================================ FNV HIP HOP NEWSLETTER #125 ================================= April 4 2003 *Edwin Starr Passes Away *New Radio Show for Ed Lover & Dr Dre *Juvenile Reunites w/ Cash Money Records *Paris Being Censored *Hip Hoppers Team Up w/ Congresswoman Barbara Lee *Chuck D to Record w/ New Zealand Artist *More Drama For Ja Rule *Queen Latifah Living Large & Under Attack *Upcoming Hip Hop Events & Activities The FNV Newsletter c 2002 Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org =========================================== EDWIN STARR PASSES AWAY A bit of sad news, as we announce the sudden passing of legendary soul singer Edwin Starr. He suffered a fatal heart attack the other day at his home in Nottingham, England. For those who are unfamiliar Starr was best known for the hit songs '25 Miles From Home' and 'War'. That particular song has taken on new meaning as thousands of people all over the world have been chanting the hook from the classic cut.. 'War-What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing'. Starr was scheduled to perform in some upcoming major music festivals. Starr also had a special place amongst Hip Hop's pioneers. The percussion breakdown on his song 'I Just Wanna Do My Thing' was something every emcee worth his her weight lived for. The beat made even the wackest emcee sound good. Every deejay worth his weight couldn't wait to cut the break down as well as the beginning. In fact, because the percussion break down was so long a lot of deejays honed their quick mix skills using this record. Starr gave Hip Hop a premium break beat that we will forever be thankful for...He will be missed and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. On another note: Today was the day that Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, TN, back in 1968..Let's not forget that this man who stood for peace was seen as a threat to the US Governement because he was unafraid to maintain his position. Isn't it funny how a call for peace can be seen as threatening to some? ---------------------------------- NEW RADIO SHOW FOR ED LOVER & DR DRE Props go out to Power 105's NY Morning team Ed Lover & Dr Dre. They will be teaming up with mixers Mr Choc of LA's Power 106 and Power 105's DJ Kut to do a new syndicated 3 hour weekly radio show called Jump Off. The show will be three hours weekly produced in a cutting edge, fast moving mix format complete with personality, superstar guests, humor, and just hit-intensive mixing. The first weeks guests include Chris Rock and 50 Cent. It'll be interesting to see how rival companies Clear Channel and Emmis Broadcasting work out what stations if any they air the show.. Mr Choc works for Emmis while Dre, Lover and Kut work for Clear Channel. For more info, contact email@example.com ----------------------------------------------- JUVENILE BURIES HATCHET & RETURNS TO CASH MONEY RECORDS The Hip Hop world is celebrating as Juvenile and his former label mates at Cash Money Records set aside their differences, buried the hatchet and reunited. Many will recall that Juvenile left the label in 2001 in a bitter dispute over money. He claims the label cheated him of millions and violated his trust. Label heads Baby & Slim denied any wrong doings and saw Juveniles leaving as an insult to them. They had less than kind words to say about him. Apparently the two have concluded that its best for them to work together and hence they are back together. We wish them much luck in their future projects. ------------------------------- PARIS BEING CENSORED The NY Times reports that rapper Paris is being silently blacklisted because he will not change the artwork of his upcoming CD entitled 'Sonic Jihad'. Few if any record store chains will carry it because it depicts a jet about to slam into the White House."The reason I have that cover art is not to offend the families of the victims of 9/11 or anything like that,"Paris said by telephone from his home just outside Oakland.The intention, he said, was to create a dialogue. "Nobody has profited from the tragedy of 9/11 more than the U.S. government, the Bush administration, defense contractors and large corporations," he continued. "So people can't look at me and say I'm capitalizing on this horrible event. That's not the case at all. In fact, I am using this as a means by which to reach people with the truth."-courtesy playahata.com --------------------------- Here's a copy of that article... FUROR OVER RAPPER'S COVER-ART STATEMENT April 3, 2003 By NEIL STRAUSS LOS ANGELES, April 2 - The rapper Paris has been working on his fifth CD for five years. Now, as he awaits cameos from fellow rappers like Public Enemy and Dead Prez to make his May release date, he feels that it his best work yet. It's a pity so few may ever hear it. This has nothing to do with record-label politics. Paris is releasing the CD himself. This has nothing to do with legal issues either. It has everything to do with the cover of the album, which few if any record store chains will carry. It depicts a jet about to slam into the White House. Making the album even less likely to appear on record store shelves is its title, "Sonic Jihad." "The reason I have that cover art is not to offend the families of the victims of 9/11 or anything like that," Paris said by telephone from his home just outside Oakland. The intention, he said, was to create a dialogue. "Nobody has profited from the tragedy of 9/11 more than the U.S. government, the Bush administration, defense contractors and large corporations," he continued. "So people can't look at me and say I'm capitalizing on this horrible event. That's not the case at all. In fact, I am using this as a means by which to reach people with the truth." Several major record chains, when called for comment on the album, would not speak for attribution, for fear of criticism from free-speech groups. But all said they would carry the album only with an alternate cover. Independent record stores, however, seemed less concerned. "I would need to check it out musically before anything else and see if the music would overshadow the cover art," said Bryce Holben, a buyer at Fat Beats, a hip-hop store in Greenwich Village. "Whether or not I agree with him, he has his voice and his politics. I wouldn't shun him for it." When his first album, "The Devil Made Me Do It," was released in 1990 on Tommy Boy Records, Paris seemed like a sure contender for stardom. His voice, his rhymes, his beats and his intelligence all made him a favorite newcomer to the charts. But his strident politics and imagery, which he refused to compromise (leading to a video from that album being rejected by MTV), soon marginalized him. When Ice-T and his rock band Body Count were dropped from Time Warner after the fury over their song "Cop Killer," Paris was also refused distribution by the company. The offending song: "Bush Killa," a diatribe against the first President George Bush. "I hate being in a position to say I told you so, because it means the world is really messed up," Paris said of his latest single, "What Would You Do," which largely rails against the current president. Time has not blunted Paris's edge. Rather than tone down the cover of "Sonic Jihad," Paris has decided to release the album his way. Though four distributors in Europe agreed to carry the CD, he said, in the United States, where no store or distributor so far will touch it, he will sell it though his Web site, www.guerillafunk.com. "Since I already know that out of the gate `Sonic Jihad' is not going to be in Wal-Mart and Target and all that, it's important for me to find a way in which I can do it on my own and bypass the traditional methods," Paris said. "And the Internet is really the last great unclaimed territory where I don't have to worry about payola or commercial endorsements or diluting the music. I don't have to have one foot in the commercial water and one foot out. I can just kick you where it counts with it, like I know you need to be kicked." It would be easy to write Paris off as a shameless provocateur. And some, after seeing the deliberately shocking artwork, do. After all, he is well aware that most people's first reaction to his album cover and title will be, in his word, "opposition." But a look at his Web site reveals a more complex character. A former stockbroker, he has posted a detailed money management and investment program, covering everything from setting up a 401(k) to creating a diversified portfolio. In the politics section, he narrates a documentary examining the events of 9/11, writes articles on what he sees as recent threats to civil liberties, urges rappers to research the exploitation of African workers in diamond mines before bragging about their newest jewels, and warns of the negative effects current hip-hop videos have on African-American teenagers. "If you keep objectifying women in videos and endorsing black-on-black crime, then after a certain amount of time you become an enemy of the community," Paris said of some of his fellow rappers and the companies that release their records. Paris left a distribution contract with Priority Records in 1995 because he didn't want to take his music in a more gangsta - and thus more commercial - direction. Since then he has been releasing his music independently. It seems as if the closer Paris has cleaved to his politics and beliefs, the less opportunity he has had to expose his message to a mass audience. "At the end of the day, you got to do what lets you sleep well at night," Paris said of his decisions. "I want to look back at this particular period in my life and say that I made a difference and that I knew what was right - and that I did it in a way that was still bumping." www.nytimes.com/2003/04/0...2771&ei=1& en=e22a87b27bd1eca8 -Courtesy of NY Times -------------------------------------- Don't forget if you happen to be in Oakland tonight Paris will be showing a special 9-11 documentary that he help produce along with the Guerilla News Network AFTERMATH: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM 9/11 Narrated and scored by Paris and featuring interviews shot by GNN syndicate producers in six cities, AfterMath features nine (9) people answering eleven (11) of the most pressing questions that emanate from the terrible and, as yet, unexplained, events of that day. As you will see, these are questions that continue to overshadow and critically challenge the official 'version' of the story. Exclusive East Bay screening (film makers present) April 4, 7:00PM Nahl Hall at the (South East Corner of Campus) CCAC Oakland campus 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618 Phone: 510.594.3600 College Campus Number =============================== HIP HOPPERS TEAM UP W/ CONGRESS WOMAN BARBARA LEE Props to Blackalicious, Jahi, Goapele, Zion I and Deuce Eclispse.. They will be among the many Hip Hop artist who will be hooking up with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and actor Danny Glover to participate in tomorrow's [Sat April 5th] Anti-War Rally which is scheduled to take place in downtown Oakland. Things should be kicking off at 12 noon at Mosswood Park which is located on MaCarthur and Broadway.. ------------------------------- CHUCK D TO RECORD WITH NEW ZEALAND ARTIST Chuck D is keeping busy on the international tip. He is currently lecturing overseas and will soon record a song with local artists from New Zealand called 'Smoke & Mirrors'. The song focuses all the behind scenes drama that goes on in the music industry... ------------------------------- MORE DRAMA FOR JA RULE Speaking of drama it looks like Ja Rule has another battle to deal with. He recently caused a stir when he took some verbal shots on a mixtape at Eminem and the entire Shady/Aftermath crew... Apparently he didn't take too kindly to Eminem lighting him up on the song 'Go To Sleep' which is featured on the 'The Cradle to the Grave Soundtrack' There's word that Em is already set to respond. We'll keep you posted when it drops. One thing to keep in mind is that this beef pits several camps against one another... Ja taking shots at the entire Shady/Aftermath camp will undoubtly receive the blessings from one of his longtime buddies-Suge Knight of Death Row... [please note Suge said he has gone back to calling his label Death Row as opposed to Tha Row]. As we know there is no love loss between him and Dr Dre and his Aftermath record label. He has never taken too kindly to Eminem. In other Ja Rule news, you may recall a few weeks ago we reported how members of Ja's camp got into a scuffle with a white New Zealand newsreporter who asked him 'how many 'niggers' does he have in his crew. Ja's crew didn't take too kindly to the use of that word... Well after the dust settled, the TV reporter did not even get reprimanded. His bosses pointed out the obvious fact that Ja Rule uses the 'N word' all the time to describe not only himself, but other people.. Hence he has no reason to be pissed. Oh well I guess what goes around comes around.. ------------------------------ RUSSELL SIMMONS & WYCLEF JEAN WERE PRINCIPALS FOR A DAY If you happened to be attending the NYC Public schools the other say you may have been lucky enough to see Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons and Hip Hop artist Wyclef Jean. They along with a host of other famous folks including Rosie Perez and actor Ozzie Davis served as Principal for a Day. It was the 9th year that the non profit organization has put on the event. The program was designed to help out the 1 million plus students who attend NY's public schools. LeI wonder if conservative tv blowhard Bill O'Reilly made a big stink about this the way he did back in November when Jay-Z served as Principal for a Day? Speaking of Russell Simmons, be on the look out for his new Visa debit card. That's right you read that correctly. You will soon be able to own a Russell Simmons debit card. It will come through the newly established UniRush Financial Services which is a joint venture between Simmons' Rush Communications and the Unifund Corp., a Cincinnati-based firm that buys unpaid consumer debts. Simmons says he plans to focus on the 48 million Americans who cannot open a bank account because they don't have good credit or they don't make enough money. The card will be offered to four million Unifund customers. Outside of that, Simmons will attempt to market the card by word of mouth. There will be no minimum-income requirements for the card, Simmons said. and to keep users from bouncing checks, UniRush will require them to call a toll-free number to request that the company send a check to them. The card will have a $19.95 activation fee, with a $1 fee for most transactions. ================================= QUEEN LATIFAH LIVING LARGE AND COMING UNDER FIRE Looks like Queen Latifah continues to blow up the spot as she is making big money from her plus size shape. For those who don't know, she is the spokesmodel for new plus-size lingerie line Curvation. The 'Bringing Down the House' and 'Chicago' star is thrilled with her new role because she grew up being ridiculed for her shape and her ample bust. She says, "When I was in high school I was shy about the size of my breasts and people would pick on me. Now, people pay for these." Latifah, real name Dana Owens, is hoping the new line will force other clothing companies to be more honest about their sizes: "Most women in America are size 10 or better so I don't understand why when you go into a store and you pick up a size 10 it's really a size eight. I mean, come on." While Latifah is doing well with her plus size figure, she has some folks who are coming after her to get some plus size money. She was recently named in a 15 million dollar lawsuit from an attorney named Marie Flaherty, who claims she wrote a screenplay called 'Amoral Dilemma', whose plot is very similar to that of 'Bringing Down the House'. The only difference is that in Flaherty's screenplay about a lawyer who unknowingly picks up on a prisoner is that her approach was meant to be a drama while the current box office hit is a comedy. Latifah was named in the suit along with many others including Disney which distributes the film. We'll keep you posted on the outcome of this suit. Lastly Latifah is catching major heat from Boondock's comic strip writer Aaron McGruder. He's come out and slammed her in two days worth of strips because he feels she resurrected some nasty stereotypes about black women in the movie Bringing Down the House. In the strips Aaron has the character Huey write a letter to Queen Latifah claiming that she has revoked her crown and can no longer be called Queen. It'll be interesting to see what is said when the two cross paths. ========================================= HIP HOP EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES The Chicago HIP-HOP POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE Chicago, Illinois * 312-455-9092 * firstname.lastname@example.org Presents. The MPR Report Hip Hop Political Activism: Fact or Fiction? Join Chicago's Hip Hop Political Activist Community in a pointed discussion About hip hop's growing involvement in political affairs. Can Hip Hop Save the Community Without Saving Itself ? Is Generation X Willing To Take It To The Next Level? And What The Hell Happened at the E2 Memorial Concert Anyway? Panelists include (in Alphabetical Order): Ayinde Baptiste, TJ Crawford, Maze Jackson, Keith Lewis, Temar Manessah, Mark Payne and others. Performances by Blaq Dawn, Jay Self, SB and Theoretic Date: Friday, April 4, 2003 Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm Location: IIT's Peristein Hall, 10 West 33rd Street Admission is Free "Our Lack of Political Participation is Like a Modern Day Lynching. Only This Time, We're Holding the Noose." This Month's MPR Report Is Being Conducted As Part of The Urban Studies Program Spring 2003 Conference: The Culture of Youth Activism. Call 312.915.0919 For More Information On How You Can Participate. =============================== ANNUAL HIP HOP AS A MOVEMENT CONFERENCE IN MADISON Once again the good folks in Madison Wi, unfold the red carpet to host the Hip Hop As A Movement Conference which is now an annual tradition. All sorts of folks will be on hand including Civil Rights Legend, Human rights anti-war activist and comedian legend Dick Gregory who will deliver the keynote speech to open the fourth annual "Hip Hop Generation-Hip Hop As A Movement" Conference, April 11-13, 2003 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Gathering under the banner of Peace and Anti-Militarism, the weekend event will feature panels, strategy sessions, and performances. The conference will also feature panels on the "Gentrification of Hip Hop" and "Hip Hop and Prophecy" in addition to film screenings and exhibitions. Dick Gregory will give the keynote address on Friday, April 11th. In the tradition of his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice movements, Gregory joins the event in its call for peace and an end to inequality at home. Other confirmed panelists and performers include Smiff N Wessun (Rawkus/MCA), Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee, and Sean Price aka Ruck of Duck Down Records, Charlie Ahearn (Wild Style), Mario Africa (Move/AWOL Magazine), Billy "Upski" Wimsatt, Ernie Paniciolli, Eyedea feat. Bro. Ali and Musab (Rhymesayers), Kuttin Kandi (5th Platoon), Wordsworth (Lyricist Lounge), Greg Watkins (allhiphop.com), Davey D (daveyd.com) Rosa Clemente (WBAI, activist Know Thyself Productions) Rise & Shine, Cristina Veran, Immortal Technique, DJ G Brown, Black Elephant, Pri the Honey Dark, and many more. The "Hip Hop As A Movement" conference has garnered the praise of both Hip Hop pioneers and music industry opinion leaders and has distinguished itself nationally as the premier collegiate Hip Hop event. This year promises to be a milestone in the Hip Hop activist movement. For more information and updates visit the official conference website at www.hiphopgeneration.org ================================= HIP HOP SPEAKS GEARS UP FOR JUNE CONFERENCE IN NYC Hiphop Speaks "The leadership we are waiting for is us" Founded 2001 IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK MUSIC MONTH Hiphop Speaks presents A TOWNHALL MEETING ON THE STATE OF HIPHOP MUSIC AND CULTURE on Saturday, June 7, 2003 12 Noon-8PM at THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH 490 Riverside Drive between 120th and 122nd Streets New York City (Take Broadway local trains to 116th and Broadway or, if driving, take 125th Street exit off Westside Highway) Moderated by DAVEY D, www.daveyd.com... (Panelists to be announced in a future emailing) On the 1 and 2s: DJ Drama...www.djdrama.ne Admission is FREE and seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis. FOR ONCE this will be an all-day forum on hiphop that will include pioneers and new school hiphop heads, all the major elements of hiphop manifested in one way or another, all races/persuasions, women and men, industry insiders and the underground, and the community at-large, both young and not so young. Topics to be discussed (in no particular order): 1) The blatant hatred and disrespect of women manifested in hiphop/America today 2)) Hiphop Culture vs. the Hiphop Industry 3) Fighting for control over corporate media's representation of hiphop 4) Anti-rap police task forces and FBI surveillance of the hiphop community 5) The media blackout and lack of commercial airplay for certain hiphop artists 6) Historical amnesia: why we do not know hiphop/American/world history? 7) Internal beefs: rappers, radio personalities, magazines, and on and on.... The self-hatred of a generation (where did it come from?) 9) How Bush, the war, and the war on terrorism affect the hiphop community/America 10) The class divide in hiphop: thugs vs. backpackers, commercial vs. underground We are clear that hiphop has been the most important artform on the planet during the past 30 years or so. We readily acknowledge the power and influence it has had on young people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, although we are also clear that hiphop was created by Black and Latino young people in America, particularly those from poor, working-class environments. And while many people are quick to cite the most negative aspects of hiphop, and we MUST be critical of that which is now destroying us, without apologies or moves to protect our personal interests, we also applaud the recent events that reveal another side of hiphop: the 40-plus anti-war hiphop songs now circulating; the 15-plus hiphop-related books that have come out in recent months; the recent Academy Award nominations for Queen Latifah, Eminem, and Adrian Brody (A. Ranger is his hiphop producer moniker); the emergence of hiphop generation leaders like Alabama's Malika Sanders, Philadelphia's Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Newark, NJ Deputy Mayor Ras Baraka or Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; and so on. ABOUT Hiphop Speaks Hiphop Speaks was created by Kevin Powell and April Silver in 2001, and is a series of quarterly forums (March, June, September, and December of each year) geared toward the healthy exchange of social and political ideas related to the hiphop generation/era and beyond (as the rap group Dead Prez has stated, it is bigger than hiphop, after all), and led by voices from the hiphop community. As suggested by hiphop godfather, pioneer, and Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa, we acknowledge the five primary elements of hiphop culture: djing, mcing, dancing, graffiti writing, and doing the knowledge (know thyself, know history, know hiphop history). With all humility, we would like to add and acknowledge the art of beatboxing as an integral part of hiphop history and culture as well. MEDIA INQUIRIES for Hiphop Speaks: Lauren Summers, Sapphire Communications: email@example.com Interested in being a SPONSOR (we reserve the right to be mad selective), holla at us: firstname.lastname@example.org ===================================== The FNV Newsletter c 2002 Send comments to email@example.com
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