ebogjonson.com's hhop-ish archive
August 31, 2007
friday youtubery: Kala edition
I really like that new M.I.A. record.
August 21, 2007
i'm a african - dead prez machinima
January 12, 2007
everything but the burden
Lady Sov vs. Jelly Donut. Post title refers to the following:
Q - What are white people taking from black culture?
A - Everything but the burden.
I can't get to mad, tho. MC beefs are ass, completely 20th century.
September 25, 2006
lashawn & russell heart george allen
"Allen said he came to Virginia because he wanted to play football in a place where 'blacks knew their place,'" said Dr. Ken Shelton, a white radiologist in North Carolina who played tight end for the University of Virginia football team when Allen was quarterback. "He used the N-word on a regular basis back then."
A second white teammate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retribution from the Allen campaign, separately claimed that Allen used the word "nigger" to describe blacks. "It was so common with George when he was among his white friends. This is the terminology he used," the teammate said. [full, disgusting story]
It's amazing to think that not very long ago George Allen was considered a contender for '08 Republican presidential nomination. We live in 2006, and yet these kinds of racists continue to hold positions of some honor in the Republican party. Not a year goes by that some or another prominent Republican isn't revealed to be the most base and disgusting kind of racist, and yet talking androids from here to Russell Simmons try to justify their pursuit of narrow economic self-interest by claiming black folks need to start thinking "outside the box" and switch to the party of George Allen. Simply amazing.
Besides being amazing, Simmon's line also the oldest form of okey-doke. Russell's idea of thinking outside the box is to make a buck, as in his plan to "address" the problem of underbanking in the black community by hooking teens on fee-laden Rush Cards that line his pocket while doing nothing to help black folks accrue interest, save or build a credit history. I don't pay any attention to George Clooney's politics, I don't know why I should give a damn about Russell Simmons', but you can't throw a rock at a hip hop blog without reading some predictable asstalk about Russell's "thoughtful" reply to critics of his support for talking android Michael Steele. Fuck joining the Republican party: it really is enough to make you a social anarchist.
August 10, 2006
and in other hip hop liquids news
Jay-Z is getting wet for a good cause:
UNITED NATIONS -- Jay-Z boycotted premium champagne Cristal at his clubs after the brand's owner made some remarks he didn't like. Now the rap superstar has a new favorite drink: water.
Jay-Z, president of Def Jam Records, teamed up with the United Nations and MTV on Wednesday to get children involved in the fight against the worldwide water crisis. He cited statistics that 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water and 2.6 billion lack proper sanitation.
"I figure that once I stumbled upon that, if the information was out and young people knew that these problems exist while we're having Poland Springs at Cipriani and things like that, that we'll get involved," said the 36-year-old rapper, referring to the high-class restaurant chain.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, said he had been looking for a way to help people, and when he visited Africa on tour he was struck at how many of the world's poor lacked such a basic necessity.
"As I started looking around and looking at ways that I could become helpful, it started at the first thing -- water, something as simple as water," he said at a news conference at U.N. headquarters. "It took very little, very little to see these numbers."
I was underwhelmed by Jay's Cristal boycott ("hey! look at me! I'm so fucking rich and bored I can boycott, like, DIAMOND ENCRUSTED SOLID GOLD TOILET SEATS and shit") but as Jay points out water is a bit more fundamental. There was also something moving encoded in the line "as I started looking around and looking at ways that I could become helpful." Due to various upheavals and dislocations happening in my own life, I've developed an over-attunement to the sound of soul-seeking and personal transformation, so the image of Jay-Z sitting around on whatever it is Jay-Z sits around on and asking himself "what is to be done?" struck a warming chord in me.
Water - specifically bottled water - has actually caused more than one tiff between me and The Lady. Basically, she's constantly fretting about her tap water being delivered through rusted or corroded pipes, whereas I am of the mind that bottled water is a gigantic, fucked up scam.
Jay-Z: will you please come to our house (ideally with Beyonce) and settle this once and for all?