Snoop From “The Wire” Witness to Baltimore Homicide

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Snoop from HBO’s The Wire will be called as a witness to a murder that took place in 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Allegedly she was present when the stabbing death of Tyrell Roseborough took place on “The Block” outside of a New York Fried ChickenAn alleged accomplice of hers, Steven Lashley is being charged with the body.  According to authorities,

 “The argument appears to have started because Tyrell attempted to ‘holler’ at Felicia Pearson and she rebuffed him,” Baltimore homicide detective Todd Corriveau wrote in a report. “At the time, Lashley and Felicia Pearson were friends and sometimes met with each other/sat in strip clubs on ‘the block.’ ”

The incident jumped off and resulted in the murder of Tyrell, the stabbing of his brother Raymond and friend Stanley Thomas.  Authorities have a statement made by Snoops denying any involvement in the incident.  CLICK HERE to see the full report.

Source: Smartenupnas.com   

Oprah Gets Golden Statue Dedicated to Her

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Source: TMZ.com 

Artist Daniel Edwards has created a bootyful bronze sculpture of a curvaceous and robust Oprah Winfrey, called, “The Oprah Sarcophagus.” Edwards previously created a life-sized statue of Britney giving birth, and one of a dead Paris Hilton.

It’s safe to say Edwards isn’t one of Big O’s favorite things!

Editor’s Note: I suppose this is the artist’s rendition of a mash-up between King Tut and Venus Hottentot

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Small Town Votes to Arrest the Prez

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Residents of a small town in Vermont have drawn up legislation that would designate George Bush and Dick Cheney war criminals and subject them to arrest if they ever passed through Brattleboro, Vermont.  The petition goes to ballot on March 4, and already the strong language has set off a firestorm of backlash from angered Americans who have caught wind of the bold move.  Political dissent isn’t new in Vermont, in fact the State Senate even voted to support impeachment of the President and VP last year and unfortunately the referendum doesn’t empower town police to enforce an actual arrest of the “Disastrous Duo” but it is stirring the pot of sentiments.  Below is an excerpt of the drafted petition:

   

It reads: “Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution, and publish said indictments for consideration by other authorities and shall it be the law of the Town of Brattleboro that the Brattleboro Police, pursuant to the above-mentioned indictments, arrest and detain George Bush and Richard Cheney in Brattleboro if they are not duly impeached, and prosecute or extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to prosecute them.”

To read the rest of this article CLICK HERE

Hip Hop Mayor In Hot Water

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Detroit’s “Hip Hop” Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has landed himself in a pile of mess amidst allegations that he lied under oath about an alleged affair he was having with his Chief of Staff, Ms. Christine BeattyOn Jan. 30 he made a passionate plea to Detroit residents in a televised address from an empty church, accompanied by his wife who sat by his side.  Without directly implicating himself, Kilpatrick admitted to the people that he was, “accountable” for the accusations being hurled his way.  Apparently, text messages surfaced dating back to ’02 and ’03 that contradict the statements Kilpatrick made under oath.  In one the Mayor wrote, “I’ve been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love.”  The Chief of Staff has recently resigned but Kilpatrick is determined to remain Mayor for the rest of his term.  Prosecutors are weighing whether or not to bring charges against the embattled Mayor.  A conviction for lying under oath carries a stiff fifteen joints in the penileCLICK HERE for the rest of the scandal laden story. 

Editor’s Note: Damn homey, I can’t help but notice the similarites to Slick Willie’s Oval Office romps…and just to think he was being groomed for bigger things.

FEMA Trailers Are Hazardous To Health

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When you thought it could get no worse…a House science subcommittee recently released a report stating that FEMA lied about the exposure of toxins in its emergency trailers supplied to Hurricane Katrina and Rita survivors.  The lawmakers are alleging FEMA “ignored, hid and manipulated government research on the potential impact of long-term exposure to formaldehyde.”  They also presented documents alleging that CDC was “complicit in giving FEMA precisely what they wanted” in regards to suppressing the dangers that the formaldehyde posed in the trailers.  Scientist have reported that ANY exposure to the toxin over ANY amount of time is hazardous.  There are still 40,000 families still residing in FEMA trailers throughout America. For all of the alarming details CLICK HERE.         Props to Mahogany Girl for another dynamic lead.

Lil Jon Expands on Brand With Skaters & Surfers

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 Yeaaaaaahhhhhhh!  ATL’s Crunk Ambassador Lil Jon expanded on his BME brand by adding pro skateboard icons Greg Lutzka and Ryan Sheckler to his BME roster along with surfer Travis Mellem, pro-snowboarders Danny Kass and DingoThe entire click showed up to the X Games in Aspen Colorado to show love to Kass as he competed.  They threw lavish parties and branded BME on any and everything in site.    

Lil Jon explains, “All of the BME Athletes came together for the preview of the BME Grenade Glove and to support Danny Kass! BME Click was everywhere, from kids rockin’ our bandanas and New Era hats, to athletes riding BME snowboards. It’s always good to be with family, and that’s what X-Games was.”

Yeaahh…For more on Jon’s corporate expansion CLICK HERE

New Jay-Z Joint Surfaces During Camel Hunting Season

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I have to honestly say I was expecting this.  After awhile you become knowledgable that every time Jay comes under attack he responds with new material to take the negative attention off.  Then they concoct a new album to change the discussion.  I doubt if The Blueprint 3 is a real project and I bet this ain’t even new, but its worth a listen nonetheless. Off that DJ Clue, I Am Legend

CLICK HERE for the link to “Ain’t I”

Iraq War Facts

Nothing really to say but that these are very sad facts indeed. Bring the troops home!!

  • Dead Iraqi Civilians 1.2 Million (5% of Population)
  • Injured Iraqi Civilians 1.1 Million (4% of Population)
  • Orphaned Iraqi children 5 Million (19% of Population)
  • 100 returning soldiers a week, 5,000 Iraq veterans a year are committing suicide
  • 3,904 US soldiers Killed
  • Read the rest of these startling facts @ What The??

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    Flav is Headed Back Into Your LivingRooms

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    America’s favorite passtime has returned for a third go-around…that’s right folks Flavor Flav is reloading with a Flavor of Love Part3.  Still on a quest for “Mrs. Right” the folks at VH1 were so considerate to give Flav another chance at love after Ms. New York dominated reality TV last season with her runaway hit show, I Love New York 2.  Viewers can get a preview of the cast and a glimpse of video clips of the show at FlavorOfLoveWorld.com, VH1’s supported social network that will keep fans closer to the cast for the very first time.  The show premiers on Monday, February 11 at 9PM.  Below are some of the girls that will be featured this season: 

     

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    You can find Ms. Dime @  myspace.com/msdime1 Continue reading

    Obama- The Black Kennedy?

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    Last year we saw the historic union of Jay-Z and Nas converging to form The Black Republicans.  This year we witness the anointing of Barack Obama by Caroline Kennedy making him The Black Kennedy.  Citing reasons like patriotism and a strong belief that Mr. Obama is the most trans-formative figure to emerge on the political scene since her father, Ms. Kennedy wrote a colorful endorsement of the Illinois Senator in the Sunday edition of The New York TimesShe hits on all the points that make Mr. Obama and anomaly in American politics.  CLICK HERE for the full article.   

    Hil and Bil “We Swear We Don’t Know This Slumlord”

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     In startling revelations that have recently come out, it seems that the same slumlord Hillary chided Barack Obama for having some dealings with, also has had  contact with The Clintons. A pic has surfaced with Hil and Bill (Slick Willie)Clinton and the most famous slumlord in the nation Tony Rezko. When asked about the pic, Hil played dumb and said “she takes thousands of pictures…” Full story @ ABC NEWS via MEDIATAKEOUT

    Clothing Company Illegally Depicts Left Eye

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    The family of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes is up in arms over the unauthorized depiction of the late R&B star by a popular LA clothier.  Dragonfly was featured on an episode of Janice Dickinson’s Model Agency where live models were used in a photoshoot to create clothing with deceased “rock stars” on them.  Jay Morose, family friend and former publicist of Left Eye said he approached the clothing company after seeing the depiction, which he felt was tasteless.  According to him he said: 

    ”They explicitly said they are portraying Elvis, Kurt Cobain and my friend, Lisa Lopes. The photos are now online as a catalogue for this company. They even identify the models by their rock star names…An assistant told me they can do whatever they want with the images. But it’s tasteless – and also highly illegal. In California, tort law generally prohibits commercial use of a celebrity’s likeness without consent. This matter has been passed on to the family’s attorneys.”

    To read the remainder of this article CLICK HERE.

    SEXUAL SEDUCTION

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    “According to the Internet Filter Review, worldwide porn revenues, including in-room movies at hotels, sex clubs and the ever-expanding E-sex world, topped $97 billion in 2006. That’s more than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink.” 

     To peep inside and read the rest of this article CLICK HERE 

    The Thrill of Victory

    Not since the glory days of MLK has America been captivated by a speaker that can translate the politics of “Change” so eloquently.  Irregardless of whether people feel like this campaign is one of fantasy or not, what we understand is it’s inspiring and the closest we’ll ever come to the “dream” that has been sold to us as a country.  The most ironic part is that the old stalwarts that stumped for Civil Rights are the very same ones most threatened by the politics Obama represents because it doesn’t come with a price.  Whether he wins it all or not let this be the day that the chain of the Old Negro South (preachers & politicians) was broken and the Old Guard was rendered obsolete, thank God!   

    Wu-tang Live in NYC (Exclusive Backstage with Rae & Ghost)


    Journey with Street Knowledge as we bring you the Return of the WuWu Tang Clan invades Hammerstein Ballroom on the New York City leg of their 8 Diagram Tour minus the Abbot(RZA). Get a front row invite to the hottest ticket in town as the Clan forms like Voltron and delivers some of their most classic hits from their 15+ year career. Then get a Backstage Pass as we interview Raekwon the Chef, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck with guest appearances by Theodore Unit’s Trife, Ice Water’s Polite & Erykah Badu. Witness the Clansmen perform in rare form then hear them speak on the latest developments like the much anticipated Cuban Links 2 from Raekwon, another Ghostface album and being signed to Def Jam and Aftermath.

    German Rapper Caught Hailin’ Hitler

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    Last week we reported Germany is up in arms about the rise of incidents associated with it’s “gangsta rap” scene now another blight from the past has reared it’s ugly head.  It was reported that on 1/21 DJ Tomekk was thrown off of a reality show called “Jungle Camp” for allegedly throwing the “Heil Hitler” salute for the camera.  The artist who lives in Berlin but is from Poland got sent home from the show which was filmed in Australia for the outlawed gesture.  The international Hip Hop community is patiently awaiting a comment from DJ Tomekk once he arrives back home in Berlin.  Stay tuned, in the meantime CLICK HERE if you want to read the rest of this article. 

    Suge Knight… Comptons Most Unwanted!!

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    It seeems the city of Compton wants nothing to do with Suge Knight or the Piru Blood Gang he has been associated with for years. The city is saying these gang organizations and Suge himself, are the cause of  many of the murder, drugs, and violence that plagues Compton and many other communities across the nation. With Suge’s money problems,the unresolved murders of Big and Pac still over his head, and the rise of Crooked I,this is just another thing he probably wish would go away. Full story at Thug Life Army

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    Former Bloods Gang founder T Rogers works now to keep youth out of gangs across America.

    If you hated Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Diddy Before, Just Wait…

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    First he was Puff Daddy and then he was P. Diddy. I understood why he changed his stage name. He wanted a fresh start after just be found innocent of different criminal charges and his best friend, the late Notorious B.I.G., gave him the nickname years before. I even understood why he wanted to be called Diddy instead of P. Diddy; Diddy just sounded better. Full story from guess blogger Matt Lindberg..(keep sending those articles!!!)

    Where’s The Love? Ghostface barks on his fans for downloading Rehab!!

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    Remember back in the dayz?

                                             -RZA

    Oh the golden days of Hip Hop…remember when fans used to buy CD’s?  Remember that long, long time ago when an artist was able to drop his latest and ring up register sales?  Well, those times are too far in between and some of Hip Hop’s giants are taking hits and letting it get the best of them.  The Iron Man Tony Starks just released a video on his Myspace personally appealing to his fanbase, which numbers in the hundereds of thousands on Myspace to stop downloading his material and go to the stores and cop his sh*t!  Did the Wally Champ show a kink in the armor?  I never thought I’d see the God get extra emotional but I do understand the frustration one must have spending long nights in the studio cooking up a classic just to see it go plastic, but yet ya fans know ya tunes word for word.  Someone has got to tell their favorite artist that the game has changed and in order to stand the wave of the “Ringtone Artist” you have to readjust to change and step into the (new) world, like KRS-One said.   In the meantime please go get that Big Doe Rehab!

    We can have a pow-wow nah mean?

    NBC & Apple Back In Business

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    The strike is over!  Well, sort of…the holdout between NBC and Apple’s iTunes division is apparently come to a halt with both parties agreeing to crawl back in bed with one another.  After trading blows and throwing dirt in the press about Apple “destroying the music business” NBC President Jeff Zucker had a change of heart and stated in the Financial Times, “We’ve said all along that we admire Apple, that we want to do business with Apple…We’re great fans of Steve Jobs.”  Jobs responded, “We’ll put it back together on the TV thing. Everybody lost. But NBC is a great company, and Apple is a great company.”  Speculators are guessing the two media giants kissed and made up on the heels of Apple’s historic partnership with Universal and several other movie studios.  Apple is preparing to allow customers to rent movies for a 24 hour period, transferable to their iPod’s and iPhone’s.  For a dollar more you can snag in HD…sounds genius to me!  CLICK HERE for more info on this story.

    Souljah Boy Coming For That Number One Spot

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    Youuuuuuu!  It is an understatement to say that the lil’ homey Souljah Boy is feeling himself.  But he must be realizing what we’ve been trying to say for a minute, in terms of emerging artists that understand the landscape of what it will take to not only survive but thrive in the “new digital” music industry Souljah Boy is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.  The “Crank Dat” phenom dropped by MTV studios and started a whirlwind of controversy by pointing out to them that their Top 10 List needs some necessary revisions.  Peep what he said:

    “I’m Grammy-nominated,” he continued, citing his credentials. “If I look at the new list and I compare myself to all 10 of the artists and some don’t add up, I’ll be like, ‘Wow. I should be #1 if it’s right now. I’m #1.”

    Soulja Boy was more candid when asked how he ranks specifically against alumni of the first Hottest MCs list, like Weezy, ‘Ye and Jay-Z.

    “Right now, yes [I’m hotter than them],” he answered as their names were read to him one by one.

    He said he is the best-selling online, highest-ranking on the Web and the most publicized rapper worldwide right now.”

    To continue reading him Crank his Souljah Boy CLICK HERE

    HipHopSodaShop Mix It Up With Sean John

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    On the anniversary of MLK’s birthday Dr. Ben Chavis appeared on FOX Business’ “Money for Breakfast” to announce a historic co-branding partnership between his company, the HipHopSodaShop and Diddy’s Sean John clothing line.  The details and specifics of the arrangment weren’t exactly laid out as of yet but it is worth mentioning that the HipHopSodaShop is the first publicly Hip Hop traded company on the stock market and Sean John is a behemoth in the fashion industry.  CLICK HERE to link back to ProHipHop for the full story.    

    Government Taking Aim At Sagging Epidemic

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    The “saggin” epidemic has struck a nerve in a small community down in Texas.  Organizers have formed a movement called “Pull ‘Em Up” to criminalize the practice of wearing pants “sagging” off the behind.  Now, their campaign is about to hit the national stage as they bring their case to Dr. Phil’s nationally televised show.  Hip Hip Government organizers Jay Scroggins, Damon Woffors and Chris Williams will be joined by Al Sharpton, Dallas Deputy Mayor Dwaine Caraway and TVT rappers Ying Yang Twins on the show to contest the pros and cons of Hip Hop’s contribution to society and whether or not controversial fashion trends like “sagging” should be regulated by government.  The organization has brought their campaign to the people by placing over 300 billboards ups in the Dallas Forth Worth area.  To read up on this controversial topic and partake in the debate CLICK HERE.  

    This “Negro” Is So Tiring

    While under fire for insensitive remarks and questionable tactics you’d be expecting the so-call first black president to be standing tall in the face of adversity…but instead here is footage of Slick Willy nodding off and slumping in between a poignant, energized sermon about Dr. King.  I have a dream takes on a whole new meaning….Chuuuucch!

    Step Ya Foot Game Up

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    Now I know yall ain’t up on these!  These super exclusive joints are being released in Asia ONLY, so do what you need to do and get your eBay on or something.  You will definitely shut it down this summer if you pop up with these Stingray AF-1’s on ya dogs.  These joints are going for $200 US.  Act like ya know…

    Curtis Sets His Sites On Hollywood

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    On January 19 at the Sundance Film Festival, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson announced that he will be forming an independent film company with Violator Management CEO Chris Lighty and Randall Emmet of Emmet Furla Films, the production company that produced 50’s Home of the Brave and his upcoming flick Righteous Kill win which he stars beside Hollywood icons Rob Deniro and Al Pacino.  It isn’t clear if Curtis will be starring in any of the films they will be developing and the name of the venture wasn’t made clear either although they did stress they planned to produce films of all genres.  Stay tuned for further developments. 

    Fight The Powers That Be

    Check this clip out from QD3 titled “Rappers vs. Bush” capturing Hip Hop artists voicing their contempt for the current administration and their thoughts on the political process…classic

    “If you don’t vote you’re not going to die, you’ll just live terribly”                                                                                           -Killer Mike

    BEWARE: Cloned Meat Is Coming to A Supermarket Near You!

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    ATTENTION! ATTENTION! To all meat eaters!  Your government has just deemed cloned meat consumable.  The FDA has decided that meat from a cloned animal poses no health risk (as if normal meat doesn’t?) so not only has it approved it for consumption they are also saying there is no need to label the meat as “cloned” meat so beware, there will be no way to distinguish the “real” from the “fake.”  They have also greenlit milk from cloned cows and consumers could be expecting that to be hitting shelves sooner than the meat.  Especially with milk prices skyrocketing and dairy being overall threatened by the increase I’m sure this will spell relief to people who feel they can’t afford the pricey cow fluid.  This entire process was set into motion ten years ago when scientists first successfully cloned Dolly, the sheep.  Studies have been underway by the FDA to see if the meat will meet their approval standards.   

     

    “The milk and meat for cattle, swine and goat clones are as safe to eat as the food we eat every day,” said Randall Lutter of the FDA.

    …and furthermore it acknowledged that genetically modified food is already stacking the shelves of American supermarkets

    Some genetically modified food already is available in American groceries. In fact, the food industry says that if a product has corn or soybean in it, it probably has been genetically modified.

    For more on this extremely important article, CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article.

    Editor’s Note: With obesity at an all time high you would wonder why the FDA wouldn’t object to another source of beef being introduced to the American diet when research should be focused on stemming meat intake.  Plus, the steriods in cows known as bovine growth hormone has every little girl in America growing unproportionately (think Buffy) and no studies are being done to determine the ramifications of that.  So it’s a crime for an entertainer to knowingly take steriods but when the government unknowingly introduces it into your food supply, there is no crime being commited.  Makes you go hmmmm….

    Government Dishonest About Drug Trials

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    The New York Times recently released some damaging info about the drug/medical industry’s failure to release information that points to negative trial results for some of the more popular anti-depressant drugs like Zoloft and Prozac.  The suppression of info raises some serious eyebrows especially taking into account the amount of teens that were subscribed these drugs since they hit the market in the late 80’s.  Visit the homie Paul Stewart’s site to get the rest of this explosive expose on the medical industry.  CLICK HERE for FULL STORY.   

    TOP 100 MYSPACE MODELS- Part 3

    Big props to the homie Paul Stewart over at www.nextthing.wordpress.com who’s been doing some serious groundwork.  A DJ becomes a giant in his field for his knack for digging in the crates and coming up with rare gems. Well, the homie Paul has been digging in Myspace and coming up some notable gems of his own.  Here is Part 3 of TOP 1oo MYSPACE MODELS!  And like they say, three is the charm!
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    The self proclaimed “Pothead Stripper” confess that she loves to get Naked. Ok Brooklyn Stand Up! 
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    Model actress Chelly ain’t playing!
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    This exotic Vietnamese princess has as big a heart as she is pretty! 

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    This actress model really reps the Black and Asian thing to the fullest!

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    To see the rest of these rare gems go to the homie Paul’s site by CLICKING HERE

     

    “Sorrow of the Soldier”

    On the anniversary of MLK’s birthday we thought it would be appropiate to share this video, “Sorrow of the Soldier” with you.  Both, for it’s innovative use of art as a video medium and for its political message this clip is definitely something to digest as we pay homage to King, who was very much anti-war before he died that fateful day in Memphis.  

    Tell these dudes what you think of their project: GREAT WHITE MARK

    Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It

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    America’s favorite pastime, gangsta rap is being blamed for a surge of violence in Germany, of all fun-loving places.  It appears that the world was turing a deaf ear to Germany’s rising gangsta rap element until shots rang out suddenly. These shots heard around the world were directed at Massiv, a Palestinian rapper who was relatively new to the burgeoning German gangsta rap scene.  Unknown assailants confronted Massiv on January 14 as he conversed on his phone and pumped three bullets into him, rehashing memories of 50 Cent, the world’s most famous shot victim.  After spending hours in the hospital, Massiv checked himself out, mirroring another famous gangsta rapper, the late Tupac Shakur.  All of this on the heels of his soon to be released album.  This attack is the latest in a series of dust-ups that have plagued the German scene.  Massiv was attacked last summer on stage, rapper Bushido was attacked on stage in Hanover and in November Berlin rapper Fler was attacked by knife wielding assailants.  Critics are worried that these rappers are seeking the approval of a fanbase that has been indoctrinated with the “keep it real” ethos of America based gangsta rap and in order to believe that these artist are the real deal, fans want to see some blood.  For the full article click HERE.

    Barack Tells Bill To Slow Down

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    “I’ve taken all I can take and I can’t take no more!”  Those are the sentiments being expressed by the Barack Obama in response to the barrage of inconsistent shots being thrown by Bill Clinton.  The Illinois Senator is taking exception with the former president for the “below-the-belt” remarks being thrown by Slick Willie. Obama said it is time to “confront” Bill on his “inaccuracies.” In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, scheduled to air on MLK Day, the gloves came off:

    “You know the former president, who I think all of us have a lot of regard for, has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling,” Obama said. “He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts — whether it’s about my record of opposition to the war in Iraq or our approach to organizing in Las Vegas.”This has become a habit, and one of the things that we’re going to have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he’s making statements that are not factually accurate,” Obama said.    

    For more on this developing story click HERE  

    Editor’s Note: I agree that Obama can’t stand still while the former prez and his wife’s cronies engage in mud-slinging politics but he also can’t allow himself to crawl into the mud-pit with them because when it comes to mud-wrestling that is an arena they reign supreme in.       

    Mos Pays Tribute to MLK and J Dilla

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    Mos Def will be breezing through Ann Arbor, Michigan to keep the flame lit in the memory of Detroit based producer J Dilla on MLK Day. In honor of the prolific producer and the Civil Rights icon, Mos will be hitting the University of Michigan’s stage with his “Big Band Ensemble,” a collection of live musicians.  Portions of the proceeds will go to the J Dilla Foundation which funds research for lupus and provides exposure to the arts for underprivileged children.  To read more of this article CLICK HERE  

    MLK- A King Of Humanity

    Though our young people are only taught about one speech(I Have A Dream) given by Dr. King, he had many diverse opinions about everything from civil rights to the war. Many of the people who praise him now, chastised him for being a troublemaker and riling up racial tensions. Here he answers questions about criticisms supposedly coming from Malcolm X.

    Related Posts : Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

    Update: Great article echos the same thoughts on MLK