#TheNextFive: And The Remaining XXL ’14 Freshman Class Predictions Are… [@XXL]

XXL Freshman 2014

Having already served up #TheFirstFive of my 2014 XXL Magazine Freshman Class predictions, here are the remaining five – no less credible than those who came before them, but perhaps a little less well-known than #TheFirstFive. XXL is known for switching things up a tad with a more obscure pick than the rest of them, and if there […]

#TheFirstFive, Pt. 1: Here Are Your 2014 XXL Freshman Class Predictions [@XXL]

XXL Freshman 2014

XXL Magazine’s “Freshmen Class” of rappers has become something to look forward to since the magazine started highlighting up and comers in the rap game back in 2008. They’ve gotten a few wrong (OJ da Juiceman, anyone?) but for the most part have called some of the major players ahead of their time – Freddie […]

When Caping It Real Goes Wrong: On Jamilah Lemieux, EBONY and The Tweets Ain’t Safe

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Let me preface this piece with two absolutely necessary disclaimers in light of recent events: 1) My government name is Bradford J. Howard. I am a contributor to Day&ADream.com but the views and opinions expressed in this not-exactly-an-essay are not reflective of Day&ADream as a whole and are solely my individual viewpoint. 2) That said, […]

Deconstruction: Usher’s ‘Confessions’ – A Decade Later

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When it comes to Usher Raymond IV, there’s been a debate in recent years as to which is his best album, and the argument always falls between 8701 and Confessions. 8701, with its flirtations and fun moments and teases, was perfect in middle school or, in my case, for freshman year of high school, when […]

Three Things BET Got Right With ‘Being Mary Jane’ [@BET #BeingMaryJane @itsgabrielleu]

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BET messed around and did something right for a change with their hit drama miniseries Being Mary Jane. No, seriously. The show – which stars Gabrielle Union as its titular character – initially began as a movie, shown this past July, and the movie’s open-ended conclusion allowed for BMJ to segue itself into a nine-episode […]

The Fall of Kanye West

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In honor of his debut album The College Dropout turning 10 years old today, we take a look back at the trials and tribulations of Kanye West. This is the conclusion of a five-part series. Part V: Hubris   “I’m the abomination of ‘Obama-nation’…” In 2013, Jay-Z and Kanye West didn’t appear on each other’s […]

The Rise & Fall of Kanye West: Part IV


In honor of the 10-year anniversary of his debut album College Dropout, we’re taking a look back at the come-ups and setbacks of Kanye West. Part IV: … And Found And Then Lost Again All of Kanye’s experimentation with art would culminate in 2010 with the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Ye’s fifth […]

The Rise & Fall of Kanye West: Part III

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In honor of his debut album The College Dropout turning 10, we’re taking a look back at the trials, tribulations, comebacks and set backs of Kanye West in a five-part series. Part III: Lost & Found “I done played the underdog my whole career/ I’ve been a very good sport, haven’t I, this year?/ They […]

The Sad Reality Of George Zimmerman Fighting DMX

Zimmerman Trial Enters Jury Deliberation Phase

There’s a perverted aura around whatever happens to George Zimmerman. It’s sickening in a sense because the man who was not convicted of a crime he admitted to committing is now parading himself around as a circus act for publicity and fame. There’s nothing about justice here for the Martin family as throughout the course […]

The Rise & Fall of Kanye West: Part II

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In honor of his debut album The College Dropout’s 10-year anniversary, Day & A Dream revisits The Rise & Fall of Kanye West. Read Part I here. Part 2: A Champion in Our Eyes Ha-ha! She love my big ego… Truth be told, Kanye’s ego and megalomaniacal nature have been there from the jump. It was just […]