In Today's Issue: August 15 2001


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It's going down in the town of Miami this upcoming weekend.  Folks all
over are gearing up for The Source Awards which will be taping this
Monday August 20th and airing two days later on UPN.  The Source has
promised to have extremely tight security to avoid repeats of last
year's spectacle.  The Nation of Islam will be holding it down.  The
events leading up to the taping will be off the hook as The Source
Youth Foundation [SYF] will hold its first Hip Hop Image Awards Gala
Dinner and Fundraiser.  The event is taking place at the Fontainebleau
Hilton Hotel this Sunday August 19th between 6-9 PM.  The Hip Hop
Image Awards will honor those who "through their actions and
achievements, represent a powerful and positive image for Hip-Hop".
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Source Youth Foundation's
community based youth activities.

This year's grantees include local groups such as Acciones, Bay Point
Schools and the James E.  Scott Community Association.  Local youth
will speak about their participation in the Source Youth Foundation's
Making It Movement..  Scheduled to speak and deliver the keynote will
be Reverend Jesse Jackson.  Also on hand will be such luminaries like;
Russell Simmons, Shaquille O'neal, Miami Mayor Alex Penelas, Rap-A-Lot
President James Prince, Master P, Cuban Link, Benzino and Lil Romeo to
name a few.

For more info hit up Gabrielle Garcia at or Marvelis Perreira,


In other news people are buzzing about Treach from Naughty By Nature.
When I last spoke to homeboy he told me about many of his upcoming
projects which included finishing up the Naughty By Nature album 'Rah
Rah'.  He also noted that he was working on his solo album.  He told
me he had just gotten back from Canada where he filmed a movie called
'Conviction' with actors Omar Epps and Charles Dutton.  He also told
me he was scheduled to appear on an episode of Showtime's 'Soul Food'.
Not once during our conversation did Treach mention his other venture
which was him starring in a porno movie.  He did joke around and
assert that he was still on top of his game as a sex symbol, but damn
he went all out.  He follows in a long line of footsteps of other Hip
Hoppers who have discovered that in certain circles skin is in and
being freaky is where its at.

Artists like Digital Underground, Sondoobie, Uncle Luke, DJ Yella and
more recently Snoop Dogg have all done X-Rated flicks.  Speaking of
which, Snoop has done so well with his last venture 'Doggystyle' that
he is now shooting another.  As for Treach, he is featured alongside
porn stars Peanuts Chocolate and Obsession who were featured in Snoop
Dogg's last flick.  Treach film is being distributed by a guy name
Suave from Onprobation.  So I guess Treach has just succeeded in
redefining what it means to be 'Naughty' by Nature.


Speaking of movies, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, DJ Pooh and comedian George
Wallace are gearing up for the fall release of their movie 'The Wash'.
It's a film set in South Central, LA about a car wash that is owned by
a cranky guy named Mr Washington which is played by Wallace.  Snoop
and Dre are mismatched roommates who work at this car wash, while DJ
Pooh plays the part of 'Slim' who is one of the homeboys from around
the way.  In the flick, Pooh who is a bumbling idiot, kidnaps Mr
Washington and that's where much of the adventure begins.  The plot
also centers around the antics and adventures of Snoop and Dre.  DJ
Pooh wrote the film while Dre and Snoop will be doing the soundtrack.


Folks are also buzzing about Michael Jackson the King of Pop hooking
up to do a song with the self proclaimed 'King of Hip Hop'- Jay-Z.  Up
till now everything Jay-Z has touched has turned to gold, so perhaps
with Jackson hooking up with him the magic will rub off and he'll be
back on top again .  The Jay-Z/ Jackson collab will be featured on
Jay-Z's new album 'The Blueprint'.  Jay-Z in turn, will be featured on
Jackson's album.  Also on the Blueprint album will be Eminem, Slick
Rick, Biz Markie and Q-Tip.  I guess Jay-Z changed his mind about not
having any guests on this new project.  But its all good, because from
what we're hearing it may shape up to be a landmark lp that sets new
standards in Hip Hop.


This Saturday [August 18th] Hip Hop's pioneers will be coming out in
full force to pay tribute to the memory of one of its legendary DJs
who passed away a few years back-Disco King Mario. We often hear
about the achievements of people like Bambaataa, Kool Herc and
Grandmaster Flash, but very little is said about some of the other
pioneers who also laid down much of the foundation we now call Hip
Hop. Cats like Pete DJ Jones, Grand Wizard Theodore, the late DJ
Flowers and of course Mario were key architects.

Disco King Mario never released no records.  He didn't produce no
major rap stars.  I'm not even sure if he ever toured around once Hip
Hop became known world wide.  However, for those of us who were around
back in the beginning days of the '70s, Disco King Mario was a
household name.  He lived upstairs from my man DJ Paradise of X-Clan
over in the Bronxdale Housing projects, and was an inspiration for him
as well as countless others.  He was known for throwing some of Hip
Hop's best jams and keeping the party going.  He was staple in early
Hip Hop whose name and his crew Chuck Chuck City was mentioned on many
of the early tapes.  One of Mario's unwritten contributions was how he
gave Afrika Bambaataa a helping hand when he was first starting out.
He used loan Bam his DJ equipment.  Later on Bam would face off
against Mario in what is considered to this day a folkloric battle.
It was Bam's first official DJ battle.  Back in the early days it was
Disco King Mario who was at the top of heap and the man to beat.

Today its hard for people to understand the significance of the DJ.
When Hip Hop first began it wasn't the rapper who was in charge.  It
was the DJ.  It was the DJ who came to symbolized the African drummer.
It was the DJ who kept the pace and set the tone.  It was the DJ who
rocked the crowd and was the supreme personality who garnered the spot
light.  Everyone else including the rappers were secondary.  Cats from
all over came to your party based upon who was deejaying.  Hence when
Disco King Mario's name was mentioned cats came from all over because
he was the man.  He was the type of cat who simply had that magic and
command of the crowd.  Sadly he passed away before his time, unknown
to many of today's bling bling artists who benefit from the culture he
helped laid down.

If you happen to be in New York City this weekend, you may see a flyer
being circulated around that is reminiscent of the old flyers from
back in the days.  It reads; 'By Popular demand DJ Cool Clyde,
Lightnin Lance, The Nasty Cuzins, Quiet Az Kept Present their first
annual Old School Reunion & Picnic'.  It lets you know that the
celebration for Disco King Mario is taking place Saturday August 18th
at Rosedale 'Big Park' in the Bronx.  The Big Park itself is
legendary.  When I was a kid living on Croes Avenue, we were
absolutely forbidden to go across the street to the Big Park.  That
was because the Big Park was where many of the early Notorious Black
Spades used to hang out.  The Spades at that time were the largest and
most feared gang at that time.  They eventually evolved to become The
Mighty Zulu Nation.  As for the Big Park, it eventually became the
place where Disco King Mario would throw many of his early gigs.

This Saturday, there will be performances by the Cold Crush Brothers,
Positive K, DJ Charlie Chase, DJ Tony Tone, The Crash Crew, Afrika
Bambaataa, DJ Jazzy Jay, The Soul Sonic Force, Kool Herc and the
Herculords, Jazzy 5, Prince Ikey C, Kool DJ AJ and Busy Bee Starsky.
Also on point will be Grand Master DST, Chuck Chillout, DJ Red Alert,
Mr Magic and Grandmaster Flash.  Reggie Reg of the Crash Crew will be
hosting.  This is an event not to miss.  More importantly Disco King
Mario is a man not to forget!

For more info holla at my man Big Jeff at 917-644-3233 or Cool Clyde
at 917-954-9049


While folks in the Boogie Down will be coming out this weekend to pay
tribute to the late Disco King Mario, 3000 miles away in the Bay Area,
headz are gearing up to pay tribute to DJ Kevvy Kev of KZSU Stanford.
This Sunday August 19th, cats will be on hand at the Velvet Lounge in
San Francisco [433 Broadway] to celebrate Kev's 17th straight year of
doing Hip Hop radio.  Outside of the Awesome Two, Kev has the longest
running Hip Hop show on the planet.  His Sunday Night show-The Drum
has always represented and has given more artists then we can count
their first shot.  Here's what writer Darren Keast had to say about
Kevvy Kev and the Drum in an article written last year;

["When Kevvy Kev started broadcasting his hip-hop show on KZSU
Stanford, the MCs in Mobb Deep were seven years old. The Drum is the
longest running hip-hop show on the West Coast, bombing the airwaves
with underground flavors for 16 years. "I think I'v e been fortunate
to have the same time slot for as long as I have. The thing about me
doing radio, there are other kids who have been doing it longer, but
the The Drum as a show has been there on Sunday nights (6 to 9) the
whole time."

This kind of regularity has established a guest appearance on The Drum
as an industry-wide rite of passage for upcoming MCs.  Check the names
from Listen to the Drum, a CD of freestyles from past guests: OC, Rass
Kass, Busta Rhymes, Rampage, Boot Camp, The Fugees, Wu-tang, and
Redman, many of which were recorded before they broke to the
mainstream.  And for every big name artist on the show there are ten
super rugged unsigned MCs that drop by."The thing I like most about
radio is that I can get on there and have these two kids for example,
Peter Parker and Prozac, kill it.  No one knew them before and now
everyone does."

The Drum operates on a completely open-door policy: no one in its
existence has been turned away. "If you want to come by, set it up
with me ahead of time, and as long as there is a modicum of
professionalism, you'll get on. That's what KZSU is for. That's what
I'm most proud of. No one else can say that."

Kev, a Queens native, started The Drum as an undergraduate at Stanford
because hip-hop radio did not exist on the West coast.  He formed a
tri-region college radio coalition with Will Strickland in Houston and
Bobbito in New York, trading tapes and sending artists to each other
for guest appearances.  "The kind of thing that as far as I know
doesn't happen any more, and needs to."  He also played Sway and Tech
records before The Wake-up Show existed and even had Q-Bert as a
regular DJ for a while.  And while those he started with may be
getting theirs in 99, Kevvy Kev still isn't making ends meet from
hip-hop.  "It's not what I do, it's who I am.  It's been a chore
getting to where I should be."]

Other stellar alum who have hosted alongside Kevvy Kev during his long
tenure include, producer Kutmasta Kurt, Sway of MTV, Wake Up Show
fame, Motion Man, MC Styles of Red Black & Green, Mookie D and of
course the original members of the The Members Only Crew who have the
distinction of releasing one of the Bay Area's first rap records
'You're Not Down'.  in the early 80s.  Yes, Kool Breeze Kevvy Kev was
an emcee before a DJ and you can hear him busting rhymes on that four
song EP.  Also under his belt is the fact that Kev was one of the
first cats in Hip Hop to even mess with the Internet.  If memory
serves me correctly he came out of Stanford with a computer science
degree.  He was a programmer who was communicating and making a name
for himself on the net as far back as the late 80s when folks would
stare at him dumbfounded as he tried to explain the concept.

For those who live in and around the Bay Area there will be a 17 emcee, 17
DJ celebration for Kevvy Kev.  All sorts of special guests performers
will be throwing down including, Planet Asia, Hieroglphics, Motion
Man, Pep Love, The Coup, Bas-1 Kutmasta Kurt, DJ Shortkut,
Blackalicious, Rasco, Zion I, The Cocoa Brovas and DJ Beni B just to
name a few This should indeed be a night to remember.

For more info drop Kev a line at
Or better yet drop him a line and congratulate him for holding it
down after all these years.


Folks all over the country are scratching their heads wondering 'what
the hell is going on' inside the minds of some of our rap superstars.
One would think with all that is going on.  With the type of scrutiny
and profiling that Hip Hop is enduring.  With all the harsh penalties
being meted out, that artists would keep their noses clean and stay
out of trouble.  Unfortunately, such is not the case.  Over the
weekend, Junior MAFIA members Lil Cease and Banger along with their
body guard Suif Jackson were arrested and charged with attempted

According to police reports, the group got into a heated argument with
a 21 year old man named Michael Goody.  Things escalated and 21 shots
were fired.  Goody was hit but not seriously injured.  Police later
caught up with the men and arrested them at La Guardia Airport.  When
their car was searched two 9 mm handguns were found in a hidden
compartment in their vehicle.  The guns were registered to Lil Kim.
In addition to attempted murder charges, all three were charged with
reckless endangerment and criminal possession.

For Lil Cease and Banger this latest arrest comes at the heals of the
pair being observed and busted by NYPD last March when they brought
some weed at what was described as a well known drug spot up in
Harlem.  They were also questioned about the infamous shooting that
took place in front of Hot 97 radio between the camps of CNN and
Junior MAFIA.

This latest incident is indeed disturbing and delivers another black
eye to the Hip Hop community.  How and why all this went down is not
clear.  We only know the police side of the story.  But the bottom
line is this.  The NYPD has announced that they are keeping rappers
under surveillance.  They have announced that rap artists are a
constant source of trouble.  Here we go again with another incident
proving the police to be correct in their assessment.

Here's an interesting article you folks should read about the Hip
Hop Political Action Committee that has been formed by Russell
Simmons. It appears in Business Week Online. It was written by Rod
Kurtz for Business Week Online.

[Russell Simmons couldn't stand it.  Blocked from testifying in July
at a Senate hearing on entertainment ratings, the hip-hop mogul showed
up anyway to defend the industry he helped build from scratch.
Simmons' improvised stand-up performance was just the beginning.  Now
he has helped form a political action committee, Nu America.  The
goal: Let hip-hop money talk as loud as the cash from oil, tobacco,
and other powerful PACs that jockey for position on Capitol Hill.

Nu America will combine deep pockets with star power to drum up
support in local and national elections, lobby lawmakers on the Hill,
and host a series of forums around the country.  ``Supporting
candidates with money and with votes and with unity is a very strong
way of making a dent in the whole process,'' says Simmons, founder of
Def Jam Records, who has made a fortune with the street sounds he
discovered in Harlem....

[To see rest of article at Business Week Online]

by Marnie Hazelton

Earlier this week, I had sent out information letting folks know about
the Black August event...  This article was sent to me by Marnie
Hazelton letting folks know what took place..  Enjoy -Davey D

Last night in New York City, Chuck D hosted the 4th annual Black
August benefit concert, at Synod Hall in Harlem.  The 1,000 plus crowd
packed the sweltering church to hear revolutionary inspired music by
Dead Prez, Jeru The Damaja, Mystic, Imani Uzuri, and Talib Kweli.

Black August is an annual event, which acknowledges the existence and
struggle of political prisoners in America.  First conceptualized in
the 70's, reserving the month of August for celebration of Black
Nationalism was born out of the writings of the Soledad Brothers,
George and Jonathan Jackson.  This year's event was billed as a
celebration of hip-hop and our freedom fighters; it was dedicated to
Teddy Jah Heath and Albert Nuh Washington.  This year's host, Chuck D,
dropped bombs of science on the masses in between acts, and had the
crowd rapt when he asked them   what does a seven year old child know
about being Bootylicious?  He stressed the importance of holding
artists, record labels, and media outlets responsible for the images
put forth to the masses, especially our babies.  In 100 degree plus
conditions, Chuck's words were greeted like an ice- cold glass of
spring water.

Among the many performances, one of the more standouts, had to be that
of West Coast artist, Mystic.  This Goodvibe artist broke down the
pains of love and liberation in her single Neptune's Jewels.  During
her set, Mystic, vacillated between singing, rhyming and the spoken
word.  This sister, whose album dropped July 31, brought the house
down with her Hieroglyphics  produced single 'The Life'.  Mystic is a
much-needed addition in the vast wasteland of female hip-hop artist.

Hedrush took the stage next with a very animated set which included
their singles 'Keep Bouncin' and 'Holiday Pay'.  And Jeru The Damaja
blessed the mic with a few of his classic underground hits like 'One
Day', 'Yo Playin' Yoself', and 'Come Clean'.  It was a classic hip hop
moment when Jeru had the entire crowd split into two battling sides.
One side screaming "Heads up" and the other responding "Cause were
dropping some shit'.

As the temperature soared inside the church, the crowd went into a
near heat stroke frenzy as dead prez took the stage.  In the
reincarnated images of Fred Hampton and Huey P.  Newton, M-1 and Stic
stormed the stage to I'm a African.  With socialist fervor, dead prez,
moved into a revolutionary inspired freestyle over Biggie's 'Juicy',
it was absolutely incredible.  They also flipped another hit to suit
their pro Black Nationalist agenda, Aaliyah's 'We Need A Resolution'.
In the dead prez version, 'We Need A Revolution', Timberland's asinine
hook has been replaced with, 'I'm tired of struggling/ y'all/ the
system ain't gonna change/ unless we make it change.  dead prez is
preparing to drop their second album on Loud and the climate is ripe.
They are the only group that I have heard directly address the war
going down in the streets of Cincinnati.  If conditions continue to
dictate, I am predicting we are going to see another Los Angeles in
Cincinnati.  And just as Ice Cube's Death Certificate was the
soundtrack for that riot, dead prez's next album will be the musical
score for the next civil unrest.

  Because of time constraints, Talib Kweli, did not get to perform a
full set, but nevertheless his love and support for Black August was
felt. The comedian, Dave Chappell, was also in attendance and
provided support with a substantial donation. Over all Black August
was a major success and several of the artists including Dead Prez
will be headed to South Africa to play benefit concerts in September
during the World Conference on Racism. For more information on Black
August events, the conference in South Africa and the upcoming trail
of H. Rap Brown, checkout or contact the
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement @ 718.622.8292

By: Adisa Banjoko, The Bishop

So much of Hip Hop culture is surrounded by pimping.  Despite the fact
that Hip Hop is international now, the life blood of this art comes
from the minds and souls of African American culture.  So, in many
ways we (African Americans) are responsible for what Hip Hop becomes
and the imagery that comes with it.  Right now, this idea of pimp
culture permeates Hip Hop.  I feel that it is one of the many
dangerous myths that people in the Hip Hop community world wide buy
into.  The newest wave of pimp culture is a disrespect to women world
wide of all races and cultures and it is also a by product of Black
fear in America.  So, lets cut to the chase.

How does one become a pimp?  Being a pimp relies on mastering the
minds of women.  I'm not talking about strong willed women with a firm
spiritual base.  I'm talking about scared,confused, vulnerable,
financially unstable women with low concepts of self.  How much talent
does it take to manipulate a woman with those characteristics?  It
boggles me how mastering the mind of a weak woman seems so impressive
to other men.

The truth of the matter is that pimps, in all reality are very
creative thinkers. They are fluid speakers and they have the gift to
see into peoples minds. Yet they are in truth, cowards. Why do I say
this? Because coward by definition means "One who shows ignoble fear
in the face of danger or pain". So what do pimps fear? What would
cause them danger or pain? Dealing with the American system, and
dealing with other men causes pimps psychological fear.

They cannot deal with strong men. So, they prey on weak women. What
admirable talent is there in that? If you called yourself a hunter,
but you could only catch wounded birds, who would look up to you?
These men hunt spiritually, mentally and physically abused women.
Therefore, a pimps "mastery" over their women means nothing. Imagine
if these brothers used their gifts of speech and their understanding
of human nature for a higher purpose in the hood?

Again I say that pimps are men who cannot deal in the American system.
They are afraid to fight against it.  The sad part is, they have the
talent, skillz and the ability to do so.  So why aren't they turning
the tables and hustling a system that often hustles them?  For
example, many Hip Hop artists from KRS-One to Ice T have described the
music business as a 'pimp and ho' system.  They have decried the fact
that record labels historically have beaten or 'pimped' Black artists
out of all their money.  Such happenings still take place today.
Artists like Chuck D have pointed out that anywhere from 80-85% of
today's artists are in serious debt to their parent labels and despite
what is shown on TV and described in songs it's a totally different
thing behind the scenes.  Record contracts still offer up the
traditional (90% [label]-10% [artist] split).  Hardly any artists have
the final say so to dictate what will or will not be played on their
local radio station or video outlets.  Yet we're in a day and time
where everyone is a pimp.  Isn't it ironic?  Our pimping is limited to
exploiting women and not fighting back and system that pimps us.

They won't do the homework it takes to succeed like Marcus Garvey.
They lack the fearless courage and discipline of Malcolm X. They do
not have the desire to uplift those with broken souls like Frederick
Douglass. Confronting the source of their ghetto lifestyle is too
hard to do. It takes serious courage, research and strategy to be a
successful Black man in America. In fact, pimping IS EASY. Anytime I
hear a Black man say he wants to be a pimp, what he is really saying
is "I can't deal with this system and I am too afraid to confront my

You know what they call it when a man uses his brain to have other
men pay him for things? Business!! These pimps are afraid to be true

Ironically, many of today's newest generation of pimps were born just
about the time Malcolm X died.  It is no coincidence that with the
fear the savage murders of Malcolm X and MLK Jr. put in the minds and
hearts of Black America, pimp culture reached it's highest heights.
It was shortly after the civil rights movement fell apart that
brothers started pimping HARDER than ever.  The rise of pimp culture
was further glamorized in film and music industries like never before
(until now).  They call this genera of movies "BLAXSPLOITATION", for a
reason.  Because Black America was being openly and eagerly exploited.

Black America was tired of fighting with their white oppressors and
on top of that were SCARED to fight back. The F.B.I.'s COINTELPRO
orchestrated assassination and imprisonment of our most courageous
soldiers like Bobby Hutton, Fred Hampton, Geronimo Pratt and others
left us "shook" as a people.

Many young Black males, out of ignorance and fear turned to pimping.
They did not have an understanding of themselves as Black men, and
were afraid to take on the American system (which they also did not
understand).  Now, I will not sit up here and say that pimping is only
a Black problem.  All people from all nations of the world have
engaged with pimping since the dawn of time.  But, the truth is that
when most people in America and around the world think of a pimp- they
think of a Black man.

Outside of that stereotype, as an African American man, I feel it is
important that we erase the culture of pimping as much as we can from
the Black community.  African American women deserve better than this
(all women deserve better than this!).  We (Black men) owe our sisters
better than this legacy.  How do we look to the rest of the world when
we still engage in "the worlds oldest profession", while the rest of
the planet is talking about wireless communication, international
space stations and Internet infrastructure?

Too many young men and women from all walks of life are being
distracted from the real roots of success in life through Hip Hop
"pimp game". The truth of the matter is, that pimps are the only
one's in "the game". The rest of the world ain't playin'. Most other
people of this world take life very seriously and continue to move
swiftly forward in terms of technology, culture and business. I hope
America's true pimps and wanna be pimps find the courage in
themselves and in God, to step away from the Black pimp myth, and
become the real Black man they were born to be. We need your minds
for a greater cause.

This article may have stepped on some toes and rubbed some Hip Hop
'pimps' the wrong way, but this is an issue we can no longer sweep
under the rug.  As men we have to honestly discuss this trend of
'pimping' our women on video and on wax.  Explain to me how pimping is
helping Hip Hop?  How is this helping us as Black people?  Holla back
at me and enlighten me so we can build.  Why pimp when we're being

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