Saturday, 10 September 2011

"Now we got White Kids calling Themselves Niggers." KRS-ONE

Recently we have seen the furore over V-Nasty and Kreayshawn using the N-word. The N-word debate is a dead-end conversation with very little consensus. I think the issue here is, not so much that white people are using the N-word, but how ignorant and foolish the perpetrators are in their use of the word.

But why does this happen? Why do some white youth use the N-word in such a ignorant way - do some of them think it is Normal or Cool or "SWAG"?

In my opinion, KRS-ONE explained it perfectly here....


Then he said....

"The table turned and the crosses burned, Remember YOU MUST LEARN."

Here he discusses how Hip-Hop has revolutionised the way white kids see black people - they are now embracing black people and black culture. This is of course a great stride towards better race relations and harmony for humanity.

However, he forewarns the danger of white people being exposed to certain ignorant elements of black culture only. If middle class white people ONLY education and understanding of black people and culture comes from MTV Base - ignorance is bound to flourish, as there is far from a balanced representation of all elements of the black community, history and culture on such media outlets.

The ignorance of many white youths towards black culture (which they usually embrace but fail to fully understand) stems from a poor education system in the Western world, which seeks to downplay black achievement.

Here KRS-ONE says...

I believe that if you're teaching history
Filled with straight up facts no mystery
Teach the student what needs to be taught
Cause Black and White kids both take shorts
When one doesn't know about the other ones' culture
Ignorance swoops down like a vulture
Cause you don't know that you ain't just a janitor
No one told you about Benjamin Banneker
A brilliant Black man that invented the almanac
Can't you see where KRS is coming at
With Eli Whitney, Haile Selassie
Granville Woods made the walkie-talkie
Lewis Latimer improved on Edison
Charles Drew did a lot for medicine
Garrett Morgan made the traffic lights
Harriet Tubman freed the slaves at night
Madame CJ Walker made a straightenin comb
But you won't know this is you weren't shown
The point I'm gettin' at it it might be harsh
Cause we're just walkin' around brainwashed
So what I'm sayin' is not to diss a man
We need the 89 school system
One that caters to a Black return because
You must learn

See....with an inadequate education system and a misleading entertainment industry - we have some white youth not understanding the connotation or context of the word. And thus we have V-Nasty type characters - learn the cause and effect rather than just blaming it on her specifically.

This was written by @pharaohmillion follow me on twitter!!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Females in the Hip Hop Community

To conclude this week of Females in the Hip-Hop community I also want to highlight great radio personalities and DJs.  You see, Mainstream TV is not trying to promote a balanced image of the Hip-Hop community...take a moment to acknowledge these very talented, intelligent women in Hip Hop...

Devi's an interview with her, she had a legendary Radio Personality on the West Coast - this is jokes by the way...

Amanda Diva...considers immature men in relationships...

Also check out...Sarah Love, DJ Kapyer, Miss Info, Kay Foxx, Angela Yee, DJ Syn City.

So next time you see MTV or BET or BBC spend a whole fucking hour on dissing Hip Hop for the music video models or misogynistic lyrics - tell them to chill and put some balance in the game. #Dueces

#3 Psalm One #4 Tiye Phoenix

Psalm One is from the Rhymesayers camp...she's aight, gota dope blog post about black women in the public eye too...

Tiye is dope too...

Monday, 13 June 2011

#2 Rah Digga

Rah Digga is an overlooked veteran female MC. She was once part of Busta Rhymes's Flipmode Squad - you may recall her verse on Busta Rhymes ft. Mariah Carey (I Know What You Want)...

Her Dirty Harriet Album is an underground classic, check out "Party and Bullshit" with the legendary "I Hit That Bitch With a Bat" line. Her flow is impeccable...if this doesn't make you wanna dance - I dunno what will!

Recently, she released Classic produced entirely by the extremely talented producer - Nottz. The cover is an iconic image of Rah Digga as a toddler...

Here are two great tracks from the album...

You clearly catch vibes off her energy on the mic - its true talent and creativity. You still listening to Nicki?

Sunday, 12 June 2011

#1 - Jean Grae

To kick off the "Females and Hip Hop Week" on FRESH2LIFE...we start with the most talented female emcee in the culture (IMO) - JEAN GRAE!!

Don't believe me?

The last line of her verse is pure hilarity - she's real witty with it.

She's had a tumultuous career and honestly has never received the respect she deserves. She delves into a multitude of topics - from the pure battle rap style, to introspection and social commentary at its finest.

Here's some of my favourite Jean Grae Songs...


Black Girl's Pain...

R.I.P - The video shows her spitting live on stage - its a good look,she spits that RAW shit, none of this wannabe cute shit like Nicki...

She also targets some dark subject matter such as abortions and a crazed school shooting.