Kanye West: College Dropout to first class honours

“Good dude, bad night, right place, wrong time

In the blink of a eye, his whole life changed”Kanye1

Los Angeles: The early hours of October 23, 2002 a young music producer making his way back from another late studio session is seriously injured in a car crash.

I learned how Kanye West recovered from the night he almost killed himself in a Lexus, to find his voice  – metaphorically and physically following re-constructive jaw surgery  – 18 months later, constantly spinning two thick black vinyl discs at a steady 331/3 revolutions per minute on the turntable my brother had squeezed, with a mixer and a second deck, on the worktop in our tiny kitchen. At times I barely made it past the first five tracks (including the opening skit) as I just dropped the needle back instead of flipping to side B . Continue reading

Will Johnny Football be a winner on Super Bowl Sunday?

THE World Championship – or to be more precise the NFL title – is up for grabs on Sunday but could the real Super Bowl winner be a still amateur college student? SuperBowl48

Super Bowl XLVIII – or 48 if you must – pits the league’s best offensive team, the Denver Broncos against its best defence, the Seattle Seahawks in a fitting collision of rival forces. Continue reading