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Killer Mike Gives us a hip-hop history lesson

My guy Killer Mike was on "On Real Time with Bill Mahr" this past Friday and he brought game to a question Mahr asked him about folks claiming violence as a result of hip-hop (Bill O'Reily we see you) Mike proceeded to break down the development of hip-hop and its roots in nonviolence and organizing communities.

"Hip Hop, as a entity, was started in the late '60s, early '70s," he said. "All these kids that were kind of the fallout kids of the Black Nationalist movement, Civil Rights, poor white people's movement, Puerto Rican Nationalism movement — they had street gangs in New York, in the Bronx, that were just essentially burned out. At some point in the very late '60s, early '70s, these kids were like 'We're going to come up with our own peace treaty.' They came up with their own peace treaty, decided that, 'We aren't going to engage in violence.' Well, what's the alternative to violence? The Zulu Nation was born out of that...These kids, they were children, got together in the public park, stole public electricity, which I strongly support, and decided to do park jams as an alternative to violence."

Hit the 9:37 mark for the segment




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Lupe Fiasco - Something that I Never Had

The best rapper alive is back at it. The ever conscious Windy-City emcee is back with "Something that I never Had." Off a few listens, sounds like a tale of a relationship gone wrong and a baby caught in the middle. What you think? 


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American Horror Story : Circus

As a person who cares for all living things, which doesn't seem to be like a universally accepted concept unfortunately, I am against all animal cruelty. With that said, a young lady named Atiya and a few others have been on the move protesting the circus, all of them. Specifically for their horrid treatment of animals who belong in the wild. I won't say much more, watch the video above and make a change.

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She the Real

In working on my new joint venture with Frank Brown, head of "DeniroVision" he put me onto an incredible diamond in the rough. Her name is She Real. Once I hit that link to her site, her lyrics hit me in the face really hard. This woman can spit! I checked out her last 2 mixtapes "Real Hip-Hop Still Exists" and "My Times Coming" and they were great! Best believe she will be featured in the upcoming Spring Issue of The Experience Magazine....coming this April! 

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Power Rangers Reboot!

If you're an 80s or 90s baby who grew up on the Original Power Rangers you need to check this out! This rated R reboot needs to happen!!!  Film director Joseph Khan created this short 14 minute clip of a darker, more mature and more graphic version of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Seemingly made for shits and giggles, it has taken a life of its own since debuting on the web earlier today.



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Tragic Truth (Warning Explicit Content)

Unfortunately this is one of those posts that have a bitter beginning to a somewhat happier ending. A few years ago a friend and school mate (Elisa Lopez) was sexually assaulted in the train after a fun night out with friends. She did not know what had happened until a video had gone viral, she then had to face the tragic fact that things were going to change fast. Since the video going viral she is finally speaking up on her attack in hopes to not only track down this pervert but to also keep other women aware. she has allowed me to both share one of the many articles that have come out but also the Video of her attack. Warning Explicit Content. 

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/news/a34627/subway-sexual-assault/ 

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REAL

The world has a tendency to forget why we fight, why we go forth and choose to wake up every morning. Here is a woman that takes what people think in their heads and shouts it from the roof tops. "One shout is louder than a thousand whisper's" -Miss Dynamite. Straight from the across the pond this UK artist spits the "real ish" Welcome to the spring section of the Magazine!! 

 

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Pick of the Week {Part 2}

This one here is from one of our Winter features, Nicole Charlie! I knew she was talented with the fine arts but when I discovered she can play guitar and sing, I had to help get her videos out there! Well heres one I enjoyed the most!

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Catching Up

Hello folks! As you can see from the last time there was a post in here... its been a LONG time. No apologizes, life calls! I've been supremely busy but I'm back. Short and sweet. Enjoy whats the come creative people!

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Kanye West's "Late Registration"

Late Registration is my favorite album of all time. It tops "Off The Wall" "Thriller" "It Was Written" "In My Lifetime Vol. 1" and others to me. Everything about this album was flawless. So I always enjoy finding out little gems such as what Complex Music uncovered. 10 things you didn't know about this album.


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M.I.A. Was Supposed To Be On “Drive Slow”

According to a number of sources, M.I.A. was originally supposed to be featured on “Drive Slow.” Maya turned down the opportunity due to a busy schedule. The song wound up featuring GLC and Paul Wall. Although Yeezy and Maya have never collaborated in an official capacity, he did sample her vocals for T.I.’s “Swagga Like Us,” which they later performed together at the 2009 Grammys.

M.I.A. Was Supposed To Be On “Drive Slow”

According to a number of sources, M.I.A. was originally supposed to be featured on “Drive Slow.” Maya turned down the opportunity due to a busy schedule. The song wound up featuring GLC and Paul Wall. Although Yeezy and Maya have never collaborated in an official capacity, he did sample her vocals for T.I.’s “Swagga Like Us,” which they later performed together at the 2009 Grammys.

The Album Put Kanye $600,000 In Debt

According to some estimates, the making of Late Registration cost upwards of $2 million dollars. Although those numbers aren’t confirmed, Kanye did tell MTV exactly how much it cost him out of his own pocket saying, “I put my money [into Late Registration]. I'm $600,000 in the hole right now on that album.” Shit, with debt like that you’d think he actually spent four years in college. ZING!

 

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“Gold Digger” Was Meant For Shawnna

According to Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds, “Gold Digger” wasn’t meant to be a Kanye West song. It was originally created for Shawnna's 2004 debut album Worth Tha Weight. For whatever reason, she passed on the beat and Kanye rewrote the hook (which originally went “I ain’t saying I’m a gold digger/But I ain’t messing with no broke nigga”) from a female perspective to a male one. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for 10 weeks. It remains Kanye’s biggest hit to date.

 

Movie Director Michel Gondry Played Drums On “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”

One of the reasons Kanye wanted to work with Jon Brion was because he was so impressed by Brion’s score to the film, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind. (Apparently, so was Jay Electronica, who rapped over Brion’s score on “Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge).”) The film was directed by Michel Gondry, who ended up playing a role on the Kanye’s album, as well.

According to MTV, Gondry happened to be in the studio on a day when Brion was setting up a drum kit and he ended up playing live drums on “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.” Furthermore, Gondry would go on to direct one of the music videos for the album's single, “Heard 'Em Say.”

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Kanye Was Competing With Common’sBe

While writing a cover story about Kanye, Common, and John Legend forVIBE back in 2005, Complex’s Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever observed something interesting in the studio with Kanye: He kept a piece of paper with side-by-side track listings. Kanye later admitted that he did it “so that he can be sure that his LP hangs song-for-song with Common’s [Be].”

That might sound a bit odd since they’re both on the same team, but considering that Kanye produced most of Be and the best players always say "your only competition is yourself," it totally makes sense.

Rick Rubin Hooked Kanye Up With Jon Brion and Adam Levine

As if he wasn’t involved with enough classic albums, it turns out Rick Rubin had a hand in ‘Ye’s sophomore set—albeit a much smaller one than usual. Much of the hype surrounding Late Registration was about how Kanye was working with Jon Brion, a producer who had no background in hip-hop and was best known for producing movie scores and Fiona Apple records. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was another unlikely collaborator. And how did ‘Ye get in touch with both Brion and Levine? Through a mutual friend, Rick Rubin.

Kanye Tried To Make “Crack Music” Without The N-Word

Kanye elaborated on his feelings about the word to Time, explaining, "Take the word nigga. I don't like the word, and I made an attempt to change it on this new song 'Crack Music.' I tried saying, ‘This is crack music, homey,' but it just didn't have the same impact." Game’s five-word cameo could have been so different.

 

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Portishead Was A Huge Influence On The Album

According to Rolling Stone, British trip-hop group Portishead was a huge influence on Kanye. Not only was he a big fan of their album classic debut, Dummy, but he was also a fan of their live album, Roseland NYC Live. It’s also a likely reason why after Late Registration dropped, Kanye followed it up with a live album of his own, Late Orchestration.

 

M.I.A. Was Supposed To Be On “Drive Slow”

According to a number of sources, M.I.A. was originally supposed to be featured on “Drive Slow.” Maya turned down the opportunity due to a busy schedule. The song wound up featuring GLC and Paul Wall. Although Yeezy and Maya have never collaborated in an official capacity, he did sample her vocals for T.I.’s “Swagga Like Us,” which they later performed together at the 2009 Grammys.

The Album Put Kanye $600,000 In Debt

According to some estimates, the making of Late Registration cost upwards of $2 million dollars. Although those numbers aren’t confirmed, Kanye did tell MTV exactly how much it cost him out of his own pocket saying, “I put my money [into Late Registration]. I'm $600,000 in the hole right now on that album.” Shit, with debt like that you’d think he actually spent four years in college. ZING!

“Gold Digger” Was Meant For Shawnna

According to Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds, “Gold Digger” wasn’t meant to be a Kanye West song. It was originally created for Shawnna's 2004 debut album Worth Tha Weight. For whatever reason, she passed on the beat and Kanye rewrote the hook (which originally went “I ain’t saying I’m a gold digger/But I ain’t messing with no broke nigga”) from a female perspective to a male one. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for 10 weeks. It remains Kanye’s biggest hit to date.

Movie Director Michel Gondry Played Drums On “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”

One of the reasons Kanye wanted to work with Jon Brion was because he was so impressed by Brion’s score to the film, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind. (Apparently, so was Jay Electronica, who rapped over Brion’s score on “Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge).”) The film was directed by Michel Gondry, who ended up playing a role on the Kanye’s album, as well.

According to MTV, Gondry happened to be in the studio on a day when Brion was setting up a drum kit and he ended up playing live drums on “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.” Furthermore, Gondry would go on to direct one of the music videos for the album's single, “Heard 'Em Say.”

Kanye Was Competing With Common’sBe

While writing a cover story about Kanye, Common, and John Legend forVIBE back in 2005, Complex’s Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever observed something interesting in the studio with Kanye: He kept a piece of paper with side-by-side track listings. Kanye later admitted that he did it “so that he can be sure that his LP hangs song-for-song with Common’s [Be].”

That might sound a bit odd since they’re both on the same team, but considering that Kanye produced most of Be and the best players always say "your only competition is yourself," it totally makes sense.

Rick Rubin Hooked Kanye Up With Jon Brion and Adam Levine

As if he wasn’t involved with enough classic albums, it turns out Rick Rubin had a hand in ‘Ye’s sophomore set—albeit a much smaller one than usual. Much of the hype surrounding Late Registration was about how Kanye was working with Jon Brion, a producer who had no background in hip-hop and was best known for producing movie scores and Fiona Apple records. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was another unlikely collaborator. And how did ‘Ye get in touch with both Brion and Levine? Through a mutual friend, Rick Rubin.

Kanye Tried To Make “Crack Music” Without The N-Word

Kanye elaborated on his feelings about the word to Time, explaining, "Take the word nigga. I don't like the word, and I made an attempt to change it on this new song 'Crack Music.' I tried saying, ‘This is crack music, homey,' but it just didn't have the same impact." Game’s five-word cameo could have been so different.

Portishead Was A Huge Influence On The Album

According to Rolling Stone, British trip-hop group Portishead was a huge influence on Kanye. Not only was he a big fan of their album classic debut, Dummy, but he was also a fan of their live album, Roseland NYC Live. It’s also a likely reason why after Late Registration dropped, Kanye followed it up with a live album of his own, Late Orchestration.

Orchestra Members Laughed While Making “Celebration”

One of the album’s distinct characteristics has always been it’s use of live instrumentation and large orchestras. In fact, at one point, the album was delayed two weeks because Kanye and Brion had to wait to rent a harpsichord to play on one song. While recording “Celebration” with a 20 piece band, the musicians reportedly found it difficult to concentratewhile Kanye spit his humorous lyrics about grabbing asses and having a "well-endowed" son.

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Kanye Mixed “Diamonds” 14 Times

According to Jay-Z, Kanye mixed “Diamonds” about 14 times before he was comfortable enough to release it. It might sound like he was being obsessive, but that's nothing compared to the early 80 mixes "Stronger" went through on the next album. When you're a perfectionist, the results don’t lie.

Via http://www.complex.com/music/2012/08/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-kanye-west-late-registration/

 

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Union Square | Time Square -  Mike Brown Rally

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Union Square | Time Square - Mike Brown Rally

Once again I was back at it! I had attended the Trayvon Martin rally a year ago and it was extremely moving. But I wasn't even remotely prepared for what this was going to be. I grabbed my friends Christina (Managing Editor) and Jesi (Assistant) with me to check it out after work. I don't want to write too much here since I'll reserve much of what I have to say for the Fall issue of the mag but what started off as peaceful ended chaotic. While the Union Square portion of the nite was filled with passionate speeches and silent mourning, it was the events at Time Square that truly turned heads. I only have 1 pic from when I was at Time Square (and almost got arrested!!!) but there's plenty of pics from the Union Square rally courtesy of Jesi. More to come in the Fall Issue! - Jason

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Music : Pick of the Week!

I haven't been listening to a lot of music lately. I did hear "Blacc Hollywood" but I also finally got around to Kelela's "Cut 4 Me." She had a pick of the week last week but due to the fact this is the latest thing I heard, she gets my pick again! This tape is really dope check her out.


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