It took me a while to be open to releasing a “mixtape.” I would record over different cats’ productions for fun, usually with no intent to put it out. But the modern-day concept of a mixtape has really changed. Nowadays mix tapes are put together like albums, so it got me open to actually crafting one. It also gives me a chance to sorta acknowledge other cats that I appreciate and draw the connection to what I’m making. . I’m used to producing, writing, recording most of what I do so it allowed me play with sh-t differently. — Jai Nitai Lotus
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Emotionally I can be pretty stunted. I tend to hide behind inappropriate jokes and sarcasm and don’t really communicate properly. Music is a great avenue to express things that are too much for me to cope with. “Gone” is about losing someone to addiction and watching them slowly kill themselves. I was making myself sick with sadness from that situation and it was just festering internally until I wrote “Gone.” Songwriting can be a sort of exorcism. - Carolyn
Production wise I am most influenced by the The Bomb Squad, Prince Paul, Primo and RZA. I listened to hip hop exclusively from around age 8 to around my late teens. I first got into Run DMC, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, all those early Def Jam acts. The song that really tipped me over the edge was Public Enemy‘s ‘Terminator X to the Edge of Panic.’ I was totally blown away. I had never heard anything like it. That raw energy and abstract wall of noise left a lasting impression. — Paso
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Hip-Hop can’t do anything for those residents besides show gratitude for their courage. Ferguson is Hip-Hop, they don’t need some artist to put on a cape. But if anything, let’s actually display the struggles of our people instead of doing tribute songs one day out of the year. How about artists get back to speaking our truth as a culture?
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Well we all know where the music industry is headed right now. As far as my music goes and where my catalog stands with all that is going on, I feel like I want it to be stand alone and actually WORTH something. I want my work to be well-valued, I want my recordings and lyrics to be valued more than anything. I want my core fans to be proud of the what we’ve accomplished, ten, twenty years from now. I may not live forever but these records will, and I want us to make an impact on the world as a whole through the poetry, through the art, and through the rhythm we create
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I don’t pay attention to the market, or mainstream radio or the like. For me, it’s just more important to speak from a place of my truth, ya’ know? What I feel, what I’m seeing and experiencing. For me, I HAVE to speak about the things I speak about because they affect me. So Katrina is a part of my world. Ferguson is a part of my world. Vulnerability and death and living in the hood are all a part of my world. To ignore those parts would be me ignoring myself, and that’s never an option.
The case around Mike Brown’s killing by a Ferguson police officer is only getting murkier.
After releasing images from a gas station robbery to the press Friday morning with the suggestion Mike Brown was pictured in them, the Ferguson police department is now backtracking. In a second press conference hours later, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson admitted that Brown’s shooting was unrelated to the incident.
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