April 22 1999
IN THIS ISSUE OF THE FNV NEWSLETTER 4-20-99
A lot of folks have been emailing and asking what's happening with the Dwayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone's situation. Here's the official update. For those of you guys who are involved with media. Please check with his lawyer John Burris for the full 4-1-1. People have been very supportive and I have sent Dwayne all the emails you all have sent to me. This whole incident is not about us rallying around a celebrity because he is somehow more important then the average 'Joe Blow' who has had similar bad experiences at the hands of the police. Dwayne's situation just brings more attention to an on going problem. Hopefully out of this, serious steps can be taken to once and for all put an end to all this police abuse drama. It's a slap to us as tax payers to have to contend with this and it tarnishes the reputation of those officers who do go out and attempt to do a good job. ....
JOHN L. BURRISFinally don't forget the Millions For Mumia March which is going down this Saturday at the Civic Center in San Francisco. People like Congresswoman Barbara Lee, actor Ed Asner, Professor Angela Davis are a few of the many people who will be on hand. Special performances from Michael Franti of Spearhead, The Coup and Hiero will also be on hand...
Props to Hip Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash. He along with numerous other hip hop artist like Naughty By Nature, Public Enemy, Ice T, Funkmaster Flex, The Coup, Andre Nickatina, Heiro, Mystik Journeymen, Beastie Boys and The Roots to name a few, has joined the world wide web. Peep out his new site at http://www.grandmasterflash.com. Flash says he's going to bring the same adventurous, creative spirit he brought to hip hop to the internet. In other words he's looking to stir things up and be an innovator. He's also working on a new album which will be released on Warner Brothers records. No details about the lp have been released. All I know is that it's a compilation album. And if that's not enough he's getting ready to work on a film about his life.
Speaking of the internet, Public Enemy has just inked an internet label deal with Atomic Pop http://www.atomicpop.com. They're soon to drop their new album 'There's Poison Going On' . Be sure to peep out Chuck's site at http://www.public-enemy.com
Props to Black Star as they have assembled an allstar cast of rappers to do a song that speaks out against Police Brutality. This song that they are doing is in direct response to the tragic shooting of an unarmed Amadou Diallo who was shot at 41 times this past February in the Bronx. Included on the project is OutKast, De La Soul, Chuck D, Q-Tip, Chico DeBarge, KRS-ONE, Common, Kid Capri, Prince Paul, Xzibit, Red Alert, Mobb Deep, and Defari. Look for the song to drop on May 19th on Rawkus records. If I've heard correctly everyone should do their recording later this week. Hopefully they will show up in Philadelphia for the Millions For Mumia Rally..
In case you haven't heard by now..This went down last Friday. The hip hop world is in shock as Sean Puffy Combs got arrested earlier today for allegedly beating down Nas's manager Steve Stoute.Apparently Puffy was upset with Stoute for submitting a video to MTV for Nas's new song Hate Me Now.
In the video there is a somewhat controversial crufixition scene. Puffy who was a part of it had second thoughts and asked to have it not be shown. Stoute thought otherwise and gave to the video to MTV who then showed it on MTV's Total Request. An upset Puffy gathered up three of his boys and handed out a beat down to Stoute who is not only Nas's manager but an Interscope Record executive.
Puffy was arrested last Friday after he turned himself in. Apprently they were able to indentify him on the video surveillance camera. He was released on bail. If convicted he faces 7 years in jail. What makes this whole thing so ironic is that Puffy had just raised a million dollars for the Christopher Wallace Foundation. This was the organization he established in memory of the Notorious BIG who was a victim of violence. I gotta be honest when I say I'm disappointed to hear this went down. I recall when Suge Knight dissed the hell out of Puffy during the Source Awards a few years back. Puffy got up and spoke about the importance of being positive and taking the higher road. I wonder what happened to those sentiments. One can only speculate how this will play itself out. But with this coming at the heels of the murder of Lost Boy member Freaky Tah by jealous rappers from the group Hellraisers and Big L at the hands of kids angry with his incarated brother, it looks like Hip Hop is in for a long hot summer.
Apparently last week's riddle was way to easy.. Everyone knew the answer was Humpty Hump of Digital Underground and his hit song The Humpty Dance. Some of you good people even had the nerve to get arrogant and actually demand to have something harder.. Ok busters.. You asked for it, you got it..
WHO AM I ?#3
I walked the land before what you currently enjoy was here. My comrads feared me when I entered onto the scene because I was able to drown them out with my massive sound. You saw me briefly in a famous Hip Hop movie and then I had to lay low because I was stabbed and almost lost my life. I give props to Public Enemy's dj as being one of the few to ever publicly honor me on wax. One of my boys was Clark Kent and together we made a terrific trio. Who am I and Who were we?
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