Oh Hip Hop Baby Where Did You Go

How has Hip-Hop  lost its course in this world? There is too much of a musical backbone to inspire and work from. Now a days the dumber the song the better the song. The “main stream” industry has trampled our freedom. You constantly hear artist complain of how they can’t make music like they want.  To many, music is the #1 escape from the world, and we all know a cold world.  When do we really get away?  We take the first chance we get to escape, turn on the radio and end up where we started . What’s music if not freedom music?

I always picture the beginning of music starting with four Sacred masters that conducted, instructed, and wrote music among st themselves.  This music was the only thing they had to stay sane. Music became a survival tactic. No instructions, no dotted lines, just the nitty gritty offense against the world. The value of music expression has been terminated and replaced with first class nonsense. Words have lost meanings, break downs have gained souls. The ghost of hip hop can never lay to rest  peacefully.

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

When I DJ I catch the unholy ghost. An electric shock flows through my arms; and when the record hits my finger tips, the funkadelic movement shimmy towards my wrist. Blended music surrounds my ear drums as I begin birthing new born tracks with the umbilical cord still attached. A slight cut from the mixer and my music begins to grow before my very eyes.

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).