Dart Against Humanity

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An episode of Dart Against Humanity

By Dart Against Humanity
Dart Against Humanity, the podcast where Dart Adams discusses whatever he feels like discussing whenever he feels like it however he feels like it. He covers everything from music journalism to television, film, music, Hip Hop culture, the Black music continuum, comic books, gaming or sports. Enjoy... Or don’t. It’s a free country. At least for the time being it is...
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Dart Against Humanity Ep. 56: The Recognized Thresholds Of Nerdery
Today's episode of Dart Against Humanity subject stems from a tweet I made saying that Hip Hop had nerds involved it in from the outset & the resistance it received from some Twitter users who fail to see the connection. I decided to be the wholebrained INTJ-A that I am and break down exactly why I'm right and present a case beginning with the definition of the word and what it's often conflated with. Also, I discuss my new venture, the Boston Legends Podcast which debuted yesterday on Anchor with the Dana Barros episode. Next week's will be one for the ages...
July 19, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 55: Know Your Role
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discuss the cross section of playing role playing games, watching cartoons/anime, reading comic books/graphic novels and how it's an entry point for comic book/video game creators as well as writers and directors who are tasked with entertaining different audiences and world building for a living. I also run down a list of independent comic book companies from the 80's to the early 90's that are 95% now defunct but were springboards for many creators in the space of comics now. 
July 12, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 54: Music Supervision In Film x TV
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I decide to discuss my fascination with music departments in film and television and my dream of becoming one in the near future by recapping some films and television (network, cable, Hulu/Amazon/Netflix) shows that I feel have incredible music supervision. This is a topic I'm passionate about which is near and dear to my heart as someone into the world of synch licensing, music placement and clearances. 
July 5, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 53: Context, Depth & Nuance
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discussed the lack of perspective, context, depth & nuance in much of today's art criticism and music journalism then I discuss many of the differences between the upbringings of Generation X, Millennials & Generation Z which often leads to misunderstandings and resentment plus I briefly discussed the 35th anniversaries of "Purple Rain" and "Graffiti Rock".
June 28, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 52: Street Level Post Draft Show
The first half of today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I break down the false narrative that Danny Ainge had all the leverage and the assets imaginable and was at fault because no one wanted to make deals with him or the Boston Celtics. The second half of the episode is spent on the 25th anniversary of The Beatnuts' groundbreaking LP "The Beatnuts"/"Street Level". 
June 21, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 51: Contra Spread Gun
I talk about my panel The State Of Black Music & The Arts Across Greater Boston happening today at Hibernian Hall. my frustrations with the lack of representation on a national stage in terms of Black Boston plus the importance of history & controlling the narrative. I reflect on the Boston Bruins losing the Stanley Cup, not knowing what the hell the Boston Celtics are doing and my take on the Showtime series "City On A Hill". I covered everything like the Spread Gun in "Contra".
June 14, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 50: Beat Street Breakdown
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss my recent DJ Booth piece "Rap Journalism's Long Standing Research Problem" and the response to it. In addition, I  share how I might have figured out the release date of MF DOOM's "Operation: Doomsday". In the second half of the podcast I spend a good amount of time discussing "Beat Street" and what went wrong with it. I also discuss why it remains a cult classic in spite of its shortcomings. Read the 35th anniversary piece about it I wrote on Okayplayer.
June 7, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 49: Late Night Walks
On today's episode, Dart Adams reaches an epiphany about how he's presently living as a writer/creative who's constantly in survival mode even at his advanced age. He then goes on a couple of rants regarding different aspects of modern journalism. Per usual...
May 31, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 48: The Sun Rises In The East/The Art Of Storytellin'
In today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I research whether or not it was the 30th anniversary of Chill Rob G's "Ride The Rhythm" album yesterday then discuss the 25th anniversary of Jeru Tha Damaja's classic "The Sun Rises In The East". In the second half of the episode, I discuss the 20th anniversary of Slick Rick's classic LP "The Art Of Storytellin'" then finish it off with my frustrations in not being able to find the definitive release date for MF DOOM's "Operation: Doomsday" for the conclusion of my upcoming DJ Booth Rap research article which remains without an ending. 
May 24, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 47: Wu Tang Soundbombing
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I explain what's going on with the new ads on this installment of Dart Against Humanity and why I decided to spilt the episode rather than record it all the way through. I then dive into the recent Showtime 4 part documentary "The Wu Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men" and my last segment I spend discussing Rawkus' breakthrough compilation "Soundbombing II" which will have its 20th anniversary tomorrow on May 18th. Loaded episode. Enjoy...
May 17, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 46: All The Data Is In
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I finally discuss what happened with the Boston Celtics' extremely disappointing season now that it's over. I close out the episode by discussing my gripes with people who complained about some of the developments in "Avengers: Endgame". It's been three goddamn weeks already, people. Time to discuss things after the "Spider-Man: Far From Home" trailer went live.
May 10, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 45: Breaking Down "Breakin'"
I decided to spend this episode discussing how tomorrow is the 35th anniversary of the release of the film "Breakin'" and how it forever changed the perception of Hip Hop culture in America and internationally. It essentially ushered in the era of Hollywood and Madison Avenue using Hip Hop culture to sell products to people. I didn't see it in theaters and I thought it was corny when I did see it so do not expect me to wax poetic anbout this mediocre piece of 80's cinema. Enjoy.
May 3, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 44: 4venge The F4llen
Today Dart went to see an early screening of "Avengers: Endgame" and he refuses to drop any spoilers. I also managed to make a short episode for a change. I'm so proud of myself...
April 26, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 43: Illmatic Doomsday
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss the 25th anniversary of Nas' classic debut album "Illmatic" and tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of MF DOOM's classic debut album "Operation: Doomsday". I've spent the past week writing pieces about both albums on Medium and I discuss both albums and their lasting legacy in the continuum of classic material.
April 19, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 42: Al Horford's Number
On Episode 42 of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss my recent visit to General Assembly to a Music & Data panel discussion, another trip to Bow Market to Vinyl Index & Union Sound,  my thoughts on representation in regards to Boston, gatekeepers/tastemakers/influencer culture's affect on the digital music space, Record Store Day being tomorrow, the upcoming Boston Marathon on Patriot's Day (4.15) and I also run down my old work history in local record store within walking distance.
April 12, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 41: My Music Obsession
Last night I went to the store opening event for Union Sound, an interactive storefront/boutique/studio for the Boston beat culture in Somerville's Bow Market next to 7L's (7L & Esoteric/CZARFACE) record store Vinyl Index. While there, some conversations and interactions I had made me realize that one of my childhood passions led me on a path I still follow well into middle age. This episode is dedicated to my undying obsession with music.
April 5, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 40: Transitions
Being a writer of a particular age, the way the pieces we write are consumed and scrutinized by the modern audience often makes us frustrated with the state of journalism as a whole. While in the process of transitioning into the next phase of my career and highlight the differences between being a Gen X writer who grew up reading older cats and listening to music on the radio and on vinyl or cassette before CD's and digital formats devoid of liner notes, album credits and print journalism that specialized in detailed longform analysis or critique. I even read some album and cassette album credits to further prove my point. 
March 29, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 39: Sell Me This Pen
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity Dart discusses the challenges of trying to get above the noise and constantly having to sell yourself, art, ideas/concepts or culture as if it were a product/commodity to an audience to those who might not either respect it, value it or understand it so they see enough value in it to purchase it or enough potential profit in it to invest in it or sponsor it. Also Dart explores the moral compromises that come with having to frame, sell or market a culture to outsiders.
March 22, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 38: Beware The Ides Of March
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity we discuss the transition from the Winter mindstate into Spring and how it changes your mood, the constant struggle that comes from being a writer/creative and how I can't just enjoy things without examining them on a cellular level. I explain why comparison is NOT the thief of joy, but a necessity/inevitability in my field. I also touch on the perils of being a serious person plus explain why I put so little effort into trying to be published.
March 15, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 37: When No One Cares
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss the new Marvel film "Captain Marvel" without any spoilers, discuss the unique challenge of being a journalist in the age of real time social media and how the entire space affects me when I try to pursue work/drum up interest in my pieces vs. how it affects athletes or artists and the odd dynamic between creatives and the media that cover them. Ultimately it boils down to how much the audience cares about the subject. If the audience no longer cares? The media won't want to cover them anymore. Question is, will the artist/creative/athlete truly be happy and no longer miserable when that interest or scrutiny stops? What happens when no one cares anymore?
March 8, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 36: Write Or Go Get A Job
Dart Against Humanity returns for Season 3 after a 3 month hiatus. I discuss what I've been working on in the interim, why I haven't tried to turn this podcast into a "brand" yet. I answer the questions behind where the merch is, my thoughts on attempting to monetize the podcast and the philosophy behind my entire approach to what other people in this space refer to as "content creation". Enjoy... Or don't. It's still a free country. At least for now it is.
March 1, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 35: Endgame
On the last episode of Dart Against Humanity Season 2 I discuss what opportunities I'm going to be pursuing over this break to hopefully further my career. I talk about why I don't love Christmas music and my favorite Christmas memories. I also go down a list of my previous podcast appearances before Dart Against Humanity started up. I also explain that I've gotten the opportunity to monetize the podcast so there will be ads now. Thanks for rockin' with Dart Against Humanity and hopefully you'll return for Season 3 in 2019.
December 10, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 34: Thanos Snapped
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discussed two recent incidents in which I critiqued two recent articles written in my space of Rap journalism where the young authors both had took them as personal attacks and couldn't get out of their own feelings or past their egos to learn from the incidents.
December 4, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 33: The Do Over
Dart recorded an entire episode of Dart Against Humanity that was trash before this one so he simply deleted it & started all over again. He discusses the transitional period he's currently going through and how he's navigating it before talking about the 2nd season of Mike Judge's Tales From The Tour Bus which focuses on Funk. This leads Dart to talk about the highly influential Boston Funk scene and how history repeats itself even within the continuum of Black music.
November 26, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 32: Overthinking As Usual
Dart Adams explains his struggles with being in his own head 24/7, how overthinking affects his creative process and how it makes him second guess everything. In addition, he also discusses the evolution of Madden Culture.
November 17, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 31: Black Art Valuation
On this episode Dart ponders questions regarding the valuation of art/music/film by critics vs. fan response then extends that question to Black art when it's viewed through a mainstream lens and how it isn't given the same regard or valued the same way Blacks & Latinos do but how Blacks & Latinos don't readily acknowledge which art we embrace that may or may not be that great qualitywise. It's a discussion that's long overdue...
November 8, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 30: The Horror Show
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, Dart outlines his problems with the entire horror movie genre while offering a list of films that he actually does consider worthy of consideration over the old horror staples, standards and tropes while killing time before the Boston Red Sox' victory parade begins.
October 31, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 29: The Walkthrough
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I walk people through my contributions to the Greatest Rap Producer Alive Every Year list on Complex. I also give my take on the World Series with Game 3 happening tonight in Dodger Stadium, the Boston Celtics' offensive & defensive struggles, the concept of high art vs. waning Black support in terms of Black music throughout the years then I close out the episode by discussing my Medium piece about the 15th anniversary of Amy Winehouse's classic debut album "Frank".
October 26, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 28: Questions & Answers
In today's Dart Against Humanity, I break down the happenings with Netflix cancelling recent Marvel series' and what they mean for the future with Disney's Play streaming platform tentatively set to launch in Fall 2019. I also bring up what bothers me about the lyricism in Rap question Rob Markman of Genius asked Styles P & Dave East in a recent interview then broke down why he asked the wrong question.
October 22, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 27: Words Mean Things
Dart talks about his frustrations regarding Drake saying he studies Rap battles for a living and LeBron James claiming he's a Hip Hop historian on the latest episode of his HBO series "The Shop". He also talks about the upcoming NBA season premiere, ALCS Game 3 in Houston, Cuffing Season, his attempts to go viral marketing Cuffing Season themed beat tapes, his failed IP The Cuffington Post and a closing rant for the ages.
October 16, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 26: Keep That Same Energy
Today I discuss the aftermath of the BOS vs. NYY ALDS series with special guests Screamin' A. Smith & Shammin' Sharpe providing commentary. I then switch it up and discuss beat tape culture and why I'm not worried much about discussing ideas for articles in public (I then declined to actually do so)
October 10, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 25: The Holy Trinity
In this episode Dart previews the Red Sox/Yankees ALDS that begins tonight, addresses the recent developments with Kyrie Irving then previews the upcoming 2018-19 NBA season while discussing how to manage expectations for the Boston Celtics. Other topics include an odd exchange with Carl Chery of Spotify on Twitter from which this episode got its name.
October 5, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 24: The God Tier
On today's episode Dart discusses his latest articles running on Medium & Okayplayer, micro generations in Rap history, why they'll never be another Golden Era & the 20th anniversary of the last great Rap release date. Other topics include faulty Rap release dates, why there's no effort put into fact checking/research, the 25th anniversaries of "Return Of The Boom Bap" & "93 Til Infinity" and why I'm still in this space even after quitting Rap journalism multiple times in the past.
September 29, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 23: Infinity War
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss the frustrations involved with trying to set everyone straight when they're dead set on being wrong in the space of Rap journalism, being annoyed by people projecting their expectations onto you, plus my excitement over the upcoming Red Sox postseason and Boston Celtics preseason. I also discuss my upcoming writing assignments and prioritizing paid gigs over...well, everything else.
September 25, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 22: Purists, Snobs & Elitists
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discuss deconstructing the idea of being an expert vs. being a purist, snob or an elitist which actually have negative connotations in my mind. They're often dismissive of things or close minded which, in turn, stunts your ability to learn and limits your opportunity for growth. I then discuss LL Cool J's Rap career, the phenomenon of the "tap out", why I fell out with Keith Nelson Jr. and more talk about the Red Sox.
September 19, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 21: Avalon Landing
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discussed the latest Twitter arguments re: "Ether" vs. "Takeover", telling me to "stick to my lane", "Iron Fist" Season 2 on Netflix, my thoughts on Mac Miller's passing, "Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode" and why I study things obsessively for hours rather than sleeping.
September 12, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 20: Bobby Brown Story & Algorithms
On today's installment of Dart Against Humanity, I first recount my harrowing experience with Twitter trolls after tweeting about searching for Black Panther on Netflix, my reaction to the first part of BET's "The Bobby Brown Story", more frustrated Black Bostonian talk, thenI explore the whole Eminem debate raging after he released a surprise album and the subsequent backlash and my take on a subject I don't even care much about.
September 5, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 19: Catharsis
On this latest episode of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss what I learned from the loss of my mother two years ago and how it changed my life going forward and how I cope with real time social media followed getting a verified Twitter account a year ago and the online harassment that ensued shortly afterwards. I also touch on how to navigate having an online presence in the era of Cancel Culture.
August 29, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 18: Numbers Lie Like Trump
On today’s episode Dart discusses his love of Boston sports, the frustrations involved with being a Black Bostonian, the recent Twitter controversies over the meaning of the word “freestyle”, Rap’s obsession with sales numbers & chart position then the Eagles surpassing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in sales.
August 24, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 17: A Matter Of Public Record
Today on Dart Against Humanity, Dart Adams rants about people not being aware of the Lauryn Hill lawsuit over the writing/arrangement/production credits for “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” then the conversation turns to all-time great Rap Summer albums & why Rap is considered seasonal whereas R&B isn’t.
August 18, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 16: The Ghost Who Writes
Dart Adams explains that the age range, experience level & knowledge base of the audience determines their perspective thus determining their sophistication level. This sophistication level dictates the art/music/media/film/literature marketed to them. This is why no one wants to address ghostwriting in this space
August 13, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 15: How To Stop Talking
If I had to describe this episode I don’t know if I could. I update everyone on what I’ve been doing lately & my present frustrations
August 8, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 14: Welcome To My TED Talk
Dart Adams opens up Season 2 of Dart Against Humanity explaining what he did during the break & outlining his philosophy for his creative process going forward
August 1, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 13: Knowledge Darts
Dart is fed up with people spreading false information on social media about classic film and album release dates so he dispels the myths by providing context with evidence. This concludes Season 1 of Dart Against Humanity. See you all again for Season 2!
June 28, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 12: The MCU & Summer ‘88
On today’s episode of Dart Against Humanity I discuss the MCU (especially “Luke Cage” season 2), the frustrations of podcasting/content creation x metrics/numbers then wax poetic about the Summer of 1988. There will be ranting...
June 25, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 11: Inconvenient Truths
In this episode, Dart gets annoyed with the idea there’s only enough space for one big event or mainstream occurrence to draw the attention of a wider audience when the truth of the matter is the field/era is what lends importance to that event which can’t exist in a vacuum
June 18, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 10: Breaking Down The Breakdown
Dart Adams is totally incensed at the latest episode of HipHopDX’s The Breakdown where MURS alleges there hasn’t been a classic Rap album released in a decade so he breaks down why MURS’ argument is pure trash.
June 12, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 9: Birth Of Video Game Journalism
Dart discusses the two NES games that helped to initiate the introduction of “Nintendo Power” in July/August 1988 which in turn caused video game journalism to explode in the following years (EGM, GamePro, Tips & Tricks, etc.)
June 7, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 8: Life Of A Creative
In this episode of Dart Against Humanity Dart Adams discusses the true meaning & dangers of being a creative or work for hire/freelancer in this day & age. You wanted the real? You got it.
June 2, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 7: The Art Of Adaptation
Dart hasn’t slept since the Celtics were eliminated from the ECF last night so he recorded an episode about adapting source materials like novels (namely “Fahrenheit 451”) & comic book properties (namely “Deadpool”) then there was more ranting about journalism at the end. Ep. 8 coming later this week!
May 28, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 6: Integrated Radio
Dart recalls the days when he was exposed to a gang of different music via the radio in the 1980’s and how Black radio played White artists. Also Dart discusses the role cable TV played in music discovery in the early to mid 90’s once the radio became segregated again.
May 21, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 5: Boston vs. Everybody
On this week’s episode of Dart Against Humanity I break down the Celtics going up 2-0 on the Cavs, discuss the IV Boston Boston Legends line & Mass Appeal deleting a gang of writer’s work
May 16, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 4: Liner Notes & Album Credits
On today’s installment of Dart Against Humanity I discuss Ev of Up North Trips being mad at me then talk about how reading liner notes & album credits fostered my music appreciation thus increasing my overall knowledge base. There’s a rant in there somewhere...
May 8, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 3 Oral History & Film Appreciation
On today's episode I discuss the importance of oral history in the age of real time social media, Google & Wikipedia plus discuss how I came to appreciate film the way I do
May 2, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Episode 2: Cycles & Sea Changes
In the second installment of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss the stretch between 1983-88 in Black music, gauging impact, cycles, sea changes & Hip Hop dancing. Enjoy. Or don’t...
April 26, 2018
Dart Against Humanity Episode 1: Speaking Into The Void
This is Dart’s first episode of his podcast Dart Against Humanity. There’s no designated time or date it gets posted. There’s no format. No guests. No pre-assigned subject. No piggybacking off whatever subject is hot in pop culture. It’s Dart Adams unfiltered for however long he feels like speaking. Tonight, he runs through a list of old subjects he was going to discuss when his old podcast “Flash Drives & Aux Cords” was about to go live. Enjoy... Or don’t. Dart’s gonna do & say what he wants regardless.
April 22, 2018
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