Saturday, January 20, 2007

the shuffle. [1/20/07]

I interrupt this shuffle for the following PSA: when I'm not spending time trying to get this blog post going, I'm having to deal with idiots bugging about labels who give away their releases for free on the 'Net. Think about how retarded of a topic that is. For everyone who is constantly badgering the music industry for free tunes, you go on and diss the people who make it a point to give EVERYTHING away? And that just shits on people like exegene and plainaudio, who are putting out quality beats, free of charge. This is a note to idiots who like to talk shit about free shit: grow the fuck up.

In any case, some crazy things have happened this week, no? From Obama to DJ Drama... wildness all over the place. Before I go into that madness, I want to give my wife a special birthday shoutout: I love you, and I am so glad I am with you. I know you aren't big on celebrating birthdays, so we will keep it chill. Much love. And I also want to big up the heads who've voted for me in this "Help me blog for 1 year" comp going on: you can still vote, btw. Special shouts to DOA and the other forums who've helped keep me at #1. Finally, I want to let those out there who were asking about my interview on Friday: it was kind of quick, but I think it went well. What they were asking me to do is not out of the realm of skills I have. I should hear something by Friday... wish me luck!

Let's do like MC Serch and handle this shuffle thing...

01/While most of us were celebrating the birthday of MLK, Newsweek helped us remember the atrocity that was OJ Simpson's "fictional" book about the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. He tried putting off on a ghostwriter who depicted a "hypothetical" spin on the murders, but dog, no one believes you. And finally, the judges did what they should have done more than a decade ago, and ordering that shiftless negro stop spending so extravagantly. You'd think they would have done this a while ago, but I guess the fact that celebrity books can make CAKE, they figured now was a good a time as any to get that nigga on a leash. I for one applaud them on that, but the thing is, how is he still caking off like that? I heard he was living off the NFL pensions and whatever chump change he made with appearances and autographs, but National Enquirer always runs picks of him on golf courses, with fat cigars, and headlines like "OJ Sniffs Up All Of Peru", or something to that effect.

02/The RIAA is on a roll this week, trying to stamp out "piracy" and other illegals in reference to the declining CD sales reported a few weeks ago. The biggest news was the raid over at the Aphilliates HQ, which resulted in the arrests of DJ Drama and Don Cannon, and including seizures of thousands of CDs, whips, and other unmentionables (no drugs or anything illegal reported, yet...): it's just hilarious how they went about things. They started calling the mixtapes Drama and co. produce "pirated discs", and turned their whole operation into something that they figure is designed to undercut the retail sales - when most of the mixtapes they do shed light on the very albums the RIAA is worried about! From being hosted by the top MCs, to dropping release dates and bigging up the radio singles, its more of a marketing tool these days than anything, especially when you consider the sheer amount of artists getting signed off that mixtape/underground hustle: 50 Cent, Sam Scarfo, Saigon, Papoose, and most recently, Serius Jones... the list does go on though. Both Drama & Cannon were released the next day, but the damage has already been done, but the questions still remain: is the RIAA trying to shut down Hip-Hop? Were they set up? And most importantly: is this the end of the raids? On a different note, XM Radio has been hit with a lawsuit over their XM+MP3 service, which lets subscribers store libraries of tunes in mp3 format. The record labels think that this service will eliminate the need for users to purchase songs, but really, that's like saying the invention of recording to cassette tape resulted in the decline of album purchases. A drought is a drought, and at the end of the day, when you have an industry that is built on popular singles, and artists end up making hot SONGS instead of concentrating on worthwhile albums, you get the situation we are in now: iTunes making a killing on $0.99 singles, and people downloading everything under the sun, b/c at the end of the day, the album isn't worth the CD it's burnt on.

03/The Democratic Party has received the much-needed "power candidates" they needed back in 2004: both Barack Obama AND Hillary Clinton threw their hats into the 2008 Presidential campaign this week. Hillary came in hard, with her "I'm in it to win it" speech, while Obama snuck in, starting out by gathering up an 'exploratory committee', which basically means neph set up a crew to start soliciting funds for his campaign. I'm personally torn between the two: while I have the uptmost respect for Hillary and the Clinton Clan, the thought of the first Black president does sound crazy monumentus to a Black man like me. To be fair, though, I don't see him winning before a white woman. White women and Black people are some of the most oppressed, looked-over human beings in the US, so at the end of the day, I will be happy for both: I think my vote won't be decided until I have to hit the button. It's still a long way off, for primaries haven't even popped off yet, but I can't wait to see how they start to crush each other.

04/You ever hear about those shock jocks who tend to go to far to get ratings, like they will somehow become the next Howard Stern? Well, some of those idiots ended up killing a mom trying to compete for a Wii for her kids. The "contest" was to see who could drink the most water without going to the bathroom, and during the "contest", a nurse called to let them know that ingesting that much water causes you to die from water intoxication. You know these assholes had the nerve to bring up the signed release forms, and made some ridiculous comments about not caring and shit. I remember seeing the Dateline NBC episode where they talked about this kid dying from water intoxication during a frat hazing nightmare gone wrong, so that shit is real. Well, the family is officially suing the radio station, and I hope they rape those bastards for as much as they can get. It's disgusting that these guys try to take quality, funny morning radio and turn it into a tragic situation. A little fucking Google search would have saved these idiots their job, and their radio station a lawsuit. I guess this is what happens when you hire monkeys to play a gorilla's game.

05/There was a discussion on the DOA boards about this fiasco involving Timbaland possibly ripping this guy's track. The Timbaland song in question is Nelly Furtado's "Do It", which is said to have ripped of this track entitled "Acid Jazzed Evening", which was entered into a Finnish competition in 2000. The thing about this situation is that, aside from the people who say that dude used a preset on his synth anyways (which kind of defeats his entire argument), is the fact that the track was never released commercially, which begs me to question: does sampling a free track mean you have to pay royalties to the original producer? I would assume this is not any different than jacking something from a free beat CD or something? I mean, let's say I am on a major label and I jacked your track and made it my own, and was like "OK let me pay this person", but you didn't sign it, how would my label go about giving you the loot? At the end of the day, dude might have a case, but Timbaland's parent company might reverse lawsuit dude (kind of like the situation Ras Kass is in), so it would be pointless to sue. There's a YTMND site dedicated to this which tells the story better than I ever can, but the fact of the matter is, intellectual property aside, the shit is free. And by shit, I mean piece of crap, disposable music, whether it's a Commodore64 mod or a Nelly Furtado track. Get over yourselves.

06/In an interesting, Nell-like story, this Cambodian lady, who was perceived to have been eaten by animals (per fellow villagers), is having a hard time adjusting to "normal" human life after being rescued from her life living in the jungle as an animal would. I mean, she was out there for 18 years - she can hardly say words, and cries a lot. She is out of her element; ask some teenagers of today to go through a week without cell phone, MySpace, TV or video games. Some of those kids will lose their shit at the sounds of silence. Sad as it might be, this is one of those situations where you either have to break those 18 years of jungle life out of her, or return her. I wouldn't want her going through unfamiliar situations if she was rejecting them. And she is rejecting them. Hopefully, we will hear more about this crazy situation...

07/Frank Hargrove, a legislator out of Virginia, got on a lot of niggas' nerves this week, when he essentially told them to "get over slavery". It might be uncharacteristic of me, but I think he might be on to something. From reading that article, most of those crybabies are the same niggas who truly think they deserve reparations for the pain our ancestors have gone through. While I am disgusted with the actions taken against my people in the past, and the ridiculous situations we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis, I cannot continue to keep falling back on the idea that I should be getting paid for their suffering. If it were an immediate uncle or grandmother, that's one thing... I couldn't tell you the names of my slave ancestors, and I wouldn't want to. It's like people want no segregation, but want to cash in on shit when it counts. Now, the legislator might have made those comments in the wrong setting, in the wrong context, but fuck it, he has a point. If you want to deal with race, you can't scream outrage anytime someone says something that might be seen as offensive, when it really is just making a point. And a damn good one.

08/Immensely popular celeb gossip website,, is going to have a TV show on Fox, bringing it's brand of up-to-the-minute "news" to the masses. Why they decided on THIS website is a no-brainer: if you want that scandalous celeb video, you plug right into TMZ and you're in there with the newest latest. My thing is, this site is pretty much a glorified blog, so I want to know which blog is the next blog to get their own show. Could you imagine a rock the dub TV show, on like MTV2 or some shit? Interviews, reviews, crazy video: someone needs to make it happen!

09/Shouts go out to The Fader Mag for letting the world know that DJ Stretch Armstrong, the man on the wheels of steel for the classic "Stretch & Bob" Hip-Hop Radio show that had so many household names on before they got put on that it's hard to make a concise list, has his own blog, and is linking to his old shows. Any Hip-Hop enthusiast should run over there, for he is posting up classic material, like the battle between Busy Bee & Kool Moe Dee back in 1982, (Rev) Run on WBLS back in 1987, as well as a 1994 show featuring Mobb Deep AND Roc Raida. True heads know what time it is. Check it out, and if you have tapes, Stretch needs them: hit him with an e-mail.

10/Parents of America, if you have a teen in your house, you have someone on MySpace. And while it's hard to police everything your youngster does, MySpace is working on trying to get a notification system in place to make parents aware of certain aspects that seem to rely on a) age and b) where your kid logs in from, which seems kind of silly. The Washington Post reported that this software should be able to tell if a 14 year old is trying to masquerade as an 18 year old, but it does not specify HOW this would be ascertained, which bothers me, because this would have to mean that MySpace would have to obtain a certain amount of info on you and/or your kid to know what their real age/info is, no? They also said it will be able to make sure a kid can't make drastic changes to their profile, or maintain a few profiles (one to show mom & pop that you're good, another to show just to friends), which in both instances, a notification would be sent to the parent, but, to quote the article, "the tool won't work if a profile is accessed entirely away from home". What good is it then? Teens spend the night at each others' houses... why limit the possibilities of this software? Is this going to be an external program, or something built within the MySpace website? It's hard enough trying to police my kid's use of the Internet - don't make it harder for me to get a handle of their goings-on.

11/I know I've received phishing e-mails, trying to fake me out and make me enter my sensitive info into a fake website for their own twisted dealings, but never in my days did I think that some cat who has been scamming AOLers for years is now on the verge of getting 101 years in the slammer over his scheme. His operation was kind of basic and pretty old school, but it worked, with him scamming thousands of heads with his setup. Now, this is fraud, right? How do they end up with a possible punishment of 101 years? Cats are getting less time for murder. I can see the severity of his crime, but does the punishment fit that?

12/Before I wrap this shuffle up, I do have a few various things to let you guys know about, all of this happening in Black American Entertainment: if you've heard Prodigy of Mobb Deep rhyming lately, while he says some weird shit, his flow is back to where it was on that HNIC LP. Well, he has two albums of material he is trying to get out soon. One will be a follow-up to the HNIC album, while the 2nd will serve as a prelude to HNIC2, entitled Return of the Mac, which features "Mac 10 Handle", a fucking DIME of a track. The best part? He's realigned with The Alchemist, so you KNOW it's going to be sick... trying to find James Brown's body is like playing Where's Waldo, apparently: they moved his body somewhere, and his attorney ain't telling. Not only is that bad, but they still don't know where his remains will be laid to rest. This ABC News article mentioned that his family is in the talks with the people who set up Graceland, which, if they did this for James, will turn out to be the biggest infestation of niggas and ignorance since the Source Awards. Now, I would hope they'd just do something tasteful, but this extravaganza is not over by a longshot... rapper Sean Price dropped a pretty sick interview for Format, where he let's it be known that Nas is pretty much crazy for saying "hip-hop is dead"; well, crazy or he just ain't picked up Monkey Barz. New Sean Price LP dropping very soon, I suggest you check it out btw... And finally, Isaiah Washington, the black dude from Grey's Anatomy, came out his face at the Golden Globes and said "I didn't call dude a faggot", talking about the alleged blow-up on set with Patrick Dempsey that turned out to involve TR Knight, who apparently wasn't out until that situation. Well, TR went on Ellen and said, yeah, he def. called me a faggot. Which prompted Isaiah to go on to say that he was sorry for saying the word "faggot" that night at the Globes. Dude, did you call him a fag on set? With all of this Michael Richards/Mel Gibson nonsense, we don't need you to be the dumb nigga to make us look even more ridiculous. Stand up, be a man, and face the music. I highly doubt you'll be blackballed from Hollywood - they just won't tell you anything important.

So, that's my shuffle, and I'm sticking to it.

PS: I wanna shout out Inaya, who put me on to this "Do The Heizman" craze that's currently bubblin' on a below-the-radar steeze. Da Heizman Boiz seem to be the ones behind this, and there's even an instructional video for the dance:

Crazy. Catch you lot next week.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday, Jan. 19th 2007 playlist

Word. Got a job interview later on today; wish me luck. Check these beats, buy them if you got a buck (or dload if I got a link).


01/J Dilla "Wild" [from the forthcoming reissue of Ruff Draft dropped on Stones Throw soon. All about the lil boy in the chorus with his "come on feel the noise" shit.]
02/Kool G Rap "What's More Realer Than That" [what's more ignorant than that title? New G Rap LP dropping soon...]
03/Raekwon ft. Mathematics "Trees" [taken from Natural Selection 2.0, Rae namechecking mad weed references in this one. Where is his album? (shouts to eskay on the link)]
04/Trae ft. Styles P "Smile" [lovely track. Shouts to Rizoh on the link -- very deep, somber tracks. I slept on Trae's lp and now I need to give it a once over...]
05/KRS-One "Nas Tribute" [like everyone asked, what does he mean by beef between Nas & Jada... who knows. Marley Marl produced, sick track.]
06/MC Serch "Handle It" [shouts to Serch, he's always been the man. From his forthcoming "lost" album, this track is bananas. Conscious, but it also has that head snapping beat. Can him and Doom possibly link up and recreate some of the old school days?]
07/Swizz Beatz "It's Me Bitches" [Swizzy sounds like fucking Fatman Scoop or DJ Kool on this one... don't know if that's good or bad, but that beat is ready to have some shorties breaking their backs in the club.]

Drum & Bass/Jungle:

01/KJ Sawka "Sapphire" [if you're not up on KJ, check out this post from earlier this week... BANANAS!]
02/Dylan & Skitty "Disguised As An Angle of Light" [from Dylan's new label, Bastard Child, this one is a dark dub damager. I swear, with tracks like this and "Preacherman" from last year, I think Dylan wants to drop a Deadly Dub album lol. Peep the rewind sounds from Dylan's "Junglism" days...]
03/Electrosoul System "Purple Sky (Lomax Remix)" [first of 2 Lomax remixes featured this week. Loving that bass in this one... danceable, but deep, kind of like when those Cambridge boys drop the darker styles.]
04/Autumn "It's Always About The Girl (Lomax Remix)" [Lomax took my fav track by the Autumn crew and made it smooth. Not that the original was a slouch, but this one is a nice revamp for a new year.]
05/Dub Alley "Sheltered Gangsta" [sometimes, I just need some mindless DnB to tide me over...]
06/The Funktastics "Angel Story" [not sure who the Funktastics are, but I've been rocking this Shogun LTD 12" all week. Both sides.]
07/Phace "Crevice" [Psycho is out on promo, IF YOU CAN FIND IT, and it is fucking SICK. this is my fav so far - I'm sure I'll have a new fav next week. Review coming soon - where, who knows...]

Now, some videos:

DJ Marky going buckwild with the tablism over DNB:

DJ FU going wild for 16mins:

Finally, Big L's "MVP" video, just for old time sakes:

Aiight, then! One love, catch you guys on the flip...

DnBTV love

I just want to shout out Grayfox and the good folks over at for adding me to their frontpage. I know they are fans of my interviews with DnB luminaries, and Gray decided to show me some love. That's what it is.

If you aren't up on btw, you are missing out. Aside from DNBA's videos, is your one-stop shop for DnB-related videos, whether it be DJ Sets from the likes of DJ Marky, Infiltrata, Hive and others, video interviews, or DnB music videos. They also have links to many live sets from many sick DJs, as well as DnBTV Radio and a host of other bits. It's truly a site for those who want to get more in-depth with their favorite DnB artists.

So, we here at rock the dub want to give massive respect to DnBTV for their highlighting of us, and all of their hard work. Keep it comin'!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

American Idol 6, week 1B [recap]

Well, they kept the "wrong door" hilarity, and there was a LOAD of scariness on there. Seattle really was one of the worst cities they have visited in all six seasons: what was that last total, 13 people getting the yellow ticket? What a damn shame... although I do think that some of the choices to go to Hollywood needed to go home, like the fake Justin Timberlake dude with the corny beatboxing. He is going to annoy the piss out of me. The Indian brother and sister combo were surprisingly nice, although the brother outshone his sister - for now. Her voice is ill, too, she just needs to get over her nerves.

That skank "The Hottness": wow. She would have been cute, if she actually looked like Mariah instead of trying to fake the funk like she could sing like Mariah. And she broke into that corny "what do you know about music" nonsense... check Simon's track record, check Randy's track record. They wouldn't be judges if they were just some fly by nighters!

The majority of these singers were a load of trashcans. That chick "Darwin" was just horrendous, and her mother should be shot for telling her she could sing. I felt bad for the lady who's husband said she shouldn't go out and audition - I can understand fufilling a dream, but $20 says she caught hella laughter when she got home. Zitzmann - all I have to say is dude has the craziest eyes I've ever seen. He does get 20 points for knowing all the words of "Unchained Melody", but that's about it.

Gotta say I loved that "Don't Cha" montage - I wonder how they actually got that filmed, like if they told all of those guys to sing that or what. And Simon wins week 1B's funniest comment, when he called dude a "bush baby". I would have said an elf, but you know how that goes.

Hopefully next week's shows will have more pure singers, and a lot less of the humdingers.

Lucy Diamonds: Video Casting Call!

Lucy Diamonds has just put word out via her MySpace page that there is a video of her's that is in the pre-production stages. Shooting will be in Los Angeles, CA, in Feb. or March, and she is looking for people exclusively from MySpace to come out and appear in it! Now, you might be asking, "well, why would I want to be in some bootleg video?" Well, let it be known that the director behind this project is none other than Lee Davis, a protege of the one like Spike Lee, who directed stars like Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Glover, Pam Grier and others in 3 AM. Spike's production company is handling this as well, so it is not going to be a game. Check out the treatment behind this:

This video will be filmed in Los Angeles, CA in February/March. The video is for
the upcoming first "official" singles titled, "Soul Searching" & "Blood Diamonds (Invulnerable Heart)." Davis & Diamonds' camp have been working on deciding on the unique concept and are merging both videos into one extended story line.
The video is set in a dark, not too distant future; the animated video is inspired by films like Blade Runner and AKIRA. Davis adds, "We are not too far away from the world depicted in this video...ideals like democracy, and freedom are constantly being challenged, and re-defined. People are lost, searching for answers. One person's actions, one person's voice can mean so much.

Sounds ill, no? So, if you are interested, hit up Lucy at her MySpace page, or e-mail Jonathan Hay to be put on.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Happy Birthday, Ali.

The true G.O.A.T.!

Free DJ Drama & Don Cannon

(click here for link to video about the recent shutdown and arrest of DJs Drama & Don Cannon)

You gotta love how the RIAA feels the need to raid the Aphilliates' HQ, but then turns around and makes money off of cats who used to run the same type of operation. I mean, mixtapes are a hustle, but they also help introduce TONS of talent to the masses. And then they wonder why niggas still continue to steal music? What a fucked up business sense... Free Drama & Cannon!

American Idol 6, week 1A [recap]

Gotta say, there was a load of rubbish coming from those singers mouths. I'm not the BIGGEST American Idol fan in the land, but I caught the bug and I love watching people get humiliated on TV.

I was back and forth between my son and that show last night, but I was pleasantly surprised that my favorite singer so far was the crack baby who sang Jennifer Holiday. I first saw and and thought "God, no!", because her grill was jacked (which I blame on bad, crack-addled parenting), but she has that Mary J. Blige/Keyshia Cole vibe about her voice, full of emotion and pain.

I also loved hearing that Army chick sing too. Forgive me for not having their names, but I haven't sat through my DVR recording yet. Too much going on.

The one thing I CANNOT stand are the guys who play themselves on TV, then act like Simon, Randy and Paula are insane. Like that 19 y/o cat from Gary, Indiana, the one who actually LEFT THE ROOM and came back in. I won't go into detail on how I feel about him as a person, but when you come out talking about comparing your voice to Mariah Carey, and you're a dude, you need to come correct. And he didn't. I can see if you are pissed about Paula, b/c she hasn't put out an album in years, but she was never known to be the BEST singer, she started as a dancer, and road her wave. Simon picks talent, he's proven that, so 9 times out of 10, if he says you are shoddy, deal with it. And you gonna diss on Randy, but Randy has worked with Mariah, as well as countless other artists, so its not like he can't smell talent. Be forreal.

In any case, I do plan on blogging more about American Idol, at least up to the true competition, on some "Monday Morning Quarterback" style of flowing - doing lil recap/hashings of the previous nights comp. Once they get into the different weeks and such, I lose interest, but who knows, I've never blogged about a show quite like this. Right now, it will be kind of loose and free, but it will get more serious as the pool dwindles down. We'll see.
and PS: do you think they purposely locked the left door, just so those loser would push on it in error while trying to stomp out and make mean for the cameras? I almost spit up my juice everytime I heard Simon say "wrong door".

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Happy Birthday, Aaliyah.

You are sorely missed. True talent.

Oh Word & Dallas Penn present: Bodega

Gotta love that hilarious social commentary. Check out the video, provided by Metacafe:

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Rafi of Oh Word let it be known that we the people can keep this vid on the Metacafe home page, but you have to vote! So peep this page, vote for "Bodega", and help support fellow bloggers and Hip-Hoppers alike.

related links:
Oh Word
Dallas Penn

Monday, January 15, 2007

LOST: the end coming soon?

After loads of Official Podcasts dropping inside jokes about Season 7 being the "Zombie Season", the producers have now let it be known that, among other things, they have been speaking to ABC in regards setting an end date to this crazy ride that is LOST. I, for one, am estatic.

In true super-fan thinking, this is a blessing in disguise. It puts to rest all of the assumptions that they a) don't know what they are doing (a gross misunderstanding from people who are too dense to fully engross themselves into the little things) and b) the show is going nowhere fast. I am of the following that believe that this can only help the show, as now the producers can truly focus. It seems like they've been living season to season, knowing how this thing will end up but not really sure of how they want to curve and bend the road LOST travels on. With a definitive set of seasons, it will make that journey a bit more fleshed out, which can only make things better, from the planning of production to the depth and wealth of character vs. mythology that they have already woven into the series already.

If you peep that link as well, you will also find the producers speaking on a number of interesting topics, from doing a straight run of 22 episodes or so (which will no doubt mean that the show will probably not start until the new year, as opposed to starting in September like it has done already), and SPOILER ALERT! a SLEW of spoilers towards the end of the article, from more info on the "arctic" scenario we saw back at the very end of the finale of Season 2, to some major shakeup that will involve the fact that, on the island, it's only November 2004, so only a few months have passed... and some other things I will not write down here. Can't spill all of the beans, but be forewarned: if you don't want to see any more spoilers, don't read the end of the article.

Keep it locked to this blog for more info as I obtain it. And keep it locked to ABC for LOST, dropping on Feb 7th. Holla.

MLK Day, 2k7

This year, I have not a lot to say about King's legacy that hasn't already been said - I do find it funny that MTV2 finds it fitting to dedicate their programming block(s) to reruns of "Sucker Free" editions of Cribs featuring Three 6 Mafia showcasing a fridge full of cans of Bud Light, and some obviously drunk nigga talking about getting a jimmy hat on and being Elvis Presely (don't ask)... it's also funny how today is the day that all of this OJ Simpson book nonsense is flooding the TV news channels... I do want to shout out Rizoh over at T.R.U.; his MLK post includes audio clips of the "I Have A Dream" speech up, a few that look like they've been remixed. Shouts for that one, bro.

In any case, here is a collection of YouTube videos I feel are fitting for this date. The majority of these are Hip-Hop videos that are statements that are still needed today. If I find something else that fits, I'll post it, so just feel me flow...

01/August 28th, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, in its entirety:

02/The Stop The Violence Movement's video for "Self Destruction". One of the illest Hip-Hop posse cuts of all time - peep how many legends are in this one:

03/Not to be outdone, around the same time, the West Coast All-Stars let the world know that "We're All In The Same Gang":

04/Another lost classic, "Erase Racism", features the Juice Crew getting it poppin' over some classic Hip-Hop beats:

05/Always a poignant video, Public Enemy and Spike Lee linked up for Do The Right Thing, and "Fight The Power" was born. Possibly one of the best statements of fury and rage for that Black Hip-Hop movement in the late 90s, here is the uncut/uncensored version:

06/Saul Williams performing "List of Demands (Reparations)" LIVE in the studio:

07/Chris Rock's hilarious "Blacks Vs. Niggas" sketch from Bring The Pain. This shit is still true, mad years down the line:

08/What if Richard Pryor was president?:

09/Here's an ABC Nightline interview with Paul Mooney. He's one of my favorite comedians, just for his honesty... and he's a legend. Check it:

That's all I've got right now. We need much more, but I don't know what else to do, other than to try and spread the knowledge and wisdom around and hope some of you pick up on it. Remember, reflect, and react.