-krug

From time to time, I write about how “white women need to stop”, but this particular story is genuinely disturbing. It appears as though a white Jewish woman named Jessica Krug has “assumed various black identities.”

You’ve probably heard about entertainers blackfishing, but this woman is part of the academic world, so her grift was considered significantly more distasteful. Krug, while pretending to be black, actually became a professor at GW University. What did she teach? African history.

She wrote out a Medium post, which seems like it was written very quickly. One of the most disgusting aspects of…


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The cover of Visakan Veerasamy’s book, “Friendly Ambitious Nerd”

A couple points before we begin:

I will be describing some incredible takeaways from a book by Visakan Veerasamy, called “Friendly Ambitious Nerd.”

I wasn’t compensated for this in any way and I don’t want to be. I wrote this article because I bought Visa’s book and found it valuable. Why did I buy Visa’s book? I think he is, hands-down, one of the best Twitter accounts in the world. I did buy him coffee (virtually) once and asked him his opinions about a couple of songs, but that’s as far as our interaction has gone.

I’m older than Visa…


One of the saddest things about Ben Shapiro is that he is considered to be an intellectual pillar of the right. In fact, The New York Times called him the “cool kid’s philosopher” in 2017, which is absolutely insane. Regardless, the website he founded is now so influential that Facebook was reportedly afraid of actually fact-checking it.

If you are wondering about the type of people that associate with the Daily Wire, consider that Michael Knowles works there — a man that stooped so low that Fox News had to apologize FOR him when he called Greta Thunberg “mentally ill.”


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Used with permission from Madeleine Paris

I like to check out cool artists on Twitter as much as possible, and many artists are often retweeting and supporting other cool artists. I try to reach out to an artist from time to time to see whether they are cool with me asking a couple questions about their lives and/or careers.

I asked Madeleine Paris if she was fine with a quick interview, and she was down. If you enjoy this interview, please check out her work. You can purchase art from Madeleine Paris at her store, here. You can follow her on Twitter here. …

Neil Mathew

I write about business, finance, technology, art, and culture. Featured in The Startup, Level, Data-Driven Investor, Med Daily, and more. neilmathew85@gmail.com

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