Panama Jackson, co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.com, hosts a weekly podcast where he shares stories, discusses pop culture and engages in conversations about culture with a who's who of folks. Welcome to a podcast about All Black Everything. This podcast is Blaaaaaaacktastic!
Panama reads an essay he wrote in 2017 about Mark Morrison's 1996 jam "Return of The Mack" that was apparently controversial and then is joined by his colleague at The Root, Shanelle Genai, who decided to issue a challenge to his notion that "Return of The Mack" is the greatest song ever. She wrote an article for TheRoot.com stating that Maxwell's song "Ascension" (also from 1996) is the GOAT song. Cases are made. Shenanigans ensue.
Also, they talk Shanelle's writing journey to TheRoot.com, how she came to her conclusion about "Ascension", if Maxwell truly bumps in the 'hood, her favorite albums, 112 vs. Jagged Edge and whether or not Ray J has any songs that might make a GOAT song list. And we close it out with a Blackamendation: a recommendation by, for and about Black people. This podcast is Blacktastic!
"Return of The Mack" Is The Greatest Song Ever that Nobody Acknowledges Is the Greatest Song Ever by Panama Jackson
I Don’t Know Which Very Smart Brotha Needs to Hear This, but Maxwell’s 'Ascension' Is Actually the Best Song Ever by Shanelle Genai
Produced, Recorded, Edited, Mixed by Panama Jackson
Intro: "Morning Rituals" by Berto Antonio
Outro: "LMK" by Berto Antonio
Music used by permission from Berto Antonio's 2020 album, WRTHY, found on all streaming platforms.