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  • If we valued black art, Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer would have been for literature

    04/22/2018 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 42 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/21/18 | Dotun Adebayo
    If we valued black art, Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer would have been for literature. When will the education system wake up to black creativity? I can’t help thinking that the Pulitzer prize committee missed a trick in their award to the rapper Kendrick Lamar this week. If they had given him the Pulitzer for literature rather than for music it would have elevated his artform and sent a message that would have resonated around the world: that rap is a legitimate form of poetry and should be put on a par with, and treated with the same deference as, Shakespeare and...
  • Felon and aspiring rapper gets 15 years for gun in Deerfield video

    02/05/2018 5:01:43 AM PST · by Simon Green · 28 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 02/04/18 | Frank Abderholden
    A Chicago rapper who filmed himself in a music video with a gun at a Deerfield hotel was sentenced recently to 15 years in prison. The aspiring rapper, Ricardo Burgos, 31, possessed the gun in January 2016 and he can be seen in the video holding two firearms while rapping about selling drugs, committing acts of violence and disrespecting law enforcement, according to a release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He performs under the name Nation, and he had been previously arrested and convicted of multiple felonies and he was not legally allowed to possess a firearm, according to...
  • Eminem Lashes Out at Trump With Freestyle Rap Video

    10/11/2017 6:29:32 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 92 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 11, 2017 | Des Shoe and Joe Coscarelli
    The rapper Eminem struck out at President Trump in a video that played at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, accusing the president of racism, hypocrisy, disrespect of military veterans and more in almost five minutes of furious freestyle rap. He also excoriated Mr. Trump for his responses to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The video, titled “The Storm,” was filmed in Detroit as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ traditional cyphers, in which rappers typically aim to deliver showy verses in...
  • Fyre Festival Leaves Attendees Stranded in Chaos

    04/28/2017 1:02:51 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 45 replies
    DancingAstronaut ^ | 4/28/17 | Will McCarthy
    Attendees of Fyre Festival thought they were paying for a one-of-a-kind experience when they purchased tickets to what promised to be a lavish affair. Technically, they weren’t wrong – but the unique experience which awaited ticket-holders on the Bahamian festival grounds was a bit different than the luxurious, supermodel-filled affair which they’d been promised. The new festival – run by Ja Rule and Billy McFarland’s Fyre Media company – made headlines upon its announcement through a sponsored content campaign promoted on Instagram by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid. However, what seemed to be a glamorous...
  • Portland Public Schools 'rap music' ban sparks allegations of racism

    08/26/2016 6:23:23 AM PDT · by suthener · 28 replies
    The Oregonian/OregonLive ^ | August 24, 2016 | Bethany Barnes
    Portland Public Schools officials are rethinking a district ban on rap music on buses after allegations of racism. The district had banished hip-hop from its buses, deeming the genre "inappropriate." Teri Brady, senior director of transportation at Portland Public Schools, sent a directive to bus drivers in March forbidding "religious, rap music, or talk show programs." The memo included a list of acceptable stations, broken down into three genres: pop, country and jazz. Parent Colleen Ryan-Onken obtained a copy and it circulated in August among outraged parents, prompting the district to walk back the directive in statements released Wednesday.
  • China state media promote rap song praising Karl Marx

    05/29/2016 4:14:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 7:16 AM EDT
    The latest hot topic for Chinese rappers is a bearded 19th-century German philosopher who wrote a book called “The Communist Manifesto.” Chinese state media are promoting a new rap song praising Karl Marx, in the latest attempt to leverage popular culture in support of the ruling Communist Party. Entitled “Marx is a post-90” — China’s version of a millennial — the song extols the communist godfather’s supposed coolness with lyrics such as, “Life is full of little accidents, then one day I discovered how awesome he was.” “I saw my faith, don’t even ask why,” it continues. “You are my...
  • Chris Brown Responds to Sucker-Punched Black Donald Trump Protester: '--- Trump & --- the Pigs'

    03/11/2016 12:58:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Billboard ^ | March 10, 2016 | Colin Stutz
    After a black protestor was sucker-punched by a white Donald Trump supporter while leaving a rally on Thursday (March 10), Chris Brown took to Instagram to vent his frustration with the scene publicly. "(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) THE PIGS," he wrote with a selfie video, speaking into the camera, saying that if this is the way things are going to proceed at rallies, black people should attend the rallies in groups of 40 or 50. "See what they do then," he said. "Keep touching us." In his comment, Brown called seeing people act this way is "evil" and said God...
  • Mass shooting at Bunny Friend Park on Gallier Street in New Orleans

    11/22/2015 6:20:33 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 111 replies
    bnonews.com ^ | November 22, 2015
    At least 16 people have been shot during the filming of a music video at the Bunny Friend Park in New Orleans, officials say. (more) The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. when about 500 people, including many children, were at the park as a music video was being filmed. Multiple victims were seen at the park’s main building as ambulances raced to the scene. Nearby streets have been closed by police.
  • Diddy, Common, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg & More at 20th Anniversary of Million Man March [PHOTO]

    10/11/2015 7:41:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Boombox ^ | October 11, 2015 | Trent Fitzgerald
    Thousands of black men, women, and children convened at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the “Justice or Else” rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Saturday (Oct. 10). Some celebrities were in attendance including Diddy, Common, J. Cole and Snoop Dogg. Also in attendance at the rally were rappers Jay Electronica, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and Bryshere Gray who plays Hakeem on Fox’s hit show Empire. Rap mogul Russell Simmons and Public Enemy founder Chuck D was also spotted in the crowd. The event was organized by Nation of Islam leader the Honorable...
  • Jeezy Says Donald Trump Is Not a Legitimate Presidential Candidate

    07/20/2015 10:17:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    XXL ^ | July 20, 2015 | Peter Walsh
    Donald Trump has become public enemy number one in the rap world and now Jeezy is chiming in. Trump pissed a lot of people off during a recent press conference when he claimed that Mexican immigrants entering the United States are criminals. “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” said Trump. “It’s true, and there are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re...
  • Rapper Slim Thug and pastor Joel Osteen collaborate on new song

    07/15/2015 4:45:07 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    Channel 39 News Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | mabarbagallo
    HOUSTON, TX – A new song by two of Houston’s own cranks out the bass, all while beating down boundaries. The unlikely duo of gangster rapper Slim Thug, and preacher Joel Osteen is breaking the internet as much for their pairing, as for their musical message. Slim, a member of Osteen’s Lakewood Church for many years, used clips of the pastor on “Chuuch”, a song on the rappers latest release “Hogg Life Volume 2″. And while mixing religion and rap might not be the norm, for many the sermon and the song are a perfect fit. The message of the...
  • Killer Mike Talks Racism, Reconciliation & Reparations With Tavis Smiley (VIDEO)

    07/02/2015 4:22:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    AllHipHop News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Yohance Kyles
    Killer Mike has become a vital Hip Hop representative when it comes to discussions about injustice, police brutality, and racism. The Atlanta-based rapper has addressed those topics as one half of Run The Jewels, a guest on CNN, a lecturer at M.I.T, and a columnist for Vox. Mike returned to television to once again speak on relevant social topics. He stopped by the PBS program The Tavis Smiley Show. The conversation included Mike and Smiley debating the idea of African-Americans offering forgiveness for racial discrimination. “After we reconcile, why don’t I own any of the land? Why does De Beers...
  • The big payback: why are rappers suddenly OK with shilling for big brands?

    06/20/2015 10:06:57 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 17 June 2015 09.02 EDT | Ben Westhoff
    As we learned from Mad Men, the advertising industry is ever intent on harnessing trends that are bubbling up organically. Countercultural ideals (say, hippie-era peace and love) are wedded to a mainstream product (say, Coke) and blasted to the mainstream before anyone knows what’s hit them. Which is why hip-hop and advertising go together so well. Firmly rooted in youth culture, hip-hop is edgy but accessible, a combination that companies adore. It can be exciting to see your favorite rapper validated in big-name plugs, whether it’s Jay Z for Hewlett Packard or Eminem for Chrysler. But for every carefully considered,...
  • RAPPER PENS SONG DEFENDING JODI ARIAS

    06/19/2015 11:44:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | 6/19 | Jaron Ikner
    High-profile murderers often attract a fringe element that is, in the face of all evidence, convinced of the accused's innocence. Jodi Arias is no exception. Except, one of her fans is a rapper. Thirty-four-year-old Kareem Williams, a.k.a. Lefty, is a fanatical supporter of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison earlier this year. Williams has recorded a song expressing sympathy for the woman, who a jury found to have slit the throat of victim Travis Alexander and stabbed almost 30 times. Like many other supporters, he...
  • BREAKING: MASS RIOTS – Emergency Situation at Metlife Stadium (VIDEO)

    06/07/2015 10:07:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 113 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/7/15 | Jim Hoft
    RIOTING broke out at MetLife Stadium tonight at the Summer Jam Concert. It was a hip hop/rap concert hosted by Hot 97. Tyson TrishVerified account ‏@tysontrish OC gas being deployed outside MetLife Stadium Summer Jam concert @NorthJerseybrk East Rutherford, NJ Protesters threw bottles and glass objects at the police.East Coast 911 reported: EastRutherford Personnel continue to operate at MetLife Stafium, the venue for the Hot 97 Summer Jam music event this evening, where a riot & multiple fights broke out this evening. Law Enforcement personnel have had bottles/glass & other objects thrown at them. At least 1 trooper has been...
  • 10 State Troopers Injured During Summer Jam Riot (New Jersey)

    06/09/2015 3:45:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Patch ^ | June 9, 2015 | Daniel Hubbard
    State Police also arrested 61 people after they allegedly climbed fences and tried to push past security at the concert at MetLife Stadium.Dozens of people were arrested and nearly a dozen state police troopers were injured when people tried to climb fences and push their way past security at the Summer Jam concert at MetLife stadium Sunday, state police said. Concertgoers threw bottles and trash at police and security personnel; Troopers used shields and helmets to protect themselves, state police said. Police used pepper spray, noise generators, and tear gas was used to remove people from the area outside the...
  • Police release sketch in Baltimore rapper's homicide: Sister says 'Mamoo' had passion for rap

    06/05/2015 8:47:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | June 5, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)BALTIMORE —City police need help to identify a person of interest in the homicide of a Baltimore rapper. Authorities said 25-year-old Leedell Brown died after he was severely attacked inside the Hott Spott Lounge in downtown Baltimore. Hott Spott shut down for alcoholic beverage law violation. Brown's family said the sketch is one step closer to justice. Police released a sketch of a person of interest in the Brown's beating death inside the Hott Spott Lounge on Guilford Avenue in February. "He was just a good guy. I don't really have the words. He was my brother, my little brother,"...
  • O'Reilly Blames Catholic Church Corruption, Rap Music for Christianity's Decline in US

    05/17/2015 6:06:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2015 | BY VINCENT FUNARO
    While discussing the latest Pew Survey that documented the decline of people professing to be Christian in America, Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly blamed the Catholic Church's corruption and rap music's "promotion of depraved behavior" as a few reasons for the decline of Christianity in U.S. culture. "There is no question that people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment," O'Reilly said. "The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds of some young people – the group that is most likely to reject religion. Also, many movies and...
  • Dear Azealia Banks, Please Feel Free To Leave America And Never Return

    03/18/2015 11:33:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 18, 2015 | Matt Walsh
    Dear Azealia Banks, I read about your interview with Playboy magazine where you apparently took off your clothes and talked about how much you hate white people. Just another day at the office for you, I suppose. I confess I didn’t read the whole exchange, though I’m sure it was packed with penetrating insight and searing self-reflection. I did notice, however, this portion: “I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans… All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who...
  • Ferguson protest leaders decry shooting of police, but some aren't surprised (Called “suspicious”)

    03/13/2015 3:18:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | March 12, 2015 | Joe Holleman
    Six leaders of the Ferguson protests held a press conference Thursday afternoon by telephone to discuss the shooting that wounded two police officers there early that morning. The conference began with the leaders denouncing the shootings, with several stressing that their movements are based on nonviolent principles. Later, however, one participant said people often “respond in kind” to police violence; and another — a member of the Ferguson Commission — called the shootings “suspicious.” ---snip--- Rapper Tef Poe, noting that he “didn’t even want to be on this call,” said, “We grieve for the victims of all forms of violence.”...