‘The Gentrification Song’ Is The Inner-City Blues Amerika Deserves From Rap

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. […]

The Pedagogy of Hip Hop: Underground Soundtracks for Dissecting & Confronting the Power Structure

Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and political content this article intends to explore. Therefore, some of the language appearing below may be offensive […]

February 22, 2017 Free Em All Radio w/ Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and Lady of Rage

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/str8uptalk/2017/02/23/freeem-all-radio-w-chairman-fred-hampton-jr-the-lady-of-rage

REBEL DIAZ – VIVA FIDEL (PRODUCED BY AGENT OF CHANGE)

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…

NEW MUSIC: BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR ISSUEZ A RALLYING CRY ON ‘DIASPORADICAL’ #SOUNDCHECK

“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 Poetz: Amerika in poetry from black power to Black Livez Matter

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, […]