Dart Against Humanity
By Dart Against Humanity
Dart Against Humanity, the podcast where journalist/historian/author 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 from the perspective of a creative who overthinks and decomposes analyzes everything then walks the listener through the entire process. Enjoy. Or don’t. It’s a free country. At least for the time being it is.
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.
October 16, 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!
October 9, 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.
October 2, 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.
September 25, 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...
September 18, 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.
September 11, 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.
September 4, 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.
August 28, 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!
August 21, 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 ///
August 14, 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!
August 7, 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.
July 31, 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.
July 24, 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.
July 17, 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.
July 10, 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.
July 3, 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.
June 26, 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.
June 19, 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.
June 12, 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.
June 5, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 80: Dart On Art
On today's episode Dart discusses his personal feelings on art, culture, standards and what moves him from an emotional, tonal and creative standpoint vs. other people might enjoy that differs from his preference & why he doesn't like when people ask for his opinion on certain things because of it. Art is open to interpretation and what I enjoy and what you enjoy might be two completely different things for a wide array of reasons.
May 29, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 79: The New Not Normal
Today Dart discusses how he's passing the time 70 full days into quarantine doing home improvements, researching, doing consulting, fact checking & staying busy. Conversations jump from "The Last Dance", Top 5 discussions, UTFO's debut album, New Edition's "My Secret" controversy, video game release dates, Nintendo & the Turbo Grafx-16 Mini. A lot of ground was covered in only 45 minutes
May 22, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 78: The Podcaster Ya Love To Hate
Today Dart Adams discusses Ice Cube's debut solo album "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" assisted by the Bomb Squad after leaving N.W.A.on the 30th anniversary of its release. The album's importance, lasting influence and role in the continuum of classic Rap albums is also expounded upon. Read Ice Cube’s “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”: A 30th Anniversary Retrospective by Dart Adams on Medium!
May 15, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 77: Basketball Diaries
Dart decides to talk about his early days playing basketball and the life lessons he learned from being a kid who had natural ability, height and a love for the game who never really worked on his game although he watched a lot of ball and the reality checks he faces when he went up against those who did and the world of difference between organized basketball & streetball/pick up ball during my young teen years. Enjoy...
May 8, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 76: Quarantine Day 49
Dart Adams discusses everything that's happened in the almost 3 month hiatus between Season 4 and Season 5 the final season of Dart Against Humanity, including the COVID-19 virus that's resulted in me being quarantined/sheltering at home for 49 days. I discuss my present mental state, coping mechanisms, early thought process, thoughts on being productive and what I'm doing to pass the time and stay positive in hopes the curve flattens some time in May.
May 1, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 75: Abare
In the final episode of Season 4, I discuss the past 10 years of my career and where my path crossed with FWMJ. Abare is a term dealing with the damage you can do in trades or exchanges in fighting games that allow you to survive or come out on top even when you're at a disadvantage. I talk about how I managed to get to where I am in my career and what the future holds for Dart Against Humanity going forward.
February 7, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 74: Okizeme
On this edition of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss the ugly events surrounding the shoddy handling of reporting the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant & his daughter Gigi this past Sunday. I was so disgusted with the media and humanity as a whole I fell back from real time social media (especially Twitter) for 3 days. I discuss my thoughts on the past week & my personal process dealing with his death and the overwhelming wave of grief consuming my present spaces. Rest in eternal peace to everyone who lost their lives on Sunday. Amen.
January 31, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 73: American Dart
The discussion today is about cult films, how that designation has changed over time and how easy or hard it is for a film to earn that title in the era of Real Time Social Media with all of the different streaming portals both legitimate and of the pirate variety. I even list quite a few cult classics and highly slept on films from the past 25 or so years in the process...
January 24, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 72: The Learning Pt. 2
Dart returned from MIT after seeing Harry Allen x Rob Swift's Harbanger turntable septet/orchestra with a fresh perspective on the value of Hip Hop culture. He talks about the transformative nature of Hip Hop culture and how art evolves over time due to influence while providing examples from his own life experiences. Next Friday will be about a brand new subject entirely.
January 17, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 71: The Learning
Last night, I went to MIT to witness a lecture between legendary journalist/author Harry Allen & legendary DJ/turntablist Rob Swift. I had known both for quite a while but the subject matter of the lecture really resonated with me on many levels as a creative who isn't constantly aspiring to be better and reach the many lofty goals I have for myself which I might never reach. This podcast is about self discovery, self expression & reminding myself to enjoy the process/journey rather than the fact I'm not where I want to be yet. This is The Learning.
January 10, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 70: 2020 Vision
On the first episode of Dart Against Humanity recorded in 2020, Dart discusses his research done for articles about 1985 & 1990, including how & why it took so long for the first Rap song to hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, MC Hammer's unique single roll out for his 1990 LP "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em", how Bell Biv DeVoe's 1990 single & LP "Poison" changed the dynamic of the Pop charts plus the odd case of the ascent of Jane Child's "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" on the Hot 100 vs. Lisa Stansfield's "All Around The World" which was released as a single in North America in January 1990 but blew up on the Black music charts. Also, Dart discusses his initial findings regarding Run DMC's sophomore album "King Of Rock" which was released in January 1985.
January 3, 2020
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 69: Top 5 Xmas Countdown
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, he discusses his spoiler free reaction to seeing "The Rise Of Skywalker" last Friday, his new Medium piece "Tetsuo & Adulthood: The Influence Of “Akira” 30 Years Later" and he recounts his top 5 Christmases from when he was a kid to young adulthood.
December 27, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 68: The Writer's Dilemma
Dart talks about dealing with the potentially crippling doubt & uncertainty involved with being work for hire and having to deal with trying to sell your art to people that don't value it anywhere near as much as you do within that same space. The talk veers into the many ways this manifests itself or how the writer views storytelling in other mediums in order to study what works or doesn't work so they can apply it to their own craft/output.
December 20, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 67: RIP PHASE2
Dart talks about his experience at the 2019 Boston Music Awards, the passing of Hip Hop legend PHASE2 & what it means to him (and all of us), "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker", "Dune", "Robotech" and for some odd reason? "Transformers: The Movie"
December 13, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 66: Dart Imitates Life
In this episode I address the last episode being trash, the Drake normalized rappers singing take, the 90's R&B wasn't filthy take, when I learned R&B was filthy back in 1984 and lost my innocence thus spoiling it for everyone else, working on my next two books, Uptown vs. Def Jam, digging for records fueling music discovery and I finish acknowledging the 20th anniversary of Ego Trip's Book Of Rap Lists.
December 6, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 65: How To Stay Motivated
Rebounding from Thanksgiving, Dart does an episode about the adaptation of the new season of "Watchmen", Martin Scorcese's "The Irishman", the Boston Celtics' insistence on booing Kyrie Irving as their being successful without him and how to stay motivated as a writer when you're not on the fringes simply trying to survive, New week's episode will be way better, I promise...
November 29, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 64: Dare Iz A Dartside
On this episode of Dart Against Humanity I observe the 25th anniversary of Redman's classic sophomore album "Dare Iz A Darkside". I recall Def Jam's Month Of The Man promotional campaign. I even read from the album credits/liner notes of the CD J card & excerpts from Adario Strange's The Source cover story on Redman "Hell On Earth".
November 22, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 63: Winter Is Coming
Dart discusses Winter albums again, which leads him to discussing the 25th anniversary of Method Man's classic debut "Tical" in detail. He also rehashes his Twitter debate about how iconic the Wu Tang Clan logo is then he sets up next week's discussion about Def Jam's Month Of The Man campaign and Redman's "Dare Iz A Darkside".
November 15, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 62: Dart Stranding
Dart discusses his thoughts about the game "Death Stranding" then talks us through the process of researching for several pieces he's presently writing including his Method Man "Tical" 25th anniversary retrospective, Independent As F* 3 & liner notes he's doing for an upcoming album which made him stumble on several erroneous release dates from 1989. Also, it looks like November 9th, 1999 is the real 20th anniversary of MF DOOM's "Operation: Doomsday".
November 8, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 61: The Book Of Dart
Dart breaks down everything that happened with his book "Best Damn Hip Hop Writing: The Book Of Dart" being released on October 8th, 2019. The stress & eustress that came after its release, the unexpected sales success, what happened with the BBC's The Greatest Hip Hop Song Of All Time list he was involved in, his disappointment in "Zombieland: Double Tap" and what Netflix shows he's seen recently. Dart's back humanity!
November 1, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 60: LVL 44 ///
On the final episode of Dart Against Humanity Season 3 I discuss the problems with trying to have genuine exchanges with people via Twitter and real time social media and the havoc that can ensue in part one. In part 2, I discuss leveling up using the 1989 classic NES game "Dragon Warrior" as a metaphor for growth & taking on new challenges. It's easy to get complacent and not push yourself for fear of failure, not realizing you will grow exponentially quicker from the lessons learned from those failures. This is Level 44. I'll be gone 'til November...
August 16, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 59: The Power Of The Written Word
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discuss the sheer power of the written word, the neverending chase of trying to get the reader feel or understanding what you were attempting to convey plus try to make people who may or may not have cared about something before they began reading to care about it now. In the second half of the podcast I discussed how being able to retain even information I think is useless benefits me at my advanced age then I just asked my listeners to tell me what podcast distributor they use to hear Dart Against Humanity globally. Yeah... This episode required crowd participation. It's a listener's poll!
August 9, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 58: The Sequence Of Events
On today's episode of Dart Against Humanity I discuss my fixation/fascination with album sequencing, specifically the difference between classic albums that are sequenced almost perfect vs. classic albums that could be sequenced in a way that make the album flow as well if not better than the original version. I begin with the case studies of Janet Jackson's "Control" & Anita Baker's "Rapture" vs. Phil Collins' "No Jacket Required" & Tears For Fears' "Songs From The Big Chair". Music nerds will love this one...
August 2, 2019
Dart Against Humanity Ep. 57: Nintendo vs. The 4th Generation
In today's episode of Dart Against Humanity, I discuss Nintendo fighting video stores on the subject on game rentals and the lengths they went through trying to maintain their dominant market share of the videogame industry with the 4th generation of gaming consoles looming over the horizon (Sega Genesis & NEC Turbo Grafx 16). I also discuss the upcoming developments with the IV Boston x Mathmatik Athletics Boston Legends Podcast & Summer 2019 Collection and a few other recent occurrences.
July 26, 2019
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: I Soundbomb Atomically
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