When Biggie Smalls is nearly banished from Bed-Stuy, the writing is on the wall. An outside mural dedicated in 2015 to the deceased hip-hop icon and Brooklyn native Notorious B.I.G. barely avoided permanent removal last month after the building’s landlord threatened to do away with it for major renovations. Consider it another anecdote in America’s urban makeover. […]
This is the artist 13 – Former Homeless U.S. Army Vet. Nice to meet you! All I ask is that you play this song I made by pressing play on the top banner and read what I have to say down below. I am living a very hard life, especially as a foster child that […]
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Shot & Edited by Maria Juranic, Co-Produced by Rachel Morgan.
A hip-hop tribute to Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, by Rebel Diaz and Agent of Change. Intro speech samples a speech by Fidel; the track samples the incredible ‘El Necio’ by Silvio Rodriguez: “yo me muero como viví” – I die the way I lived. Viva Fidel! http://onlinemovies.pro/left-behind-2…
“From Joburg to Ferguson it’s all the same system,” Blitz the Ambassador spits on “Heaven,” lyrically tying together the international struggles for justice the same way he ties together diasporic sounds on Diasporadical. Highlife, Afrobeat, hip-hop, jazz, dub, and the odd touch of soul collide on the album, while Blitz and his impressive crew of […]
The Last Poets’ fierce performance poetry inspired generations of musicians, even as they destroyed themselves. Now they’re back – and as relevant as ever By Christine Otten “The Last Poets are the microcosm of black America,” said Umar Bin Hassan, one of the founding members of the group, when I first met him in Harlem, […]
An Ode, to the Beauty of the Black Female,… How many can you name?
Music video by Common performing Letter To The Free. (C) 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (ARTium Recordings) http://vevo.ly/We8zh4