Blast It Or Trash It: The Truth – Blacwater ft Shark Sinatra & Balance

The Truth’ single features Bay Area lyricists Shark Sinatra and Balance…

Draztik (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Silence DemALL (San Jose/Oakland, California) are BLACWATER! The First of it’s kind collaboration- between an African producer and an US artist- releases their 2nd video off their untitled EP.

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‘The Truth’ single features Bay Area lyricists Shark Sinatra and Balance.

Directed By Silence Demall.

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A Letter To Hip Hoppers: This Is What’s Killing Your Generation

I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 199…


After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.

Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.

The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future. Among the attendees was a small group of unfamiliar faces who stayed to themselves and made no attempt to socialize beyond their circle. Based on their behavior and formal appearances, they didn’t seem to be in our industry. Our casual chatter was interrupted when we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement preventing us from publicly discussing the information presented during the meeting. Needless to say, this intrigued and in some cases disturbed many of us. The agreement was only a page long but very clear on the matter and consequences which stated that violating the terms would result in job termination. We asked several people what this meeting was about and the reason for such secrecy but couldn’t find anyone who had answers for us. A few people refused to sign and walked out. No one stopped them. I was tempted to follow but curiosity got the best of me. A man who was part of the “unfamiliar” group collected the agreements from us.

Quickly after the meeting began, one of my industry colleagues (who shall remain nameless like everyone else) thanked us for attending. He then gave the floor to a man who only introduced himself by first name and gave no further details about his personal background. I think he was the owner of the residence but it was never confirmed. He briefly praised all of us for the success we had achieved in our industry and congratulated us for being selected as part of this small group of “decision makers”. At this point I begin to feel slightly uncomfortable at the strangeness of this gathering. The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our active involvement. He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I didn’t know what a private prison was but I wasn’t the only one. Sure enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons. It was also made clear to us that since these prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, we’d be able to buy shares. Most of us were taken back by this. Again, a couple of people asked what this had to do with us. At this point, my industry colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn’t dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is this a f****** joke?” At this point things became chaotic. Two of the men who were part of the “unfamiliar” group grabbed the man who shouted out and attempted to remove him from the house. A few of us, myself included, tried to intervene. One of them pulled out a gun and we all backed off. They separated us from the crowd and all four of us were escorted outside. My industry colleague who had opened the meeting earlier hurried out to meet us and reminded us that we had signed agreement and would suffer the consequences of speaking about this publicly or even with those who attended the meeting. I asked him why he was involved with something this corrupt and he replied that it was bigger than the music business and nothing we’d want to challenge without risking consequences. We all protested and as he walked back into the house I remember word for word the last thing he said, “It’s out of my hands now. Remember you signed an agreement.” He then closed the door behind him. The men rushed us to our cars and actually watched until we drove off.

A million things were going through my mind as I drove away and I eventually decided to pull over and park on a side street in order to collect my thoughts. I replayed everything in my mind repeatedly and it all seemed very surreal to me. I was angry with myself for not having taken a more active role in questioning what had been presented to us. I’d like to believe the shock of it all is what suspended my better nature. After what seemed like an eternity, I was able to calm myself enough to make it home. I didn’t talk or call anyone that night. The next day back at the office, I was visibly out of it but blamed it on being under the weather. No one else in my department had been invited to the meeting and I felt a sense of guilt for not being able to share what I had witnessed. I thought about contacting the 3 others who wear kicked out of the house but I didn’t remember their names and thought that tracking them down would probably bring unwanted attention. I considered speaking out publicly at the risk of losing my job but I realized I’d probably be jeopardizing more than my job and I wasn’t willing to risk anything happening to my family. I thought about those men with guns and wondered who they were? I had been told that this was bigger than the music business and all I could do was let my imagination run free. There were no answers and no one to talk to. I tried to do a little bit of research on private prisons but didn’t uncover anything about the music business’ involvement. However, the information I did find confirmed how dangerous this prison business really was. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. Eventually, it was as if the meeting had never taken place. It all seemed surreal. I became more reclusive and stopped going to any industry events unless professionally obligated to do so. On two occasions, I found myself attending the same function as my former colleague. Both times, our eyes met but nothing more was exchanged.

As the months passed, rap music had definitely changed direction. I was never a fan of it but even I could tell the difference. Rap acts that talked about politics or harmless fun were quickly fading away as gangster rap started dominating the airwaves. Only a few months had passed since the meeting but I suspect that the ideas presented that day had been successfully implemented. It was as if the order has been given to all major label executives. The music was climbing the charts and most companies when more than happy to capitalize on it. Each one was churning out their very own gangster rap acts on an assembly line. Everyone bought into it, consumers included. Violence and drug use became a central theme in most rap music. I spoke to a few of my peers in the industry to get their opinions on the new trend but was told repeatedly that it was all about supply and demand. Sadly many of them even expressed that the music reinforced their prejudice of minorities.

I officially quit the music business in 1993 but my heart had already …Read The Rest By Clicking Here




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Dres (Blacksheep) & Jarobi (ATCQ) Bring Native Tongues Back To The Forefront

Dres of Black Sheep and Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest have joined..

While Q-Tip and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest continue their 20-year tradition of bickering like an old married couple, and Posdnuos and Dave of De La Soul quietly separate themselves from third plug Maseo and pursue their arguably ill-conceived concept project, First Serve, two members of the illustrious Native Tongues collective are actually stepping past petty differences and working together to move their historic crew’s legacy forward.

Dres of Black Sheep and Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest have joined forces as evitaN (Native spelled backwards) to show that men of a certain age can still rip it and that the Native Tongues need to once again be officially reinstated. Speed Of Life (dropping digitally June 26th) will hopefully do the aforementioned as well as leave millions of Hip Hop listeners’ jaws dropped upon hearing the formal rhyming debut of Tribe’s longtime non-rapping fourth member, who arguably outshines his Black Sheep partner.

With a bevy of recordings so strong recently released buzz cuts – “Who Is This,” “The 3 Kings” featuring Sadat X, “P.T.I.” and “Give It To Me” – will not make the cut to the album’s final tracklisting, Dres and Jarobi’s debut as a duo (alongside additional appearances from Rah Digga, Havoc of Mobb Deep, Homeboy Sandman, and the esteemed Dean of Funk University, Bootsy Collins) is shaping up to be the type of crew project long starved Native fans have been hungering for.

HipHopDX caught up with Dres and Jarobi late yesterday (May 30th), right before an evening studio session, to chop it up about their new union. Jarobi (who was coming from his day gig as a Chef serving up pan-European cuisine at August restaurant in New York City’s West Village) and Dres (who surely spent a good portion of his day teaching his toddler-age son how to grip a mic properly – as seen at the end of this clip) got on some grown-man discussion with DX about their evolution into evitaN, Chi-Ali’s plans as a soon-to-be free man, and just what all of it means for the greatest group of groups in Hip Hop history.

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HipHopDX: I gotta jump things off by asking you Jarobi about your progression as an emcee. ‘Cause that guy on that demo version of “Scenario” and that guy rippin’ it on “Give It To Me” ain’t the same guy.

Jarobi: [Laughs]

DX: [Laughs] So what happened, man, to get you to this point?

Jarobi: Dres. I can’t say that I’ve been rhyming the whole way through [the last 20 years] because I haven’t been. I’m not gonna lie to you, I started to do a project in like ’96 but besides then I hadn’t really touched a pen until September of last year.

And, I don’t know, [those new rhymes are] just where my mind is at. Like, I didn’t know what I was gonna do when I came in here [to the studio], and this is the stuff that came out.

DX: Now, Dres, you told SOHH, “Jarobi might wind up being the dopest emcee in A Tribe Called Quest.” Better than Q-Tip? You ready to call it?

Dres: I mean, granted, the body of work isn’t as extensive, but this is my word, I think if you take two debuts and put them next to each other, he’s clearly in front of him.

And I think given the opportunity to amass a similar amount of work – and we’re talking strictly lyrically, strictly as an emcee – I think that it would definitely be in the eye of the beholder, it would definitely be up to the consumer to judge for themselves. But me personally, I think Jarobi has something that I think neither Tip nor Phife [Dawg] possess.

And don’t get it twisted, they’re incredible emcees, and dope brothers – Those are my brothers [and so] I’m saying this internally as it relates to family. But at the end of the day, in Michael Jordan’s family it was his brothers and him. And though we might not of seen his brother play, he was able to call if for what he felt it to be. And, I’m calling it for what I see it to be. I would see it, as far as a debut goes, Jarobi is literally light years ahead of them.

And given the opportunity I think he’ll be able to surpass the great feats that they’ve accomplished lyrically. I think he’s an incredible emcee. He’s massively intelligent, which is one of the reasons why I even asked him to do the project. I’ve known Jarobi for a long time and he’s always been a sharp brother, always. He’s an intricate brother. And he’s a thinker. He thinks about what he says before he speaks. And having been on stage for 20 years, I knew he had to be soulful. So it felt like a no-brainer to me. And [that intuition] proved to be 110% correct.

DX: I don’t wanna rehash too much history, but I gotta ask you Jarobi, can you clarify once and forever whether you voluntarily had your slated verses for The Low End Theory cut or if Tip pulled ‘em off the album and that’s what made you bounce?

Jarobi: That’s what people think; people think stuff like that? No, I voluntarily left. And, I can’t even really say that I left, I just kinda like took a back seat – like, way, way, way in the back.

It was never a situation like, “You’re out the group.” Or it was never a situation where it was like, “I’m leaving the group.” That was never the case. I had other interests. And, I didn’t make the decision to pull my verses off [The Low End Theory] album, but that was the correct decision to make. Because, I wouldn’t have been around to do shows and support it anyway. So that was the correct decision to make.

I saw [Q-Tip] yesterday. So as far as any problems or shit like that, that’s fucking ridiculous. He’s been one of my biggest supporters of me being here in New York. Like, real talk, he’s holding me down.

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DX: You mentioned 20 years ago you had other interests. In the just-released video for evitaN’s “Who Is This” we see you grindin’ at your day gig as a chef. Was culinary school already in your sights before you left the microphone alone or did that come into the picture after?

Jarobi: Oh no, I only wanted to do two things in my life and that’s cook and do music.

And I’m ultra-blessed and ultra-fortunate to be able to do that. When I left the Hip Hop scene initially people were like, “Oh, you’re fucking insane, dude. Look what you’re walking away from.” But, a lot of those same people, my contemporaries, 20 years later I definitely have a [skilled trade] and those people are struggling to figure out what their next move is gonna be. So at the end of the day, I definitely feel vindicated, and I feel like I’m really, really, really smart for [having gone to culinary school].

And plus, the other thing about it too, if I woulda kept going [with music], we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now. People wouldn’t be as interested as they are in what’s going on [with me].

Dres: Sometimes we gotta go through what we gotta go through to be where we’re at. I was thinking about the same thing with me and [Mista] Lawnge [of Black Sheep]. ‘Cause if me and Lawnge [didn’t have our issues, me and Jarobi] wouldn’t be here [today as evitaN]. And this is my word, I feel so confident of us being in the right place right now in our lives [that] I’d much rather be here than be on the back-side of a successful Black Sheep career. I’d much rather be here.

DX: Now, Dres, I think you already answered this question, but did you know about Jarobi’s standing as an emcee – that he hadn’t picked up the pen in years – before you asked him to come record an EP for your label, Bum Rush, or were you trying to pull him out of his shell on the mic?

Dres: Um, well, I asked Jarobi maybe a year or two ago did he have anything. Like, initially it was gonna be an EP. It was gonna be five songs. And I was like, “Do you have anything I can listen [to]?” ‘Cause I kinda wanted to gauge where he was at for myself. But, I knew innately that this kid has something to say. And [I also knew that] it’s probably gonna be pretty fly that …Read The Rest By Clicking Here


Source: HipHopDX

Turn Your Speakers Way Up: Hand Me Downs – Soul Position

In 2006 the group issued their second album, Things…

Each a respected artist on the individual level, DJ RJD2  and MC Blueprint first came together as Soul Position in 2001 in Columbus, OH. In 2002 they released a six-song EP, Unlimited, which was followed the next year by the full-length8 Million Stories on the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label.  In 2006 the group issued their second album, Things Go Better with RJ and Al.

~ Marisa Brown, Rovi


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Blast It Or Trash It: Classic Hits – Blame One

Blame One drops another joint off the album Endurance…

The fam, Blame One (@BlameOne) drops another joint off the album, Endurance.   Not pretending to be anyone but himself, Blame One hails from sunny San Diego California (for those that don’t know).

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Classic Hits is produced by Jsupreme and the video is by Tekktron Films.  Cop more Blame One music by clicking here.


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[New Music] Doodlebug Ft. DOR – Shine (Official Video)

Doodlebug (Digable Planets) has been putting out music…

Yes… hip-hop in its rawest form, dope beats and rhymes is still here.  Doodlebug (Digable Planets) has been putting out music for a minute that you may have missed.  This is a good chance to jump BACK on board and catch up.

And yes… LexZyne Productions has cultured a dope working relationship with Doodlebug and DJ Alex J. to bring more good music to the forefront.  STAY TUNED.  The revolution will not be televised, but it WILL beat on your eardrums if you listen!

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Official Music Video for the track “Shine (u can’t stop the)” off of Doodlebug Feat DOR’s album “Futuristic Sci-Fi” released on Soulspazm/Fat Beats.  Available now if you click here.

Directed by Justin Gelinas
Cinematography by Jon Rowe
Music produced by DJ Alex J. // Alex J. Muzik (ASCAP)

Turn Your Speakers Way Up: The La La Song – Bodega Brovas

The Bodega Brovas get in touch with their softer side with…

The Bodega Brovas get in touch with their softer side with this new track off their upcoming mixtape Super Future Retro Let’s Go. Shot while on tour in Europe, Headkrack, Travii and Keynote filmed the video to “The La La Song” which samples Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour”. The mixtape, Super Future Retro Let’s Go, dropping sooner than you think followed by their highly anticipated album Loaded Guns & Alcohol on HiPNOTT Records.

Bodega’s mixtape, Fancy Anthrax: Pre-Loaded Guns & Alcohol, is currently out now on iTunes and compact disc via HiPNOTT Records.


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This video was directed by Bodega Brovas member Headkrack.  This is raw hip hop at work again.  LexZyne Productions had the opportunity to build a relationship and work with the Bodega Bovas on a few really dope tracks.  You can check the relate links down below to find more music from them.

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Local Emcee Helps Breathe Life Into Hip Hop

Because they’re from Idaho they don’t think they can make it…

One of the biggest challenges that rapper Matt Queen sees with Idaho’s hip-hop talent: Because they’re from Idaho they don’t think they can make it.

Queen, performing as OlyGhost, wants to change that by creating a local scene for the musical genre.

Tonight a dozen Idaho artists will perform at the Friday Night MICS Idaho Tour No. 2 in Twin Falls. For performers from around the state, this is the halfway point of the tour’s second leg.

The tour began in February and will stretch until August, ending in Ontario, Ore.

“The buzz has been really big,” said Joe Garcia, a Magic Valley hip-hop artist. “We’ve also been hit up for shows in California and Nevada.”

Garcia, aka Joey Bravo, is a hip-hop artist for LSD (Lyrical Sound Demons), emcees for Illest*Lyricists and DJ’s for KTPZ. Queen, the tour’s mastermind, approached Bravo to help promote and organize the event.

“We wanted to help everyone, all artists, gather together and bring awareness to the area about hip-hop and that it is here,” Garcia said.

Queen and Garcia both said the drive behind the tours has been to spotlight the genre and help local talent make a name not only for themselves but also for the area.

Tonight’s performance will be the tour’s only all-ages event.

“We’re having the show a week before school gets out, so it will be kind of an end-of-the-year bash,” Queen said. “We have a big following from the younger crowd, but a problem we face is that we can’t always find a venue for all ages.”

While none of the shows are vulgar in general, Garcia said, lyrics will be toned down for the younger spectators.

“We get people asking all the time when we are going to do an all-ages show,” he said. “This will be really great for them.”

The Twin Falls venue, 360 Main Event Center, also offers a bigger space and opportunities to play with lighting which will create a more visually appealing show.

“We have some cool stuff in store,” Garcia said. “The stage presence is going to be great.”

Queen hopes this show will steer younger listeners away from negative influences and give them something to do, motivating them to get off the streets and be the artist they see on stage.

Last year eight artists performed, and the tour not…

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