Today is Sunday and usually I take this time to reflect on what I've done this week and what I want to accomplish in the next week.
Jazz is usually the soundtrack for me when I do this and today I'm choosing to listen to my man man, John Coltrane:
There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said about this man and his craft.
What I can say is that he has been a constant inspiration to me as a person and as an artist.
His approach toward music is what I admire most.
A very simple man with complex ideas toward expressing himself not only in jazz but in music.
I would like to leave you with a performance of a song from Trane called "Alabama"
This song was written in reaction to the Alabama church bombing that occurred on September 15th 1963 that killed four young black girls.
Dr. Martin Luther King did speech at this funeral and Coltrane patterned his horn after King's voice for this song.
Enjoy but reflect-blctxt
He ain't tell me he had the crazy editing skills on deck.
But check me out, I'm performing "Drop Tears" and "The Special".
[Work Is Love]
I was at work yesterday when I saw this news coverage about these 4th graders in Rochester, NY who wrote their first poem.
Usually I don't watch the news but something about this moved me.
It is amazing to see what emotions and experiences are expressed when you give a child the "OK" to communicate through an art form.
I've done many a summer camp, classroom study and social project with kids and writing/art and the conclusion is that you always get that one or that group that blows you away.
If the American educational system was structured a little better [you know, more individuality, less pressure on the kids to become homogeneous] then we would have no fear about our future leaders of tomorrow.
I hate to get all preachy but this was worth sharing to you guys.
Check out my man Jameic in his I Am poem:
Now check out what his brother Tavion has to say:
These kids witnessed an incident that has had a life long impression on them.
Now if they weren't told that they could express themselves, they may not have ever done it.
It sucks but these guys aren't the only ones going through situations like this.
I just feel as though it's important for us to pay attention to the children and help them find their talents early on.
To check out more work from these gifted individuals you can visit www.rochesterchildrenwrite.com
My homie D. Julien
just dropped another heater produced by my folk King-I-Divine
It's called Sinister Keys<---[click here to download it] AND we got the exclusive video right chea:
Get'cha life right, and download this newness.
[Work Is Love]
Like cheap entertainment?
Even cheaper brew?
Bust it: for $5 this Friday night you can witness me performing alongside the BEST talent in Atlanta at the Summer Jump Off Festival.
The list goes as follows:
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KHAOS DA RAPPER
THE FAMOUS NOBODIES
THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS
DJ JARED ALAN
DJ K OTIK
The address is 10 Krog street [hey, it's a festival] Atlanta, GA and it starts at 7PM.
[Work Is Love]
Time for the next installment of BCA: Sofa King Wasted
We present to you some of the dopest talent from the Atlanta underground in the middle of a night of debauchery.
Hosted by my folk
Big Chad Famous
With sounds by my cousin
all for $5 at Lennys Bar on 486 Decatur Street. Doors open at 9.
I shall be performing alongside these great acts:
Khaos Da Rapper
BRANG YA ASS!!!
Noel Gallagher on Wonderwall:
"...It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."
Yes it's true people, I recorded a song with Oasis...kinda.
Tupac guest-verse-style if you will.
My version of Wonderwall is my take on the song, as if Noel Gallagher were an MC.
Or if he were from Atlanta.
Perhaps if he were a young, attractive, black man in his twenties even.
Shots out to my man Sofa King for blessing me with this idea.
Let me know what you think.
So here's the deal: I found about this story on Tuesday and didn't give it much thought. Why? Because I thought that the American media would be all over it so that you guys would know about it. Forgive me for putting trust in the American media as to inform you with the truth. Well it seems as though only a sliver of the population know about Ms. Samantha Orobator. Below is the latest story about Ms. Orobator and the CNN story below that is the primary story that I heard. Read on and if you would like to join the Facebook Group to sign a petition to lobby the British government to bring Samantha home in time to have her baby outside of prison.
[BabyChums.com] The trial of 20-year-old Samantha Orobator could now be held next week with legal representation for Samantha, although the lawyer must be chosen from a selection of Lao nationals.
Samantha Orobator’s pregnancy is still a mystery, though friends and campaigners believe it could have been as a result of rape in Phonthong prison which is notorious for beatings and brutality.Ms Orobator has been in the prison since August on charges of smuggling 1.5lb of heroin. A human rights lawyer and a British diplomat were both refused access to see her today.
(CNN) -- A pregnant British woman jailed in Laos was denied access to a British lawyer who flew out to meet her, a human rights group said Tuesday.
Samantha Orobator became pregnant in prison, according to a spokeswoman for rights group Reprieve.
Samantha Orobator, 20, had been facing possible execution by firing squad after she was arrested in August for allegedly carrying about half a kilogram of heroin. Those found guilty of carrying that amount normally face the death penalty, said the lawyer, Anna Morris of Reprieve, a London-based human rights group.
But Orobator will escape the death sentence because she is pregnant, a spokesman for the Laotian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The country's criminal law prohibits courts from sentencing pregnant women to death, spokesman Khenthong Nuanthasing told CNN. The woman's trial hasn't been scheduled yet, he said, but is likely to happen next week.
Morris went to Laos on Sunday, having been assured she would be able to meet Orobator, Reprieve said.
But so far, she has been refused permission, the group said.
"Ms. Morris was refused her first visit yesterday, and I am led to understand that the Laotians are now saying that she will not be permitted to visit. This is totally unacceptable," Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith said in an open letter to British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
Orobator has not seen a lawyer since she was arrested August 5, allegedly with just over half a kilogram (about a pound) of heroin, according to Reprieve.
That amount of heroin would sell for $80,000 to $150,000 on the streets of New York, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said. London's Metropolitan Police declined to estimate a street value.
Reprieve has said that Orobator became pregnant in prison, possibly as a result of rape, and that she is due to give birth in September. That would mean Orobator became pregnant in January.
Khenthong agreed that Orobator is five months pregnant.
But he indicated that Orobator might have already been pregnant when she was arrested, and that she lost the first baby while in prison.
He said Orobator declared on the day of her arrest in August that she was two months pregnant by her boyfriend. After she had already been in jail for some time, he said, Orobator asked for medication to cure a vaginal infection, and he believes it caused her to lose the child.
Khenthong said officials are investigating Orobator's pregnancy.
Orobator's mother said she found out about her daughter's pregnancy in January. Jane Orobator told CNN she heard the news from the British Foreign Office, which has been monitoring the case.
There is no British Embassy in Laos; a British vice consul arrived in the country over the weekend, the British Foreign Office said.
Jane Orobator said she cannot believe her daughter was involved in drug trafficking, and she was surprised to learn she was in Laos.
"I don't know" what she was doing there, she said from her home in Dublin, Ireland. "The last time she spoke with me, she said she was on holiday in London and she would come to see us in Dublin before returning to the UK in July.
"She is not the type of person who would be involved in drugs," she added.
Reprieve is worried about her health, especially given her pregnancy, Morris said.
"She became pregnant in prison. We are concerned that it may not have been consensual, and we are concerned that someone who finds herself in prison at 20 is subject to exploitation," she said.
"I am the first British lawyer who has asked for access to her," Morris said. "She needs to have a local lawyer appointed to her. We are pressing very hard for the local authorities to appoint one."
She said it was normal in the Laotian justice system for a defendant to get a lawyer only days before a trial.
The last execution in Laos was in 1990, the foreign affairs spokesman said.Samantha Orobator was born in Nigeria and moved to London with her family when she was 8, her mother said.
I knew the film was dropping in August but this is the official trailer that explains the story and shows off more than the Super Bowl teaser trailer did.
Peep the fight scene between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow!!!!
Fellow N.E.R.D.s and G.I. Joe heads, watch on...
G.I. JOE trailer in HD
Soooo there is a new Dilla album dropping this year and I just caught wind of it in the past few days.
I found this article on Rolling Stone's website
Read on folks.
Got that new FIE from Black Thought + Dilla called "Reality Check" right chea...
Rolling Stone caught a preview of Jay Stay Paid, the fifth solo album from celebrated hip-hop producer J Dilla and possibly the best posthumous rap record since the final releases of 2Pac and Biggie. The Detroit beatmaker, who passed away in 2006, had his hard-drives and beat tapes raided by producer Pete Rock and his mother, Maureen Yancey. According to a representative of his record label, Nature Sounds, the material spans the eight-year period between the sessions for A Tribe Called Quest’s final album in 1998 to material written in hospital stays during the last months of his life.
The beats picked by Mr. Rock and Mrs. Yancey swing towards the heavier, more neckbreaking side of Dilla — distorted organs, morse code pianos, sucker-punching bass thwacks and impossibly snappy snares. Smoother than 2006’s Donuts, but far less melancholy than its follow-up, The Shining, the new Jay Stay Paid rattles along with gnarly grooves made up of metallic clacking, Moroder-style synths and busy chimes. On first listen, one track appeared to be constructed from pieces of David Essex’s 1974 hit “Rock On.”
Pete Rock, one of Dilla’s heros, extended some of ideas found on his computers and tapes, turning one-minute germs into fleshed-out songs.
Other songs remain dirty, complete with the sirens and vocal drops of his internet-traded beat compilations. Far from a Biggie Duets-style cash-in, the only rappers adding their voices are rappers that Dilla either loved and/or collaborated with: Lil Fame of M.O.P., Havoc of Mobb Deep, Raekwon, DOOM, Dilla’s younger brother Illa J and Black Thought of the Roots whose “Reality Check” builds a spirited anti-TV rant around a cluster of reality show titles.
Jay Stay Paid track list:
“KJay FM Dedication”
“I Told Yall”
“Lazer Gunne Funke”
“In the Night (Owl N Out) - While You Slept (I Crept)”
“Smoke” ft. Blu
“Blood Sport” ft. Lil Fame of M.O.P.
“Kaklow (Jump On It)”
“Digi Dirt” ft. Phat Kat
“Dilla Bot Vs. the Hybrid” ft. Danny Brown and Constantine
“Spacecowboy Vs. Bobble Head”
“Reality Check” ft. Black Thought
“Fire Wood Drumstix” ft. DOOM
“Glamour Sho75 (09)”
“Make It Fast (Unadulterated Mix)” ft. Diz Gibran
“24K Rap” ft. Havoc of Mobb Deep and Raekwon
“Pay Day” ft. Frank Nitty of Frank N’ Dank
“See That Boy Fly” ft. Illa J and Cue D
“KJay and We Out”
You already know what it is folk.
This time around for the Blue Collar Academy show we have an all band line up.
It's not your regular line up either, we've got by groups such as
Grand Prize Winners From Last Year
Go Ricky Go!
Big Chad Famous
$5 cover. 21 and up. Show starts at 9PM
So come on folks, BRANG YA ASS!!!