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Get Serius: The Anatomy of a Sucka MC

Greetings readers and Hip-Hop fans, I go by the name of Serius Jones. Many of y’all know me from my classic battles and Serius music that’s saturating the streets. However, before I was introduced to the mic, the pif, the liquor, the women and all my extracurricular activities in the streets, I was a gifted… Read more »

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Tupac Shakur: What If?

Tupac Amaru Shakur was many things to many people. Rebel. Poet. Sex Symbol. Skinny dude with a big mouth. But to most of our generation, Tupac was an icon that represented both the promise and the trappings of youth. A man who teetered on the cusp of truly taking a leadership role in the direction… Read more »

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Hip-Hop’s New House Rules

“See the things that irritate me about race and color is it seems a lot more colored people are racist than whites now. It seems as of years of feelings from colored people regarding racism is now turning into them being racists and not white people anymore. I am a white guy with a lot… Read more »

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Hip-Hop: Still All The Way Live

Everyone needs to calm down. Everything is going to be okay. Hip-Hop is alive and well, and here to stay. I know I’m not the only one who is tired of people complaining about the "State of Hip-Hop." Hip-Hop is doing just fine. Actually, it’s doing better than just fine. Why is it that every… Read more »

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Illseed: Mentoring Idiots & Forcing Change

With all the discontent, bitching and town hall meetings that people participate in, I figured it was my civic duty to offer some concrete solutions that people can follow to make quantifiable change. This sucks, that sucks, the music, Black people, White people, the industry, the "man" – it all sucks. All our effort is… Read more »

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The Lost Boyz in the Hood

The Lost Boyz in the Hood In light of the recent launch of the new Blade miniseries on Spike TV, a striking metaphor exists between that of its protagonist and the plight of today’s African-American male. Due to the fact that Blade is a vampire (therefore casting no reflection) as well as of obvious African… Read more »

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Hillary Clinton: On Internet Neutrality

Dear Mr. Creekmur: Thank you for writing to share with me your concerns regarding internet neutrality. As you may know, I support net neutrality. The open architecture of the Internet has been the critical element that has made it the most revolutionary communications medium since the advent of the television. Each day on the Internet,… Read more »

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Orwell Was Right; Hip-Hop Is Wrong

George Orwell was right. A close friend of mine hit me up and he was seriously concerned. To frame this properly, I have to say this brother is one of the most apathetic street dudes I know, but he was worried about the United States of America. Here is why. Over the years, slowly but… Read more »

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Rappers Can’t Save You – The Death Of The Internet

America’s Black misleadership class, which is nearly indistinguishable from its Black business class, has struck again. In a stunning coup, a mainline African American voting rights group has been enlisted on the side of AT&T and other telecom monopolies in their legislative push to privatize the Internet and roll back hundreds of agreements with local… Read more »

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Thoughts on My Beloved: Big Proof (R.I.P)

His eyes turned a pretty shade of brown when light hit them. Especially the light of the sun or of a camera’s flash. On his high cheeks, like his father’s, were dozens of freckles, like his mother’s. Between the freckles, were two barely noticeable places where his deep honey brown complexion lightened. I loved those… Read more »

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What if Hip Hop Had a Heaven?

With death seemingly lying dormant beneath the surface of Hip-Hop, is there any hope in sight for the victims that lay in the aftermath of its wake? The answer, for Hip-Hop artists at least, would appear to be yes. Immortalized by lyrics that stereotypically glorify death, we all but deify our cultural martyrs. And while… Read more »

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Black and Male in America

I read the recent New York Times cover story, “Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn,” with a great deal of pain and sadness. As a Black man who is in his late 30s, I have literally encountered every dilemma documented: I am the product of a single-mother led household, fatherlessness, horrific poverty, omnipresent violence… Read more »

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Shots Fired!

Shots Fired * DISCLAIMER * The words expressed here to NOT condone or advocate any violence that should be directed towards any government officials. It is to be strictly considered as allegorical and artistic expression interpreted as social commentary. * DISCLAIMER * You’ve got to love the American government. If it deem something or someone… Read more »

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A Snitch and Time

Over the past year, the hip-hop community has come under intense scrutiny and criticism for the wildly popular “Stop Snitching” campaign. The movement, which has been accompanied by a flurry of t- shirts, songs, websites, and DVDs, is ideologically grounded in the belief that people should not cooperate with law enforcement authorities under any circumstances…. Read more »

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Gordon Parks: The Original Visualizer

A visionary sees what is and what will be. Lives tomorrow in the present tense. Truly understands contemporary for what it is: temporary. Gordon Parks was a visionary in the truest sense of the word. A visionary sees obstacles to achieving goals and makes them into examples of how to win. Mr. Parks was responsible… Read more »

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Coretta Scott King Knew, Do You?

How does it feel to always have to be strong?  To be forced into a role as the calm in the midst of a raging maelstrom?  Coretta Scott King knew.  How do you share your husband with an entire people at a time when your life and the lives of your children are at risk?… Read more »

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Ever Dance with the Devil?

Irregardless of how much I happen to dislike many of these pop rappers, you’d be hard pressed to find me in the club these days. It’s hard enough to tell the difference between women with bangin’ bodies and men with bang-up operations in broad daylight let alone ‘in the pale moonlight’ of nightclubs. For those… Read more »

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To Snitch or Not To Snitch

I admit, I’m not a criminal and I don’t know all the laws of criminality. Despite that, there is one notion that has domineered this year. In 2005, Hip-Hop and the streets demand that you all STOP SNITCHING. There is a website devoted to it, every gangster rapper on Earth denies being one and rightfully… Read more »

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LOVE AND BASKETBALL

A Woman’s Fashion Sense on the NBA Dress Code… I love a man in a suit! No offense to the short brothers out there but there is nothing like a tall specimen of a man, draped in something tailored, pressed and pinstriped. Egyptian cotton shirt and silk tie, Ferragamos on his feet – you just… Read more »

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Open Letter To Mixtape DJ’s

Dear Mixshow/Mixtape DJ Family, We’ve got a serious problem within the DJ community and we’re going to have to find a way to solve quick because we’ve got more pressing matters than the issue I’m about to address. First things first, effective immediately, I am officially withdrawing my affiliations with The Core DJs & The… Read more »

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An Ode to Rosa

While there had been numerous atrocities and injustices such as the murder of Emmett Till up to and preceding 1955, December 1st became an active catalyst to a movement that forever changed the plight of American culture. Who would’ve thought that the simple act of remaining seated on a segregated bus would come to, ironically,… Read more »

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Reading, ‘Riting, and Rap

Do you know what a predicate felon is? According to New York State law, a predicate felon is “a defendant convicted of a felony in a New York State court who has a prior felony conviction within 10 years.” The notion of a predicate felon has everything to do with sentencing guidelines and if felonies… Read more »

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21 Quest Shuns

It brings me the utmost pleasure on this day to tack on another homage to the countless barrage commending the man, the myth: Christopher Columbus. I have my own rendition of 21 questions and things that make you go ‘Hmm….’ (throwback to my man Arsenio Hall!) regarding his American lore. This guy, half-man-half-a-racist, has been… Read more »

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Why I Loved VH1’s Hip-Honors

“Last night…last night it changed all…I really had a ball” On Monday, I was in hip-hop heaven. As I watched The 2nd Annual Hip-Honors on VH1, where rap heroes like LL Cool, Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Salt-N-Pepa, Big Daddy Kane and the Notorious B.I.G were honored like kings and queens, I was… Read more »

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Are Hip-Hop’s Hardest SCARED?

Let me find out that y’all are scared. The rap world is kind of scary these days. There are all sorts of animals running around the game – big Black thugs with big guns and huge entourages that beat people down. So fearsome! These thugs start wars and tear each other limb from Black limb… Read more »

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Hurricane Kanye Hits America

As the infrastructure of New Orleans washed away, and the social contract collapsed, one American institution withstood the forces of flooding, death, and violence: the taboo of race. Even as numerous reporters from CNN’s Anderson Cooper to Fox’s Geraldo Rivera broke down on television and refused to put a positive spin on the abandonment of… Read more »

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The Media, Katrina & African Americans

As journalists, the number one dictum is to be unbiased, objective and accurate. It is with a heavy heart that I watch TV as the nation is in turmoil as a result of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. What is becoming increasingly frustrating and infuriating is the biased coverage that news organizations, including the Associated… Read more »

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Rap Attack of the Clones

Rappers today have achieved levels of success that the pioneers of this generational phenomenon could once only dream of. What we are witnessing now is progressive prosperity: the seeds sown by Hip-Hop’s ancestors are being reaped by their present day offspring. Only now, the harvest isn’t as natural as it used to be – it’s… Read more »

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Hip-Hop Entourages – Outta Control?

As impressive as it may be to keep your circle of friends close by you when you become a ‘celebrity’, it is also foolish if they are ignorant and from the block. It is commendable that most rappers, athletes and actors bring their ‘friends’ along for the ride, but it is also stupid to allow… Read more »

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Time For Hip-Hop Color Codes

I implore the powers that be to implement some type of governing body that can approve, disapprove, reject or accept what comes and goes through our culture Hip-Hop. Said authoritative group would consist of Hip-Hop’s elite and influential players like Chuck D of Public Enemy, founding father Kool Herc, mogul Russell Simmons, rap god Melle… Read more »

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Ludacris, Cheney: Language double-standard

When Ludacris insisted that he had "hoes in different area codes," the country didn’t take it too well. Bill O’Reilly blasted him. Pepsi fired him. Women’s groups all over the country called for a boycott against him. The objection to Luda’s lyrics was widespread and long-lasting. But on the other side, no biggie. O’Reilly alluded… Read more »

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Just Another Black Girl Lost

Most times, if the news fails to cover a compelling minority story, we as a people are the first, if not the only, to call much needed attention to events that seem to conveniently fall through the cracks. What incenses us as African-Americans is seeing one story from our community ignored for a similar story… Read more »

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Cormega on Why We Need the Boom-Bap Back

Labels don’t care about Hip-Hop culture no more, they care about success and dollars, so everyone’s following a formula rather than being original. First everybody started wearing suits and making those R&B friendly songs. Now people are going too far to the left with it. It’s played out. The producers started using the sped up… Read more »

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Brookyn Hip-Hop Fest Preview

Just ask any street corner of Hip-Hoppers what their favorite Hip-Hop drinking song is. 2Pac, Nas, DJ Quik, Three-6-Mafia, and of course The Liks come to mind. For me, it’s always a toss up between “King Tee’s Beerstand” and KMD’s “Sweet Premium Wine.” But there is no toss-up in saying that live Hip-Hop and libations… Read more »

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Razing The Bars- Black Star Power

raze – v.t. to level to the ground; to tear down The growing appreciation and recognition of Hip-Hop’s conscience rappers culminates in the much anticipated release of Common Sense’s sixth album, Be. With added attention given recently to such stars as Mos Def, Talib Kweli (collectively known and slept on as Black Star) the Roots,… Read more »

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Hip-Hop Gets “Punk’d” By Cops & MTV

MTV’s prank-based reality show Punk’d is one of the best in the business – its nothing shy of hilarious. For example, I loved when they played the prank on R&B singer Brandy, and her younger brother Ray J. The staged skit had Brandy pleading with an African American police officer who pulled them over. But,… Read more »

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Snoop Dogg: How the West Was One

Snoop Dogg – Apollo Theater, Harlem Monday, May 2, 2005  As light rain trickled down onto the Harlem streets Monday night, another reign was taking place inside the city’s world famous Apollo Theater.  “I feel good being up in Harlem,” yelled Snoop. And Harlem felt the love.  The night was an ode to old school… Read more »

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Russell Simmons Responds To Abraham Foxman’s Comments On Millions More Movement

May 9, 2005 Mr. Abraham H. Foxman National Director Anti-Defamation League 823 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Re: Millions More Movement Dear Mr. Foxman: I am writing in response to your latest newswire release dated May 2, 2005 entitled, "ADL Urges Prominent African-American Leaders to Reconsider Their Support of the Millions More Movement."… Read more »

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Open Letter from Assata Shakur

My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an ex-political prisoner, and I have been living in… Read more »

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Hip-Hop: Censor Yourself?

I’m letting you all know – shadows no longer exist. It’s common knowledge that we are being watching and monitored like never before, whether its your Ez Pass, instant messenger conversations, email, 2way pagers, “security” cameras and most of the other modern conveniences we enjoy these days. But, since Hip-Hop is the new “mafia” to… Read more »

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