Posts Tagged ‘Hip Hop’


I’m sure that many have heard on Sunday that rap artist and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle was killed in his native South Central Los Angeles at 33 years old. When many have heard about this, as we all know, this was a crucial shock to many in his community and yet, the Black Community. What Nipsey Hussle was killed for a reason was in terms of jealousy, hatred and all out just a flat out mess just because many are saying that he gave back to his native neighborhood and community. And he was a black man and a father that wanted to get things straight. Of course when we heard about the status of young black male dying early, due to homicide, suicides and genocides, we usually get concerned but we hardly never address the ideals when it becomes very serious. I’m saying this because it’s the truth. How many young black males have been shot dead over some mess exactly how many times? How many times we have read about young black males getting killed early in life before starting a family or in the process building a family, wealth and great opportunities? Did Nipey Hussle’s life mattered like many black lives have been mattered for a long time? It should! Only exception it wasn’t due to the police, it was due to a man who had a beef with him.

We talk about saving our black girls or protect the black women. What about the black men? What about DEFEND THE BLACK MALE ALL TIMES? I don’t see that on no T-Shirts, Hats, or anything that is printed and motivational materials that matters to us every time! Tell me I’m wrong. The black women call for protection. The black man has to demand for defense. Offense may win the glory, but DEFENSE wins the game. It wins championships. We should know this like right now. And the black man should not be underestimated of anything. The only thing that keeps a flaw on them handy is the stereotype. A simple stereotype that many knows all too well in getting that point of embarrassment. Why do young black males die early?!

I know it’s not Men’s Health Month, but this is anyday. In the 1990’s there was a question was asked which group of folks die quickly or getting killed more often? Answer: YOUNG BLACK MALES! Now for my Millennial readers who think I’m talking about them, guess what I’m not. If you are 45 and under reading this, and if you’re an African-American Male chances are you are an endangered species. That’s the truth. This has been going on since forever. Way before #BlackLivesMatter was even a thing or a statement. This was like dealing with Suicides, Homicides and maybe Genocides. Now the thing is in regarding Nipsey Hussle, that was a straight up homicide. And it took someone from he knew to did the job of shooting him 6 times: 5 times to the torso, one time to the head. Almost Military Execution style. And the lasting thing that Nipsey did before he was shot dead unexpectedly, was helping someone out in need. That’s right. Doing the right thing for someone that was bigger than him! And what was the problem or issue that Eric Holder or his street name, “S-word (can’t say S**ty) Cuz” did, again killed him. 

Now I’ve been hearing from those around that he was killed or planned to be killed was about Dr. Sebi’s medical info in regarding cures and health needs. I’m sure many have heard about Dr. Sebi, and his medical connections with the late Left Eye from TLC before she died in Honduras. And yet we still if that had to do something with his connections with Nipsey’s passing. Many are calling it a conspiracy of killing him because of that promotion. I need to see ALL THE FACTS on this. ALL F’S! Not assumptions from your Social Media Circles or groups that still are on the Conspiracy Tip. You know who they are. Always talking Conspiracy all day everyday. Get off of that. If they are not showing enough substance of their story, you need to check them. Straight up! Obviously, at times we get way ahead of ourselves. And yet on the subject, when one black man kills another black man, that’s not on the police or the white man. That is on US black folks! And yet I hate to say in conversely that if a black woman kills a black man over some mess, (and it has happened a lot in relationships and such) it squarely falls on the black woman doing the crime. I’m just being realistic and REAL about this. And we wonder why folks do this. Is it the music, the lifestyle, the persona, the attitude that is passed down from generation to generation, the DNA, or is it just society’s fault?  Or maybe if it’s the fault of Eric Holder’s father not being his life that could have straighten him out?! Yeah I said it! 

Steve Harvey said something on his show recently. I had to pull this from Youtube: 

And also, DL Hughley commented this on his show on TV One: 

They both commented about folks who are killing our tomorrows. Killing our tomorrows today. And many folks alike are starting to recite this. Many in our community are losing our tomorrows to suicides, hate, greed and many other negative factors that we see today. Even in the era of 45 that really doesn’t care about the black folks like Nipsey.

I know also that many are asking the question, what is it going to take? What is it going to take for young black men to stop being targets? Even when in our own Communities? Truthfully there are no real answers in this. However it’s going to take BLACK FOLKS to get at the black boys EVERYDAY since day one to get homed not to let the streets tell them what is real and what is not. Actively, the rules of holding boys and girls must stop. What I mean is when girls per se are growing up they are always held close. But when the boys are around, usually they are “let go” and roam and usually comeback. Just let them go, as they say. I know that many have been asking, what about the black organizations of helping out our Black Boys or Black Men who feel endangered, or any of the Black Fraternities or better yet what about the Black Churches? Like D.L. Hughley said in his clip that the reason why the Black Churches are kept open, because the Black Women are PRAYING. Really praying for their fathers, sons, husbands, and etc. It’s not all about those so-called dollars in the collection plate and that white Jesus. And yet while the black churches are open, what are the black men in the building are doing to curb this violence? This question needs to be asked yet again in the community. Now I don’t have any young black boys in my house. I don’t count. But as a citizen, that part is a question that needs to come into light that should be able to curb the violence against young black men. Yeah, we got all these programs, but what are we doing to curb them to counter violence?! Even the community organizations in neighborhoods, what are they doing?

This is trauma at it’s worst. Matter of fact, it’s Trauma period. And it riddles the mind over and over again. You get tired of hearing presentations about them, but when this happens in our communities, we go back think like, “oh so and so or what’s his name said this last year and I thought it was gibberish”. Well who’s gibberish now? In the coming days, there will be ongoing tributes to Nipsey or should I say under his real name: Ermias Asghedom. And as we or many gather to remember him in the coming days, yes we have to keep in mind that his family is the ones that are grieving the most. They lost their son and brother. Maybe a cousin or close friend. Let’s also keep in mind that yes he had some gang related backgrounds, but knowing some like Nipsey he had to grow out of that. Let us also be reminded that he ran his own business in the city:
https://www.themarathonclothing.com/


Keep in mind also, he built this business in the city where he was born in, and the area of the neighborhood he was brought up. So yes, Nipsey (unlike many who just oversight) remembered where he came from.

And to add: The struggle as well as the Marathon DOES INDEED continue!


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If anyone is having fun with the Straight Outta Somewhere memes, you probably are a having a funtime right now. Going onto the straightouttasomewhere.com website, and inputing where you from or puttting in a subject or funtime occassion. Yeah you did it! And by the way, was it fun to do?

Come on! Tell me!  (nah, just kidding.)

Now for those who don’t know what all this is, it’s about this movie coming out:

Yep. It’s about the NWA movie that many will probably check out. Even if you’re not into hip-hop or rap music, but might be intriguted to see how the group got formed. You probably might see it just because your black friends are going and you have to ride along. But whatever reason to see it, don’t just see it to have a fan-loving, black friend riding interest in the movie! You go to the theater, pay your 7 or 8 bucks, buy some popcorn, go to the theater area, and watch the thing. And for those who like to turn on the cells while texting during the flick, or Facebooking during the flick, DO NOT GIVE OUT THE SECRETS! Don’t do it! Keep it to yourself and let the other guys check it out.

Ok now back to this #StraightOuttaSomewhere thing. It’s a fun thing and yes we’re all Straight Outta Somewhere: Like this:

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I think the picture has been, shall we say proven with all truthfulness. And plus, I’ve seen some crazy Straight Outta things like a pic with a White Jesus with “Straight Outta Fiction” on it. You do realize that Jesus was black, right? Why keep showing this White Jesus on your Facebook, Instagram Newsfeeds, and having this “free thinking” atmosphere. Yeah, you can free think all you want, but always remember without the eyes of God, you wouldn’t be able to free think period! And yes, you can be a Jesus Freak and still think all you want. Yes you can! Who says you can’t?  What’s the other one that was going around, oh Straight outta Food Stamps, or Straight Outta this and that. Oh they’re out there! And I wouldn’t be surprised that some company in America or many shops in the T-Shirt making business might spur up Straight Outta Merchandise, and I full wouldn’t be surprised if the money went to a good cause. Just to be clear, be fair where the cash is going, you business upstarts!

As far as this, it’s going to continue until the wheels fall off. Hopefully not quickly!


Now what I’m about to post is a video from a man in New Jersey that is in the Funeral Business. You may have seen this on Facebook, or on Youtube. But however, the message this man brings is a warning to those who are alot younger and still believe that the current game of music and fantasy can be the backbone. Along with the violence that is going on. But trust me, I view this video, and this brother, Tyrone Muhammad (aka Muhammad the Mortician) was not playing around.

Check it. And you’re a grown up with a child that is doing bad, you may need to show this to him or her.

Be warned: it’s graphic. But he also cares for the future.

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I was on the net today in really, of the Melissa Harris-Perry Webpage on MSNBC’s site. Her featured letter was addressing the issue concerning the angle of Hot 97’s DJ, Mr. Cee. I’m sure of us have been paying attention about him sharing his testimony about his recent arrest and also his admittance of his encounter with a transgender individual. As I was listening to the conversation online, yes he was in pain. He was in pain from all of the lies and turmoil that has been surrounding him. I’ll be honest, it was open. It was on point. And yes, it’s was real for him to do this. If those don’t know what’s up, here’s is the entire interview of what took place.

BUT BEFORE YOU PRESS PLAY: This interview may contain some adult themes. Be advised. 

What you just heard was just about 30 minutes of Mr. Cee utilizing his confession, and also having doubts of not returning to work. In a way, he did accept his 12:00pm time slot show. Also, as I was looking at the comments on Melissa-Harris Perry’s page about this story, yes, the comments had to ring out. Now many had support of him. But there were questions or statements about not bringing God into this. Why is so many continuing to say: “don’t bring God into this.” Or “Jesus needs to be out of the conversation.” It’s time to admit this, and I’ll say it here. IN EVERY CONVERSATION: no matter what it is, God is in every story conversation. Many are saying how so? I don’t believe no Gods, no Jesuses or any thing that’s all holy. No need for the church to get involved. NEWSFLASH: you don’t need a church with four walls and a sanctuary to clean out or to make a confession of concern. Let’s just say, God was using Mr. Cee in his testimony in terms of coming out of his confession. God was using Mr. Cee to go to that station with the odds of this Transgender/Arrest angle to tell the truth. No matter what. If the “cleansing” portion of the interview was his confession or his “come to Jesus Meeting”, then I would infer that was his need of setting the record straight. No matter how private or public it maybe. It’s not easy for anyone to tell secrets or those like that to remain in the Pandora’s box. But God willing that Mr. Cee doesn’t have to worry about this matter.

I had to bring up this “don’t put God in this” thing on this story because, folks at times don’t want to be all religious. Many don’t realize that there are connections. Or parallels into objectives like this one. We see it all the time. 12 years ago when the World Trade Center was attacked, many were asking: “Where was God that day?” I’ll tell you this. God was working with the firefighters, the policemen, the construction workers, the medics, American Red Cross, and many others in need of help. Those locating their loved ones trapped in the rubble and also those who wanted to comfort from all the drama and pain that was transpired. The same with those who were affected with the Boston Marathon Bombing, and most recently with the Colorado Flooding. Now those maybe National Disasters, in which those are common. But what does that have to do with Mr. Cee’s recent confession? Did he have support while on the show? Yes he did. Ebro wanted him to stay despite of his concern.

Also: this has to be a statement and I’ll make it plain. The Hip Hop world, must not shy away from this. Remember when Harry Belafonte was going towards the likes of Jay Z and Beyonce about “social responsibility”?  And many had the negativity of them doing charities? Well let me tell you as a fan of Hip-Hop since Run DMC made their rhymes of Reading Rainbow back in the 80’s and such:  No more hiding. And STOP TRIPPING! It’s OK to keep track of your endorsements, your connections, your stacks of hits, or many others in the game, but with an issue such as this needs no money. That does not matter. All you have to do is see the responsibility, and take it. Now many not want to do it. But it is an responsibility in a social sense. And this goes for the Local DJ’s here in Milwaukee also. I got love for them, but they better come with a sense of Social Responsibility!

But we know that they won’t come out for this. As long they have fans of all allies ranging from the LGBT to straight, religious, alternative, and many others, this is one responsibility, that needs attention!

Many are still saying, “don’t bring God into this.” Well, the almighty God in another way, has been involved.

Literally.


Oh Im sure that the latest talk on Hip Hop has this name buzzing.

Write this name down and remember it well: Kendrick Lamar.

You know who he is right? This is the guy that everyone in the Twitter game/Hip Hop game is talking about. Now for those who don’t follow nor understand hip hop, or trying to get the Hub Bub, the buzz around Kendrick’s latest lyric was like a nuclear bomb going off without warning. For instance: he did a song on Big Sean’s album called “Control” and yes in the song he had alot to say in regarding Lindsey Lohan and some like A$AP Rocky, Drake, Wale and many others on his list that well: he knows. But also calls them out in terms of rising up and do more in hip hop than they already know.

And likewise, Kendrick has got backers ranging from Chuck D, Ice T, and of all others: Rev. Run of Run DMC.

Exactly, what did Kendrick Lamar say? Judge for yourself. (Note, some of the lyric words have been edited out on this blog, but you can check out this also on VIBE.com)

Tell Flex to drop a bomb on this sh*t/So many bombs, ring the alarm like Vietnam in this sh*t

So many bombs, make Farrakhan think Saddam in this b**ch/One at a time, I line ’em up and bomb on they mom while she watchin’ the kids

I’m in a destruction mode if the gold exists/I’m important like the pope/I’m a muslim on pork/I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York

King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both/The juggernaut’s all in your jugular, you take me for jokes

Live in the basement, church pews and funeral faces/Cartier bracelets/for my women friends I’m in Vegas

Who the f**k y’all thought it’s supposed to be?/If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me

I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable/F**k y’all clubs, f** y’all pictures, your Instagram can gobble these nuts

Gobble d**k up ’til you hiccup, my big homie Kurupt/This the same flow that put the rap game on a crutch

I’ve seen n*ggas transform like villain Decepticons/Mollies’ll prolly turn these n*ggas to f***in’ Lindsay Lohan

A bunch of rich-** white girls lookin’ for parties/Playin with Barbies/wreck the Porsche before you give ’em the car key

Judgement to the monarchy/blessings to Paul McCartney/You called me a black Beatle, I’m either that or a Marley

I don’t smoke crack motherf***er I sell it/I’m dressed in all black, this is not for the fan of Elvis

I’m aiming straight for your pelvis, you can’t stomach me/You plan on stumpin’ me?/B**ch, I’ve been jumped before you put a gun on me

B**ch, I put one on yours, I’m Sean Connery/James Bonding with none of you n*ggas, climbing 100 mil in front of me

And I’m gonna get it even if you’re in the way/And if you’re in it, better run for Pete’s sake

I heard the barbershops spittin’ great debates all the time/Bout who‘s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas

Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all/New n*ggas just new n*ggas, don’t get involved

And I ain’t rockin no more designer sh*t/White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous

I’m usually homeboys with the same n*ggas I’m rhyming wit’/But this is hip-hop and them n*ggas should know what time it is

And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale/Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake\

Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n*ggas

Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n*ggas/They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n*ggas

What is competition? I’m trying to raise the bar high/Who tryin’ to jump and get it? You better off tryin’ to skydive

Out the exit window of five G5’s with five grand/With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as f**k tryin’ to land

With the hand full of arthritis and popping prosthetic leg/Bumpin Pac in the cockpit so the s**t that pops in his head

Is an option of violence, someone heard the stewardess said/That your parachute is a latex condom hooked to a thread

Oh check this from OkayPlayer.com: The black shirt that has the names that Kendrick mentioned. This is crazy!  But innovative.

Now for those who are wondering, why this? Why would Kendrick Lamar put out the lyrics like this, and have his fellow rappers feeling the heat from KDot (as he is also called)? Folks, this in Hip Hop or Rap Music, is called “the battle”. In the battle, (from my study) is basically having one rapper calling out another rapper or rappers in a lyrical confrontation to see who is the best of the best. Almost like having two best folks from polar opposites talents going head to head. It’s competition, baby! That’s what it is. This battle also has had many casualties and yes, many competitors.

LL Cool J  had battles vs Kool Moe Dee and Ice T and MC Hammer. In speaking of MC Hammer,  vs Vanilla Ice. Or 3rd Bass had a battle with Vanilla Ice way back. LL Cool J also had run with Canibus back in 1998. And yes, Jay Z, Eminem also had their share of competitiveness also in the rap game. Plus, we can never forget, and even though it has been blamed for their deaths: Tupac and Biggie. – Mainly the real deal behind that was record sales. Now looking at that: is a sample of the rap battle that has taken place. Now Kendrick’s role in this game, is on the list.

Like many others, yes, Kendrick has to answer to the critics: Joel Ortiz, and of all folks: Lupe Fiasco. (I thought he quit!) And also just checking in, Lindsey Lohan’s father had to weigh in on this. REALLY?!!!! Ok, I see. Michael Lohan is defending his daughter. But he does understand that this is a game right? I mean Lindsey has done some bad stuff right? Just saying.  Many are saying that this lyric is legendary. BUT…….I have to say that Kendrick has to put up more lyrics like this one just to climb the ladder. And the hard part, is going though those he knows best. And as far as the king of “BOTH Coasts”? That remains to be seen. Kendrick has to still prove himself. Yes, he last album in 2012 was blowing up. But what’s next after Control? And I’m not talking about Janet Jackson’s Control!

But I’ll say this though. Most are saying that this woke up HIp Hop. This woke up Rap Music. What it is waking up to, it’s has to take notice. Plus also, I don’t think it’s not a “diss comment” to his fellow rappers in the game, but I’ll say this that it’s a way to say, “If I see you messing around, I’m calling you out to be accountable and passing you up in the race.” Frankly, for you future rappers, take notes. And for those in the game (or about to be in the game) you all better step your game up, and not be a copycat to get the strap. That’s like going through your family or friends to get the Championship around your waist or possession. You better be real in the craft! And there is a price to pay if you don’t.

We’ll see!


If anyone had a chance to review or watch Unsung on TVOne, it had a segment featuring a genre of Disco. Yeah, disco. The genre that the rockers hated and most folks loved. I got a kick out of it because it really opened the door of future genres of not being faded out, like Hip Hop. No question,  I am a 70’s Baby. A 1976 baby. But I do appreciate the genre being a soundtrack of my livelihood. Even though, yes, I was about to be born.

In lot of ways, Disco music, according to Unsung, came out black R&B Music. (another black history lesson here!) And between you had artists like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, LeChic, A Taste of Honey, Barry White performing with a live orchestra, and the hustle started in the South Bronx. Most of the remixes you hear today in Hip Hop, has it roots in Disco. That’s right I said it.

But for those who thought it wasn’t real music, probably never gave it chance. Most folks thought Jazz was the devils music. How wrong we were. On Twitter when the part of Disco was about to be “dead”, I had to go to the tweets to write this:

“For some strange reason, I can sympathize what Disco went though. I see parallels of what Hip Hop/Rap Music is going through.

But knowingly, there will be bits and pieces of past genre will fit for future genres.

Unsung — Full Episode: Disco: The genre of disco music and its biggest stars are discussed in this 2 hour special.

Plus: Spinderella, remember her from Salt-N-Pepa? She also gives her viewpoint about the genre on the TVOne Website.

And since I do like the genre, here’s my list of Disco joints that are probably and are remixed with Hip-Hop by now:

1) Chic – Freak Out/Dance, Dance, Dance

2) The Trammps – Disco Inferno

3) Ohio Players – Fire

4) Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby

5) Candi Stanton – Young Hearts, Run Free

6) Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way

7) Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing/Staying Alive/ Love You Inside Out

8) A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie

9) Diana Ross – Love Hangover

10) Michael Jackson – Dance With Me/Burn This Disco Out

11) Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

Disco ball in blue

Disco ball in blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 


Let me take a break from my local city norm, to get back to class. For those who STILL think that the Harlem Shake is just that dance where some jump around in the first scene and the next scene is all jump around, underwater and going out before lenten season, you must be mistaken. That “previous” Harlem Shake dance, in my view was just a mutated version that was just well………messed up. These dudes in my view probably never knew the real Harlem Shake! This past week: Someone or a group of folks IN New York FINALLY did the dance that should have been, and it was done with an improvement!

Now for those, who yet again who don’t know the gist of it, check out this video. Mad respect to those who got the dance right for once. I’m just saying. And plus, that “previous” Harlem Shake can now OFFICIALLY BE BURIED!

Respect the game, young bucks and wannabes! Just saying.

And while were at it, listen to Melissa Harris-Perry on why the Harlem Shake has a definite meaning and history of African-American Music History.


I wrote a twitter stat this past week in regarding MCA, or Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys: Another saint in the Hip Hop community has passed. God bless Adam Yauch (aka MCA) The saints are checking out!

In all due respect, this is not mocking anything. It’s letting the world know that a great person had passed, and should be celebrated for the work he did while still living. No doubt Adam Yauch, or MCA or Mic Commander Adam, is definitively one of the best pioneers that came out of the golden age of Hip-Hop. No question also, his craft along with Mike D and AdRock really made the world and the Hip Hop game noticed. And unlike those of today, they were real to themselves, and didn’t sell out in trying to be something that they weren’t. No matter if you were into the Hip-hop mixed with rock, hardcore punk music, or alternative hip hop music, they seemed to exemptfly their craft to the masses as some before them. And a little bit after. Way before like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Soulja Boy all came along and well, you know.

It also caught me by surprise that MCA was in support of social causes like Free Tibet and countless other world causes in which most in the game now should be following. Other than worrying about their money, cars and throwback jerseys. Some of you are saying that I’ve become a critic of Hip-Hop. I’m not a critic of the game. I’m just criticizing on how their game is not crafted with art and creativity. I’m just saying.

Like Whitney Houston’s passing, there will be others under the age of 21 or 18 might ask “Who was MCA?” Those of us who listen to the records, cd’s, mp3’s and many others, it’s time to tell the story. Sometimes we need to tell the story again, and again just to make their heads filled with that knowledge. Not just because of the craft MCA brought, but what about his humanity concerns, his donations, etc. Those are the things I would like to see. Yes, he was a great lyricist in the hip hop game, and a prominent figure in my view, prominent among the Buddhist community of his faith and beliefs.

Now for me, there is not a doubt that his race is finished at 47 years old. I know that he was sick for a while due to cancer and the thing that most have to realize that cancer can strike at ANY AGE! It can strike at ANY GENDER! and yes it can strike at ANY COLOR! Like bullets, cancer too does not have no eyes. Some are saying now, that since cancer is killer in all, they are working on medicine about curing it. But the best defense is to eat the right foods, drinks, get enough exercise, and always see your doctor every year. Not in the years that some will tell you.

Yes, I liked their music as well. No question, the Beastie Boys as good as they are, they are indeed a blueprint of hip hop. It doesn’t matter if it was Paul Revere, Three MC’s and one DJ, Intergalatic Planetary, Make some noise, Don’t Play No Game That I Can Win, You Gotta Fight, For Your Right (To Party), Nonstop Disco Powerpack, An Open Letter to NYC, Sabotage, and many others, Ch-Check It Out included, they have proved themselves very well. And MCA proved that his craft was well respected.

So to the new school, you better learn and recognize!


I think it’s safe to say that Christmas is coming up. But you’re probably asking, what does Stephen listen to around the holidays? Take a listen with the tunes and judge for yourself.

Feel free to listen and enjoy. Merry Christmas to all!


It’s the sixth month of 2011, and this is a time when to break out the tunes of my people. Black Music. For some who are wondering why I am amped about June, is particularly the effect on African Americans. One, as we know about Juneteenth Day on June 19 when slavery was declared dead, and also that the Month of June is dedicated to black music. And for the record, it is legal. Since 1979, after President Jimmy Carter made it official it is become well known that most folks should take the time to appreciate the value of music that blacks created over the years and centuries. From the African drum to the now (sometimes bothersome) autotune. From the Spirituals of the slavery times to Gospel of now. From the rag time rhythms of jazz, to Funk, Soul, Folk, Zydeco, Rock and Roll, Country, R&B, and now Hip Hop it is all a given.

It’s time to appreciate that yes it’s just music. I know. But what about the value? The value of all of this is the fact that Black Music is still around. And in my opinion, one of the most sampled on the planet. I kind of get this alot. What do you mean “the most sampled or copied?” Look at the history.

History will tell you that all music (even Ska music) originated with black culture. Take Africa for example. All of the dancing and the rhythm beats. Came from Africa. Let me go to Rock Music. When rock music is mentioned you’re probably thinking of all the rock bands like Guns N’ Roses and Coldplay. BUT: there are artists like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Lenny Kravitz, and Slash that made this to never forget. For Hip-Hop, we know this very well. Without the likes of Run-DMC, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, and the Sugarhill Gang, Nicki Minaj wouldn’t be working, Period. (I’m still trying to figure her out) R&B, same thing. Most folks who go against it always comes back with respect. Sort of like James Brown. When his sound came out way back when, there were folks that came influenced. And even after his death, there are those today who still influence the sound he produced. For Pop Music – let me school all the Justin Bieber Fans out there. And you Lady Gaga folks or any other now pop version fan there. Without the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, and other Pop Icons from the Black Music Commuinty, they wouldn’t have jobs! It’s not to disrespect them of their thing, but it’s a way to pay homage that most of us really need to understand.

So in regarding Black Music Month, I celebrate this music month because of not only the artists, but it is the value. Now I can hear the internet buzzing on the blogs and other stuff that yeah, I get, but why. Once again, look at the history. And one other thing: Black Music Month is like Black History Month in a way of learning about the idealistic value of it’s beginnings, and not to it’s grand finale. The only way that Black Music Month would be faded out, is NOT talking or learning about it’s value.