Some new, new from Blue Scholars.

I’m yelling “Freedom” since my tribe decapitated Magellan / And sent him back to his country with his body beheaded / Never made it ‘round the world but they still give him credit


Anna Karina is distinct for making eye contact with you as you watch her in a film acting as a character who is aware that she is acting in a film. No big deal in movies nowadays, but in the pre-postmodern 1960s, it was some crazy shit. A powerful act made from a powerless situation. On one hand, she breaks down the biggest wall in her art form and demands you to acknowledge her. On the other hand, her every movement is dictated by a director and his demands. In Anna’s case, Jean-Luc Godard, whose films I gained an appreciation for through the young homie Matt Jay.

We met Matt when he was in high school in Portland and kept in touch while he was studying film in NYC. It was after he wrote about some Godard film on his blog that I saw Vivre Sa Vie, which was the film that replayed most in my head when I wrote Anna Karina. So it only made sense that Matt, the guy who hipped me to Anna Karina, be the one to direct the video for the song Anna Karina, inspired by Anna Karina herself, and shot masterfully in a single take at the Ace Hotel (New York).

get Blue Scholars “Cinemetropolis” album here.

(via beatrockmusic)

Ok, it’s like this: the guy in the red tie wants to stab you in the front; the guy in the blue tie wants to stab you in the back. — Presidential debate tweet from Prometheus Brown aka Geo of Blue Scholars
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The Bar + The Cure = The Truth.

This is beyond words, really. <3 DJ PHATRICK <3


Bambu ft. Prometheus Brown - “Slow Down” (Phatty’s Blonde Bangs Edit)

Bambu: “This remix (or mash-up, depending on how old you are) to Slow Down is one of my favorites. I hate the cover, but as much shit as I give DJ Phatrick, it’s pretty tame what he did with the opportunity to ridicule me. Download/listen HERE to this if you’ve never heard it. SLOW DOWN!”

don’t lie, bam. you approved the artwork!

Oooh weee!! This is SO FRESH!!

TitleSlow Down (Phatty's Blonde Bangs Edit)

I know I’ve posted this video a bunch of times already, but every time I feel myself getting overwhelmed with the work that needs to be done, especially within the framework of community organizing, I can always turn to this song to put things back into perspective. There’s no rest for the weary y’all…

The colonizer came with the Cross and the Sword
I threw the first spear and said, “I declare war”
I’m a battle scar wearin’, heir apparent
Descendent of a long lineage of proletariat and peasants
So check the work ethic and the name
The lessons might change, but the essence of the message is the same

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Native Guns - “Agitation Propaganda” Ft. Prometheus Brown

“When the soldier has a pen and the student has a gun / then a movement has begun.”

ArtistNative Guns
TitleAgitation Propaganda feat. Geologic
AlbumStray Bullets Mixtape Vol. 2

This isn’t your typical hip hop love song, which is probably why it’s one of my favs.

And I love how you don’t like art without a message
I love it how you call some fellas on their fetish
3rd World sista, never sacrificing substance for style
but stylish with a golden type smile
I love it how you organize with other strong sistas
love it how you talk about tearin’ down the system
like a soldier…my dialectical reflection
“Yes” is the answer to your question…


Just because it’s already March doesn’t mean that we still can’t talk about last year, right? Anyway, I’m lagging as always, but for my new readers/followers, I do this “favorite albums” thing on an annual basis. Also, I don’t know if I just took more time to search for new music in 2011, but out of all the years, this was definitely the toughest list to decide on (even with the Honorable Mention section). As usual, there’s a lot of hip hop, but the top choices are from a different genre.

1. Jeff Bernat - The Gentleman Approach
The closest thing I can come to describing this album is saying that it reminds me of 90’s R&B. The brotha is just smoove widdit (see previous post).
Favorite Tracks: Just Vibe, Ms. Seductive

2. Adele - 21
Even though this album came out in the beginning of the year, I didn’t get my hands on it until the last few months of 2011 (I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that this was actually the first time that I really listened to any of her music). That woman can sing!!
Favorite Tracks: Someone Like You (I know…it’s played out), He Won’t Go

3. J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
A lot of my homies have been J. Cole fans for awhile now, but this is another artist I slept on. I’m pretty selective with the hip hop content I listen to and this album doesn’t really fit the mold, but I found myself bumpin’ this…a lot.
Favorite Tracks: Sideline Story, Lost Ones

4. Blue Scholars - Cinemetropolis
This was a much different sound from their previous albums. Although I was feelin’ the lyrics, this album gave me a newfound respect for Sabzi (the DJ/producer) — he’s definitely one of the most versatile beat makers out there.
Favorite Tracks: Marion Sunshine, Yuri Kochiyama

5. Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
Upon my very first listen, I wanted to delete this album from my iPod. I was extremely disappointed with it and thought it was so watered down and tried too hard to have mainstream appeal, but considering his previous track record, I gave Lupe the benefit of the doubt. I still think a lot of the hooks are really lame and cheesy, but this album really grew on me and was actually one of my top contenders for most of the year. The lyrical content was still on point, which is ultimately what matters most to me.
Favorite Tracks: Words I Never Said, 'Til I Get There

6. Murs - Love & Rockets, Vol. 1: The Transformation
I’ve said it many, many times before, but Murs is one of my favorite MCs and I think this just might be his best album to date.
Favorite Tracks: Eazy E, Animal Style

7. Mayer Hawthorne - How Do You Do
What can I say? The dude is just smoove with it. I’m diggin’ this more than his first album too.
Favorite Tracks: Get to Know You, Dreaming

8. Prometheus Brown & Bambu - Walk Into A Bar
Two of my favorite MCs, Prometheus Brown (aka Geo of Blue Scholars) and Bambu (formerly of Native Guns) doing a collabo project together?! Yooo…I damn sure couldn’t sleep on this one! Yet another solid release from the Beatrock Music label.
Favorite Tracks: Nowhere, National Treasure

9. Phonte - Charity Starts at Home
Kind of like with the Lupe Fiasco album, this one really took some time to grow on me. I thought it was just aight at first, but was actually a little disappointed. I think he’s one of the dopest and wittiest rappers in the game right now, which is why I had really high expectations that weren’t immediately met. I’ve been bumping this a lot and the dude really touches on some good subjects while still having an original flow. This will be in heavy rotation for a long time to come.
Favorite Tracks: The Good Fight, Sendin’ My Love

10. Childish Gambino - Camp
This is probably the most “commercial” sounding album on my list. It’s similar to the J. Cole album in the sense that I might disagree with a lot of the content, but I’m still feelin’ it (see previous post).
Favorite Tracks: Outside, Hold You Down

HONORABLE MENTION (in no particular order):
1. The Roots - Undun: I have a strong feeling that this one will grow on me a lot over time, especially considering that it’s a concept album.
2. Krystle Tugadi - Time EP
3. Dumbfoundead - DFD
4. re:plus - Ordinary Landscape: Shout out to my FlowEthics fam for their Japan to CA collabo!!
5. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
6. Zee Avi - Ghostbird
7. Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming
8. Mikey Manifest - Collection Fifteen
9. Stic.Man - The Workout
10. Digital Martyrs Remix Beatrock

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne: I had really high expectations for this one but was pretty let down. I’m not saying it was a horrible album, I just wasn’t feeling it as much as I thought I would.


VIDEO: Prometheus Brown & Bambu (The Bar) - “Lookin’ Up”

Word up…two of my favorite MCs, Bambu and Prometheus Brown (aka Geo from Blue Scholars) on the same track. If you haven’t done it already, make sure to cop the collabo project they dropped on the Beatrock Music label last year.

I’m from a place where the system’s still feudal and the masses still colonized
landlords, light skin, stabbin’ (??) with their colored eyes
wonder why the goods ain’t no good, so we import
things we can make our damn selves, and we export

flesh bone, sista tryna make it home paid
while my privilege let me look at my plate and complain
hit a stage, get treated like I’m better than a fan
when a fan is for real, I just get in where I can