May 23, 2007
May 21, 2007
A Birthday THEY Want YOU to Forget About
Keith LeBlanc (feat Malcolm X) - NO SELL OUT
Donny Hathaway - Someday We'll All Be Free
Above image courtesy of the "Official Malcom X Website"
Did you know that this past Saturday was Malcolm X's 82nd birthday? If not, I can empathize. There were no flags-at-half-mast. No video montages on the local news. No words of remembrance from our "civil rights leaders." No official national recognition. Just another Saturday. It even momentarily slipped under the radar screen, here at Biochemical Slang.
Eff supremacy. I'll be confident that supremacy is loosening it's grip around my neck when my government, at the very least, acknowledges the existence of Malcolm X. Every yin needs a yang. Every Martin needs a Malcolm. Turn the other cheek, with a clenched fist in your pocket.
Believe it or not, the hippies may be ahead of the game with this one. Believe it or not, Berkeley city offices were CLOSED in recognition of "Malcolm X Day:"
It's a START. What was goin' on closer to home? The Harlem H & M closed on Saturday. It's SOMETHING, right?!?
May 20, 2007
Pictures that Speak MORE than a Thousand Words
I'll Just KEEP Tryin' - Roy Ayers
Supremacy still lives! Did you notice the dude's broken graduated cylinder? Peep the following quote from this article:
"Africa’s best universities, the grand institutions that educated a revolutionary generation of nation builders and statesmen, doctors and engineers, writers and intellectuals, are collapsing. It is partly a self-inflicted crisis of mismanagement and neglect, but it is also the result of international development policies that for decades have favored basic education over higher learning even as a population explosion propels more young people than ever toward the already strained institutions."
While we bicker about immigration reform and nappy-headed-hos, these students are sleeping on floors, working multiple jobs, and getting up before the sun rises. For what? AN EDUCATION. When those same students land on OUR shores and take YOUR jobs, don't say that we didn't warn you. They WILL come. They won't have much, but they'll have DEGREES.
Or maybe we could prepare our children for the competition that they will face by investing more of our time, money, and cultural weight in education. Or maybe we could just bicker over what to do with those damn landscapers.
It Ain't Rainin' On Nobody's House But Mine - The Dramatics
This Dramatics song is THE soundtrack for that picture of Alberto. Poor dude is learning the G DUBBZ administration's meaning of the word affirmative action.
Mr. Cool - Rasputin's Stash
Believe it or not, Estonia is one of the most wired nations in the world. Believe it or not, this dude is an officer in the country's Computer Emergency Response Team. Did dude find the blogger dream job? A real job, with GULLYNESS factor and real money, all while living in his mother's basement? Baaaaalliiinnnn! Dude found the blogger wet dream. Nullus.
May 19, 2007
How do we fight CRIME in NYC?
May 17, 2007
An Open Letter to the Government of China, from Ira Newble and Colleagues
FINALLY. People are beginning to take some sort of stance.
Yeah, people are still dying OVER THERE. Yes, China STAYS POURING MONEY into Sudan. Yes, China is hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Biochemical Slang is here to remind you: History REPEATS itself.
Major props goes to Ira Newble for spearheading the "Bring the Olympic Dream to Darfur" campaign. Major anti-props go to LeBron James and Damon Jones for NOT SIGNING the above letter.
Apparently, Damon Jones has to make sure one of his sponsors, Li-Ning Sports Goods Co. Ltd., stays happy. The people of Darfur? Not so much.
May 16, 2007
Can You IMAGINE??!?!?!!!??
Nas - I Gave You Power
Damian Marley - It Was Written
Can you imagine a NEW YORK CITY without guns? Can you imagine a PHILADELPHIA, an OAKLAND, or an EAST ST. LOUIS without guns? Probably not.
How sad is that? It's like guns have become a part of our fabric of reality. Woven into our collective consciousness, to the point that the world seems strange without them. How odd would it be to turn on the local late night news program and NOT hear about GUNS? Exactly.
Can you imagine a MOGADISHU without guns?
Mohamed Dheere can. The new mayor of Mogadishu has OUTLAWED the ownership of guns, "The first thing I will do is to improve security. No weapons will be allowed to roam freely in the city and no guns will be fired." Is the man CRAZY? Obviously. Does the man have an IMAGINATION. Hell yes.
When's the last time WE could say we had a political leader with IMAGINATION? With CHUTZPAH? With COJONES? Even Zubaz dared to be different.
"There are so many places that so far have been searched and so many weapons unearthed. There is no exact figure or statistics on all the weapons that have so far been found," Interior Minister Mohamed Mahamud Guled said. Well, at the very least, it's a START. We care more about our guns than we care about our people!
The next time you hear of another senseless GUN murder, think of MOGADISHU. A Somalian Mayor dared to IMAGINE. What is YOUR mayor doing?!?!?!????!
May 15, 2007
The Terrorists Have Already WON
Why should we invest in alternative fuel sources? To ensure a hospitable environment for our future generations? To become a more self-reliant people? To make us leave our houses using our TWO FEET, rather than an automobile? To improve our nation's air quality and, ultimately, our nation's health?
No, no, no, and no. Why should we invest in alternative fuel sources? G DUBBZ had this to say: "Our dependence on oil creates a threat to America's national security, because it leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes, and to terrorists who could attack oil infrastructure."
By Biochemical Slang's count:
Fear tactics = 1,251.
The American People = 0.
...and the GAMES continue.........
May 14, 2007
The Hip-Hop Generation STILL Believes in Social Security
Outkast - Git Up, Git Out
Buddy Miles - Dreams
Special Ed - I Got it Made
Let's be real. If you're in your teens and twenties, social security is an exercise in futility. It's something you just have to do. Just don't expect anything in return. NEWSFLASH: You're not gonna get anything back. You might as well deal with that fact NOW. Right NOW!
If you're between the ages of 18 and 25, only 1 out of every 3 of you are electing to participate in your 401(k). Less than a third of you are participating in your company-sponsored retirement plans. Only 1 out of 25 of you are maxing out your workplace retirement plans. Only 1 out of 5 of you have a tax advantaged IRA .
You're living in your parent's basement! Do you really need those new kicks? Buying those new jeans on sale is not an investment plan! Downloading an album does NOT constitute a SAVINGS plan!
While you're helping THESE GUYS with THEIR investment portfolios, what are YOU doing with yours?
If you can WEAR your investment portfolio....YOU lose. If someone can SNATCH your portfolio while your not looking....YOU lose. If you can turn your portfolio on with a button or a KEY....YOU lose. If your money is only of the paper variety....YOU lose.
Tomorrow is just another day, isn't it?
May 13, 2007
I Love this Game!
May 10, 2007
Who protects GUNS from US?
Pharoahe Monche - Gun Draws
Harlem River Drive - If (We Had Peace Today)
Bushwick Bill - Dollars and Sense
It's a testament to these days and times: GUNS have just about as many rights as we do. We all know that guns don't kill people. People WITH guns kill people. So, why not just make it more difficult to get a gun?
If it were only so simple.
Here's how some politicians are trying to PROTECT YOUR GUNS:
- Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell has warned New York to stop sending private law enforcement agents to Virginia to nab illegal gun dealers. Apparently, many of the guns used in violent crimes in NYC can be traced to Virginia gun shows. "If anything, these [gun] dealers are the victims," replied the gun dealer's attorneys. When will we stop reading the 2nd Amendment OUT OF CONTEXT?
- Philadelphia, currently in the running for murder capital of America, has state gun laws WAITING to be passed. There's just one problem: they're not being considered, due to the powerful state gun lobby. Turns out, only the state legislature can OK gun laws. While 137 Philadelphians have been murdered, the state legislature is STILL sitting on these gun law proposals. In fact, the city of Philadelphia is suing the state of Pennsylvania for the rights to enact these gun laws and attempt to slow the ever-rising Philly murder rate.
- A federal appeals court in Washington refused yesterday to revisit a March decision striking down parts of a gun control law there. By my count: 2nd Amendment = 3, The People = 0.
In related news: before you sell your USED CDs in Florida and Utah (and soon to be Rhode Island and Wisconsin), you'll need to present a driver's licence and be thumbprinted. Furthermore, used CD stores and pawn shops in states that pass the law are also barred from paying cash for CDs, offering store credit instead, and must retain CDs for 30 days before reselling them.
I WISH I was making this up.
May 09, 2007
MARKETING Runs This Rap Ish
Tupac - Shorty Wanna Be A Thug
Hank Crawford - Wildflower
Ed OG - Life of a Kid in the Ghetto
Donny Hathaway - Little Ghetto Boy (live)
I was walking home the other night and this little kid, looking smug as ever, pulled his Huffy up next to me. I'm not one of those kids-these-days type dudes, but I was expecting the little dude to get fresh. Maybe joke about my scuffed Stan Smiths.
Mind you, this kid wasn't more than ten. Eleven tops. "Hey! Can you buy me a VANILLA DUTCH at the store?"
MARKETING works, people. Peep the following quote, from the Altadis USA, Inc. Sales and Marketing VP:
Who's ALTADIS, you ask? These dudes make CIGARS for the rest of the world, yet they make BLUNTS AND PHILLIES for their other targeted demographics. They don't even have to lead us to the cliff. We know we've been targeted. We know we're merely a means to corporate profit. We know we're throwing our money away. Yet, we willingly jump off the cliff, the lemmings that we are.
Here's what they'll tell you: "Phillies offers an extensive selection of fine cigars for the value-conscious smoker and has the perfect size, shape and blend to satisfy any taste."
Here's what they MEANT to say: "Ni**ers buy anything, as long as we keep those rappers talking."
When the DRUG WAR hits YOUR STREET, Altadis will be too busy investing YOUR MONEY to give a shit. Yeah, they lost a customer to the prison system. Eff it, emulation of prison culture SELLS. That customer probably has kids. That customer's kids probably has friends. All those kids probably have no supervision. All those kids have money to burn. All those kids are willing to follow their friends off the cliff. All those kids are LEMMINGS.
MARKETING runs this rap ish.
May 08, 2007
Fishbone is STILL Red Hot!
Eff the SOAP OPERAS that have become modern day cRAP music. Eff the radio stations that have become marketing pawns for the record companies. Eff corporate America for defining "urban" so precisely. If you don't fit the mold, you just don't fit in.
Don't fret. FISHBONE is STILL red hot! Fishbone is still channeling Parliament's MOTHER SHIP. Fishbone is still shattering musical boundaries. Peep the best tracks of their (somewhat) new album Still Stuck in Your Throat:
Behind Closed Doors
We Just Lose Our Minds
Eff the he-said-she-said Jim Jones/Cam'Ron we're not friends anymore NONSENSE. Peep Angelo Moore's wordplay from the track BEHIND CLOSED DOORS:
Now if life was a thing that money could buy,
Then the rich man would make war and the poor man would fight.
The rich mother would pity while the poor mother would cry,
While the rich make excuses and the poor people die.
Type a thing make I wanna go run and hide,
Back to me condo over off of
Grab a beer, try to remember a verse from the Bible,
Put on me Tivo and see who's off American Idol.
Does that make US CRAZY?
At first, it seems like one of those studies with obvious conclusions: when soldiers experience lengthy and repeated tours of duty, they begin to suffer both mental and physical consequences.
Then we find out there's more: 30% of the troops in close combat missions are at increased risk for long-term mental and psychological problems. More than 40% of our troops support the idea of torture. More than 10% of our troops report harming Iraqi civilians and property, when it was not directly necessary.
Furthermore, we come to find out, this report came out in NOVEMBER. BEFORE the troop surge. If you don't release a report, it was never written. Of course, what is and was most US soldiers' primary concern? You guessed it: 40 percent of soldiers rated uncertain redeployment dates as a top concern. We're only PAWNS in THEIR game.
It seems that soldier mental health and stability are issues that we've known about for quite some time. How do we plan on PREVENTING the increased mental health risks our soldier's carry? Intensive pre-service training? Fixing the Walter Reed veteran's health care clusterfuckery? Providing mental health care on site? Nah. "So the first step is that we've got to ... make sure that folks remember that that's a foundation for our moral compass ... anything we do that violates that is done at considerable peril," General David Petraeus said. He's also "drafting a memo."
When will moral compasses and memos CEASE to be our answer to everything?
May 07, 2007
CALIFORNIA Re-Ups and Bonus Cuts
Above image courtesy of POPLICKS dot com.
Oliver Sain track courtesy of JTHYME.
Biochemical Slang has been about the underdog since day one. Eff the favorite. Eff the predestined. Eff the expected. This also gives me a chance to RE-UP some California tracks and post some BONUS California tracks. Enjoy, snitches.
Edwin Starr - California Soul
Oliver Sain - California Sunset
Leon Ware - Why I Came to California
Main Ingredient - California My Way
California Dreamin' - Bobby Womack
California Dreamin' - Eddie Hazel
California Dreamin' - Lee Moses
May 05, 2007
Pop Your Coronas, Snitches!
G DUBBZ is poppin' Coronas today. Join him.
He even brought out the maintain-stereotypes-mariachi-band. Ole! Where's the Taco Bell?
And don't forget G DUBBZ's favorite landscaper, Alberto. He's STILL maintaining that pristine, green White House South lawn. The US Department of Justice lawn? Not so much.
And what would a Mexican celebration be without mentioning immigration reform?
Pop those Coronas, SNITCHES! And don't forget the limes! Hasta luego.
May 04, 2007
JUST a FRIENDLY Game of Basketball
Main Source - Just a Friendly Game of Baseball (Bonus version)
Bob Dylan - Only a PAWN in THEIR Game
NEWSFLASH! Supremacy permeates every corner of our society! Even sports! Even sports that are NUMERICALLY dominated by Black men. Don't get it twisted. What you SEE isn't what you GET. Yeah, Black men are runnin' up and down the court, but who's holdin' the marionette strings? Who's signin' the checks? Who's the 40 million dollar slave?
Apparently, referees call fouls against black players at a higher rate than white players. Does the presence of racism constitute NEWS? Of course, David STERN had a response: “We think our cut at the data is more powerful, more robust, and demonstrates that there is no bias.”
I wasn't moved to post about this, until I headed to the NYTIMES reader's comments about the article. It's amazing what your computer can do to you. Basement bloggers become philosophers. The sheet of anonymity brings out the animosity. The truth lies beneath the surface.
Biochemical Slang got an EXCLUSIVE look at the NYTIMES READERSHIP. Take a look at the NYTIMES readers below and try to match their pictures to their QUOTES, found below. Make a GAME out of it!
The College Grad White (owns a dead prez CD).
The College Grad White: the ANTHROPOLOGY major.
The NEVER-gonna-leave-da-BRONX white.
The Black academic AKA the Black exception to the rule.
The you-can't-FEEL-MY-pain white.
NYTIMES Reader's Quotes:
What I have experienced is a social failure to instill the same values in every segment of society. The people I have encountered in my life who were raised in urban situations have less “filters” to their vocality. This lack of respect and manners aggrivates me. I treat them with less respect in turn. Am I racist, probably, Classist, more likely.
look i’m not racist, i’ve even worked in one of the most prestigious african-american ad agencies, but i’ll be completely honest and i get more scared seeing a black man in an alley rather than a white man when it’s late. i bet you if the readers our honest they would say the same thing. and i bet a black guy gets more suspicious of a white guy when all things are equal?
I would be surprised to find that black players DON’T commit more fouls. They seem to whine and complain and expect special treatment more than white players, why wouldn’t they foul more?
Will this nonsense EVER STOP!?!? I’m white and live in the
Bronx. If I get pulled over or stopped for anything, can I claim discrimination and maybe sue someone/anyone? Why not? I’M the MINORITY in my neighborhood. Let’s stop with this ridiculous victim mentality. What a joke.
Why don’t we all just stay in our homes for the rest of our lives, as we need to be sensitive to EVERYONE’S feelings! We have to watch what we say, who we say it to and HOW we say it.
- ...electrifying the hoop so a slam dunker who touches the hoop for more than one second gets a 10 amp shock. Does this sound ludicrous? So does the idea of ANYTHING in the NBA being biased against African-Americans!
Is it possible that a significant portion of black players learn to play a more physical brand of basketball in the playgrounds/streets than their counterpart whites who were more likely to learn it in some suburban league, and thus blacks are more prone to get called for fouls? I don’t pretend to know the statistics of where white/black players learned to play the game but I suspect that the question I pose above might show some interesting results.
ridiculous. maybe urban b-ball is rougher than suburban hoops; are they calling more fouls when the “victim” is white and the “criminal” ‘non-white’?
Perhaps the discrepancy is due to the fact that black players break the rules more often, thus getting more fouls.
Were you able to match the quotes to the pictures?
May 02, 2007
Who Punched Ya? Who the EFF CARES?!?!??
Kurious - Walk Like a Duck
Masta Ace Inc. - Jeep A** Niguh
Has it really come to this? Really? It's bad enough hip-hop has become a ring-tone-driven market. It's now officially worse. In an attempt to keep it real, maintain his "code of ethics," AND give a message to the youth, Tru Life's management company (one of his weed carriers) issued the following statement (email) to the folks at XXL DOT COM:
“The rumors are true. He did punch Cam’ron in the face. But he honestly doesn’t want to promote violence. He really feels strong about ending gang violence. He feels like they got kids brainwashed with that bullsh*t movement so he got to show them what it is. He feels like he got to keep it a little street just to get the kids’ ears because they listen to the rah-rah sh*t. So once he gets their ear with the bullshit, he’ll get their hearts with the real shit.”
It only gets better. Peep Tru Life:
Tru Life says he wants to apologize to hip-hop for the negative press but “you got to break an egg to make an omelet. I don’t care how positive dead prez and Mos Def is. Nigg*s just ain’t checkin’ for that.”
Jay needs to give this dude a better marketing budget. Dude's spendin' all of his money buying drinks at clubs, just waitin' for Cam'ron to enter. Dude can't even afford his schizo pills anymore. If you were wondering...yes, Tru Life IS for the children.
May 01, 2007
Everybody's Got A Pistol...
GUN - Gil-Scott Heron
Jesse James - Scarface
Let's not hide behind the facts: America has a love affair with guns. Yeah, a love affair. We love our guns. We hold 'em. We polish 'em. We take 'em out when no ones looking. We fantasize about our prowess with our steel. We talk to our friends about 'em. Our wives hate 'em. A love affair.
Of course, our laws are merely a reflection of this love affair. Did you know that terrorist suspects can purchase a gun in this country? As long as you have not been found to "have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism,” that automatic weapon is YOURS. How did you get on that terrorist list in the first place? Nevermind, here's your gun.
Did you know that up until YESTERDAY, people with a history of involuntary mental health treatment could purchase a gun in Virginia? Don't you just love RETROACTIVE politics? People died at the hands of a mentally ill man with a gun. Next up on our agenda: preventing mentally ill men from purchasing a gun.
What happened to anticipatory politics? What happened to vision?
Don't even get me started on rappers and their love affairs with their guns. Two words: no homo.