Former Maryland LT Governor Michael Steele has been in the news lately because he now heads the Republican Party. he is their Howard Dean. He says that he wants to give the GOP a Hip Hop make over and seriously diversify things...Dude does have the endorsement of Russell Simmons and former Def Jam prez Kevin Lyles... mmmmm I don't know about all dat..We see how the GOP continuously gets down.. In anycase I figured I'd pull out an old interview I did with dude back at the GOP Convention in New York so you can get a better understanding of who he is..
We sat down with Martin Perna one of the founders of the Dap Kings and the incredible funk band Antibalas and spoke with him about music and politics.
We talked to him about the influence of Fela Kuti not just as a musician but as an activist who believed that music can be used as a weapon and a tool for liberation. We talked to Martin about how that philosophy has manifested itself in the music of Antibalas. He gives a thorough breakdown
We also talked to Martin about his move from New York to Texas aka Tejas and how the rhythms and regional music in particular Tejano has influenced and shaped the bands sound. He explained that since the other members of Antibalas still reside in New York, not much. But he has another band called Ocolte Soul which directly reflects the Latin Texas influence.
We talked about Marytin's upcoming move to Nicaragua and how important it will be for him and the band musically. We talked indepth about the global impact of Hip Hop and where the ...
In the age of Obama, lots of people have been talking enthusiastically about change and getting more directly involved in government. Last year this time we sat down with Arenthal James aka AJ who is the director of policy and research for Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina.
Clyburn is the whip of the House and prior to Obama being elected President was the most powerful African American on the legislative side and one of the most powerful people in government period. He has long believed that African Americans and other communities of color should have a strong working knowledge of how things work in Washington DC so we are less reactionary to things coming out of Congress and more directly involved with things as they are being formulated.
AJ came through to to talk to us about health policy issues. It was supposed to be a 10 minute interview. Instead he wound up staying for a full hour so he could lay down the steps one needs to take to get things accomplished wh...
part 2.. of our incredible interview with authyor Ethan Brown about the stop Snitching movement and its connection to drug policy and the drug laws. In part 2 Ethan goes into depth about how the world of government informants work and how many innocent people are victimized by the abuse of power and false testimonies.
We sat down and talked with author Ethan Brown who wrote the Book 'Queens Reigns Supreme' and "Snitching'... He gives a thorough and incredible breakdown behind the the so called Stop Snitching Movement' and how that ties into the war on drugs and what the real truth is behind it.
For starters most people who yell 'Don't Snicth' wind up snitching after the Feds get a hold of them. There are laws on the books and uncontrolled powers by the Federal government and their use of 'government informants' that has resulted in tousands of lives ruined and left in shambles all around the country. Ethan Brown breaks all this down in this 2 Part interview
We start off by talking about his book Queens Reigns Supreme which talks about the hustlers and main drug dealers connected to the borough of Queens. Its an insightful breakdown of the 50 Cent, Irv Gotti, Murder Inc, Supreme Team, Fat Cat drama that received a lot of notoriety. It's also intimately connected to some of the laws on the b...
25 Joints to Get U Through the Day #9
No More Tears-No More Shame-No More Violence-
This week we were disturbed by the domestic violence incident that is swirling around singers Chris Brown and his now former girlfriend Rhianna. wsadly this is an industry where such occurrences are not unusual. If anything this industry actually celebrates and handsomely rewards those who have been accused of committing acts of violence against their partners. Some think its funny. Others think its no big deal. Way too many think the person on the receiving end deserved what they got.
We see that happening now with the Chris Brown situation. Far too many comments along the lines of she may have gotten what she deserved. And thats coming from both men and women.
So this week we went and found some songs that address the various issues around domestic violence with a message of hope, upliftment and healing.
25 Joints to Get U Through The Day # 8
Peddling Life in a World of Death
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01-Davey D w/ Toni Blackmon 'Protesting the Death of Spirit' ( Beats by tarik of Arab Summit)
02-Jahi 'Riots In Oakland' (Oakland)
03-Consolidated 'Friendly Facism' (San Francisco)
04-Sway & King Tech 'Devastating'(oakland)
05-Western Union 'Bird in the Bush' (Los Angeles)
06-Immortal Technique '3rd World' (New York)
07-DJ Muggs & Sick Jaken 'Ciclon' (Los Angeles)
08-Movemeant 'Breathe'(Los Angeles)
09-Breakstra 'Keep on Playing' (Los Angeles)
10-Free Sol 'Labyrinth'(Memphis)
11-Sim City 'Watch Me' (Washington DC)
12-Sim City 'The Jackpot'(Washington DC)
13-KRS-One & Friends 'Self Construction'
14-Hustle Boyz 'Mr President'(los Angeles)
15-Big Snoop Dogg 'Brothers and Sisters (March to the Revolution)'(Los Angels)
16-Apathy 'The Buck Stops' (Connecticut)
17-Medusa 'Mine to Give'(Los Angeles)
18-Jean Grae '...
This week the Bay Area has been on fire..I mean that figuratively and literally. First we were hit with the bombing of Gaza which to date has left close to 900 civilians dead and countless wounded. Our president Elect has remained silent while the Zionist forces that run Israel which has the 4th largest army in the world has been crying that she needs to defend herself. Israel has supposedly been defending herself from Hamas, a democratically elected party in Gaza which has been firing from crude rockets that to date have killed one person.
Its seems a bit suspect that an army as well equipped and as sophisticated as Israel's could not disarm Hamas which they easily outgun. Its kinda like bringing a gun to a knife fight and then not only shooting the knife wielder but all the innocent bystanders nearby.
In any case the past couple of weeks have brought thousands onto the streets of San Francisco where folks have expressed absolute outrage. We captured some of those moments a...
By now everyone has seen the horrific video or videos of a Oakland BART Police Officer shooting an unarmed, Black man while he lay facedown on the ground and was fully co-operating. The man who was killed execution style was the father of a 4 year old girl and was considered a peacemaker. In fact moments before he was shot he was pleading with his friends who were all cuffed up to calm down and be cooperative with police. Grant was seen begging the police officers who had pulled tasers out and pointed them at the heads of his friends, not to shoot.
For reasons unknown to us, the police officer pushed Grant to the ground. One officer kneeled on his neck while the other officer pulled out a gun and shot him point blank. The police then ran around and terrorfied witnesses by taking away their cell phones and video cameras for 'evidence'.
What went down this New Years morning is very disturbing sight and it has the entire city of Oakland on edge. Adding insult to industry is the...
25 joints to get U Through the Day #6
We're Fired Up...
As we step into the holiday season we wanted to remind you just how much Hip Hop speaks truth to power. It never takes a break even during the holidays... That's why we kicked off this week's episode with some inspiring words from Civil Rights leader Joseph Lowry. He sets the tone with his remarks which are followed by Elandra Williams a youth activist from the Highlander Center in Tennessee. Over a slamming Heiro beat she tells us how the movement has been co-opted by the Foundation Industrial complex. She's says too many leaders have become professional activists.
Elandra's searing words are followed by those of embattled preacher Jeremiah Wright who hits us over the dome about Muslim and Christian contradictions and how there are some in each respective religion who erroneously use God to justify their own political and military agenda. Big shout out to Tajai of the Mighty hiero crew who I ran into this earlier th...