June 30, 2006

The True Hustle: School's Two M's, Meritocracy and Mediocrity

A national commission report on higher education revealed a system in shambles: "It's time to be frank. Among the vast and varied institutions that make up US higher education, we have found equal parts meritocracy and mediocrity."

Forget the three R's. It's ALWAYS been the two M's.

Access to higher education was found to be limited by inadequate high school preparation, financial barriers, poor alignment between high school and college curricula, and "confusing informational" barriers. Not only do you need cash, you need to be in the know. You can attend Harvard...you can clean the library.

More high school grads are attending college, relative to 1970 (52 vs 67%), however, the proportion of students completing college has stagnated since the 70s. Most tellingly, less than 10 percent of those in the bottom socioeconomic quartile will ultimately graduate from college, compared to 58 percent of those in the top quartile. Dumb rich kids somehow find their way into college. Furthermore, 22 percent of low-income grads deemed "college qualified" do not attend any form of post-secondary education, compared to 4% of high income students (that's equal to 168,000 low-income, qualified kids NOT going on to further schooling). Not to worry, Starbucks, McDonalds, Ikea, Target, Pathmark, Crate & Barrel are all still hiring.

Forget losing 1.4 billion dollars post-Katrina. Our inadequate public school system has resulted in $1 billion worth of remedial college courses, paid for by taxpayer dollars, and $16 billion in business' lost productivity. The only thing are testing-based education has created is more test-making jobs. Where do we get those test-makers? China.

Long story short: the rich go on to post-secondary school, the poor don't. The rich college grads are unprepared for the business world, unable to innovate, and unwilling to strive. Stagnation. No matter, they have their house, their health, their trust funds, their power, and their connections. They also have a plethora of uneducated kids to hire to do their laundry, clean their offices, and raise their kids.

BOB DYLAN The Times They Are A-Changin http://rapidshare.de/files/24518346/times_bdyl.rar
JERU the DAMAJA Wrath of the Math http://rapidshare.de/files/24527389/jd_wotm.rar

June 27, 2006

Gentrification. Turning Your Block's Crack House into a Home.

New York City is becoming a city of the filthy rich, being waited upon by the poor. A recent study by the Brookings Institution, shows the startling changes that occured in major American metropolitan areas from 1970 - 2000.

Middle income neighborhoods only comprise about 41 percent of metropolitan areas, as compared to 58 percent in 1970, a drop that is larger than the drop in middle income families, from 28 to 22 percent. Currently, only 23 percent of city neighborhoods have "middle-income profiles," as compared to 45 percent in 1970. Importantly, lower-income families are more likely to live in economically homogeneous neighborhoods; 37 percent of lower income families live in middle income neighborhoods, compared to 55 percent in 1970.

In other words, gentrification is turning life in the city into a dichotomy of rich and poor. Period. Anything in between will be pushed out or live check-to-check. Immigration may even be skewing the numbers, adding to the middle-income column: "Moreover, strong immigration to New York City during this period may have helped replenish its stock of moderate-income families and neighborhoods."

As New York City becomes a conglomerate of rich and poor neighborhoods, private sector investment, local access to public services, and household mobility will become integral issues. So far, the city has responded by
raising rents for rent stabilized apartments. This comes after an NYU study demonstrated that middle income apartments dropped by more than 20 percent from 2002 - 2005. Not a good trend. Take a look above. The darker neighborhoods may not be so dark soon. At least they have a Starbuck's.

WAR: The World is a Ghetto
RUN-DMC: Back From Hell

Industry Rule # 4083: Segregation

Before hip-hop was a suburban style. Before punk was how you wore your hair. Before skateboards were just a way to piss off your neighbors.

They were forms of personal expression.

Bands such as Minor Threat, Black Flag, RUN-DMC, Bad Brains, Fugazi, Public Enemy, Ice-T, and the Circle Jerks were carving their own musical niche. They shared politics, energy, and message. Some played instruments, some scratched a turntable. Different methods, same ends.

Glenn E. Friedman was there as it all happened. Armed with his camera, he captured the innocence, anger, and charisma of a burgeoning movement, without one ounce of Jane Goodall pretension. Glenn captured a moment in our history, as a form of expression was birthed. Before Sony, Columbia, BMI, and Interscope distilled and packaged it, wholesale, for the masses. Before Sony, Columbia, BMI, and Interscope decided that guitars were White and turntables were Black.

Chuck D wearing a Minor Threat t-shirt? Fits like a glove. Exactly.

FUGAZI 13 SONGS: http://rapidshare.de/files/24228885/fug13.rar
FUGAZI REPEATER + 3 SONGS: http://rapidshare.de/files/24226483/fugrepeater.rar

June 22, 2006

YouTube, more than just the best thing since electricity.

Can the media alter your view of the people around you? Let's play a game. Push play on one of the videos below. Close your eyes. With your eyes closed, see if YOU can correctly guess the RACE of the singer/band. Is what you HEAR, what you SEE in your head? Once you've watched both videos, look below for the answers. Dude, I'm not racist, I gotta Black friend and a Mexican one too.

The first video featured none other than Bobby Caldwell, a White man. The second video featured Thin Lizzy, fronted by Philip Lynott, an Irish Black man. A White man with soul and a black man rockin out? That sounds as crazy as government officials gaining access to private bank records without permission, believing that there are still WMDs in Iraq, Kevin Federline protesting to "save the penny" from destruction, and the destruction of people occuring right before our eyes.

HALL & OATES: Abandoned Luncheonette http://rapidshare.de/files/23126521/ablunch_hao.rar

June 21, 2006

What's a Nasdaq? Who's Dow Jones?

Apparently, the Dow Jones Industrial average will serve as the basis of two leveraged exchange-traded funds. The Nasdaq has increased by more than one percent. The Dow Jones Industrial average has been consistently over 11,000 points since approximately February.

More money is funneled through New York City than you can even imagine. Millions are made, millions are lost. Countries become world powers. Developing nations become Third World countries. Thousands of people control the fates of billions.

The Dow Jones is over 11,000 points. I still dont know what the hell that really MEANS. It's still has CONTROL over the interest rate on my future mortgage.

Money has power. It gives you possibility. It makes you feel like you have everything. When you have it. If you're workin for it, you're still getting it in increments of $5.15 per hour. That's before taxes. Let's do some math: $5.15/hour x 40 hours/week x 52 weeks per year = $10,712/year. That's before taxes. Don't forget the City tax on top of that.

According to Republican Senator Johnny Isakson: ''For every increase you make in the minimum wage, you will cost some of them their jobs....[The minimum wage increase is a] classic debate between two very different philosophies. One philosophy that believes in the marketplace, the competitive system ... and entrepreneurship. And secondly is the argument that says the government knows better and that topdown mandates work.''

Debate? Philosophy? A brother still needs to eat. If only I had that check from FEMA.

THE O'JAYS: Ship Ahoy http://rapidshare.de/files/23740897/oj_sa.rar
BONE THUGS 'N HARMONY: E. 1999 Eternal http://rapidshare.de/files/23743127/e1999e_btah.rar
PEEP Jacob Lawrence's ART.
Two interpretations of For the LOVE of MONEY:

June 19, 2006

Dr. Dolittle runs this rap shit. Part 2.

A vicious criminal, Lewis, stalks his victims. His crimes include lacerating six unsuspecting neighbors and ambushing an Avon saleswoman. For his relentless violence and remorseless demeanor, Lewis was sentenced to death. Connecticut doesn't believe in rehabilitation. A Utah organization, Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, has a different view: "He would be cared for by specialists who know how to handle cats with behavior problems," Russ Mead, Best Friends' general counsel, wrote to Superior Court Judge Patrick Carroll. This CAT may get a second chance.

The prison industrial comples costs approximately 60 billion dollars annually. The industry employs 750,000 Americans. On any given day, 2.2 million Americans are in prison. 2/3 of prisoners will be rearrested within three years and about 1/2 will be reincarcerated. Consider it a return on your 60 billion investment. This is the real stocks and BONDS.

Recently, the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons released a report entitled Confronting Confinement. The findings were revealing, yet not surprising. American prisons are violent, unhealthy, overcrowded, systematically segregated, managed by incompetent wardens and guards, and run with impunity. All the aforementioned were shown to lead to increased reincarceration rates. A RETURN on OUR INVESTMENT of 60 billion dollars.

KOOL MOE DEE: FUNKE FUNKE WISDOM http://rapidshare.de/files/23551438/ffw_kmoed.rar

Non-Hispanic Blacks are Number One!

A recent study found that Non-Hispanic Blacks have the best hearing in the nation. Non-Hispanic Whites are last and Mexican Americans are somewhere in the middle. Melanin is assumed to be a protective factor for the delicate hair cells in our inner ear, the cells responsible for our hearing.

Apple stockholders are all breathing a collective sigh of relief. To all the kiddies: keep those headphones blasting. Did you get the new 4 gigabyte iPOD nano in black?

A sidenote to the study: the data comes from 1999-2004, when iPODS were not widely available. Furthermore, our hearing may only seem to be normal, relative to our hearing thirty years ago, when hearing protection was not widely available and mandated for factory jobs, construction, etc.

What? I didn't catch that last part. I got my iPOD on. Huh? Whatever.

We Got iPODS

Despite efforts to lower standards to ensure more kids moving through the system, many fifth graders are in danger of repeating the fifth grade. Our education system is crumbling, allowing kids to slip through the cracks, unprepared. Kid goes in, kid goes out. End of story.

Kids from China, India, and Europe are being educated, being further educated here, and going back home. We're facing a reverse brain drain. Walk around any graduate school at any university. To temporarily quell our fears, Bush announced the American Competitiveness Initiative, a program designed to increase research and development in America, while fostering an interest in science and mathematics in our kids.

Instead of focusing on children, the Initiative focuses on big business: intellectual property rights, hydrogen fuel technology, health information technology, tax benefits for increased research and development, and increased broadband access. America is for the children. The initiative budget for the kids is in the hundred millions. The budget for everything else is in the billions. You do the math.

President Bush provided an example of American innovation: iPODS (see picture above). We still have illequipped children, a failing two-tiered education system, bird flu, AIDS, cancer, gas guzzlers, poverty, hunger, and a war. At least we got iPODS.

PRINCE : SIGN O' THE TIMES http://rapidshare.de/files/23503147/sott_pr.rar

June 17, 2006

30 years, Two days, and Still Counting

Thirty years ago, South African students knew they had nothing but their minds. Their minds were their only key to possibility. A terrible education is worse than any beating. The mental scars don't heal; they are passed on to the next generation, and they multiply. 10,000 students stood up. Teach us in our language. Give us possibility. June 16th, 1976. Days later, hundreds dead, thousands injured. Months later, due to the ensuing economic instability and political unrest, South Africa's currency value plummeted. Hit 'em where it hurts.

Some thirty years later, South Africa's disenfranchised may not be getting the education that they deserve. Unfortunately, it seems that they are following the New York City educational approach of "outcome-based education." Can you pass a test? Here's a diploma. Education is not a journey. It is the correct answer. Period. South Africa boasts a 40 percent drop-out rate among college freshmen, discovering too late that their passing grades in high school amounted to nothing. NYC boasts a high school graduation rate of approximately 50 percent.

The graduation rate is too low. Just lower the standards. Quick and easy. Numbers are the answers. A solution that produces results and costs the taxpayers nothing. Bloomberg and South Africa get their "outcomes." They don't need to worry about the problems to come half a generation from now. That's a future government's problem. At least we can give South Africa the benefit of time, they've only had twelve years. We've had 50 years and have nothing to show for it. Apparently, we're still trying.

I'll fight you over that smirk you gave me. I'll shoot you for your chain. I'll threaten you for wearing chancletas. Can you imagine FIGHTING for your education? The ultimate investment. Now that's gangsta.

Sun City - Artists United Against Apartheid Real Audio
BOB DYLAN - Blood on the Tracks
MOS DEF & TALIB KWELI are Black Star
CITY OF GOD Soundtrack http://rapidshare.de/files/23374790/cog_sdtrk.rar

June 15, 2006

Hitmaker Michael "Axis of Evil" Gerson Retires.

Hitmaker Michael Gerson, after 7 years on the grind, calls it quits. After a string of unforgettable hits, Gerson's heart attack at the age of 42, made him stop and reconsider his future with the Bush World-Wreckin' Cru. Karl Rove, the head of productions had this to say about Gerson: "He helped take the president on his best day and represent what was in the president's spirit and soul."

Gerson's seemingly never-ending hits included: "The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations (a smash in the South)," "Axis of Evil (an international phenomenon)," and "Armies of Compassion (number one R&B and Pop in Iraq)." Who can forget his classic "Compassionate Conservatism," a chart-topper that hasn't fallen since 2000?

Gerson proved that the message is in the entire presentation. PRODUCTION MATTERS. Just ask Busta.

911 is OFFICIALLY a Joke

We've known about it for years. Overcrowding. Ridiculous wait times. Doctor unavailable. No beds here, why don't you try the hospital across town?

The Institute of Medicine just released a
"groundbreaking" report on the breakdown of the American emergency room. However, given the vast numbers of uninsured, this problem has been brewing for years. Combine a lack of insurance, mix with a lack of regular medical care, sprinkle in a dash of emergency care when needed. Let sit and marinade and fester for years.

The chickens have come home to roost. Lay eggs, nest, and call it home. More than 1/5 of this country relies on emergency care. This, of course, strains the entire health care system. Instead of predicting this inevitable "breaking point," we waited. And waited. Now that the problem effects more than the minority and immigrant hospitals, we're beginning to listen.

The report's recommendations are a joke. Recommendation one: install a system that coordinates emergency room availability with EMT dispatchers. In other words, let EMTs know in advance whether or not there are beds available. Why isn't this already in place? Recommendation two: increase the government funds to hospitals for disaster preparedness from $10,000. $10,000? Isn't that how much they paid for toilet paper? When the bird flu hits, it's the emergency room that's going to feel the pinch. Recommendation three: reduce emergency room care demand.

The root of the problem. Let's just plant around it. The flowers growing over the septic tank are always the prettiest.

How do we deal with the growing uninsured in this country? Do we dare mess with the pharmaceutical industry, HMO's, big government, and special interests? Or, should we just extend the baseball season?

PARIS The Devil Made Me Do It http://rapidshare.de/files/23139457/dmmdi_par.rar
EUGENE McDANIELS Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse http://rapidshare.de/files/23140623/hh0ta_emcd.rar

June 14, 2006

For the Tourists: A New York Area Hate Crime Update

Welcome to New York City. It's gonna be a busy tourist season this year. Come prepared.

Fat Nick was found guilty. We can legally call him a racist now. Apparently, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Nicholas Minucci's mother decided to publicly ether the prosecutor, claiming the prosecutor had it out for her son from the beginning, due to her "half-and-half children." "Let's call a spade a spade." As a result, Glenn Moore (Fat Nick's target) is planning on suing Fat Nick and his posse.

Phillip Grant, a homeless man, wanted to start a "race war." "All I knew was she had blond hair and blue eyes and she had to die," Phillip Grant allegedly said. Phillip now is on trial for the murder as a hate crime of Concetta Russo-Carrierro. The case isn't so simple. It turns out White Plains likes to keep its homeless out of sight and mind. Up until this unfortunate incident, White Plains bussed its homeless from its shelters and just dropped them off downtown. When has bussing people solved anything? When has releasing known sex offenders with known psychiatric problems and no social network and education, done anything but create more problems? Solving problems after they occur is just easier.

Aviance, a singer, was beaten by four young men. While they beat him, they yelled anti-gay epithets. Aviance suffered a broken jaw, among other injuries.

Four Long Island teens were arrested for the beating as a hate crime of two Mexican immigrants. Most telling, is a quote from one of the assailant's mother: "I find it hard to believe that my son would have made racial remarks, being that his stepfather is Hispanic. ... The man who basically raised him is Dominican." Uhhh. One of the many things I learned as a school teacher in the Bronx, Dominicans hate Mexicans. Period.

Finally, worried that a mall was becoming "too white," Carl Graves threw a concrete brick through the window of a family's car, while it was moving, containing a mother and her four children.

Welcome to New York City. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
SALT-N-PEPA Black's Magic http://rapidshare.de/files/23059280/bmag_snp.rar

New Orleans, an "Experience" on my Resume.

American schools need all of the help they can get. We’re losing our competitive edge, and something needs to be done about it. We need to get our kids up to speed in mathematics and science. We need role models. That’ll even up the playing field, right? Good qualifications equals good jobs. This is America.

After a dismal showing as a Judge and Steward of the International Arabian Horse Association, Michael Brown managed to keep his head up. He put together a fraudulent
resume, called up some friends, and became the leader of a governmental organization no one cared about, FEMA. Tucked away, paid handsomely, kids off in private school. Life was good again.

August 29th, 2005.

Death. Homelessness. Destruction. Lives lost. Levees destroyed. America's insidious racism revealed. In other words, a job that was not well done. Michael Brown resigns in shame.

For the connected, a job is not more than a phone call away. Create a fake business. Profit from your country’s new fears. What is a horribly underqualified man currently doing? Serving as chief public-sector strategist for the disaster preparedness company
OnScreen Technologies.

The connected can also create new job titles.

New Orleans is still a swamp. People are still homeless.
1.4 billion dollars was spent on vacations, sex change operations, football games, and televisions. Our schools still don't have books. Michael Brown still has a job.

It's still hard out there for my black, brown, and yellow brothers and sisters. We don't even have the right names.

Meters Look-A-Py-Py http://rapidshare.de/files/23009268/met_lapp.rar
Labelle and Patti: The Best of http://rapidshare.de/files/23016112/lab_pat_bestof.rar
Aaron Neville: Tell It Like It Is http://rapidshare.de/files/23008539/an_tilis.rar
Professor Longhair: New Orleans Piano http://rapidshare.de/files/23033681/norlp_plhair.rar
Professor Longhair: Rock n' Roll Gumbo http://rapidshare.de/files/23006190/rnrgumbo_proflh.rar

June 12, 2006

Guns 'R' Us. One more excuse to kill minorities.

Minorities are still getting shot by the cops. Still.

Coloring guns to look like toys isn't helping either. Corporate responsibility has been trumped by the green. Lauer Weaponry sells you all of your make-your-real-gun-look-like-a-toy-gun accessories. O'Sherbert, rose, cherry, and pink lady are among your various options. Now my guns can match my shoe laces and pink Yankees fitted.

Owner of Lauer Weaponry, Steve Lauer, knows he's not responsible. Paint doesn't kill people. Cops who shoot gangsters with painted guns kill people. "Our customers are all avid hunter and law enforcement, not gang-bangers." Translation: we don't care about minorities, but we'll take their money. Steve Lauer attempts to humorously ether Bloomberg and his anti-gun press-conference: "Maybe the real gun is the one with the hole and barrel?" Translation: I need an excuse to sell this shit.

His final piece of evidence: "We're not getting orders from New York City." In other words, if someone from Ohio colors his guns, he can't drive them to NYC. Of course. Not only are guns easy to come by, they can now be accessories.

Life can be so simple. Peace. Unity. Havin fun. Period.

BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS: By All Means Necessary http://rapidshare.de/files/22871397/bdp_bamn.rar

BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS: Criminal Minded http://rapidshare.de/files/22873365/bdp_cm.rar


June 09, 2006

Dr. Dolittle runs this rap shit.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief. Justice was finally served. A mother was accidentally killed by FEMA (no, she wasn't shot in the back by cops) and her children have found a new home, all expenses paid, in Maryland. Food, shelter, education, health care, personal trainers, and a pool. God bless America.

The Salisbury Zoological Park is the new home for two otters, left homeless by the tragedy of Katrina. Jim Rapp, the zoo director drove to New Orleans to pick up the poor, hungry, homeless otters, "It was inspirational to see what those guys [otters] could accomplish."

"What's black and white and spreads hope all over?" Patience, Voodoo, and Satchmo, temporarily housed in Monterey Bay, are heading back to their newly refurbished New Orleans aquarium. Their tale of survival speaks volumes:

"Shortly after the hurricane, aquarium staff evacuated. The penguins and otters were alone in the darkened, stifling aquarium for two days, visited only by a police officer who tossed them their daily ration of fish. After days of frantic negotiations, the penguins and otters were flown to Monterey through a privately chartered plane financed mostly by actress and animal lover Betty White. They arrived Sept. 9."

The love keeps flowin. Finally, scientists recently flew to Panama to save some rare frogs. A deadly fungus is heading towards their environment, destined to wipe them out. Instead of waiting and watching them die, these scientists took action and saved these frogs. Thank the lord.

"When you can make predictions with respect to catastrophic population declines and extinctions, we all agreed you have a moral and ethical responsibility to do something about it," Dr. Mendelson said.

Sounds familiar. I heard somewhere that hurricane paths can be predicted.

It's a jungle out there.

METERS: Rejuvenation http://rapidshare.de/files/22652404/rejuv_met1974.rar
PARLIAMENT: The Best of http://rapidshare.de/files/22650371/bestofparl.rar

The Prison Diet. Wash your mouth out with more than soap.

The trial of the word and its various endings is over. The centerpiece of the trial has been the use of the infamous word. 6 letters or 5 letters. There's a difference. According to the prosecutor, there's the wrong way and the "hip-hop way."

The defense managed to have N-word self-proclaimed expert (in others words, a black man who doesn't mind white folks saying nigg__ or nigg_) Randall Kennedy testify in defense of white people's use of said word. Randall Kennedy decided to testify for free, in order to "stand by" his book.

"Asked how the testimony went, Mr. Gaudelli [defense] said: 'I think I did good; I got a Rhodes scholar to testify for nothing and all I had to do is drive him to the airport.'" Damn. It's hard out there for a Harvard professor. Must be tryin to up his Amazon sales rank.

If Nicholas Minucci is acquitted, the great white rappers out there are gonna multiply like rabbits. Newly freed from the shackles of the oppression of not being able to use "that word" outside of their suburban bedrooms. All the defense needed to do was show the jury this video:

Nick would be sittin in Rikers with Tyrone. Ridiculous. The N-word is on trial. We're losing focus. A man was beaten. That's the job of the cops.

I took time off while other rappers got jerked.

EPMD Unfinished Business http://rapidshare.de/files/22647118/epmd_ub.rar

Now I'm Back to WORK.

June 04, 2006

Soccer doesn't care about Black People.

A change is gonna come. Eventually.

World Cup 2006. The biggest international sports event. Germany. There's just one problem. If you're not white, stay away from small towns. FIFA can't guarantee your safety.

Soccer games have been marred by taunts of "Nigg__" (that's the six letter version, the unequivocally racist version), jeers, heil hitler signs, spit, peanuts, and monkey noises. Welcome to 2006.

How does FIFA plan on fighting this surge of racism and violence? Anti-racism days and pun-filled say-no-to-racism signs. "Kick racism out of football." Great. At least, there are new regulations (as of two weeks ago) that fine fans for displaying racist banners.

"You just ignore it, because whenever you react, that provokes them to do it more," says Onyewu, 24. "I know it's not the majority, it's a minority of people. ... I can't tell you why it started or why it still exists. I just know it exists in Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain ... you name it."

Sounds familiar.

"For us it's quite clear this is a reflection of underlying tensions that exist in European societies," said Piara Powar, director of the London-based antiracist soccer organization Kick It Out. He said of Eastern Europe: "Poverty, unemployment, is a problem. Indigenous people are looking for easy answers to blame. Often newcomers bear the brunt of the blame."

Sounds familiar.

June 03, 2006

"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'IS' is."

I've been following this like OJ's. A word. More specifically, the last one or two letters of a word may decide the fate and sentencing of Nicholas Minucci.

Black boys up to no good in the wrong neighborhood. White vigilante with a bat makes a sound like "Barry Bonds." Minucci, with racially motivated crimes on his record, is arrested. Case closed.

But, this guy is part of the new Howard Beach. Racism, that's an autosomal recessive trait. We wear G-Unit, Sean John, and bump Snoop D-O-double G in our $60,000 Escalade. DWU. That's Driving while unemployed. "What up, nigg__?" (that's Howard Beach talk, it means I am protecting the neighborhood)

This wasn't a hate crime. This was a white kid that grew up near the projects, with Hot 97. He's got Black friends, too. Question for juror # 12: "Do you listen to rap music?" Then you must be familiar with the new and improved n-word. They use it amongst themselves, he grew up around them. He's a product of his environment.

Lawyers are geniuses. The original hustlers. They'll sell you ice in the winter. He spells it nigg_, not nigg__. He fell on his head. Minucci loves Black people. Look, he's reading a Randall Kennedy book, and he's a Black Harvard professor.

White people want to know, "Can we say it?" That's reverse racism.

Words are just words right? It's not a riot, it's a protest. Fair and balanced.

Q-Tip had this to say (Midnight Marauders http://rapidshare.de/files/22071145/mm_tribe1993.rar). Mos Def has this to add (Black on Both Sides http://rapidshare.de/files/22089528/bobs_md.rar). Zev Love X (that's MF Doom for the hipsters out there) also interjected (Black Bastards http://rapidshare.de/files/22072499/kmd_bb.rar).

Charles Earland didn't even need any words (Black Talk! http://rapidshare.de/files/22067653/earland_bt.rar).

You can tell by my Benz, by my BM, and my Hummer

General Motors officially loves black people. Trying to boost sales in their "underperforming market," GM opened two car dealerships on 127th Street between 2nd and 3rd. Hummers, Cadillacs, Saturns, and Chevrolets. Exactly what Harlem needs more of.

The opening ceremony included Jesse Jackson, a jazz band, and a "soul food buffet." Can I get the 24 inch stereotypes with my whip? About 150 jobs will be added to Harlem's "economy."

Bloomberg exclaimed, "Harlem is undergoing an incredible renaissance, and the fact that General Motors decided to open one of the city's largest auto dealerships here speaks volumes." Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay, Duke Ellington be damned. We got the new Hummer H1 Alpha.

June 02, 2006

Iraqi Truth of Dare

March 20th, 2003. Operation Iraqi Liberation begins.
June 2nd, 2006. Operation
Truth or Dare begins.

Hypothetically speaking. Imagine a roadside bomb kills four of your friends and wounds three others. Just a thought. What would you do?

Another scenario. Use your imagination. You find explosives in a house with only women and children present.

No. No electricity allowed.

Last hypothetical scenario. You find a man with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. If you answered "cuff the detainee out of his family's sight," you have answered correctly.

You are now ready for battle.

Cash Money Activists

Lil' Wayne and Baby have signed on to star in "Cut Throat City," a movie about the Big Easy "seen through the cultural lens of the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward." We'll make a movie about this rather than actually improving the Ninth Ward. They're going to spend money building sets. They're going to spend money advertising. At least there will be some more boxes around.

Apparently, it will contain social relevance. Hopefully, everytime Lil Wayne closes his eyes, I'll see his Fear God tattoo. Or maybe, they'll just sell their bling and buy a levee that actually works.