Big shout out to DJ Kuttin Kandi for always speaking up and reminding all of us our responsibility. What makes this letter so important is that as much as we in Hip Hop like to smash on the troubling aspects of mainstream and corporate backed Hip Hop, our so called progressiveness and 'us keeping it real' stop at the front door when it comes to women. Something is seriously amiss, we can turn on the BET awards as much as we like to criticize, and see MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj and others hosting and performing and not see a cadre of women artists on the line up for a popular 'alternative' outlet like Rock the Bells. We all have to take a pause and ask ourselves some hard questions. Why and how is this happening?
The Southern Shift presents the panel How to Grind, Hustle and Make it During the Recession. The panel is centered around new options for young independent hip-hop artists. If you are a hip hop artist or may want to become one, find out how you can be active in your community and how that can help you with your career.
Friday, March 19
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Detroit Rapper Invincible rips some dope verses from her song 'Emperor's Clothes'. It deals with the plight of Palestinians and the border wall Israel is building there. When Invincible touched down at a recent show in Austin she connects their struggle with the 'border wars' and 'border wall' being built in Texas.
FREE download of "Sledgehammer!"The first single off of Invincible's debut album: ShapeShifters. DON'T SLEEP!!!
1. State of Emergency Intro (prod. Black Milk)
2. Looongawaited (prod. Vaughan T of LABTECHS)
3. Sledgehammer! (prod. 14KT & Haircut of LABTECHS)
4. People Not Places w/ Abeer (prod. Vaughan T of LABTECHS)
5. Spacious Skies (prod. Apex)
6. No Easy Answers (prod. 14KT of LABTECHS)
7. Deuce/Ypsi w/ Buff1, SUN, PL (prod. Djimon & Jayhask, co-prod. Belief)
8. Recognize w/ Finale (prod. Black Milk)
9. Ransom Note w/ ANOMOLIES (prod. Belief)
Grace Shift interlude featuring Grace Lee Boggs
10. ShapeShifters (prod. Waajeed of bling47)
11. Ropes w/ Tiombe Lockhart (prod. Knowledge)
A couple of months ago Detroit rap artist and activist Invincible touched down in Austin and San Antonio to share her musical talents and weigh in on an issue many in the community had been grappling with - Gentrification. Invincible noted that poor people being displaced from their neighborhood by more af fluent residents was a huge deal in Detroit, so much so that she and her partner Finale did a song about it and accompanied it with a mini-documentary called Locust.