With the very visible and targeted attack on Black existence, it is only right that a chord is struck from a creative standpoint. Hence we have my diatribe on the volatile subject of #BlackLivesMatter. "Freedom" is my response in 2014 as a rallying force and battle cry to take up virtual arms and fight for what is right. Fighting doesn't mean fisticuffs (unless necessary in my opinion); taking a stance can come in many forms and fashions. Social media awareness is definitely one of the avenues in which we as a people can make those that don't necessarily understand the plights of inner city (and now suburban as well as rural) people of color who are systematically being pushed to the brink. The brink of what, you may ask? The brink of destroying preconceived notions and prejudices based on tainted media perception and antiquated ways of thinking. Truth be told, it took me a little longer than anticipated to create "Freedom". It is not necessarily the "best" or "most creative" beat that I've concocted. I believe, however, that it is the most passionate because of the lengthy crate-digging and combing through archives of vocal recordings and speeches relating to the Black struggle, especially during the post-Civil Rights and Black Power era of the late 60's and early 70's. Making "Freedom" was painstaking yet cathartic. I hope what you get is a sense that revolution of some sort is on the horizon. We can't let senseless deaths of our Black males, continued sexism with our Black women, and overall disrespect of our existence continue, with 2015 looking like it will be the precipice of racial tensions. #BlackLivesMatter should be the continuing theme, and I hope and pray that "Freedom" ignites something, anything, that will spark revolutionary rhetoric and action.
Now question, is every nigga with dreads for the cause?
Is every nigga
with golds for the fall
---Andre 3000 ("Aquemini")
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
VA representative Black Tokyo Music (@BlackTokyoMusic) has dropped a gem for the holiday season entitled Reverse Hours LP. This 17-track instrumental/beat album takes the listener on a journey through a 24-hour cycle of beatmaking prowess, as Black Tokyo Music evokes that true school boom bap that will undoubtedly take us into the new year on a brighter note. Thanks are definitely in order for BTM by blessing us with his musical contribution during this season of giving.
Written and directed by Toni Branson (@TOMBOI301), The Education Of Ellis short film delves into the mental of the one and only ELLIS (@ELLIS_410), the respected B-more emcee that is part of the fresh wave of artists reppin' Harm City the proper way through lyrical dexterity. This follows on the heels of the earlier 2014 album release for The Education Of Ellis, with features from Styles P (@therealstylesp), Stan Green (@StanGreen410) and AL GREAT (@algreat11), along with exclusive production from beatsmith LEGIN (@LivinLegin).
The grassroots approach that ELLIS is taking is evident throughout the short film, which is more true to life than any "reality television" showing on the small screen in this day and age. Taking inspiration from the 1974 film The Education Of Sonny Carson (which in itself is an adaptation from the autobiography of the same name), you see more than a coming of age, rags-to-riches saga. I'm a supporter of anything true AND dope when it comes to Hip Hop culture. Watch the short, then support the movement at www.ellisbmc.com.
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