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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Abby Martin an exclusive interview with hip hop artist Immortal Technique discussing everything from his creative process in his politically charged lyrics to his views on capitalism and the two-party stronghold over American politics.
Uber-hip man about town Questlove writes the first of “six essays looking at hip-hop’s recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the possibility of a future,” for Vulture:
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There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” (Actually, he said “There but for the grace of God goes John Bradford,” but the switch to the pronoun makes it work for the rest of us.) The second comes from Albert Einstein, who disparagingly referred to quantum entanglement as “spooky action at a distance.” And for the third, I go to Ice Cube, the chief lyricist of N.W.A., who delivered this manifesto in “Gangsta Gangsta” back in 1988: “Life ain’t nothing but bitches and money.”
Those three ideas may seem distant from one another, but if you set them up and draw lines between them, that’s triangulation.
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with hip hop artist Talib Kweli, discussing the role of government, Obama’s presidency, the prison industrial complex, and establishment hip hop.
Breaking the Set features an exclusive interview and musical performance by politically conscious Iraqi-Canadian Hip Hop artist, Yassim ‘The Narcicyst’ Alsalman, who performs the songs ‘Leap of Faith’ and ‘Sumeria’.
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with Hip Hop Legend and Public Enemy front-man, Chuck D, discussing the corporatization of Hip Hop, his views on internationalism and the upcoming United We Stand Festival on May 10th, where both Abby and Chuck are featured guests.
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with hip hop artist, Brother Ali, discussing his politically charged music and where the Muslim faith merges with hip hop.
The return of Deltron 3030– the alt-rap trio composed of Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Kid Koala, and producer Dan the Automator– will include a fall tour. The trio will hit the road in North America starting next month, with accompaniment on many dates by a 16-piece orchestra dubbed the “3030 Orchestra”.
Deltron’s new album, Event II, will be out on October 1, and includes a long list of unlikely contributors: Damon Albarn, Mike Patton, the Lonely Island, Rage Against the Machine’s Zack De La Rocha, Emily Wells, and Jamie Cullum, plus actors David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and chef David Chang. Watch the trailer for the album after the dates.
The Instupicuous lyrical stylings of Deltron 3030.
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Yo, it’s three thousand thirty
I want y’all to meet Deltron Zero, hero, not no small feat
It’s all heat in this day and age
I’ll raid your grave, anything it takes to save the day
Neuromancer, perfect blend of technology and magic
Use my rappin so you all could see the hazards
Plus entertainment where many are brainless
We cultivated a lost art of study and I brought a buddy
Automator harder slayer fascinating combinations
Cyber warlords are aggravating abominations
Arm a nation with hatred we ain’t with that
We high-tech archeologists searching for knicknacks
Composing musical stimpacks that impacts the soul
Crack the mold of what you think you rappin for?