April 30, 2007


What's Goin' On? - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (feat Chuck D)
What's Goin' On? - Donny Hathaway

The truth is out there. You just have to look for it. Opening a newspaper or turning on the news, it's easy to forget that New Orleans is still in the "rebuilding" phase. Eff that. They haven't even crossed the bureacratic red-tape line.

All the while, the folks of New Orleans are just trying to get by. Grocery stores. Hospitals. Schools with teachers. Streets without guns. They're just trying to get by.

The truth is out there. We'll just help you look. Biochemical Slang presents: News you can USE (NOLA EDITION):
  • You don’t have to go to Baghdad to see what happens when government loses its monopoly on force; just visit New Orleans. The title "BAGHDAD ON THE BAYOU" says it all.

Good night and good luck.

April 27, 2007


Nas - I CAN (Bob James remix)
Blind Melon - Three is a Magic Number (Schoolhouse Rocks!)
Biz Markie - Energy Blues (Schoolhouse Rocks!)
Skee-Lo - The Tale of Mr. Morton (Schoolhouse Rocks!)

G DUBBZ recently visited a Harlem charter school to push for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind act. Like our man Jay, DUBBZ knows that numbers don't lie:

" It's amazing what happens, though, when you measure. The percentage of New York City 4th graders meeting state standards in reading has increased by more than 12 percent over five years. The percentage of 4th graders doing math at grade level has increased by 19 points."

Biochemical Slang decided to dig up some of its own numbers:
  • The New York City graduation rate is at an all time high, 50% (that's 1 out of every 2 kids, for the math-phobic folks). AND, people are overjoyed: "I think New York City is a very positive story," Commissioner of Education Richard Mills said. "There's just a very determined effort." Chancellor Joel Klein, ever the mathematician, added, "But 50% is a lot better than 44%."
  • The rate of NYC students who drop out before completing four years of high school is 20%, up from last year's 15%.
  • There are approximately 70,000 NYC high school students who are either over-age or under-credited. There are only 13,000 seats in programs designed to help these kids graduate. YOU do the math.
  • Theodore Roosevelt HS, in the Bronx, boasts a 3% graduation rate. Yeah. Three percent.
  • 57% of the freshmen class of 2001 graduated in five years. Bloomberg's response: "If kids graduate in four years, three months, if they graduate in five years, if they graduate in six years, more power to them."

Biochemical Slang to G DUBBZ: We don't believe you. You need more NUMBERS.

April 26, 2007

G DUBBZ is Blacker than Obama *UPDATE*

"Look at me Laura! I'm doing the African!"

"This is as close to Darfur as I'm gonna get."

"Eff Karl Rove's dance."

"Move aside Nee-grow. I have 26 million dollars of the white man's money to spend."

YOU caption the above pictures. (Obama pics courtesy of CRUNK & DISORDERLY)

April 25, 2007

Priorities? Not on the Agenda.

Graham Central Station - Ghetto
Sister Nancy - Gwan a School

It's bad enough that we will be subjected to a plethora of arguments pertaining to the significance of a black man or woman president, during our trip to 2008. It's even worse when we need ADVERTISEMENTS to convince American voters that the education of our children is an ISSUE worth fighting for.

How far have we fled from normalcy, when we need to be coerced into VALUING an education? How far have we fled from normalcy, when TV and radio personalities get more press than our FAILING children?

If only we could get Cam'Ron, Jay, and Lil Wayne to rap about it.

April 24, 2007

Keep FEEDIN' You, and FEEDIN' You, and FEEDIN' YOU

For those of you with the stomach and the patience, watch Cam'ron's explanation of the stop snitchin' "code of ethics" (courtesy of THE RAP UP).

I'll spare you some of the details and leave you with some choice quotes:

  • You don’t need someone destroying you when your own people are the worst messengers possible.

  • It's like we're saying to the criminals: You can HAVE our communities.
  • A few years ago when Cam’ron started wearing pink clothing, kids in inner-city schools across the country started wearing it too.

My personal vote for saddest quotes (taken from children from a Harlem church group):
  • WHATEVER THEY DISH OUT, WE EAT IT UP. They could dish out the nastiest thing in the world, but we would still EAT IT UP.

  • If rappers are your teachers, what are they teaching you? Don’t back down from a fight. Get money. Hold your own. Mind your business. Don’t snitch. Look fresh.

  • It’s a crime, you remember, in our community to snitch.

  • Why? Because that’s the rules.

Damn. It's time to START OVER, people. It's times like these that the COSMIC FORCES of Prophet STEVIE WONDER calm the nerves and the SOUL. People, it's time to LOOK AROUND!

We are idle strangers
Married to our dangers
Into space we go to change our ways

Flying to our heavens
We are all together
Into hell we chase the light of day

Look around and you'll see
Ruins of the human history
Look around and you'll see
Time is only floating in your mind
You will find
Searching for time
Empty is your mind

We are charmed by living
Dazzled into giving
All the waste we plan to ignore

Coldness is the virtue
Measured by the untrue
Love is used for something but what for?

April 23, 2007

The South Is NOT Killin' Hip-Hop.

Sly & the Family Stone - Babies Makin' Babies
Della Humphrey - Don't Make the Good Girls Go Bad
Smokey Robinson - The Family Song

Enough with the arguments. Biochemical Slang will concede: the South is NOT killing hip-hop. Their babies? Not so much.

Things are looking UP in America. It just depends on WHERE you look. Along with gas prices and the American death toll in Iraq, we can add the Southern infant mortality rate to the numbers that are on the RISE in America.

A black child born in MISSISSIPPI has a 17/1000 chance of dying before reaching the age of one year. What makes that statistic even more heartbreaking? That number is on the RISE. Let's put Mississippi's black infant mortality rate in perspective. The following are a selection of countries with a lower infant mortality rate than the black population of Mississippi:
  • Malaysia
  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Brunei
  • Uruguay
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Mississippi, infant deaths among blacks rose to 17 per thousand births in 2005 from 14.2 per thousand in 2004, while those among whites rose to 6.6 per thousand from 6.1. How can we explain these terrifying numbers? Obesity? Cuts in Medicaid? Lack of prenatal care? Lack of motivation to attend prenatal care classes? Lack of an adequate public education system? Disenfranchisement? Lack of jobs? Lack of responsibility? A culture of failure? A culture of supremacy?

Enough! We need to be asking ourselves more important questions: Is Lil Wayne the greatest rapper alive?

April 21, 2007

The INTERNETS Is Runnin' This Rap Ish

Joey, over at Straight Bangin' DOT COM, recently sent out an email to the who's-who of the blogosphere (me included, snitches!). He had a simple request: name your TOP 25 HIP-HOP albums of all time.

I had one rule: go with the gut. Eff the critics. Eff the albums that "have to be" on these lists. Eff boundaries. This is hip-hop! These are the albums that I STILL play on the regular. These are the albums that embody MY definition of HIP-HOP. How do YOU define hip-hop?
  • 1. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  • 2. Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
  • 3. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  • 4. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
  • 5. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
  • 6. Nas - Illmatic
  • 7. Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
  • 8. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  • 9. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  • 10. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
  • 11. Notorious BIG - Ready to Die
  • 12. EPMD - Strictly Business
  • 13. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
  • 14. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
  • 15. Pete Rock & CL SMooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother
  • 16. Common Sense - Resurrection
  • 17. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
  • 18. Outkast - Aquemini
  • 19. Diamond D - Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop
  • 20. Goodie Mob - Soul Food
  • 21. The Krown Rulers - Paper Chase
  • 22. O.C. - Word...Life
  • 23. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
  • 24. The Beatnuts - Street Level
  • 25. Black Star - Black Star
Be sure to visit STRAIGHT BANGIN' later this week to view the final list of the blogosphere's top 25 G.O.A.T. HIP-HOP albums.

Got Introspection?

Ernie Hines - Our Generation
Donald Byrd - Stepping Into Tomorrow
KMD - Boy Who Cried Wolf

A week after a white man invented another N-WORD, hopefully we have all realized that there are more relevant issues that are DESPERATELY crying for our attention. Gas prices, bombs over Baghdad, and post-Katrina recovery (yeah, they're STILL "recovering"), just to name a few.

At the very least, we use the Imus incident as a means for political gains catalyst towards INTROSPECTION. According to the latest
Pew Research Center poll, we all have a little bit of Imus in us (no Lil Weezy).

At least whites and blacks can agree on SOMETHING: Black males are NUMBER ONE at making racist or sexist comments! There's a positive side to every story.

April 19, 2007

Let the BLAME GAME Begin...

SCAPEGOAT - Atmosphere

Visit these quality sites for the latest in the BLAME GAME media frenzy.

Stopping Genocide With WORDS. ACTIONS? Not So Much.

To Be Invisible - Gladys Knight
Government Land - Horace Andy
I'm Alone in the Wilderness - Culture
Englishman - Barrington Levy
Inspired by Dallas Penn DOT COM.

Kids draw the darndest things. Crayons + Paper + Genocide = THE TRUTH. Eff the neoliberal media. When you're seeking the truth, talk to a child.

During his recent visit to the Holocaust Museum, G DUBBZ talked the talk about Darfur:
  • " It is evil we are now seeing in Sudan -- and we're not going to back down. For 22 years, Sudan was plagued by a civil war between the north and south that claimed more than 2 million lives." TRANSLATION: These nigge* tribes are hopeless. They naturally kill each other, it's in their genes.
  • " This museum cannot stop the violence. But through your good work, you're making it impossible for the world to turn a blind eye. Earlier I saw an exhibit that puts faces on the millions of men, women, and children who have been killed or driven into the desert. I also saw an interesting new venture that you've arranged with Google Earth. As a result of this partnership, millions of Internet users around the world will be able to zoom in and see satellite images of the burnt-out villages and mosques and schools." TRANSLATION: American can do what they do best: We'll watch the world from a distance, do nothing, and feel better that, at the very least, we WATCHED someone suffer.

How are we gonna try to stop this madness? Guns? Tanks? A military presence? Nah. We've got diplomats. We're gonna sanction. We're gonna talk the talk. Walk the walk? Not so much.

G DUBBZ highlighted his proposed sanctions in three easy-to-follow steps:
  1. " First, the Department of the Treasury will tighten U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan."
  2. " Second, we will also target sanctions against individuals responsible for the violence."
  3. " Third, I will direct the Secretary of State to prepare a new United Nations Security Council resolution."
Even the CHILDREN know that talk is cheap. Sanctions + UN Resolutions = ONGOING genocide.

Unfortunately, our ability to dangle the threat of economic sanctions will fall on deaf ears. When you're GDP has MORE than TRIPLED in three years, threats of sanctions begin holding less weight. When China is spending BILLIONS on oil and military ties, why should American sanctions scare Sudan into action?

The money trails run DEEP. Supremacy has been runnin 'things in Africa, long after Europe carved the great continent into artificial boundaries. Check your stock portfolio. Even Warren Buffet is funding genocide. Sudan may be way OVER THERE, but YOUR MONEY travels fast.

While we talk of sanctions, BILLIONS of dollars are pouring into the oil fields of Sudan. Money talks, genocide wins.

While we threaten UN resolutions, BILLIONS of dollars are pouring into the oil fields of Sudan. Money talks, genocide wins.

While we sit in our living rooms, watching Sudan burn, via our newly downloaded Google Earth "Crisis in Darfur" program, BILLIONS of dollars are pouring into the oil fields of Sudan. At least we can sleep at night.

April 17, 2007

Biochemical Slang Presents: News You Can USE

O.V. Wright - Motherless Child
Mandrill - Peace & Love Movement IV (Encounter)
  • Believe it or not, Rwanda is STILL counting bodies from their 1994 genocide. Believe it or not, they've exceeded ONE MILLION. Believe it or not, Darfur is still a genocide-in-progress.
  • Apparently, we discovered WMD's IRANIAN weapons in Afghanistan. Let us now watch as the kindling gets thrown upon the let's-invade-Iran-FIRE. Oh wait, it's already started: "Military force is your last tool," General Pace said, "not your first."
  • US gun laws are drawing HEAT from other countries in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy. An example from the French paper Le Monde: "It would be unjust and especially false to reduce the United States to the image created, in a recurrent way, from the bursts of murderous fury that some isolated individuals succumb to. But acts like this are rare elsewhere, and tend to often disfigure the 'American dream.'''
  • Now it's scientifically proven that our government is wasting our TAX dollars. $176 million dollars is spent on abstinence-until-marriage-education in this country. Turns out, kids start doin' the nasty at an average of 14.9 years of age, regardless.
  • The number of American casualties in Iraq has reached 3,305. On top of this, during the last six months of fighting, American troops have experienced the highest death rate since the Iraq war began.
  • The kids of Katrina, instead of being educated, are being USED as pawns in the charter school game.
  • Student loan provider Sallie Mae's stock soar, as the company is bought for $25 BILLION. Meanwhile, 20 student loan providers and 100 colleges have come under scrutiny for effing students for their own paper.
  • Oh yeah, about this guy named Gonzales.....
Good night and good luck.

A Moment...

A moment of silence.

A moment to reflect.

A moment for perspective.

This is My Story, This Is My Song - Thelonious Monk

April 16, 2007

At least Paul Newman had the decency to RUN THROUGH the BRONX

Step to Me - Diamond D
Show 'Em How We Do Things - Lord Finesse
The Way You Do My Life - Joe Quarterman & the Free Soul

Imagine the following situation:

The instructor tells the soldier, "You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways ... Act."

The soldier fires his machine gun several times and yells an obscenity several times in English. The instructor then tells the soldier to curse even louder.

Now click on this link and WATCH IT. I don't know a word of German, but I know SUPREMACY when I hear it. The perception of Bronx Blackness as an incentive to kill. The mental image of Bronx Blackness to pump that extra adrenaline, before your finger squeezes the trigger. Black boys are invading YOUR space, SHOOT! Fort Apache is here and now, SHOOT!

Perception isn't everything. Perception is the ONLY thing.

Of course, seeing and hearing those words, we are quick to condemn them. Of course, the politicians are also quick to publically condemn the German army and their officer's choice of venomous words. Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. noted, "The German government obviously has work to do to correct something that is insidious." Obviously.

Overt racism gets dealth with real quick. Just ask your man Imus.

Before you gasp at the German officer's use of the BRONX to get his troops to KILL, consider the following:
  • Driving through the BRONX on the Hutchinson River Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, Major Deegan, etc is NOT considered visiting the Bronx.
  • Visiting Yankee Stadium is NOT considered visiting the Bronx.
  • Going to Riverdale is NOT considered visiting the Bronx.
  • Watching A BRONX TALE, FORT APACHE THE BRONX, or listening to a Fat Joe record is not considered Bronx culture.

Perception is everything.

No joke, while walking the streets of Manhattan recently, I overheard a dude telling his new-to-NYC-friend to make sure he LOCKED his car doors while driving back to Connecticut, even while on the FREEWAY!

SUPREMACY...still pimpin' all over the world!

April 15, 2007

RESPECT the Architect


60 years ago today, an architect helped build a foundation. A foundation that we still stand on TODAY. A foundation that is strong enough to withstand those that despised its very existence.

A foundation built upon the belief that the WORLD IS OURS. You just gotta go for it.

Peep this insightful article written by Gerald Early for TIME Magazine: Where Have We Gone, Mr. Robinson?

April 13, 2007

Put Your MOUTH Where Your MONEY Is

Al Green - Gotta Find a New World
Gil-Scott Heron - Home is Where the Hatred Is
Sun Ra - Angels and Demons at Play

We live with supremacy EVERYDAY. The proverbial 800 pound gorilla. The bad smell that hits you on the way in and, given enough time, you just GET USED TO. We have grown so accustomed to the ambient level of supremacy in our country, we fail to notice it's daily effects. We even fail to notice our very own complicity in supremacy's master plan.

We've grown so accustomed to supremacy, we only respond to the blips on the radar screen. The Michael Richards. The Mel Gibsons. The Don Imuses. The Duke lacrosse team. The blips on the radar screen. The drops in the ocean. The grains of sand on the beach.

As a result of Don Imus' drop in the supremacy bucket, advertisers have pulled sponsorship of his radio show. Do the corporations that pulled out (nullus) of Imus's show truly condemn the actions of Imus? Are they willing to make a REAL difference in the most vulnerable communities in America? Or, are they willing to use Imus as a distraction, a scapegoat? Will they use the Imus incident as evidence of their "diversity" or will they put their MOUTH where they put their MONEY?

  • Will DITECH DOT COM step up to assist minorities who need low-interest loans to buy their dream house? They were quick to step up to condemn the usage of the NEW N-WORD = nappy-headed-ho.
  • "GENERAL MOTORS obviously does not condone the comments Don Imus recently made." Does this mean we should expect GM to provide us with affordable cars that do not contribute to the epidemic of urban asthma? Does this mean GM will hire more minorities to fill their high-tech and corporate positions?
  • AMERICAN EXPRESS, will you provide low-interest loans to promote and assist minority business-owners to open their own business? You demonstrated your commitment to diversity by dropping your sponsorship of Imus. I assume that means that you are more than willing to help out the plethora of minorities who need financial assistance to get through college.
  • STAPLES, you have opened up storess in Harlem, started the Staples Soul program, AND dropped your ads from the Imus show. Can we now expect that you will provide full-coverage health insurance, dental insurance, and day care for ALL of your employees, including your cashiers and stockers?
  • "PROCTER & GAMBLE's purpose is to improve the everyday lives of the world's consumers." Dropping their ads from the Imus show has done nothin' for me. Can I assume P&G has more in the works?
  • GLAXO SMITH KLINE dropped their ads from the Imus show and people STILL can't afford their medicine!
American corporations have shown that they are the experts of talkin' the talk. Now we'll wait and see if they can WALK THE WALK. I don't know about you, but I'm not holdin' my breath.

April 12, 2007

After Laughter (Comes Tears)

Don Imus was fired today. Newsflash: The world will still be filled with hate tomorrow. Supremacy will still be makin' C.R.E.A.M. tomorrow. A change is gonna come...eventually. I wouldn't advise holding your breath.

These are the times I turn to the UNIVERSAL healing power of MUSIC. SOUL music. This song fits perfectly.

A Biochemical Slang Friendly Reminder

Jerry Butler - No Money Down
Bill Withers - Use Me

YOU struggle to balance your budget every month. You've got rent, utilities, KIDS, and loans. If you forget, even for a second, a collection agency will be more than happy to remind you of your credit status. Wanna buy a house? Gain some equity? Get some money BACK from the government, for a change? You better BALANCE that monthly budget.

Our government? Not so much. The U.S. government posted a March deficit of 96.27 billion dollars. Yeah. $96,270,000,000. In one month. This is a 12.9 percent increase over last year's March deficit. AND, we'll do it again next month.

This is a friendly Biochemical Slang reminder: don't forget to file your income tax return!

April 10, 2007

You Get What YOU (are forced to) PAY FOR

Above the Law - Uncle Sam's Curse
The Unemployed - They Won't Let Me
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - This Land is Your Land
Brother Ali - Uncle Sam Goddamn
Fred Wesley & the JBs - I'm Payin' Taxes, What Am I Buyin'?

With tax day fast approaching, we've ALL been making sure to dot our i's and cross our t's. We've gotta keep the IRS from knockin' on our doors. As you write that check, have you ever wondered what they actually DID with your money (as you simultaneously wonder why your tax check seems to get bigger every year?!?!)?

Using the United States 2008 fiscal year budget, the National Priorities Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and advocacy group decided to actually sit down and crunch some numbers.

27 cents out of every one of our tax dollars goes towards defense and the current military operations in Iraq. If you include the interest owed from military debt, you can add another ten cents.

Priorities?!!?! Not so much. Education gets a nickel on the dollar. Affordable housing? 2 shiny pennies. I don't even want to know what is included in the "other" column.

Do you want to actually SEE where your money will go? Before you send your check to UNCLE SAM, visit the National Priorities Project Interactive Income Tax Chart. Enter the amount of federal income tax you will pay and see how the government spent the money. Once you've picked up your jaw from off the floor, don't forget to put that check in an envelope, put a stamp on it, and send it to Uncle Sam.

Do you feel your tax dollars could be better spent? Do you think that our government's priorities are EFFED UP? Visit the Federal Budget Trade-Offs site to see how YOUR government COULD have spent their money. If you live in NEW YORK state, here's how our money stacked:
  • NY state residents' contribution to the 2007 fiscal year ballistic missile defense budget could have provided 180,535 people with health care coverage.
  • NY state residents' contribution to the 2007 fiscal year Iraq War budget could have provided the state with 70,169 affordable housing units.
  • NY state residents' contribution to the 2007 fiscal year nuclear weapons budget could have provided the state with 173,586 Head Start locations.
  • 5.9 billion dollars in tax cuts were afforded to the wealthiest 1% of NY state. This additional income could have provided 971,836 students with college scholarships.
We are what we invest in.

April 09, 2007

The Post-Globalization Dolla Dolla Bill Y'all

Jimmy Spicer - Money (Dollar Bill Y'all)
Funkadelic - Funky Dollar Bill
Madlib and Talib Kweli - Funny Money
Too Short - Money in the Ghetto

The dollar bill may not be able to stretch like it used to, but it still holds some weight. Hold on, you say? What about the tremendous fall the DOW JONES took after the Chinese decided to slow their growth rate? Can the dollar still hold it's own in the GLOBAL marketplace? Here's what economist David Wyss had to say:
"Usually when there is a shock like we had, it's like an earthquake and another shock will follow. When there's an earthquake and the shaking stops, you are happy, but rather than enjoying the comfort, I suggest securing the environment for potential aftershocks."

Dude. EFF THAT! I got money in my pocket just WAITING to be spent! Let's find out what my dollar is really worth.

Tropical Fantasy "juices." Where else, but America, can you find so much corn syrup for 50 CENTS?

Let's do the knowledge:
50 cents x (2 Tropical Fantasy "juices") = ONE dollar. Tax? There ain't no such thing in a Bodega! The dollar is lookin' good.

I've spent one dollar and I feel refreshed, but I still need some FLY GEAR for the upcoming NYC summer. And I'm not talkin' about the gear everyone has, I'm talkin' that EXCLUSIVE ish. One dollar can get me two of my very own Bihari kids (that's 50 cents each!).

Two dollars has gotten me refreshed and clothed. After all this work, a brother's HUNGRY. Of course, we return to our favorite bodega. One bag of UTZ = 1 case quarter = 5 nickels.

Let's do the math:
$1.00/($.25/bag of Utz) = 4 bags of Utz! God bless this great land!

Three dollars down, I'm FINALLY ready to find the girl of my American dreams. This is Biochemical Slang. The Macy's jewelry section just won't cut it. One dollar = one African with one rock!

Four dollars down, diamond on my neck, food in my belly, sugar in my veins, and that exclusive ish on my back, I need to stock the fridge. The lady needs to get her drink on when I take her home. EFF those cosmos! Here, the math get's a little bit tricky. One 22 OZ = $1.25. Not to worry.

($1.25/22 oz Ballantine Ale) = 6 cents per ounce!

Of course, the lady will NEED to go shopping. No problem: this girl will make you 500 bags for one quarter! That's 2000 bags for a dollar!

Let's recap, ONE DOLLAR can buy you:
  • TWO 16 oz Tropical Fantasy "juices"
  • TWO Bihari garment workers
  • FOUR bags of Utz potato chips
  • ONE African diamond worker (with stone!)
  • 17.6 oz of Ballantine Ale
  • 2000 bags
EFF what you heard! Our economy is STILL number one!