Monday, July 18, 2016

International Genre-Bending Hip Hop | Nino Augustine x Anieshi Pearl - "Unarmed"

Check out the new genre-bending collaboration between WUW?'s favorite unsigned hip hop/soul artist Nino Augustine (Panama via New Jersey and Atlanta) and UK songstress Anieshi Pearl

Stream the new single "Unarmed" below and head over to the Facebook to check the visual.

Detroit Street Conscious Hip Hop | Helios Hussain - "8 Mile" (Video & Download)

"8 Mile" description from Helios's Soundcloud page:
"As both a video and audio single, '8 Mile' explores themes of personal frustration with the popularized obsession of what is truly an abhorrent, dystopian reality in ghettos and gangs, as popularized by acts like Eminem. 
The work acts as a statement, as if to say 'you may think you like these things, but let us show and tell you reality,' directed to the audience. 
The lifestyle Helios lays bare in this track leads to enslavement and deaths of a lot of young black men, as metaphorically depicted in the film's visuals, as well as calling for a renewed push against these plaguing stereotypes."

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Chicago Soul-Hop | New Album from Jamila Woods - HEAVN (Free Download)

Album description from Jamila's Soundcloud page:
"HEAVN is about black girlhood, about Chicago, about the people we miss who have gone on to prepare a place for us somewhere else, about the city/world we aspire to live in. 
I hope this album encourages listeners to love themselves and love each other. 
For black and brown people, caring for ourselves and each other is not a neutral act. 
It is a necessary and radical part of the struggle to create a more just society. 
Our healing and survival are essential to the fight."

Stream below and click here to download the album.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Understanding Systemic Racism: An Introduction

The United States is the only major Western European nation-state “that was explicitly founded on racial oppression[1]." 

For the first 350 years of American history (from 1619 when the first African slaves were purchased in Jamestown, Virginia until the last piece of Civil Rights legislation in 1968) racial oppression, in the forms of slavery and legal segregation, was legally protected. Stated in another way, explicit racial oppression has only been “illegal” for roughly 10% of our nation’s history.

The racist American system was created by powerful white men and continues to exist “because of the recurring actions of a great array of human actors, but especially those of powerful white decisionmakers.”[2] 

The ideologies of white supremacy and black inferiority were imbedded in the political, economic, and legal institutions. Throughout history, these institutions and their legitimating ideologies have served to protect the system of racial oppression and the wealth and privilege of the elite white males that created them and continue to benefit from them.

"Historically, most whites have not been content to exploit African Americans and other Americans of color and then to just admit candidly that such action is crass exploitation for their own individual or group advantage. Instead, white Americans have developed a strong racial frame that interprets and defends white privileges and advantaged conditions as meritorious and accents white virtues as well as the alleged inferiority and deficiencies of those people of color who are oppressed.[3]"

Hip Hop for the Revolution | Joe Budden - "Freedom"

Joe Budden took a break from beating up on Drake for a minute to beat up on white supremacy. 

Sometimes we need art in order to summarize all of those thoughts we are struggling to put down on paper and desperately attempting to communicate to white America. 

Joey connects all the dots of systemic racial oppression in this one video!

The Historical Continuity of White Racism in Public Discourse: Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, and the Dallas Police Shootings

I'm sitting at Starbucks and over hear this convo:

Barista 1: "They are rioting in Dallas"

Barista 2: "What about"

Barista 1: "I don't know, black lives matter or something"
Barista 2: "Like, over that Minnesota thing"Barista 1: "Yeah they are rioting"

Ok hold the fuck up!

Y'all gotta to stop calling protests riots and acting surprised that a protest is peaceful! Like white folks are so surprised that black protests could be peaceful.

The legacy of civil protest by black Americans is a lesson in what civilized humanity looks like.

You cried when you watched Selma but all the sudden forget about all the videos of civil rights protesters getting the dogs unleashed on them, sprayed with fire hoses, and beat with clubs. Yet protesters demonstrated the highest order of humanity in the face of such violence.

Lest we forget ... King and the crew marched because of white terrorism - the lynchings, hangings, shootings, church burnings, brutal beatings, the destruction of black homes and businesses.

You are the same muffugas that would have been blaming King for the violence enacted against the protesters. Yet the dignity displayed the pursuit of true democracy and human rights. Black Americans have forced America to move towards its highest ideals (although we go two steps forward and 20 steps back).

Say it Loud... Fuck the Police! | American Patriotism in the Face of Systemic Racism

As an American citizen, the violations of civil liberties perpetrated by the Baton Rouge Police Department should enrage you.

Watch this video as the the military tank-like truck starts driving into the crowd Black Lives Matter protestors:

A brief thought for "We the People" to think on:

College Station Hip Hop | GQ Marley - "Quaalude$" (Prod. Platinum Pat)

Last week, GQ Marley (aka Your Favorite Nerd Rapper's Favorite Nerd Rapper) dropped a downtempo lyrical post-trap banger powered by the the newest third coast beat guru Platinum Pat. 

Marley & Pat have set the blogosphere on fire with this one. Quaaludes has already amassed over 4k streams on Soundcloud and the momentum is just beginning to build. 

"Quaaludes" can easily be interpreted as just another drug inspired addition to the molly raps that have flooded the hip hop scene. However, if you listen closely, you will recognize how the clever punchlines and vocal inflections of GQ compliment the ways in which Pat's beat evolves as the song progresses.