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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

– GMS (@GMS_MCMI)

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

Erykah Badu Talks About Her Close Relationship With SupaNova Slom [Video]

Erykah Badu Talks About Her Close Relationship With SupaNova Slom

This short video is extremely interesting. Who knew that Erykah Badu and SupNova Slom were close like that? Apparently, the two met at an open mic event, when Slom had just finished High School and was starting college. Badu had not blown up yet and the two became kindred spirits and consider themselves like brother and sister to this day. They became friends and the self proclaimed Hip Hop Medicine Man even helped Erykah with childbirth.

We felt like we were twins. He’s much younger than me, but we felt like we were brother and sister. – Erykah Badu

The two have a lot in common. Slom is a holistic healing practitioner and a chlorophyllian (super-vegan). Erykah has been vegetarian and a health counselor as well.

Erykah Badu Talks About Her Close Relationship With SupaNova Slom

Erykah Badu Talks About Her Close Relationship With SupaNova Slom

Slom and Badu released a song together in 2010 called Steady Pt 1 (Attack the Youth), available on iTunes and all digital outlets. You can check out more of Supa’s music at supanovaslom.com and check him out talking to and about gang affiliated youth in videos like this one and this one and this one.

Erykah Badu dropped the mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone in 2015 and just put up new music on her  Soundcloud.

Erykah Badu Talks About Her Close Relationship With SupaNova Slom

Wise Words (9th Wonder Interview)

9th WonderProps to University of Virginia Student Hip Hop Organization who put out this dope interview of producer 9th Wonder, questions by  Trent Smith and Sofia Karad.
Video by Michael Tutu and Che Harvey.

Following a deep and insightful lecture at the University of Virginia, The Student Hip-Hop Organization at UVA caught up with 9th Wonder for an exclusive interview. Watch part 1 of the interview as he discusses education and his class at Duke University.


Part 2 & 3 after the jump! (more…)