The Black Panther star may not have been a man-of-rhymes or beats, but hip-hop culture has several reasons to celebrate his legacy.

“Who need a hero? You need a hero, look in the mirror. There go your hero.”

Kendrick Lamar on Pray For Me

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Gone at just 43, Chadwick Boseman leaves an everlasting legacy.

The first step: A Hollywood star funds a young gem

In the late 1990s, a batch of film-making students in Washington D.C’s Howard University were set for a visit to Oxford. The famed English University was hosting a mid-summer program at its British American Drama Academy. From being behind the screen as directors, the students were expected to shift in front of it and learn nuances of acting too. Unfortunately, a few of the students weren’t in a financial condition to fund this visit and course. …

The group discuss their catchy new single, live music in a world post Covid, chilling with Hendrix and more with The B-Side Mix.

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Nick Charles (vocals), Mac Craffey (Guitar and Vocals), Jared Jacknow (Drums), Matt Pukansky (Bass) and Conor Clark (Lead Guitar) are a close bunch as Sticky.

To begin with, congratulations on your debut single ‘Lost For Words.’ What’s the story behind this track? Take us through the creative process of penning this piece.

“Our singer, Nick, wrote this song about a past relationship of his. It’s about the euphoria that comes with falling for someone and realizing how amazing they are. It reflects the feelings of undeservedness and surprise that left Nick speechless. While it was originally written about a specific instance, we have found the feelings and sentiments of the song are universal. …

Lucas goes from being an underdog emcee to soaking mainstream spotlight on his debut album. What’s the story behind this journey?

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Album cover art for Joyner Lucas’ debut album ADHD

By the time they turn 31, most mainstream rappers would have released a few albums, had their shot at the spotlight and even seen it fade slightly. At 31 years of age, Joyner Lucas has arrived with his debut album ADHD without the support of any major record label. So be prepared to hear him pour his heart and mind out on a soundtrack that captures his struggles, both mental and physical, and how he made it till here.

“When I die I’m goin’ out as the underdog who never lost hope.”

The first part of a short story series, of a man vs his mind.

Think. Ponder. Plot. Plan. Create. There are many things that a human mind can do. The problem with mine? It’s doing it all, against me.

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Photo by Ben Sweet on Unsplash

“Can I have a glass of water?”

The man seated on the plush chair slumped even further into it, as he placed this request. Dr. Sarkar abruptly ended looking through his newspaper and walked up to the center table. The city’s local daily was where the gossip was and Dr. …

Looking through one of Eminem’s darkest narratives & a hip-hop masterpiece.

“ Dear Slim, I wrote but you still ain’t callin’…

It was 19 Novembers ago, when Stan sat down to scribble his first letter. And the dark clouds outside his window, was the perfect foil to the darkness that he descended into, over the next 6:44 minutes.

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Upon release, Stan was a stark contrast to Eminem’s then-popular Slim Shady persona. The song has gone on to be ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of ‘100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time’ | Img: Rolling Stone

To turn back the clock a bit, 2000 was a seminal year in hip-hop. The 90s had ended with hip-hop’s old vanguard high-headed from the never-before-seen heights that the genre had scaled. Artists like Nas, Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Ice Cube, Jay Z, Dr. Dre were part of a pack that had already sold millions, packed stadiums, created a legacy and were still alive to tell the tale. But as the new millennium began, hip-hop needed new narratives. …

A Poem.

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Photo by Brandon Wong on Unsplash

Somewhere between the uncertainty of the times ahead and the comfort of the time that was. Find me there.

I’m an Analog guy in a Digital world

Building sandcastles by the sea of memories.

Only for the waves of time to wash them away.

Too busy smelling the pages of a new book.

Reminiscing about the towns we grew up in,

before the busy city streets we all took.

I’m an Analog guy in a Digital world

Talking about TV shows that no longer screen.

Humming tunes that were the OST to our teens.

Thinking of the times when our imaginations ran thick,

as our tattered wallets looked thin.

I’m an Analog guy in a Digital world

I pen this down -

with one foot slipping over the realities I have learnt to accept. …

When we are done with those long hours at work and the few moments with our truest thoughts, where are we headed to?

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Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

Between that morning cab to work,

and the ride back home in the night -

lies our destination.

It’s somewhere we truly belong,

but have never been to.

Somewhere beyond your job’s and the world’s expectations

and our adopted rules and regulations.

The driver can’t take us there,

because it’s somewhere only we know.

So, we got down before that, to make our way through life.

But what to make of it? That we fail to see,

between those flurry of CC and BCCs. …

George Orwell’s ‘1984’ spoke of a dystopian future, where those in power left a society’s voice of reason powerless. Does the India of 2018 look a bit similar?

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“grayscale photography of group of people holding umbrella” by Karthik Chandran on Unsplash

“Who controls the past controls the future.

Who controls the present controls the past.”

― George Orwell, 1984

2018, it’s almost done.

But if you look closer, the madness has just begun.

Across the nation, the spirit of freedom has sunk down to its knees.

As the world’s largest statue stands tall among us.

Supposedly representing unity and peace.

The 600 feet and 3000 crores of monstrosity looks,

or looks down upon us? …

For an ad agency, a pitch doesn’t refer to the 22-yard strip on a cricket ground. But it’s an equally-tough turf to master.

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“turned on LED projector on table” by Alex Litvin on Unsplash

For those of you who haven’t stepped into an advertising agency, a pitch has a completely different meaning. As India knows it, a pitch is cricket’s hallowed 22-yard turf that has its unique characteristics based on where it is. E.g the dew-laden pitch at Eden Gardens, Kolkata with its slow and vicious turn, or the green top at The Gabba, Brisbane, with a nip and bounce that can knock the batsman’s chin off.

Now, let’s turn our heads towards our copywriter who’s standing in front of the big presentation screen. He is here from the ad agency for a client pitch. And he’s the one pitching. …

Is an advertising agency nothing less than a creative madhouse?

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“This Must Be The Place signage” by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Here, you can find humans rambling terms, you wouldn’t have ever heard of. Designers with ruffled hair and tired eyes, looking for a shade of Black, that the client had dreamt of at the last meeting. Brand Strategists promising campaigns that complement brands. Oh, and not just that, they disrupt, innovate, synthesize, build on, give legs, trend, create virality and generate organic recall — all at the same time. And if you had a Eminem-esque verbal flow of saying ‘Yes. Sure, we’ll get that done!’ …


Soubhik Ray

Penning his thoughts & observations about alternative culture, art, music and the world, as I see it. Founder at The B-Side Mix | Bangalore, India

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