|Thurs, October 08, 2015 at 1:55 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Nation of Islam is preparing for its "Justice or Else!" protest march on 10/10/15, which also celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March.
AllHipHop.com discussed The Nation of Islam's take on prominent issues within Hip-Hop culture in a candid interview with one of Minister Louis Farrakhan's most trusted advisor, Brother Sultan Muhammad.
Brother Sultan Muhammad works with Minister Farrakhan's security detail, in addition to his prominent role in The Nation of Islam's Research Department.
AllHipHop.com offered up Brother Sultan keywords and various themes prevalent in Hip-Hop culture and asked him for his views on them.
The Nation is also backing a new Hip-Hop artist name Nadirah X, who will be distributed by Brother Sultan's record label, New Birth Digital. In this interview below, he also takes the time to differentiate her music from the music that seems to be destructive to the community.
The Term "Trap" Music:
What is the purpose of a trap? The purpose of a trap is to ensnare to catch something. Well, the question is, once you trap and once you catch what you are after, what do you tend to do with it? So what about music who's objective is to trap? And I do not think that we came up with the term trap. You can trap something and ensnare it. But when you can think of a trap and imagine a trap, you can become very dangerous, because of the idea of a trap.
Some animals are trapped and put on display in zoos, and some police say "let's go deal with this zoo when they talk about the trap." If the zoo is a place of entrapment for animals, where they are taken out of their natural environment, they won't act how they normally do. Take a lion and put him in a cage that's only so many feet square when he's accustomed to roaming hundreds of miles. You can damage the psyche of any animal, so it would certainly damage the psyche of the human. So someone needs to free the entrapped. And to free the entrapped they have to have knowledge, that will give true freedom justice and equality for all.
Islam comes from the language of Arabic which has remained our language, and we are the oldest people on the planet by tens of thousands of years. Anyone speaking this language is speaking our language. But Islam simply means peace. What about a whole planet or nation of peace. Who would object to that? Not 94% of the people who live on the planet who suffer.
Over Dosing On Luxury Items (Chains, Designer Brands, Foreign Cars):
You know what came to mind for me? Do you watch these shows where people sell the "oldies but goodies" songs? I looked at that, and many of these people that they talk about died broke. They couldn't make money on their music by selling their music unless the labels owned the masters. So while someone else owns the masters and continues to make hundreds of millions, many of those entertainers died broke, and some are dead broke to this day.
So I wondered how does this always happen? After speaking to athletes and entertainers, I found that we do not understand money because it was kept away from us. We were never taught the science of business or accounting. Going to business school or becoming an accountant doesn't give one the science of business. Think about this.
As a label, maybe I'm going to give this guy $2 million and then after that, you say, "I've never even seen $200,000 or $20,000 in my life." Then after I give you the $2 million, I say, "why don't you go over to this store because you got to have the bling bling. Then go to this store and get a car, and then give $600,000 this back because we had some things to pay for but don't worry about that.
|Thurs, October 08, 2015 at 9:45 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Congratulations are in order for N.W.A. and Janet Jackson after being
two of the nominees for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The
classic group and pop superstar share the ballot with Chaka Khan, Chic,
The Cars, Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick.
N.W.A. is up for nomination for the fourth time, while Janet Jackson
earns her first. Billboard artists are eligible for the Rock Hall of
Fame up to 25 years after the release of their first recording, album,
Read more below.
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This year's list includes:
Nine Inch Nails
Fans can vote for their favorites here.
The top five fan faves will be considered for induction by fan ballot.
The artist receiving the top votes will be announced in December and
inducted in the hall of fame in April.
|Mon, October 05, 2015 at 11:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
After the jump, we have the actual notes Jhené Aiko provided with regard to the story she is trying to tell. Since folks usually won't admit "not getting it" when presented with high concept videos, let us take that hit for you.
Declaration: This video will leave you going, "Whhaaaat the..." when you first watch it. At least most of it. But please watch it for this promise: Jhené will lay a dude down, the clothing does come off, she does get on top, she will leave him shaking in a daze, reaching desperately for her as she walks away.
Very primal. Check it.
"A mysterious, time traveling medicine woman has a prophetic vision of an early civilization in trouble.
The men have neglected the women and deprived them of love. By orders of their chief, the men of the tribe have taken away the women's hearts and voices.
The women are powerless. The children are suffering.
The medicine woman travels for many days to reach the primitive village.
Upon her arrival, the medicine woman performs a miracle. She instantly restores the grace of the women of the tribe and gives them their voices back.
The men of this early tribe are not pleased.
With the men of the tribe's attention, the medicine woman and the women of the tribe begin a ceremony in which they tell the story of how they are taking their voices back.
The chief is infuriated.
The medicine woman leaves the now capable women to conduct a private ceremony for the chief.
The chief is intrigued and frightened.
What he thinks will be a sexual experience turns out to be something very different.
After the ritual is performed, the medicine woman passes on her apocalyptic prophecy of how the world will end due to the lack of love throughout humanity.
The chief experiences ego death. He sees that it starts with him."
- Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
|Sun, October 04, 2015 at 12:42 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Charlie Javier Walker III (CJ) and Darius Javell Walker (DJ) better known by their stage name LWB, are R&B, Hip Hop, and Pop recording artists: rappers, dancers, singers and songwriters from Atlanta, GA. LWB born in Atlanta, GA but raised in Jackson, MS, first began to gain real recognition in 2011, after showing off their impressive performing skills in live shows in Jackson, MS, then venturing out to the surrounding areas of MS such as New Orleans LA, Baton Rouge LA, Mobile AL, Memphis TN and Atlanta, GA.
LWB's odyssey is a testament to talent and passion. Their energy, passion and the desire to entertain the audiences through their live performances at such a young age landed LWB the opening spot on one of the biggest teen concert tours in America called the "Scream Tour" in 2011 and 2012 headlined by Mindless Behavior and Diggy Simmons. Their first invitation to open for the tour came less than a year of starting their career in 2011 at the ages of 10 and 12 in front of more than 15,000. LWB was nominated as 'Artist Of The Year,' performed and presented an award in their home market at the Jackson Music Awards in 2012. LWB's influences come from a wide array of genres and styles, including Bruno Mars, Usher, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, LMFAO, B.O.B, Flo Rida, Black Eyed Peas and more of today's artists such as Jason Derulo and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
LWB has a new breakout single called "Me + U." Take a listen to the single below. For more info on LWB visit their website LWB4U.com.
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|Thurs, October 01, 2015 at 11:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Big Boi and Phantogram have merged, at least for a bit, to form the super-group Big Grams. And they are already on the move, with a self-titled EP on iTunes (which features the likes of Run the Jewels and Skrillex). Above, watch Big Grams hitting the national TV stage, performing their single "Fell in the Sun" on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (backed by The Roots), to support its release.
Check out the performance, and hit the link to get that EP if you like. Also, to learn a bit more about this collaboration, hit the jump to see Big Grams' interview with Power 105's Breakfast Club.
ITUNES: BIG GRAMS (EP)