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Dart Against Humanity
59 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 100: Game Oeuvreture
The word "oeuvre" refers to the collected works of an artist, author or a painter. An "overture" is either an orchestral piece at the beginning of an opera, suite, play, oratorio, or another extended composition or it can be an introduction to something more substantial. Smash them both together and you have an "oeuvreture". I run down the history of Dart Against Humanity, tell you what I've learned and what the future holds for me. Thank you for listening to Dart Against Humanity for the past 30 months and 5 seasons. I appreciate you all.
56 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 99: Darty Mind/52 Weeks Later
Dart Adams discusses the 40th anniversary of Prince's classic 1980 LP "Dirty Mind", the first anniversary of the release of his book "Best Damn Hip Hop Writing: The Book Of Dart", his upcoming piece about the 25th anniversary of AZ's "Doe Or Die" & his gripes with Anchor in terms of sponsorships. Next week, its a wrap!
56 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 98: Hack & Slash & Burn
I tell the full story of how my verified Twitter account with over 20K followers got hacked and while I do want it back, why I'm simultaneously not in a rush to get it back. Report it as hacked so it can't infect other accounts and Twitter finally secures it, but I'm enjoying not arguing with people all day long in the interim. Also, happy 15th anniversary to my last day working a real job at CVS.
48 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 97: Lost Notes
Dart Adams discusses his appearance on Season 3 of KCRW's Lost Notes podcast hosted by poet/author Hanif Abdurraqib, his struggles with trying to carve out a space for himself in a new arena, how he was woefully unprepared for the 2nd straight week in a row to record an episode of Dart Against Humanity but he fully plans to have a solid final 3 episodes to close things out and make up for it.
52 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 96: Blockstun
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I had to figure out what to make the episode about since I've been so busy and I wrote a piece during this podcast since I'm on a deadline. I decided to call the episode Blockstun after an FGC term referring to when a video game character is still stuck in their blocking animation after stopping an attack. When you hear the episode, it'll make sense...
55 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 95: Live 95
On this episode of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss the year 1995 in Rap tapes and films from my perspective as a high school senior who was working with the Boston Public Schools and Office Of The Attorney General as well as an actor for MCET in Cambridge saving up money for when I attended Morgan State University for the Spring 1996 semester.
52 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 94: Keep It Real
On today's episode I discuss the real life & career ramifications of keeping it 100 at times and never compromising as a critic/journalist versus when to recognize when there's no need to give your take or insert your opinion when it won't add to the conversation or it isn't warranted. Rest in eternal peace to Chadwick Boseman & John Thompson.
53 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 93: No Protection
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discuss the work stoppages in the NBA & WNBA bubbles which extended to protests in other sports leagues and the frustrations of being a Black creative feeling that your contributions, innovations, creations and your labor might have value but your life doesn't based on your lack of protection.
61 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 92: LVL 45 ///
This week's episode of Dart Against Humanity is LVL 45 ///. It's all about my life growing up and the lessons I learned along the way, the 30th anniversary of the North American release of SNK's Neo Geo Playmore which was Boston drug dealer status symbol, the tragic murder of Boston basketball legend Jamal Jackson in August 1995 who Boston Legends wanted to honor but it was prevented by the COVID-19 pandemic &finally the 5th anniversary of me A&Ring DJ Soko's "Domino Effect" LP on his imprint label Left Of Center/Fat Beats. Enjoy!
52 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 91: Real Life RPG Grinding
I explain where I presently am physically, emotionally and mentally 72 hours short of turning 45. I discuss my issues with Rob Markman going back years, why I skipped a mid life crisis and the mindfuck of being able to do things you always wanted to do as a young person but how that still might be enough to fill that void or satiate me. I'll explore this even further next week in LVL 45 ///
60 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 90: Tale Of The Tape
Tonight I tell the full story behind the rise and fall of my label Producers I Know, how I quit journalism to the become a full time label owner, A&R and creative consultant in August 2015. By November 2016, everything had gone to shit. By January 2017, I was back in Rap journalism writing Knowledge Darts for Mass Appeal. This is a story of triumph, failure and resiliency in the face of adversity. Much like the train in "Snowpiercer" I will never stop moving forward, no matter what happens. Only 10 more left!
49 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 89: 45 Over 40
I revisit last week's episode about Bostonian Black & Latinx erasure before launching into my latest piece for Medium's LEVEL 40 Over 40 campaign titled "The 20 Best Rap Albums by Artists Over 40". I explain my process, approach and personal philosophy when it comes to writing pieces like these plus my thoughts on LEVEL's already controversial "The 40 Best Rappers Over 40" list. I then share some upcoming anniversary pieces I'm working on. Rest in eternal peace, Malik B.
61 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 88: Boston Eracism
I dedicated today's episode of Dart Against Humanity to the rampant erasure Boston's Black & Latinx populations have had to endure and its many byproducts, including how we're viewed by Blacks & Latinxs outside of New England unaware that we exist or our many contributions to the culture. This episode was a long time coming.
46 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 87: Disclaimer Statement
Last episode was called Non Stop, in this episode I decided to discuss what the aftereffects and realities of going nonstop or hustling your ass off are like. I feel that being completely transparent in this space is the only way to avoid making people in this space or field think in order to achieve success they need to do what I do. Do what works for you.
59 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 86: Non Stop
On today's episode I rehash all of the sports I've been watching at odd hours of the night since I don't sleep, the albums I listen to while I write and research, I discuss an article I was quoted in on Pigeons & Planes by Trey Alston then I spend the rest of the episode discussing the play "Hamilton" which I just saw last week on Disney+ and my many thoughts on it.
47 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 85: Civilize An '85er
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, Dart talks about how 1985 was the year with the best & most influential coming of age/teen films of all time and even makes some bonus picks from the same year while breaking down their individual and collective impacts.
53 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 84: Small Talk At Columbus & Yarmouth
On today's episode, Dart discusses two articles about sample sources and from earlier this weeks and highlights how beat digging/sample chasing culture has changed vastly over the years in terms of rules, etiquette and protocol plus how he had to reconcile that as an old head and as a journalist who won't cross the line and reveal certain sources himself so as not to put his DJ or producer peers at risk. Hopefully, you enjoy this episode.
50 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 83: Let The Dart Hit 'Em
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discuss Eric B. & Rakim's 3rd LP and arguably their best album overall "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em" and its significance not only in their back catalogue but its overall impact on Rap in 1990. Look for my 30th anniversary retrospective on it which will drop on June 19th, 2020. Happy Juneteenth, America.
53 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 82: A Personal Legend
The episode stars out with me explaining why my approach to recording and distributing the podcast changed over time then launched into me talking about Jas Fly AKA Jas Waters, a fellow journalist/writer who recently passed away so I try to cope with her passing the only way I know how.
50 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 81: A Friendly Game Of Korean Baseball
Today on Dart Against Humanity I discuss the recent protests & rioting initiated by police attacking peaceful protestors and the looting/property damage often initiated by those who aren't down for the cause & are just opportunists. The Blackout Tuesday/Pause The Show debacle on IG, the "This You?" phenomenon on Twitter calling out hypocrites who supposedly stand with Black people all of a sudden, my issues with stan culture in modern music journalism vs. being an expert & lastly the Netflix documentary "Spelling The Dream" about East Asian/Indian American kids dominating the Scripps Spelling Bee over the past decade plus and how & why.
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