Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Golden Age Hip Hop

What is golden age hip hop? Hip hop music sandwiched between Public Enemy's "Fear of a Black Planet" and Nas's "Illmatic",golden age hip hop is special to me since it was the hip hop sound at one of those weird times in my life.

There I was, a student at Howard University, and boy it was difficult. That golden age hip hop was that jazzed up hip hop I really loved. Nothing against the whole thing they do now, but this was my generations stuff.

It was that hip hop I loved even though I was that ultimate poseur, the spoiled upper middle class child of "proper" parents, and the outcast who the hip hop kids and the black militants on Howard's campus would not accept.

My grades were low, I was horny all the time, I was very shy, and I didn't know what I wanted to do with myself and my life. Every Saturday Night I listened to DJ Cee-Lo and DJ Iran on WKYS here in DC. Most of my peers graduated already; and I was taking classes again because I failed them once and I had an overabundance of my parent's money. The women I got with were my "friends" and so there was nothing going on in that department either. I was at Howard University and I didn't get to experience all that Howard University had to offer, if you know what I mean.

That's what golden age hip hop was for me; a means of escape more or less from the dire straights that was my life at the time. I love this music so much that I have got alot of it on CD. Im even willing to buy the Showbiz and AG CD for $45.00 bucks. Shyt is crazy!

Check out the Rock N Roll Fun blog and Goodka, a DJ from some European country.

Friday, September 23, 2005

My San Diego Vacation

Check out the official hip hop station of San Diego, Blazin 98.9.

I just checked out San Diego this week. It wasn't for that long of a trip, but it was cool. Most of my time was spent on business, and I got to listen to the radio and walk around a bit.

The radio in San Diego is interesting. I went to a Sam Goody and the merchants at the store were a bunch of musical snobs who gave me the cold shoulder when I told them I listened to the radio. I was talking about the latest songs I was hearing, and asking about them, but they did not seem interested.

San Diego radio is an interesting mix of regaeeton (did I spell right), g-funk, chicano rap, west coast hip hop, r&b and pop. The one song I heard the most of all was David Banner's "Play". It got to a point where when I got back to the hotel, I would think that the song would come on and it came on!

They constantly played that new song with Mobb Deep and 50 Cent, a regional hit called "Bumper" which mixed Latino regaee (regaeeton) and Chicano rap, and also the Kanye West/Jamie Foxx banger "Gold digger". I heard it so much because I played the radio constantly and San Diego sleeps. It's not the type of city where you can party during the week all nite; its done by at least 2 in the morning.

One event which I hope is succesful is a benefit for the victims of Katrina at the House of Blues in San Diego. It features Ray J, Lil Rob (a local Mexican rapper), Voltio (regaeeton) and others. For more info check out the site on Ticketmaster, if you happen to be in that area.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Great New Orleans Land Grab?

This I picked up via email; I'm not saying I entirely believe it, but I do take note of the claims.

The Great New Orleans Land Grab: The 17th Street Canal levee was breached on purpose

by Ernesto Cienfuegos
September 7, 2005
La Voz de Aztlan

Los Angeles, Alta California - September 7, 2005 - (ACN) There were numerous incidents that occurred during and immediately after Katrina struck that point to the "unthinkable". It now appears that a sophisticated plan was implemented that utilized the "cover of a hurricane" to first destroy and than take over the City of New Orleans? As the world watched the events unfolding, one could not help think that something was terribly afoot concerning the rescue by FEMA of the city's poor and predominate Black population. It seems that a well laid out plan was put into effect to grab valuable real estate from well established but poverty stricken Black families of New Orleans? What is being implemented now is nothing less than a sophisticated scheme to purge and ethnically cleanse what Whites have termed "Black and 'welfare bloated' New Orleans".

Among the most telling anomalies pointing to something terribly afoot is the gun battle, killing 5, that occurred at the breached levee between the New Orleans Police Department and, what have now been identified as US military agents. An Associated Press report, which has now disappeared, stated that at least five USA Defense Department personnel where shot dead by New Orleans police officers in the proximity of the breached levee. (Please Note: The original media reports concerning the shootout are now being changed or "cleansed" in a cover-up. We found one original report at http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlate...5256023,00.html La Voz de Aztlan has a mirror page of this report at http://www.aztlan.net/police_kill_five_contractors.htm in case this report gets changed or deleted as well [article listed below]) A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said later that those killed were "federal contractors" on their way to "repair" a canal. The "contractors" were on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain, in an operation to "fix" the 17th Street Canal, according to the Army Corps of Engineers spokesman. Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley of New Orleans later reported that his policemen had shot at eight suspicious people near the breached levee, killing five or six.

Who were these "military agents" that were killed by the police near the 17th Street Canal breached levee and what were they doing there? Why did the New Orleans police find it necessary to shoot and kill 5 or 6 of them? No one is saying anything and it appears that the news story has now been swept under the rug. Were these US Department of Defense personnel a Special Forces group or Navy Seals with top secret orders to sabotaged the levee? There are verifiable reports that at least 100 New Orleans police officers have disappeared from the face of the earth and that two have committed suicide. Could these be policemen that died defending the levee against sabotage by "federal contractors"?

Another telling incident that points to a "nefarious plan" is what New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said at the height of the crisis. He said publicly, "I fear the CIA may take me out!" Mayor Nagin, a Black, said this twice. He told a reporter for the Associated Press: "If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened." Later he told interviewers for CNN on a live broadcast that he feared the "CIA might take me out." What does Mayor Ray Nagin know and why does he fear the CIA?

In an interview by WWL TV, Mayor Nagin complained vociferously that Louisiana National Guard Blackhawk helicopters were being stopped from dropping sandbags to plug the levee soon after it breached. There is evidence that no repairs were allowed on the levee until after New Orleans was totally flooded!

Many civilian groups who were attempting to aid people trapped in their attics, on their roofs and at the Superdome are reporting that FEMA, other federal agents and the US military essentially "stopped" them from doing so. Convoys that were organized by truckers and carrying "food and water" were blocked by agents of the federal government on the highways and roads leading to New Orleans. The American Red Cross, in addition, encountered numerous incidents and has made formal complaints.

A private ham radio network that deployed throughout the hurricane ravished region reported that the airwaves were being "jammed" making it impossible to communicate emergency information. Churches, hospitals and other essential community groups reported that the first thing that the US military did, when they arrived, was to cut their telephone lines and confiscate communications devices. We all witnessed news reports and heard statements by flood victims concerning the behavior of the US military. Many Black families complained that military vehicles did not stop to assist them but just drove by. One news report showed military personnel playing cards inside a barrack while Black citizens were dying of thirst and hunger.

Today, it is very revealing how the federal government is handling the disaster. They want every Black out of New Orleans and those who insist on staying in their homes will be removed by force. The government, through some media, is utilizing scare tactics to cleanse New Orleans of all Blacks. They want no witnesses and this will make the "land grab" a lot easier to undertake. One scare tactic is calling the flood water "a horrid toxic soup of feces a rotting flesh of corpses". The military thugs are now getting tough with Black families that have owned their old but beloved homes for many generations. Mr. Rufus Johnson, a family patriarch who lives in the French Quarter, said in an interview, "The army has given me an ultimatum to leave or suffer the consequences of a forced eviction. I do not understand . My entire family and I survived Katrina and now they want to throw me out of the home we have had for generations". Mr. Johnson lives in a neighborhood where the flood has subsided and his home is not heavily damaged yet FEMA wants him out!

The fact that Vice President Dick Cheney is heavily involved in the FEMA operations from behind the scenes is very troublesome. Cheney and his cronies at Halliburton are in line for the lucrative contracts to "reconstruct a New Orleans". Deals are already being made with a Las Vegas business group to construct multi-million dollar casinos in the Big Easy on prime real estate that was owned by Black families. Whites throughout history have been notorious "land grabbers". In the USA they first confiscated land that belonged to American Indians. Most of the Indians ended up in worthless tracts of land called "reservations". The largest "land grab", however, was the theft of Aztlan. This occurred soon after the Mexican-American War. In Alta California , vast "Ranchos" were stolen from the Californios through a variety of scams. A favorite ploy was to impose extremely heavy land taxes on the Mexicans and then foreclosing on the properties. The land was then given or sold at very low prices to the Forty Niners who came in large hordes to Alta California during the so called "Gold Rush" of 1849.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

I'm so sick of the word "Refugees"

From Yahoo! News (courtesy of AP)
With a shattered New Orleans all but emptied out, an unprecedented refugee crisis unfolded across the country Sunday, as governors and emergency officials rushed to feed, clothe and shelter more than a half-million people dispossessed by Hurricane Katrina.

Hey dumbasses in the media, get a clue. Look up the word "refugee"

Main Entry: ref·u·gee
Pronunciation: "re-fyu-'jE, 're-fyu-"
Function: noun
Etymology: French réfugié, past participle of (se) réfugier to take refuge, from Latin refugium
: one that flees; especially : a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution

Exhibit A: These are refugees from Sudan

Exhibit B: These are refugees from Iraq

Exhibit C: These are the evacuees of Katrina. Somehow you are getting them confused with those refugees of Sudan because they are black and poor. The people of New Orleans are not refugees, and they deserve the respect you give the rest of AmeriKKKa, you twits!

One more question: Were your precious Thanksgiving pilgrims refugees of England (or wherever the hell they were from?) Technically they were, but you all would never use such terminology to describe your precious "founding fathers!" Think about it, you a-holes.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Looks like we're headed for Stranger dayz

New Orleans:The Strategy For World Government
I luv it...tell it like it is, Kanye!

Check out:Live benefit includes appeals — and unscripted criticism

They expected Kanye West to just smile for the camera. Go ahead, negro, just smile for the camera and beg the whyte folks for money. Just sit there amongst the entertainment elite and sticks to tha script, boy.

But he said screw that and spoke his mind:

Comedian Mike Myers was paired with West for a 90-second segment that began with Myers speaking of Katrina's devastation. Then, to Myers' evident surprise, West began a rant by saying, "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food."

Kanye finally got out a message that is not being heard. Everybody is just supposed to be "positive". I love his blow to that sacred cow, GW Bush:

After he stated, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," the camera cut away to comedian Chris Tucker.

Yeah, Chris Tucker is more their speed. He knows how to keep whyte folks happy and smiling and stuff. About the military, he said:

While allowing that "the Red Cross is doing everything they can," West — who delivered an emotional outburst at the American Music Awards after he was snubbed for an award — declared that government authorities are intentionally dragging their feet on aid to the Gulf Coast. Without getting specific, he added, "They've given them permission to go down and shoot us."

Well, it probably won't affect record sales, but Im glad he spoke out. Screw the media and all the people who want to kiss GW's butt can all go to hell.