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Because the world needs a Beastie Boys/Star Wars conspiracy theory

Even when Star Wars movies are stupid and ridiculous (think Return of the Jedi — you thought I was going to write Phantom Menace, eh?) the world goes bonkers with rumors and fan theories. Every thing from the sublime to the absolutely silly gets thrown to the wall to see if something sticks.

Well, True Believers, how would you like to sink your sci-fi teeth into a conspiracy theory involving a new character and the Beastie Boys?

I knew you would!

Ello Asty?

Ello Asty?

The Inquisitr brings it, sets it on the table and opens it up:

Earlier in the year, production art from the newest Star Wars film leaked online, showing an alien known at the time as a “bullhead.” As Geek points out, photos of the character in the form of a practical costume on set later appeared, yet little was known about the alien other than that it was a member of the Resistance who would be featured either at a base or in the cockpit of an X-Wing.

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L$D by A$AP Rocky – When Psychedelics Go Mainstream

I sort of can’t believe I’m posting a video that already has over 19 million hits, but I’m actually posting this precisely BECAUSE it has over 19 million hits. This may be the best example of psychedelic drugs going full on mainstream that I can think of in recent memory. I mean, this is a song and video about tripping on acid….by a commercial hip hop artist. File it in the “things I never thought I’d see in my lifetime” category.

Is it good? Yeah, not bad. I could do without the prototypical “materialism and misogyny” bling rap breakdown, but you know, catchy tune. Will have to give more of A$AP’s stuff a listen here when I have a minute. I give the video higher marks for catching what would in my mind be a rather mild potency acid experience. Props to Mr. Rocky for pulling off the “holy crap am I tripping balls right now” face right before the rap breakdown.… Read the rest

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Pop Culture Conspiracy: Is Snoop Dogg Faking It?

Snoop Dogg is one of America’s (and possibly the World’s) favorite stoners. Or should we say Alleged Stoners

The internet was abuzz with the story of Snoop being detained and piss tested in Sweden for suspicion of marijuana possession.

Dave's not here.

Dave’s not here.

Snoop (of course) claimed it was racial profiling. Profiling, maybe — racial? Not so much (See: Willie Nelson).

The Inquisitr has the gory details:

Snoop (real name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus) had just performed a concert in the Swedish city of Uppsala when police suspected he might have been under the influence of narcotics. It’s unclear whether or not Snoop was driving, but it doesn’t matter: under Swedish law, anyone suspected of being under the influence of drugs can be detained and forced to take a urine test.

And that’s exactly what happened to Snoop: cops put him into the back of a police car and brought him to the station.

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Space Dragon on Project Bring Me to Life

Selomon and Shannon interview producer and musician Space Dragon on Project Bring Me to Life podcast #46:

Space Dragon is the Executive producer of Drunk Yoga, Bar Wars (rap battle league), and the Imminent Disclosure Festival. He is currently living in Honolulu working as the producer for Quantum University where he does the video content for all of their online classes and degree programs.

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Hip Hop Beats Beatles As Most Influential In 50 Years of Pop Music

If you were asked what was the most important development in pop music in the last 50 years, what would you pick? An evolutionary biologist who normally studies worms looked at 17,000 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 over 50 years and found that hip hop beats out the British Invasion of 1964, Beatles, Stones ‘n all. From the LA Times:

Forget the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and Madonna. The most important cultural shift in American pop music began with the explosion of rap in the early 1990s.

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The Beatles and the Rolling Stones didn’t spark the British Invasion of the 1960s, but they did fan its flames.

And don’t buy snobs’ complaints about the homogenization of pop. With the exception of a brief period in the 1980s, there’s been plenty of diversity in the charts.

These are the conclusions of engineers and biologists who analyzed 17,000 digitized songs from Billboard’s Hot 100 to produce an evolutionary history of American popular music — no listening required.

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Psychoactive Soundscapes: The Trippiest Albums of 2014

darksideofthesun2The idea that the multiverse is more akin to an art project than a science experiment (or an art experiment if you’re so inclined) is one of those Occult themes that typically gets dismissed by both overly scientific and religious types alike. Even though it quite inarguably resonates now more than ever. One of the stranger aspects of human psychology that we essentially avoid touching in typical academic or spiritual discourse involves the fact that your average person now consumes roughly a hundred thousand times more art in a given year than they did even a mere century ago. We used to rely on mediums like galleries, plays, symphonies, and libraries to dispense our art, most of which weren’t super accessible to people who weren’t wealthy or close to an urban center. Now the fact that the Internet and cable television beam recreational distractions into our homes 24/7 seems almost like a trivial afterthought.… Read the rest

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“Fuck tha Police” in Historical Context

via Medium:

With a few notable exceptions, rappers have been conspicuously absent in the response to the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island. The Internets want to know why.

Back in 1970, CSNY’s protest anthem “Ohio” was on the radio within a few weeks of the massacre at Kent State—and that was in 1970. Those records had to be pressed up on vinyl and delivered to radio stations by actual human beings.

Theoretically, a rapper could have issued a response to #Ferguson, say, the same afternoon Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown dead in the street, or the same evening a grand jury decided he shouldn’t be charged with a crime. We have the technology.

Chuck D, who once called hip-hop the black CNN, in what’s since become one of the most shopworn cliches in the history of hip-hop journalism, often touted the Internets’ potential in this regard.

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Killer Mike’s Pre-Show Speech After Ferguson Verdict.

Much respect to Killer Mike for having the heart required to be a true emcee. Same goes for El-P. Much respect to Run the Jewels and real fucking hip hop artists the world over.

Via MaruiceGarland.com

Fate would have it that Run The Jewels had a show in St. Louis the same night that the non-indictment of Murderer Darren Wilson went down in neighboring Ferguson, Missouri. Run The Jewels usually open the show by jumping right into their blood-curdling theme song. But on this night Mike took an opportunity to address the crowd first.

Her Infinite Power Helping Oppressed People is the true meaning and purpose of H.I.P.H.O.P


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The Working Class is Underrepresented in Rap – An Interview with Killer Mike

It was while listening to the horrifically embarrassing clipping. album Sub Pop put out a few months back that I suddenly realized exactly why I fail to connect with the vast majority of hip hop artists I check out (not that I CAN connect with the rich kid hipster lifestyle rock and house beat pop bullshit the corplantations push these days). So many MC’s are far too bamboozled by the hustle of the street that they fail to see the cycles of daemonic exploitation keeping themselves and their community down systematically. Really just a comment on our failed educational system more than anything, which is something Killer Mike addresses in his lyrics quite specifically. For every rap mogul gangsta, there’s a white collar CEO or Wall Street spook colder and richer than they’ll ever be by a hundred fold. They’re the ones funding these bling rap records. I wonder why. You gotta read between the lines.… Read the rest

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