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EPMD Back In Business (Again) !! 

EPMD (Erick Sermon & Parrish Smith) will be releasing a new album sometime in December (some are saying December 9th) titled We Mean Business. Not only is this a breath of fresh air for EPMD fans, but featured emcees on the album will be KRS-One, Redman, Keith Murray, Havoc, Raekwon. On the boards will be Teddy Riley & 9th Wonder (I hope Erick produces for this album as well).

Added by: Menace, 28/Oct/08 | Comments: 2

The Grouch “Mom & Pop Killer” Video !!! 

Brand new video from The Grouch’s latest album "Show You The World.”

Added by: Menace, 23/Oct/08 | Comments: 1

Clarion Symposium Focuses on Hip-Hop’s Global Impact !! 

Hip-hop artist Common, a 2008 Grammy Award winner and five time NAACP Image Award winner, and Bakari Kitwana, co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention, are the keynote speakers for Third Annual Clarion University Hip-Hop Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 23. The program features speakers from around the world and an International Film Festival based around the theme “Hip-Hop Symposium 2008: Global Impact!”

Common and Kitwana will highlight the day’s events with their presentation at 2 p.m. in Gemmell Student Complex. A panel program will close the activities at 7 p.m. also in the Gemmell Student Complex. Kitwana, in addition to being the co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention is the author of “The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture.” He is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago.

Last summer he was called as an expert witness by the ACLU in the case of a junior high school student in Pennsylvania who was expelled for his rap lyrics. His expert testimony was referenced in the judge’s ruling, which allowed the student to return to school.

The former editor of national top-selling music magazine ‘The Source,” Kitwana’s writings have appeared in the Village Voice, The New York Times, The Nation, Savoy and the Progressive. He has taught in the English departments at Texas Southern University and University of Houston Downtown. He’s also been an adjunct professor in the political science department at Kent State University, where he taught a course “The Politics of the Hip-Hop Generation.”

Kitwana has been the editorial director of Third World Press, a consultant for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and for the last decade since the publication of his first book, “The Rap on Gangsta Rap,” has lectured on hip-hop and youth culture at colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, and Stanford University.

His book, “Hip-Hop Generation,” has been adopted as a course book in over 100 college classrooms in a variety of disciplines from sociology, history and Black studies to anthropology, music, and political science. He holds masters degrees in English and education from the University of Rochester. “Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America,” is his most recent book.

Hip-Hop artist Common is recognized for his emphasis on family values and departure from the “gansta rap” material and negative posturing sometimes found in popular hip hop or rap lyrics and videos. Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn in 1973, he was raised in Chicago, Ill., becoming the first widely hailed MC to emerge from that area. Under the name Common Sense he signed with Relativity Records in 1991.

He released “Can I Borrow A Dollar” in 1992 and “Resurrection” in 1994, the same year he was forced to abbreviate his name to Common due to a lawsuit by an Orange County-based reggae group called Common Sense.

“Resurrection” commented on the stagnant state of hip-hop and rap with the single, “i used to love h.e.r.” It created discussion within the hip-hop/rap realm, drew attention to his talent, and prompted a lawsuit by rapper Ice Cube, who felt he was maligned in the song. The lawsuit did not end favorably for Common, and litigation slowed the production of “Resurrection.”

Three years later he released “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” which included a roster of rap and hip-hop’s most talented artists. One of the singles, “Retrospect For Life,” recorded by Common and Lauryn Hill of the Fugees, dealt with the topic of abortion.

Common was in the forefront of an unprecedented wave of family values in the hip-hop community in 1998, the same year he was the headline act for the Elements of Hip-Hop tour. His contributions featured his own father, Lonnie, on a single titled “Pop’s Rap,” an apology from his father for not always being there; and a video of his single “Rap City ” on the BET network told the story of a young black man who decided to do the right thing by his pregnant girlfriend.

Other noted rappers such as Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, and Coolio turned to the joys of fatherhood and marriage in their material, and Common was among those ushering in a new lyrical and spiritual trend toward family values and adulthood.

Kitwana and Common are also part of the 2008-09 Clarion University Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker Series.

The hip-hop activities will begin on Oct. 16 with a Hip-Hop Arts Exhibit in Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Building.

The day-long events begin at 8:30 a.m. with a radio broadcast in the Gemmell Rotunda. book/CD signings and sales will also be held in the rotunda beginning at 11 a.m.

Two tracks will be run, a general schedule and one for educators. Teachers registering for the educator’s workshop will receive three Act 48 hours. High school students will also be taken on a campus tours and will participate in discussion groups led by Clarion University students.

Added by: Menace, 21/Oct/08 | Comments: 1

NEW!!! Paris “Don’t Stop The Movement” Video!! 

Brand New Banger From The Black Nationalist Political MC Paris Check it out !!!

Added by: Menace, 17/Oct/08 | Comments: 1

Wu-Tang Movie !! 


Wu-Tang will be releasing a documentary entitled Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan. This movie will feature never before seen interviews and rare concert footage. It will be released November 18. For a trailer of the movie, it can be seen at http://www.wumovie.com/trail/09/wu.html It's a must see for any Wu-Tang fan or anyone who's getting into Wu-Tang.

Added by: Menace, 13/Oct/08 | Comments: 7

Jedi Mind Tricks: A History of Violence !! 

On November 11th, Vinnie Paz, Stoupe, and Jus Allah reunite to bring you A History of Violence, the first Jedi Mind full-length collaborative since 1998's Violent By Design.

Added by: Menace, 13/Oct/08 | Comments: 1

Hip-Hop Fan Sentenced to 20 Hours of Beethoven!! 


You can’t be serious!!!! This week in Ohio, a redneck judge ordered a kid to listen to 20 hours of Beethoven for playing rap music too loudly in his car. LOL - the kid decided instead to pay the fine. Check out the news story after the break.

A defendant had a hard time facing the music.

Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.

It wasn’t the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be at practice with the rest of the Urbana University basketball team.

"I didn’t have the time to deal with that,” he said. "I just decided to pay the fine.”

Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott says the idea was to force Vactor to listen to something he might not prefer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music.

"I think a lot of people don’t like to be forced to listen to music,” she said.

She’s also taped TV shows for defendants in other cases to watch on topics such as financial responsibility. As she sees it, they get the chance to have their fine reduced "and at the same time broaden their horizons.”

Added by: Menace, 13/Oct/08 | Comments: 5

Nas Talks Education, Controversy & Hip-Hop !! 

New York rapper Nas has never shied away from news controversy in 
his almost two-decade career. Even so, the artist, whose real name is 
Nasir Jones, has little patience for controversy for the sake of 
selling albums. "If you’re just faking the funk, if you’re just 
starting trouble with people just for attention and you got no goal, 
it’s going to end before it started,” Nas said. "People will catch onto 

Nas’ latest untitled album has stirred up plenty of its own trouble. 
Nas originally called the album N—-r, but left it untitled after 
criticism around the title. Rev. Jesse Jackson and the NAACP both 
criticized Nas for the album title, while some artists, including 
Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Common, supported it. Nas said he eventually 
changed the title because he didn’t want the negativity to overwhelm 
his album’s content.

"I don’t like to feel that somebody is trying to pick out one thing 
about me and make it negative,” Nas said. "Unfortunately, you have a 
lot of people who are threatened by people like me, whether they rap or 
not. I don’t give them any power by saying I’m just selling the n—-r 

"If the title isn’t there, the album cover becomes even more 
powerful,” Nas said, referring to the untitled album’s cover. The cover 
shows Nas shirtless with flagellation scars in the shape of an "N” on 
his back.

The counter-culture music Nas makes goes along with his life story. 
He grew up in the Queensbridge housing projects in Queens, N.Y. After 
dropping out of middle school, Nas educated himself, studying ancient 
religious texts and early hip-hop music. The irony of college students 
paying to see a middle-school dropout is not lost on Nas.

"You wonder what your teachers would say now,” Nas said. "You wonder 
what people — ‘cause they saw me on the corner — I wonder what they 
think now.”

Even so, Nas said he still appreciates the value of education and hopes to complete his own some day.

"In education, there’s a lot that’s wrong with the way the system works, but at the same time, it’s very important,” Nas said.

"This is a whole new world for me,” he said when asked what he would 
study. "Literature is one [major]. And of course, history. I like to 
think of myself as a historian.”

Nas’ interests show through in his music as well. His songs deal 
with issues in hip hop music, race relations and other controversial 

"The stuff that I listen to the most is not the most radio played,” 
Nas said. "Radio is important too, but you can’t let everything be 
about the radio. I like to make music where I’m not always working for 
the charts.”

"I still do have fun, even though it comes out serious,” he added. 
"The records that I tend to keep on the album are the ones that are not 
much about fun.”

Even though his music deals with heavy topics, Nas said the music doesn’t have to be contemplative.

"You can be flying down the highway doing 90 [mph], listening to something like ‘Testify.’ It’s all about how you are feeling.”

Added by: Menace, 02/Oct/08 | Comments: 4

Detox Single to be released November, album December. 

Dr. Dre's newest protege "Bishop Lamont", has announced a single for Dr. Dre's long awaited album to be released this November, and that the album may be released in December. So far all Dr. Dre's solo albums have been released during the end of the year (The Chronic - 15 December, 2001 - 15 November), so its likely it could come out.

check the video here.

Added by: EmSeeD, 30/Sep/08 | Comments: 0

Hip-Hop Honors 2008 

Source: Ughh.com

It's that time again for VH1 Honors. As always there's a new list of Honorees, and I got the list for those who plan to watch or won't be able to watch them this year. This years honorees are: Cypress Hill, Naughty By Nature, De La Soul (about time), Slick Rick & Too $hort. The performers this year will be: All the Honorees, Wyclef Jean, Kid Rock, Lil Jon, Big Boi, Ghostface Killah (I predict he'll do Slick Rick), MC Lyte, Bun B, Biz Markie, Q-Tip (you think he might do De La?) & Scarface. To end this news we will be graced with the presence of Tracy Morgan as the host.

Added by: NtG, 29/Sep/08 | Comments: 1

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