Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we'll provide the jams.

I was at graduation for my high school at the old college football field a few blocks from my house. Everyone would walk up, get their diploma, shake a hand, and then walk off.


There was a split second, right after the hand shakes and right before leaving the stage, where a student could plausibly do whatever the hell he or she wanted, on a stage, in front of their entire graduating class and their families.

I remember one kid did a backflip off the stage and I very much remember one kid flashed the biggest grin I've seen and threw a 'T' up as he walked off the stage. The 'T' up was supposed to imply he was thizzin', that he was high on e-pills. By '07 in the burbs, it really just meant he liked hyphy shit, but everyone got the reference.

Mac Dre is a big reason why that kid threw the 'T' up. In the years before he was killed, he set the tone for hyphy, taking the stupidity of dump rap to an absurd and embracing how rap stars had become the new rock stars.

RIP Mac Dre.