Hip Hop

The Passion of Nicki Minaj – The New York Times

This is the Nikki Minaj I understand. This the flavor that coated glass covered hills African Diasporan immigrants climbed in the past, present, and future if needed.

“She pointed my way, her extended arm all I could see other than the diamonds glinting in her ears. This wasn’t over yet. ‘‘That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?’’ she asked. ‘‘Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?’’ she continued. ‘‘To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.’’ She called me ‘‘rude’’ and ‘‘a troublemaker,’’ said ‘‘Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way’’ and, at last, declared, ‘‘I don’t care to speak to you anymore.’’”

Source: The Passion of Nicki Minaj – The New York Times

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Dear, Al Sharpton – YouTube| Urban Cusp | Oogee Woogee

Published on Dec 31, 2014

Oogee Woogee’s message to the Civil Rights Leader, Al Sharpton. ( Additional footage found from Al Jazeera, MSNBC, BET, Rolling Stone ) Music by DMX – Change Gonna Come ( Prod by Swizz Beatz ) ***NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED***

via Dear, Al Sharpton – YouTube.

3 lessons from hip-hop history every activist should know – YouTube | Jay Smooth

Published on Nov 18, 2014

This is our new bimonthly video series, The Illipsis, written, starring and produced by DJ, video essayist and cultural critic Jay Smooth.In this first episode, Jay deconstructs the history of hip-hop to illuminate how young activists can continue challenging and reshaping the status quo today.

via 3 lessons from hip-hop history every activist should know – YouTube.

Black Violin | Wil Baptiste & Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester | #OYRchallenge

Classical Music meets Hip Hop: Kev Marcus of Black Violin at TEDxFIU

Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their crack band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJTK Dwayne Dayal and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to SRO crowds.“Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.” New York Times

Black Violin performing “Stay With Me”

Since starting Black Violin a decade ago Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC, where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty hand-shake. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles.”

Black Violin COVER: Bruno Mars “Locked Outta Heaven” + MJ “Beat It” [MASHUP]

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Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Cornel West speak up for Ferguson at Hip Hop 4 Justice : Entertainment

Hip hop artist perform Sunday night for Ferguson October weekend protest.

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Hip-hop artists national and local converged on small midtown concert club Fubar on Sunday afternoon in the name of Hip Hop 4 Justice.

The event alternatively titled Hip Hop & Resistance included appearances from Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Tef Poe, Doorway, Bo Dean, Rockwell Knuckles, T-Dubb-O, Family Affair, Nato Caliph, Scripts & Screws, Nick Menn, Rebel Diaz, Aloha Mi’sho and more.

Activist-author Cornel West, in town to keynote a mass meeting at Chaifetz Arena on Sunday night as part of the weekend of protests dubbed FergusonOctober, made a surprise appearance at Fubar, as did actor Jesse Williams of “Grey’s Anatomy,” who has been vocal about unrest in Ferguson. FergusonOctober is an organized wave of resistance calling for justice and lasting change in the wake of the shooting death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

via Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Cornel West speak up for Ferguson at Hip Hop 4 Justice : Entertainment.

Comedian Katt Williams arrested near Sacramento – Yahoo! omg!

FILE - This file photo provided by the Coweta County Sheriff Dept. shows comedian and rapper Katt Williams after his Nov. 8, 2009 arrest in Newnan, Ga. The Sacramento Bee reports that Williams was arrested Friday night Dec. 7, 2012 in Dunnigan, Calif., on a felony warrant related to a police chase. The California Highway Patrol says Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle on Nov. 25 after being spotted driving on a downtown Sacramento sidewalk. (AP Photo/Coweta County Sheriff Dept.)The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/UNq5QW ) that Williams was arrested Friday night in Dunnigan, about 25 miles north of Sacramento, by Yolo County deputies.

The paper says he was released from the county jail Saturday after posting bail.

via Comedian Katt Williams arrested near Sacramento – Yahoo! omg!.

It’s official: Deal reached on “fiscal cliff” – CBS News

 

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks following a Senate Democratic caucus meeting about the fiscal cliff on Capitol Hill, Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington. / AP

 

It’s official: Deal reached on “fiscal cliff” – CBS News.

 

The ball in Times Square has dropped, 2013 is here and, technically, so is the “fiscal cliff”, as Congress has yet to officially pass a plan to avert the scheduled spending cuts and tax hikes. But before panic sets in, although lawmakers failed to meet the midnight deadline, a deal is in place and the first step to making it official — Senate passage — is in the books.

 

 

Commercialized Hip-Hop: The Gospel of Self-Destruction | Your Black World

Commercialized Hip-Hop: The Gospel of Self-Destruction | Your Black World.

“I swear you can’t f*ck with me
But I can f*ck your girl and make her nut for me
Then slutt for me, then kill for me, then steal for me
And of course it’ll be your cash
Then I’ll murder that b*tch
and send her body back to your a*s” – Lil Wayne, “We Be Steady Mobbin”

Imagine an entire generation of young people hearing lyrics like this on a daily basis, reciting mantras that glorify drug and alcohol consumption, the objectification of women, murdering other black people, anti-intellectualism, financial irresponsibility and every other thing you can do to destroy your life.  Do you REALLY believe that a child can hear this message every single day, repeating these lyrics literally thousands of times and not have his subconscious mind altered by the messages he’s consuming?   Do you REALLY think that the corporations earning billions of dollars from this form of weaponized psychological genocide care one bit about whether your son ends up in the prison, the morgue, the rehab center, the insane asylum or the unemployment line?