Sunday, January 29, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
A new book asks, "Are we becoming China's bitch?"
By Isaac Stone Fish
Sent from my iPad
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Life Squared - Album Cover
shall speak of the wretched sea
that washed ships to these shores
of mothers cryin for their young
swallowed up by the sea
dis poem shall say nothin new
dis poem shall speak of time
time unlimited time undefined
dis poem shall call names
names like lumumba kenyatta nkrumah
hannibal akenaton malcolm garvey
dis poem is vexed about apartheid rascism fascism
the klu klux klan riots in brixton atlanta
dis poem is revoltin against 1st world 2nd world
3rd world division man made decision
dis poem is like all the rest
dis poem will not be amongst great literary works
will not be recited by poetry enthusiasts
will not be quoted by politicians nor men of religion
dis poem s knives bombs guns blood fire
blazin for freedom
yes dis poem is a drum
ashanti mau mau ibo yoruba nyahbingi warriors
dis poem will not change things
dis poem need to be changed
dis poem is a rebirth of a peopl
arizin awaking understandin
dis poem speak is speakin have spoken
dis poem shall continue even when poets have stopped writin
dis poem shall survive u me it shall linger in history
in your mind
in time forever
dis poem is time only time will tell
dis poem is still not written
dis poem has no poet
dis poem is just a part of the story
his-story her-story our-story the story still untold
dis poem is now ringin talkin irritatin
makin u want to stop it
but dis poem will not stop
dis poem is long cannot be short
dis poem cannot be tamed cannot be blamed
the story is still not told about dis poem
dis poem is old new
dis poem was copied from the bible your prayer book
playboy magazine the n.y. times readers digest
the c.i.a. files the k.g.b. files
dis poem is no secret
dis poem shall be called boring stupid senseless
dis poem is watchin u tryin to make sense from dis poem
dis poem is messin up your brains
makin u want to stop listenin to dis poem
but u shall not stop listenin to dis poem
u need to know what will be said next in dis poem
dis poem shall disappoint u
dis poem is to be continued in your mind in your mind
in your mind your mind
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I found the following story on the NPR iPad App:
by Kristin Braswell
NPR - January 3, 2012
The Chicago rapper Common has been in the hip-hop game for almost two decades. He released his debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, in 1992, and his ninth album, The Dreamer, The Believer, two weeks ago.
In his latest work, the rapper-actor has not strayed from the themes listeners have come to know him for. It is an album of lyrical prowess, lovelorn tributes and good old-fashioned name-calling. Producer No I.D. makes his mark on the entirety of the album, much like he did on the critically-acclaimed Resurrection — most notably on the hip-hop classic "I Used to Love H.E.R."
In a phone interview, Common told me he was "inspired to make music that is the essence of hip-hop and to let it be something that goes beyond that." Going beyond that included letting go of what he called "the torch of consciousness" he often felt he had to carry in his lyrics. Case in point? The fiery wordplay and hard-hitting beat behind the track "Sweet," which was the focus of our back and forth.
What is one of your favorite tracks on The Dreamer, The Believer, and what was the inspiration behind it?
The song that has been getting the most attention has been "Sweet." A lot of people are trying to figure out who I'm talking about. There was no one I particularly had in mind, but if you're offended, then there's something to be said about how you see yourself.
How would you describe the feel and production of the song?
It's rough. When No I.D. first played it for me, I just knew it was going to be a problem. We were going through some samples, and when I heard this I just knew I had to go in on it.
How does "Sweet" fit the natural progression of the album?
It represents the aggression and determination of the believer. The cat that walks into the middle of the ring and just knows he's the best. That knows he's the greatest.How do you want people to feel after they hear it?
To feel that old school, in-your-face hip-hop. It's confrontational, sometimes telling you what you don't want to hear, but it's passionate and honest. We all could use a little more fire.
How do you feel you've changed lyrically in this track and overall on the album?
I went back to working one producer, and what better person than someone I've grown up with? I feel like this album captures that old thing and gives a look on my past, present and future frame of mind.
As an actor I'm able to be more expressive. Acting has helped me to be more open in my music. With songs like "Sweet," I'm able to be like, "You know what? I ain't holding back nothin'." Because in acting you can't hold back. As an artist, at a certain point I felt like because I established a certain consciousness in my lyrics that I wasn't letting myself express that different side. I got to explore that side more with this album, with songs like "Sweet."
I consider myself a work in progress. Any time I'm asked about my style I say I'm progressing. How I describe my music I say is progressive because I know that I'm constantly changing and growing and evolving. To the core, Common Sense is a loving, creative, Southside man who loves life, believes in God and loves love. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]
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