MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute

This is not new, but I had an interesting conversation with a friend about Buddhism recently (a religion and philosophy I have felt connected to since a boy and recently have began living my life by), which made me want to post about it. This is a video of “Buddhist Monks” performing Hip Hop dance/B-boying as a tribute to musician & humanitarian Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who himself was a devout Buddhist who fought for Tibetan independence.

MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” B-Boy Tribute - The words “Buddhist Monks” are in quotes because they are not actually monks, but are dancers who are performing a routine choreographed by Pavan Thimmaiah, styled by Maria Palmeri. However, if you read comments on Youtube or Facebook (a reliable source of intellectual thinking, I know), you will surely find people commenting that those “buddhists” are being sacrilegious, not being devout, because they are dancing to Hip Hop.   Others will argue over whether or not those are “real” buddhist monks, whether or not they would really be doing that, or whether it is disrespectful to portray the monks like that.

Adam-Yauch-Dalai-LamaAlthough it is probably not the case in this video, it actually isn’t that far-fetched for monks to have learned how to “break“. Buddhist monks spend time working on improving the body and mind. This includes meditation, study, prayer and yes, physical exercise. This has led to martial arts being practiced by buddhist monks, for physical, mental and spiritual health. There are even styles of kung fu developed by monks, the “Lion’s Roar” of which there are variations from Lama Pai, to Tibetan White Crane, to Hop Gar and other lineages. These styles bear influences of martial arts from China, Tibet and India, but regardless of where they originated from, they have been practiced by monks from Shaolin to Tibet since at least the 1400′s.

Hip Hop MonksThe monks practice martial arts to push your body to the limits of physical possibilities, to discipline your mind and body, to achieve great strength, flexibility and balance, mastering the mind by mastering the body, for longevity, health and a sense of well being. Well, if you think about it, serious dancers also combine rigorous training, exercise, and self-discipline to put on incredible displays of strength, beauty and balance. Combined with music, this is extremely artistic and spiritual. As strong as most breakers are, and with the kicks, lunges, windmills and other acrobatics, there is certainly an aspect of self-defense involved as well.  Not to mention, BBoys have incorporated martial arts moves into their dance routines since the beginning. They even perform ritualized simulations of combat (‘battles‘) in competition.

Hip Hop is everywhere. Asian youth have embraced the music, art, dance forms and fashion for years. Besides, exiled from their homeland, the Tibetan Lamas now live here in New York City. Is it farfetched to imagine a day in the near future where some buddhist monks, immersed in Hip Hop culture growing up, take to practicing Hip Hop dance, as part of their daily routine? After all, Hip Hop is Universal and so is Buddhism. Namaste. Buddha Bless. Peace Out.

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M-Dot – “Shine” ft. Method Man, Dominique Larue, Katy Gun

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M-Dot – “Shine” ft. Method Man, Dominique Larue, Katy Gun

The Wu-Tang’s Method Man doesn’t do many features.  The only recent one I know of is Load Luxx’s single “Rite” which featured both Method Man and Redman. So I was curious to hear this single “Shine” from the Boston MC M-Dot also featuring Dominique Larue, with California producer Soulplusmind on the boards and New York vocalist Katy Gunn on the hook. The results add up as the track is a banger. Meth sets the tone making this official tissue, followed by Dominique Larue who spazzes lyrically and M-Dot bats clean up with a killer verse to wrap things up. Katy Gun nails the chorus, so what else is left? This is a dope record. And no need for a “radio edit” as not one of the MC’s on this have any profanity in their verse.

“Shine” is off of M-Dot’s two part debut album “Ego and the Enemy” (in stores sometime in 2015). What’s finished of the album has production by Hi-Tek, Marley Marl, M-Phazes, Marco Polo, and 7L so far.

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PROFIT ft. CASSIDY – ON SIGHT

on sightHere’s a new song from Profit ft. Cassidy – On Sight. I could be wrong, but I think this is the first thing released with a Cassidy verse on it since the Cassidy vs Disaster battle. Does he still have it? I’ll let you all figure that out.

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Kendrick Lamar What You Say (Live)

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 4.34.00 PM King Kendrick stopped by the Colbert Report to rock a brand new song as the shows last musical guest before Colbert becomes the new host of Late Night as David Lettermans successor. Backed by a group of superstar musicians in their own right: singers Anna Wise Bilal, Thundercat on bass and Terrence Martin on sax, hip hops trojan horse continues to show his conscious and political sides on the untitled track now being called “What you say“. K Dots reign over hip hop with his first album got everyone to pay attention, lets hope people continue to listen now that he has even more to say.

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De La Soul F/ Chuck D “The People”

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De lA Soul says:
What’s up! We have a new song we want to share with you. It’s called “The People” and it features the legendary Chuck D from Public Enemy.

The idea for the song came from a couple of samples, and the track’s vibe is earnest and has a pressing tone to it. The lyrics are commentaries of our struggles and successes, our weaknesses and strengths… the experiences… and trials and tribulations we have faced as human beings, a race, and as individuals. Lyrically Chuck brings a sense of authority and urgency. The power in his voice demands your attention. With Chuck on the track this is a dream come true for us.

Originally “The People” was suppose to drop in June around the same time the Chuck D/Hot 97/Peter Rosenberg situation took place. We chose to hold off and not add fuel to any fires. Our next aim was for a Black Friday release. Coincidentally the Ferguson tragedy took place, and more recently the non-indictment verdict. Somehow this song was destined to be a part of something more than just dropping a joint. We hope it will lend itself to something positive in these difficult times.

We created some merchandise for this song that is for sale (The People T-Shirt & Sweatshirt). Proceeds from the merch will be donated to two organizations: All Star Code and I Love Ferguson.

All Star Code is an organization that helps under served youth make their way into the tech industry. We’ve been building, strategizing, and working with developers for the past year, and we understand the importance of education in tech. We have a music tech company that we’ll be launching soon called Daisy (daisycollective.com/). It’s important that we have more people from our community and our culture involved in this space. We just want to do our part in making that happen and ultimately help build the future of music.

I Love Ferguson is a organization that’s helping to rebuild the town of Ferguson, MO. We feel strong about helping and supporting the small businesses that have been affected in that area.

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