How satanic are we? Ask this in church and or your place of worship this Friday night and/or this Sabbath. How satanic our we to allow one of us to shoot one of us who has already been injured and surrendered…to shoot them at least 3 additional times and then twice more in the head? And the evil doesn’t stop there. Then we allow the murderer’s organization to protect the murderer by concealing their murder, withholding their name, by surpressing the flow of information, by spinning parallel narratives that are spun to distract and foster misinformation. And how sinful are we that we appeal for justice and peace from the system that we know very well is not just? How sinful are we that we would be satisfied with solely the arrest and conviction of the murderer? How sinful our we for not connecting the dots between slavery, jim crow, and now mass incarceration and that sinfully unjust “criminal justice system?” How sinful are we for not calling out institutional racism and then breaking its fucking back? And if we don’t know how to call it out because we only learned the language of the oppressor then how sinful are we that we have not placed a premium on unlearning their language and developing a language of liberation? How sinful, fearful and/or ignorant are we that we continually take what seems to be the easy route to appeal to this “criminal justice system” that just criminalizes us. We allow this. The heads on the streets last night decided not to. The heads last night decided to speak another language…a language that CNN’s, FOX’s and MSNBC’s closed caption just could not translate. It was babble, it was immature, it is yet to be formed, but it was closer to the language of our Creator unleashing Their righteous indignation on evil and it is certainly not the language of the oppressor and unfortunately many of our pulpits – Dr. Jonel Daphnis
John Robinson & PVD celebrate the release of there new LP, Modern Vintage, by releasing the first visual, “All Of The World,” from the project which is now available on Brick Records.
Modern Vintage is the new collaboration album from veteran emcee John Robinson (aka Lil Sci of world renown Hip-Hop group Scienz Of Life) and prolific drummer, composer, producer and band-leader Pat Van Dkye (aka PVD). John Robinson and PVD originally met at a show in 2008 and since then their chemistry has grown organically and has developed into the duo performing many formal shows together at venues like SOB’s, Blue Note NYC, LPR and others around the NY-NJ Tristate area.
Modern Vintage spells out the approach in which this album was made from front to back: The music was composed with a combination of modern technology software mixed with vintage synths and outboard gear, all blended seamlessly with live instrumentation being the foundation. The lyrics and concepts were all spontaneously crafted in the studio, session by session, by letting the soundscapes speak to the lyricist similar to how vintage recordings of the 60’s & 70’s were created.
“I took a much more structured songwriting approach to the lyrics on this album; my goal from the beginning of making this record was to take advantage of the fact that I am working with PVD- a composer/musician and not just a beat maker/producer, which definitely makes this record different from my other releases. This one is for all the true music lovers worldwide” says John Robinson. PVD states “making this record was a dream come true. From the very first session, we set out to craft quality songs that capture a cohesive vibe and feel good. In many cases, JR was writing to merely a sketch of what actually ended up on the record. It felt great to work with an artist who trusted me enough to lend his talents to the music not knowing where I would take it sonically. Live drums, keys, guitars, horns, and synths give this record a distinctly human feel that is present in all of my favorite records, old and new. A modern-day true Hip-Hop record, grounded firmly in the traditions of jazz, funk, and soul music.”
The official video for ‘Obtain Bearing’, the final release from Apex Zero’s debut solo album ‘Reality Provoking Liberation. Dedicated to his Grandparents and Ancestors and filmed in West London, Nottingham and Grenada, this insightful and personal video depicts the countries and cities of Apex’s heritage and family tree
Check out J. Coles new single “Free”. Also check out some of the photos from the #NMOS14 rally in Durham, NC last night. Check out Plush Style Photo for more on the event.
I would like for you to take sometime and slow down for a moment. While you listen to this song, turn off the lights, if you smoke, role one up. Lay back and let your mind go at ease. Sometimes the world blinds us with so many distractions we forget what’s really important. These days I try to look at life from a cosmic point of view. We are on a tiny planet in the middle of the universe just spinning around. Realizing that I remember that so much of what we think is important, is not really that important. We take our life, our earth, and our bodies for granted at times. When you listen to this song, I ask that you sit still and listen, take a deep breathe in for 5 seconds, pause for 2, then take a deep breath out for 5 seconds. Do this through out the whole song and try to focus on your breathing and the song. A lot of people ask me about meditation so consider this your beginners meditation song. Soon you’ll join us in outer space!