Archive for September 12, 2011

Article: Pastor’s destruction of hip-hop CDs doesn’t solve anything by Chris Graham

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: “music is destroying ourcommunity.”

This debate over lyrics and messages in hip-hop has intensified over the last 20 years. For some, it’s a genre to enjoy, but others, like Pastor Kenneth L. Green, believe this content must be eviscerated from the community as a way to protect young people, according to a July 29 Buffalo News article.

Here’s the catch: Green went about helping his area in a completely wrong way.

As the Pastor at Emmanuel Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Buffalo, he had young people bring CDs to the church and place them in a barrel. He then took a sledgehammer and proceeded to destroy the CDs, according to the article.

The pastor went on to say he was providing a symbolic gesture and starting a new beginning for the youths in his community, according to the article.

The pastor’s action in this instance brings up a multitude of problems without a solution to the issue he opposes.

First, no matter how many CDs the pastor destroys, hip-hop and the content of the genre are not going to vanish. The music will still be on the radio and we will continue to hear about Wiz Khalifa’s affection for marijuana and Tyler, The Creator’s propensity for talking about killing people. The music will always be there, so creating a ruckus will not automatically make record labels change.

Secondly, a major component of hip-hop music deals with going against authority figures and the powers-that-be. Destroying CDs and beginning his crusade against hip-hop will likely convince kids to tune him out. One of the young church members said after the pastor’s display, “While you were praying against this music, I was praying against your prayer,” according to the article. People like him are already opposing the pastor’s ways and “fighting the power,” à la legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy.

If Pastor Green really wants to help his community, he has to stop using music as an excuse for the problem. If he wants to eliminate violence in the community, how about going door-to-door and having a friendly discourse with the youths of his community rather than using a sledgehammer to prove his point?

I commend Green for wanting change and hoping to live and work in a safe community, but he shouldn’t blame music. Each person makes his or her own decisions.  Green really has no basis for his argument other than anger at a controversial genre, unless he can prove someone committed a crime because hip-hop music said so.

So, I ask Pastor Green to talk to the young people of his community and see why they do what they do. But he should leave music out of it.  He also may want to leave the sledgehammer and its violent overtone behind, like the music he is fighting passionately against.




Music News: Black Moon To Reunite For Album

In 1993, Brooklyn rap trio Black Moon made their debut and stood right alongside New York rap titans like Nas, Method Man and the Notorious B.I.G. With boom-bap singles like “Who Got Da Props?” and “I Got Cha Opin (Remix),” Buckshot, 5ft. and DJ Evil Dee were torchbearers for East Coast hip-hop. After a six-year hiatus, the group would go on to release their second album, 1999′s War Zone, and their third LP, Total Eclipse, in 2003.

Now that the group has once again joined together for the 2011 Rock the Bells tour, many fans are wondering if there will be another reunion album in the works. The answer is yes, but things may take a while.

“There’s only one thing holding up the album: me,” admitted Evil Dee, who pulls double duty as the group’s DJ and producer. “I’m trying to make the perfect beat, but we finally got some joints. Other than that, Buck and 5, they’re constantly like, ‘E, wassup? E, wassup?’ you know? And I’m a man and I’mma admit that, but I’ll say it like this — in two weeks we start recording.”

DJ Evil Dee along with Mr. Walt make up Da Beatminerz, and together they cooked up all of the music for Black Moon’s first two albums. For the next reunion album, titled Dark Side of the Moon, Da Beatminerz plan to handle production again. “We wouldn’t do a Black Moon album without that,” Buckshot told Mixtape Daily before their Rock the Bells set in New York City.

“[It will be] me and Mr. Walt, and I might have to introduce some new Beatminerz to the scene,” Dee confirmed of his participation on the production end. “But it’s gonna be a Beatminerz-produced album, fully produced by Beatminerz.”
interview at www.mtvnews.com

Article: Hip-hop’s roots, influence to be explored at History Museum BY CALVIN WILSON

Hip-hop was born in the streets of the south Bronx in the late 1970s, a time of economic uncertainty in America. But the movement really bloomed when it went against the grain of the socially conservative 1980s.

It’s unlikely that Ronald Reagan was a fan of break dancing, graffiti or rap music, but the energy of hip-hop was not lost on an emerging generation that embraced it — including young black women, who were very much involved in making it a cultural phenomenon.

That might come as a surprise to listeners who associate rap music with rampant misogyny and a reliance on words so derogatory that they can’t be published in a mainstream newspaper. These days, rap is all about guns and poses. But at one time, the music’s biggest stars included such female performers as Monie Love, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa and crossover star Queen Latifah.

That reality is the jumping-off point for “I Am Hip-Hop,” an event to be presented Thursday evening at the Missouri History Museum in association with the ongoing “America I AM: The African American Imprint” exhibit. The tribute to women in hip-hop will focus on the movement’s various aspects — including emceeing, turntablism, dance, art and film — and will include a panel discussion. Among those scheduled to participate in the event are Hatesephi Kushma, Yung Ro, DJ Sinamin and MK Stallings.

“I Am Hip-Hop” has been in the works for more than a year, said Alex Detrick, the museum’s assistant director of community education and events.

“As we looked through the music featured in the final section of ‘America I AM,’ the piece that was missing was hip-hop,” she says. “That was an opportunity for us, and there’s definitely community interest.”

Aja Owens, organizer of the event, say that “everything is influenced by hip-hop, from politics to spirituality. And women have definitely had their hands in its overall presence.” Women were particularly important in the development of hip-hop dance, Owens says.

“That’s why I wanted to do this exhibit,” she adds. “I’m an emcee and poet, and I travel all around the country, and I see people in Chicago and Detroit who are still dancing.”

Although that aspect of hip-hop no longer has as high a profile as it once did, “the presence is still there, and it’s important for us to make it known.”



Sports: Football Season Is Back!!!

Giants lose season opener but jets bring home a win.
On the 10th year anniversary of September 11th the New York Giants fall short to the Washington Redskins by a score of 28-14. Jets however, walk away with a win at home against the Dallas Cowboys, barely edging them by 3 points in a 27-24 victory.

Quote Of The Day

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Mark Twain

Article: The Lucrative Side of Hip-Hop Beef – 10 Rap Feuds That Fueled Sales (4 of 10) by Alexis Garrett Stodghill

The Source vs. XXL
As two seminal mouthpieces of the hip-hop game, The Source and XXL have ironically been platforms for beef as much as informative magazines. Both got heatedly involved in the 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule beef, with “The Source (anti–50 Cent) and XXL (pro)…  denouncing each other in editors’ letters and burning copies of each other’s magazines,” . Other rapper battles saw Benzino, then a rapper and co-owner of The Source, battling it out with Eminem starting in 2002. Benizino used his mag to attack the platinum rapper, while  to try to take The Source down, on top of suing The Source for defamation. Due to the complex nature of record label advertising, powerful corporate entities on the threat of removing ads for their artists from The Source. Some say the magazine has never been the same ever since.
Winner in this beef: Clearly, Eminem got the attention, which always builds one’s brand, while successfully destroying his foe. It’s not always one of the main contenders in a beef who comes out on top.



Get It Done Entertainment Would Like To Thank Everybody Who Took Part In The “Vibes To Touch” Event To Make It a Success.

We Would Like to thank all who came and participated at the kickoff event for “Vibes To Touch”. A show that embodies a mixture of great artwork, talented artist, and great DJ’s from around the globe.

The show turned out to be a success and had a few special guest…
Brooklyn born rapper O.C was in the building, along with DJ Gyvis (DJ account manager) at Digiwaxx. Fatom Beats (producer behind 50 cents and LiL Kim’s “Magic Stick” 2x platinum selling single) and many others.

Not to mention special guest host Legendary Duo Wiseguy and Gaston Thomas (Host of long time standing open mic at the Nuyorican Cafe) As well as Qi Chi.

Also big Shout out to all the poets who performed, The artist who shared their beautiful pieces and our featured act Joshua Torrez who capped it all off with a great Live show.

Thanks again to all our guest and UsFirstFilms for partnering up with us on the event. Pics will be up soon!!!!! Till the next one Peace!

Sincerly, From the whole Get It Done Entertainment Team.


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