Is "Return Of The Mack" The Greatest Song Ever? A Debate with's Shanelle Genai Who Doesn't Think So (She's Wrong)
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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 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, 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.

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