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We’re Baaaaaaaaaack

Once again back it’s the incredible-
-Public Enemy

November 8, 2008, a truly historic date in the United States. The first African American President was elected. Ghettos cheered, impromptu parades broke out, block parties sprung up and a whole bunch of us just cried. Aww yes, it was a truly glorious time to be alive, If you were black.

Fast forward. Exactly 8 years later BAM! Wake up fools! The good ole U, S of A that you were used to has made a comeback. No need to replay the events. We all woke up and Barack Obama had been replaced with Donald Trump. If Barack was a New Hope we can see this time around The Empire Strikes Back.

After 8 blissful years of a man who is destined to be on every black person’s wall next to MLK, we have hit the sunken place. Because of this, we here at GHz HQ have decided it’s time to dust off the keyboards, hook up the DJ equipment, and reactivate all agents that had gone dark. With the Obama years behind us and at least 4 more years of YOU KNOW WHO Grownheadz is getting the band back together …sorta.

Folks have gotten older and time is a little harder to come by. Some of the band ain’t down for playing gigs anymore and some members well, let’s just say it’s complicated. ANYway we are going to start slow and build. All are old stuff is still sitting here in the archives for your perusal. In fact, we’ll probably pull some things out ourselves. There will be less written content and more of an emphasis on music for the adult hip hop fan. K-Rocka aka DJ Rock Major has a whole crew of DJ’s ready to post their mixes for your listening pleasure. And the rest of us are already scouring the interwebs for new music to post. So join us if you will as we do it one mo gin for the culture. Welcome (back) to Grownheadz.com

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Throwback Thursday: The BEGINNING (again)

This was our (my) first post waaaay back in February 2008.  As I read it now I’m now on the downside of my 40’s (DAMN!). BUT strangely or unfortunately most of the sentiments in the post are still true.  BTW I added the  Kev Hart meme to make it more interesting. He wasn’t fanous yet back then

Welcome to the first post! No need to mark your calendar or remember how it happened, or what you were wearing today. Just tell your friends, aiight?

First off, I am not a writer.

I’m a fan.

I grew up on hip hop. If you’re like me, when you kick back and reminisce, the soundtrack to those good and bad old days is hip hop. Yeah, there’s a little R&B in the mix, but the majority of it is beats and rhymes. I consider the Fatboys to be a serious rap group, remember when LL was a new jack, and can recall when RUN-DMC was the biggest rap group ever. The problem is I’m a little older now—not really a problem, it’s just a fact. But with age things change. There was a time when I had to have to work to hear a rap song on the radio, or wade through all sorts of rock videos just to see one rap artist or black artist.

Nowadays hip hop rules the land. As a teenager I never thought this day would come. Unfortunately, like myself, many of us older heads don’t feel at home in this brave new hip-hop world. What we see and hear; yeah, they call it hip hop, but it just ain’t hitting the same. When I get together with my friends and music comes up, we sound like our parents when somebody invariable says, “These kids today don’t know good music!”

But the question is “Do you still love hip-hop?”

I’m gonna guess yes, since you’re still checking out the site. Some of us have given up the fight, switched to smooth jazz, neo-soul, or just listen to Best of CDs from old school artists. But the new stuff? Hell to the naw. I felt the same way and I’m a DJ. But one day, I had an epiphany: I realized I’m not supposed to like the songs that the kids listen to today, ya know? Ask me why (pause).

Cause I’m grown! Think about it: when you were a teen did your mom or dad like your music? Nope. Couldn’t believe their ears. “What’s all that spittin’ and makin’ noise?” (beatboxin) or “I can’t understand what they’re saying.” Your parents, like my parents, were having the same conversations we are having today. What are these kids listening to? But that’s the conversation we’re supposed to have. To quote a wise comedian, I’m a grown-ass man! On the down side of my thirties, I shouldn’t like the same songs as a thirteen-year-old, or at the very least it shouldn’t mean the same thing to me.

When I realized this, I was straight. I didn’t take hip hop’s change so personally. I stopped being repulsed and disgusted when “Laffy Taffy” came on. Now does this all mean I’m done, that I’m going to leave hip hop behind? Not at all! I just have to take it back to the old school: go seek out what I like. Anyway, what is love if there isn’t some sort of test?

TO BE CONTINUED

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Dark Time Sunshine’s B-Side is a ‘Walk in the Park’

Today, duo Dark Time Sunshine released the official lead B-side (no single yet) to their upcoming album ANX, which hits the streets July 24th on the Fake Four, Inc. label.

Onry Ozzborn, the Grayskul (Rhymesayers) rapper who along with producer Zavala makes up DST, is excited about the album, which includes features from Aesop Rock, P.O.S., and Busdriver, among others.

Today’s B-Side, A Walk In The Park, is all about figuring out how to prioritize what’s most important. “Between raising your kids, dealing with long distance relationships, and maintaining music,” says Ozzborn, “it can drive you mad at times.”

“The beat just put me in a storytelling mood and has me thinking about what’s really important in my life,” says Ozzborn. “From worry about my folks to having concerns about my daughter growing up.”

Park breaks down the subject matter: “I never wanna get that call about mommy/ Daddy neither (I think I need a breather)/ Sister watch over them/ They not retired; they rewired and work again.”

Download “A Walk In The Park” here.

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RIP Heavy D – The Twitter Edition – 5 Tweets +1

The tweets have been pouring in from everywhere over the sudden death of Heavy D. Here our some ones we noticed.

Dzareef @feerazd
Salt n pepa & Heavy D up in the limousine – Big . RIP Heavy D

Wendy Williams @WendyWilliams
RIP Heavy D…..love you like cooked food!

J.Brown @BigHerc24
Rip Heavy D you made being a big guy cool #RealHipHopGenius

B.S. :: No bs:: @LadieBSmith
RT @JaNetSaisQuoi: Watching BAPS will never be the same. RIP Heavy D. « “I’m bout to be in the new Heavy D video. I’m about to blow UP!”

Tom E. Morello @TomEMorello
RIP Heavy D. Would someone please check on Chubb Rock?

John Laramie @JLNY
“I can’t believe it’s just salt and peppa up in the limousine now.” – @AROYNY. #RIP Heavy D

 

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Late Movie Fridays: Cruel Summer Edition

How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Aww yeah, Charlotte! It’s almost time for another Late Movie Fridays.
This week, we’re going with the light comedy, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, as we kiss the last of the summer goodbye. College kids Perry and Stephanie can’t stay apart, but can they keep it together?

  • WHERE: Red@28th, 2424 N. Davidson (across from Amelie’s)
  • WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30 Games mixer at 9, movie at 11
  • HOW: Free with RSVP to grownheadz@gmail.com

 

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