Stop Singing & Start Swinging

Black History Month Week 5:

For the final week of Black History Month I got you with a double feature, the first is a from former U.M.C.’s member Kool Kim (now known as NYOIL) and his no holds barred, hard hitting, truth spitting single from 2007. He goes all out spitting venom and words cannot describe how hard this song is. Check it out and hopefully we see a change for the better, cause to be honest, since 2007 I’ve seen a change for the worse.

~Off the HoodTreason album~

And lastly, I’m going to end this month with one of my favorite speeches from the man that helped me become the man I am today, Malcolm X. The U.S. has  Martin Luther King Day and I mean him no offense but where’s Malcolm X Day at?!?!

Advertisements

Dead Prez – These Are the Times

Black History Month Week 4:

Dead Prez need no introduction to anyone who REALLY knows Hip-Hop. These brothers come hard and unapologetic on everything they’re on whether it’s on wax, paper or film. This particular video I’m showcasing for Black History Month really sends a chill up and down my spine from the lyrics to the cinematography and imagery. It’s a shame that this song never came out on CD and that rappers like Dead Prez don’t get the proper play on the radio like they deserve. Long live the RBG Movement

Stupid Hoe

Nicki Minaj has been in the spot light for the wrong reasons once again. It seems that African-Americans are just about ready to ban Nicki’s music for her lyrical content and I’ll let the video speak for itself. If you are wondering what my personal opinion is on Nicki, it’s that I never did like her and felt that she just stole Lil Kim’s gimmick and just exaggerated it to the Nth degree. Back when I was growing up with Hip-Hop, rappers were lyrically chastised for biting another rapper’s persona or flow but it seems like that part of Hip-Hop has been dropped. God do I miss the ’90s…

Paris – Break The Grip of Shame

Black History Month Week 3:

If you love Hip-Hop music but haven’t heard of my man Paris then take your music library and just throw it all out because you don’t know Hip-Hop! I actually wanted to showcase Paris’ Guerrilla Funk music video for Black History Month but due to country restrictions (believe it or not) I can’t play the video on YouTube. Not to take away any merits from this song because P-Dog knows how to lyrically slaughter. By the way, if you really want to know who I think is better between Immortal Technique or Paris I would have to say Paris (not saying Immortal Technique is wack neither) because even though they both have the same lyrical content and similar music style, I feel that Paris has a more musical flow to his beats and he’s more harmonic to me.

~Off The Devil Made Me Do It album~

Life Without African-Americans

I recently read this on a friend of mine’s Facebook wall and I thought it was an interesting read. Enjoy!

Life Without African Americans

 A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished themselves away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an America without black people.

 At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief. 

‘At last’, they said, ‘no more crime, drugs, violence and welfare.’

 All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The ‘NEW AMERICA’ is not America at all – only a barren land.

 1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave-supported system.

 2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors.

 3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A. Morgan, a black man, invented the traffic signals.

 4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.

 5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper…

 6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine and W. A. Love invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black.

 7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.

 8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.

 9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also dim. But of course, Lewis Lattimer later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern, and Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch. Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.

 10. Their children met them at the door – barefooted, shabby, motley and unkempt. But what could one expect? Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board, and George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.

 11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil. But here again, the food had spoiled because another Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator.

 Now, isn’t that something? What would this country be like without the contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans?

 Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘by the time we leave for work, millions of Americans have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks.’

 Black history includes more than just slavery, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois.

 PLEASE SHARE, ABUNDANTLY!

Soul Train Minus the Soul

RIP Don Cornelius

What a way to start Black History Month. I was reading the paper yesterday and I read that the Great Don Cornelius of Soul Train fame committed suicide but he didn’t leave a note. Personally, I find it fishy that someone would take his own life and not leave a note and I really hope the Police can piece together what exactly happened and why it happened. I’m big on the ’70s and Soul Train was a big influence in a lot of people’s lives so news like this is shocking. Now, I love Soul music and even have a show where I cater to the music from the days of old and I’m not going to lie, I modeled my Soul Sessions show after the Soul Train show with Don Cornelius. My condolences go out to the Cornelius family. I guess the only thing left to say is we wish you love, peace and soul brother and seeing how I’m taking radio we can dedicate a song to the legendary host that gave the Train its Soul.
Rest in Peace ~Sep 1936 – Feb 2012~