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Mos Def said it would be like this

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October, 2007


Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in most of Georgia on Saturday, and called on President Bush to recognize that the historic drought had created a disaster for 85 counties.

Mos Def

 October, 1999

tell your crew use the H2 in wise amounts since
it’s the New World Water; and every drop counts
You can laugh and take it as a joke if you wanna
But it don’t rain a full week some summers
And it’s about to get real wild in the half
You be buying Evian just to take a fuckin bath



MF Doom – MM..Food reissue





Help the police

From the BBC sketch comedy show Rush Hour.


I blame hip-hop.


  • Over 2,200 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq since Mos Def stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier and declared that major combat operations had ended.
  • Three 6 Mafia has been pressured by their conservative Christian base to give less and less money to groups that distribute condoms in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Jay-Z disenfranchised thousands of black voters in Florida in 2000, and again in Ohio in 2004.
  • MF Doom wears a mask because he’s the one kidnapping all these little white girls.
  • Talib Kweli failed to take action to protect the citizens of New Orleans even though he had been warned “of breached levees, massive flooding, and major losses of life and property.”
  • Kanye West arrested 800,000 people in 2005 on charges related to marijuana, a substance proven to be significantly less harmful to society than both alcohol and tobacco.
  • During the first three years of the Diddy administration, the unemployment rate increased by one-third, 2.2 million jobs were lost, and the country went from a $281 billion surplus to a $521 billion deficit.
  • Just Say No was Biz Markie’s idea.
  • Little Brother brought about mad cow disease and a previously unseen strain of E. coli by feeding corn and the remains of other animals to cows.
  • Bow Wow is the reason the United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world.
  • Thanks to Lil’ Wayne, the United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population.
  • Speech from Arrested Development canceled Arrested Development.

This Thursday at Turntable Lab

Gotta take advantage of the freebies. And this looks like a good one. Turntable Lab is a hip-hop nerd’s paradise.



Russell Simmons just had another one of his brilliant ideas.

It wasn’t bad enough that people tried to blame rap music for Don Imus being a racist asshole.
Now, Russell Simmons is apparently taking the bait.

Via Yahoo! News

Prominent U.S. hip-hop executive Russell Simmons on Monday recommended eliminating the words “bitch,” “ho” and “nigger” from the recording industry, considering them “extreme curse words.”

Here’s a better idea, Russell. Why not start a new independent label that focuses on on more socially conscious content? Seems like that would make more sense than telling other people what they can or can’t say. Especially since you got rich off bitch, ho and nigger.


Your taste in music sucks. This will help.

Stop trying to convince yourself–and me–that Justin Timberlake is actually a recording artists worth paying any fucking attention to.

Stop watching MTV thinking, “They have to play something good eventually.” They don’t.

Stop trying to remember the names, faces and music of the latest blue-eyed soul sensation. They’ll be gone in a year.

It’s time to find out about some new music. Rather, some old music that you don’t know about.

Wax Poetics
(Full disclosure: I wrote something for these guys that has yet to be published.)

But the reason I pitched them in the first place was that it’s just an amazing, amazing magazine. Here’s what the folks at the Utne Reader had to say when the gave WaxPo the 2005 Utne Independent Press Award for Arts/Literary Coverage.

This lovingly rendered bimonthly recaptures those grooves that were lost, both literally and figuratively, when jazz, funk, and hip-hop went digital. Like the vinyl recordings to which it pays tribute, the magazine’s mind-altering illustrations and kinetic photographs beg for a frame, while the prose crackles with truth and soul.

Remember when you were a kid and your parent’s friends came over for those grown up parties? Things started off calmly enough, but eventually your enjoyment of The A-Team was disturbed by their loud conversation, the blaring of the record player and that strange smell coming from the patio. This is the kind of music they were listening to.

Take it for a test drive with some of their free online content.

Soul Sides
Soul Sides

Oliver Wang–aka DJ O-Dub–started this audio blog which led to the production of the instant-classic CD compilation, Soul Sides Vol. 1, in 2006. Vol. 2 is coming soon. He’s also the editor of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide.

My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing DJ O-Dub in action at Star Shoes recently. There aren’t a lot of things that could cause us to brave the traffic nightmare that is Hollywood Boulevard, but it was worth it. Any idiot can cue up a few James Brown songs and call themselves a DJ. Wang has that special knack that all good DJs share of being able to play the song that you don’t technically know , but once it gets going, it feels like it’s always been one of your favorites.

A perfect example, The Impressions: We’re A Winner.


Architecture is dope, yo!

Not to get all “back in my day”, but I really have fond memories of the television from my childhood. Before it became all about selling children toys and breakfast cereal, most of the shows we watched were actually educational. And nothing got me fired up like 3-2-1 Contact.

Thanks to the folks over at Curbed LA, I’ve had this song stuck in my head for a week now. I can’t think of anything more good natured and earnest than late 70s-early 80s children’s television.

And the rap singers in this video are actually pretty damn good!

Bonus video:
I couldn’t talk about 3-2-1 Contact without including the opening credits of the show. “Hey kids! Science is awesome!”

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