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That's My Mens an' 'em

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VIDEO: 6abc Loves the Arts - Rah Crawford | Video | 6abc.com:

(Via ABC 6 News.)

Take a Chill Pill

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What The Geese Are All Roaring About - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"It's true hip-hop has a problem respecting women, but this is a symptom of deeper truth--the music doesn't respect men. It doesn't respect that essentially male moment, when standing at the bus stop, when sitting in English class, when in that sales meeting, a dime-piece floats past, and cognition stops. It doesn't respect the exhilarating terror of being attracted to a woman. To cop to that violates the pimp ethos. One can't be out of control, and be the player president."

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

This is real.

King Asiatic Nobody's Equal.

B.E.T. Honors

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For much of the network's life, I have not been a big fan of it's social impact. Far too many booties shakin', gangstas, and not enough positive images or ideas. But as of late, I've seen some pretty good programming. The kind of stuff the community has been clamoring for years despite Bob Johnson. This program is a great example of what I hope to be a mainstay of the network. If it doesn't, we can always watch more of the Boondocks!

Real Hip Hop

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"Age don't count in the booth when ya flow stay submerged in the fountain of youth." --Rakim Allah

What is Hip-Hop

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I was asked recently what I thought was the state of hip-hop today. I felt inspired:

Hip-hop is an art form that in classic African style, unites the word and the drum. It lives on in the hearts and minds of the true heads. You, me, that white girl with the nipple rings that knows every word spit by Talib Kweli, that Korean cat in Seoul who memorized every one of Rakim's joints. It is alive and well and forms the nucleus of an entire urban culture to which you and I take part. Rhymes, skills, things of that nature...

Now that segment of the music industry (as opposed to art) often misnamed "hip-hop" and confused with the art form is a pimp game with large corporations as the pimps, "artists" as the whores ("This is Why I'm Hot"), and the music buying public as the johns. It too is alive and well and with some hubris purports to BE the former. Don't get it twisted...

Make your next move, your best move. ;-)

Jay-Z Greatest MC of All Time?

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MTV News - Jay, Nas, LL, More On Being The 'Greatest MCs Of All Time':

I can buy Jay-Z being #1 hustler in the industry. I can buy him being the most successful artist. But #1 MC of all time?!?!? Oh hell naw! Rakim, Kane or Biggie could eat him alive lyrically. Sinead O'Connor was right. It's about the loot.

Rakim was on point as usual:

"It's a blessing, man. Especially the road I took. I'm a conscious rapper. I try to stay away from a lot of things: Not wanting to cross over and go pop. Try to stay true to my roots and for them to bless me with that title. It makes it all worth the battle. It's like the first time you sit down with the notebook, you want to be with the greats. I came up under Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee. I used to think, 'If Melle Mel heard this, or if Caz heard this, what would he think?' "

Is Jay-Z Keepin' it Real?

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Jay-Z is arguably the current King of Hip Hop music with a string of multiplatinum albums. I give much props to the brother for making it in that shark infested business called the entertainment industry. But this success leaves me a little uneasy.

It wasn't that long ago when I listened to Public Enemy curse the Grammy's for ignoring rap music as a genre. Underground artists would regularly dis mainstream artists like the Fresh Prince, Young MC, etc. who were seen as sellouts because they were perceived to have sacrificed artistic truth for commercial success. It was the Jedi against the Empire.