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“I Am Not Your Negro”

Today’s post is all about the Academy Award nominated feature “I Am Not Your Nergo” an impactful film that raises question and puts a pulse on the country. This film captures the revolutionary life of James Baldwin in a way that stirs up uncomfortable but very necessary. “I Am Not Your Negro is in theaters across the country. Please do your self and check out this historic film and as always…

 

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Did you know Africa Looked like this?

Today’s post comes from Nigeria’s superstar artist Davido as he linked up with flourishing 19 year old South African rapper Nasty C on “Coolest Kid In Africa” a trap-influenced track doused with culture. The two artist feed off each others energy, igniting a burst of energy to the listeners that resonates long after the song is over. The representation of the thriving culture in Africa is necessary for American’s to see, being blinded by media for years with false representation of the motherland. Forced to believe through saturated imagery that Africa was a place of poverty and famine, a desolate land that was uninhabitable. Now through the Internet we are able to see how rich the land is and how similar the people are to our culture. Understanding that we are in separate locations but our spirits are the same. Make sure you check out Davido video below and as always…

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No Presidents

“Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” still in the year 2016, we are taught the illusion that our country ,The United States of America, is a perfect harmonious society. In reality, we suffer from many underlying societal flaws and fallacies. They are plaguing the people and pretending to provide salvation and false hope, implementing their govern laws and social structures to keep a hierarchy of power through control, creating a domino effect that’s generational afflicting poverty, mental instability and illness, failed education systems, manipulated penial institutions and poor health care. In result, this also creates a different kind of breed; one whom needs no assistance from the long arm that oppresses its people. Today we have such a word warrior from Memphis Tennessee, Jessi Jumanji, and she delivers food for thought with her debut single “No Presidents”. A very time sensitive song shedding light on topics such as the presidential election as well as the humane injustices haunting the Sam Dubose Trial in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Encouraging listeners to govern themselves no matter who’s in office, to take responsibility of their community by resurrecting self-sufficient business, and a nation of thinker’s who look within for leadership and stability. Eliminating a political system and government that promises to fix the same problems every four years. Forcing Jessi to raise the question do we really need a President to lead us? If the same problems have been trickled down since the birth of this nation, then why do we continue putting people in office who don’t deliver results? The definition of insanity is when you continue to do the same thing and expect different results; so, as a nation are we all just insane?

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Grow UP

When you mix conceptual lyrics with flawless production and state of the art visuals you produce a recipe for success and the young phoenix Max Wonders delivers such a masterpiece with his latest single ‘Grow Up’. This Dc native speaks about staying child-like at all time never losing his innocents to society and growing up to see the corruption and devastation of the world.

“wish’n I was a kid again/ I want to hang on the swings/ instead of hanging from tree’s”

Touching a wide range of topics about drug use amongst teens, police brutality and a revolution through the music. “Grow Up” delivers a impactful message while allowing the listener to get t’d up, a perfect marriage of witty lyrics, unique cadences and next level production from Quinton Dominquez as he manipulates the 808 like a magician. Make sure you stream the video below you will thank us later and as always….

 

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Flatline

With the heavy saturation of mumble rap and fashion artist in the mass media many Hip Hop fans tend to believe the art of word play and storytelling has died with their generation, this is not true there is a creative wave of artist pushing the envelope and forwarding the art in a positive light. Today’s post features one of those artist, a lyrical juggernaut named  STREET LIGHT an international recording artist from Detroit, MI known for his story-telling ability, genre-blending and lyrical diversity unleashes his latest single ‘Flatline’. A motivational message encouraging listeners to keep going, reminding his fans that they have been through worse and every obstacle placed in front of them serves as a testament to their character today. Street Light recently founded a media management and production company entitled ‘RED EMPIRE’ which atones that STREET LIGHT is not only leading with his words but with action as well. Make sure you stream ‘Flatline’ below and be on the lookout for more content from STREET LIGHT here at DA BASSMENT BLOG and as always…

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Shades of Blue

Todays post comes from the energetic talent Vince Mensa, as he uses his latest single “Blue Shades” to speak on the current state of Flint, Michigan touching on the water situation and how the government don’t care about people in poverty. Explaining his perspective about America and how there is a imbalance that needs fixing. Using his words to encourage listeners instead of leading them on a path of destruction. Opening eyes to the truth and reality of life, corruption of government and how we must collectively build our own communities and stop looking for handouts. Challenging listeners to be the change they want to see in the world, it first starts with self. Make sure you check out this inspiriational song and video below and as always…

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Audio Push dishes Food For Thought with “BBQ SPOT”

Audio Push provides audio dope off their latest project with the debut single “BBQ Spot.” The title would lead you to believe that this is a fun, care-free summer anthem rather than a political statement dishing food for thought about government conspiracies and systematic programming. Stating how the industry, his enemies and the cops all want to put him in a box, physically and mentally. Furthermore explaining how they maneuver and thrive through a system that was built for failure. Speaking on sensitive current event topics like the San Bernardino shooting suggesting that the one’s doing the shooting are the same one’s running the United States. Warning listeners about prescription drugs and gun control while maintaining a high energy that can be felt and heard at any summer BBQ. Listen as Price & Oktane get a few things off their chest and as always….

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Space Invadaz

Hip-Hop and New Age spirituality may seem like an odd combination, but for the Space Invadaz, rap and the quest for enlightenment go together like Yin and Yang. The Cincinnati, Ohio duo consist of the seasoned vet Donte the GR8 and talented Buggs tha Rocka, two forward-thinking lyricist creating timeless music. The two indigo’s released their debut project titled ‘Contact’ earlier this year, and the philosophical message is golden. Speaking on social injustices and current events as well as topics on corrupted occults and government. All while exploring the concept of opposites: higher and lower self, body and mind, confusion and clarity, peace and war. The first half of ‘Contact’ is the lighter side of the record: mellow in mood and cerebral in subject matter, avoiding empty platitudes by getting autobiographical and letting us know that their own paths to self-discovery and positivity weren’t necessarily straight and narrow. Which ties into the second half, a darker more aggressive tone on the album in which they make clear that they are products of the Cincinnati streets that they were raised in and while their heads are in the clouds they are still very much rooted in the real world. Ultimately Space Invadaz captures balance in their sound by mixing droning bass lines and triplet hi-hats with calm melodic spaciness. Creating music you can relate to as well as turn up. Their high energy tracks are complemented with brash attitude and intricate flows that takes you back to the golden-era of hip hop. Stream this classic below and check out their latest videos for the project as well… as always…

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What Happened to Mos Def?

 

Recently Yasiin Bey’s has been communicating with his fans from his voice recordings. In January, he addressed his wellbeing and his arrest in South Africa on Kanye West’s website. He’s quoted saying “I am under unnecessary state supervision and scrutiny.” Today he posted another message on soundcloud in which he explains his cooperation on resolving the political matter in South Africa. Yasiin states that he is well and in good spirits. This 42-year-old has recently announced that he was retiring from music and acting. Which has prompted many hip hop fans to ask “What the Hell happened to Mos Def?” To answer this question is to follow Mos Def’s transformation since his name change in 2011. Yasiin changed his name as a reaction to the fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person. Two years later, another personal choice would make international headlines, Bey decided to move himself and his family to Capetown, South Africa in 2013. After moving to South Africa immigration and legal issues start to arise with his passport and vistors permit. He was not permitted to return to the U.S for his tour in Boston which forced him to cancel due to visa issues. Most recently Yasiin was arrested again at Cape Town International airport while attempting to leave the country and charged with violation of local immigration laws. Both Bey and his family lacked proper permits to be in the country. Having overstayed his visitors permit and being unable to present a valid United States Passport, but was able to present a World Passport, which is not widely accepted as an immigration document because anyone can get one with a notarized document and small fee. The vast majority of countries don’t accept this documentation including the United States, Japan, Russia and Canada.  Six days after his arrest Bey released a 10 minute recording on Kanye website titled a Message from Yasiin Bey. He ends the recording with the statement “No more parties in S.A.” and explains how he will be retiring from music and film immediately after he releases his final album later this year. We are looking forward to hearing and seeing Yasiin Bey and wish him the best of luck in his political endeavors. Make sure you stream his message below and as always

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Political Music

In the past month, musicians Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar have used two of pop culture’s biggest stages to showcase their political message.

Beyonce’s Super bowl halftime show included her controversial new song “Formation.” Meanwhile, Lamar took home five Grammy awards and offered a visually and lyrically stunning performance of his own songs at the awards show. Queen Bey held court at the Super Bowl half-time show, urging people to join the cause, and get in formation. Leading an army of Afro-American dancers in black attire through a series of choreographed maneuvers concluded with the pumping of raised fists. Compton rapper Lamar took the stage at the Grammy Awards in a different formation, stepping out shackled and chained a story many young Americans know too well. Offering visual metaphors of police brutality and the complexity of prison with his band caged inside cells. Ending the song with a jailbreak and transition to “Alright,” an anthem about the struggle, showing a resurrection from the chain gain. Both performances where political statements, displaying the power of music, addressing generational problems encouraging listeners to change the psychological cycle. Bringing awareness to former activist groups (black panthers) and paying homage to ancestors who created a counter culture with food co-ops, free clinics, underground newspapers and exemption from the draft. Promoting a self-sufficient lifestyle and unity within the community. To see re cap of both performances click the links below… and as always

 

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