I really don’t know what constitutes for “relevant” coverage in HIP-HOP news in America these days, but I really want to give you all a heads up. As you know I’ve been through three passports, 76 countries on the regular in the name of Hip-Hop since 1987 and in 2010, although I’ve never stopped traveling the earth this year, I’ve seen, heard and felt some new things.
As far as RAP and HIP-HOP, it’s like USA Olympic basketball, the world has parity now and have surpassed the USA in ALL of the basic fundamentals of HIP-HOP – TURNTABLISM, BREAKING, GRAFFITI, and now EMCEEING with succinct mission , meaning and skill. Skill-wise rappers spitting three languages, have created super rappers to move the crowd with intensity and passion. The “arrogant” American comes in blackface, but if there was a HIP-HOP or Rap Olympics, I really don’t think the United States would get Gold, Silver or Brass or even ass for that sake.
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Check this hot ish directed by Derek Pike. Been listening to Emilio since I seen a college show with him and Eternia.
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In honor of Mother’s Day, dead prez dedicates their new song, “The Beauty Within”, to mothers everywhere. “The Beauty Within” is from their new project with DJ Drama and is a “takeover” of B.O.B.’s “Nothing on You”.
Download the song for free here!
The Revolutionary But Gangsta duo DEAD PREZ has teamed up with southern mixtape king DJ DRAMA for a collaborative street album titled REVOLUTIONARY BUT GANGSTA GRILLZ. In the spirit of Dead Prez’s renowned Turn Off The Radio series, the album will feature a mixture of takeover (covers) and original beats with Stic.man and M-1 laying mind provoking lyrics with refreshed flow and resilience. The album will be made available for free download on JUNE 10th, 2010 at http://www.deadprez.com as they prepare for the release of their soon coming full length album Information Age.
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Activist Hip-Hop outfit Rebel Diaz opens Latin Music night at
Celebrate Brooklyn summer series in Prospect Park on July 2.
June 18, 2009
New York- After a highly publicized run-in with NYPD a year ago today,
Latin Hip-Hop act Rebel Diaz has since toured the country and opened a
community arts center in the South Bronx. They share the stage with Grammy
winner Obie Bermudez and CuCu Diamantes at Celebrate Brooklyn on July 2.
Rebel Diaz has spent the last 12 months touring the country, sharing the stage
with the likes of Public Enemy, Common, and Q-Tip, bringing their bilingual
revolutionary rap to a rapidly growing loyal following. However,
around this time
last year, things were not looking so good for the South Bronx- based crew. In
June 2008, two thirds of Rebel Diaz found themselves in Bronx central booking
after an altercation with police. In a video that made the YouTube
rounds and led
to a Village Voice investigation of the case, Rebel Diaz members Rodstarz and
G1 are seen being thrown to the ground and manhandled by officers from the
41st precinct in the South Bronx. Having intervened to translate for
street vendor who was victim to a city health department sweep, the brothers
were violently arrested after asking for police badge numbers.
Rebel Diaz frontwoman Lah Tere, who led a protest of over 150 community
members to the precinct after the June 2008 arrests, sees a bigger picture.
“These brothers were unjustly arrested in an incident that reflects
the process of
gentrification in the South Bronx. The supposed revitalization of our community
means cleaning up the streets of those that are deemed dangerous and criminal-
undocumented immigrants and young people of color.”
A year after their arrest, the brothers still face criminal charges
and are pleading
their case in court. However, true to their lyrics of community empowerment,
Rebel Diaz’s response to the arrests has been constructive and proactive.
“Four months after the incident, we opened up the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective a
few blocks away from the very same police precinct that locked us up,” says G1.
“We will not be stopped from calling out these corrupt powers that protect only
the rich,” he adds.
RDAC, as the community center the group founded is known, sits on a desolate
industrial area in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx and houses a multimedia
studio, performance space, computer lab, and art gallery. In between local gigs
and international touring, Rebel Diaz has been facilitating the space
for use by
artists, youth, and community members, in an attempt to educate
Says Rodstarz, “The South Bronx is the birthplace of Hip Hop, but MTV Cribs
does not come here. RDAC’s mission is to preserve the elements of resistance
that are inherent to our culture.”
Rebel Diaz opens the Celebrate Brooklyn Latin music night at the Prospect Park
bandshell on July 2. Gates at 6pm
The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective
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A-Alikes Explode on Film
Director Paul Biedrzycki has completed the A-Alikes music video for their recent single, “Explode”, including the documentary for “The Ballot or the Bullet”, which will have a featured film screening in the Bronx, NY on June 1st by Rebel Diaz.
Miami, Florida US – May 28, 2009 – A-Alikes and Paul Biedrzyck have conjoined their talents once again by fusing Paul Biedrzyck’s vivid cinematography with the innovative A-Alikes message for the latest music video, “Explode.” This second single off A-Alikes’ soundtrack for “The Ballot or the Bullet” documentary has already been featured on WNYU, WRFL, CFRO, WKDU, KHDC, KSMT, KTRU and more radio stations globally. The music video is also an excerpt of the documentary, which will be featured on Monday, June 1st in the Bronx, NY by Rebel Diaz.
“A-Alikes are the Revolutionary voice of the streets that needs to be heard. While other voices in Hip Hop jumped on the bandwagon, A-Alikes kept it realer than ever with The Ballot or the Bullet and No Savior.” – Rebel Diaz
A-Alikes is also set to release a new mixtape with DJ Victorious on June 14th titled, “The Hustler and the Hunted Part 3.” While many of the new mixtapes out now have an array of features, A-Alikes keep it classic with artists relevant to their music. I.G. is featured along with production by Hedrush, Checkmate, UK producer Baby J, and DJ Butta who also produced “Explode.”
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Film Screening- June 1st at 7pm (Complimentary Admission)
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At a time when the economy is sinking, the prison industrial complex is expanding and the music industry is shrinking into a handful of major corporations driven by sales alone, A-Alikes offers a connection to the streets with a concern for the future of the community. Their debut release” I Eat You Eat” on Nervous records helped garner them national press and lead them to their current project “The Ballot or the Bullet”, a documentary and soundtrack. This is a prelude to A-Alikes’ upcoming full length LP “Us Against Them“, a new venture between Guerilla Nation and digital distributor ContentChunk.Com
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Watch A-Alikes new Video “Explode”