Bloomberg‘s foot soldiers once again showing their collective asses.
What was, at first, a peaceful event for Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock’s Monumental album release, ultimately malformed into a display of grotesque ignorance and tactlessness by the most heavily-armed gang in the city, the boys in blue (and no, I definitely am not talking about any Crips). Apparently, a single altercation OUTSIDE of the venue brought on the rushing gaggles of soldiers and pepper spray fog cover. Mind you, it was the evening of the 3rd to last day of the month – the answer to all of this nonsense is not as confusing as how that just read (think about how else they’d reach those end of the month quotas). Nothing new here, just further documentation on the fact that New York’s Finest simply practice anti-concern, intolerance, and brute force – no questions asked.
Now I have a question. Since when has a public event (even if teetering on becoming a so-called situation) reaped any peace-restoring benefits from police intervention? Maybe in a small domestic dispute between a couple, or the chance petty-theft-turned-1-block-chase scenario, but in community-type instances, the NYPD‘s patented style of flexing their menace (read: crowd control) has only quickened the climb from stability to red button magnitudes (read: non-civility). Perhaps greeting the people, whom you’ve sworn to serve and protect, with swinging nightsticks and hands on holstered firearms just isn’t the best way to start a conversation on defusing any loom-heavy tensions. Pardon me, I forgot about the Mace and Tasers.
That just shows exactly how these droids are (mis-)wired. By now, any half-awake 10-year-old knows that the image of an officer putting in effort to relate to the common citizen is simply some press conference podium hype, tell me, a born and bred New Yorker of 30 years, otherwise.
Coincidentally, I just found out that Mace was originally manufactured by Lake Erie Chemical (as “Chemical Mace”), an underling of Smith & Wesson (the New England-based arms maker). Ain’t that some shit?
Thankfully, the rumors of Pete Rock’s wife and daughter being harmed in the midst of the chaos were false. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about many other people and their friends and loved ones.
Once Upon A Time In New York: The Birth of Hip-Hop, Disco, and Punk is a BBC documentary covering the music scenes that came out of the Apple in the 1970’s. The footage also goes into detail about the rampant drug culture (and it’s effects), and the issues with poverty and crime the city and it’s inhabitants were facing. Interviews include Richard Hell, Chris Stein (Blondie), David Johansen, Fab 5 Freddy, Patti Smith, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Chuck D, Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa.
Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock not only drop their new effort Monumental today, but new visuals for “That’s Hard” featuring Styles P and Sean Price are in too. And if you’re in or around the Apple check the trio tonight at Tammany Hall (152 Orchard St.) for the album’s release party, entrance is free with a RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org — check the official flyer.
Laid back, yet heavy, Kool G Rap joint off of the War Music mixtape/comp by Ceasar & PStarr. This is what should happen when you give a pretty-picture beat to, well, the hardest rapper ever…there works a nifty little contrast.
Kool G Rap “I Am” (Produced by Ceasar & PStarr)
We posted the video to the Styles P joint off of this album, last week.
New heater featuring Raekwon, Kurupt, and Kojoe from The Academy compilation LP, a “bi-coastal merging of the minds that provides an undeniable unity long since forgotten amidst the landscape of popularized feuds, beefs, and unfounded media hypes.” The comp, on which Kurupt is executive producer, will feature over 55 MC’s from all over…peep the line-up:
Jadakiss, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Royce Da 5’9”, Redman, Styles P, Crooked I, Sean Price, Method Man, Canibus, LA the Darkman, Keith Murray, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, K-Solo, LA The Darkman, Billy Danze (M.O.P.), Pack FM, Pete Rock, Keith Murray, Chino XL and many more all backed by the breakthrough soundscapes of Terminal 3 Productions (who previously oversaw projects from (“Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture”, “The Four Horsemen” and “The Undergods”).
The Academy “Samaryda” (feat. Kurupt, Raekwon & Kojoe, Produced by Marlon Price & JP Beats of Terminal 3)
Woo! Some Philly murderation. Jakk Frost throws the visual brick at his Throwbakk Jakk Pt. 2 collaboration over Jeru‘s “D. Original” (one of my favorite Primo beats in life). It features two of my favorite 2 Raw For Da Streets alumni, Kre Forch and Chic Raw. For the good lot of you who probably need more intel on the two guest MC’s, they were about to go under Beans‘ wing as the new (Junior) State Property, as he announced on BET’s Rap City in ’04, but as the story went on, legal issues and industry politics acted as a huge monkey wrench in the flow of that plan.
I’m tellin’ you, before I discovered Detroit’s ridiculously deep talent pool, Philly was at the top of my list for most consistent producer of hard spitters since the turn of the century. I’m glad to see some of the top gunners still at it, regardless of industry trickery.
Beanie Sigel speaks with Green Lantern and Boss Lady about the new mixtape with Green, a sequel to 2004’s Public Enemy #1, his decision to fall back from music, Jay-Z giving him the opportunity to rock, and then some.
Very much anticipating a wrecking ball slammer of a mixtape.