Why Malcolm X is not Killmonger

When I was growing up I would hear the name Malcolm X and immediately think radical revolutionary, “By any means necessary” and that he was the total opposite of Dr. King. What many of us fail to see is that Malcolm X is an example of growth and spiritual awareness. His journey was public and he was brave enough to share it with the world.

We do a disservice to the legacy of Malcolm when we liken what he has done or his stance to fictional characters. In the spotlight of the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther there are those who liken the anti-hero Killmonger portrayed by Michael B. Jordan as a representation of Malcolm. Killmonger may have a passion for his people but he is fueled by vengeance and is a murderer. That was not Malcolm.

Upon his return from Mecca, Malcolm became enlightened and recognized that spiritually we are one under the umbrella of the creator. This did not make him less adamant about fighting for freedom for our people, it provided insight and made him aware that this fight for freedom is for ALL people.

50 years ago Malcolm X was murdered in Harlem. We remember this day with reverence and insight. Physically he is not with us but the spirit of his enlightenment, his courage to challenge the status quo and stand by his ideals will always be with us. We honor him for this. Thank you Malcolm.

-Precise

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Chicago rapper Fredo Santana dead at 27

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Fredo Santana – (Photo source: instagram – @fredosantanassr)

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has died at the age of 27. In October of 2017 Fredo whose real name is Derrick Coleman announced on Instagram that he was hospitalized due to kidney failure.

“Been in here since Friday doctor say a n***a had kidney failure an liver failure,” he wrote. “I’m getting back to normal sorry to all my fans turbo bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues thanks for everyone who prayed for a n***a I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.”

Fredo is the cousin of fellow rapper Cheif Keef and rose to prominence in 2012. Fredo was in the process of recording and dropping his latest effort Walking Legend 2.He released his latest mixtape Fredo Kruger 2 in the fall of last year.

TMZ reported that Fredo was found dead on the floor of his LA home by his girlfriend. News of Fredo’s death has swept social media.

Lil B the Based God had this to say via Twitter

“Let one off in the air for fredo santana !! For life they cudnt stop that man SSR for life CHICAGO for life Chief Keef chop durk Reese Gino sd the whole Chicago what it do joe we living it up joe Chicago joe for life too fredo”

There is speculation that the drug known as “Lean” which has been known to cause seizures was the source of Fredo’s health problems. Fredo eluded to his drug use and mentioned that he may go to rehab because of it. “Hopefully I can be the face to sho n***as to slow down an we got our whole life ahead of us fuck being rock stars gettin high I got ptsd,” he said. “I was running from my old life tryna get high didn’t want to face them demons…I’m getting help I might just go to rehab.” he said on Twitter

Fredo is survived by his son Legend who was born last year.

-Precise

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My Top 5 Rap Albums of 2017

This year was great for the culture of hip-hop via rap music. We witnessed the emergence of women who rap, an increase in social commentary and an all-out assault on depression with an emphasis on living your best life. The five projects that made the top 5 best rap album list for 2017 encompass all of that and more. Check out the list. Let me know what you think.

1. Jay-Z – 4:44

Jay-Z continues to hold the torch and consistently moves into space where it can be argued that he is the best to ever do this rap thing. 4:44 is viewed by many as Jay’s response to his wife Beyoncé’s telling release Lemonade. Jay mentioned in an interview with Elliot Wilson on Tidal that they were working on both projects at the same time and Beyoncé’s took precedent. Regardless of how it happened, 4:44, in this writer’s humble opinion, is Jay-Z’s best work. He speaks clearly to his peers. He challenges his own sensibilities and is as vulnerable as a bragging rapper can be. The production provided by Chicago native NO ID provides a bed of lush samples and rhythms that pull the listener into the insightful bars. The most ingenious aspect of the project was the rollout. Every week a new visual was attached to one of the songs on the album tackling racism “The Story of Oj” and Black men’s mental health witnessed in the title track “4:44.”

2. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom

Rapsody is nobody’s female rapper. She an emcee’s emcee and her project Laila’s Wisdom forces you to take notice. The 9th Wonder produced project is a Golden Age nod with a millennial vision. Her project has been nominated for “Best Rap Album Of The Year” at the 2018 Grammys and she has a legitimate chance at winning. Rapsody does everything right. She can be miss rappity rap, give you a love song and a complete story filled with irony and metaphors. Her song “Ridin” featuring GQ feels like a ride through your nearest hood on a beautiful day. As the song rides along, Busta Rhymes comes out of nowhere to continue with the feel-good vibe. The Jamla artist has been prevalent in recent years on many of her peers’ releases and she always represents solidly. Her wordplay and the way she can stretch out a metaphor is uncanny.

3. Tyler The Creator – Flower Boy

Odd Future impresario Tyler the Creator delivered a project in Flower Boy that is sonically above his peers and musically continues to stretch the boundaries. This is not new to Tyler; however, this project feels like a culmination into what could possibly be his magnum opus. The gritty song “Pothole” featuring Jaden Smith on the chorus harkens back to the original odd futuresque style that is irreverent and bold. The song “Boredom” that was featured on Issa Rae’s hit show Insecure opened a door into Tyler’s production skill. The track takes its time and allows Tyler’s gravely deep voice to live between the sounds. The song itself is inspirational in that it compels the listener to get off their ass and get busy doing something. Live your life.

4. Kendrick Lamar – Damn 

Kendrick followed up his undeniable revolutionary classic with an introspective, honest and highly personal release in Damn. He has firmly held his ground as the thought leader of his generation. He boldly tells his peers to be humble and gives insight into his deepest thoughts when it comes to religion and love. “Element” stands out as a song where he just let’s loose and makes it clear who he is and where he comes from. “DUCKWORTH” is the most telling song on the project, as it basically tells the story of Kendrick’s life before his conception. It speaks to how life can conspire in your favor when you pay attention.

5. Big Sean – I Decided

Big Sean has been able to deliver witty bars since his emergence in rap. His project I Decided is a spiritual experience. The album starts off with an elderly man lamenting on his life and feeling like he should have taken another direction in his life. Big Sean open on “The Light” saying, “I spent my whole life trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel / I should have realized that it was inside.” Chicago crooner Jeremih fills up the space of the sparse track with a falsetto soul reminding all that no one can stop your shine. Out of all the projects that made this list, this is probably the one (with the exception of 4:44) that spoke to me the most. The Metro Boomin produced “Bounce Back” is a reminder to keep pushing even after taking a loss. Big Sean is about shining that light and spreading that positivity, and that’s what’s up.

That’s my list. It’s dope, right? What are your top 5 for 2017? Share in the comments

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Hip Hop trailblazer Reggie Ossé host of Combat Jack podcast has died at 48

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Hip Hop trailblazer and host of the popular podcast the Combat Jack Show Reggie Ossé has passed away at the age of 48. Ossé shared his cancer diagnosis just a few months ago via social media.

Born of Haitian parents in Brooklyn NY Ossé entered the world of hip-hop as a music attorney and executive after graduating from Cornell University. His clients represent a list of hip-hop greats. Jay Z, Dj Clark Kent and Capone, and Noreaga were clients he represented. Ossé was also the former managing editor of the once so-called hip-hop bible The Source Magazine.

Ossé helped to lead the explosion of the podcast game with the launch of his show in 2010. His show focused on interviewing “legacy” artists such as Chuck D of Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Ice T. His focus on legacy artists was prominent however he still interviewed more contemporary artists like J Cole, Ace Hood, and G Herbo.

His show became the flagship of the Loudspeakers network and led the way to a podcast revolution. He recently did a special on the life and death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty who passed away under suspicious circumstances in August of 2012. The special was called “Mogul” and took into account the life of Chris Lighty leading up to his final days.

Ossé’s history as an attorney and executive created an atmosphere where his interviews were open and honest and the listener would always leave with more insight with regards to whomever he was speaking with.

The news of Ossé’s passing has sent shockwaves through the internet.

 

-Precise

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Tyler The Creator performs for NPR’s Tiny Desk series and its DOPE

Tyler The Creator has been having a stellar year. His Grammy-nominated Album Flower Boy has launched him into a new space. The always eccentric and creative Tyler approached this Tiny Desk with a bit more creativity than most. Pun intended.

-Precise

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Jaz O and Jay Z dead their beef

Jay Z and his mentor Jaz O have reunited after years of feuding. Jay Z’s 4:44 tour made its way to Chicago’s United Center and the historic moment was captured backstage. Jaz O, NO ID and Jay Z stand side by side fully aware of the moment that they were creating.

Jaz O rose to prominence in the 90’s when he released a song called “The Originators” featuring a young Jay Z. Both artists collaborated on early Jay Z releases.

The legendary feud between them started when Jaz O decided not to sign with Roc-A –Fella. Rumors of Jaz O assisting Nas during the battle he had with Jay Z swirled around for a bit and added to the bad blood between mentor and protégée. After many years of back and forth diss songs and their careers going in different directions it would make sense that this beef would continue way into the future. However; as with most things in life time heals all wounds.

This reunion is significant because of what it means for the culture. Arguably we can say without Jaz O there would be no Jay Z. If this was the case hip hop and rap music would not be what we know today.

-Precise

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Jay Z leads 2018 Grammy nominations SZA shines

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The 2018 Grammy Nominees have been revealed. Jay Z has 8 nominations and leads the pack. Jay Z has been nominated for record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best rap album. NO ID producer of Jay z’s album 4:44 received 5 nominations. R&B phenom SZA is the most nominated woman this year with 5 nominations.  Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino also has five nominations, all of these nominations come from an album that was released in late 2016. The Cardi B campaign continues to blaze a trail as she caps off the year with receiving a “Best Rap Song” nomination for “Bodak Yellow” 2017 has proven to be an exceptional year for music and this years nominations are diverse. Check out a portion of the list below.

Record Of The Year

• Redbone

     Childish Gambino

• Despacito

• The Story Of O.J.

     JAY-Z

• HUMBLE.

     Kendrick Lamar

• 24K Magic

     Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year

• “Awaken, My Love!”

     Childish Gambino

• 4:44

     JAY-Z

    • DAMN.

     Kendrick Lamar

  • Melodrama

     Lorde

• 24K Magic

     Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year

• Despacito

    • 4:44

JAY-Z

• Issues

   Julia Michaels

• 1-800-273-8255

Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid

• That’s What I Like

Bruno Mars

Best New Artist

• Alessia Cara

• Khalid

• Lil Uzi Vert

• Julia Michaels

• SZA

Best R&B Performance

• Get You

     Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis

• Distraction

     Kehlani

• High

     Ledisi

• That’s What I Like

     Bruno Mars

• The Weekend

     SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance

• Laugh And Move On

     The Baylor Project

• Redbone

     Childish Gambino

• What I’m Feelin’

     Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones

• All The Way

     Ledisi

• Still

     Mali Music

Best R&B Song

• First Began

     PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

• Location

     Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

• Redbone

     Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

• Supermodel

     Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)

• That’s What I Like

     Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

• Free 6LACK

     6LACK

• “Awaken, My Love!”

     Childish Gambino

• American Teen

     Khalid

• Ctrl

     SZA

• Starboy

     The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

• Freudian

     Daniel Caesar

• Let Love Rule

     Ledisi

• 24K Magic

     Bruno Mars

• Gumbo

     PJ Morton

• Feel The Real

     Musiq Soulchild

Best Rap Performance

• Bounce Back

     Big Sean

• Bodak Yellow

     Cardi B

• 4:44

     JAY-Z

• HUMBLE.

     Kendrick Lamar

• Bad And Boujee

     Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance

• PRBLMS

     6LACK

• Crew

     Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

• Family Feud

     JAY-Z Featuring Beyoncé

• LOYALTY.

     Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

• Love Galore

     SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

• Bodak Yellow

     Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)

• Chase Me

     Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)

• HUMBLE.

     K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

• Sassy

     E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)

• The Story Of O.J.

     Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

Best Rap Album

• 4:44

     JAY-Z

• DAMN.

     Kendrick Lamar

• Culture

     Migos

• Laila’s Wisdom

     Rapsody

• Flower Boy

     Tyler, The Creator

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G Herbo holds listening session for ‘Humble Beast’ at CRC Studios

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Chicago rapper G Herbo recently dropped his project “Humble Beast”. During a listening session at CRC studios G Herbo discussed the project and how his purpose is to help change the lives of the youth.

Under the tutelage of the legendary rapper Mikkey Halsted, Herbo has matured into a great story teller with a great level of intensity. The lead single “Everything”  is a high energy song that covers a wide array of , well everything. The album version features Lil Uzi Vert.

G Herbo is the voice of the youth and it’s going to be exciting to see his career grow.

Check out a few pictures from the listening session below.

 

 

-Precise

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Colorism didn’t start with Kodak Black or Amber Rose’s light skin tears 

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Kodak Black needs a PR rep and media training immediately. He is still at the stage in his life where he thinks not having a filter is cool. He hasn’t grasped the concept of speaking your mind without offending others. Kodak has had his share of run-ins with the law and was just recently released from jail. I guess now that he is free he has decided to say what he wants. 
Social media has a way of giving you the illusion that you can say what you want. For example, about a week ago someone asked Kodak on his Instagram live what he thought about KeKe Palmer. “Keke Palmer, she straight, I’d bag her, but I don’t really like black girls like that, sorta kinda.” Kodak said. 

Of course Kodak got destroyed on Twitter and because he was being attacked he went back to social media to clarify his stance right before he deleted his instagram “I love Black African American women its just not my forte to deal with a “darskin” woman I prefer them to have a lighter complexion than me #MyPreference #F**kYou,” I’m sure that worked exactly how he wanted to, but just to make sure while he was at a basketball game and some publication gave him another opportunity to make things right he says “If [a man] can say he like skinny women, if he prefers skinny women more than a chubby or heavy-set woman, he can say that and nobody will get mad at him,” he said. “I can say that I don’t like women with my complexion, I like light skin women, I want you to be lighter than me. I love African-American women, but I don’t like my skin complexion.” 
Then he says “We too gutter. Black people, my complexion, we too gutter,” he said. “Light skin women, they’re more sensitive. [Dark skin women], they too tough. Light skin women, we can break ‘em down more easy.” 

Instagram – @amberrose

 

Now the founder of “The Slut Walk” Amber Rose is all hurt because she was so pretty and light skin when she was younger that it ruined her life and we should all come together as one color and sing bad and bougie in unison. 
In all truth, I don’t have any opinion on how Kodak Black or how Amber Rose feels. I have more of an opinion on what makes them feel the way that they do. I take issue with people acting like all of this is brand new. Ummmm…we live in America, where according to the Guardian and data collected for The Counted, Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year. This is the same country where Bill Maher’s mention of the word House Nigger stirs up controversy because he used the word Nigger, but let’s be real if Bill was black he’d be light skin and probably would be a House Nigger and he would be happy about it. 

This is the same country where certain Black Greek organizations would used what is called the brown paper bag test to determine who their members would be. 
You can scan social media on any given day and see someone being accused of being light skin meaning acting weak, or shady, or whatever definition fits at the moment. Those same platforms may say some one is acting dark skin meaning being aggressive, tough and mean. It’s all just jokes until a celebrity says it then everybody is all up in arms. 
Colorism did not start with Kodak Black. He is a victim of it. So much so that he doesn’t even realize how he is perpetuating self hate by sharing a preference for a skin tone based on how he thinks someone with a darker skin tone acts. 
Miss me with the fake outrage about what Kodak said and let’s deal with how racism how clearly made us so sick that we don’t even love ourselves and the skin that we are in properly. 
There has been a race of people in this world who have conquered, colonized, raped and pillaged and they would pass the brown paper bag test with flying colors. So who is really gutta?

It’s time we deal with this head on. And in the words of Posdanus from De La Soul “I know this so I point at Q-Tip and he states Black is Black.” 
-Precise

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Juneteenth is the 4th of July for Black People

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Juneteenth is the celebration of enslaved people learning they were free from slavery two years after everybody else learned about it. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was given in 1863 and it took 2 years for federal soldiers to go from plantation to plantation and make everyone aware.
Juneteenth is still not recognized as an official holiday in the United States. My assumption is that any recognition of this would call America to task when it comes to the treatment of Black people in this country.
The recognition of this holiday means even more in such divisive times with such a racially charged climate. Regardless of this climate it should always be noted and acknowledged that we should never forget the atrocities of slavery and how the world benefited while Black people didn’t.

Juneteenth should be celebrated as the 4th of July. It should be recognized as a national holiday and continue to spark a dialogue that will lead to change and equality in this country.

Check out a few pics from the 5th annual Juneteenth celebration at Culture Connection in Chicago hosted by theblackmall.com

-Precise

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