good kid m.A.A.d city: the most important rap album of the past 5 years

Granted, the title of this article is a bit ambitious but it’s for good reason. On Monday  the 22nd, the debut studio album for Kendrick Lamar good kid m.A.A.d city is set to drop. Since today is Friday the 19th, that means, yes I downloaded the leak. Smh. But not to fear, because I will certainly be purchasing a copy come Monday and you should too. I won’t go track by track, since it hasn’t come out yet but you’ll get the gist of it.

I was talking to someone about this album a few weeks ago, and they asked me, “well what if it’s not good?” and I told them if it wasn’t then I would give up hope for hip-hop as a genre. I said that because I felt if this album couldn’t bring honesty and integrity back into the art form known as hip-hop then no album (moreso no artist) could either. Luckily K.Dot not only didn’t dissapoint, but made an album that if supported by us could really change the whole culture in hip-hop. It can bring us back to a place that made the music so enjoyable in the first place, a place that transcends just about everything except our humanity.

Chief Keef Facing Jail Time Over Pitchfork Media ‘Gun Range’ Interview

Prosecutors asserted that Chief Keef belongs in jail, or at the very least house arrest, during a juvenile court hearing yesterday.

They argued that his possible involvement in the shooting death of alleged rival Lil Jo Jo has made him a target, and that incarceration of some kind would keep him and others safe.

Regarding his probation violations, they site his failure to procure a GED by a court ordered deadline, as well as a widely-criticized interview with Pitchfork Media at a gun range.

Keef can be seen holding a rifle in the clip.

LISTEN: Check Out Kevin Coval’s ‘Chicago (KEEF)’

Check out Kevin Coval’s fascinating new poem, “Chicago (KEEF).”

A re-imagining of Carl Samburg’s classic piece “Chicago,” Coval examines the media’s handling of Chief Keef and the horrific violence plaguing the Windy City. It is reportedly the final poem of Coval’s forthcoming collection “More Shit Chief Keef Don’t Like.”

Below is both a recording of the poem (produced by Saba of Pivot), and the text of “Chicago (KEEF).

Meet Sosan Firooz, Afghanistan’s First Female Rapper

NewsOne has a great write-up on 23 year old Sosan Firooz, Afghanistan’s first female rapper.

The popularity of Hip Hop music and culture is steadily increasing throughout her homeland, but Firooz is truly the first of her kind. Her work speaks to the repression of women, war, and childhood trauma she experienced as a refugee in Iran.

Though Afghan society frowns upon female performers, Firooz is unfazed.

Violence Erupts at BET Hip Hop Awards

Multiple incidences of violence erupted at the BET Hip Hop Awards taping  in Atlanta this weekend.

According to reports, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music camp were quite busy, getting involved in separate scuffles with individuals affiliated with Young Jeezy and 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew respectively.

BET has released a statement, denouncing the violence, and maintaining that the award show will air later this month.

Thanks, BET!

Can Chief Keef Help Save Chicago?

Chief Keef [Keith Cozart], the teenage Chicago rapper and popular subject of discussion on this blog, is on the cover of the Chicago Reader.

The weekly newspaper explores the rapper’s rise and–get this–considers the idea that Chief Keef’s growing popularity might be a good thing for the city:

It’s important to recognize that Cozart resonates with a large, young portion of the city if there’s any hope to understand—or maybe even overcome—the issues plaguing those parts of the city (and, by extension, Chicago as a whole).

Madonna Calls Obama a Muslim; Later Clarifies Statement: ‘I Was Being Ironic’

Last night, pop icon Madonna made a somewhat interesting endorsement of President Obama’s re-election during her show in Washington, D.C., by telling the crowd, “Y’all better vote for fucking Obama, okay? For better or for worse, we have a black Muslim in the White House.”

She later clarified her statement:

“I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim

Rhythm, Blue, Social Disorder

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3cFVlKO8gA&feature=fvst

The conscious humyn evaluates and integrates various influences of  style regardless of race, gender or and social divisions. If “male” has a significance, you could receive the conscious male and his personality as influenced by Sade or Nina Simone. He, or better the humyn, could express a masculinity/femininity that is too distinct for either/or. Manifesting the Sade in him, he’s not afraid to express his experience of the sweetest taboo. Nothing’s loss of his power to create in the world, though he may tell you that he wants to feel an intense love like no other.