"I'll get a pen, a pencil, a marker
Mainly what I write is for the average New Yorker
Some emcees be talkin and talkin
Tryin to show how black people are walkin
But I don't +Walk This Way+ to portray
or reinforce stereotypes of today
like all my brothers eat chicken and watermelon
talk broken English and drug sellin
See I'm tellin, and teaching real facts
The way some act in rap is kind of wack
and it lacks creativity and intelligence
but they don't care cause the company is sellin it"
1.) Boogie Down Productions - "My Philosophy"
2.) Boogie Down Productions - "You Must Learn"
3.) Boogie Down Productions - "Love's Gonna Get 'Cha (Material Love)"
4.) Boogie Down Productions - "Jack of Spades"
5.) Boogie Down Productions - "Duck Down"
6.) Boogie Down Productions - "I'm Still #1 (Live)"
7.) Boogie Down Productions - "The Bridge Is Over"
8.) Boogie Down Productions - "We In There"
9.) Boogie Down Productions - "Why Is That?"
10.) Boogie Down Productions feat. Jamalski (Live 1990)
You're undoubtedly weary of hearing about POTUS 45 by now. Many of us are equally tired of writing about his stupid, divisive, embarrassing comments at public appearances and on social media. A day without Donny sticking his foot in his mouth would be a great day for this country and would certainly raise the esteem of the United States in the rest of the world. That's all it would take -- a single 24 hour period without this buffoon opening his mouth and making us all look like jackasses. Unfortunately he dragged us right back into the mud last Friday with his "son of a bitch" remarks at an Alabama rally for Luther Strange, who must now regret that his event was hijacked by an unpredictable and reckless President who once again managed to make himself the focus of attention -- and nothing strokes Donny's ego more than that.
Even as Puerto Rico suffers a humanitarian crisis POTUS 45 continued to bash athletes who protest his Presidency by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. This really shouldn't come as a surprise though as Trump is more interested in bad mouthing a black sports reporter who called him out on social media as a white supremacist than in doing the actual business of being President of the United States. It should go without saying that she (like the NFL players who take a knee) has the unqualified 1st Amendment guarantee to say whatever they want about a sitting President, because all Presidents swear under oath to PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION including ALL of its amendments. That means Jamele Hill is allowed to criticize you Donny, as well as Colin Kaepernick and any other "son of a bitch" you don't like.
At some point the madness of Donny the Lunatic has to come to an end, but none of us can see when or where that moment will come, so long as his own party refuses to question him and his outrageous behavior. Even as he inches us closer at every passing moment to an actual NUCLEAR WAR with North Korea, no one seems to be willing to reign in his unlimited ability to run his mouth. That freedom he reserves only for himself and no one else -- particularly if you happen to be black, transgender, or an immigrant to the U.S. He is not upholding the duties of a President and has even had to coin the term Modern Day Presidential to justify his abdication of the moral authority the office commands.
Very few people have ever made me fondly wish for the days of George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan, but our "Modern Day Presidential" POTUS makes me want them back. Both seemed to care about more than the headlines they could make by insulting everyone, and both recognized that absolute power also requires temperance in attitude and action. Even their follies and mistakes came with admittance of their failures and apologies to those whom they had hurt. POTUS 45 never apologizes to anyone, for anything, and never will. Donny is a broken record that will just keep on skipping.
Here is "Ashley's Roachclip" by The Soul Searchers for you to cast an ear upon before we go to "Who Sampled It Better" results for the latest round of voting.
To be honest I was stunned that one of the four entries received ZERO votes. I rate "Jack the Ripper" as one of my all time favorite LL Cool J songs -- right up there with "Rock the Bells," "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Radio" among others. I also felt that "Jack the Ripper" had some qualities the other entrants didn't in terms of the creativity to how "Ashley's Roachclip" was sampled. So many people just take the drum break at the three minute mark (heard prominently in the winner's song) but Rick Rubin really sliced and diced up the source material in a flavorful way.
I think the song is hurt in some respects though by being a "cassette only" bonus track from "Walking With a Panther," and that album in particular being regarded by some as LL's "soft" rap album. Frankly there's nothing soft about "Jack the Ripper" and the album in general has aged well with time -- but not nearly as well as the hip-hop classic that won the vote hands down.
N: Check out the Kivenchy directed music video for Nkosane's single, "Doin The Most." Nkosane describes the visual, "Sugar Hill to the Bluff... When you in your bag and there is nothing they can do." Stay tuned for his debut project titled, "M.O.D."
Josh: Datgum is a protest song written to reflect the current struggle of Black people and people of color in America against white supremacy. The term "Datgum" itself is a euphemism that is used to express anger or shock.
Wes: WAJU along side the previously mentioned, Kyle the Hooligan, succeeded in debuting second hit single "4 Me” on MILK Magazine, which claims the recently released track is a “real, raw, honest window into someone’s life, and that makes it all the more impactful." Today, WAJU is thrilled to share the singles enigmatic visual counterpart in the form of an official music video.
MTC: Shot entirely on an Apple IPHONE 6, "Miss Music" is an artistic visual representation of Music; Jamaican Music that isn't directly and overtly Reggae Music. The sentiments, words, and flows are what make Jamaican music... well, Jamaican. Music is a process of evolution...and so, she evolves.
Audio: Oren Major - "Ghetto Hymns" (prod. by Squae Wicked)
Chris: Atlanta, GA recording artist Oren Major drops off "Ghetto Hymns" the second single from his upcoming project, "Black Privilege" (Release Date TBA). The piece showcases Oren's penetrating lyrical composition and ability to offer a refreshing mix of honesty and melody over a soulful 808 infused choir backdrop produced by Squae Wicked.
Video: Too $hort Sold 500k Albums After Rumor He Got Shot in the Crack House
Vlad: Legendary Bay Area Rapper Too Short stopped by VladTV for an exclusive interview chronicling his iconic career. In this Clip, Too $hort discusses his early days, remembering his debut album and the success it achieved despite very little promotion from the label. He also recalls his process for making albums, sending finished albums to the label before he was given a budget, securing the front and back end of his money.
Video: Radio B - "Sunday's Best Visual Series (Episode 1)"
RB12: After releasing the much acclaimed Sunday's Best EP (Available on all digital platforms) which received great fan reception and reviews from the likes of Revolt TV, The Cheats Movement, Medium and more. Radio B has decided to expand on the project with a visual series directed by Mr. Good Evening. One of the maker of "Ghetto The Series", which has also received high acclaim.