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The homies 431 & Nick Frazier come through with the ill visuals for the track “Broadway”. Peep that!
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The homies 431 & Nick Frazier come through with the ill visuals for the track “Broadway”. Peep that!
I’ve given up the polygamy debate long ago, no one understands me (LOL) but, I recently found myself in a deep conversation about this same topic with a young lady after my most recent show. The discussion got so real that we ended up gathering a pretty solid crowd. I didn’t think about it again until I got on Facebook this morning & saw this video. Some of it kinda makes sense, some is left to speculation. Peep it & decide for yourself.
P.S. Tell me homie in this picture isn’t swagged out, though!
Thousands of people will be reading this post & I’m sure a good amount of them will have serious disagreements with this Top 10 list. The most beautiful part about that is that it’s MY TOP 10 FAVORITE lol. Now, this list isn’t based off the popularity, record sales, or any other reason except for the fact that the Producers on this list have either influenced me in some way or because they’re music was the soundtrack to memorable moments in my life. All the producers here are listed based off my personal opinion with a bot of, I guess you could call it sentimental value. So, without further ado, here it is…
MY TOP 10 FAVORITE PRODUCERS:
10. Timbaland – Timbaland should undoubtedly be on anyone’s Top 10 List. He helped sculpt the sound of the mid-late 90′s with artists such as Missy Elliot, Ginuwine, Statik Major, & of course the incredible Aaliyah. Timbo was one of the 1st producers who made me even conscious of the people behind the beats. Timbaland has managed to remain relevant with artists like Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, among others. FAVORITE BEAT
9. Havoc of Mobb Deep – Hav is easily one of the most underrated beatmakers in the game. Mobb Deep is largely responsible for the reemergence of the New York Hip-Hop & especially East Coast hardcore rap. His instrumentals were dark, grimey, sinister & truly captured the essence & mentality of New York during that era. His style is been copied & mimicked countless times & is one of the templates of the East Coast sound. FAVORITE BEAT
8. Just Blaze – I ain’t gotta say too much about Just Blaze, yo. His sound was synonymous with The Roc & the dynasty that ran the early to mid 00′s. Just Blaze succeeds in making gigantic, epic, stadium-esque beats. His production on the Roc La Familia & Blueprint albums solidified him as one of my staple favorite. FAVORITE BEAT
7. Q-Tip – A lot of you may be looking like “What?” and for that you should slap yourselves. Q-Tip was the man behind the production of most of the Tribe Called Quest albums. His production was the backdrop to the whole conscious, backpack, Afrocentric hip-hop movement of the early-mid 90′s. Along with the rest of the members of the Native Tongues such as De La Soul, Leaders of the New School & others, they helped to ignite a movement which is represented amongst me & my friends to this very day. Props due to the homie Kamaal the Abstract aka Q-Tip. FAVORITE BEAT
6. MF DOOM – DOOM is a mad musical genius, a true sonic supervillain. The first time I heard him was when a good friend of mine gave me a copy of his album Operation DOOMsday. It absolutely blew me away that someone had even sampled the material he did to make the kind of beats he did & his flow on top of those beats is borderline genius. FAVORITE BEAT
5. Kanye West – Is there even any debating his position on this list? Kanye west is the reason a lot of cats started making soul beats & even got into production. Kanye managed to master genuine underground hip-hop & make it marketable & acceptable to the masses. His work on the Roc La Familia album & his classic singles from Blueprint got his foot in the door but, once he released his debut College Dropout he was solidified as one of hip-hop’s next superstars. Needless to say, he’s still living up to that. FAVORITE BEAT
4. Dr. Dre – This goes without saying. I could but Dre on here & really not have to explain myself but, what would be the point of this post. Dre is undoubtedly a legend. His g-funk style inspired by George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic became the iconic West Coast sound. So much in fact that if your beats don’t sound somewhat similar to Dre’s you might not even be able to be considered a West Coast producer. Besides crafting classics for NWA, Snoop, Tupac, Eminem & others, his own albums are considered hip-hop classics. FAVORITE BEAT
3. Pete Rock – Pete Rock is like one of the Gods, if not the God of boom-bap, soulful hip-hop production. He’s inspired countless cats from Kanye, Madlib, Q-Tip & another incredible producer who’s on this list. FAVORITE BEAT
2. The Neptunes – Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo have been 2 of the biggest influences in music for the better half of 2 decades. I first remember seeing them in Noreaga\'s \"Superthug\" Video. They managed to make hit singles for the grimiest of street cats & even make chart toppers for squeaky clean pop stars. Besides their work as The Neptunes, they also made classic albums as N*E*R*D. They’re music was literally the soundtrack to my childhood. Not many people understood me being a Black skateboarder as a kid…Except for maybe Pharrell & a few of the other cats he inspired to be themselves & define their own versions of cool. FAVORITE BEAT
1. Jay Dee aka J. Dilla – If you know me you already know my level of respect for Dilla. I’d consider him bigger than just a hip-hop producer. He’s one of the most influential/genius musicians of the last century. Modern day Mozart or Beethoven. His bass lines, drum patterns, sampling, leveling, structuring of his songs show not only impeccable musical mastery but a sense of innovation & pushing the musical envelope. FAVORITE BEAT
So, people were actually offended by this response that LeBron James made after the Heat loss? I know this is old but, I don’t watch much television. But, you have to be a complete loser to actually feel some kind of way about what he said. This man has been nothing but hated on by millions of people, even if he did make some kind of rude response, it’d be justified. People need to stop getting their panties in a bunch. If you weren’t a loser, you wouldn’t be so adamant about hating the winners. Even if they didn’t necessarly “win”.
I was inspired to write this post by an aquaintance & beautiful spirit known as DJ Bana. I’m not even sure if she’s still spinning but, she’s worth a follow. A little over a year ago she tweeted something about people’s addictions & the reasons they are addicted to the things they’re addicted to. Her tweet, though insignificant to most, really struck a cord with me. Her point was that, people aren’t really addicted to the particular substance or thing, they just like the feeling that it gives them. If something feels good, why not indulge in it? Right?
The dictionary definition of Addition is as such…
Addiction [uh-dik-shuhn] –noun – the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
I smoke a lot of marijuana. It seems like the entire world is smoking marijuana lately but, I smoke marijuana not because it’s trendy or cool but, because of the spiritual, social, personal, & creative energy it gives me. I wouldn’t say that I’m addicted to marijuana, I use it for various reasons that benefit my life. Not only that but, the feeling of being high is awesome. Incredibly awesome. Only if you’re smoking the best of trees of course. Not only do I smoke the ganja, most of my closest friends do as well. So not only is it awesome for me, it’s a tool for socialization between comrades & even strangers. One of my friends once told me “The two best networking tools are 1. A camera & 2. marijuana”. I haven’t heard many statements that hold as true as that one.
Now, some people look down on marijuana yet, some of those same people can drink you and I under the table. I don’t understand why/how someone can drink mind-numbing amounts of alcohol yet, try to degrade someone who smokes marijuana. Is everyone not allowed the liberty to their “vice” of choice. I wouldn’t say people that enjoy a drink are alcoholics or addicted to alcohol. I’d say those people just enjoy the feeling that it gives them, enjoy the social factor it has, & just enjoy hanging out with a brew or glass of wine every now & then.
Now, there is a line between simple enjoyment & going overboard. Some delve too deeply into their vice & use it as a way to escape their personal realities. It’s alright to have a drink or smoke to take your mind off an issue every now and then but, if you are getting lost in a substance & losing track of your day-to-day life, you might have a problem. If you are physically dependent on that substance to function, you might have a problem. If your substance use is affecting your career & family life, you my friend, might have a problem.
I’m a firm believer in balance. When I say balance I mean, the balance life, in all facets. Once things go out of balance, negativity will begin to show it’s face. So, how do you achieve balance? My definition of the word & yours may be completely different so my terms may differ from yours. But, on my end, if I realize that I’ve become completely dependent on something for my happiness, well-being, excitement, etc. something is wrong. I love marijuana but, I’ve had to find other sources for those things. Not external sources but, within myself.
Now, don’t be fooled into thinking that the only addictions are the one’s previously outlined. I don’t even mean other “drugs” such as cocaine, crack, heroine, e-pills, or whatever else. Read the definition above & you’ll see, us humans are addicted to far much more. We have many different vices such as television, social networks, fashion, money, sex, fame, & the list goes on. Some of us are extremely upset if we miss our favorite show, don’t get to sign on Facebook/Twitter, if we miss a sneaker release, or don’t have money. Are we addicted to those things? Not necessarily, we’re addicted to the feelings & gratification they give us.
So, how do you escape it all. Find something good to be “addicted” to. I’ll still smoke weed, and probably will forever but, I’ve had to find other sources of happiness. What are some of those sources you ask? Well, I’m an MC. I find some of my greatest joy comes from coming up with witty punchlines, catchy hooks, & being satisfied with my work once a song is complete. There’s no joy like having a complex & abstract concept in your mind become concrete & ready for the world to hear. I also find joy in writing on this site. I love that people check the site daily & like what they see. When someone tells me that one of the “Dope Quotes” got them through their day or through a situation, it lets me know that all my work is serving a purpose. When a listener, old or new, downloads or buys my mixtape or song & says they really dig it, that’s my fuel & motivation to keep going. Basically, I’ve become addicted to success. I’ve become a fiend for winning. Now, I refuse to even “touch” losing. It never gave me much of a rush anyway.
What I’m trying to say is, find something good for you to focus your energy on or gain your happiness/gratification from. Yes many substances make you feel better or help you forget your problems but, eventually, they may become the source of other, bigger problems.
Man, it’s finally here…well, ALMOST! Here is the tracklist for #MenaceToSobriety2: The Re-Up. The graphic work was done by none other than my brother from another Shahka & the two beautiful young ladies swaggin’ the cover out w/ me are my girls N100k aka Hunned $tacks & Sky High Cle.
Major shouts to all the Artists & Producers who also worked on this album:
I can’t thank all of you guys for the love & support. It truly means a lot, yo.
In honor of Black History Month, I’ve decided to post this again so we can all get a little bit of insight on the word that causes such a stir in American society. NIGGER. Just reading that word probably makes you feel all kinds of ways but, hopefully I can shine a light on the subject.
If you grew up in the United States, you’ve either heard the term Nigger, called someone a Nigger, or you’ve probably been called a Nigger. I was always taught not to say the word, that it was derogatory & racist etc. We were all taught that the word Nigger derives from the Spanish word “Negro” which means “Black Object” therefore labeling someone as not really a human being. We’ve been taught that it means “Ignorant Person” etc. Despite all of those things the word has become a household term, it’s one of the main root words in Hip-Hop music (NaS even named an album after it) & the word itself has grown into a kind of social phenomenon. Personally, I’ve used the word as a term of endearment to friends close to me, friends of all races, White included. I think words (and basically everything else) are fueled by the energy you put behind them. The truth is Nigger actually doesn’t derive from anything negative, derogatory or hurtful in anyway. It’s actually the opposite. Phonetically, words all have small roots within them & the meanings of those words evolve into other words & terms but essentially have the same value & energy. The term Nigger is an evolution from something positive, that was turned negative & due to the Alchemical nature of our people it’s been turned back into something positive. Here is the scoop on where Nigger actually comes from.
The Historical and Occult Origins of the Word Nigger.
means “Serpent” in the Vedic Sanskrit. The Hindu Naga Serpent Gods of India are mention in the “Upanishad Texts”, Nagini for the feminine. Indian Serpent Ruler, son of Kadru (Kedar in Hebrew means Black). In ancient India , the people with the blackest skins were respected and held to high esteem; original, first or primary. The Nagas ruled India as well as a substantial portion of Asia from Arabia to China and the South Pacific, as well as the Indian Ocean region. There are a few definitions of the Naga but the origin is the Naga serpent, or the Naga’s a race of serpent like people from Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The word Naga comes from the Sanskrit and nag is still the word for snake, especially the cobra, in most of the languages of India . The Naga is referring to the people who have full access to the Kundalini energy. Kundalini being a serpentine force, to be honored with being called a Naga is to be wise as the serpent. Matthew 10:16 verse “Be ye therefore wise as Serpents, yet gentle as doves.” Note that the Snake (Serpent Spirit) has been a symbol of wisdom since the metaphysical story of Adam and Eve. It’s the wise Serpent who offered them the fruit of knowledge. Also attach to the wise Nag serpent is eternal healing, mystery, magical power, and holiness throughout most of the ancient non-western world.
It’s the represents the power of life death resurrection. It’s used in everything from sex potions to drugs to kill cancer, life and death. .Its poison can kill and used to heal, is shed its skin as a symbol of resurrection. It’s a symbol of all the four elements water, air, earth and fire. The wise serpent lives in water and also in the earth, the poison is fire and the movement in “S” form is the same way waves move across air. Its symbol is used today in medicine, and other healing professions in the form of the Caduceus, and its live descendants are hailed as sacred and used in everything from cancer drugs to sex potions. Other words related to the Naga or Nag:
Naga-raj: King of cobras
Naga-rjuna: A Baudha Saint
Nag-eena: Gem of Ring, Diamond, great
Nag-endra: Lord Shiva
Nag-esh: Lord Shiva, Lord of snakes
Nag-eshwar: Airawat, Sheshnaag
Nag-eshwaran: Lord Snake
Nag-mani: Lord Krishna, Snake’s Gem
Nag-pal: Protector of Snakes
Nag-pati: Master of Snakes
Nag-raj: Sheshnaag, Snake king
Niger and Niger-ia: are two countries in Africa . The words “ Niger ” means in Ibo “King (emperor)” and “Niger-ia” means “Queen (empress).”
Negger: “Golden One” in ancient Kemit. Negger is another form of the god “Geb also referred to as Seb and Keb. This god was the personification of the earth, and indeed this is what his name means earth, and thus it was said that when he laughed, it caused earthquakes. The feminine version would be the goose that laid the golden egg reference to the universe being an egg before the big bang. Also Mother Goose would be a way later version of Geb. Geb is prosperity because of the association with fatness, and pregnancy, cosmic egg and so forth, the individual glyph became used as the word for goose represented as a black goose, where black represented the fertile soil and also the people of the land, The Negger’s. It is also a termed for the King-Initiate which keeps its connection to Naga the Serpent King/ Queen. Literally translated Arnold Schwarzenegger (German) Schwarz = Black or Black-Negger.
Niger-ia is a feminine derivative of the ancient Kamite word Nga, (Naga) which means “Serpent Queen.” It is a title of the Egyptian Queen; this title was given to those who have mastered the Uraeus power. When you see an Egyptian headdress which has a snake on the top of it, you are looking a Uraeus crown. Seen in most hieroglyphs as an upright form of an spitting cobra, used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity and divine authority in ancient Kemit. Uraeus is obvious reference to the Kundalini energy.
Ngosi: blessing ( Ibo , Nigeria )
Naga-saki: A Japanese city destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945, by the U.S. and it means “Serpent Spirit” or “Serpent Life-Force.”
Nig-gina: is the Mesopotamian word for “Justice.”
Nig-sisa: is the Mesopotamian word for “Righteousness.”
Uru-niggina-kiagga: in Babylon means the “City which Loves Truth.”
Uru-niggina-sisa: in Babylon means the “City of Truth and Justice.”
Uru-nigerim-hulgig: in Babylon , means the “City which Hates Evil.
Ngola: (Manding-Congo) = “King/Lord”
Nega Negast: An Ethiopian word which, means Serpent King of Kings.
The Kebra Negast, also called the “Book of the Glory of Kings of Ethiopia,” has been in existence for at least a thousand years, it contains the true history of the origin of the Solomonic line of kings in Ethiopia .
Negus (King) The Kebra Negast is often referred to as the Rastafarian Bible. It was handed down from generation to generation orally, in Rastafarian and West Indian culture. It contains a mix of the history and traditions of the Ethiopia Orthodox faith. It documents the descent of the Ethiopian royal lineage from King David to Emperor Haile Selassie.
Nag Hammadi: is an ancient Aramaic and Hebrew scripture which means “The Serpent Black Guide.” Origin of the gospels and you can study them today if you research anything on Gnosticism.
Nibiru: Sumerian, the Golden Light (Auric Halo). This golden light connected to the Lead to gold you hear so much about in Alchemy which is an internal process. Those who call themselves Naga understood their royal connection and there mastery of the most advanced transformation process on planet earth called alchemy. So much so they named themselves after that fact.
Nibiru, to the Babylonians, was the celestial body associated with the god Murduke. The name is Akkadian and also means “crossing place” or “place of transition”, which is connected to the transformation of alchemy. In most Babylonian texts it is identified with the planet Jupiter. In 1976 Zecharia Sitchin wrote a book called The Twelfth Planet or Nibiru by Sitchin and Eldem. Nibiru in Sumerian tablets referred to an undiscovered 12th Planet or Planet X. Unlike the other planets in our solar system, Nibiru allegedly has an elliptical orbit and moves clockwise rather than counterclockwise. Nibiru’s orbit passes through our solar system only once every 3,600 years, which is equal to one Nibiruan year. This controversial theory is based on Mr. Sitchin’s interpretation of ancient Sumerian texts and cuneiform tablets, having its origins in the Bible, the book of Genesis. Sitchin has spent decades as an archeologist and historian researching ancient writings from the Sumerian civilization and putting them into his five-part paperback series.
Netjer: is the Medu origin of the word Nigger, which means “God”, God of wisdom or force of nature. Medu Netjer is also the origin of the word “Mother Nature.” Netjer, a Kemetic word meaning “divine power,” is the one self- created deity which manifests in myriads of forms as the many forms of god/goddess manifest in nature. Each of the aspects is separate, but each remains a part of the whole. The word for divinity that they used to represent the sum of all the names of the gods and goddesses is “NTR”, pronounced “Net-jer”, this word means simply means God.
Nergal: is “the Healer” in the Sumerian lore. In ancient Sumeria, the Anunnaki which are also called Sun Serpents, The Heavenly Serpent, or The Serpent and the Rainbow, were the Serpents kings. Take for instance the Naki in the word Anunnaki. As in one of the chief Sumerian gods Enki, (connected to the Naki) “en” is translated as a title equivalent to lord; also a title given to the High Priest; “ki” which means earth; (connected to Geb the black goose). Naki is also connected “Nake” in s-NAKE) name for the Initiates of Chaldea, corresponding to the Nagas or “Snake-Kings.”
Shub-Niggar-uth: is an ancient Sumerian name for God, called later in Latin called Pan. It is a reference to the constellation Sirius. Shub-Niggurath; often associated with the phrase “The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young”. Also is sometimes referred to as “The Black Ram of The Forest with a Thousand Ew.” The Black Goat is a personification of Pan.
Nakiel: another name of the Arch-angel Uriel. Naki-el in Hebrew means “Serpent of God,” or “Knowledge of God,” or” fire of God.” In The Book of Adam and Eve he presides over repentance. He’s is the dark angel who wrestled with Jacob at Peniel (Pineal Gland). The Magus claims that alchemy was brought down to earth by him.
Abe-Naki: “Father Serpent”, a name of an Indigenous people in America or the so-called Native Americans. The Abenaki also Wabanaki, meaning people of the dawn, are a tribe of Native Americans/First Nations belonging to the Algonquian peoples of the Northeast portion of North America .
Nuga-rmar-ta and Nago-mina: establishers of civilizations in Ghana and Mali that existed in the area before 1000 B.C.E.
Naba: In the Mossi tribe King is currently called “Naga”, which is “Naba,” which later developed into “Nuba” or “ Nubia .” Nahsi is another word for “Nubian.”
Nebo: the Babylonian word or the Biblical Hebrew word “Nebo.” Hebrew-Assyrian word “Nebo” means “Prophet” or “Eye” as in the “All-Seeing Eye.” “Nebo or Nabu” means prophet, proclaimer. The Babylonian “Nebo” is the heavenly scribe. In Star Wars the Phantom Menace the princess Padme Amidala home world was Naboo an obvious play on them being Babylonian. Jar-Jar Binks is a “Gungun” The Gungans resemble Hadrosaurs, A type of dinosaur. This is a representation of the reptilian Kundalini serpent life force. They lived under the water and the Naboo live above ground. The gunguns are the primal life force and Amidala’s people are the transformed version of the, beauty and the beast. When she meets with their king she tells them that they always lived together in peace and how they need each other to survive. Pointing out the higher and lover self coming together.
Nakir: Is a black angel in Mohammedan lore.
Nabi: is the Arabic equivalent, which means “Master of Knowledge” and is derived from the ancient Kama’atu (Egyptian) word “ Neb. ” meaning Gold. Neb (Serpent) spelt backwards is “Ben,” short for “Ben Ben,” meaning Source, Spring or Phoenix-Bird or “Serpent in the Sky”).
Naga-raj: means “King of Serpents, Serpent King.” Nagaraj or Nagraj is a common Indian surname.
Naga-bhushan: means “One who wears Snakes as ornaments of Shiva.”
Nag-endra: means “King of Snakes.” Means “lord of snakes” from Sanskrit Naga or again snake. The Nag is combined with the “Endra,” is the Hindu god Indra, used here to mean “lord”. This is a word used in Hindu texts to refer to a large snake.
Nag-esh: “Snake in Man,” which is a reference to the Kundalini serpent force sleeping in the garden at the base of your spine.
Naga Kanya: “Snake of the Rainbow.” The Naga Kanya is a Seven-headed Cobra, a counterpart of the God Vishnu. Naga-rjuna of India is shown with a golden aura, or halo, of Seven Serpents that is an indication of a very high degree of Initiation. The symbolism of the Seven Serpents is a reference to the (Seven Chakras).
Naga Lakshmi: “Queen of Snakes.”
Naga-mani: “Mind of Serpents.” Some of the earliest legends describe The Naga women who turn from human to snake at will, aided by a jewel embedded in their forehead which is the pineal gland or third eye. This is a myth, referencing the power of the rising Kundalini.
Nagal: “Serpent-God” and is the title of the medicine men, magicians and initiates in ancient Mexico , Central and South American Indigenous civilizations. Nagal means a “Teacher, Serpent-God, Chief”, In Uruguay.
Naggai: is Hebrew and it means “giving light, shining, brilliant, illuminating, enlightening, luminous intelligence.
Nachash: is Hebrew and means “Serpent.” Nachash, is the serpent that spoke to the woman in the Garden of Eden. The Hebrew word Nachash is translated to “shine” as in golden aura, illumination of full Kundalini. Also means whisper (as in enchantment) Nachash is the Shining enchanter. He was also shrewd, cunning, smooth, slick higher intelligence.
Nazarene: (Nasarene, Naaserene, Nazirite or Nazarite) is a Hebrew (Het-Heru) word which means Aide, Helper or Friend; also means a native or resident of Nazareth . Nazirite or Nazarite The German word Nazi, the German fascist party controlled under Hitler in 1933 to 1945, is also derived from the Hebrew word Nazi-r or Nazi-rite.
Naas: (gnosis) and this is the realm of the People or those made from mud “Black mud” (melanin).
Naga-Krita: (Chinese are from the Ngu-African descent), Chinese are even said to have originated with the Serpent demi-gods. In China , the Naga is given the form of the Dragon, also called the “Dragon Spirit” the Emperor-King and is known as the “Son of Heaven.”
Naga-rjuna: called in Tibetan, Lu-trub, “The God-Serpents”. In Tibet , they are still known in a symbolic sense and are called “Lu (Dragon).”
Nahua: is a Mexican word which means “Serpent.”
Ngola: ( Angola ) means “King” in the Angolan languages.
Negus: (Nee-goos) Ethiopian term for Emperor.
Niger : Roman/Latin term for Black or Negro
Negre: French for Negro or Black
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