Creative genius or not?

4 03 2008
With Black history month over, I thought it would be good to get your feedback on Nas’s new album. It was supposed to be released in February, but has been pushed back again.
No doubt Nas is courting controversy, even his creative genius can’t deny that. Even though he is one of the best rappers of all time this new album title has got me thinking. First of all, how come there seemed to be more people/rappers upset when Nas came out with Hip Hop is Dead? People were up in arms. For some reason this Ni99a album title is creating a subtle quiet storm, and it is mostly with people our parents age. Ni99a album vs Hip Hop is Dead which one gets you more offended?
Do you think that Nas’s argument about embracing the word as way of empowerment and self-affirmation is legit? Or do you think that he has paved the way for the Don Imus’s of the world to be out there and say “nappy headed ni99ers” and it is cool cuz hey Nas has that as an album title.
What you think?

B-Ha’s B-day

27 02 2008

Today is the birthday of The Mighty DJ Benhameen!

 Show some love if you got it for your Pisces bredren

 – – Yuri


22 02 2008

“My raps ignite the people like Obama.”

-Common (Finding Forever)

With Obamamania growing by the minute, I thought it would be interesting to do a post about him and his relevance to hip-hop. There is no doubt that he is literally the dark horse blazing up the scene. To be honest, I don’t think that people really thought that he would have made it this far. To their surprise he has…what is the appeal?

Can Obama be the voice for the hip-hop generation? After thinking about it I have come to the conclusion that yes he is. When you think about it at the end of the day Obama embodies all that there is to hip hop. He is in a nutshell the hip-hop American dream. Here are my top 4 reasons for saying this:

  1. Obama is a hustler. I mean who else can get people to give him $6 million dollars over a 24 hour period. Who else can come out of relative obscurity and create such a sensation that you have to take notice. He has got white people haning onto his words like it is crack…people are tuning into CNN just for an Obama fix.
  2. Obama can rock the mic and he has the verbage to back it up. Listen to the way the man speaks. There is a lyricism in his voice. His speeches inspire people. There is a whole generation of people our age who have become mobilized by his words that they want to put into action.
  3. Obama has got that swagger. His presence alone tells you that he is not one to mess with. He is strong. He is not backing down and for that people are scared because he has got people believing that he can be president.
  4. Obama is connected to the community. Yeah he went to Harvard, and yeah he is a lawyer but how many people you know go back to the community and work in the community as a civil rights lawyer? Because of this he has become very aware of the issues that the hip-hop generation faces. The majority of politicians don’t understand the struggles of the hip-hop community, and therefore they rarely address them.His policies indicate that he is in tune: health care for everyone, education reform, prison reform and sentencing reform, the war in Iraq, affordable college, jobs programs, social welfare…it is clear he has a pulse on the issues and wants to really evoke change. Like the true essence of hip-hop Obama is about community empowerment.

“I can do for you what Martin did for the people”…it is true. On his quest to upgrade America, Obama will be taking all of us in the hip-hop generation along for the ride.

Not too long ago Obama was discussing hip-hop and the relevance of hip-hop and he said that although hip-hop does a good job at shining the realities of America, it is time hip-hop embraces the true essence of it’s purpose and shine light on the possibilities of what can become. Maybe a Black President is just one of those things.

What do you think?


27 01 2008

In a an effort to keep the blog alive, here is a post that BenHa wanted to get out and get your thoughts on: 

Is the DOC losing his voice the greatest loss Hip-Hop has ever experienced? His one and only LP No One Can Do it Better stands as a testament to the strength and power that poured from his vocal cords. His verse on NWA’s The Final Episode is arguably the best, and his lyricism would go on to fuel the majority of The Chronic and 2001. He served as a mentor to Snoop and a motivator for Dr. Dre, but with only one album to his name it hurts to think what else he could have accomplished.

Who or what do you think is the greatest loss in hip-hop?

– – Yuri

B-Ha Update

2 01 2008

Sup good people, this is Ben’s friend Yuri in Houston stopping through to relay an ambiguous message to the masses.

Ben is fine, just dealing with some tricked up issues overseas.  I will try to relay whatever message he wants delivered as they come, the only thing he has really expressed is that he wants all of his peeps to continue contributing to the blog (posting articles, links, pics, video, etc.) while he is out of pocket for a bit.

I will post some of the stuff he had as drafts for cats that are interesting in dropping their opinions and in general try to hold it down until he is once again able to do so.

. . . we now return you to the daily routine that is your life . . .

(and just so I’m not some faceless cyber assbloggernaut — here)
 – – Yuri – –

Since I was a lil snot nose rocking girbauds…

29 10 2007


arms folded in a b-boy pose

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H-Town’s Finest.

29 10 2007

I dunno how this is still up with the ETV logo on it since Bey’s people were highly insistent on all recording devices being turned off at the :50 second mark, but since it is check it out. Read the rest of this entry »