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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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Official Shotcallers of A3C Festival!!!

Guess who’s an official sponsor of the A3C (All 3 Coasts) hip hop festival Oct. 6-8 in Atlanta? Thass right. Not to pat ourselves on the back too hard, but we’re right there with Hip Hop DX, Jamla and other industry heavyweights, supporting our culture and helping to bring back dope hip hop.

We’ll be bringing you that grown man/grown woman perspective, letting you know new names to watch for, videos and show footage of your favorite emcees and straight running up on all the grownheadz who will be there. In the run up, we’ll feature artists like Jean Grae, Big K.R.I.T., Big Pooh, Elzhi, REKS, Aleon Craft, Ras Kass, Young Scolla, Rapsody, Danny, Gods Illa, Boog Brown, Lyric Jones, Bronze Nazareth and Saigon on the site.

There are over 80 confirmed artists for A3C 2011, making the 3-day festival the hip-hop Woodstock Rock the Bells never was. Also unlike Rock the Bells, A3C is recognizing dope female emcees with Jean Grae, Boog Brown, Eternia, Marz Lovejoy, Rapsody and The Reminders rocking the stages. See the ever-growing list of artists below.

  • Random Axe
  • Freeway
  • Murs
  • BIG K.R.I.T.
  • Freddie Gibbs
  • Dead Prez
  • 9th Wonder
  • Jean Grae
  • Cory Gunz
  • XV
  • Big Pooh
  • Homeboy Sandman
  • Smoke DZA
  • Elzhi
  • Reks
  • Termanology
  • Ski Beatz
  • The Kid Daytona
  • Jon Connor
  • Saigon
  • tabi Bonney
  • Ras Kass
  • J-Live
  • Laws
  • Thee Tom Hardy
  • Skyzoo
  • El Da Sensei
  • Percee P
  • Action Bronson
  • Actual Proof
  • Aleon Craft
  • Big Remo
  • BIGREC
  • Black Milk
  • Boog Brown
  • Chancellor Warhol
  • Chase N Cashe
  • D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
  • Danny!
  • Dee-1
  • Diamond D
  • Dillon
  • Donny Goines
  • Eternia
  • Ethereal Eyezon Soweto
  • Front Page
  • One Be Lo
  • Guilty Simpson
  • Jarren Benton
  • Jon Hope
  • KD
  • LidoLido
  • Lyriciss
  • Marz Lovejoy
  • Moe Green
  • Neak
  • Nice Guise
  • Nottz
  • P Dukes
  • PATEN LOCKE
  • Rapsody
  • Rittz
  • Rockie Fresh
  • Shokanti
  • Soul Khan
  • The reMinders
  • Torae
  • ULTRA BEAST
  • Varsity Squad
  • WILLIE EVANS JR
  • YONAS
  • Young Scolla


 
Hit us up with a comment and tell us if you’re going to be there, questions to asky your favorite artists and who you want to see us interview. And stay tuned, we’ve got some ill promotions up the sleeve!

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Top 10 Hip Hop Love Songs

I despise love songs, but I have been forced to listen to them all of my life. I know Jodeci songs by heart that I wish I didn’t know at all. The subject has run its course. There are too many other things to talk about on Planet Earth.

One of the things that attracted me to rap in the first place was the range of subject matter that could talk about something other than someone’s troubled love life. Scarub has a song about traveling into outer space as a molecule of carbon. Lyrics Born talks about bobsledding off of the Himalayas. Let R&B deal with the drivel.

But if LL Cool J has taught us anything, it’s that the radio loves love songs.

“All the radio do is dangle / That R&B love triangle” — Ice Cube

“I Need Love” ruined LL. Headz know this. That dude that said “BOX!” on Crush Groove died slowly as his radio-friendly smash single made loads of money. He created the formula and other rappers followed the blueprint: Get women to like it, and the men will buy it to get with women.

I feel it is a badge of honor that I never got caught up in this bubble gum BS.

But at the same time, there are some love songs worth mentioning. Please bear with me, for I am dealing with a subject I am not too fond of.

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“No Greater Love” – Blu and Exile
This beat is masterful. Exile put his foot in this one. Puffy, please take note. This is how you use a sample. I never thought Smokey Robinson would get me hyped.

Lyrically, Blu is on point. He talks about loving a woman while keeping his nuts intact.

“Plus a little room for Azulito when the time comes” — Like me, he knows he can only make boys.
“I love it when I tell a chick to chill and give me space but she can’t…”
“Plus, she missed a whole semester fucking around with this peasant named Blu.”

It’s almost like I wrote those lines. I can actually relate to a love song. Who woulda thunk it?

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“Passing Me By” — Pharcyde

Jimi Hendrix sample + some horns mixed in the hook = awesome.

The triple-syllable rhyme intro on the third verse brings delight to the ears. Looking back though, this song is kinda stalkerish. Not stalkerish like Scarub’s verse in 3MG’s “Hopeless Romantic,” but only borderline disturbing.

Many young people make fools of themselves when dealing with that hormonal surge called adolescence. Everyone has a first crush that they remember for life. I’m Facebook friends with mine. 🙂

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“Makeba” – Aceyalone
This is another beat where a foot is a main ingredient. This is one of my most favorite-est beats of all time. I really wish Acey and Mumbles would collab on another project (PLEASE! — for the sake of hip hop!).

Acey and Makeba used to be in love. Something happened when things were getting a little too close and Makeba left. The song is detailing Acey running into Makeba and reminiscing about their past relationship. Acey leaves a back door open for her, though…without spiraling into the role of sap whatsoever:

“I still got a piece of me to give you
You still got a piece of you to give me
You’re listening but you don’t hear me
We can pick up right where we left at
But, I gotta be me and you gotta accept that
I just wanna be homies
Cause I ain’t got love like Monie
Cause as soon as you got close
You got ghost and you tried to leave Acey Aloney
So hook up with me. If you can, cool
Cause you know I know what you get loose to
And if you play your cards right
And keep your shit tight
Then we might be down like we use to.”

The song is almost a hip hop version of Hello Like Before by Bill Withers

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“What’s On Your Mind” — Eric B and Rakim
So the R is on the subway and sees a woman he deems attractive. He tries to politely let her know that he thinks she looks nice and was interested in getting to know her better. She ignores him. Then he says “You don’t really look good; I hope you have a bad day,” and leaves her alone. He gets off at his stop and his Spidey Sense lets him know he is being followed. The stalker is the woman from the train! Unsure if she’s following him or if they just had similar destinations, he ducks into the store to get the universal beer of the 5% Nation. ’Lo and behold, she steps into the same store. Then he lays down the law: “If we’re playin games, then we’re gonna play mine.”
Amen.
The rest of the song is borderline sappy: He talks about needing to be in tune mentally before he could dance horizontally, then consummating the deal. All of this is tolerable only because the first verse is so strong.

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“You Never Know” — Immortal Technique Featuring Jean Grae
The songs on this list are not in any order of greatness. If I tried to put them in order, it would probably change depending on my mood. But this song would always be Number One on my list.

Immortal Technique has a horrible delivery (he has really improved this lately, by the way). This is tolerated because he has some very potent content. This song is an example of that.

I will not spoil it for people who have never heard the song. I would even say this song IS sappy and I still think it’s very good.

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“Everything Changes” — Aceyalone
I’m really not sure if this song is about Makeba, but it’s another song reminiscing about a woman he used to love. There is a line in there that caught my attention:

“And I knew they would get her when I let go her hand / And when I let go, the inevitable / So beautiful and susceptible.”

I have been in relationship situations with women where I told them something similar. I let them know that there are lots of bad guys out there. I know plenty of the bad guys because many of them are my friends.

Yes, I can be harsh with my honesty at times. Yes, I refuse to follow societal norms and conventions. If you think the grass is greener, then by all means, sample it. But in the back of my mind, I feel guilty about letting a person into the wilderness who ain’t built for the feral creatures they are destined to encounter.

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“Otha Fish” — Pharcyde
This is a sappy, whiny song. Slim Kid Tre thought he found “The One,” but it just didn’t work out. He has to constantly remind himself that there are other fish in the sea as he looks back on their relationship. The reason this song makes the list is because of the delivery. The sing-songy flow, mixed with the beat riding cadence that the Good Lifers created, runs strong on this track.

“Next thing you know we got together
Word, I thought it’d be forever
Didn’t have an um -buh- rell- a
Now I’m soaked in stormy weather”

MCs have a hard time maintaining a consistent flow while keeping the content pertinent. Some abandon any form. Others, like Tre, put the structured flow in where they can but then abandon it for the long, drawn out, melodic transfer of syllables over the beat. All the while, the subject matter remains consistent. Mikah 9 should get a quarter every time this song is played.
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“Tough Love” — Devin the Dude

“It’s a give and take
You live and make
Decisions together
And be in it like whatever”

Too many people make the mistake of dismissing Devin as just another raunchy southern rapper. His first two albums are hip hop classics. Sure, he’s raunchy, but there is a message under the Luther Campbellness that many people miss because they can’t get past more than a couple references to gonads.

I know many people are addicted to the honeymoon phase of relationships (see Andre Benjamin’s “The Love Below”). They wonder what the hell happened as the grind of day-to-day life creeps in. When that real person starts showing their true colors and all of the pet peeves that you thought were tolerable become serious issues. Devin lets you know that the grind is inevitable when dealing with him. He lays down some ground rules to let you know he is a willing participant in the relationship, but it will not be easy.

“Love is like a maze and you might get stuck/
We can go thru it, or we can just fuck.”

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“44 Wayz” – Paris Featuring Mystic
Paris and Mystic are a modern day Bonnie & Clyde in this love song. They read some books, determine that the poor people of the world are getting the short end of the stick and decide to stick it to the system. Their solution is to rob banks. At the end, of course, they both die in a blaze of glory. But they had each other’s back until the end.

We all yearn for someone to have our backs like that. It feels comfortable knowing someone is willing to die to protect you.

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“What Is Love?” — Pigeon John
The break down of the beat at the end of this song is MOTHER-FUCKING-EPIC! Sorry Pigeon, I know you love Jesus and everything. I could not think of a better way to express myself in dispensing props.

The title asks the question I have posed to people who freely use the four-letter word in their everyday conversation. I am not so sure that word should be spat out so loosely.

In the song, Pigeon is having issues staying faithful to his girl while he is touring. He thinks he loves his girl, but he is not sure because he has urges to cheat. So he wonders if he’s in love at all.

Love is nothing but hormones. Oxytocin, seratonin and some other stuff combine in a cocktail in your brain that gets you high and motivates you to make silly decisions. Men feel this just like women do. The issue is, men are not built for monogamy. Faithful men suppress millions of years of evolution to remain that way and their women trip because the toilet seat is up.
Honorable Mentions

“No One Ever Does” — Saul Williams
“So many people ask me who is God, and when I tell them God is love, their reaction is quite mortal” — Brother J

This is not hip hop, it is grippo. This is not a classical love song, it is more universal. Saul really wants to love his fellow human being, but he finds it difficult because of the song’s title. He knows that it is imperative, and he will put forth a valiant effort to do so. Yet, he still laments the title. If you like this one, check out “Heading Home” by Eric Bibb.

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“Neglected” — Grouch featuring Eligh
This is also not a love song. Grouch and Eligh want to be in love. Pickings just seem to be slim because the women they keep running into are not up to standard. They would rather be alone than spend their time trying to bump uglies with a physcially attractive gold digger. Like so many of the songs mentioned, I relate.

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“Fa sho” — Odd Squad
These dudes love their women, but they decide to not suppress their inherent doggishness and get caught in the process. So it is a love song with a bit of folk wisdom sung by Devin in the hook. After hearing the song, I am left with the impression that these guys might not have the urge to suppress anything. Although they are hurt that their loved ones left, I have the feeling they would probably do it again.

Evolution is strong!
Keep ya head up, Kwame Kilpatrick J

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“Glenn Close” — Binary Star
One Be Lo falls in love with a girl then realizes he don’t love her after all. He then hooks up with another woman and drama ensues. The name says it all.

There is even a mention of a well-known hoodoo rumor:

“Now don’t think that I’m petty / but I know what desperate ladies put in their spaghetti / thats why I told her that I ate already.”

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“Nowalaters” — The Coup
This is one of the most well-written songs hip hop ever produced. The story and rhyme scheme are top notch. It is too intimate to not be autobiographical. I had to put this on the list because it is a story involving a male and a female and love. Boots never really mentions he loves the woman he is talking about. He loses his virginity to her at 17 in a Honda Civic parked somewhere near Lake Michigan. He then realizes she is pregnant.

“It was me up in the vaginary / And I’mma love my kids, whether real or imaginary.”

He then proceeds to talk about all the things he is prepared to do to get ready for his child to come into the world. Then the baby is born too early, but it has a really healthy weight.

Even though he realizes the child is not his, he still wants to take care of the kid and his mother. Now that is devotion. The only reason he leaves is because she pushed him away.

“There’s a few things I’d like to say in this letter
Like I wish I could have seen him grow
And ask my wife, I learned to fuck much better
And thank you for letting me go.
For real,
Thank you for letting me go.
For real,
Thank you,
For
Letting
Me
Go…”

Because ultimately, sometimes that’s what love is, too.

HON. MENTION:

“Here” — Brother Ali
 
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Audio Session – Narubi Selah – I AM Living Math (Album)

Female MC Narubi Selah Could Save Hip Hop

First off, I know that’s a big claim. Narubi Selah is a newcomer to the hip hop scene, with only one album under her belt and far more poetry bonafides than tracks.

But she has the same number of hip hop albums as the (in)famous Ms. Hill, who as the most universally lauded female MC she’s bound to draw comparisons to. Like Lauryn, Narubi hails from New Jersey, and has a similarly raspy, lower-register voice. But Narubi is no clone.

On her debut album “I AM Living Math,” she annihilates each and every track with dope delivery, clever wordplay and an intent behind her lyrics as potent as a bullet to your brain. She aims to take you higher.

The girl spits burning embers on tracks like “Birdee” and “Living Math,” unapologetically gutting jokers of both genders with ease, while not compromising the lessons in self reflection and nation-building contained in the songs. It’s really no surprise to learn she maintains her secret identity as a teacher.

Narubi Selah also comes with some pretty impressive names behind her. Prior to her 2008 debut on Def Poetry Jam, she performed with KRS One, Lauryn Hill, Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, and Styles P.

After hearing her perform at the 2001 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, former Editor in Chief Susan Taylor said “Her words could save our nation.” Narubi’s debut performance in the independent film, “What Goes Around” won the film the Best Urban Feature Film Award at the 2004 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

She’s also written and starred in her own ninety-minute play, “The Classifieds,” which premiered at the Nuyorican Poets Café. And The National Education Dance Institute sponsored her educational play “Free Your Rhyme,” in conjunction with the Trenton Dance Institute.

Hopefully we’ll hear more from Narubi Selah in the coming months. Meanwhile, cop Living Math. I’m already calling it a contender for Album of the Year.

EDITORS NOTE – We usually don’t like to make this into a review but Resident Alien just loooooooved the album so much we didn’t have a choice by the way, don’t forget, these are not the complete songs—just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, go out and buy the CD.  Quality hip hop grows when we support the artists.


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Crew Grrl Order & 3 Perils of Girl Rap Groups

Crew Grrl Order
Crew Grrl Order

Crew Grrl Order opened up for Public Enemy’s Charlotte appearance this Sunday, to a receptive crowd of about four hundred at Amos’s South End. The trio had pounds of energy and stage presence, kicking off the set with “She Don’t Play That.” They kept the energy going despite sometimes muted mics and dense rhymes that were hard for the crowd to appreciate live.

For my first experience seeing them in concert, I plan to follow them and buy the download. I really hope to see them flourish, especially after this national tour promoting their newest album, “All Bets Off.”

And I pray they avoid 3 classic follies of b-girl groups.

1) Static styles. Andre was always the more reflective, off-beat foil to Big Boi’s bouncing, persona-driven rhymes. Busta had the element of surprise down to a science. It’s good for rap partners to be distinguishable from each other on a track. But when the roles are super clearly defined (“You’re the streets. You’re the scholar,”), it can hurt the group’s creativity and make everything sound too scripted.

2) Where’s the beats? Fiery lyrics and political challenges aside, a song has to bump to get fans on board. Or immediately convey a mood. Cut corners everywhere else, but production. That’s the holy grail, y’all, and one place girl groups — with the exception of Salt N Pepa — have traditionally been lacking.

3) Frank and Earnest. The genius of TLC is that they weren’t scared to get goofy. They defied both the super sexy and the queen mother wisdom pigeon holes of ’90s female performers. This openness looked fearless and free. It was more powerful than an army of dour ladies in African garb rapping about the Middle Passage, or spandex-clad pimpstresses talking about whose man they could take. A little bit of humor and play go further toward establishing an honest connection with fans than all the messaging in the world.

Here’s hoping Crew Grrl Order continues the positive trend and encourages more women to get on the mic. Keep an eye out for the upcoming GrownHeadz exclusive interview. Peace!

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GrownHead Check: 29 -35

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Grownheadz is a community of lovers of hip hop who came up in the Golden Age through the Renaissance, and does not condone discrimination against young bucks, old heads or the other man. But you can only truly call yourself a grownhead IF….

29….you can sing the words to the Jeffersons, Fame, Different Strokes, Good Times, AND the Love Boat.
30….at one time the only country song you knew was the theme from the Dukes of Hazzard (Just some good ole’ boys/Never meaning no harm…)
31….you know the words to “Double Dutch Bus” (izza-yizza-yizzay)
32….you know the profound meaning of “Wax on, Wax off.”
33….you and your cousins got in trouble for mimicking the moves you saw on Kung Fu Theater every Saturday afternoon
34….you remember watching UltraMan, Space Giants (Goldar Silvar and Zan), and SpectraMan afterschool
35….you dream car was the Mach 5 that Speed Racer drove

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ALBUM of the WEEK: Kidz In The Hall – The In Crowd

This week we feature the Kidz In the Hall and the 2nd album “The In Crowd”. You may have heard of them from dropping an album last year, their first, called School Was My Hustle. They got some initial buzz because they were a crew that OMG!!!! Actually went to college. Not a bad first outing (pick it up if you have a chance). After a label change the boys come with their sophomore effort. Showing no signs of a slump we present them to you. Don’t forget, these are not the complete songs—just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, go out and buy the CD. Quality hip hop grows when we support the artists. Check ouyt an interview the duo did right before the release of “The In Crowd”


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Who’s Watching the Kids?

by Morgan Steiker for prefixmag.com

When Kanye blew up with The College Dropout, rapper Naledge (also from Chicago) was actually graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he met producer Double-O. After forming Kidz in the Hall, the duo made enough noise on the mixtape circuit to get heard by such industry heavyweights as Just Blaze. They signed a deal with Rawkus and released their debut, School Was My Hustle, in 2006. Their second album, The In-Crowd, was released in May on Duck Down.

The video for your first single, “Driving down the Block,” premiered on TRL a few weeks ago. Are you looking forward to having teenyboppers stalking you now?

Double-O: Yup. Essentially, there is a level of success we’re trying to achieve where that kind of thing will be there, but, hey, it’s a great thing to be the shit to an eighth-grader. Trust me, there’s nothing wrong with that if the kids are into the music. In terms of them being teenyboppers or whatever, I don’t care about that. If you connect with them, you connect with them. Back when I was in eighth grade and Wu-Tang came out, the only thing you got was what was on the videos and on the records. Now, with MySpace and other outlets, there is much more in-depth interaction with the artist.

Naledge to the left, Double-O to the right
Naledge to the left, Double-O to the right

What does success mean to you guys musically and personally?
Naledge: Musically, I think it’s the freedom to do whatever you want to do and have people follow you
wherever you wanna go. It’s having a loyal fan base, a core that will consistently buy your albums. When I think of successful artists I think of Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes — people who made a creative contribution to our society that lasted longer than their lifetime. Basquiat and Tupac weren’t alive for that long, but their body of work still speaks for them. I also want my music to allow listeners to accept me as a big brother, a father figure, or simply a role model.

Now personally, I wanna be a millionaire before I die. I wanna be the master of my own fate. But I do wanna be recognized by my peers for my music. Rap is a sport, and the rewards are definitely a part of it.

Double-O: Success to me musically is the connection. F the critics. F all the in-betweens. Success is when you’re performing a song onstage and the whole front row knows the words to your songs. It’s the people that come up to you at the merch booth after the show, and they know a song of yours that is three years old and was like number seventeen on the mixtape. Truly connecting with the fans and them getting what you’re trying to do is what success means to me, musically.

On a personal level, success is whatever I make it. I’m big on setting goals. My first goal was to be able to make music for a living; then the next one was being able to put out an album, and once I reached that I wanted to top it with something even bigger and greater.

How’s the vibe for you guys over at Duck Down since you signed with them?
Double-O: It’s been great. They’ve all been very open to us. We’re a brand new element to that whole family where you have people who have worked together doing music for fifteen-plus years. They respect what we do musically and they probably like a certain energy we bring to the table. It’s not like they signed a teenybopper act that is a shell of what they’re supposed to be; they signed two dudes who have a certain appeal. The vibe is great.

If seven or eight years ago, someone had told you you’d be on the same label as KRS-One and Boot Camp, what would you have said?
Double-O: I don’t even know. I couldn’t even have predicted the way the industry is right now. If the industry was the same way it was seven or eight years ago, we wouldn’t be on Duck Down. Not only is it right that we are on Duck Down now, but there’s a possibility that we could be this huge thing for the label. All I could’ve predicted back then was that I was gonna push my art into this music industry until it worked. From there, anything else that happened was just luck of the draw, I guess.

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Gh TV: Scion HypeMan Contest

Scion has made it a point to go after the hip-hop market with its advertising and marketing. Therefore it’s not a surprise that the folks over at Scion came up with an idea of holding a national contest to find the best “Hypeman”. Now we know the illustrious history of hype (we guess) from Favor Flav and 2 Bigg MC (MC Hammer) to hypemen of today such as Arab (Soulja Boy) or some might even say Tony YaYo with 50 (but that’s a different story). Any whoo sometimes being a Grownhead makes you a “Kinda Late Head”, Scion held this contest a year ago in 2007, it was so popular we haven’t seen any mention of ANY try-outs for 2008. Try-outs were held in three sites from around the country Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This week we will feature all the try-outs Los Angeles. We’ll do the other cities each week. Enjoy, maybe.


Los Angeles Part 1


Los Angeles Part 2


Los Angeles Part 3

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Will Hip Hop Save You?

by Lexington for The Economist

Can rap save the world?

“WRITING about music is like dancing about architecture,” intoned Elvis Costello, a pop star. So a columnist approaches the subject of hip-hop (which includes rap) with caution. One cannot hope to capture its sound or fury on the page. Instead, Lexington will ask what it signifies. Is it “pavement poetry [that] vibrates with commitment to speaking for the voiceless,” as Michael Eric Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, believes? Is it “an enormously influential agent for social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilised to fight the war on poverty and injustice,” as the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), a pressure group, contends? Or is it mostly “angry, profane and women-hating…music that plays on the worst stereotypes of black people,” as Bill Cosby harrumphs?

None of the above, argues John McWhorter, in a new book called “All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can’t Save Black America”. Mr McWhorter, a fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think-tank, is a

a black superman
a black superman

hip-hop fan. He likens the group OutKast to Stravinsky. He admits that some hip-hop lyrics display an ungentlemanly attitude towards women, but he doubts that listening to violent lyrics causes people to behave more violently. If it did, there would be more opera fans stabbing their ex-lovers outside bullfights.

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