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Jan 12
killermikegto:

From 2dopeboyz
In episode two of Killer Mike and Trackstar’s Educated Villains podcast, Mike speaks on his successful 2012, shares highlights from the Coachella Cruise, including freestyling on DJ Z-Trip’s set as the Mayan calendar didn’t kill us all and El-P being called racist for refusing to buy Bahamian trinkets. On the music side of things, they premiere Killer Mike’s freeverse over Trinidad James “All Gold Everything,” and play other tunes from the likes of Royce Da 5’9″, Raekwon, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson and more.

So, I was just listening to Smiley & West. This is a whole ‘nother level of radical podcast. Lemme try this out…

killermikegto:

From 2dopeboyz

In episode two of Killer Mike and Trackstar’s Educated Villains podcast, Mike speaks on his successful 2012, shares highlights from the Coachella Cruise, including freestyling on DJ Z-Trip’s set as the Mayan calendar didn’t kill us all and El-P being called racist for refusing to buy Bahamian trinkets. On the music side of things, they premiere Killer Mike’s freeverse over Trinidad James “All Gold Everything,” and play other tunes from the likes of Royce Da 5’9″, Raekwon, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson and more.

So, I was just listening to Smiley & West. This is a whole ‘nother level of radical podcast. Lemme try this out…


Aug 4

"I’m from the murder capital, where we murder for capital"

TNGHT - Higher Ground

Jay-Z - Lucifer


Aug 3

If you look closely you’ll notice
That the pattern on this soft cloth shirt
Is made of workin men’s sweat
And prayin folk’s tears.”


Mos Def

"A Soldier’s Dream"

(Mos Def speaking)
I’m not gon sing a song or nothing.

Um, what that term they call it post traumatic stress syndrome? That thing that 
uh, soldiers will get. I think a lot of people get that. It’s like when you 
experience somethin and uh, it affects you for a long time afterwards. I guess 
everything works that way. Certain things have more impact than others. 
Sometimes it visits you in your dreams or when you’re quiet or just at peace or 
trying to be at peace. A lot of soldiers get it. A lot of common people get 
it. A lot of the time common people are soldiers, that’s just the way it works 
out.

This is a soldier’s dream

The other night I was tumbling towards an uneasy sleep
When I had discovered myself 
Atop the sweet sticky firmament of my dreams.
Daybreak came and discovered me
With my fantasies pasted to my face.

I cant look at you right now.
"Show me your eyes," she says.
"Later," he says. "Now, now." "NO!"

Shame is a prison you know.
Yeah, well discretion is a fortress
You’re starin and lookin too closely.
There’s so much about me that I hide
That careful eyes will recognize.
If you look closely you’ll notice
That the pattern on this soft cloth shirt
Is made of workin men’s sweat
And prayin folk’s tears.
If you look closer you’ll notice
That this pattern resembles
Tenement row houses, project high rises,
Cell block tiers,
Discontinued stretches of elevated train tracks,
Slave ship gullies, acres of tombstones.
If you look closer, you’ll notice
That this fabric has been carefully blended
With an advanced new age polymer (oh man, that’s nice)
To make the fabric lightweight
Weatherproof, and durable.
All this to give some sort of posture and dignity
To a broken body that is a host for scars.
I am the new landmark. I am the museum of injury.
Soldiers visit me and admire me quietly,
Whispering amongst themselves. You’re no soldier.
Your soft bright eyes never have to
Survey the battlefield,
Much less its collected relics of which, I am one.
So, my flesh bullet-ridden remains hidden
Underneath these soft fabrics
Which I carefully select
That stand in for how I used to feel,
For how I remember feeling, 
For how I dream about feeling,
For how I feel about you.
And now your curious fingers want to search
Beyond this tender armor.
I cant look at you right now

(This is my rifle there are many like it but this one is mine) 2x

Your eyes are too careful,
Collecting it all arranging it all;
Surgically, robotically, exactly.
I can’t look at you right now
But that doesn’t matter because
You can look at me and the longer that
I don’t return your gaze,
The harder that your gaze
Starts to run across my back
Like a nervous policeman’s hands:
Brisk, intent, anxious for discovery.
If discretion is a fortress
Then you’re threatening to destroy it
By simply standing at the gates
And refusing to leave.
I can’t look at you right now,
But you can look at me. Do you see me?


Jul 19
“Listen.. people be askin me all the time,
‘Yo Mos, what’s gettin ready to happen with Hip-Hop?’
(Where do you think Hip-Hop is goin?)
I tell em, “You know what’s gonna happen with Hip-Hop?
Whatever’s happening with us”
If we smoked out, Hip-Hop is gonna be smoked out
If we doin alright, Hip-Hop is gonna be doin alright
People talk about Hip-Hop like it’s some giant livin in the hillside
comin down to visit the townspeople
We (are) Hip-Hop
Me, you, everybody, we are Hip-Hop
So Hip-Hop is goin where we goin
So the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is goin
ask yourself.. where am I goin? How am I doin?
Til you get a clear idea”

Mos Def, “Fear Not Of Man”

Where will our movement go? Our ideals of social change aren’t “some giant livin in the hillside comin down to visit the townspeople”. We are change.

…and that’s not the Ghandi “be the change you want to see stuff”. We are the living material force of change. BOOM! Get animated!


Jun 28
“They used to feel invisible
Now they know they invincible”

Kanye West, “Champion”

…I guess this is one of the reasons rap is so popular: makes a person who feels insignificant feel tough, confident, even invincible…

…I don’t always listen to Kanye West, but when I do, I prefer to ignore the rich guy, high roller stuff and focus on the bits that are meaningful. And you can’t deny the beats are sick…


Jun 1

We need real music, real media.

Peep the game - keep them accountable. 


May 20

Tupac on police - a gang unto themselves, the good and the bad…


May 15

"Beef is not what Jay said to Naz,
Beef is when the workin folks can’t find jobs.”

Mos Dub 


May 10
“In this fucked up world all you can hope for is change, and I’d rather be a hypocrite to you than a zombie forever.” Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys on waking up to the pervasiveness of sexism in society in midst of his hip-hop career

Solidarity man… R.I.P. 

Jan 20

Tell ‘em Boots!


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