"Burn Hollywood Burn" v. "12 Years A Slave"

Nestled midway on “Fear of a Black Planet,” Public Enemy’s 1990 platinum album—and one of the greatest musical releases of all time—comes “Burn Hollywood Burn.” (Halfway between “911 Is A Joke” and “Fight the Power”! I mean!)

The track is notable not just for rhyming “burn” TERM and “perm” (important correction!) but for the collaboration with Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane—the only guest stars on the album. “Butlers and maids,” slaves and hoes” is how Kane describes available Hollywood roles for black people.

Here we are in the future, 24 years later! How did the fellas take last night’s best picture win for 12 Years A Slave, in a year in which The Butler was the top-earning black film, at an Oscars where 42 barely made it into a montage?

Chuck D. spent the night arguing with some troll who accused him of being a sell-out. Didn’t mention the Oscars.

Big Daddy Kane spent the day recovering from Saturday’s show with MC Lyte in Charlotte, NC. He’s on tour! Didn’t mention the Oscars.

Ice Cube’s most recent tweet is thanking people for seeing the moving Ride Along, the year’s 304th Kevin Hart vehicle. The cop-buddy-comedy has 17% on Rotten Tomatoes but is crushing at the box office. Didn’t mention the Oscars.

Finally, Flavor Flav has been down in Perth? But before he left, he tweeted this picture of himself with his son. (Though Flavor has seven children of his own, this fellow is his girlfriend’s son.) Damn. Gibran’s Instagram is private. The more you know! Anyway, life goes on.