Tuesday, November 01, 2005

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Hip-Hop vs. The Law
Why is it that every successful hip-hop artist needs to project themselves as being criminals, even when they grew up in suburbia? Take Ja Rule for example. Her was raised in a suburban community but then started projecting himself as a hard-core gangster. Then a song came out (“Hail Mary”) by 50 Cent, Eminem, and Busty Rhymes that dissed him for the fact, and his sales started to slide. It’s also interesting to see how the law enforcement deals with these young artists, such as the NYPD setting up a special “Hip-Hop Task Force” that monitors their every move.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004
Eminem's Encore Termed 'More Political' 'Anti-Bush'
Eminem's Encore Termed 'More Political' 'Anti-Bush': "Eminem will reportedly exercise his Freedom of Speech by criticizing President George W. Bush. 'The cuts we heard were very political,' said a record-store buyer to rollingstone.com. 'Eminem's distaste for the Bush administration is pretty clear.' Interscope president Jimmy Iovine played a number of the Dr. Dre-produced songs for national retailers earlier this month. Em�s Encore album is set to drop on November 16."
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Gangster-Political Genome Unlocked
Gangster-Political Genome Unlocked: "The songs on a recent afternoon rap hip-hop FM radio show include P.I.M.P., 50 Cent's ode to players and promiscuity, and What's Happnin!, the gun-toting boasts of the Ying Yang Twins and Miami rapper Trick Daddy.
Out of nowhere, the bass begins thumping. A raspy-voiced man roars:

Why did Bush knock down the towers ...

Why did crack have to hit so hard ...

Why they let the Terminator win the election

Come on, pay attention ...

Why Halle have to let a white man pop her to get a Oscar

Why Denzel have to be crooked before he took it

'He doesn't offer solutions, but the questions are profound,' said Erik Parker, music editor at Vibe, a magazine that chronicles hip-hop culture. 'They have enough depth that they are implied that there needs to be some kind of wakeup call in this country.'

The rap, titled Why?, is not the kind you'd expect from Jadakiss, a hip-hop artist who has penned songs such as Ryde or Die, B--.

And it certainly isn't the kind you'd expect in heavy rotation on mainstream radio stations or at the club; it breaks practically every rule of hip-hop, at least the formula that has catapulted the music into a billion-dollar industry. Sex, bling bling and thuggery, all the things that brought the genre to the attention of the masses, are absent.

Weeks before what many are calling the most important presidential election of our time, machismo and excess aren't getting national attention as much as politics infused into hip-hop lyrics.

This isn't the first time hip-hop and politics have married.

'Before, you had artists that were political,' said Bakari Kitwana, former editor of the Source, the so-called bible of hip-hop culture. 'The po"
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Saturday, September 18, 2004
Hip-hop's Letter To President Bush
Hip-hop's Letter To President Bush: "From The Hip-hop Summit Action Network



PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

March 10, 2003

Dear Mr. President:
As you approach your final decision on a war to disarm Iraq, we are writing urgently to recommend that you use your good office and stature as a world leader to win disarmament of Iraq without going to war. Thus far, without a full-scale war, you have been successful in marshalling the United Nations and the world community to affirm the importance of disarming Saddam Hussein of all weapons of mass destruction.
The United Nations� inspectors are making progress. The worldwide demand that Iraq complies completely with UN Resolution 1441 has produced results and important information that will enhance the effectiveness of the ongoing UN inspection process.
Rather than establishing a deadline for war, you could strengthen the lifeline for peace and disarmament in Iraq: continued UN inspections.
Peace is not the absence of war, but it is the presence of justice. There is no justification for the massive killing of innocent people in an avoidable war on Iraq. The wrongness of this war will prevent a lasting peace in the Middle East and circumvent the progress that the UN is finally making in getting Saddam Hussein to comply.
Domestically, Mr. President, rampant poverty is on the rise and the hopes and aspirations of millions of youth are being triaged on the altar of national neglect. We in the hip-hop community know and feel the pain, misery and wretchedness of the social condition of our communities. Now with the prospect of a multi-trillion dollar federal budget deficit, an unnecessary war on Iraq is only going to increase the cold damp hands of social dereliction that have a deadly choke hold on too many Americans across the nation.
Give peace a greater chance. War on Iraq "
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Democracy Now! | "I Rock Iraq:" Hip-Hop Artist Michael Franti Speaks From Baghdad
Democracy Now! "I Rock Iraq:" Hip-Hop Artist Michael Franti Speaks From Baghdad: "MICHAEL FRANTI: We flew from Amman, Jordan, and as we traveled over the border from Amman into Iraq, the first thing you notice is this incredibly vast beautiful sea of red sand and earth. Beautiful desert. At one point, the pilot said over the intercom, we're approaching the border, and you will see the border from the air. Sure enough, from 20,000 feet, you see a straight line that was drawn by colonial powers dividing up this region. It doesn't make any sense. There's literally a line in the sand that you can see from the air. We flew at 23,000 feet. We were told by the pilot once we got over Baghdad, we would drop down to 15,000 feet.

Just as we were getting near Baghdad, we saw the city of Fallujah and the pilot pointed it out to us. You could see whole air-- Fallujah is not a big city. Maybe 50,000 or 75,000 people. We could see whole areas, whole places that had been-- looked like they were carpet bombs. Whole blocks that had been destroyed. As we got over Baghdad, the plane dropped down to 15,000 feet, and the pilot said, in order to avoid surface-to-air missiles and small arms fire, we're going to go directly over the airport and tip the plane at a 45 degree angle and do a corkscrew down to the ground in about two and a half minutes, from 15,000 feet. So you are just flying down superfast and the plane is rotating around in a circle. Then just as you get down to the bottom, you tip the plane up and land the plane. It was an exhilarating ride for the 16 of us on the plane. But, you know, the reason for the ride, you know, gave us, you know, pause to, you know -- for caution once we got on the ground. As we got into the airport, we saw contractors who were hired to do security there from a company called Custer Battle Sec"

AMY GOODMAN: And what was it like for you to move around Baghdad, the hotel that you are staying at, how you move in and out?

MICHAEL FRANTI: Well, there's a checkpoint. The hotel that we're at is blocked by Iraqi security guards. We're not within the military perimeter, but we're very close to the military perimeter, just a block away. There's no possibility for our car to come down our place and park in front of our hotel, potentially be a car bomb or something. But once you head out into the street, you never know what you are going to run across. There's such an anti-american sentiment here right now that the people who travel with us and interpret for us are also- they're not armed security, but they're handlers. They tell us where it's safe to go, where it's not safe to go. They tell us when it to get in the car and when to move on to the next place. You know, me with a guitar and dreadlocks and looking very unusual, I attract a lot of attention. And so far, it's been all positive. People just want to hear songs and they smile.

I have written a song call The Habibi, which means "sweetheart" in Arabic. And everyone on the street, men and women alike, call each other "habibi". It's a term of affection like somebody might say, hey, baby, what's up? Everywhere I go, I sing that song and it gets everybody going.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about where are some of the places that you have sung?

MICHAEL FRANTI: Singing in the hospitals is a really amazing and intense experience for me, because it's hard to know what to say. I don't speak Arabic, and most people don't speak any English at all. So, you're there witnessing children with no limbs, children who are going through chemotherapy, adults that have incredibly infected legs that are about to receive amputations, and it's so moving that it's hard for me to even sing. You see a lot pain. There's no nurses or very few nurses in the hospitals, so family members sleep in the hospital with their children or their loved ones. Most of the time in the same bed. Some mothers are there 24 hours a day with their children. So, I sing songs to the mothers, and the mothers begin to weep. I begin to weep, and the children begin to weep, you know. And it was just very amazing thing, but, you know, you--
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Hip Hop In Iran
Hip Hop In Iran: "By Parinoosh Arami

Far from its roots in disfranchised U.S. ghettos, rap music is proving a big hit as a platform for social criticism in the Islamic Republic.

But Shahkar Binesh-Pajouh, Iran's bow-tie wearing dapper rapper would look somewhat out of the place in the Bronx.


Chart-topping Binesh-Pajouh, who targets unemployment, poverty and westernized Iranian girls in his new album, is a lecturer with a doctorate in urban planning whose poetry translations will hit the shelves soon.


'I chose rap because I can say many things with it, not because I live like a rapper,' said Binesh-Pajouh in his affluent north Tehran apartment.


He said it took four years for the Culture Ministry to approve a rap album and it did so only after he deleted six songs from his original 10.


'Iran's officials were reluctant to give permission to rap music because of its critical language,' he said.


Officials imposed a two-year ban on his live acts in 1999 after hard-line vigilantes broke up one of his concerts at a Tehran music festival.


Following Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution all but classical or religious music was banned.


Restrictions eased after the landslide victory of reformist President Mohammad Khatami (news - web sites) in the 1997 elections.


The lyrics in Binesh-Pajouh's 'Eskenas' album focus on the malaise of poverty. Iran says 17 percent of the population live in poverty; analysts put the figure nearer 40 percent.


'No one is born a thief, but you cannot find a loaf of bread at night,' the 32-year old sings.


'Have you ever seen your child biting a watermelon skin from hunger in a slum?'


'Eskenas' is Persian for a banknote and"
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Friday, September 17, 2004
Rick James Had Heart Attack
Rick James Had Heart Attack: "Toxicology and other tests determined that funk singer Rick James died last month from a heart attack due to an enlarged heart, with numerous drugs including methamphetamine and cocaine contributing factors, the county coroner announced Thursday.

The death was declared an accident, said coroner's spokesman David Campbell, who emphasized that none of the drugs were found to be at life-threatening levels.

'He didn't die of a drug overdose,' Campbell said.

James, 56, was found dead at his Hollywood residence Aug. 6. An autopsy was performed but the finding of the cause of death was deferred while toxicology and other tests were performed.


On Thursday the cause of death was officially listed as an enlarged heart, along with pneumonia and the 'effects of multiple drugs' - including such medications as Valium, Xanax and Vicodin.

James, best known for the 1981 hit 'Super Freak,' had a long history of cocaine addiction, which led to a prison term for assaulting two women.

In more recent years he suffered health problems, including a stroke."
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004
TyMeLyNe "I Am Hip Hop..."
This is an open window into my life...My name is Dj One 1X TyMe

After we get to know each other, I'll let you call me by my government name.

For the sake of retyping a couple of pages of info, I'll just leave a link to my bio for those that would like some background...http://tymelyne.com/portal%20Folder/bio.html

So here I am...not really a writer, but I thought I'd take a stab at putting some of my personal business on the internet anyway. Kind of scary, though some call it therapeutic. I guess tyme will tell.
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hiphop life

im going to let people know about the life of certain hip hop super spenders