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X-Clan -- Return From Mecca (Suburban Noize)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Hip Hop has changed -- for the worse, some argue -- since X-Clan released their last full-length CD in 1992. Crunk music and her Bay Area-bred cousin Hyphy now represent the dominant sounds in mai  

Brighter Dayz (The Finale)

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I look into my daughter's eyes and realize that I'm a learn through her ... If I'm a do it, I gotta change the world through her. -- Common (Sense) At some point in the not-too-distant futu  

Birth of a Nation

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
"Nation: A people who share common customs, origins, history, and frequently language" -- American Heritage Dictionary Though DJ/producer Eric B. was never really elected president, imagine fo  

Don't Sleep

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 25, 2006
"They think that I'm a new jack, but only if they knew that, they who think wrong are they who can't do that ..." -- Rakim Allah There are some things worth losing sleep over. Problem is, th  

Hurricanes and Hip Hop

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 27, 2006
"Them drums say the revolution is near. Are you listening? Are your eardrums open for christening?" -- De La Soul's Posdnuos (Plug One) The artwork that accompanied my September 2005 column,   

Music: A Time to Build

After over a decade off, X-Clan returns to again help elevate the social consciousness of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"We have a responsibility to be teachers and we are behind on our homework." -- Grand Verbalizer Funkin' Lesson Brother J To X-Clan founder/lyricist Brother J, there is no distinction betwee  

J. Dilla Changed My Life

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 19, 2006
"I used to listen to records and actually ... look for mistakes. I try to do that in my music; (I) try to have that live feel ..." -- J. Dilla About a month ago I saw someone wearing one of   

Starting from Scratch

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 28, 2006
About 20 years ago, I taught myself how to scratch using a copy of Run-DMC's hit single "Jam Master Jay," one of a handful of songs from the time that acknowledged the DJ's pivotal role in Hip  

Music Ain't the Answer

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
"We need some unity, to bring together you and me..." -- Colonel Abrams On May 3, 2006, I was miserably late to work. But this time, I had an excuse -- one nearly too far-fetched to explain  

Speak. Hear. Dance.

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
"You may know me as a political candidate and an attorney, but (right now), I am Hip Hop." -- Fanon Rucker Professional and family demands aside, it's taken me four years to attend Perry Simm