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Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) – Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

I will admit, when my long time friend and musical peer John Robinson sent me the link to this project, I didn’t really know what to make of it. It’s Soundcloud audio, so, is it a podcast? Not really, but there are conversations. So, is it an EP? Not really, but there are some songs.

The beats knock, the musical landscapes are incredible and Jay ARE are dropping serious barz (with a “z”) on us, but it’s not a traditional album format. Having had a few conversations about education myself (I am a 20+ year veteran of the public school system, as a teacher and recently became certified for administration), I knew it would be interesting to say the least and probably incredibly dope musically, so I gave it a thorough listen. The audio feast that ensued was so flavorful I had to go back for seconds and thirds. 

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) - Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

So what is it? Youth Culture Power is essentially several dope J Rawls produced, jazz-infused hip-hop tracks, blended with live instrumentation of the Liquid Crystal Project, over which the emcees rhyme poetics laced with the melodic tones of Tiffany Paige. This is merged with snippets of conversations from educators and scholars such as Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Jocelyn Wilson, Martha Diaz, Dr. Bettina Love and Dr. Christopher Emdin, talking about attitudes towards students, the public school system and the current state of educating inner city youth.  This soundcloud player contains a sampler of the full project (Book + Album) that is on the way. 

At times it feels like you are listening to some good talk radio on WNYC or NPR. At times it’s some revolutionary, hardcore yet intelligent Hip Hop, the likes of which you get from artists like Dead Prez or Common. Some of the music is simple boom bap, hard beats and MCees dropping science. Other tracks contain sweet melodies in hooks, reminiscent of Lauren Hill’s contrasting her singing voice with her and the other Fugees’ intricate lyricism. The end-result is ear candy – audio that is equally rich in it’s musical tapestry as it is intellectually and spiritually stimulating. 

Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) - Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

Jay ARE consists of educators and hip-hop kids J Rawls and John Robinson turned musical maestros, who have merged their musical work with their educational theories. Their upcoming Book + Album project, Youth Culture Power promotes their philosophy on education: Youth Culture Pedagogy (YCP). The group  believes that their pedagogy can “maximize students’  full potential for success and promote lifelong engagement in learning,” so this is more than just music.

To learn more, visit the website: itsjayare.com and follow: @ItsJayARE | @Whoisjr | @Jrawls82


Jay ARE (John Robinson + J Rawls) Youth Culture Power (Sampler) Feat. Tiffany Paige

Sha Stimuli – The Toilette Papers [Book]

The Toilette Papers: The #1 Number 2 Book, a compilation of unique thoughts and blogs developed by Sha Stimuli – while he was takin’ a sh*t!

We last heard from Sha when he dropped the thought provoking ode to dating women with children The Milf Song (A.K.A. Motherf*cker). Before that he blessed us with gems such as The Smelly Cat Song, 140 Characters, Unsung and set off the PH single County of Kings which dropped this past summer.

From murderous hitmen monkies to brain and flesh eating zombies, Sha Stimuli discusses everything we have all thought of at one time in our lives. This book will either leave you thinking deep thoughts like Jack Handey or laughing at the utter nothingness and confusion like Jerry Seinfeld.

This book was written with those in mind who need something special with them during toilet trips in which one may need to relax and contemplate life, or just laugh.

Cop The Toilette Papers: The #1 Number 2 Book here.

ShaStimuli.com | @ShaStimuli | @GMS_MCMI | @MCMIreport

Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Book)

While I’m sure there are gonna be quite a few pages in this I could care less about, you cant deny the fact that Def Jam,its brand,artist,music and influence on Hip Hop culture is a huge part of who we are today.This is DEFinitely going on my coffee table.


In association with Def Jam, a celebration of the first twenty-five years of the label that defined hip-hop music and culture, in the words and photographs of its founders and artists. This is the story of Def Jam in the words of its artists and top executives, taken from interviews and seamlessly told as a narrative of no-holds barred recollections and anecdotes, made even more compelling by the fact that Def Jam is one of the last great record labels to enjoy the widespread cultural influence that it does, in light of the increasing digitization of music. Def Jam celebrates a label that defined hip-hop and whose impact extends beyond its incredible roster of recording artists to all areas of culture–fashion, lifestyle, cinema, art–impacting the music business and pop culture forever. In 1984, Def Jam introduced a new kind of music and lifestyle–hip-hop–through aspiring record producer and punk-rocker Rick Rubin and party promoter/artist manager Russell Simmons. It has become the sound of young America, akin to Motown in the sixties. This is the first book to see the label whole: through an oral history woven from interviews (some exclusive) with its founders and artists such as LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Ja Rule, Rihanna, Ashanti, and Kanye West, as well as through rare memorabilia from personal archives of the label’s movers and shakers: behind-the-scenes photos, flyers, advertisements, movie posters, album cover art, magazine covers, and press clips from around the world. It also showcases images from some of the best-known photographers of the era, including Albert Watson, Glen E. Friedman, Jonathan Mannion, and Annie Leibovitz. It is designed by Cey Adams, Def Jam’s founding creative director and is an insider’s portrait of the last great record label.

Pick it up HERE

Malice of the Clipse: “Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked”

malice bookRappers often refer to themselves as “writers” (as do taggers), but some also have written books. I can think of Chuck D, DMC, Buckshot of BlackMoon, Jay-Z, to name a few. Well, add Malice of The Clipse to that list. This is not an advice book, or a philosophy, it’s an auto-biographical excerpt of the MC’s life. Malice, born Gene Elliot Thornton Jr., gives you a look into his personal life, his beliefs, his struggles with drugs and depression and how faith in God helped him see his way through personal crisis.

I haven’t read the book yet, only listened to some excerpts, but when I do I will write an exclusive review for MCMIreport.com. I will say that this is the illest series of vignettes marketing the book. Check ’em out. You don’t have to watch in order. Each one has nothing to do with the other and you’re not really going to get any info, but you will be left with images ingrained into your memory, questions that need answering and a visual texture of what Malice may have in store for you in the book. If that doesn’t make you buy it, I don’t know what will, but I’ll be happy to let you know if its a good read and lend rent you my copy when I’m done. (Sold, not told, snitches, haha).
Good viewing…

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BUCKSHOT latest rapper to drop “Knowledgy”


Chuck D, DMC, and 50cent are just a few MC’s who have taken their pen game to the next level, authoring a book. Now, it is Buckshot (of Black Moon/Duck Down Records) who drops knowledge, or should I say “COMMON KNOWLEDGY” a how-to book about working in the music industry.