Concious Porn – Hezekiah [Review]

Hezekiah

Conscious Porn

Release Date: October 12, 2010

Final Grade: 94%

Conscious Porn is all about living freely and giving the listener what Hezekiah refers to as a “lyrical mind-fuck.”  A “lyrical mind-fuck” is Hezekiah’s method of getting the listener to shed their pre-conceived notions about life and the world around them.  There is a series of skits in which a female meets with a “doctor” during the “mind-fucking” process which leaves her a more self aware and open minded person.  On the songs themselves, Hezekiah speaks to life’s struggles and controversial issues (such as abortion) in between proving he’s an emcee with complex lines.  As on Hezekiah’s previous LPs (Hurry Up and Wait and I Predict a Riot), on Conscious Porn Hezekiah continues to push Neo-Soul, a genre of hip hop somewhat (and unfortunately) ignored these days.

Most would classify Hez as a conscious rapper, and rightfully so.  He has many tracks where he is trying to send a message and speaks seriously about the world around him.   But he doesn’t let the conscious tag stop him from having fun on the mic.  Hezekiah proves you can be a conscious rapper and have fun too, just listen to “Here’s to the world.”   “Well I don’t have casual sex, that’s when I threw some guy on/ This won’t be casual, I keep my tie on/She on mute like the Blue Man Group/wanted me to fuck her so I put on a clown suit!/you heard what I said life is full of entrees, don’t fill up on bread.”   I think sometimes we forget that conscious rappers are people that like fun like the rest of us.

The most serious track in my opinion is “What Kind of Cool.”   Hezekiah and Cody ChestnuTT ask the question “What kind of cool will we think of next?” to address the fact that a lot of black people are always trying to act too cool, often resulting in our demise.  “How you flyin’ first class when you know you broke?/Quit sayin’ I’m too cool for coach/He said it and I quote, be cool, don’t rock the boat.”  The topic is addressed in a serious and honest manner that urges fellow black people to change the habit of doing things to be cool. Everybody knows a lot of us spend money on unnecessary things to stay fly.  If you get his viewpoint or not, Hezekiah will certainly have you thinking after this track.

Go get yourself mind-fucked through Conscious Porn, it’s liberating.

Production: 93% (That Neo-Soul vibe is underrated)

Lyricism: 88%

Originality/Creativity: 100%

Final Grade: 94%

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We Can Change It – Are You Up For The Challenge? [Video]

We can make a change. We have the ability to change what it is that

We can make a change.  We have the ability to change what it is that we complain about in Hip Hop.   We challenge you, the artist, the writer, the musician, the emcee, the DJ, the fan, to actually DO something to change what it is that you don’t like about Hip Hop.  There is still power in being the consumer.  If what we want changes they will be forced to change what they’re offering.

Ignite 2010: From The Blogs To The Block

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Skillz In The Cypher – It Doesn’t Live On But It Visits BET Sometimes [Video]

Ok. So its not where Hip Hop lives, but it does visit from time to time.  I’m not boycotting B.E.T. by any means.  I just don’t watch it.  I’ve come to find out it’s not for me.  I do, however, have to salute Skillz (Mad Skillz from Va) for going off in the cypher.  Mad creativity and just plain talent was evident in his bars.  This makes the culture fun again.  Watching this made me feel like it was cool to be on the roof with a goose down vest on and no heat.  Rhyming in a circle just for the “oooh”‘s and “ahhhh”‘s.  C’mon yall.  it’s Skillz.

Skillz – BET Awards Cypher

Do you think he killed the cypher?  Would you like to see more hip hop like this on T.V.?  Leave a comment and let us know.

G.O.O.D. Music Cypher on B.E.T. – One Of The Few Good Things About The Show [Video]

[I.M.O.] One of the few things that was respectable about the BET award show was the G.O.O.D. Music Cypher. Some of the other stuff they tried to pass off as “Hip Hop” was way short of that.  1st.  Kanye:  I think this was a “real” freestyle.  I applaud the attempt, but it was a bad intro for what was to follow.  2nd. Pusha T:  Same m.o. but new hunger.  His wordplay is still at an above average level.  3rd. Big Sean:  A good way to introduce himself to the masses.  He has a good delivery and if he can keep the same type of fun / real / skillful flow, his career should be good.  4th. Cyi Da Prynce: This was personally my first time hearing of him.  I was impressed.  Hes a good look for ATL.  I think he will have a very good run.  5th.  Common: I really don’t need to say much.  It’s “Com Sense”.  He’s “the future of the retro”.  You can tell he used to love her, and still does.  6th. Kanye: This was actually a good look for him.  This wasn’t a freestyle like his intro attempt, but he still shows that he has the gift.

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Curren$y – Audio Dope 2 (Music Video)

I saw Curren$y at a Hennessy Artistry event in Chicago with The Roots and Q-Tip among many other special guest. One of said guest was New Orleans emcee Currren$y. I had heard of this cat before and even downloaded one of his mixtapes just to check it out. Initially I was not impressed with Currsn$y’s unorthodox delivery and wordplay but after a few more listens and seeing him perform live at this event, I must say I have become a fan. This track ‘Audio Dope 2’, produced by Ski Beatz is from his album <i>Pilot Talk</i> which is currently in stores and on iTunes now.

Curren$y – Audio Dope 2 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

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Ms. Sex (See) by Dzyne

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Columbus Day.. Really? What Are You Celebrating Exactly

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What are you really “celebrating”? Do you truly know what it is when somebody says “Columbus Day”?

Since elementary school and as far back as the beginning of the “U.S.”, Columbus Day has been celebrated.  As I got older and realized that Columbus “found” something that was already “found” and that led to the massacre of almost the entire indigenous population I realized what the day means to me.  A genocide of a people, of a culture, of a way of life, of everything and entire population of people believed in and held dear to their existence.  You may have your own views about it, but that is the one that I claim.  So for every one that celebrates this day as Columbus Day, please stand up and clap, scream, whistle, and throw confetti in the air for all of those Indians that were murdered, raped, sodomized, tortured, and enslaved when a lost navigator landed on their territory.

United States Observance

Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in 1937. However, people have celebrated Columbus’ voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. During the four hundredth anniversary, in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism. These patriotic rituals were framed around themes such as support for war, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation, and celebrating social progress.

Catholic immigration in the mid-19th century induced discrimination from anti-immigrant activists such as the Ku Klux Klan. Like many other struggling immigrant communities, Catholics developed organizations to fight discrimination and provide insurance for the struggling immigrants. One such organization, the Knights of Columbus, chose that name in part because it saw Christopher Columbus as a fitting symbol of Catholic immigrants’ right to citizenship: one of their own, a fellow Catholic, had discovered America.

Some Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage, the first occasion being in New York City on October 12, 1866. Columbus Day was first popularized as a holiday in the United States through the lobbying of Angelo Noce, a first generation Italian, in Denver. The first official, regular Columbus Day holiday was proclaimed by Colorado governor Jesse F. McDonald in 1905 and made a statutory holiday in 1907.[3] In April 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made October 12 a federal holiday under the name Columbus Day.

Since 1971, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October, coincidentally the same day as Thanksgiving in neighboring Canada (which was fixed to that date in 1959). It is generally observed today by banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service and other federal agencies, most state government offices, and some school districts. Some businesses and some stock exchanges remain open, also some states and municipalities abstain from observing the holiday.

Local observances

Actual observance varies in different parts of the United States, ranging from large-scale parades and events to complete non-observance. San Francisco claims the nation’s oldest continuously existing celebration with the Italian-American community’s annual Colombus Day Parade, which was established by Nicola Larco in 1868.

As in the mainland U.S., Columbus Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. In the United States Virgin Islands, however, the day is celebrated as “Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands Friendship Day.”

Three states do not recognize Columbus Day: Hawaii, South Dakota, and Nevada. Hawaii instead celebrates Discoverer’s Day, which commemorates the Polynesian discoverers of Hawaii on the same date, the second Monday of October though the name change has not ended protest related to the observance of Columbus’ discovery. The state government does not treat either Columbus Day or Discoverer’s Day as a legal holiday; state, city and county government offices and schools are open for business. South Dakota celebrates the day as officially a state holiday known as “Native American Day” rather than Columbus Day. Columbus Day is not a legal holiday in Nevada, but it is a day of observance; schools and state, city and county government offices are open.

The city of Berkeley, California has replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day since 1992 a move which has been replicated by several other localities. Two other California cities, Sebastopol and Santa Cruz, now celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. South Dakota renamed the holiday “Native American Day”. Various tribal governments in Oklahoma designate the day “Native American Day”, or name the day after their own tribe.

Virginia celebrates two legal holidays on the day, Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day, which honors the final victory at the Siege of Yorktown in the Revolutionary War.

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The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the pre-Columbian inhabitants of North and South America, their descendants, and many ethnic groups who identify with those peoples. They are often also referred to as Native Americans, Aboriginals, First Nations , and (by Christopher Columbus’ geographical and historical mistake) Indians, now disambiguated as the American Indian race, American Indians, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Red Indians.

According to the New World migration model, a migration of humans from Eurasia to the Americas took place via Beringia, a land bridge which connected the two continents across what is now the Bering Strait. The most recent point at which this migration could have taken place is c. 12,000 years ago, with the earliest period remaining a matter of some unresolved contention. These early Paleo-Indians soon spread throughout the Americas, diversifying into many hundreds of culturally distinct nations and tribes. According to the oral histories of many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, they have been living there since their genesis, described by a wide range of traditional creation accounts.

Application of the term “Indian” originated with Christopher Columbus, who thought that he had arrived in the East Indies, while seeking Asia. Later the name was still used as the Americas at the time were often called West Indies. This has served to imagine a kind of racial or cultural unity for the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. Once created, the unified “Indian” was codified in law, religion, and politics. The unitary idea of “Indians” was not originally shared by indigenous peoples, but many over the last two centuries have embraced the identity.

While some indigenous peoples of the Americas were historically hunter-gatherers, many practiced aquaculture and agriculture. The impact of their agricultural endowment to the world is a testament to their time and work in reshaping, taming, and cultivating the flora indigenous to the Americas. Some societies depended heavily on agriculture while others practiced a mix of farming, hunting, and gathering. In some regions the indigenous peoples created monumental architecture, large-scale organized cities, chiefdoms, states, and empires.

Many parts of the Americas are still populated by indigenous Americans; some countries have sizable populations, such as Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Ecuador. At least a thousand different indigenous languages are spoken in the Americas. Some, such as Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní, Mayan languages, and Nahuatl, count their speakers in millions. Many also maintain aspects of indigenous cultural practices to varying degrees, including religion, social organization and subsistence practices. Some indigenous peoples still live in relative isolation from Western society, and a few are still counted as uncontacted peoples.

What are your thoughts on Columbus Day?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Turn Your Speakers Way Up – Friday “Golden Era” Flashback [Video]

EPMD is an American hip hop group from Brentwood, New York. The group’s name is a concatenation of the members’ name “E” and “PMD” or an acronym for “Erick and Parrish Making Dollars” (later “Erick and Parrish Millennium Ducats”), referencing its members, emcees Erick Sermon (“E”) and Parrish Smith (“PMD”). The group has been active for more than 20 years (1986–present), and is one of the most prominent acts in East coast hip hop. Diamond J, DJ K La Boss, and DJ Scratch were DJs for the group.

The word “business” is used in every title of the group’s albums. Every album also has a track titled “Jane”.

EPMD ft LL Cool J – Rampage

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Nas Angry With Def Jam – “Put My Sh*t Out” – The Letter To The Label

From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SH*T OUT!

Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800’s, respect me and I will respect you.

I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation

This isn’t the 90’s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a f**k about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.

Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handedly built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog s**ton a MAGICAL moment.

You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bulls**t $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have s**t coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!

-N.Jones

Source: AllHipHop

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Turn Your Speakers Way Up – New Classic Monday [Video]

Killer Mike released his debut album, Monster, in 2003. The album’s lead single was “Akshon (Yeah!)”, it featured OutKast on guest vocals, and was included on the soundtrack to the 2004 version of EA Sports popular video game Madden NFL. He even made a Madden ’04 remix of “Akshon (Yeah!)” for the game. The album’s second single was “A.D.I.D.A.S.”, featuring Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is Killer Mike’s highest charting single to date as a lead artist. The song’s title was an acronym for “All day I dream about sex”. Following the release of his own material, he appeared on “Flip Flop Rock” and “Bust” on the Speakerboxx half of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. He also appeared on “Southern Takeover” with Pastor Troy on Chamillionaire’s CD The Sound of Revenge. His second album “Ghetto Extraordinary” has had its release date pushed back several times due to disputes between Big Boi and Sony Records.

Killer Mike has also performed as a voice actor. He played a rapper/actor, turned President of the United States, named Taqu’il in the Adult Swim cartoon Frisky Dingo. According to an article published in the June 2007 issue of XXL, Killer Mike addressed why he left the Purple Ribbon roster. He stated that he felt as if Purple Ribbon was the equivalent to the “Clippers,” while he wanted to join the “Lakers.”

Days after T.I. addressed the rumor and confirmed that he and Killer Mike had been in talks about bringing Mike to his Grand Hustle imprint on Atlantic, Killer Mike confirmed to HipHopDX.com that he will be signing. On December 9 Mike said he hoped to have the deal ironed out before the end of January 2009 to get to work on 16 in the Kitchen.

Will Mike Bigga get it in with LexZyne Productions? If it’s up to us it will be done real soon. We look to form a solid working relationship with as we both stomp into Hip Hop’s future while making Hip Hop history!

Mike Bigga – Grandma’s House

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