Yesterday, before a secret show in Philadelphia, Janelle Monae helped lead a Black Lives Matter protest alongside her Wondaland Records crew.
She spoke about the devastation our community has faced by police brutality as she addressed a crowd of over 150 protestors:
“They say a question lives forever, until it gets the answer it deserves. Won’t you say their names? Can we say their names right now? Can we speak their names, as long as we have breath in our bodies?”
Monae and Wondaland artist, Jidenna, who recently performed in Rochester, began to chant the names of Black men and women that have lost their lives at the hands of the police. The crowd broke out into chant repeating names such as Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Eric Gardner, Aiyana Jones, Sean Bell, and more. Everyone then began to march through the streets of North Philadelphia concluding the march at Temple University’s main campus. See pictured below from Jidenna’s DJ, NanaKwabena’s instagram:
Today Monae released an updated version of ‘Hell You Talmbout,’ which was originally released on her sophomore studio album ‘Electric Lady’ as a bonus track. You can hear the updated track below:
Like any style of music, hip hop has roots in other forms, and its evolution was shaped by many different artists, but there’s a case to be made that it came to life precisely on this day in 1973, at a birthday party in the recreation room of an apartment building in the west Bronx, New York City. The location of that birthplace was 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, and the man who presided over that historic party was the birthday girl’s brother, Clive Campbell—better known to history as DJ Kool Herc, founding father of hip hop.
Born and raised to the age of 10 in Kingston, Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc began spinning records at parties and between sets his father’s band played while he was a teenager in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Herc often emulated the style of Jamaican “selectors” (DJs) by “toasting” (i.e., talking) over the records he spun, but his historical significance has nothing to do with rapping. Kool Herc’s contribution to hip hop was even more fundamental.
DJ Kool Herc’s signature innovation came from observing how the crowds would react to different parts of whatever record he happened to be playing: “I was noticing quotecorner.com/finasteride.html people used to wait for particular parts of the record to dance, maybe [to] do their specialty move.” Those moments tended to occur at the drum breaks—the moments in a record when the vocals and other instruments would drop out completely for a measure or two of pure rhythm. What Kool Herc decided to do was to use the two turntables in a typical DJ setup not as a way to make a smooth transition between two records, but as a way to switch back and forth repeatedly between two copies of the same record, extending the short drum break that the crowd most wanted to hear. He called his trick the Merry Go-Round. Today, it is known as the “break beat.”
By the summer of 1973, DJ Kool Herc had been using and refining his break-beat style for the better part of a year. His sister’s party on August 11, however, put him before his biggest crowd ever and with the most powerful sound system he’d ever worked. It was the success of that party that would begin a grassroots musical revolution, fully six years before the term “hip hop” even entered the popular vocabulary.
Even when Queen Bey isn’t dropping a new album she somehow finds a way to keep her fans entertained. Or is it the #Beyhive keeping her entertained. Either way it goes Beyoncé can dance to any type of music even gospel!
#BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat you will not be disappointed!
Recently I had the honor of being part of the Huffington Post, Marc Lamont Hill show online at huffingtonpost.com. I had the opportunity to not only watch an exclusive unedited Interview of one of the greatest rappers Scarface, but also I was able to ask him a question and interact with him for a little bit.
It’s always fantastic to see some of your favorite artists while growing up in a uncut interview to experience their true beliefs and opinions on certain topics and the interview between Marc Lamont Hill and the rapper Scarface was no exception. I also like Scarface because he curses like a sailor at times which is just an expression of his true feelings about the certain matter that he is discussing. In the interview they touched on subjects such as some of Scarface’s thoughts on Hip Hop today, His life and his Career, & his thoughts on innocent black lives lost.
The question that I decided to ask Scarface at the end of the interview was “Do you think that you should play more of a role in cultivating/mentoring the new artists that come out now because you’ve been in the game so long?” His response was “What I do is I mentor kids on the football field. I’m a coach for a youth football league. I wanna get them here and take them to College. You have to grow them from the roots up”… “As far as me mentoring rappers if you call me and need some advice on what to do and what not to do then I can definitely help them there.”
My thoughts on Scarface’s response to my question is that I completely agree with him. What I deciphered from his response is… that you can’t try to help change a grown person who is in their ways. It starts from the bottom which means the kids. You have to help start mentoring and teaching kids at a young age in order for them to be successful. But if any rappers need any help as far as what to do and what not to do in the rap game then he will definitely help them.
This was definitely a great experience and I can’t wait to do it again. It’s kind of different for me seeing that I’ve worked at the radio station for 9 years so I’m use to being the person that interviews the guest. Nonetheless it was fantastic.
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Today on the Water Cooler we went from the serious to the insane to the seriously insane all in one hour.
In case you weren’t keeping count, this weekend Rochester tallied its eighth homicide of the year. A 27-year-old father of six was shot and killed around 4:30AMSunday morning on Lloyd Street. Rochester Police and SWAT teams chased the murder suspect and arrested him– 28-year-old Stephen McLaughlin Junior.
It’s always a tragedy when lives are taken. When will #alllivesmatter enough for people to put down guns?
In national news, Rolling Stone issued an apology and a formal retraction of its story about a rape that allegedly took place on UVA’s campus:
While it’s a wake up call for many journalists about the need to fact-check, it’s also a reminder to the public that humans are well…humans. That goes for the source “Jackie,” who may have lied to the reporter and for the reporter who did the story.
The lesson: It’s important to fact check and be informed as a citizen. We shouldn’t do this simply out of fear that the media will lie to us, but because we should care enough about being people who know what’s happening AND have our own opinions about them.
Whether that means reading more than one newspaper or watching full interviews for yourself, it’s good to get in the know.
Annnnd in gossip news, Karruche Tran finally broke her silence about her relationship with Chris Brown and his new baby– with another woman. Why should you care? Maybe you shouldn’t! (Sip the tea– none of our business right?)
Well the interview was powerful and host Iyanla Vanzant laid down some wisdom for all young men and women to take away about the importance of healthy relationships and loving yourself.