As the weekend approaches, we're getting ready to kick back and enjoy some down time. A great time to catch up on that required reading. With all the crap being thrown at you, it may be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Say no more, fam. We got you. Here's a selection of good reads for you to enjoy this weekend. As a bonus some good good podcasts as well.
- Dissect. Dissect is a serialized music podcast that picks one album per season and analyzes one song per episode measure by measure, word by word. Season 1 examined “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar. Season 2 tackled “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West. This season Dissect unpacks the beautiful music of Frank Ocean. It begins with a six episode mini-series on Ocean’s debut album Channel Orange, followed by a full season on Blonde.
- The New York Times Popcast. Drake vs. Pusha-T, Unpacked: After years of tossed off warning shots, a battle between Drake and Pusha-T is now in full bloom. While the next round in what’s shaping up to be a great bout could come any moment, this week’s Popcast takes stock of the fight so far.
- 'I'm not sorry I said it': Erykah Badu on music, motherhood and wildly unpopular opinions:"I learned that with me, everything I do is a political statement. Everything I say is a political statement for some reason in the world."
- Junglepussy is here for you: "At one point, she pauses, squints, and points at a man passing by who resembles the rapper 2 Chainz, and yells “Tity Boi!” in the hope that she might be right. “You know niggas love imposters,” she remarks when we both realize the man lacks 2 Chainz’s long locs."
- Shaniqwa Jarvis Is No One’s Assistant: “I’ve always felt like I’m chipping away at a concrete ceiling with a plastic, non-biodegradable toothbrush. I must be happy in it because I feel like I’m constantly chipping. Everything I do: O.K., that’s another chip.”
- Princess Nokia interviews MadeMe’s Erin Magee on streetwear for girls: "I started MadeMe after I worked at Supreme for a year and a half because I really felt like, wherever I was in my career and in my life, most of the streetwear that existed was for guys and there wasn’t really anything smart and cool for girls. So I created this side project – it was a little bit of a hobby at the time – to kind of create a stage for women and a place where girls could go to and buy cool clothes."