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.
Rah Digga, arguable one of the nicest MC’s ever to touch the mic, male or female dropped this gem this summer wight he homie Marco Polo and I missed it! Well, here it is now.
The track is sick, but that’s to be expected from Marco Polo. Rasheda’s flow is still tough. The track is high energy enough without Mr. Chuck D’s blessing on it, but then he adds an endorsement at the end. I admit I was hoping for a Chuck D verse, but the song is hot, so I’m not complaining.
I met Immortal Technique years ago shortly after he got out of jail and threw himself into the battle game with a fury like no other. Technique’s battle’s are legendary. Sorry, Youtube-ing them now wont do it justice. You had to be there. But that was just the opening act. Tech had some important stuff to say and he was going to use his dominance on the mic to get those messages heard. Over the years I have seen him develop his ideas, musically, lyrically, politically and socially. Â I always respected him for that.
You see, when I was a boy, listening to groups like Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers and BDP taught me something about Hip Hop that I hadn’t realized before those groups came along: you don’t have to say things in a rhyme because they sound cool and just go where the rhyme takes you. You can say what’s on your mind – even have an agenda – a MAKE the rhyme sound cool. Words submit to your will. It’s up to you to make them do what you want, say what you want. Immortal Technique is one of THOSE type of rappers (sorry, MC’s). He is not trying to be “fly”. He is trying to bring knowledge to light, wake people up and inspire them to make changes in their lives and in the world.
To that end, Technique also put his money where his mouth is, when he traveled to Afghanistan and helped build an orphanage/school, for needy children. This is not a millionaire movie star or Platinum selling artist (yet), who writes a check like its nothing and goes about his day. This is a 100% independent artist, who makes his money touring and selling his CD’s (VIPER RECORDS).
Read more and hear Immortal Technique’s speech “We Can’t Back Down Now”, after the jump! (more…)
Immortal Technique is “one of the most dangerous artists in America.” If you know him, have witnessed a show or heard his music, then you know why. If not, watch the documentary. For the converted, start telling your friends and getting them up to date on his music and movement.
Can’t wait for the movie? Click “Read More” and watch the video for “Dance With The Devil” one of the Peruvian MC’s illest and most controversial songs.
For those who didn’t catch it on tv, here’s the official video of President Obama’s Twitter session with America, July 6th, 2011. Barack Hussein Obama /aka/ Barry /aka/ Mr. President, made history by being the first President of the United States ever to “live tweet“. His message?
in order to reduce the deficit,what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep – bo
I’m not going to get into a whole political debate about the content of the first Twitter Town Hall Meeting, Barack Obama’s effectiveness as a President, etc. I’ll leave that to other sites, but I do believe we should all stay informed, so please watch the show, to continue your own education as to what is going on in this country.
I do, however, want to bestow on the President, the title of “MC“. Since he started his firstÂ campaign, Barack Obama has always been a crowd motivator, a great orator, a “great debater”, to use the title of SkyZoo’s last release. With his speeches, he is known as one who “moves the crowd” .
Watch the Twitter Town Hall Official Video after the jump! (more…)