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....

"WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND - NOW WE GOT WHITE KIDS CALLING THEMSELVES NIGGERS."


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.

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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 Dev...here'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...


http://abovegroundmagazine.com/blogs/psalm-one-blogs/06/09/black-women-and-their-shtty-end-of-the-pop-culture-stick/

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...

Love-Thirst...


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.




Monday, 30 May 2011

Females and Hip Hop

Why do most people think that Hip Hop is full of misogyny?

Most people based their perception on the art form on MTV, BET and mainstream radio stations. These organisations are not here to promote and cultivate long-term growth of the Hip Hop community or culture. They are not here to exhibit Hip Hop in a truly representative manner. MTV and BET - like most corporations - are here to exploit and rape (see my article about "Cultural Rape").

Whatever is profitable at that point in time is what these channels promote - they are here for a 'quick buck.' Thus "sex and violence" is the order of the day. The establishment will never promote something unless it fits with their long-term agenda - the enslavement and destruction of the masses.

There is a reason why the masses have never heard of many talented female MCs.

Nicki Minaj fits in the 'job description' that the establishment created. She doesn't say anything that will make you think differently about yourself or the world. She doesn't encourage you to think for yourself, value yourself or anything positive for that matter. She fits the 'job description' perfectly - sell your looks and talk about the same shit - sex, clubbing, alcohol and materialism. This serves the Establishment perfectly - the same old shit. It keeps you doing pointless (borderline self-destructive) things and constantly chasing, constantly chasing short-term wants rather than long-term needs. A symptom of this can be seen by girls putting a whole lot of effort into their looks (short-term want - attention from dudes in the club) and little into their mind (long-term need - knowledge of self, good job, stable family life).

Don't get me wrong 'sex, clubbing, alcohol and nice things' are all good - to a certain degree. But my point is that there is NO BALANCE!

Why doesn't MTV and BET and Mainstream Radio Stations play this - Jean Grae, a real female MC?





Everyone knows Nicki Minaj - but how many of you know Jean Grae?

Not many. She is very well respected in the Hip Hop community as a talented MC and moreso just a cool female that most guys could chill with because she's mad interesting.

She is not promoted by the establishment because she does not "fit the job description" described above. Her music has substance, forces you to think and questions the nature of reality.

It is not just "sit and stare" music i.e. Nicki Minaj. But Nicki Minaj is easy to sell and promote and moreover it won't lead to people question anything or even provide nourishment for the soul.

Tip-Drill!

We all remember this infamous scene...



Hence, perceiving women as sexual objects is a part of Hip Hop. But it is not the whole accurate and representative picture of the culture. The mainstream TV and Radio does NOT represent the balance that the Hip Hop community and culture has between the sexual objectification of women and empowering songs by female MCs or by male MCs (dedicated to mothers, wifes, daughters etc.).






You might call it conspiracy theory - but it is probably because you mad ignorant about the true nature of Hip Hop culture and how the system likes you being subdued by nonsense - go watch Jersey Shore. #Deuces

Friday, 4 March 2011

11 MCs of 2011 #5 R.E.K.S

Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme = R.E.K.S

REKS rolls with Statik Selektah, Termanology out from near Boston. He is an extremely talented emcee, rapping with the passion and reverence for the "Boom Bap" style that many in the Hip Hop community yearn for. This Boom Bap style is unfortunately a lost art amongst modern Hip Hop artists (whether underground or mainstream). It was an apporach pioneered by KRS ONE (listen to 'Sound of Police' or 'Brown Skin Woman') who epitomizes this particular style i.e. a confrontational delivery and intellectual-charged lyrics.

"I write this rhyme like GURU's in the passengers, Standing on the East Coast staring out to Africa..."
  

11 MCs for 2011 #4 FASHAWN

Fashawn is from Fresno CA. He's got co-signs from Dilated Peoples, the Soul Assassins and Planet Asia. He is pretty damn skillful lyrically, here is a playful song about this childhood being rough.

His style is to rap about life in the hood, in a stripped down no-nonsense nature. This is a breath of fresh air in a climate where "the hood life" and gangster lifestyle are both glamourised. No-one wants to be "in the hood" where poverty, broken families, conflicting perceptions of one's identity and opportunities for success (of any kind) are scarce. MTV and BET have been selling a warped version of the ghetto since their inception.

The song below is catchy and also motivational if you grew up in a broken family while dealing with poverty or were an outcast as a child growing up.



HNIC = Head Nigga In Charge...in case you were wondering.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Backoff Camera

This is hilarious...Everyone looking even the girls, even the guys out with wifey.



Saturday, 12 February 2011

"JUST RAPE IT!"

Are you a CULTURAL RAPIST?


Cultural Ignorance is most obvious between races. This is because the majority of inter-race interaction is through the consumption of goods. People have lost a sense of awareness and resorted only to consume, only seek what they can reap from consumption - with little attention to the wider culture and history of the people whose product they consume.

However, this co-exists with a so-called "multi-cultural diverse community." For example, some white people percieve asians as dirty/uncivilised/terroists etc but will still eat at the Indian restaurant every week. Some asians will listen to music of black origin but have a negative perception of black people. This kind of concealed racism can shock me. I don't know how you can just take something from another community and not take the time to understand it and respect it. That's why I think of this phenomena as "cultural rape."

For example, lets take someone who listens to some Hip Hop, thinks they understand it, but really doesn't and thus spews ignorance.

If you gonna listen to Hip Hop take time to understand the context. Don't be a blind consumer. For example, recently some girl at a debate said "those hip hop artists are all materialistic." She was safe, but part of me was like do you really know what you are talking about?

THE KEY TO LIFE IS TO APPROACH SOMETHING WITH UNDERSTANDING AND NOT JUDGMENT.

She thinks that all rappers are about money, but as you will see with most of my posts - this is not true. She sounded incredibly judgemental. People who say "those hip hop artists are all materialistic" don't know what it is like to be this poor. Hear Ghostface Killah talk about his childhood...

You telling me after all that, you wouldn't go extra hard and throw 20 chains and medallions round your neck?

SideNote: You see oppressed blacks and latinos in America are in a unique position, they are at the doorstep of their oppressor, everyone else, for the most part is a lot more removed from the center of power that seeks to control them. But you can go from the poorest part of Brooklyn to Wall Street on like a 30 minute train. This is why you have that stark contrast of going straight from poverty to riches, those two world's collide in such a unique way.

See I don't judge cos I understand the context - I may not agree with all of it but I don't judge cos I understand.

You see when you take away the context, it loses all meaning.

Now to the wider point...you see its important to know about each other's culture rather than simply reap solely for your personal gratification. Don't just listen to Hip-Hop and then complain, make sure you know what you're talking about. This judgment without understanding is the birth of ignorance.

Context is crucial to understanding.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Officer Ross

I'm not impressed by all these Rick Ross wannabes - you might have seen them on facebook or out and about. Here's the lowdown if you didn't know why not only is he a fraud but a detriment to the Hip Hop community. The following information is true.

Rick Ross is a former police officer. This is common knowledge nowadays - yet he still raps about the life of a drug kingpin. In a recent beef with 50 Cent, 50 cent exposed his college manuscript. Rick Ross majored in Criminal Justice. His real name is William Roberts, he renamed himself after the drug kingpin Freeway Ricky Ross and imitated the real person's image. He is currently getting sued by the original Ricky Ross for $10mn.

The biggest threat to Hip Hop is a lack of authencity. If you say something - you better be about it. Sure, 50 cent named himself after the real 50 cent "Kelvin Martin" (a robber of street hustlers - a bit like Omar in The Wire) but Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson lived the life he raps about on records. It is not fake and manufactured like Rick Ross. This is what separates Hip Hop for all other genres of music - it is real. A pop artist can sing about something they never lived but sing it anyway - because it sells. An RNB singer can sing about affairs even if he never had any because it isn't real - no-one expects it to be. But in Hip Hop, the now cliche term "Keep It Real" is at the heart of the culture - Hip Hop is about self-expression, not about rapping what sells. Rick Ross is rapping about what he knows will sell because he is trying to make money with no love for the art form i.e. there is no soul/reality in his vibe.

A lot of people say "well Rick Ross sounds good". This is a bitchmade comment. That's like saying a lie sounds good. Rick Ross is a chump, and if you listen to his music your taking a massive L. This fake music from Rick Ross to Britney Spears etc is desensitizing your soul to what is real, heartfelt music. That is why when a real artist comes around (i.e. like the 11 MCs of 2011 I will mention) its almost alien to them - originality and creativity is not highly valued in mainstream culture - and the more bullshit you consume you will be less aware of the true nature of reality, yourself and others. How you supposed to know what is real when everything in your headphones is fake?

Authenticity is the cornerstone of Hip Hop Kulture.





Life Lesson A) "Keep Squares Out Your Circle."

This is a pretty simply distinction you just got to make with everyone. Everyone wanna be your friend when its all a barrel of laughs but most of these people will be gone the moment something in your life is wrong.

Only holla at people that genuinely care about you, and who you genuinely care about.

The only time acquaintances are necessary is when it comes to things you just have to do like your job etc.

This song explains it all, Cormega is an ill MC.


I like this definition of the word Nigga - It makes more sense to me, while I don't really use the word, it really rings true to the context of situation and word.

11 MCs for 2011 #3 STALLEY

Stalley got bars, some stuff I just relate to completely;


"I pictured my life to be a lot different, much calmer - a lot less hectic,
BUT Money changed all that - and countin' all these hundreds got me saying why I came for all that, I just want a chevy and a nice flat - a quiet place I can vibe at, somewhere - when the vultures come out - I can hide at."

In a sense, that's my dream too - nice flat, mad artistic shit on the walls, maybe a cool car - away from all the stupidity and bitchassness of mainstream society. He's got a lot of strong lyrics about life and manoeuvring through the madness. Most of his songs are similar to the content below - and its very good:


Stalley is nice on the mic, I seem to be a greater supporter of simple style rap spitting these days for some reason - it seems more honest. Stalley tells it how it is.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

11 MCs for 2011 #2 Homeboy Sandman

Homeboy Sandman is the Future. He has flow and lyrics. Lyrics that make you think and question reality. Any MC that does this is noteworthy of a mention.

SKILLS > How marketable you are. For example, clearly Homeboy is a much greater MC than J Cole. But Homeboy will never get signed to a major record label because you can't market him to the mainstream. Firstly, because extremely talented people don't sell usually - its cos most people aren't smart enough to understand the lyrics or appreciate the talent. Secondly, because for an artist to sell you got to have a certain degree of manufactured image - the mainstream music industry these days work by a model that puts
Image > Music Quality.

For example Rihanna, girls want to be her and guys want to sleep with her. So she sells millions of records - how much of her talent is actually her "amazing voice"?

J. Cole is a good MC no doubt - but is bordering on mediocre and hardly says anything as thought-provoking as Homeboy. But once again guys will think he's above average on the mic, he has the whole 'image' of a college guy, girls want to sleep with him and he is someone the mainstream youth can relate too.

But if you think for yourself and don't jump on the latest hype - and genuinely look for true talent regardless of what everyone else listens too...you will see the Genius in this MC.



Creativity and Innovation in 2010 goes...

1 Kanye
2 Kid Cudi
3 Homeboy!

11 MCs for 2011 #1 Danny Brown

Danny Brown is from Detroit - I first checked out his free album The Hybrid (was dope!) I like his introspective songs about living in the city with little hope, his self-worth and drug use (New Era, Nowhere to Go, S.O.S and Generation Rx) are amazing. He also has amazing wit that only few can truly appreciate, check this out


Yeah I know what you thinking - WTF? He is what I like to call Intelligent Ignorance. Check Danny's explanation -

"NaNa is pretty much my diss to the industry …. “These niggas eatting?” i pose that question to tell u in the next verse that im eatting pussy… “pussy” in the metaphorical sense is this soft ass industry so if u niggas aint eatting b4 u know it imma be waking up “asking ya bitch u know how to make grits” btw one of my fav joints"

He just signed to that label that released BARBARA STREISAND last year.

AYO!

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