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PackFM – Live with Cunninlynguists in Paris

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This was in April, During Cunninlynguists‘ European tour. The crowd was live and Pack kept the energy sky high, working the crowd with a House of Pain “Jump Around” intro to his classic “STOMP” off of the album WhatduzFMstandfor? (QN5 Music).

PackFM’s latest release is his album “I F*cking Hate Rappers” on QN5 Music. He is currently in the studio working on his next project.

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MeKoBane – The Balance, A Tribute to Malcolm X


Up and coming Bronx M.C. MeKoBane will be releasing the video to his newest single “The Balance” at 11:59am May18th, exactly one minute before the birthday of Malcom X whom MeKoBane pays tribute to in the video itself. The idea, concept and whole reasoning for song and tribute are really interesting and definitely something hip hops been lacking…..

Today’s young black males are very different from those of generations past — heroes such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X have been replaced by the glitz and glamor of rappers and basketball stars. But in the case of Bronx-bred Hip Hop artist MeKoBane, he can’t help but be inspired by the story of Malcolm X, having been born right next door to The Audubon Ballroom at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. A graduate of University of Albany, MeKoBane appreciates Malcolm X’s transition from a Hustler to an Intellectual, a Leader, a Spokesman, and a devout Muslim. And with Malcolm X’s birthday arriving on May 19th, MeKoBane felt a duty to pay homage to Malcolm X with “The Transition,” highlighting the beliefs that he represents — Discipline, Pride, and Love of Self.

“The Transition” represents the struggle of the Young Black Male to find Success as a Gentleman without having to be a “Hustler” or “Thug.” In the lead single “The Balance,” MeKoBane touches on the Young Black Male’s inner battle with “being yourself”, and the constant fight between Hustler and Gentleman. In the video, MeKoBane pays homage to Malcolm X on the steps of The Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz Youth Center (originally the Audubon Ballroom, where Malcolm X was slain). The video also contains excerpts from Malcolm X’s famous speech, “Who Taught You?”. This type of visual from the Hip Hop community hasn’t been seen since the days of Public Enemy, with MeKoBane being the FIRST Hip Hop Artist to stand in the very place where Malcolm X was shot.

Be sure to check back for the video @11:59 may 18th…

COMMON AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Common head shot

I wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m not. That a rapper is going to the White House? No, that’s been done. That since it is a black President – and a democrat – the right wing media is up in arms? Yeah, that’s what I’m referring to.

I wouldn’t go as far as Kyle Anderson of Music Mix, saying

Common is about the least controversial rapper in the business. He’s roughly as edgy as LeVar Burton. He’s the rap version of Wayne Brady. He’s a friendly, easy-going, cross-cultural musician and actor who stars in easygoing rom-coms with Queen Latifah, only appears menacing to Tina Fey and Steve Carrell on celluloid

– um, that’s a little overdoing it, lol. I mean, Common is a positive dude, but he’s not soft. He did a dis record calling Gangsta Rapper Ice Cube a “Bitch”, remember? And he has some very controversial lyrics, mostly political. But that’s not inappropriate, for a poet or for an MC.  That’s what they do – have and express controversial ideas and opinions. But what Kyle said describing Common as a “conscious MC” is more to the point:

Common is a smart guy who uses his music to talk about complicated ideas and the vagaries of modern life. Few rappers talk about personal relationships and social injustice as astutely as Common, and his deeply-considered work is the sort of stuff that should be inspiring young people (especially those interested in poetry).

And that’s what makes him relevant to a discussion of poetry. Plenty of Common’s Hip Hop song lyrics flow like poetry and then he actually has poems as well, on HBO’s Russel Simmons presents Def Poetry, for instance. Whichever you are listening to, it is instantly clear that Common is a great communicator of ideas and expresser of passionate emotion, which perfectly describes the role of any artist. So, the fact that Michelle Obama wanted him to teach a poetry workshop to the youth (something else he has done before in his hometown Chicago) and perform some of his songs at the White House event, makes perfect sense.

Still, Hannity, Sara Palin, Karl Rove and others have all spoken out against the First Lady for inviting this “vile” rapper Common to the event. It’s really kind of laughable. I mean, read or listen to Hannity’s commentary, as published on FoxNews Website.

So, what is it they are claiming Common talks about in his raps?

1) murdering George W. Bush by settin him on fire,

2) carrying guns

3) killing cops

[* Watch some of Common’s videos, plus video footage of the White House performance and hear me call Sean Hannity and Sara Palin “a dumb ass” – after the jump!] (more…)

eLZHi: ELMATIC (Trailers & Previews)

elzhi elmatic flyer

Ah man, I am IMpatiently waiting for this to drop!

The long awaited, anticipated ELZHI (of Slum Village) project is slated to drop in 10 days (May 10th). With Royce Da 5’9 playing the role of AZ, as well as appearances by Mint Condition’s Stokely and Amp Fiddler on keys, it’s hard to say whether it is really a “mixtape” or an LP in disguise. It will be a free download on ELZHI.com, but I have a feeling it will only be a “mixtape” in name, due to sample clearance and copyright issues. This is eLZHi’s first official release since his debut The Preface (2008) and according to the press release, is a labor of love, that just took years to get finished due to touring and recording with Slum Village.

* More videos & MP3 downloads of “Detroit State of Mind” and “Verbal Intercourse” after the jump. (more…)