Growing up, I used Hip Hop as a way to learn about the world around me. From politics, to culture, language, geography, history, all this could be heard in your rap record of the late 80′sa and early 90′s. Then something changed in the late 90′s. Rap records talking about something other than partying and using drugs, became "underground" and labeled conscience. There was a shift, that continues to Live on today. Listening to your radio or reading your popular Hip Hop zine all you hear and see is the same stories of niggativity.
With that said. Salute to emcee and homie Homeboy Sandman for taking the time to put this great piece together addressing the connection between Hip Hop and the prison for profit system. HS wrote this article for Huffington Post who refused to post it recently. No worries... It's right here for you to digest. It's a great read I definitely suggest checking it out. Thanks to Homeboy Sandman, and make sure you check out this new LP "First Of A Living Breed" out now via Stones Throw Records.
GoldenUndergroundTV recently released an interview I did with them late last year. I got a bit animated at the end. Only so many interviews in a row I could handle being asked about Chief Keef.
My tirade wasn't really about Chief Keef. It wasn't about Gucci Mane or Wocka Flocka or any of the acts spontaneously catapulted into stardom by synchronized mass media coverage despite seemingly universal indifference (at the very best) regarding their talent. Whose arrests, involvement in underaged pregnancies, concert shootouts, and facial tattoos, dominate conversation for weeks at a time, with their actual music a mere afterthought, if thought of at all.
My tirade was about marketing. It was about media powers seeking out the biggest pretend criminal kingpins they can find, (many of whom who shamelessly adopt the names of actual real life criminal kingpins like 50 Cent and Rick Ross), and exalting them as the poster children for a culture. It was about an art form reduced to product placement, the selling of a lifestyle, and ultimately, a huge ad for imprisonment.
This is not my opinion.
Last year Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the biggest name in the private prison industry, contacted 48 states offering to buy their prisons. One stipulation of eligibility for the deal was particularly bizarre: "an assurance by the agency partner that the agency has sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90% occupancy rate over the term of the contract.
What kind of legitimate and ethical measures could possibly be taken to ensure the maintenance of a 90% prison occupancy rate?
Two months later an anonymous email was sent out to various members of the music and publishing industries giving an account of a meeting where it was determined that hip-hop music would be manipulated to drive up privatized prison profits. Its author, despite claiming to be a former industry insider, did not provide the names of anyone involved in the plot, nor did he specify by which company he himself was employed. As such, the letter was largely regarded as a fraud for lack of facts.
Keep an eye out for this guy... because he's on the rise (and because he's bouncing around so much nowadays he'll likely be in your city soon)! It's like he took the T.I. vibe to the Jersey Shore with this one.
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Kushtal Records Presents TRAVIS PORTER Live Wednesday June 19TH @ STEREO NIGHTCLUB 1034 Elizabeth Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1B3 (204) 253-2641
Travis Porter is an American hip hop act from Decatur, Georgia. Ali and Quez are step brothers; the two met Strap while attending the same middle school. The three grew up together and in 2006 began exploring music. The group's biggest hits are "Aww Yea","Go Shorty Go","Bananas", "Ayy Ladies", "Bring It Back" and "Make It Rain" produced by F-K-I. Travis Porter released a biographical film titled Proud to be a Problem on May Travis Porter has a YouTube channel with over 125 million views
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Here ye here ye! Your presence is requested in The Queendom. Come join the Queen each and every Wednesday night from 10pm to 1am as she brings you the latest in hip hop news, sports, the music business and more. Playing your favorite classic cuts and breaking new hip hop artist whose sound can go head-to-head with legends.
Down in the low country, where the city is rich with history and deep with island ancestry roots, is where the queen Shamane Rivers comes from. Born in Charleston, SC and raised along the outskirts in a little town called Moncks Corner, Shamane learned from her large family of aunties, uncles and cousins a lot about survival and how to Live.
One would say that Miss. Rivers is a person of many talents - a hustler, maverick, and a go-getter - starting with over 10 years of experience in the hair industry under her belt, and now becoming a prominent part of online multimedia production company I Am Classic Hip Hop where she contributes as an on-air radio personality for The Queendom.
Shamane also handles marketing, public relations, advertising, creative direction, and contributes to advertising sales. She takes part in the production of shows as well as radio drops and commercial voice-overs
Time Magazine's Belinda Luscombe talks with ?uestlove (of The Roots) about his upbringing, records that influenced his career, his take on the direction of Hip-Hop, his new book (Mo Meta Blues), his group's 'retirement gig' on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' and more.
Talk about Black Hippy (re: the video treatment for this). Perfect guest Kendrick Lamar comes through to deLiver a 'gunshot gunshot' on this Nitty Scott, MC single "Flower Child" (produced by Paul Boogie). This is Nitty's official music video fully funded by a Kickstarter campaign. That's how you do it: Support Indie Hip-Hop! Respect to those investors. Respect to Kendrick (though notably absent from the visuals) for his contribution. Respect to director Anthony Sylvester, LPZ Media and cinematographer Anthony DeRose.
It's been a busy time for the reigning best DJ in Ghana. He scooped 3 awards at the Maiden Ghana DJ awards early this year. He recently finished a stint as a Woodin Ambassador. He is a brand ambassador for Smirnoff. Just two weeks ago, he was named with Lydia Forson as Social Media Ambassadors for DStv. Clearly, his hit radio programmes on Joy and Hitz FM and his close to 60,000 likes on Facebook and 36,000 and growing Twitter followers have made him a brand name and an influential entertainer who has the ears of the youth and businesses are taking notice.
Additionally, this DJ who is the host of the Open House Party on Joy FM has rocked the Big Brother House a few times in the past also made news recently with nominations in three categories for the recently postponed African Global DJ Awards- Best Western African DJ, Best Radio DJ and African DJ of the Year.
While MC's for the Ghana Music Awards are changed, it's impossible to think of another DJ taking over his slot on the annual show. From the Chris Brown concert to 020 Live to Ghana versus Naija, he is the big man for the big shows. He doesn't only do foot-stomping mixes, he also has the voice to carry a show and also do those infectious and attention-grabbing jingles on radio. Most DJs can only play music. Mr Black can do much more.
His show on Viasat 1 which exposes the lyrical prowess of different musicians, DJ Black's Cypher, is about to start screening season two from 29th of July at 2pm. His first season of the Cypher featured the who is who of rappers in Ghana - Sarkodie, Jay-So, D-Black, Manifest, Okyeame Kwame, Kwaw Kese, Eazzy, Caroline, Stay J, Papi of Five5, Stay jay, etc
This week, DJ Black has been in the news again - as the only DJ among a list of 20 most influential entertainment personalities in Ghana earning the 6th position ovrall as compiled by Smiles Magazine and News One.
With all these accolades and corporate collaborations, one wonders what is next for this energetic and multi talented entertainer. Find out more on June 29 as DJBLACK'S CYPHER returns on your screens or follow on www.twitter.com/djblack
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YMCMB's cash cow Drake is hitting the road this fall and is bringing Miguel and Future along for the ride. The trio will hit 41 cities during their North American tour which kicks off on September 25th in Portland, Oregon.
The tour will include stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC. Looks like Future knew what he was doing after all when he jumped off T.I. and Lil Wayne's tour. Check out the dates below. Tickets go on sale June 21st.
September 25 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena September 26 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome September 27 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena September 29 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome September 30 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place October 2 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre October 3 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre October 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center October 6 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center October 8 - Saint Louis, MO - Scottrade Center October 9 - Chicago, IL - United Center October 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse October 12 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills October 13 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena October 15 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center October 16 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center October 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center October 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center October 21 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre October 22 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place October 26 - Hartford, CT - XL Center October 27 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center October 28 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center October 30 - Boston, MA - TD Garden October 31 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center November 2 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena November 3 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena November 5 - Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena November 6 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum November 7 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena November 9 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena November 10 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center November 12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center November 13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center November 16 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center November 18 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena November 19 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena November 21 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center November 22 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena November 24 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena November 25 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center
"My Father's Day tribute. I hope you dig it. We shot at my sister's wedding." - Haziq Ali
Evidenced throughout the lyrics: Haziq loved his father. 6ix Shoota directed the tribute video above, giving it a home movie feel that supports the message's deLivery and makes it that much more real. Play this video for "Transitioning" by Haziq Ali. If you love your dad, or lost him (or anyone) too soon, you will be touched. On second thought, you'll probably get a little misty regardless.
Damn if the man W. Feagins, Jr., didn't deLiver another hot visual concept for this one. Of course, you gotta do it when Boog Brown puts down a single like this "In Tune" (featuring Joe D. and Lex Boogie). Check out the video for "In Tune" (produced by Illastrate) - Boog Brown's first single from the forthcoming project, "The Late Bloom."