The Philosophy and Opinions of Bushido Garvey

The boom-bap analysis, reflection, and expression of an educator.

Top Five Rap Albums That Are Named After Books That I’ve Read

Hip-Hop’s connections to literature are grossly under-examined. I’m glad I can play even a minor role in exposing the relationship. These albums helped me think critically about the books they are named after and vice versa! Check it: Common and Laura Esquivel: Like Water For Chocolate This is one of my favorite albums, so when…

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Top Ten Favorite Songs of All Time!

In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I would note a few of my favorite things. When I create lists like this it also helps me understand myself, and helps those who are interested understand me as well. We use the phrase “I love this song” relatively loosely. I can honestly say that I…

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Meeting DMC: “Take-Aways”

Daryl McDaniels (DMC) of the pioneering rap group RUN-DMC held a meet and greet and promoted his new album Back From the Dead: The Legend Lives at my illustriously dope employment Alma mater, the Record Archive! For those who don’t know, RUN-DMC played an extremely important role for how hip-hop music would sound (drum tracks and rock fusions),…

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So Much on My Mind, That I Can’t Design…

I, like many Americans, suffer from a plague of distraction that’s squatting in my brain. There are diverse forms of distraction and diverse reasons for their existence. I’ll speak on a few forms, and speak on one under-analyzed cause for its existence. It becomes clearer to me as I get older and more involved with…

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Birthday: This is How I Chill From 29 Till…

  I’ve been on this planet for 29 rotations around the sun. What would 19-year old Brandon say about where I am now? What about 9-year old Brandon? Knowing 19-year old me, he’d be like “dag, how we get so big??” Knowing 9-year old Brandon would be like “Dag, we went to college TWICE? That’s dumb. Your wife…

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Reflection and Ticket Out the Door: The Supreme Dweebcast with Moses Rockwell

  Due to many reasons, I have been unable to present this to the world until now, but this is evidence that God’s timing is everything, even with smaller things.   Dag near a month ago I was on the Supreme Dweebcast With Moses Rockwell, and there we chopped it up about The New EP Our Battle…

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A Time For Blogging, A Time For Doing, and a Time For Both

I’ve been fairly quiet over the past two or so months, and some may declare that this is a bad time to stay quiet. I might push back on that. Too often, I feel like there is an intrinsic push to communicate via blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc. that stems from an insecurity that this new…

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The Anatomy of an Activist: Part One

      Upon completion of my graduate program, I was excited to be done, but was equally excited and nervous to know that I wasn’t truly done. I knew that a lot more work had to be done, and none of it had to deal with credits, diplomas or assignments. I was now free…

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Reflection and Ticket Out the Door: The Bobb Mohommod Hip-Hop Show

      Due to many reasons, I have been unable to present this to the world until now, but this is evidence that God’s timing is everything, even with smaller things. Dag near a month ago I was on the Bobb Mohommod Hip-Hop Show, and there we chapped it up on Hip-Hop Culture and…

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Reaction to the Board’s RTA Contract “Yes” Vote.

Now that I have had a day to internalize, I can articulate what I saw happen… The letter that I produced to my colleagues in the Rochester City School District attempted  to get them to understand how vague policy language in the teacher contract empowers bias, racism, and abuse of power. They overwhelmingly voted the…

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