Thankstaking Greetings

As most of us get this four day weekend (actually my moms is working and I gave myself a week vacation), due to a nationally recognized holiday called Thanksgiving, let us not forget the indigenous blood that was shed, as well as the indiginous nations that have been and are continuously being exploited, to make this nation that we call America.

And before we rack up on all the savings on "Black Friday", lets reflect a bit on our capitalistic urges of consumption.

On a side note, pick up that new Juelz Santana... cerfitified piff!!! Aye!!


The truth of the matter is...

Jesus Christ had dreads, so shake em
I ain't got none, but I'm plannin on growing some
Imagine all the Hebrews going dumb
Dancin on top of chariots and turnin tight ones
I'm from the Bay where we hyphy and go dumb,
From the soil where the rappers get their lingo from


I know I ain't from the Bay and all, but I'm always about giving proper acknowledgement to the innovators. And aside from that, that new Forty Water track slaps... And now the origins of "going dumb" might become contested.

Check this piece on the Furl and y'all gotta know by know, Thizz ain't a label, Thizz is a movement

Ludacris is gettin all political and shit... See what happens when you anger pretty complacent rappers, Bill?


Clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams

For those unfamiliar with Noble Peace Prize nominee, Stanley "Tookie" Williams:

Stanley Williams is scheduled to be executed by the State of California on December 13, 2005.

The clemency petition asks Governor Schwarzenegger to exercise his discretionary power to spare Stanley Williams' life. The basis of the petition is Stanley Williams' personal redemption, the hope given to others by his message of education, self-discipline, purpose and peace, and the positive impact his message will continue to have if the Governor spares his life by granting clemency.

Peter Fleming Jr., of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP, clemency co-counsel for Stanley Williams, states: "We file this petition with faith it will receive conscientious review by Governor Schwarzenegger. We file it with belief, for all the reasons set forth in the petition, that the Governor will exercise clemency and thereby send a message of hope to those for whom Stanley Williams is a symbol of hope."

To sign the petition, go to: http://www.cm-p.com/clemency.htm and for more information about Tookie and what else you can do go to: http://www.tookie.com/ and http://www.savetookie.org/

Snoop, Daz, and other rappers have pledged their support to save Tookie, now hopefully other former gangmembers turned rappers that have realized the problems that they had to go through will step up their efforts also.

Please do all you can to help save this man.


Hip Hop = The Devil

Today MarkMarcelo, AJ (aka Mad the Villain), and myself conducted a workshop for UCSD's APSA High School Conference. The workshop, entitled, "Hip Hop and Misedutainment," was aimed at having the high school students take a more critical look and stance on hip hop music and culture. But, the topic and discussion of the workshop is not what's relevant in this post right here. One of the most interesting things about hip hop that I have recently learned came from one of the students in our workshop. I posed, to the students, the question, "Where did hip hop originate from?" And from one side side of the room, I noticed a hand rise from a spikey haired Caucasian male, donning a Hurley hoodie. The student mentions the Zulu Nation, and upon which I positively affirm his answer, but to my surprise, he continues his answer with something along the lines of, "The Zulu Nation started it, and it came about through devil worshipping and voodoo." Almost succinctly, Mark, AJ, and myself turn our heads to one another with a look of astonishment, bewildered to what we just heard. Of course I've heard my fair share of how rock n roll is heresy and anti-Christian, and also about how immoral aspects of hip hop music can be. But it was a first for me to hear someone say that hip hop's origins lie with Satanic values.

After the workshop, we asked the student who made the comment where he had heard that odd piece of information. He then told us that he had heard about it on a Christian video that he had seen. Automatically, the first thing to come to my mind is that some hardcore, fanatic Christian heard that some of hip hop's roots lie with Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation. So, my guess was that they saw the Zulu identity as a form of paganism and that the alliance to the African Zulu identity is an acceptance of anti-Christian heathenism. So, I can assume its on some racist colonization tip.

As soon as I arrived home, I scoured the internet to look for sites that might convey some sort of Christian message of hip hop being rooted with the devil, and within a couple of seconds I find the site: The Truth. The site is devoted to the fight against Hip Hop culture, which the site author claims as promoting an anti-Christian lifestyle that strays from believing in God. The views on the site are just incredibly out there and present a very far fetched description of hip hop leading the way for the anti-Christ, with Afrika Bambaataa and KRS One leading armageddon. The site is amusing, but quite scary at the same time, but if anybody can give me any other examples of sites or literature that argue the Satanic roots of hip hop, please send them this way, I'm really curious to see what they have to say.


looks like 50's jumpin aboard with the elephants...

Not that 50 Cent is the person I turn to when I need insight regarding the state of current affairs in America, but seriously folks...

50 Cent Slams Kanye's "Bush Is Racist" Comment

I think 50's trying to do like Eazy and get an invitation to the White House. We all should have realized his "red state" tendencies with the title of his first lp, "Get Rich Or Die Tryin," which some may see as an ode to cutthroat capitalism. But who can blame 50 wanting to lash out at Kanye; Kanye wouldn't be successful if it weren't for Fiddy.