The “Mother Of Hip Hop”, Sylvia Robinson, Dies At 76

It was Robinson who put together the Sugarhill Gang…

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Sylvia Robinson, singer, songwriter, pop music visionary and entrepreneur, died today of congestive heart failure. The longtime Englewood resident was 76 years old.

Although Robinson, who was born Sylvia Vanterpool in New York City, had hits of her own as a recording artist — including the infectious “Love is Strange,” which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004, and the seductive “Pillow Talk” — she’s best known as the producer of the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the first hip-hop hit single.

It was Robinson who put together the Sugarhill Gang, and whose Sugar Hill Records, run with her  husband Joe, released the landmark disc. “Rapper’s Delight,” which was co-written by Sylvia Robinson, peaked at No. 34, but that chart position doesn’t begin to measure the record’s impact. It was a shot heard ’round the world — the beginning of a revolution that would transform popular music.

Making “Rapper’s Delight” was a gutsy thing for a businesswoman to do. There was little precedent for recorded rap music, and no way to know if the audience that attended hip-hop parties would be interested in buying a single. But a trip to the New York disco Harlem World gave her a glimpse of the future — and convinced her to put her money and muscle behind the new form.

“As I was sitting there, the deejay was playing music and talking over the music, and the kids were going crazy,” Robinson told The Star-Ledger in 1997. “All of a sudden, something said to me, ‘Put something like that on a record, and it will be the biggest thing.’ I didn’t even know you called it rap.”

Robinson signed three local Jersey emcees and quickly cut “Rapper’s Delight.” The tone of the song — like most of the material that Sugar Hill would put out — was upbeat, playful, even giddy. Robinson’s rappers bragged, but did not threaten.

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Robinson always insisted that a band played the riff (borrowed from Chic’s “Good Times”) that underpinned the song, but it’s always been suspected that she used an instrumental for “Rapper’s Delight,” and, in so doing, kick-started the movement toward sampling.

“She was really good on the artistic level,” said the Sugarhill
Gang’s Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright, “coming up with material and shaping lyrics and melodies into a song, not just a piece of music that’s five minutes long.”

After the success of “Rapper’s Delight,” the Robinsons built Sugar Hill Records into the premiere hip-hop imprint of the early ’80s. The roster included many of the budding movement’s biggest names: Funky Four Plus One, the Treacherous Three, the West Street Mob.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five put out “The Message” — the first successful rap disc that foregrounded social problems — through Sugar Hill Records. Robinson co-produced the moody recording, which is now recognized as one of the most important in the history of hip-hop.

The success with Sugar Hill Records was the culmination of a long career in the entertainment industry — scouting for acts, searching for new sounds, and daring to set up her own studios and labels. First
recording as Little Sylvia in the 1950s, she joined forces with Kentucky singer McHouston Baker, who taught her how to play the guitar. “Love is Strange,” the biggest Mickey & Sylvia hit, topped the R&B
charts in 1957.

The single shared many of the qualities of her Sugar Hill releases — it was immediate, sexy, raw, built around a catchy riff and vocal performances that radiated personality. The song would be re-recorded by Peaches & Herb, Buck Owens, and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, and prominently sampled by rapper B.o.B.

With her husband Joe, whom she married in 1964, she founded All Platinum Records in Englewood in 1968. Five years later, she recorded and released the racy “Pillow Talk,” another R&B No. 1, on their
Vibration imprint.

 

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The Co-Op Presents – Community Porperty [Listen & Download]

The Co-Op has done it again with the…

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The Co-Op has done it again with the release of the “crew” project Community Property.  They teamed up with a few producers and a good number of artists that they’ve worked with in the past to bring this beats and rhymes release.

Check out Kissing The Ring Produced by LexZyne Productions.

 

Here’s the entire Community Property for your listening and downloading pleasure.  The artists featured on this project are The Co-Op (New Jersey / DFW), Vicious Cycle (DFW), The Rapture (New Jersey, DFW), Money Stax (New Jersey, DFW), Monopoly (DFW), Rampage (DFW), Neeky Devero (DFW), Headkrack (Atlanta, NewYork, DFW), Word Life (DFW,New York), Dow Jonez (DFW), 7even:Thirty (DFW), Money Waters (DFW), Original Soul (DFW).

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A duo quite unlike the Hip-hop world has ever seen, The Co-Op (Conscience Operations) is back on the mic, renewing their vows to destroy any track in their path and make the world safe for dope MCs once again. Not only is this the clash of the sexes the rap world has been waiting for, but they also share a marriage license. Money Stax’ precise, scalpel sharp delivery is the perfect contrast to her husband The Rapture’s off kiter wordplay and unorthodox flow, making them the yin to each other’s yang on every track. With their LP, Mr. and Mrs. Spit, they explored a broad array of topics like love, hood life, world events, and the media over diverse soundscapes from DFW’s top-self underground producers. Both rappers have also branched off, with Money Stax being one half of the highly sought after female MC duo Vicious Cycle as well as her team-up with BX spitter Word Life for Monopoly. Rapture has also dropped his solo debut, The Point as well as an EP called RAMPAGE, with producer M Slago, and Dallas lyricists Dow Jonez and Word Life. Recently, the duo released a pair of high profile music videos produced by the groundbreaking Dallas production team, Ludus Studios, one for the smash hit “You People” by Money’s group Vicious Cycle feat. Neeky Devero, as well as The Co-Op’s highly anticipated comeback single “Rap Money”. Their stage presence is undeniable, having earned them oppertunities like performing at Rock The Bells 2011, and the right to share stages with legends like Raekwon, Ghostface, Pharoahe Monch, Homeboy Sandman, GURU (RIP), Slick Rick and more. Not only is The Co-Op dangerous on mics, they are also their own multimedia machine, recording, arranging, marketing, promoting,and executive producing all of their catalog, not to mention running their own websites, merchandising, and publishing. Conscience Operations is not just a rap group but a empire on the rise and their foundation (each other) just keeps getting stronger.

Free Music: A Free Dancehall Sensi One Hour Mix [Listen Now]

We know that a lot of people are new to Hip Hop…

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We know that a lot of people are new to Hip Hop and may not know that the musical aspect of the culture has many roots.  One of them just happens to be Reggae music.  Since the beginning of Hip Hop, Reggae music has played a very important role.  They actually heavily influenced each other.  Reggae music added a different element to Hip Hop and Hip Hop added a different element to Reggae.  If you don’t believe me go and listen to early Reggae, then fast forward to Dancehall music of the early 90’s and on and come back and let us know what you think.

That being said, you can consider Reggae / Dancehall a big part of Hip Hop.   Soooooooo we’re bringing you some more music to add to your collection.  Do your homework people!!

Listen then leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Wild Life – Ele Intro
Wild Life – Ganja Yard
Chezidek – Bun Di Ganja
Chezidek – Ganja Tree
Chuck Fender – Gwaan Plant
Richie Spice – Marijuana
Sizzla – Marijuana
Military Man – Ganja Delivery
Pressure – Ganja Make The World Go Round
Wenchman ls Crusher – Ganja Baby
Perfect – Ganja Spliff
Wayne Wonder ls Don Yute – Sensi Ride
Sizzla ls Tony Curtis – Ganja In My Brain
Buju Banton – Sensi Prosecution
Mitch – Gimme Some Of Dat Sensi
Anthony B – The Highest Grade
Cotti ls Cluekid – Sensi Dub
Bush Chemists – Northern Lights
Mad Professor ls Jah Shaka – Ecological
Wild Life – Ele Outro

Troy Davis’ Execution On September 21, 2011 Questionable

Georgia executed Troy Davis on Wednesday night…

JACKSON, Ga. – Georgia executed Troy Davis on Wednesday night for the murder of an off-duty police officer, a crime he denied committing right to the end as supporters around the world mourned and declared that an innocent man was put to death.

Defiant to the end, he told relatives of Mark MacPhail that his 1989 slaying was not his fault. “I did not have a gun,” he insisted.

“For those about to take my life,” he told prison officials, “may God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls.”

Davis was declared dead at 11:08 ET. The lethal injection began about 15 minutes earlier, after the Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour request for a stay.

The court did not comment on its order, which came about four hours after it received the request and more than three hours after the planned execution time.

Though Davis’ attorneys said seven of nine key witnesses against him disputed all or parts of their testimony, state and federal judges repeatedly ruled against granting him a new trial. As the court losses piled up Wednesday, his offer to take a polygraph test was rejected and the pardons board refused to give him one more hearing.

Davis’ supporters staged vigils in the U.S. and Europe, declaring “I am Troy Davis” on signs, T-shirts and the Internet. Some tried increasingly frenzied measures, urging prison workers to stay home and even posting a judge’s phone number online, hoping people will press him to put a stop to the lethal injection. President Barack Obama deflected calls for him to get involved.

“They say death row; we say hell no!” protesters shouted outside the Jackson prison where Davis was to be executed. In Washington, a crowd outside the Supreme Court yelled the same chant.

As many as 700 demonstrators gathered outside the prison as a few dozen riot police stood watch, but the crowd thinned as the night wore on and the outcome became clear. The scene turned eerily quiet as word of the high court’s decision spread, with demonstrators hugging, crying, praying, holding candles and gathering around Davis’ family.

Laura Moye of Amnesty International said the execution would be “the best argument for abolishing the death penalty.”

“The state of Georgia is about to demonstrate why government can’t be trusted with the power over life and death,” she said.

About 10 counterdemonstrators also were outside the prison, showing support for the death penalty and the family of Mark MacPhail, the man Davis was convicted of killing in 1989. MacPhail’s son and brother attended the execution.

“He had all the chances in the world,” his mother, Anneliese MacPhail, said of Davis in a telephone interview. “It has got to come to an end.”

At a Paris rally, many of the roughly 150 demonstrators carried signs emblazoned with Davis’ face. “Everyone who looks a little bit at the case knows that there is too much doubt to execute him,” Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International said at the protest.

Davis’ execution has been stopped three times since 2007, but on Wednesday the 42-year-old ran out of legal options.

As his last hours ticked away, an upbeat and prayerful Davis turned down an offer for a special last meal as he met with friends, family and supporters.

“Troy Davis has impacted the world,” his sister Martina Correia said at a news conference. “They say, `I am Troy Davis,’ in languages he can’t speak.”

His attorney Stephen Marsh said Davis would have spent part of Wednesday taking a polygraph test if pardons officials had taken his offer seriously.

“He doesn’t want to spend three hours away from his family on what could be the last day of his life if it won’t make any difference,” Marsh said.

Amnesty International says nearly 1 million people had signed a p

etition on Davis’ behalf. His supporters included former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, a former FBI director, the NAACP, several conservative figures and many celebrities, including hip-hop star Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.

“I’m trying to bring the word to the young people: There is too much doubt,” rapper Big Boi, of the Atlanta-based group Outkast, said at a church near the prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court gave Davis an unusual opportunity to prove his innocence in a lower court last year, though the high court itself did not hear the merits of the case.

He was convicted in 1991 of killing MacPhail, who was working as a security guard at the time. MacPhail rushed to the aid of a homeless man who prosecutors said Davis was bashing with a handgun after asking him for a beer. Prosecutors said Davis had a smirk on his face as he shot the officer to death in a Burger King parking lot in Savannah.

No gun was ever found, but prosecutors say shell casings were linked to an earlier shooting for which Davis was convicted.

Witnesses placed Davis at the crime scene and identified him as the shooter, but several of them have recanted their accounts and some jurors have said they’ve changed their minds about his guilt. Others have claimed a man who was with Davis that night has told people he actually shot the officer.

“Such incredibly flawed eyewitness testimony should never be the basis for an execution,” Marsh said. “To execute someone under these circumstances would be unconscionable.”

State and federal courts, however, have repeatedly upheld Davis’ conviction. One federal judge dismissed the evidence advanced by Davis’ lawyers as “largely smoke and mirrors.”

“He has had ample time to prove his innocence,” said MacPhail’s widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris. “And he is not innocent.”

The last motion filed by Davis’ attorneys in Butts County Court challenged testimony from two witnesses and disputed testimony from the expert who linked the shell casings to the earlier shooting involving Davis. Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson and the Georgia Supreme Court rejected the appeal, and prosecutors said the filing was just a delay tactic.

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A Georgia State Patrol trooper watches over demonstrators calling for Georgia state officials to halt the scheduled execution of convicted cop killer Troy Davis at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which helped lead the charge to stop the execution, said it considered asking Obama to intervene, even though he cannot grant Davis clemency for a state conviction.

Press secretary Jay Carney issued a statement saying that although Obama “has worked to ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system,” it was not appropriate for him “to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution.”

Dozens of protesters outside the White House called on the president to step in, and about 12 were arrested for disobeying police orders.

Davis was not the only U.S. inmate put to death Wednesday evening. In Texas, white supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer was put to death for the 1998 dragging death of a black man, James Byrd Jr., one of the most notorious hate crime murders in recent U.S. history.

Davis’ best chance may have come last year, in a hearing ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. It was the first time in 50 years that justices had considered a request to grant a new trial for a death row inmate.

The high court set a tough standard for Davis to exonerate himself, ruling that his attorneys must “clearly establish” Davis’ innocence — a higher bar to meet than prosecutors having to prove guilt. After the hearing judge ruled in prosecutors’ favor, the justices didn’t take up the case.

The execution drew widespread criticism in Europe, where politicians and activists made last-minute pleas for a stay.

Spencer Lawton, the district attorney who secured Davis’ conviction in 1991, said he was embarrassed for the judicial system — not because of the execution, but because it took so long to carry out.

“What we have had is a manufactured appearance of doubt which has taken on the quality of legitimate doubt itself. And all of it is exquisitely unfair,” said Lawton, who retired as Chatham County’s head prosecutor in 2008. “The good news is we live in a civilized society where questions like this are decided based on fact in open and transparent courts of law, and not on street corners.”

Source:  CBS News

Ice-T Not On Board With Today’s Average Hip Hop

Ice-T is not pleased with modern hip-hop…

Ice-T is not pleased with modern hip-hop. Not the blinged out jewelry, not the shiny cars and not the lyrics about strippers (actually, we’re just guessing about that last part, but it seems to fit). The rapper spoke with Vibe recently and he had some words for contemporary rappers.

“I want to see some little motherfuckers get together like a Public Enemy and give these fools a wake up call like, ‘Fuck this jewelry and cars bullshit,’ and bring it back to Armageddon! Don’t get it twisted– the people that are making music now, I’m not mad at them. People think I’m mad at pop music (but) I’m not. I’m just saying the conscious music is lacking. There’s no roots… Where are those kids that are gonna come out and really push the envelope? N.W.A did ‘Fuck tha Police,’ we were going hard, we were getting arrested. Now everybody is trying to stay in their nice little safe bubble and I miss the edgy music. That’s all I’m saying. Saying you sell drugs, that’s not edgy to me, let’s talk about some issues.”

So basically all you rappers out there need to infuse a little deeper meaning in your rhymes. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing. Ice-T did mention one current hip-hop artist he thinks is doing it right. “Lupe Fiasco does it,” he told Vibe. “I’ve listened to some of his stuff. He’s not afraid.”

Troy Davis: The Execution Based On Proven Un-Truths (09/21/11)

So a man is going to be executed, murdered, in fact…

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“To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.” — Desmond Tutu

Unless something God-like and miraculous happens, Troy Davis, 42, is going to be executed tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at 7 p.m., by lethal injection at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia.

Let me say up front I feel great sorrow for the family of Mark MacPhail, the police officer who was shot and murdered on August 19, 1989. I cannot imagine the profound pain they’ve shouldered for 22 angst-filled years, hoping, waiting, and praying for some semblance of justice. Officer MacPhail will never come back to life, his wife, his two children, and his mother will never see him again. Under that sort of emotional and spiritual duress, I can imagine why they are convinced Troy Davis is the murderer of their beloved son, husband, and father.

But, likewise, I feel great sorrow for Troy Davis and his family. I don’t know if Mr. Davis murdered Officer MacPhail or not. What I do know is that there is no DNA evidence linking him to the crime, that seven of nine witnesses have either recanted or contradicted their original testimonies tying him to the act, and that a gentleman named Sylvester “Redd” Coles is widely believed to be the actual trigger-man. But no real case against Mr. Coles has ever been pursued.

So a man is going to be executed, murdered, in fact, under a dark cloud of doubt in a nation, ours, that has come to practice executions as effortlessly as we breath.

Be it Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, governor of Texas, and the 234 executions that have occurred under his watch (that fact was cheered loudly at a recent Republican debate), or the 152 executions when George W. Bush was governor of that state, we are a nation of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life. Spiraling so far out of control that we are going to execute someone who may actually be innocent tomorrow.

I say we because the blood of Officer MacPhail and Troy Davis will be on the hands of us all. We Americans who fail to use our individual and collective voices to deal with the ugliness in our society that leads to violence in the first place, be they for economic crimes or because some of us have simply been driven mad by the pressures of trying to exist in a world that often marginalizes or rejects us. Thus our solution for many problems often becomes force, or violence. But it has long since been proven that the death penalty or capital punishment is not a deterrent, contrary to some folks’ beliefs. Murders continue to happen every single day in America, as commonplace as apple pie, football, and Ford trucks.

http://phillisremastered.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/troy_davis.jpg?w=200&h=200I also say we because it is startling to me that Troy Davis could be on death row for twenty years, have his guilt be under tremendous doubt, yet, save a few dedicated souls and organizations, there has not been a mass movement of support to save his life, to end the death penalty, not by well-meaning black folks, not by well-meaning white folks, not by well-meaning folks of any stripe, and certainly not by influential black folks who represent the corridors of power in places like Atlanta, with the exception of, say, Congressman John Lewis.

You wonder what the outcome of the parole board decision would have been if black churches in Atlanta and other parts of Georgia, for example, had joined this cause to end the death penalty in America years back, if black leaders had launched a sustained action much in the way their religious and spiritual foremothers and forefathers had done two generations before?

What could have been different if more Georgia ministers had the courage of Atlanta’s Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, pastor of the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church once helmed by Dr. King? Dr. Warnock has been steadfast and outspoken, yet seemingly out there alone in his support of Troy Davis. I mean if there is ever a time for black churches to practice a relevant ministry, as Dr. King once urged, is it not when a seeming injustice like the Troy Davis matter is right in front of our faces? When so many black males are locked up in America’s prisons? What is the point, really, of having a “men’s ministry” at your church if it is not addressing one of the major problems of the 21st century, that of the black male behind bars? Especially in a society, America, that incarcerates more people than any other nation on earth.

And you wonder how the five-person Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole that, paradoxically, includes two black males, including the head of the board, must feel. Had it not been for past legal injustices, like the Scottsboro Boys case of the 1930s or the vicious killing of Emmett Till in the 1950s, there would not have been a Civil Rights Movement, nor the placement of blacks in places to balance the scales of justice, like that Georgia Parole Board. While I certainly do not think any black person should get a pass just because they are black, I do think, if you are an aware black man, somewhere in your psyche has to be some residual memory of black males being lynched in America, of black male after black male being sent to jail, or given the death penalty, under often flimsy charges and evidence. If there is a reasonable doubt, keep the case open until there is ultimate certainty.

Finally, it is incredibly ironic and tragic that this is happening while our first black president is sitting in the White House. We, America, like to pat ourselves on the back and say job well done whenever there is a shred of racial or social progress in our fair nation. But then we habitually figure out ways to take one, two, several steps back, with this Troy Davis execution, with the rise of the Tea Party and its thinly-veiled racial paranoia politics, to push America right back to the good old says of segregation, Jim Crow, brute hatred of those who are different, while social inequalities run rampant like rats in the night.

And if you think Troy Davis’ cause celebre has nothing to do with Jim Crow, then either you’ve not been to an American prison lately, or you simply are blind. I’ve been to many, across our country, and they are filled to the brim with mostly black and Latino males (and some poor white males), including the majority of folks sitting on death row.

For sure, given my background of poverty, a single mother, an absent father, and violence and great economic despair in my childhood and teen years, but for the grace of God I could be one of those young black or Latino males languishing in jail at this very moment. I could be, indeed, Troy Davis.

So I cannot simply view the Troy Davis case and execution as solely about the killing of Officer MacPhail. Yes, an injustice was done, a killing occurred, and I pray the truth really comes out one day.

But I am just as concerned about America’s soul, of the morality tales we are text-messaging to ourselves, to the world, as we move Troy Davis from his cell one last time, to that room where a needle will blast death into his veins, suck the air from his throat, snatch life from his eyes.

While the family of Mr. Davis and the family of Officer MacPhail converge, one final time, to witness a death in progress —

Now two men will be dead, Officer MacPhail and Troy Davis, linked, forever, by the misfortune of our confusion, stereotypes, finger-pointing, and history of passing judgment without having every shred of the facts. I am Officer MacPhail, I am Troy Davis, and so are you. And you. And you, too.

And as my mother would say, have mercy on us all, Lawd, for we know not what we do.

Kevin Powell is an activist and public speaker based in Brooklyn, New York. A nationally acclaimed writer, Kevin is also the author or editor of 10 books. His 11th, “Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: And Other Blogs and Essays,” will be published January 2012. Email him at kevin_powell, or follow him on Twitter @kevin_powell.

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Source: Huffington Post

KRS One Talks “Real Terrorism” And Gets Banned

Hip-hop legend KRS-One has found himself embroiled…

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Hip-hop legend KRS-One has found himself embroiled in more controversy behind his “underground viewpoint” and outspoken nature. This latest incident involves the video for the track “Real Terrorism.” The rather graphic video for the politically charged song (featuring new artist Greenie) has become one of the few music videos to be banned from YouTube. Evidently, its explicit wartime imagery was declared “too shocking” for viewers.

WATCH THE CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO HERE:

 

There’s no coincidence that this ban occurred during a very vulnerable time for many Americans. The 10-year anniversary of the attacks on September 11th mark a period of mourning and reflection for many in the US where criticism of American policies may even be considered sign of disrespect.  Regardless, rapper Greenie explains:

“The song tells the truth about the United States, its massacres, and the terrorist acts our government has committed around the world. The photos used in the video are just actual historic records and are important educational materials for all to see. I am shocked that YouTube allows silliness, sex, and pop rap — but not this important material.”

This isn’t the first time the “Teacha’s” uninhibited speech have hit a nerve. KRS triggered a wave of controversy when we was quoted as saying “we cheered when 9/11 happened” during a panel discussion hosted by The New Yorker in 2004. Clarifying his statement via AllHipHop.com, KRS said:

“I was asked about why Hip Hop has not engaged the current situation more (meaning 9/11), my response was “because it does not affect us, or at least we don’t perceive that it affects us, 9/11 happened to them… I am speaking for the culture now; I am not speaking my personal opinion.” I continued to say; “9/11 affected them down the block; the rich, the powerful those that are oppressing us as a culture. Sony, RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations, Clear Channel, Viacom with BET and MTV, those are our oppressors, those are the people that we’re trying to overcome in Hip Hop everyday, this is a daily thing.”

“We cheered when 9/11 happened in New York and say that proudly here. Because when we were down at the Trade Center we were getting hit over the head by cops, told that we can’t come in this building, hustled down to the train station because of the way we dressed and talked, and so on, we were racially profiled. So, when the planes hit the building we were like, “mmmm, justice.” And just as I began to say, “Now of course a lot of our friends and family were lost there as well” I was interrupted…

“Real Terrorism”, the video YouTube deemed unfit for their audience, can still be viewed by way of Vimeo.

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Common Talks To Wendy Williams About Erykah Badu

Common is dishing out personal parts of his life including…

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Common Says Erykah Badu Broke His Heart.

Rapper Common is dishing out personal parts of his life including details of his two year relationship with Erykah Badu. The Chi-town emcee recently taped an episode of The Wendy Williams show where he revealed that the seductive songstress broke his heart when she ended their relationship. The rapper who recently released his “One Day, It’ll All Make Sense” autobiography, tells Williams that he got a phone call from the woman he dated from 2000-2002 saying it was over. “She handed it to me. I was in my hotel room on tour and …she called me and was like, ‘Hey, I don’t wanna be in this relationship no more. I’m liking somebody else.

http://comeonelleen.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/badu.jpg?w=197&h=210That was my first love and my first heartbreak.” He also adds however that he and Badu are still friends and there are no hard feelings. “It taught me a lot of things, and when it happened I kinda really got into myself and really learned about myself and I was able to move on, and now me and E is real cool.” Badu previously dated and had her first child with Outkast’s Andre 3000 before having a child with rapper the D.O.C. in 2004, and a third child with rapper Jay Electronica in 2009. Before leaving the show Common also made mention of his most recent old flame Serena Williams saying, “We’re just friends now”.

 

Source: HipHop Wired

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Mos Def Plans To Retire In 2012

Mos Def is to retire his long-time…

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Mos Def is to retire his long-time performing alias at the end of this year. “It’s time to expand and move on,” the rapper said, explaining that he will start calling himself Yasiin.

“I’m actually doing it,” Mos Def told MTV. “That’s it. Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years, it’s a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment, and I feel I’ve done quite a bit with that name. [But] it’s time to expand and move on.”

This is a big change for the musician and actor, born Dante Smith. Even his earliest releases, as a member of Urban Thermo Dynamics, most definitely bore his nickname. “Yes, Mos Def is the handle,” he shouted on De La Soul’s Stakes Is High (Remix), in 1996. “Try to test [me] and get suppressed like a government scandal.” The name even followed him on to the silver screen, where Mos Def has appeared in films such as Be Kind Rewind and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Yasiin is a name in the Qur’an’s 36th surah, one of its most important verses. The rapper converted to Islam in his teens. “[I don’t want] to deal [any more] with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as,” Mos Def said.

His fourth solo album, The Ecstatic, was released in 2009

Source: The Guardian – UK

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New Music: Bodega Brovas – We Got It [Video]

The Bodega Brovas are ready to unleash their…

 

The Bodega Brovas are ready to unleash their Fancy Anthrax mixtape mixed by DJ Fisher Pryce on September 13th via HiPNOTT Records as a precursor to their official HiPNOTT debut, Loaded Guns & Alcohol, dropping in October. To prep for the release Travii, Keynote and Headkrack put together a wild video for the single “We Got It”produced by Twiz The Beat Pro. Check out how three MC’s from three different parts of the country come together to make a video that demonstrates how much fun they have making dope Hip Hop together. Director Teddy Cool made “We Got It” a perfect video representation of Hip Hop having a good time. Be sure to check out the Bodega Brovas’Fancy Anthrax mixtape on September 13th for more fresh Hip Hop like “We Got It.”

Bodega Brovas – We Got It[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zi5BR9yvis’]

 

Do you think the Bodega Brovas should team up with LexZyne Productions again for a joint or two on their upcoming project?

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