Tribute song to Nelson Mandela by Jasiri X, produced by Agent of Change, video shot by Haute Muslim.
Existence is Resistance will be attending this great event. We will have our t-shirts for sale and linking up with other activists in the movement. Check it out.
A FREE Celebration Of Urban Life Through Hip-Hop, Intergenerational Health, And Environmental Action.
We are gearing up and getting excited for our 5th Life is Living in Oakland. Every year keeps getting better than the next and this one is sure to exemplify the greatness of the people of Oakland.
Music Concerts featuring:
Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Dynamic, Rico Pabon, YGB GOLD,
The 6th Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle: Tribute to Mic Dream
The Hood Games Skating Exhibition in Town Park
The Food Justice STEMposium – Health Fair and Food Justice Exhibition ft. Peoples Kitchen, SOS Juice, thebiggerpicture.org, and special guests
Reflections of Healing Mural Project Installation ft. Brett Cook
The Oakland Bandits Girls Softball Clinic and Exhibition
The Cipher ft. Do Dat, Tommie Sheppard and 30+ Bay Area MC’s
Kids Zone ft. Youth Activism, Youth Performances, the West Oakland Read-in and other special guests and activities
Art Engagement with renowned Bay Area Artists including: Favianna Rodriguez, Keba Konte, K DUB, Karen Seneferu, and many others
Vendors, Food, Health Screenings, Barter Town, Swimming, and moreLil Bobby Hutton Park
Pittsburgh activist and MC Jasiri X releases a new video for his new track ‘New Nat Turners’. Below he explains why he released the song and video.
Why I Wrote the “Profane” New Nat Turners
Honestly I never intend to write this song. My producer Religion, saw a post I put up about a extremely racist commercial from the pen company Uniball. He was so angry about it he made the beat which would later become “New Nat Turners“. He called me after he sent it and we discussed how we would approach the song . We talked about how a corporation in 2013 would put out a ad like that and how people in our community would be willing to play a part in our own degradation.
Later that night I saw Kanye trending on twitter and tuned in to SNL to catch the live performance on his new song, “New Slaves”. About 5 minutes later I sent out this tweet.
At the time I never intended this to be the beginning of a song, it was just how I felt. I expanded on those feeling when I wrote the blog entitled, “If We the New Slaves, When Are We Gonna Get Free?“. Two days after the tweet I had a show in NYC. When I got to New York, walking around in the rain, I started to follow up on the thoughts of that first tweet. 20 minutes later I had the first half of the song written.
I never approached the song like, “I’m gonna curse in this one!” I really never write without a beat. I just starting putting words together describing how I felt about society in general and the rap industry as a whole. When I started saying what I came up with to the beat Religion had just sent me, it fit perfectly so I kept writing.
I knew some people would have a issue with my use of explicit language because I almost never use it. My intention was not to offend anybody, I just wanted to be true to the spirit in which I wrote the song. I don’t feel like the language is gratuitous, I just wanted the listeners to be absolutely clear on my stance and know that I am not playing. But I did upload a “New Nat Turners [Clean Version]” for people who play my music around their children or who just don’t want to hear me curse.
I don’t see this as a diss to Kanye West. I like “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead”. I’m glad he came with more substance on his album. I really see this song as a direct challenge to this failing rap industry and those who run it. I’m also letting my people know I refuse to be a slave to this industry no matter how lucrative it could be. I want to help tear this industry down so artists can be free to be who they are and not feel they have to compromise or sellout to be a part of the machine.
Nat Turner and Dessalines are revered but very controversial men historically speaking. Neither had any interest in compromising with their oppressor, and both used extreme measures to liberate their people. It was with their spirit that I wrote this song.
Produced by Religion. Shot by Haute Muslim
Download New Nat Turners at http://jasirix.bandcamp.com/
New Album Ascension Available Here https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ascension/id617177484
Jay-Z and wife Beyonce went to Cuba to celebrate their 5 year wedding anniversary and received criticism from those who want to continue the unjust 50 year old blockade on the island of Cuba.
Some called for an investigation into the vacation which was approved by the United States government. In their opinion this trip helped the image of the Cuban government which they have opposed ever since the Cuban revolution in 1959.
In the song below Jay-Z addresses the criticism.
Hip Hop activist and the 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente calls out Rick Ross on new verse talking about slipping Molly to a female without her knowledge and then raping her.
The name of the song is “You Ain’t Even Know It” by Rocko featuring Rick Ross.
He raps “Put molly all in the champagne, she ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoy that, she aint even know it”.
Besides promoting the drug Molly to our youth which seems to be mentioned in every mainstream rap song (they must have all gotten the memo), Ross is now promoting rape and telling you how to use Molly to do so.
Rosa Clemente decided to respond to Rick Ross with a video released on YouTube condemning what she describes is a rape culture in which the promotion of rape and the domination of women in general is normal, accepted and tolerated.
She calls on men to speak out against this rape culture and to make their voices heard in regards to lyrics like these.
Check out her appeal below and expose the poison that the industry is promoting to people.