- January 31st, 2011
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Some of you may be confused at this choice for a Light Bringer but, when you study N.W.A.’s track record, it really shouldn’t surprise you. N.W.A. was a ground-breaking group in the sense that they were really one of the first major “Gangsta Rap” acts and were pioneers for West-Coast hip-hop. Their singles weren’t being played on the radio and they went platinum based mostly off word of mouth. They were some of the first to openly say “Fuck The Police” on a musical record and shine a light on the violence taking place in various Los Angeles communities. For these reasons and many more, N.W.A. is a group of Light Bringers.
N.W.A (short for Niggaz Wit Attitudes or Niggaz With Attitude) was an American hip hop group from Compton, California, widely considered one of the seminal acts of the gangsta rap sub-genre. The original lineup consisted of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, Ice Cube, and MC Ren. Arabian Prince embarked on a solo career in 1989 and Ice Cube left in 1990 over royalty disputes. Active from 1986 to 1991, the group endured controversy due to the explicit nature of their lyrics. They were subsequently banned from many mainstream US radio stations and even at times prevented from touring. In spite of this, the group has sold over 9 million units in the US alone. Their debut album Straight Outta Compton marked the beginning of the new gangsta rap era as the production and the social commentary in their lyrics were revolutionary within the genre. Rolling Stone ranked N.W.A 83rd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.  Although largely unknown at the group\'s inception, members Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren would all become platinum-selling stars as solo artists.
STEF. “Thief’s Theme”. Second drop from my #SuperDopeSundays weekly releases. Download HERE.
Another Monday at House Studios recording some more hot fire *Dylan voice*. It was a dope and productive day. I even got a bit of footage of some of what I wrote to Lloyd Banks’ “Start it Up” joint. I’ll be droppin’ that in a couple weeks for #SuperDopeSundays so stay tuned! House Studios DC || dc Rap
Since I was a kid The Beastie Boys have been one of my favorite groups. The first song I remember hearing from them was the classic “Fight For Your Right To Party” which for some reason or another really resonated to an overly energetic 8 year old. The song had already been a classic by the time it reached my ears but it’s effects were no less potent. The Beasties represent not only the rebellious energy that hip-hop was founded on but, they are also a prime example of hip-hop being a source of social unification and breaking down all racial barriers and borders. For these reasons and many more, The Beastie Boys are true Light Bringers.
Beastie Boys is an American hip hop group from Brooklyn, New York. The group consists of Mike D (Michael Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch), and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz). The Beastie Boys began as a hardcore punk group in 1981, first appearing on the compilation cassette New York Thrash with \"Riot Fight\" and \"Beastie\", and later released their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 release of their experimental hip-hop 12\" Cooky Puss, they made the transition to hip-hop in 1984 and a string of successful 12\" singles followed by their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986 which received international critical acclaim and commercial success. As of 2010, they have sold 22 million albums in the United States alone and 40 million albums worldwide. They are one of the longest lived hip-hop acts worldwide and continue to enjoy commercial and critical success in 2010, more than 20 years after the release of their debut album. On September 27, 2007, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2009, the group released digitally remastered deluxe editions of their albums Paul\'s Boutique, Check Your Head\', Ill Communication and Hello Nasty.
Midnight Marauders 2 was another incredible show & I’m glad to have been a part of it. I haven’t been able to host shows every Saturday at Everlasting Life due to a heavier work load & scheduling issues but, hosting this show really felt like I was coming back home. I freestyled with a bunch of dope MCs & we even had a Lil B inspired cypher in which the subject was “Hoes On My Dick”…watch the video and you’ll get a taste of what we got up to lol. All of the performers killed it & after the show I even got the opportunity to interview the homie Nickelus F. All in all it was an awesome show, shout out to my family over at The Carry Out for bringing me on board for another legendary night. Peep some of the shots and video down below.
P.S. My mini-video camera died so I got minimal footage using my camera that night so I have some footage from my cam, some I recorded on the iPhone and some I got from the Kool Klux Klan homies, big shouts to them! #swag #woo haha.
So lately, there’s been an uproar over Lil B, a member of the Pack who’s famous for their song Vans. Since embarking on a solo career he’s caused a bunch of controversy by referring to himself as “A Pretty Bitch”, “Looking Like Madonna”, or other things of the sort. He even threatened to have anal relations with Kanye West if he refused to work with him. Despite all of that, I realize Lil B’s marketing genius & creativity. Most people can’t understand why he does what he does, and says what he says but, for his army of followers who get it, he’s a borderline God. The Based God, if you will. I was originally so caught off guard by his statements I had to look into his music, which is what everyone else does, so safe to say his plan worked. I was hooked by the controversy but, found a few gems that I related to. My reason for this post is to enlighten the masses still hating Lil B or doubting his talent. It’s there, trust me, you just havent dug deep enough.
These songs are a few reasons why Lil B is worth all the controversy/praise he’s recieiving. Peep.
Meche is a beautiful and talented young woman who’s come to a lot of our shows and has an incredible voice. This track was produced by my brother/homie Jamal Gray of The Carry Out . Needless to say it’s a dope track, that’s worth checking out. Besides, if it wasn’t dope, it wouldn’t be up here. Peep it.