Re-Release Tuesdays “Heal Yourself”

In a time of need, we used to come together to make a statement. Using our popularity and fame to bring awareness to issues that affected our community.  In other words, it didn’t begin and end with songs like Self-Destruction.  Here’s a song that I dug back in the day.  I saw the video first so it had a greater impact. Check the title on the album cover. So relevant today. This week’s Re-Release is Heal “Heal Yourself“.

“”Boasting Blastmaster KRS-1 as its executive producer, Civilization Vs. Technology is an all-star project that employs a who’s who of late 1980s and early 1990s rappers from the East Coast. L.L. Cool J,Public Enemy leader Chuck D, Run-D.M.C., Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte,Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, and KRS himself are among the MCs featured on this very socio-political album. With an overall message of black pride and black unity (without a lot of separatist rhetoric, thankfully), this release encourages the black family to stay together. Ironically, the album’s emphasis on family mirrors, in some respects, the “family values” message that Dr. Laura Schlesinger and other GOP conservatives espoused in the 1990s — although it’s safe to say that few of the left-leaning participants would identify themselves as either conservatives or Republicans. Though hip-hop-oriented, the CD employs some major reggae artists, including Ziggy Marley and Shabba Ranks. Also, a prominent rocker, R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe, is featured on the title song, which addresses environmental concerns. KRS’ H.E.A.L. project (Human Education Against Lies) turned out to be more of a critical success than a commercial one. Civilization Vs. Technology enjoyed rave reviews in the hip-hop press, but in terms of sales, it hardly rivaled the million-selling gangsta rap releases of the early 1990s. KRS probably didn’t find that surprising — he has stated in interviews that while intelligence can sell, it doesn’t sell as quickly or as easily as sex and violence. Although not as well-known as it should be, this is a CD that hip-hoppers should make a point of obtaining.” – Allmusic.com

SPECIAL DELIVERY:THE FEAR

Man have things changed. This entire situation in Ferguson is crazy in itself. There are a lot of supports of the movement.  There are a couple of rapper’s out there protesting and making there voice heard. Unfortunately, not the rappers that need to be out there.  Sure, I’m not saying that having Drake march with the protesters will have a huge impact on this situation.  It would say that today’s leading hip-hop artist aren’t just about money, cars, and what the other rapper doesn’t have.

Hip-Hop music is all about expression. It’s not limited to one expression over the other but it once held a prominent voice when it came to social issues that effect the community. Some of it still does but that voice has all but been muted in the mainstream. Sure artist like Talib Kweli, Chuck D., and Styles P will and have acted. Unfortunately, none of them have a big voice when it comes to rap music.

The new generation doesn’t care about their messages. Everything is a trend.  Even if it’s something as serious as this (or ALS for that matter). It’s not really about speaking out against the legacy of injustice.  It’s about being included in the conversation…regardless of what that conversation is about. Look at the whole situation that went down with Lord Jamar and is comments about Gays in Hip-Hop.

I commend artist like J. Cole. He’s out there. He’s making it known through his music but him alone is not enough.  He is not big enough. Don’t get me wrong, some of your favorite artist will Tweet about it, Instagram about it but at the end of the day…it’s politics. The same fans who will ingest the unlimited flow of negative messages these artist provide song after song, will be the same fans who criticize them for not tweeting a statement regarding Ferguson.

And when the dust clears, and the hashtags trend in Ferguson only, everyone will return to their virtual life. Everyone will continue to support the music that contradicts the “movement” that just happened.  More importantly, NO ONE WILL HOLD THESE ARTIST ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR MESSAGES.

Look, rap is entertainment at the end of the day.  It’s no different from movies, books, video games, etc. Rap has various genres.  Every now and again I want to hear some gangsta sh*t, just as much as I want to watch a movie like Scarface. It’s entertainment, and they are entertainers…but if you are going to throw your hat into a conscious arena…well …choose your words wisely. THAT’S MY WORD!

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SPECIAL DELIVERY:DROPS THE MIC

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Ah Joey. You’ve come a long way yet, you don’t realize how far away you actually are. Remember your battle rap days? Remember what it’s like to spit in a cypher on the block? Remember the attitude of every rapper in that circle? It’s that f@ck it attitude.

Remember that? Going all out no matter what? No setting is too loud, no atmosphere matters?  You just spit your bars on some, f@ck it.  Remember that?

This will be quick. Joe Budden vs. Hollow Da Don didn’t live up to expectations…but it did.  It ended the way some predicted but it didn’t. Total Slaughter tried to commercialize what Smack URL started but they failed.

Kay Slay, Sway, and Ebro. Stop it. Keep them away from the event as presenters. How about, save the commentary for pre and post show.

Now back to Joey. C’mon son. “Stop my time”, “Stop Booing”, and then he drops the mic? C’mon now. Who gives a sh*t about the crowd. Dope flows, bars, and professionalism will force the crowd to pay attention (and STFU). You can’t antagonize them.

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Overall, Total Slaughter has a lot of work to do. They obviously had no idea how to make this bigger and better. Battle rap is gaining ground in pop culture and something about that scares me. The soul of the movement always gets lost in the pursuit of the bigger dollar.

…and you get diva sh*t like “stop my time”. GTFOH.

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: HOT NINE SEVEN

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The writing is on the wall for Hot 97. The funny part? I’ve said this for a while. I live in the Tri-State area and I rarely listen to Hot 97 or its competition. It’s not because it’s all bad. It’s just because I love sports and I like riding to ESPN.

When I do Tune in, I’m easily turned off by the content, the lack of radio broadcasting etiquette, and the same songs from the same artist. Don’t get me started on the almost 10 minutes (maybe more) of commercials. Some would say that I am not the demographic for their content. To that I say, stop calling yourself the home for Hip-Hop and R&B.

I’m a big fan of both genres and they are terribly represented. Some would say, well, what makes their competitors any different? I’d say, Hot 97 was here first. When Hot 97 first became that home for Hip-Hop and R&B, it was refreshing. A new station to represent a new generation. That being Generation X and Y.  Now it’s a radio station with no vision for the future.

When your hook for the morning show is the fact that it’s a White , a Black, and a Puerto Rican… Sh*t is already corny. When you talk about “real Hip-Hop” but you support “Hip-Pop” more than anything… Well… That’s just mixed messages that serve no one. We know it’s a business. Good business practice is to not contradict your mission statement.

What is that mission nowadays? Sh*t on Nicki Minaj for her lack of Hip-Hop but play her sh*t because you need to keep the lights on? Which one is it? We’re not mad if you go one way or another, just stand for something or STFU.

This is why the Chuck D Twitter rants, the Dame Dash attacks have so much weight to them. People see the contradiction. Most are turned off by it. Angie Martinez’s resigning, and then signing with your direct competitor is just another point being made. They need a management change, a new mission and direction. I used to love Hot Nine Seven, now I’m like, whatever. I don’t listen…

24 Years… 24 HOURS of Hip-Hop

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It’s not just 24 HOURS of Strictly Hip-Hop Music, it’s 24 HOURS of Hip-Hop Culture Personified.

Baltimore’s Strictly Hip-Hop has done something that a lot of Hip-Hop shows across the nation haven’t always been able to maintain… We have run for 24 Years straight. Unaltered and unfiltered. It is that long standing integrity that has kept the Hip-Hop fans in the Metropolitan area faithful and supportive. Now, with the assistance of a live stream, we present it to the world!

From its days with The Underground Experience, to the classic interview and shoutout on Wu-tang Clan’s Enter the 36 Chambers, to the numerous artists that have come through the studios of Morgan State University WEAA 88.9, WE ARE STILL HERE!

Strictly Hip-Hop is a landmark. We should be celebrated by many across the nation and the globe. Not because we claim to be the best, but because we prove it. We prove it with the pedigree of our deejays… Past and Present. We prove it with the awareness we bring to the culture as a whole. The lessons we’ve taught fans & up and coming artists about the music and the business.

The diversity we’ve shown with the staff over the years, and more importantly, how Strictly Hip-Hop Alumni have gone on to do greater things.

This Friday is your opportunity to experience that legacy in the form of a 24 HOUR BROADCAST! 24 YEARS AND COUNTING… TUNE IN STARTING AT MIDNIGHT FRIDAY’S JUNE 13TH, RIGHT HERE ON ITSSTRICTLY.COM OR LISTEN ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE VIA THE TUNEIN APP. IT’S STRICTLY!

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