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Jun
19
2013

Jailhouse Roc: The FACTS About Hip Hop and Prison for Profit

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Growing up, I used Hip Hop as a way to learn about the world around me. From politics, to culture, language, geography, history, all this could be heard in your rap record of the late 80′sa and early 90′s. Then something changed in the late 90′s. Rap records talking about something other than partying and using drugs, became “underground” and labeled conscience. There was a shift, that continues to live on today. Listening to your radio or reading your popular Hip Hop zine all you hear and see is the same stories of niggativity.

With that said. Salute to emcee and homie Homeboy Sandman for taking the time to put this great piece together addressing the connection between Hip Hop and the prison for profit system. HS wrote this article for Huffington Post who refused to post it recently. No worries… It’s right here for you to digest. It’s a great read I definitely suggest checking it out. Thanks to Homeboy Sandman, and make sure you check out this new LP “First Of A Living Breed” out now via Stones Throw Records.

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GoldenUndergroundTV recently released an interview I did with them late last year. I got a bit animated at the end. Only so many interviews in a row I could handle being asked about Chief Keef.

My tirade wasn’t really about Chief Keef. It wasn’t about Gucci Mane or Wocka Flocka or any of the acts spontaneously catapulted into stardom by synchronized mass media coverage despite seemingly universal indifference (at the very best) regarding their talent. Whose arrests, involvement in underaged pregnancies, concert shootouts, and facial tattoos, dominate conversation for weeks at a time, with their actual music a mere afterthought, if thought of at all.

My tirade was about marketing. It was about media powers seeking out the biggest pretend criminal kingpins they can find, (many of whom who shamelessly adopt the names of actual real life criminal kingpins like 50 Cent and Rick Ross), and exalting them as the poster children for a culture. It was about an art form reduced to product placement, the selling of a lifestyle, and ultimately, a huge ad for imprisonment.

This is not my opinion.

Last year Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the biggest name in the private prison industry, contacted 48 states offering to buy their prisons. One stipulation of eligibility for the deal was particularly bizarre: “an assurance by the agency partner that the agency has sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90% occupancy rate over the term of the contract.

What kind of legitimate and ethical measures could possibly be taken to ensure the maintenance of a 90% prison occupancy rate?

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Nov
6
2012

Today Is Election Day… Go Vote!

Romney out here acting up… But I ain’t letting him. You see the shoe, you know what time it is. Get out today and vote. And if you don’t believe in voting, you better create the change that you want to see.

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May
17
2011

Common At The White House, Fox News Is Terrible + Thank You John Stewart

So about a week ago Fox News was going CRAZY about Chicago emcee Common being invited to the White House to perform for an event. According to Fox Common is controversial, supports the killing of law enforcement officials, and symbolizes everybody BAD about this country. FA REAL FOX??? It’s not surprising, Fox News has been known to be on some silly business for the past few years, even inspiring Nas to write the song “Sly Fox” about their terrible reporting back in 2008.

Anywho.. when I heard about it, I thought it was foolishness on Fox’s end, and congrats to Common on being invited to the White House. Com Sense is a not only a super talented emcee but also a very positive force in the Hip Hop community. I could see if Gucci Mane was invited to the White House, that would be a different story.

So I found it very refreshing when John Stewart spoke out on Common’s behalf. Stewart sat with Bill O’Reilly and expressed that if Common can’t go to the White House than neither can Bono (U2) or Bob Dylan who have used their artistry to touch on controversial subjects. Thank You John! …And I’m going to leave it at that, check the video footage below.

John Stewart and Bill O’Reilly debate Common

Common performs at the White House

Feb
10
2010

Video: America: Freedom to Fascism – Director’s Authorized Version

Wait so we don’t have to pay taxes legally? Hold up…

Jan
31
2010

President Barack Obama – The 2010 State Of The Union Address: Video

A few nights ago President Barack Obama delivered the 2010 State of the Union Address. I missed it when it came on TV, but luckily I got to catch it online the next day. Here it is in HD in case you missed it.

The 2010 State of the Union Address from White House on Vimeo.

Jul
6
2009

The BET Awards MJ Tribute You Didn’t See: Video

The message that goes along with this video says:

I AM P. FRANK WILLIAMS, CO-PRODUCER OF THE BET AWARDS 09! (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!) THIS IS A BET AWARDS MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE I PRODUCED THAT NEVER AIRED CALLED “GONE TOO SOON.” PEOPLE HAVE RESPONDED TO IT SO MUCH SO I HAVE REPOSTED IT HERE! ENJOY!

Mar
21
2009

Slow Jammin The News – Talkin Bout AIG (VIDEO)

lol peeped this joint earlier. Never saw the show before but i may just start checking it now. Peep the latest installment of Slow Jammin The News. Talkin bout AIG



Jan
24
2009

President Obama’s Weekly Address

Wow I see a change already we have a weekly address damn!!!!!!!!!!

Jan
22
2009

I Don’t Like This: O’Reilly speaks on Jay Z and Jeezy: Video

First Rush Limbaugh says he hopes Obama fails. Now… O’Racist, I mean O’Reilly and Dennis Miller speak on Jay Z and Young Jeezy “My President Is Black” Performance.

O’Reilly has the nerve to say “Jay Z should know better.”

Some of you may or agree or disagree. I understand where they could of went with the statement, but definitely done in the same poor taste they blame Jay and Jeezy for.”

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