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Calling all WOKE Emcees

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Sydney Australia’s ‘Blacktown Youth Services Association’ (BYSA) serves the Sudanese and Pacific Islander diaspora communities of Sydney’s West by facilitating opportunities for collaborative artistic performance and enterprise. BYSA is looking for individual emcees and community organization in the U.S.A. to collaborate with on an internationally themed hip-hop mixtape. Some main sub-themes of the proposed mixtape include:

  • culture/community,
  • social and environmental justice,
  • self- or collective-determination,
  • projections of a future world.

We are in search of 6 – 12 skilled emcees of mixed gender who represent culturally and socio-economically marginalized communities and who have demonstrated a commitment to a social or environmental justice initiative through paid or volu...

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Hot new song: “Salma Hayek” by Atmosphere

Atmosphere just dropped a new track titled “Salma Hayek”. It was written and produced by Atmosphere with Plain Ole Bill and G Koop. Cover artwork by Dave Quiggle. Here is the cover:

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“Minneapolis Massive” Minnesota Hip Hop Documentary from the 90’s

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Minnesota has had an active hip hop scene dating as far back as 1981. The year is now 2016 and Minnesota has a prominent hip hop scene loaded with tons of talented artists and on the verge of something big. In recent years major moves and activity has been happening some of which includes 3 new hip hop radio stations, one of the biggest Hip Hop Festivals (Soundset) selling out for multiple years, St Paul based rapper Allan Kingdom being nominated for 2 Grammy’s, and the Rhymesayers celebrating 20 years of success to a sold out Target Center.

One word to describe whats happening to Minnesota hip hop right now. Wow. This is the result of the tireless work ethic and hustle from all of the Minnesota based artists from Minneapolis and St. Paul all the way to Duluth and Red Lake. Props to each and every artist on the scene on that daily grind. Now lets take a step back and look at the scene just 17 years ago.

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Back in 1999 a documentary film named “Minneapolis Massive” was produced that set out to document the thriving hip hop scene in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St Paul) of Minnesota. The filmmakers set out on a mission to cover the 4 elements of hip hop MCing, DJing, Graffiti, Breakdancing within the Minnesota scene.

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This is a historical film and has some of Minnesota’s rap legends in their early years such as Slug of Atmosphere and other Rhymesayers members Musab, Eyedea (RIP) & Abilities, Los Nativos also Carnage The Executioner, Budah Tye, MC Unicus of Kanser, Heiruspecs, Abstract Pack and more. This film was produced by Phillips Community Television (PCTV) and Directed by John Skelton & John Gwinn.

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In the film it goes undercover into some real graffiti sessions and examines the perspective of graffiti from both graffiti artists and the city of Minneapolis. You will see the likes of Sharon Sayles Belton (the first black and woman mayor of Minneapolis) and Amy Klobuchar speaking on graffiti. It features some graffiti art by artists Unik, WASP, KUSH, Just, Logik, Spel and more. You will also see An interview with Graffiti artist Lady Pink when working on a mural at Intermedia Arts. (http://www.intermediaarts.org/the-game-graffiti-art-at-intermedia1)

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The film has a ton of great breakdancing footage with some of the best performances by breaking crew The Battlecats (http://first-avenue.com/performer/battlecats).

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Some of the other film highlights are an intense rap battle with Slug and Budah Tye, great footage of the late Eyedea, footage of Los Nativos, Carnage The Executioner, and Heiruspecs rocking some crowds along with exclusive interviews with Slug and Musab.

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Enjoy all of this hip hop good-ness!

Watch the full documentary here:

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New Track: “Drip” by Mike Delorean & Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)

Queensbridge is back at it again!! It’s been a while since fans have heard from QB stalwart Mike Delorean and he is back with a banger for the streets. Mike D & Prodigy haven’t exchanged bars on a track together since the days of Bars n Hooks and the wait has been well worth it.

The QB Thuns come through with standout verses bringing a new QB sound fans have been longing for. Drip is the 1st single off of DCMs Opportunity Knox Vol 3 which features guest appearances from Maffew Ragazino, KXNG Crooked, Apani, Little Vic, Ph, Dave East, Nature, Starang, Ali Vegas, Dirt Disciples, Chaundon, John Jigg$ and more.

DRIP

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/deep-concepts-media/mike-delorean-x-prodigy-drip

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