December 28, 2011

Friend and contributor @TastyKeish needs our help.

Earlier today I created a Chipin fundraiser page for a good friend of
My good friend and co-host of "A Monthly Bondfire" lost a valuable tool last night. Someone walked off with her MacBook shortly after our event at BPC. 
Needless to say that it's not a good look to lose an item beyond the cost to replace it, the data contained was invaluable. She just did a two week tour of the west coast so you can imagine the amount of footage, interviews and photographs that were lost. 
TastyKeish is a self employed individual. The majority of her living income comes from the use of her personal computer; voice overs, journalism, etc...
I've set the price to $2,400 to cover the cost of the MacBook, taxes and AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro. Bare in mind she is still paying for the laptop that was stolen.
All funds go directly to TastyKeish. I'm asking for help so that she may be able to replace her comp before the new year rolls in. All help is appreciated. You will be blessed for your contribution.
          P.S. Chipin uses Paypal. 
          1. You do not have to have a Paypal account to make a contribution.
Thanks again for your support. TastyKeish most definitely is great contributor of much time and effort to help create opportunities for artists in our NYC community as well creating awareness about pressing issues that are important to us all. This year alone TastyKeish has personally funded numerous projects for artists, helped raise funds for Japan Society and Haitian relief and daily lends knowledge, motivates and entertains her online network of followers and fans. Please help me give back to her. Thank you.

December 20, 2011

A Monthly Bondfire featuring "Chaz Van Queen" December 27th

Hosted by The Bronx Über Villain & TastyKeish

Music: DJ Boosh Wheelz
Guest Performer: Chaz Vaz Queen

Door Opens at 10PM
$5 Before 10:30PM $10 After (THERE IS NO GUEST LIST)
Mic Open sign-up begins… 10PM (15 slots available. No calls, no tweets, no signing up for anyone but you…)

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December 14, 2011

FILM THE POLICE - B. Dolan feat. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace, Sage Francis

B. DOLAN’s “FILM THE POLICE” pays tribute to N.W.A.’s infamous “F*ck the Police,” serving as a call to action for the digitized media movement while responding to the recent explosion of police brutality all across the world.

This free MP3, courtesy of STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS, features a reconstruction of Dr. Dre’s original beat, brilliantly reanimated by UK producer BUDDY PEACE. Label CEO, SAGE FRANCIS, opens the song by picking up the gavel where Dr. Dre left it 23 years ago, introducing a blistering, true-to-style flip of Ice Cube’s original verse by SFR cornerstone, B. Dolan. TOKI WRIGHT (Rhymesayers Entertainment) follows up by stepping into the shoes of MC Ren, penning the people’s struggle against cops as a case of “Goliath Vs. a bigger giant.” Finally, Jasiri X (Pittsburgh rapper/activist) rounds out the track by filling in for Eazy-E, reminding us that police brutality disproportionately affects poor people of color.

With the Occupy Movement bringing various forms of injustice to the forefront of people’s consciousness, “Film the Police” is a reminder that cops have been a continued and increasingly militarized presence in public streets. Thanks to the widespread use of smartphones and video cameras, along with the popularity of social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, the power of the media has been put back into the people’s hands as they document the injustices perpetrated by those who have sworn to serve and protect them.

The lyrics are available at:

This video was directed by Mason Johnson (Klepticenter Productions) and edited by Weston Woodbury.

“Film the Police” will be included on B. DOLAN and BUDDY PEACE’s “HOUSE OF BEES VOL. II” mixtape at


Yaasin Bey & The Brooklyn Philharmonic

Download link: ttp://

December 13, 2011

Homeboy Sandman - New York Nights - Prod. by DFM (Stones Throw)

"New York Nights" will lead off the forthcoming Stones Throw/Serato collaboration, and his debut Stones Throw EP will be released in late January 2012. 

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yU - Talks About His Album "The EARN"

yU discusses his new album The EARN, music, life, and more in this short video directed by Heron Gibran.
Available Now @
CD Available @

December 2, 2011

Raekwon feat MOP and Kool G Rap - Ill Figures (Clean)

So.... What you think about this one? Uh, sorry about the clean version.

December 1, 2011

Odd Future Unreleased Volume 3

November 26, 2011

Lupe Fiasco: Friend Of The People Mixtape

Looks like Lupe's returned from his Lazer space... 

Lupe Fiasco - Friend Of The People - Mixtape - Lupe Back Download Here

November 22, 2011

Kendrick Lamar Ft Busta Rhymes - Rigamortis (Remix)

Should have Bustah left it alone?

Charles Hamilton returns? "Happy 9th Birthday"

Can't call it. Don't know what to say. Seriously, you have to listen for yourselves. Perhaps he and Lil B should do a project together? I really wonder how 9th feels about this record. Think 9th is a part of this?

yU Debuts The EARN's Lead Single & Talks Musical Progression

The Song: "If U Down" starts with the question what's going on? yU then reveals the struggle and march of life he's been living through. With a keen eye yU comments upon Uncle Sam's destructive forces, prayer, honest living, and asking people who are down if they want to get up. The musical backdrop is laid by yU's 1978er collaborator SlimKat78 who uses piano keys to pull a rainy heartstrings while the drums drive the beat forward into a fruitful blossoming of chorus "Hearts frozen, why do we be on that cold sh*t, We used to be cultured, influenced by the vultures they've been scoping, analyzing with a motive Its.. like we've been tied up with an invisible rope and Them jails open, they get paid when they put month in-side, kinda currupt.. Its time for us to just expose them Its wild, especially when ur skintone's brown, but right now we boutta turn it around U wit me? Hit me if u down.."

@DREMURMUSIC - Maybe Ima Prophet (feat @topdollagoit)

November 21, 2011

NSFW: "TMZ Too Many Zeros" Master P Mixtape - No Limit Records

A little bit confused, but the last time we checked Master P was spear heading a campaign against artists that make music that's detrimental to the youth and the community. Lil Romeo was finishing up college and reaching out to make the world a better place. Come to find out he spent that Nick money to cop bricks. Well he said it, not us. Maybe we're being too judgmental. Download the new mixtape and you tell us what you think about it?

Download Link:

November 15, 2011

@iamthegif - If They Only Knew (Free Download)

November 14, 2011

Lil B - BasedGod Velli

Just when you thought he'd run out of fuel, Lil B is back with more stream of conscious audio notes for his BASED congregation. Is this any different than the last few releases he's put forth. Surely the image and title alone offend many. Perhaps he knows this and it's exactly why he continues to do it. You be the judge of that.

September 27, 2011

Koncept & Tranzformer "High"

Koncept is actually pretty smooth on this track produced by Tranzformer. A different approach from the expected 'back packer' boasts we've become accustomed to from a multitude of underground Hiphop artists. Music to get you high off the vibe not the special brownies.

September 26, 2011

Von Pea: Thanks For Your Children Featuring Elucid

Ghetto Mentality: An Essay By @iamthegif

Black people in America have long been vilified by the white population of this country. To justify slavery they depicted us as subhuman, uncivilized savages that threatened to rape their women, among other things. We needed to be “civilized” by good Christian white folks to progress from our intrinsically animal like ways. The perceived innate savagery of the black being is cause for black law offenders often being punished 3 times harder than white offenders guilty of the same crimes.

There is a disproportionate amount of black Americans residing in poverty; in ghettos. This stems from bans on education of slaves that prohibited many blacks from becoming literate, government sanctioned exclusion from the most prosperous professions, red-lining which denied black people access to living in certain communities based on their color, and inferior schooling among other factors. This informs the white American consensus that if you’re black, you’re assumed to be from the ghetto, unless they’re otherwise informed.

The ghettos across America, by and large, are considered the respective hearts of black America and where authentic blackness resides. Is it coincidental that the ghetto is also the place well known as the realm of the uneducated, consequently ignorant, and the often belligerent? The ghetto is a place whose inhabitants are used to reinforce prior theories of black inferiority, inhumanity, savagery, hyper-violence, hyper-sexuality, and criminality. We're said to love joblessness and welfare. We're said to love ignorance and crime. Those who don’t fit into that picture are considered the exception and not the rule.

We invited the transformation of racism. Color doesn’t dictate the guidelines of racial exclusion in America. Employers are now free to discriminate on black Americans by things like their name and geographic location. When we speak of the “ghetto mentality” in regards to it being undesirable, we must also recognize the fact that we are also painting the people of the ghetto as undesirable, as this is the alleged mind-state of ghetto inhabitants. We have people in the ghetto that don’t consider themselves to be ghetto so they feel excluded from the connotation that the term carries.

One day, I was riding the bus and I heard a brother behind me tell a girl “You know what I like most about you? You don’t have that ghetto mentality. I mean you let it come out of you when you need it to but…” For some reason it made me cringe at the sound of it. When the bus reached their stop and they departed I looked around where they were exiting the bus and low and behold it was what most would consider being the ghetto. Maybe they didn’t live there, maybe they were visiting. I don’t know. Just to entertain the idea that they were residents of that area made his statements seem so counterproductive to me. I couldn’t help but to feel in uttering those words he hoped to express the sentiment that she, like he weren’t like “those people” where they come from, that they were better. It’s alright for them to entertain that idea because they can differentiate but not everyone else does or can.

In demonizing the ghetto we demonizing ourselves regardless of whether of we feel a part of its prevailing culture or not. When police enter our communities with negative attitudes about who we are we all fall subject and victim to their treatment. When jobs use their preconceived notions about where we come from and reside to discriminate in their employment practices we all fall victim to it.

As black Americans we’re conditioned to aspire to progress out of the ghetto and away from the “ghetto mentality”. The progress of which we aspire is measured in proximity to whiteness. It was long ago established that the black man needed to be “civilized”, which meant indoctrinated into white culture, in order to gain acceptance which is what many blacks in America view as progress. Not much has changed.

To white America, a criminal is typically considered to be a bad person. White Americans aren’t viewed as or view themselves as bad people so the terms crime and criminal don’t speak to who they are as a people. Black Americans have been demonized to the extent that crime and criminal speak to who we are as a people. Blackness and criminality are synonymous. White America doesn’t know what it means to be black beyond their preconceived notions of what it means to be ghetto; both are synonymous with being criminal.

Black Americans have fallen under the illusion that when white people use terms such as “ghetto” & “nigger” they’re speaking to a particular kind of black people and not black people holistically. This has led to us adopting those terms in order to create a division amongst ourselves between the good and the bad. In a society that has been conditioned to believe that if you’re black you’re inherently bad and to become good you must progress out of blackness, we say “I’m black but I’m not ‘ghetto’” and “I’m black but I’m not a ‘nigger’”, terms that we believe embody what white people view as bad about black people and not black people in general but are and acceptance of those terms in any regard as a description of any kind of blackness reinforces their belief.

White America doesn’t differentiate because it doesn’t know how to. No officer shouts “Stop! Show me your degrees or I’ll shoot. Stop! Let me hear if you say ‘I am not’ as opposed to ‘I ain’t’ or I’ll shoot.” As John Henry Gates Jr. learned, outside of those lines there’s no separation of who is black and who is ghetto or who is black and who is a nigger. Outside of those lines we are all the same, black, which problematically carries the connotation of criminal. Largely at this stage of the game we have ourselves to blame because we continue to reinforce the idea that black does equal criminal but by compartmentalizing it into different categories of blackness that only we can differentiate between.

When incidents of police brutality occur, such as the one that took place at the recent Smif-N-Wessun & Pete Rock concert, it usually results in no action, no movement, no one is held accountable. This is the result of fragmented resistance. There are those of us that are outraged by it and there are those of us that think what happened, happened because the people it happened to don’t talk, act, or dress the right way. The incident isn’t considered to be something that happened to “us” but something that happened to “them”, the ghetto people and the niggas.

On many occasions after the unjustified murder of one unarmed black man or another, Sean Bell, Timothy Stansberry, Oscar Grant, I’d express my outrage to older blacks that would say “Yeah that’s terrible, but these young guys be out here on these street corners with their pants hanging off of their ass saying nigga this and nigga that. Maybe if they get their ass off the street things like this wouldn’t happen to them.” Their sentiment is that it’s somehow something self-inflicted. It’s easy to write-off the opinions of an old fuddy duddy when you don’t recognize the fact that young blacks in America have no political power. Those old fuddy duddies in the black community are who the little politicians we have lobbying on our behalf listen to. Until we’re able to organize and mobilize to gain our own political power, what they think matters.

I’m fond of a psychological concept developed by Charles Horton Cooley called the looking -glass self. The looking-glass self is based around the idea that you are what you see people in your society believe you to be. We consider ourselves smart based on how the people around us measure intellectual capacity. We view ourselves as good or bad based on how the people around us determine such things. Once we’re labeled we tend to act in manners that run consistent with our labels. In casting the “ghetto mentality” as something negative, we label the people of the ghetto as negative and some tend to act accordingly. If we want to really change the “ghetto mentality” we must first change the perception of what it means to be ghetto, in doing so we change the actions that run consistent with the label and the people that identify with it.

In the ghetto I see people that have jobs some people that don’t, people that have finished school, some people that haven’t, people that have class, some people that don’t. The definition of ghetto has been allowed to be defined by those who don’t as those who have sought to exalt themselves above those who don’t. As a people our self-esteem in connection with our intrinsic self has taken such a beating and is so low we constantly seek out means of getting a boost just to remain stable. The educated get their self-esteem boost in looking down on the uneducated. The employed get their boost in looking down on the unemployed; those that have neither or get their boost through their sexual prowess or fighting ability and the like. You can call it positive reinforcement.

This manifestation of inferiority has become divisive and destructive to us as a people. We don’t seek to elevate each other; we seek to be elevated over one another. Psychologically we’ve been so mind-fucked and blinded by the illusion of equality that we don’t see the damage in behaving like crabs in a bucket. Pride shouldn’t be taken from the ability to rise higher than the lowest. Pride should be taken in an ability to rise higher than the highest. Our inability to rise higher than the highest is what drives our need to take pride in rising higher than the lowest which results in being content with where we are. We don’t drive ourselves to rise higher than the highest because we’ve accepted the idea that we can’t raise that high. The use of terms like “ghetto” and “nigga” when spoken in self-loathing and derogatory manners to describe other groups of black people allow us to be content with being “better” than what we perceive to be the worst which kills our drive to go any higher.

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August 3, 2011

REL - "Public Transit"

Amid protest and outrage, what are quickly becoming non-isolated incidents of Police brutality continue to impact the Bay Area community. In January, Oscar Grant, unarmed, was shot to death by BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle, and just last month another unarmed victim, Ernesto Duenez, Jr. was fatally shot. Others, names including James Rivera and Rita Elias, have suffered a similar fate at the hands - and weapons - of Bay Police while utilizing the city's public transportation.

As the unprovoked violence continues, so do the protests, and musicians, no strangers to speaking against injustice over the years, have started to lend their voices and visuals to the cause. REL, the instrumentalist and producer also known for his work as one-fourth of the Drums & Ammo collective, has joined those voices with "Public Transit," the latest single and video from his forthcoming experimental instrumental album, On My Way.

"The song and video were made to express the feelings of confusion, hurt, and anger in our community as a result of three Police officer-involved shootings that have taken place on Bay Area public transit lines, " explains REL, who self-directed the video shot the footage video using his iPhone while riding the BART. He later added civilian-captured clips of the recent murders, bringing the video a sense of power and urgency. "The hardest part," explains REL, "was being able to get across all of these emotions without any words at all."

August 2, 2011

Chuck D "Notice - Know This ( Like Otis)"

Chuck D chimes in on the recent "Otis" track by Jay-ZWest & Kanye from their forthcoming project.

This is a polite respect call to the troops , to continue to inspire but reflect the people better. OTIS Redding was a humble country man from Macon Georgia who bought a jet to work in, not flash. He perished in that plane. Heres to hoping that the J & K supergroup can elevate the masses and try a little bit more to reflect OTIS heart rather than swag, because they're too good to be less.

July 28, 2011

Bronx College Park Community Garden Designated Site For Inaugural Launch Of “Domo Arigato: Japan Appreciation Festival” 2011

Bronx, N.Y. Monday (August 1st, 2011) For many, the borough of the Bronx is recognized as the birthplace of Hiphop as well as the home of the incomparable World Champion New York Yankees. After Saturday August 6th, 2011 you may add proactive supporter of Japan’s ongoing rebuilding effort to the list as College Park Community Garden presents, “Domo Arigato: Japan Appreciation Festival 2011”. A family friendly day featuring dynamic live performances, independent vendors, food and drink with all donations going to the Japan Society.

An eclectic ensemble of New York artists ventured to Tokyo, Japan on a mini tour in November of 2010. An almost surreal experience marked by unforgettable shows, remarkable studio sessions and late night communal dinners; the group was warmly embraced by its new international family, building bonds that will surely last forever. Four short months later, the strongest earthquake in Japanese history hits leaving a catastrophic toll of devastation in its wake. The forthcoming festival commemorates the aforementioned journey. It represents a consciously organized project to help a new family acquired, heal and reconstruct.

“Domo Arigato” will be hosted by the always jovial and witty, TastyKeish of Rise up Radio on WBAI 99.5 FM. A healthy list of both American and Japanese performers (GAIYA of Block 3, Addiction, MeccaGodZilla, MioSOUL, & Raye6 to name a few) headline the afternoon’s event, accompanied by live art from Ignite Designs & John Smalls. This festival affords the possibility of aid to a people in dire need while introducing an energy of positivity to a neighborhood that also requires a ray of light shone upon it. Sponsors like 808 Shirts based in Tampa, FL by contributing limited edition garments, prove the ability to unify for a cause without major corporate sponsorship. When there is a need, the people will assemble and meet that need.

The inaugural festival takes off promptly at 2PM on Saturday, August 6th, (*rain date Sunday, August 7th,) with live performances beginning at 4PM. The festival concludes at 8PM. Admission is a $5.00 donation. Tickets can be ordered online prior to the day of the event. $10 silver donation and $20 gold donation tickets can also be purchased. Silver and gold ticket bearers receive special limited edition items on the day of the concert when they arrive. (*ONLY 25 Gold donation tickets AVAILABLE.)

College Park Community Garden is located at: 1420 College Ave btw 170st and 171st
Bronx, N.Y. 10457

For a full list of activities:

To donate directly to the Japan rebuilding effort visit

July 27, 2011

Itbeslikethatsometimes by @MCElijahBlack

The story of MC Elijah Black during a Summer day in New York City. Follow Elijah as he goes throughout this day encountering love, fear, humor, and random situations which leave us saying, “It bes like that sometimes”.
Plain and simple, Elijah Black is a cool, honest, straight to the point emcee with the soul of a golden era veteran. His tone of delivery is one that most any person being introduced to new underground sounds can vibe with and appreciate. Not abrasive. Won't lull you to sleep.
"Itbeslikethatsometimes" has suitable guest appearances that fit snugly on the LP. An interesting and entertaining glimpse of what a day is like with MC Elijah Black.

Otis For @Daisha_Hunter

oh bother, how do I approach this
on some Louis Vuitton or some Coach shit
White Shadow, Dark Shadows Barnabus ghost ship
blood sucker stuck us with this blue ass hostess
no rest for the weary, clearly a hoes gift
sittin on the dock with ofays, sellin my closes
don't front we all seen the ships comin
only option was, to start runnin or start gunnin
but we ain't never bared arms
i'm told future holds, 40 acre shared farms
so do the right thing, if Jay can sell a pipe dream
well i could sell a pipe self es-steam
Mario Brothers, warp zone to a future fullah clones
wait, i ain't EVEN leave yet, I'mah SLAVE still at home

V-Nasty Responds To Using The N-Word & Haters!

Is this a glimpse of modern day minstrel dynamics?

July 25, 2011

@WiseIntelligent says...F*CK Planking!!!!

F@*CK Planking! Let's start a new trend...READING!!! Take a pic of yourself reading a book and share it! FLOOD TWITTER AND FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 21, 2011

“Clear & Lucid & Natural & Simple.” The Summer's New Hit 'e-book'?

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Thursday (July 21st, 2011) - It’s summer time in the city of New York and while most every music artist is concerned with putting out a ‘hot’ single to compete with the season’s heat or ‘making some noise’ via an oh so cliche ‘buzz’, one in particular has decided to thread so far left, he’s ends up right. iAreConscious currently in the midst of an ‘indefinite musical hiatus’ is releasing a free e-book this week entitled, “Clear & Lucid & Natural & Simple.”.

With a forward written by Bay Area indie Hiphop vet Sum (The Milky Way band front man) that can be heard online from the e-book’s sign up page, (accompanied by an ever growing Facebook Face-pile) it’s apparent that while the content within may be concise and to the point, the method used to promote this work is a bit more elaborate. A little less Zen.

When asked how the idea came about to author this collection of original quotes iAreConscious states, “I was booked as a guest lecturer at NYU recently and realized I had no new product to share with the audience. I needed a calling card. I wanted to introduce them to something other than my music. People still read you know. Never-mind my mother’s been telling me to write a book for years. How could I not listen to my mom?”

“Clear & Lucid & Natural & Simple.” is both a literal and figurative journey of sorts for an artist that remains two steps a head of his audience and four to five steps ahead of his musical peers at all times. Perhaps his break from music with applied focus to writing and sharing ideas in this manner will enhance the power of his tunes whenever he decides to return to recording and performing them. Whatever the case may be, one can not deny the genius of this alternative summer campaign to create awareness. Everyone loves a good “quote”.

Sign up for your free copy of "Clear & Lucid & Natural & Simple." by clicking the following link:

June 29, 2011

Smif N Wessun NYPD Police Brutality

In 2011 this is what we're dealing with. Stop thinking bout raps for a minute and think about what's going on here. What is Hiphop going to do about it?

June 18, 2011

Believe It Or Not - iAreConscious

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The mind of @iAreConscious wanders in and out of space mixing reality with metaphor on this Rick Ross track (Super High) as he delivers his stream of conscious on “Believe It Or Not” the first of a series of “Maytag Music” tracks he’s set to release.

June 14, 2011

Soul Assassins: Alchemist

We spent a day with World famous DJ/producer The Alchemist, who has been part of the Soul Assassins family since the early 90s. From studio to barbershop and everything green and in-between, we roll with Al as he discusses what Soul Assassins means to him and gives a sneak peek of the new Fall 2011 Soul Assassins line. Products will be available in stores and online mid-August 2011.

June 13, 2011

In The Bronx, Breakfast With Family Is Still The Most Important Meal Of The Day


In The Bronx, Breakfast With Family Is Still The Most Important Meal Of The Day

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Monday (June 13th, 2011) There’s nothing cliche about families gathering early on Saturday morning for a hearty pancake breakfast; all you can eat, in fact. The BLK Projek firmly believes in the importance of such events and with the assistance of The Osborne Association, “Flapjacks For Family Day” will become much more than an ambitious idea.

“Flapjacks For Family Day” to be hosted by the lively “TastyKeish” (Rise up Radio - WBAI 99.5 FM) with music provided by DJ T_Elle proves to be a decidedly, fresh and unique approach to fundraising. All proceeds for this days event will be applied to the continued development of Farmer's Markets in various NYC communities, beginning with the Bronx. The BLK Projek’s plan is to feed the people, so that ultimately more can be fed, healthfully.

The Osborne Association is not only making the space in which the event is occurring possible but their student CHEFS will be preparing and serving up the sustenance. As families enjoy their meals and morning entertainment they will be introduced to info regarding the creation of farmer’s markets in the area that their very dollars are helping to make possible.

When healthy eating and ‘being green’ is discussed in relation to New York City, the first place to come to mind unfortunately is not the region of the Bronx. The BLK Projek’s ideology is one of bringing possibilities to fruition. “Flapjacks For Family Day” is a major step in the direction of transforming the borough of the Bronx, beyond constructing new buildings but reconstructing the health of the people that will fill them.

Flapjacks For Family Day Saturday, June 18 · 9:00am - 12:00pm

Meal prices: $5 per person, $12 per family (max 4) *$2 each additional person

Table reservations for large groups available

The Osborne Association is located at 809 Westchester Avenue Bronx, NY


If you'd like more information about Flapjacks For Family Day or to schedule an interview with any of the events participants please contact: we.PRmo via email at or call (347) 932-3066

June 4, 2011

Luminous Dark Alleys: The Insomniac Works - Final Quotes

Brooklyn artist Tah Phrum Duh Bush discusses his book and album "Luminous Dark Alleys: The Insomniac Works" in a very personal interview. Final Quotes is the very end of this interview.

For more information on this project and updates to the release of the rest of this interviews segments, visit

May 26, 2011

Introducing PERFECT 天. An intense sonic journey orchestrated by Ryu Black.

Indie Hiphop meets gamer culture as (artist/producer) MeccaGodzilla unveils alter ego “RYU Black”, protagonist of his current release PERFECT 天 (ten/ heaven); a homage to Capcom’s classic fighting game “Street Fighter II” which recently celebrated it’s 20th year anniversary in March. The “Hip-Hopera” has already been recognized by the Japan Times and numerous publications both on and offline. PERFECT 天 is an ambitious and uniquely dynamic project merging multiple sub-culture circles that are not generally synonymous. PERFECT 天 demands and deserves attention, it is not your ‘typical’ free underground Hiphop release.

A quote from RYU Black:

“While living in Japan, Tokyo opened it’s arms to me with full support. I got to model with Tokyo Street brand Applebum, appear in a few magazines, work with a great producer from the Japanese label Jazzy Sport, and really connect with the Hip Hop scene. Japan is beautiful and I want to give back. I will commit to donating proceeds to Japan for the lifetime of the “PERFECT 天 ” musical, in addition to Haiti and Ovarian Cancer Canada for sure.” – RYU BLACK


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April 19, 2011

Tues. April 26th Navegante & Iyadede LIVE! 10PM

This month we celebrate the ladies of "A Monthly Bondfire",
TastyKeish & Marthalicia!

Together they're putting together an awesome show with special guests and giveaways in addition to our diverse mic open lottery, we have TWO live bands:

...We have the multi-talented and beautiful IyaDede, Afro electric punk pop Goddess from Rwanda and her friends Kiyoshi on drums and Rodman on guitar.

Next up we have our friends from uptown, Jean & Wash of NAVEGANTE!! They're bringing a heart pumping, pulsating mix of Electro Bass Funk downtown to us especially for the occasion. **Note: You may remember Jean from last months Bondfire with illSpokkin as RebelShip**

Special guests and live artists to be announced!

A Monthly Bondfire is brought to you by

Hosted by The Bronx Über Villain & TastyKeish
DJ BooshWheelZ on the 1 & 2’s
Resident Artist : Marthalicia

Nelson " HOST"
Amy Ishida
Mistro Metro
Daniell Mastrion
Gia Gutierrez
Door Opens at 10PM
$5 Before 10:30PM $10 After (THERE IS NO GUEST LIST)
Mic Open sign-up begins… 10PM (15 slots available. No calls, no tweets, no signing up for anyone but you…)

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J*DaVeY - Raincheck

April 14, 2011

Four Seasons - Spring (Movement 1)

A nod to Vivaldi's violin concertos of the same name, Willie Green and Backwoodz Studioz release the first movement of the "Four Seasons" beat tape series. "Spring (Movement 1)" is a 20-minute blend of instrumentals inspired by/perfect for the impending warm weather. A departure from the dialog heavy "Dirty Jordans" and "...Of Heroes & Villains", "Spring" is strictly beats, a great backdrop for stoop sales, barbeques and all the things you can't wait to do when the weather is right.

April 13, 2011

CPR BlendTape Hosted by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown (Erykah Badu)

March 31, 2011

A History Lesson For Chris Brown

6 Foot 7 by iAreConscious

I’m livin for the weekend,
but please don’t call me Ojay,
no way, gettin even with Steven in Bruno Magli’s bloody hallway
Play list All Day, Tamar Kali girl talk, punk and rock...
no, Nicki barbie STOP!
Now this is why I'm hot...
Fur coat in the summer
clear coat when she hummer
Daru he’s a drummer
I are Mr. Drummond, takin care of black kids
got my 10,000 hours of private practice

Most dangerous game
Shadrach, Meshac, I bet he go in flames
I mean Abednego my name
Blacken both of my eyes and my face
white gloves on, are you entertained?
asphyxiate the game, wa wa watch yah boy hang
like his pants, or a needle in his vain
aim high, no air force, no clear port, no fame
just this independent mane,
so Voltron, you know lions have manes?
five zion on the brain
five zion on the brain
five zion on the brain
five zion on the brain

well you can bring the pain
I’ll bring the piece/peace?
just don’t get stained with the markings of the beast
by default us stained with the markings of the street
rest in peace to my folks got capped
orthodontal heat
accidental tourists of the forest
I am Boris Karloff with a sawed off
worth our weight in soul, you can’t afford us
Who you finna beat street been closed
wire hanger flow, Iceberg grim
put uh fire to your hoe
while you so spare tire, I’m re-tired and go!

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