Hip Hop, Is that YOU?!?

You all already know why I’m asking that question, right?  

For the past decade or more, rap music has become outright terrifying.  I was just about to hang it up!  Talib went Tweet, twat mad, Busta Bus falling off stages (with the Luvs my CoCo dude – No!!!) Yasin Bey b.k.a. Mos Def fled the country (that’s all good), but then announced his retirement?  Afrika Bambatta accused of molestation?!?  Damn.  I even saw new claims of Tupac being alive.  We got desperate, ya’ll.

But then I saw Team Backpack and 16yo Astro on Sway and I felt blood going back into my toes.  Then I saw Gza in concert, then Grand Master Flash…  Then Netflix stepped in with the documentaries like Sample This, Art of Organized Noise, and then Luke Cage emerged with the genius of Ali Shaheed Muhammad, then The Get Down, and I was like, Okay!  My fingers started tingling.

And then there was… Continue reading

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The Warrior Poet – a tribute to Da Ghost

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The past few months have been a bit of a challenge.  In fact, this whole year thus far has been more than a challenge, but I am thankful in the moment.  In late April I lost the earthly presence of a friend and brother Rayshawn D. Armstrong a.k.a Jigg a.k.a. Da Ghost, Most Wanted Trapped in the Universe.   Well, he is truly among the universal principle now, floating among the greats (i.e. Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou – wow).  His legacy will indeed live on.  Much love to my Brother Ray, a Warrior Poet.

Nakupenda Kaka!!

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Come INjoy the sounds of Intercourse the Collective, as we take a moment

to celebrate the legacy of one of Cleveland’s finest poets.

JUNE 13 PROMO 4

Sacred Moments and Materials That Rayshawn and I shared