Never ending shout outs!
to the one called Meca Isa!!! (don't leave us to go to plush Cali...) She sent me this link, its too funny and very creative. nuff love to Wordsworth..
also big up to Dj Kemetic Science, who finally sent me her blog.. been a long time, you shouldn'a left me.... On her blog, she made a statement i would like to address. She said "Most people who state they have issues with hip hop have issues with themselves." I have to agree with that(that's a rarity, isn't it?). I am getting sick of folks saying how they are sick of hip-hop. I am growing tired of folks saying "it ain't like it used to be," "Or back in the day, it would not have went down like that," or "i can't mess with hip-hop anymore, so i only listen to the old stuff."
Effin' B****es. stop groaning. First of all, hip-hop music as we know it is close to 25 years old (remember the Fatback Band came out with their song in 1979, and back in the days the Dj's blamed everything else but hip-hop music...hip-hop culture however is 30 years old thanks to Bambaata, but that is another blog). We can't expect it to be the same. Things are very different. In a sense, some things are the same (we are at the bottom and a scant few at the top), but our paradigm has changed. So of course, hip-hop music will reflect that (big up Nas Dawud for that statement last night).
We won't agree with everyone. I know there are alot of wack artists on the radio and TV. BUt then again, there are alot of wack artists in rock, in R&B, etc. I don't find that they taint the entire genre. What about the Immortal Techniques out there (i know i ride that cat too much)? How about Jean Grae (honestly, she is on some next level ish. when was the last time you heard ANY MC sound like that)? What about the Jhunippuz Elites (If you have not heard this cats, let me know, we can arrange something)? There are so many superfresh (to borrow a term from Afeni and Dj Kemetic Science) folks out there.
The dope thing is that these folks are accessible. And who needs the radio (unless it's satellite radio or NPR).
Yesterday was our panel discussion on Hip-Hop, The industry, Print Media, and Television. The panel had three heads missing, so it was just me and Nas Dawud who usually moderates it. We had a nice turnout and some good questions. I think this was our best crowd. I mean they were really smart and really engaged us. I can't front, Nas Dawud and i kept hitting them with alot of information. For some reason, names eluded me yesterday. I was feeling a bit sick so i was not working at 100% efficiency. BIg up to the folks that showed up.
I am upset that alot of folks claimed they were coming and then didn't show up. I mean folks do this alot, but some heads even called me or emailed me at the last minute to let me know they were coming. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers especially black ones.
I can't wait to the next one, we got a few in the chamber for some heads. Watch your back...
Inspiration in AAST class. i wrote this piece and i am thinking of reciting it. of course, it won't be here in it's entirety but let me know (POST COMMENTS MOFOS!)
The Ballot or the Buckshot, Po! Po! Po!
Crash course on ballot punch cards
two party system
so how is it that the majority rules?
Democracy is just a word when people are starving
a ballot box is more like Pandora's box
when motherfu*****s act like thieves
lining pockets of their old frat buddies
fat cats like to give lip service
and kiss babies
and run their hands in the panties of voluptuous interns
we give up our blood in sacrifices
to war gods and petroleum
red blood for black blood
but no one bothers the blue bloods
someone need to school these young bloods
on how the whole thing works
Heads focus on Messianic politics as if one man can save you
politics is local
Mira, like Tigo Calderon
who are you?
what do you stand for?
what do you believe in?
follow your heart but think logically