Monday, December 15, 2008

Three Stooges Throw Pies at Bush

Classic. I hope this video is seen for years to come.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Black McCain supporter

Found this on a Republican blog. The Republicans love this guy. Everybody is entitled to their views and what not, but I wasn't feeling this video. Needless to say, I didn't finish it.

But I got my vote in despite the fact that I was hit with a stomach virus; waited in two lines so it was like about three hours! I went to the wrong voting site at first, so despite my being sick, I still made it to the right one, waited and did my thing.

Im seeing the results, and they are good. Just like dude above feels he and McCain are like this on the issues, I am all about the issues that Obama is about. You're going down, Mr.MCain voter. YOU'RE GOING DOWN. LOL. Let's all hope for the best.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


The film THE BALLOT OR THE BULLET follows the rap group A-Alikes over the course of the three months leading up to the 2008 Presidential Election. Each party has built their platform on the theme of "change", a given, regardless of who wins the presidency.

THE BALLOT OR THE BULLET addresses more specifically what type of change individuals want to see in America, with a scalpel or hatchet. Framed around performances of the four songs from THE BALLOT OR BULLET soundtrack, the film is document of A-Alikes' own take on current events as well as that of their contemporaries in entertainment and activism. In such a time of anticipation, hope or resignation, A-Alikes speak with figures such as CHUCK D, JOY BRYANT, ILYAHSAH SHABAZZ, ROSA CLEMENTE, M1, UMI, MELVIN GIBBS, DIVINE FROM THE DEY, SHADIA MANSOUR, and IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE,asking the question, "How do oppressed peoples gain freedom, through participation in a system, or through violence?".

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Digital underground-Doowutchyalike

Watching that movie "Love And Basketball" and hearing this song in the background in a scene taking place at a party reminded me of how much I liked this song. Classic!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

ILLUMINAZI - Tay.G - Political Hip Hop About the Illuminati

Controversial video about the Illuminati from Tay G. Hot!

Thursday, September 04, 2008


I been reading this book "Third Coast" which breaks down the history, culture and business of Southern rap. The book is great, and its been having me re-visit stuff I haven't listened to in years, like this one, Outkast's "Rosa Parks".

Monday, August 11, 2008


As we mourn the death of Issac Hayes and Bernie Mac, here's a little something to cheer us up; UMC's classic video for "Blue Cheese".

Friday, August 01, 2008


NPR blog:Obama Heckled For Ignoring Black Issues: The group -- members of the Uhuru Movement -- interrupted Obama with a banner reading, "What about the black community, Obama?"

Black Agenda Report: "Imperialism With a Black Face"-Based on his own statements, delivered repeatedly and consistently over the years, Barack Obama promises to be another in a long line of imperial American presidents, dedicated to the maintenance of U.S. hegemony by any means necessary.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern Releases "Liberty City Invasion"

The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern Releases “Liberty City Invasion” Music From And Inspired By Grand Theft Auto IV, Takes Over Rock The Bells & Joins Nas’ Jones Experience Tour

Track Listing for “Liberty City Invasion” Grand Theft Auto IV (all tracks produced by DJ Green Lantern)

01). Intro
02). Styles P - What’s the Problem
03.) Busta Rhymes - Where’s My Money
04.) Wyclef, Uncle Murda & Mavado - Informer
05.) Joell Ortiz & Dante Hawkins - Alone
06.) Jim Jones & Juelz Santana - Bustin’ Shots
07.) Maino - Get Away Driver
08.) Uncle Murda - Anybody Can Get It
09.) Fabolous & Fat Joe - I’m So Fly
10.) Qadir – Nickname
11.) 38 Special, Fever & Dwayne - Streets Raised Me
12.) Clipse f/ Re-Up Gang - 9mm
13.) Heltah Skeltah f/ Buckshot - Can’t Trust Em
14.) Red CafĂ© - Stick’m
15.) Immortal Technique - Parole
16.) Tru Life - Wet Em Up
17.) Johnny Polygon - Price On Your Head

(Grand Theft Auto IV is currently available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system.)

Be sure to catch Green Lantern this summer on the 2008 Rock The Bells tour we he will serve as Nas’ official DJ and the tours main DJ. In addition, Green Lantern will be featured on Nas’ “Jones Experience” tour that will also feature Talib Kweli and Jay Electronica.

2008 Rock The Bell Tour Dates:

Sat 7/19 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sun 7/20 - Toronto, ON, CAN - Arrow Hall

Sat 7/26 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center

Sun 7/27 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Sat 8/2 - Miami, FL - Bicentennial Park

Sun 8/3 - New York, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheatre

Sat 8/9 - San Bernardino, CA - Glen Helen Pavilion

Sat 8/16 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre

Sat 8/23 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Sat 9/6 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre

2008 Dates for Nas’ “Jones Experience” Tour:

Tue 7/22- Montreal, Quebec- Metropolis

Thur 7/24- Burlington, VT- Higher Ground

Fri 7/25- New Haven, CT- Toad’s Place

Wed 7/30- Charleston, SC- Music Farm

Fri 8/8- Las Vegas, NV- House Of Blues

Fri 8/22- Park City, UT- Harry O’s

Sun 8/24- Dallas, TX- The Palladium

Mon 8/25- Houston, TX- Warehouse Live

Tue 8/26- Austin, TX- Stubbs Amphitheater

Thur 8/28- Cleveland, OH- House Of Blues

Fri 8/29- Detroit, MI- Chene Park

Sat 8/30- Champaign, IL- Canopy Club

Mon 9/1- Chicago, IL- House Of Blues

Wed 9/3- St. Louis, MO- The Pageant

Thur 9/4- Milwaukee, WI- The Rave

Fri 9/5- Minneapolis, MI- First Avenue

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Lil' Mama and the dillemas of the female MC

Despite the hype surrounding Lil' Mama's album because of the single "Lip Gloss", she put out an album that is suprisingly more hip hop than people think. I assumed that Lil'Mama was some kind of gimmick, but I was wrong.

Not that you would confuse her for Public Enemy or anything, but unlike other artists, Lil Mama knows who she is speaking to and chooses to speak to them to either to make them dance or make music that is uplifting and thought provoking. From an artist with a name Lil'Mama, you say? Well, when was the last time you heard some of the premier female MCs we got today talk about such things as females having self respect (like in "L.I.F.E"), or condeming men who refuse to grown up and girls who throw their lives away(like in "Stand Up")? Or how about the song "College" about a girl who visits her father in jail, showing how the "thug life" and its consequences breaks up families? I'm not naming any names, but I haven't heard that subject matter come from the any stripper turned rapper female artists out! But suprisingly, Lil' Mama touches on this and more on her CD.

Also, the album has many varying hip hop sounds from DC go-go, to dance pop, to straight up hip hop. The response to this album (sagging record sales and people not really feeling her)reflects the dilemmas of female MCs and how they are marketed by the record companies. Its the record companies and major corporations that have for years dressed up the female MC as a rapper/stripper. However, when they marketed Lil'Mama, it was as a gimmick, with the whole "Lip Gloss" and all the radio songs on here. The album packaging alone is a put off; guys wont buy it the way they would buy a Lil'Kim or Da Brat album because its too "girly", and females in the age range the record company is going for want to buy the latest R&B pretty boy thug. The record cover doesn't even reflect her image; she's not a "Barbie Doll" of rap like the packaging suggests.

When I got this album I thought Id just put it to the side, but then I listened to it, and after I did, I found myself wanting to see this young MC who speaks for the young people, as she says, grow as an artist. Wherever she ends up, since she'll probably be dropped for low record sales, I look forward to seeing what she does next.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


I got this CD called "The Compilation" from this group called The Hustle Group. Who is The Hustle Group"?The Hustle Group is a group of young brothers making a comeup in the music industry. It consists of three artists. Rotimi is the cool R&B singer, Dre Dub is the cocky, grimy, blunt MC, and J Loonz is the lyrical, creative rhymesayer.

What I like about this group is they got variety. Dre Dub makes the club bangers, J Loonz does hip hop reminiscent of mid 90s "Golden Age" rap, Rotimi is the type of singer who though you could hear him on the radio, he's not commercial R&B and evokes soul in such a way he could be a "neo soul" singer. In what each of them do, they show their skills and truly shine on their respectable tracks.

From what I heard on their album titled "The Compilation" include J Loonz "Igniter". J's got skills and it shows on this excellent track. Some may object to the subject matter (smoking weed)but the tracks tight. Another track which stands out is "Alerp At Ya Boy!" where Dre Dub rips it up on this club track. Rotimi is soulful on "Heart Saying".

This is a compilation which seems to serve as a demo of this groups skills. Only thing I can suggest is that they each should do an album. Out of each of these stellar artists, I'm waiting for what comes next!

Friday, June 27, 2008

New Audio From Greg Street f/Nappy Roots "Good Day"

New audio from "Greg Street f/Nappy Roots, "Good Day," which is taken from Greg Streets upcoming project "Greg Street Certified Worldwide" which will be released by Interscope Records.

"Good Day" f/Nappy Roots is the lead-single from "Greg Street Certified Worldwide" and you can DL the track directly here

Also included on Greg Streets debut are Lil Wayne, Game, Soulja Boy, Rich Boy, Wale, Kardinal Offishal and many, many more.

"It's 6 o' clock, time for Greg Street to Rock"!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Move over Sage Francis, underground hip-hop hopeful Alltruisms drops "Clusterbombs" July 1st on Gravel Records.

Clusterbombs is the debut solo LP from Gravel Records recording artist and Giraffe Nuts member Alltruisms. The album distills 16 fully-realized tracks into a 45-minute journey, guided by a man of our times, who is most of all a traveler. He is like the rest of us. Politically aware, but faced with more immediate job problems, car problems, girl problems, and mostly getting by with a dark sense of humor. He is a bit different from the rest of us. Writing songs in a Laotian bomb crater, building houses after the tsunami in Thailand, four-day hikes in New Zealand, staying with a Fijian village minister’s family. Prone to travel solo for months at a time, return and leave again, he brings this dichotomy and unsettled motion to his songs. Clusterbombs is an innovative hip-hop release that is sure to please fans of artists such as Sage Francis, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, A Tribe Called Quest, and Atmosphere. Clusterbombs drops July 1st via Gravel Records.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Release: Hustle Simmons Debut Album Out on June 24th‏

June 24th marks the debut release for Dave Ghetto and Tha S Ence's new collaborative project, Hustle Simmons.

Break Bread Projects introduces Hustle Simmons with the self-titled debut album, available on iTunes and online worldwide through FMS Digital Distribution on June 24th.

Comprised of veteran MC Dave Ghetto and crafty beatsmith Tha S Ence, Hustle Simmons has ears opened to their authentic, mainstay sound of sample-driven melodies and deep drum production complimented by gritty wordplay, smooth swagger, and uncanny lyricism, served in the form of an 11-track album. Their lead single, "Over and Out" featuring Buff1 and DJ Cru Cut, has creeped into tastemakers' selection and bloggers pages and continues making notable presence. DJ Cru Cut is called again on "Get Down," adding to the spectrum of guest appearances which also includes Al Mighty, Richie Rasheen, and Fel Sweetenberg. A bonus hit music video for "The Rundown" is set to premier by week's end.

"It's that new millennium boom-bap! Welcome to the Digital Underground." – Dave Ghetto

The listening party is set for Thursday, June 26th at the prominent Philly jam, Ill! Makaniks (at The Barbary) with special guests DJ Statik, DJ Sat One, and DJ Skipmode, and sponsored by This South Jersey/Philly connect is planning a national tour scheduled for early Fall. In the meantime, Hustle Simmons can be found performing in and around major cities in the Northeast where exclusive, limited edition copies of their album will be available.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Though he was a blues player, Bo Diddley contributed to the history of rapping. He did what people used to call "Signifying", a lost art form that pre-dated rap. One notable example of this that Bo Diddley did was the classic jam called "Say Man".Also, along with James Brown, Bo Diddley contributed to the birth of tha funk, which evolved into hip hop. He was the best, he will be missed.

Monday, May 05, 2008


I got a CD from this young MC named M.I.C.E.V.E and it’s pretty tight. Though he’s got an array of influences which you can tell from his flow and the music he uses, he brings youthful energy and a hot delivery along with an awareness of the realities and corruption in the hoods of America.

Even though he’s real when he tries to show where he’s coming from, there is a certain intelligence that he brings with it. He’s not just trying to “wild out” or “get crunk”, he’s talking about prostitution, crooked police, and even entertainment and its influence of black youths.

Coming out of Dayton, Ohio, the home of many legendary funk artists, he’s reppin’ a new generation of artists with hip hop. I liked his sampling of souful slow jams on the first two songs of his CD “Frowns”. With his various beats and styles of music, he creates powerful anthems of ghetto angst and anger.

Though some of the production is low budget and pretty rough at times, I still found some songs I liked, such as the “Pimps Commodity” and “Copland”. I’d like to hear what this MC can do with more resources. Most artists who got the big budget record deals got the beats but no skills on the mic. Plus, he talks about stuff most of these MTV cats won’t even touch. Check out his CD on his site, he’s also on Myspace!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hyper-Masculine and Misogynist Violence in Chicano Rap

Piggybacking off my last post on Chicano rap, I found an article that covers the mentality behind Chicano rap. Really interesting stuff. Quote:

In the last four years the violence of Chicano rap has made a profound impression on me. Chicano rappers rap about hitting each other, hitting cops, and hitting and abusing women. My first question was why do these young men spend so much time thinking about, writing about, and listening to stories of violence? For me, rap and hip hop culture, had been about escaping violence and oppression. It was about getting together and expressing ourselves with our bodies and voices. Of course, break-dancing battles often turned violent and people fought at parties that showcased hip hop culture. Nonetheless, hip hop was mostly a safe space. So, why all the violence in Chicano rap today?

Check out the rest on the site Bad Subjects!

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's on! The PA primaries!

The suspense is getting to me. Tommorow, history will be made. The final countdown. Hillary or Obama? I would say that right about now I dont really have a side. I've casted my vote, done my thing, now its time for everybody in PA to do theirs. The "Potomac Primary" in this area (DC/MD/VA) was nothing more than notches on Obama's belt! It's been the most exciting, riveting election season, and this is the day we've all been waiting for. May the best person win!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blood In Blood Out&Chicano rap!

I just saw the movie Blood In Blood Out, the story of 3 Chicano brothers struggling with the realities of life in barrio in East Los Angeles. It's a classic Latino hip hop epic! See it if you havent yet! I went to download a bunch of Chicano gangsta rap. Below is my list of top jams, check them out, they are all on The album names are highlighted in brown! This music is pretty harsh, glorifies gangstadom, and is violent. Its bound to piss off a lot of old white folks and alot of others. Parental guidance iz advised, as Eazy E would say. LOL.

Angel Baby 2003 - Mr. Capone-e Rap N Oldies
Another Sunny Day - Lighter Shade Of Brown Chicano Rap Smooth Jams
Are You Sure? - Lil Boy V Chicano Rap Old School
Bounce, Rock - Ghost, Lil Crook Chicano Rap Old School
Bumpin' feat. Nino B & Frost Jay Tee So Cold
Father, Father - Proper Dos Chicano Rap Smooth Jams
Gangster Love - Young Wicks, Baby Wicked, Mister D Chicano Rap Smooth Jams
Gangsters Get Lonely Too (Remix) feat. Mister D,Sleepy Malo&Lil Blacky) Lil Crook Southland Style
I Do Love You - Hispanic MC's Rap N Oldies
Latin Nights - Deuce Mob Rap N Oldies
Lowride True Blue-Gangsters
Mexican Power - Proper Dos Rap N Oldies
My Coupdavil - ALT, Slow Pain Rap N Oldies
No Sunshine - Frost Rap N Oldies
On A Sunday - DTTX The Story Of Chicano Rap
Pepe Le Pew feat. Frost & SPM Jay Tee So Cold
Shots To The Dome feat. Don Cisco & Baby Bash Jay Tee So Cold
So Ruff, So Tuff Conejo The City Of Los Angeles Best of Volume 2
Somos Mexicanos (Spanish) - Mr. Trippalot Lowrider Hip Hop
Thin Line - Frost
This Is How We Riding (Radio) (feat. Sleepy Malo) Lil Blacky & Lil Sicko Southland Ballin'
Time Goes By - Ese Bobby Chicano Rap Smooth Jams
Together - Tierra Rap N Oldies
Traficante No Llores Capone Chicano World Dos
The Wanna Be Fool - Toddy Tee Rap N Oldies
We Riding Low (feat. Tattoo Ink) Conejo The City Of Los Angeles Best of Volume 2
Won't You Be My Man (Another Slow Jam) (Radio) Lil Blacky & Lil Sicko Southland Ballin'
World Famous - Lighter Shade Of Brown The Story Of Chicano Rap

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New High In U.S. Prison Numbers

I don't think that people recognize the massive prison industrial complex that makes lots of $.

More than one in 100 adults in the United States is in jail or prison, an all-time high that is costing state governments nearly $50 billion a year and the federal government $5 billion more, according to a report released yesterday.

A necessary evil? I don't know, but somebody is gettin' paid lovely off this. Read more about this problem here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The YMD:Excuse Me, This is the Yah Mos Def

The YMD is an alternative/punk/hip hop group from Philly. This music reminds me so much of the Beastie Boys when they started and this other group called the Bloodhound Gang. One of them sounds like a young Ad-Rock! The tracks are basically very rough around the edges but great to listen to; simple yet catchy. This album brings me back to the 90s when there was that whole era of rap/punk/alt rock mixtures. If you want something different, new, energetic and fresh, check out YMD on EMUSIC, Amazon and on Myspace!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Mr Rashad-Mind State

Real hip hop doesn't come easy that much anymore. Just seeing the "BET Notarized" a couple days ago, the top 100 videos of 2007 only had one real hip hop artist, Common. The rest were the usual hip pop stars and starlets that permeate the radio stations in every station owned by the same company in every city in the USA.

So, when I find something real and underground, I expect something that will have me thinking this is some real music. Thats why I decided to check out Mr Rashad.With a cool album cover like this of a boombox radio as a head, I knew this had to be interesting. Here I thought that this was going to be some music that would be so unlike all the stuff on BET.

However, this album was good. What this group delivers is straight up beats and rhymes. There is alot of sampling and elements of blues, jazz, soul, and funk. The dudes can definately rap, and the tracks, though they sound low budget, bump.

There are a couple of items I would suggest as feedback. Some of the songs on here are good but end abruptly. I was getting into such songs as "Success", "The Stretch" and "Say A", but they would end, making me think that this was a promotional sampler as oppossed to a real album.

The album did have some high points which I enjoyed. There was the sample of one of the songs from "The Mack" soundtrack on "Can It Be" and the bangin' beat on "Live It Up". All in all, if you like an album of just straight up hip hop to just chill out to, then this is for you. I would personally put "Can It Be" and "Live It Up" on my Ipod.

You can get this album on Emusic.