It's a slow week for new releases in all genres but I did add a handful of albums to last week's releases from such artists as Inspectah Deck, Luni Coleone and M.O.P that can be found at Hip Hop Albums.
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Stan Woodard’s Installation "I see no one, no one sees me" will be presented at Spruill Gallery from September 21 - November 4, 2006
"I see no one, no one sees me" is an installation in two parts and will be Stan Woodard's first solo exhibition. The work is Woodard's response to and commemoration of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot. Stan Woodard I see no one, no one sees me September 21 - November 4, 2006 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA 30338 Opening reception - Thursday, September 21, 7- 9 p.m. (Free and open to the public) Gallery hours - 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.
(PRWEB) July 23, 2006 -- “I see no one, no one sees me” is an installation in two parts and will be Stan Woodard’s first solo exhibition. The work is Woodard’s response to and commemoration of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot.
For this piece the artist will occupy the two front galleries of the exhibition space. In the first gallery an overhead projector will allow visitors to select and display from among 100 images representative of the progress of African Americans since 1906. The second gallery will be used to explore collisions between the natural and material worlds.
On September 22, 1906 a powder keg of racism, fueled by unsubstantiated reports of a black crime wave in Atlanta, exploded into organized incidents of white men attacking black people. For three days and nights the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot claimed the lives of at least 25 black citizens and hundreds of others were injured; many feel that the causality numbers were under reported. Source: http://www.1906atlantaraceriot.org
“Although this work is created in response to the events of 1906, my intention is not to point fingers at the perpetrators but to examine the progress of black Americans since that time. It is difficult to deny that African American culture, including the contributions of notable individuals, is a main driver behind American pop culture,” said Woodard.
According to the artist, the evidence of Black Americans Impact on culture is clear - from sports and entertainment to political and social discourse. However, this influence has notalways been for the best, for instance, in the case of Willie Horton, whose case was publicized by George H.W. Bush's successful 1988 Presidential campaign. The positive impact of other Black Americans, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, is global; yet in the case ofCondoleeza Rice, the contribution of a Black American is more highly regarded among the White than the Black community. Says Woodard, "I'm not trying to draw any conclusions with this commentary, but there may be some ways for people to think differently about race and identity in America."
The second gallery will be home to a shrine of sorts where visitors can contemplate human desires and the inevitable cycles of life. With elements of fabric, concrete, rusted metal, and suggestive lighting and audio, Woodard will examine how the weight of materialism interrupts natural existence.
Also on view at the Spruill Gallery from September 21 – November 4 will be Linda Armstrong’s “Field Studies: Failed Encyclopedic Dreams”
Stan Woodard is an artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. He works primarily with found materials to create installations and objects. Multimedia regularly figures into his installation work and he produces stand-alone multimedia, video, audio, and interactive digital works as well. Taking an archeological approach to found materials he often comments on the histories of places and objects. Woodard is the recipient of the KBFUS (King Baudouin Fellowship US) award for 2003-2004, and has shown in Atlanta, Birmingham, AL, New York, and Hong Kong.
Spruill Gallery, a branch of The Spruill Center for the Arts, primarily shows contemporary and frequently cutting edge art of the southeast region. It is located at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta GA 30338. Gallery hours are 11 - 5, Wednesday through Saturday.
Stanley Woodard http://www.stanwoodard.com/4047344353
Jurassic 5 Takes Aim at Bush Administration in New Video Work It Out
LOS ANGELES, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Jurassic 5's new video for "Work It Out," the lead single from their forthcoming album Feedback, hits music television channels around the world this week. The video is a clever lampoon which targets the US Government as it follows a gleeful President George W. Bush on a jog around downtown Los Angeles. Along the way, he rocks out on his Ipod to the tunes of J5, taunts the unemployed, raises gas prices, urinates in public, and exercises with Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The song, "Work It Out" features the Dave Matthews Band and is the result of a strong relationship that J5 and the signer/songwriter developed while touring together over the past few years. The video highlights Jurassic 5's commitment to innovation and taste for the unconventional. Akil, Zaakir, Nu-Mark, Marc 7, and Chali 2na make only brief, almost inconspicuous appearances, complementing the satire and allowing President Bush to run his course.
Feedback follows J5's acclaimed releases Power in Numbers and the certified gold Quality Control. DJ/Producer Nu-Mark handles most of the album's production, including the standout tracks "Future Sound," "Red Hot," and "Where We At," which features a vocal bit from Mos Def. Super producers Scott Storch ("Brown Girl") and Salaam Remi ("Radio" and "Get It Together") and up-and-comers Exile and Bean One also contribute impressive tracks.
In conjunction with the release of Feedback J5 launched a massive nationwide tour this week hitting every major city in the United States. The tour kicked off in Seattle on July 18th, and wraps up with a stop at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on September 13th.
Source: Interscope Records
CONTACT: Dennis Dennehy, +1-310-865-7934, or Greg Miller, +1-310-865-7632, email@example.com, both of Interscope Records
Belief that Iraq Had Weapons of Mass Destruction Has Increased Substantially, According to Latest Harris Poll
Most people do not think that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq in the next two years
[with Hip Hop Logic's apologies for some wack formatting in the tables]
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite being widely reported in the media that the U.S. and other countries have not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, surprisingly; more U.S. adults (50%) think that Iraq had such weapons when the U.S. invaded Iraq. This is an increase from 36 percent in February 2005. Overall, attitudes toward the war in Iraq are negative, and less than half of the U.S. population believes that the threat of terrorism has been reduced. U.S. adults are not confident that Iraq's government will eventually become stable, and many think the war in Iraq is continuing to hurt respect for the U.S. around the world. Most people do not think that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq in the next two years.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 1,020 U.S. adults (ages 18 and over) surveyed by telephone by Harris Interactive(R) between July 5 and 11, 2006.
Specifically, the survey finds:
-- By 56 to 37 percent, a majority is not confident that Iraq will be successful in developing a stable and reasonably democratic government. This has improved slightly from November 2005, when a larger 61 to 32 majority felt this way.
-- Furthermore, a large 68 to 28 majority thinks the United States is less respected around the world as a result of the invasion in Iraq. This is worse from a year ago in June 2005 when, by 62 to 33, a majority felt the U.S. was less respected.
Attitudes toward the Iraq war
The public's views on Iraq have not changed substantially in the past year:
-- A majority (56%) thinks that spending huge sums of money to invade and occupy Iraq has meant that a lot less money has been available to protect the United States against another terrorist attack. This has decreased from April 2005 when 62 percent agreed with this sentiment.
-- Still, six in 10 (61%) adults agree (59% in April 2005) that invading and occupying Iraq has motivated more Islamic terrorists to attack the United States.
-- By 58 to 41 percent, a clear majority does not think that invading Iraq has helped to reduce the threat of another terrorist attack against the United States. This is similar to the 61 to 39 percent majority that felt this way in April 2005.
What the public believes to be true U.S. adults believe that the following are true about the war in Iraq:
-- Seventy-two percent believe that the Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam Hussein (slightly down from February 2005 when 76 percent said this was true).
-- Just over half (55%) think history will give the U.S. credit for bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq (down substantially from 64% in February 2005).
-- Sixty-four percent say it is true that Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al Qaeda (the same as 64% in February 2005).
TABLE 1 CONFIDENCE IN IRAQ TO DEVELOP STABLE AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT
"Are you confident that Iraq will be successful in developing a stable and reasonably democratic government?" Base: All Adults
April June August November July 2005 2005 2005 2005 2006 % % % % % Yes 43 41 40 32 37 No 55 51 56 61 56 Not sure/Refused 2 9 4 7 7
Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100 percent due to rounding.
TABLE 2 IRAQ INVASION MADE UNITED STATES MORE OR LESS RESPECTED ABROAD
"Do you think the invasion of Iraq, and recent events in Iraq, have made the
United States much more respected, somewhat more respected, somewhat less respected, or much less respected around the world?"
Base: All Adults
June August July 2004 2005 2006 % % % More Respected (NET) 33 27 28 Much more respected 12 9 12 Somewhat more respected 21 18 16 Less Respected (NET) 62 68 68 Somewhat less respected 32 36 34 Much less respected 30 32 34 Not sure/refused 5 4 4
Note: Percentages may not add up to exactly 100 percent due to rounding.
TABLE 3 STATEMENTS ABOUT IRAQ
"Please say whether you agree or disagree with the following statements?"
Base: All Adults Not Sure/ Agree Disagree Refused Invading and occupying Iraq has motivated more Islamic terrorists to attack Americans and the United States July 2006 % 61 37 2 April 2005 % 59 40 1 April 2004 % 60 33 7 Spending huge sums of money to invade and occupy Iraq has meant that a lot less money has been available to protect the United States against another terrorist attack July 2006 % 56 42 1 April 2005 % 62 37 1 April 2004 % 51 44 5 Invading Iraq has helped to reduce the threat of another terrorist attack against the United States July 2006 % 41 58 1 April 2005 % 39 61 * April 2004 % 41 56 3 Most U.S. troops will be out of Iraq two years from now July 2006 % 33 62 4 April 2005 % 40 58 2
TABLE 4A WHAT THE PUBLIC BELIEVES TO BE TRUE
"Do you believe that the following statements are true or not true?" Total saying "true"
Base: All Adults
October February July 2004 2005 2006 % % % The Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam Hussein. 76 76 72 Saddam Hussein had strong links with Al Qaeda. 62 64 64 History will give the U.S. credit for bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq. 63 64 55 Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded. 38 36 50
TABLE 4B WHAT THE PUBLIC BELIEVES TO BE TRUE AND NOT TRUE - 2006
"Do you believe that the following statements are true or not true?"
Base: All Adults Decline % True Not True Not Sure to Answer The Iraqis are better off now than they were under Saddam Hussein. % 72 22 5 1 Saddam Hussein had strong links with Al Qaeda. % 64 30 7 * History will give the U.S. credit for bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq. % 55 43 3 - Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded. % 50 45 4 *
This Harris Poll(R) was conducted by telephone within the United States between July 5 and 11, 2006 among 1,020 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, number of adults in the household, number of phone lines in the household were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.
All surveys are subject to several sources of error. These include: sampling error (because only a sample of a population is interviewed); measurement error due to question wording and/or question order, deliberately or unintentionally inaccurate responses, nonresponse (including refusals), interviewer effects (when live interviewers are used) and weighting.
With one exception (sampling error) the magnitude of the errors that result cannot be estimated. There is, therefore, no way to calculate a finite "margin of error" for any survey and the use of these words should be avoided.
With pure probability samples, with 100 percent response rates, it is possible to calculate the probability that the sampling error (but not other sources of error) is not greater than some number. With a pure probability sample of 1,016 adults one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points. However that does not take other sources of error into account.
These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
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The Harris Poll(R) #57, July 21, 2006
By David Krane, Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy Research, Harris Interactive(R)
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is the 13th largest and fastest-growing market research firm in the world. The company provides research-driven insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what could conceivably be the world's largest panel of survey respondents, the Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its United States, Europe and Asia offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in France and through a global network of independent market research firms. The service bureau, HISB, provides its market research industry clients with mixed-mode data collection, panel development services as well as syndicated and tracking research consultation. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained at www.harrisinteractive.com. To become a member of the Harris Poll Online, visit www.harrispollonline.com.
Jennifer Cummings Harris Interactive 585-214-7720
Harris Interactive Inc. 7/06
Source: Harris Interactive
CONTACT: Jennifer Cummings of Harris Interactive, +1-585-214-7720
Web site: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/ http://www.harrispollonline.com/
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'Fulfilling the Dream' Conference to Honor Chicago's Civil Rights Movement and Push for Change
Rights pioneers and young activists join to commemorate the Chicago Freedom Movement's 40th Anniversary
CHICAGO, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The movement that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Chicago will be commemorated this week in a three-day, intergenerational conference at the Harold Washington Cultural Center on the South Side. "Fulfilling the Dream" will bring together veterans of the Chicago Freedom Movement, current civil rights activists, young activists, clergy, community members, and historians to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the most ambitious civil rights campaign in the North.
In 1966, the CFM, led by Martin Luther King and Al Raby, pioneered the nation's first large-scale movement to end racial segregation in a sprawling metropolis. This "Fulfilling the Dream" conference will challenge the continued discrimination in housing, education, and jobs; leverage the CFM experience to support and strengthen a new generation of activists, and; develop a revitalized economic and social justice agenda for greater Chicago while incorporating the importance of art and culture throughout the conference. The conference is presented in collaboration with the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola University Chicago
"The Fulfilling the Dream event will be an opportunity for generations of Chicagoans to reflect on the past in order to address concerns of the present day and the future," says Reverend C.T. Vivian, who is a living legend of the Civil Rights Movement and is leading a session called "South to North: The Spirit of the Movement."
"This conference will be special because it calls on today's generation to maintain, if not gain, momentum," said Aquil Charlton of the Crib Collective and a member of the CFM40 Youth Committee. "We look forward to developing an action plan that deals with education, crime, and other problems we still battle today."
Key Conference Highlights:
Intergenerational Activism: CFM is matching up youth who want to make a difference and veterans who are continuing to make a difference. Sessions highlights include:
-- July 23, 2006 (3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.): In Their Own Words: CFM Overview - A multimedia presentation featuring people who were on the frontline of the Chicago Freedom Movement in 1965-66. Young people will interpret the selected readings.
-- July 24, 2006 (9:20 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.): Significance of the Chicago Freedom Movement with introductory remarks by Bernard LaFayette, one of the leaders of the Chicago Freedom Movement. An intergenerational panel composed of former participants from the movement, young adults, and authors explores the meaning of the CFM and helps attendees reach their own conclusions about the Movement's place in history and its relevance to the present.
-- July 24, 2006 (1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.): CFM Mini Documentary - Produced by students at the Al Raby School for Community and Environment featuring oral history interviews with veterans of the 1960s Chicago Freedom Movement and beyond.
-- July 24, 2006 (2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.): Youth Activists Meet Movement Veterans - Two panels on stage at the same time; one composed of young organizers, the other of former participants in the Chicago Freedom Movement. The two groups answer the question: What social change strategies are effective and relevant today.
How far have we come? In 1966, Martin Luther King identified ten specific demands for the City of Chicago during the Chicago Freedom Movement. The current campaign goal is to evaluate the evolution of those issues and to focus on how to make additional progress toward King's goals by putting together an action plan with lively ideas from today's energetic youth and knowledge from the original CFM veterans. Sessions highlights include:
-- July 23, 2006 (2:35 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.): Opening Remarks by Rev. C.T. Vivian
-- July 25, 2006 (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.): King in Chicago: Reflections on the Movement Clayborne Carson, King Papers Project, Stanford University Rev. James Orange, Former Youth Organizer, SCLC Ne'Keisha Kidd, Mikva Challenge and spoken word artist Red Storm)
From Parent to Daughter: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ald. Dorothy Tillman, Rev. James Bevel originally walked with Martin Luther King and Al Raby in their march for freedom in 1966. Now 40 years later, their daughters continue their fight against racial segregation and social inequality.
Inspired by their father's dream, Sanitita Jackson, Ebony Tillman, Katanya Raby and Sherry Bevel will speak at the Chicago Freedom Movement with the hope that they will encourage yet another generation to stand up for peace and equal rights. Sessions highlights include:
-- July 25, 2006 (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.): Daughters of Movement Leaders
The Harold Washington Cultural Center is located at 4701 S. King Drive. For a complete conference schedule, visit http://www.cfm40.org/ or call 312- 915-8602. ** Pre-conference activity: Bus tour of historic CFM sites, Saturday, July 22, 1-5 p.m. and the National Hip- Hop Political Conference, July 20 - 23.
Source: Chicago Freedom Movement
CONTACT: David Rudd, +1-312-988-2032, or Pam Smith, +1-312-479-2740, both for Chicago Freedom Movement
2006 NATIONAL HIP HOP POLITICAL CONVENTION TAPS BET'S JEFF JOHNSON; HIP HOP PIONEER, DAVEY D; FRED HAMPTON, JR
AND CHICAGO SPOKEN WORD ARTIST, MALIK YUSEF TO ADD UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO PROGRAM
Event Will Unite, Empower, Train and Celebrate Tomorrow's Leaders in Chicago, July 20-23
(Chicago, IL.-July 16, 2006) Jeff Johnson (political motivator and Co-host BET’s “The Chop Up”), Davey D, noted Hip Hop journalist and pioneer; Fred Hampton, Jr. (son of slain Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton, Sr. and Chairman of Prisoners of Conscience Committee) along with Malik Yusef are among confirmed panelists for the 2006 National Hip Hop Political Convention, scheduled for July 20-23, 2006 at Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner-City Studies located 700 East 40th Street, Chicago, IL.
Building on the success of the first-ever National Hip Hop Political Convention, where in 2004 over 6000 members of the Hip Hop generation converged in Newark, NJ to address pressing issues affecting the Hip Hop generation, this year’s convention focuses on training future leaders and equipping the generation to become accountable and responsible with Hip Hop as a culture and music. The theme of the 2006 NHHPC is Money Power Respect. Programming is designed to educate members of the Hip Hop generation on how to earn, demand and work for all three.
Scheduled programming consists of Freedom School; H2O Film Festival; Issue Education; MPR Town Hall Meetings addressing key issues including media justice; panel discussions; “The Take Over” Hip Hop Concert and Block Party; and culminating vote on agenda by NHHPC National Assembly. Other participants and panelists include Bakari Kitwana, author of "The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture"; Zack Exely, former Director of Online Communications and Online Organizing for democratic presidential candidate John Kerry; Leila Steinberg, producer of Tupac documentary, “Thug Angel: The Life of an Outlaw”; Brian Rikuda, winner of BET and Dame Dash produced "Ultimate Hustler"; Baye Adofo – Wilson, Lead Organizer of the 2004 NHHPC-Community and Real Estate Developer, Enoch Muhammad, founder Task Force; Monique Scott, SEIU; Rosa Clemente, Malcolm X Grassroots Ryan Ford, Source magazine’s executive editor; Angela Woodson; State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, (GA-D); Billy 'Upski' Wimsatt, ; Khari Mosley, regional director for the League of Young Voters; and Malia Lazu, National Field Director for Cities for Progress.
The plenary session for this year’s event will be “The Movement Continues,” an intergenerational dialogue between organizers and activists from the Civil Rights era and the Hip Hop generation. Chicago’s own, Cliff Kelley (WVON) will moderate the discussion.
While this year’s Convention is focused on training leaders, there also will be entertainment. The host committee for the 2006 NHHPC presents “The Take Over” Hip Hop Concert and Block Party featuring performances by Dead Prez, SB (dubbed by Chicago Tribune as “One of Chicago's Ten Hottest Acts"), Ang13 (listed in the Source as “one of the underground’s best kept secret”), Immortal Technique, respected Hip Hop artist and activist; Chicago’s very own Twon Gabbz, Mikkey, Cappadonna along with many of the nation’s most positive independent artists.
For registration log on to www.2006hiphopconvention.com or dial 773.238.4533.
The cost of registration for freedom school trainings is $35 for the general public. On-site registration is available.
Proud sponsors of the 2006 NHHPC are Rockefeller Bros. Foundation, Black United Fund of Illinois, Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention, The AVE. Magazine, Broadcast Ministers Alliance Coalition/BASUAH, University of Illinois at Chicago Office of School Relations, and Dorothy Brown, Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County.
All media inquiries should be directed to La’keisha Gray-Sewell at 773. 577.4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clyde Smith, PhD, Announces The Founding of Brand Destruction Research(tm)
Alternate titles: I'm Kris Ex's Biggest Stan aka Kris Ex, Welcome to the Panopticon!
My interest in research is focused on finding something similar to what we think of as truth and using that to create a better world. My interest in Kris Ex is in tormenting him endlessly for the rest of his earthly life [and beyond if the appropriate technology becomes available].
I've decided to combine these quite disparate aspects of my complex, tortured reality into a cutting edge approach to marketing research. I will draw on a heterogenous array of methodologies taken from ethnographic fieldwork, psychological analysis, library science, journalism, private investigation and dry snitching and disseminate the findings via such approaches as academic papers, grey publications, insertion in foreign media, fax and email blitzes, blogs, viral marketing, ringtones, trance possession rituals and late night phone calls.
I'm particularly interested in the development of new approaches to brand destruction that combine pre-Internet tactics with Web 2.0 capabilities to destroy a brand on multiple levels from the streets to the elites.
This deeply unethical and highly immoral approach to scientific investigation will both satisfy the more twisted aspects of my personality as well as provide the foundation for my new firm, Brand Destruction Research(tm).
Inspired by the efforts of folks like Karl Rove and Vlad the Impaler, I will monetize my intense ability to endlessly obsess over my enemies by making their brand destruction the basis for research that will then be made available to political smear teams, rogue intelligence units and mainstream marketing firms.
Did I say enemies? I meant Kris Ex!
Actually, I meant Kris Ex is the only one who gets this warning.
Many folks who know both Kris Ex and myself have suggested I leave this topic behind because it is truly beneath me and I have to admit it's somewhat like torturing a small child. But I've decided to make lemonade out of lemons and turn my frown upside down like a juggalo clown!
Plus, it seems like a really great way to put all that graduate research to use. Did you know I worked with some of the greatest internationally known figures in interdisciplinary qualitative social scientific research? And that I have a serious chip on my shoulder due to never securing an academic position? Well, you do now!
So I truly have to thank Kris Ex for his foolish attacks when he's living in a glass house designed for easy surveillance and ready destruction. Though I know this will in no way ease the pain, I want to assure you that the monetary rewards I receive from my research findings will be put to positive uses in the community (that hangs around my house, lol).
Almost forgot. Bol's other big tactic was to make up emails from me (and other people) and then post them in his blog. In fact, I've never emailed Bol and I've also never emailed Kris. So don't send me Kris's email, I don't want it. If he or whoever starts posting emails, know that I don't email bitches.
I have no idea what I was thinking when I suggested out loud that I should send him a courtesy email. It wouldn't have done him any good, anyway. He's not smart enough to recognize that the game is already over.
I just realized I should put certain things down for the record if this battle goes anywhere.
Kris Ex is Bol's bitch. Bol punked him out a while back and Kris recognized that, to save face, he had to ally with the guy. Since one of Bol's main tactics when we battled last year was to make up comments and put my name on them, I wanted you to know that I've only left one comment on Kris's blog in response to the main post he dropped regarding me. This comment has not been cleared but I assume it will be up soon.
Before I get to my comment, let me say that I've never heard the term respect associated with Kris Ex, so I guess he's trying to build his brand or something. Or whatever Bol tells him to do.
Here's my only comment on Kris's blog, there will be no more, so know that if he tries to emulate his master, it's simply a front:
Clyde Smith Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. July 15th, 2006 at 1:52 am
Hey, sorry I haven't responded. I don't read your blog so I just found out you've been spouting via Oh Word.
I'll respond at Hip Hop Logic, though I know you wanted a higher profile venue. But don't worry. You'll get your money's worth.
I'm looking forward to our exchange.
That's it. And just for clarity's sake, I won't post on any XXL blog in the future, even the one or two that I bother to follow. Since blog owners can post retroactively, let me clarify that I've left one comment on DJ Drama's blog when he was thinking about leaving XXL due to Bol's bullshit and I think I left one comment on Tara's blog but I may have just written about her at ProHipHop.
Again, any other comments appearing under my name at XXL were not written by me.
When some people think of Death Row Records, what comes to mind is one of the most "dangerous" record labels in music history. During the 90's Death Row Records was said to have been worth over $300 Million Dollars. The label founded by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre was the home of rap legends, which included Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, M.C. Hammer, and a host of others. Well known for it's high caliber talent roster, Death Row was just as popular for it's unorthodox business dealings courtesy of Suge Knight and of course the infamous "East Coast-West Coast Beef" courtesy of Cointelpro. In 2001, after Suge's release from the Big House he announced that he renamed the label "Tha Row" and introduced the new leading artist, Crooked I. A couple of years ago hip hop fans predicted that the two rap "messiahs" for the West Coast would be The Game and Crooked I. We took it to the West Coast to politic with Crooked I who is not only a rapper but also CEO of his own label Dynasty Entertainment, as well as producer of the upcoming DVD Life After Death Row. Walk with us....
Kalonji: I understand that you have a little bit of Movement history behind you?
Crooked I: I was raised with knowledge of self. As a youngin' my mom was semi-involved with The Black Panther Movement, she wasn't real deep with it, but she was definitely attending different meetings. She would bring literature home when I was like 5 or 6 years old. It started at an early age for me. Then growing up my mentors were either political type cats or gang members. It kind of was soaked into my system to be pro-black, at a young age I knew what Afro-centricity was.
Kalonji: You mentioned some of your mentors being gang members, were you ever involved in bangin'?
Crooked I: The gangbanger scene is a culture in itself. My older brother, cousins, uncles, they were all CRIPS. When I was a youngster, like 11 years old, they gave me a blue rag for my birthday. It wasn't like I wanted to be in a gang, but it was like we didn't have nothing. We grew up on welfare, food stamps, and all that kind of shit. At the time, it was like whatever. I was just a young dude; I couldn't be active out there. So, I can't say that I was ever really a real banger on that level because once I got older around 15 or 16, I started my own clique. We were more about hustling and getting our money. I really wasn't active. My older brother was an active gang member he repped it til he was OG. There have been times when some rival gangs came through and wanted to get at my brother, uncles and cousins and I had to get down with them. Even though I wasn't really reppin'. As I got older, they kind of didn't want me down with it, because they saw I had vision to do other shit. They were like, "you straight, you ain't gotta ride with us", but I was always down to ride with them because it was more of a family thing to me. I've been in situations where we had bang outs, with enemies and rivals and all kinds of shit like that. But to me man, I always looked at it like niggas need to unite and do it on that level. Even on a hustlers level, you have to deal with Black men of all kinds, all backgrounds, and all neighborhoods. When you start chasing that paper, you're gonna see that there is a Boss, from every hood that you got to sit down with. There was a part of my life when I was out there trying to find a rep, but it didn't last long.
Kalonji: Seeing I'm from the East Coast where the phenomenon ain't that big, why do you think the "gang culture" as you put it exists in LA so heavy and so hard?
Crooked I: It's some nice lookin' spots in LA and you could be fooled by the way things look. We got some area that look kind of suburban, where it is nothing but killer gang bangers up in there, off in the little cuts and alley ways. You got some ghettos looking real bad. Back in the day the white folks used to come into LA and they had their own gangs, committing acts of violence, out of racism and hatred for Black people. So dudes starting putting their cliques together, fighting back and you know how it is once you got a gang of cliques together, niggas within the cliques start disputing and arguing over shit. It started growing and I think it got out of control. It started off as something good to protect the Black Community, but as time went on it started getting a little deeper and deeper. People started getting shot at house parties, gambling and rivaling over the lost of loved ones. Then Reagan came with the Crack Movement and the CIA started dropping guns in the communities and it really got hectic. The gang culture is real crazy out here because it separates us, it's like we could hate another Black Man without even knowing him. I think the system tried to keep it going in all the ways that it could, because it was knocking down a couple of birds with one stone.
Kalonji: We all know that the biggest gang in L.A., New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Bridgeport, Ct. happens to be the police department. What's the deal with the LAPD, they been off the hook for years gunning Brothas and Sistah down like it's the Wild, Wild, West? What's hood with that?
Crooked I: It's a design. You got to understand these cats come from Nebraska, little white cat that don't know nothing but the horror stories. He seen Menace II Society, Colors, and Boyz in the Hood. So you know this dudes a very scared individual. He's walking through the ghetto, he got a badge, fresh out of the academy, and he might have had a dislike for Black People anyway. So he has been put in your neighborhood to police you. He's gonna push up on you with his pistol out instantly, he's gonna break laws himself. You know niggas ain't supposed to be drawn down on! You can't draw down on me because I have a busted taillight. He's scared but that ain't no excuse, if you scared get out of the kitchen. You want to be a police officer don't be pulling triggers on niggas, because you feel like that. Then you got these sellout black cops who think they been in existence forever. They don't even understand they couldn't even be police not to long ago. Now they got a badge they want to rough you up to show massa they doing their job. It's a definite design. If you read the federal crime bill, you'll see they got " a war on drugs" and "a war on gangs". The way it's all laid out, it's like it's a demise for young cats. They putting out millions of dollars to come shackle you up and put you in their penitentiaries. It's a corporate game. They slave you for next to nothing. It's like you say, it's a big design and they are the biggest gang. I've seen LAPD cops come thru with blue bandannas on, throwing up CRIP signs out the window in BLOOD neighborhoods, trying to get the BLOODS to start beefin' with the CRIPS. The other night my little cousin, he from Compton, it's rival gangs in Compton and Long Beach that don't get along. The police pulled him over and took his car in Long Beach and made him walk all the way to Compton, at 1 in the morning. That ain't no cool walk right there. You might walk through that same neighborhood where the Mexicans might not get down with the Blacks. You going to walk thru rival gang neighborhoods and he's affiliated and the cops know it, but they just wanna be assholes like that to see if he was gonna make it home.
Kalonji: I want to talk about that whole Stop Snitchin' Campaign. It's a million Brothas walking around with Stop Snitchin' shirts on, but muthafuckas still getting indicted. I feel like if you got to wear a t-shirt, to remind yo' ass to Stop Snitchin', it's a problem from jump. What do you think, are they keepin' it one hunnid or is it a fad?
Crooked I: It's a fad man, cause I know snitches that wear that shirt. That's a definite fad, but I ain't mad at 'em, they trying' to put some awareness in the community. In the industry it's a real fad, because a lot of rappers talking bout stop snitchin' and they snitches. America is a cold place when you could be a Sammy "The Bull" and kill a million people and get off after telling on one guy. What kind of system is that, when you let a murderer walk, because he gives you another guy? All these cats just talking', loose lips, we don't know how to keep a secret, we don't know how to keep our mouths shut. In the end both of them lose because the dude snitch, somebody go to jail and the snitch end up getting the raw end of the deal too.
Kalonji: I want to talk about Death Row. I know things didn't go right for you at the label. We all heard stories of Suge Knight back in the day, up until now and we want to know from you, what's really hood?
Crooked I: Death Row Records is like no other label. It's a real hectic situation. Death Row was a good experience for me. Suge is definitely the type of individual society didn't want to see with power and money. I can't agree with everything the man wants to do, he probably can't agree with all the things I want to do, ain't nobody gonna agree with everything anybody wants to do. But, they were definitely out for that cat; they would put him in jail for spitting on the sidewalk, because they didn't want to see that dude. You know how America is set up, if you a Millionaire, a Multi-Millionaire they want you to be a Oreo cookie. They don't want you to have no rebellion in your blood. They was on him, but at the same time every time he was incarcerated when I was on the label, it was like the whole label was in jail. Suge was the captain of the ship, so when the captain go down, the ship just sitting there. So it was hard to maneuver especially when people trying to black ball you, because you from Death Row. Industry executives scared they don't want to do no more business. Rap was becoming a bigger business than it was when he first went in, so now people have more money they ain't doing it like that. They don't want any conflict or drama. All that kind of stuff played a part being on Death Row Records. So many venues I was banned from just for being on Death Row. It was a hectic label. He tried to employ street cats, and I don't fault him for that, cause where niggas gonna get jobs out here? Niggas get out of jail ain't nobody really going to hire them for nothing, they could really feed their families with. So, Im with him employing Black Men, ex-cons and felons, but there is always going to be some guy out there who don't like you or this guy you employing. A guy who got beef and got a problem with you. All that type of stuff always comes into fruition over there. I was over there for 4 1/2 years. I think the late great Tupac was over there about 2 or 3 years. Even with Dr. Dre when they got started it kind of broke out after 3 1/2 years, so it was like I was over there longer than mostly all of them niggas. Just to be over there to see everything happening, it was like I learned a lot. It's like I went to the School of Hard Knocks, graduated and came out with honors. Now, I'm about keeping it movin'.
Kalonji: I read an article in VIBE; it quoted you as saying, "Life at Death Row was like being in a gang". Can you speak on that?
Crooked I: Being on Death Row is said to be "gang affiliated", but that's what they say about any Black Organization with 5 or more Black People. That's a gang to a lot of people. Being over there you did have some people that were unhappy with certain situations. Being in the rap game and being a street artist, people want to test you. So being on Death Row people want to test you more. They feel like that's a strength if they could beat you, go back to their hood with your necklace, your Death Row chain and say, "Yeah I got this off the nigga", or say "yeah we laid the nigga out". It's a sad thing but that's how people act. I got in a lot of situations because Long Beach City, where I'm from is a CRIP city, all CRIPS. Now, the CRIPS might not get along with CRIPS all the time and there is a pit between the Blacks and Mexicans in Long Beach. Death Row Records, a lot of people think it's a BLOOD affiliated label, because they see Suge wearing red and all that, he's from Compton and it's a lot of BLOOD gangs in Compton, so people get it in their minds that this must be a BLOOD. So they approach me on that set trip shit like, "You from home, why the fuck you over there fucking with this nigga and that nigga". I got into confrontations, fights in the mall, going to get my white t's in the hood. Some shit escalated to higher acts of violence in the hood all because I was on this label. It got to the point where niggas was plotting on my life. They were like if we can't touch the head of the snake, we gonna get somebody else. Shit was real to me; a nigga slept with that Ruger and kept one eye open. I stayed there in the trenches. I wasn't really trippin' though, because that was life in the ghetto half the time anyway. Now, the beef was perpetuated to the point where I'm a known figure in LA. It's like a dude from a certain gang, he might can get away with shopping in another gangs neighborhood, cause you don't know where that nigga from, but when you see Crooked I, they like that's that nigga right there from Death Row. So if they got beef with Death Row they gonna approach me because I was out there, I wasn't hiding. I was just living my life the normal way, whatever I did before I got the deal, that&..39;s what I did after.
Kalonji: When Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez from TLC signed to Death Row, you and her had a pretty tight working relationship. Tell us about her.
Crooked I: I appreciated Left Eye because when she came to the label, she put some balance in effect. She wasn't no punk by no means. If we had an issue about anything going on over there, she was like, "What's crackin' with this, whats crackin' with that"? She also brought a level of creativity to the label. When you got all these Death Row knuckle heads in the studio on some shoot 'em up, bang bang shit, she comes to the table with creative song ideas and different angles. She brought the Brother Dr.Sebi through on that whole holistic health tip, and talked to Brothas about different herbs, teas and different kinds of diets to be on. She brought a whole lot of positivity to the label and balanced it out to the point where I really thought we were on our way to bringing that dynasty back. When that thing happened to her in Honduras, I was stunned. I got the news when I was in Atlanta. It hit me even harder because that's where she was from and I just felt her all over the city during the weekend I was out there. It was a beautiful Spirit lost that day.
Kalonji: I understand you had some problems "escaping" Death Row. I read something about a gag order. Whats up with that?
Crooked I: After 4 years of being signed to Death Row my contract was up, so I sent in my letter. I moved on, got another situation, put together a project and started advertising. I guess the advertising reached someone at Death Row and Death Row sent a cease and desist to me and the people I was working with. Once they did that they stopped the whole process. A cease and desist is a legal process. It means you have to stop, because the company claims you don't have the right to put the project out and then you have to go to court and have a judge decide. Someone from Death Row was running around telling people that they still had me under contract and if they did business with me, they were going to sue. So of course that was keeping food off of my table. We had to have the judge issue a gag order to stop them from telling companies that we were tied up with them. I really didn't want to use those kind of methods. To be honest with you, I offered the cat Suge a dollar per record sale, off my next deal. I was like, "Yo, you invested in my career, let's just keep it one hunnid, I'll give you a dollar off of each record sale". I sell a million records you make a million dollars without doing nothing, just kick your feet up. When I made the offer he was incarcerated, so I put the offer on the table with the guy that was running his company. The guy came back and told me, "He wanted a substantial advance, plus a dollar". My thing was I couldn't give him a substantial advance, if we didn't sell any records. I never put a debut album out over there. So I can't walk into the office and say, "Give me a million dollars so I could give it to Suge". They gonna look at me like, "Nigga you ain't sold a million records yet". I told him the best I could give him was a dollar; he just didn't wanna go for it. When I really didn't owe him anything, because my contract was up. I was just trying to pull a good faith move because I didn't have any hard feelings towards the cat. It took an 11 months court process and the judge ruled in our favor. It took 11 months of this and I didn't like it. My whole thing is we don't even need to go on a level of taking things to the system. We made an agreement without the court; we should have been able to settle the agreement separate from the court.
Kalonji: You have a DVD scheduled to be released August 11th, the name of it is "Life After Death Row", school us on it...
Crooked I: I began taping the day I left Death Row. It started out as a documentary about my travels over there. It started becoming a documentary about anybody leaving a certain situation and going to a better place for their life, career etc. I started getting interviews from Master P who was telling me about his life after hustling and becoming an independent mogul. I started talking to Russell Simmons and he started telling me about his life after becoming a promoter and a manager to becoming "The Godfather of Hip Hop". Just different peoples stories about transition, from going from one thing to another, but at the same time all of these people had something in their lives that had to do with Death Row. Master P went over and got Snoop, he talked about that transaction. Russell talked about being an OG and how he wanted to sit down and talk to Puffy and Suge, but he was too busy, and how he wasn't even paying attention to the fact that he was an OG like that. I talked to Loon he talked about his life after Bad Boy and now he has an independent company. There were a lot of people in the industry that had some type of link to Death Row. That's why I still called it Life After Death Row. We have the first artist that ever-left Death Row, RBX. This dude was writing for Snoop on The Chronic Album, he is actually Snoop's cousin and he kind of told his story about leaving Death Row. We have a number of artist that left Death Row, but at the same time it's not a piece where we are trying to bash Death Row. Death Row is a historical label, and we not gonna just go out and bash this dude and his legacy. He made some moves that a lot of people don't agree with, nobody's perfect. We not gonna try to put a spin on Death Row. Everything we saying is true, if the truth happens to be a small stain, it's truth. We also recognize that Suge Knight, Dr. Dre and some others built a West Coast dynasty.
Kalonji: The first time I ever heard about you was from my Comrade, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., He was telling us that when the Hip Hop Summit stopped through Chicago, The POCC was handing out African Anti-Terrorism Bills, and when you got it you just took it and went to work with it, no questions asked...
Crooked I: I appreciate them putting it in my hand like that. The voting thing was a good thing, I was with Russell on that, but when they put that in my hand that sort of had some things that were closer to my heart. I was like hell yeah, what it do! They didn't have to tell me twice, I'm up in they face letting 'em know what's crackin'. I was happy because I knew I was with some real 100% Soldiers, that's for real-for real in the trenches! The type of people that's trying to fight so my family can have a better day.
Kalonji: Being an artist how do you think we should deal with some of these other artist in our approach? When they're not handling business in the community, should they be dealt with, what do you think?
Crooked I: I think we need to sit down with a lot of these artist and see where their heads at. If they are watching Channel Zero, then maybe they do need to be checked. It's always the cool thing to sit down and see where a cats heads at. A lot of these dudes might be doing things behind the scene that nobody knows about. I sat with a lot of these artists these artists don't know nothing! You sit with them and talk to them, they really half the time don't know shit about the movement. You could name real Soldiers from now all the way back to the sixties and they don't know none of them. Some think it's cute to reject it, "Nigga I ain't on that Black shit", but every day you wake up and you got that skin tone- you are on that Black shit. Some niggas do need to get checked-I'm with that check movement too.
Kalonji: Any closing words you want to drop on the people?
Crooked I: I want everybody to really recognize the power of the Black dollar. Some of you consumers I want you to really do your research on some of these niggas that's rappin' that ain't giving back. They're going multi-platinum and rolling' right by the community. We need the celebrities to roll through and talk to the kids. It's a lot of bangin' out here, people killing each other, but they have never seen anything but a banger and a dope dealer in their life. They never saw a 50 Cent or nothing like that. We got to start doing research, if this dude ain't active in the Community, why am I about to make this dude a multi-millionaire? So he can go invest a 100 Million dollars in saving the whales, when niggas need to be saved right here in the hood.