A CONVERSATION W/ JAHI OF PUBLIC ENEMY’S PE 2.0: HIP HOP, POLITICS & TURBULENT TIMES

I was introduced to Jahi through my Son's African American Male Achievement class that Jahi instructed and taught at the local elementary school. Through the course of the class my Son's interest in Black History as well as Hip Hop history peaked. After learning of Jahi's work as community builder/MC we connected and I was introduced to Chuck D's Rapstation platform. Hardknock Radio: Davey D speaks with the long time activist/artist Jahi about his two new books The Microphone JourneyMan, Influences, Messages and Notes from the Stage.. and The Intersection Between Hip Hop Culture and Education.. We talk to him about his experiences as being a member of Public Enemy and his Hip Hop activism..

Preservation - I-78 (feat. Mach-Hommy) (Official Music Video)

We first heard of Preservation as Yasiin Bey's tour DJ and in-house Producer (TrueMagic, The Ecstatic), he's back on his production with his latest release "Eastern Medicine, Western Illness" featuring Your Old Droog, Quelle Chris, KA and more. Filmed pre-Covid19 in Chinatown, NY. December 2019. Directed by Jonathan Chekroune, Mach-Hommy and Preservation. Here's a few words from Mach Hommy:
Famed DJ/producer Preservation presents "I-78" featuring enigmatic rap phenom Mach-Hommy, the latest single off his new album "Eastern Medicine, Western Illness". Produced during Preservation's time living in Hong Kong, the album features an impressive collection of top-tier lyricists, including Ka, Your Old Droog, Roc Marciano, Billy Woods, Nickelus F, GrandeMarshall, Tree, A.G., and more. "Eastern Medicine, Western Illness" is now available worldwide at digital outlets and on limited-edition CD and vinyl. While living in Hong Kong starting in 2014, I witnessed the umbrella protest movement. During my 3-year stay, the negative news was coming in from the West. This experience fueled me and perhaps subconsciously influenced the sounds of the album. The act of creating was my solace. Once I returned to NY, the news came in from the East as the youth continued to stand up in Hong Kong and Covid-19 first hit mainland China. This video filmed with Mach-Hommy in Chinatown, NYC in December 2019, reflects the goal of the album to bring together the East and West in sound and culture. I never could have imagined that this music would be released in these times, but I’m grateful to be in a position to provide some form of medicine. Walk with me. -Pres With the year we’ve had, December 2019 almost feels like a decade ago, and the imagery of Chinatown surreal. Six months ago, in the freezing rain of a typical winter Sunday on Canal St., my DJ and I walked through crowded streets that gave no hint as to how drastically the landscape would shift by Springtime. Some New Yorkers elect to say that we are living in the dawn of a new era; maybe there is some truth in that statement. You don’t have to be from NYC to know what happened since then … last December. Our visual contribution to the album may be the last portrait of life in Chinatown pre-Covid19. I am proud to share this motion picture snapshot of an excursion into the Far East by way of the Lower East. I suggest that you maybe take a brief moment to appreciate the changes to people, places, and things since … last December. Walk with me. -Mach Peep "Eastern Medicine, Western Illness" HERE for the album in its entirety

Stream Armand Hammer’s New Album Shrines

Armand Hammer, the team of New York underground veterans Elucid and billy woods, are back with their latest installment of Psychedelic dusted Hip Hop. We were introduced to billy woods in 2013 during a tour promoting his Dour Candy album. Armand Hammer's latest album "Shrines" is available for streaming and their first visual "Charm's" continues to elaborate on the wild world backwoodz studios is known for. There's not a spoon fed bar ever served by billy woods or Elucid so don't expect to a walk in the park production or bar wise. Shrines is a real statement record, a piece of art that demands real engagement. It features contributions from guests like Earl Sweatshirt, Quelle Chris, R.A.P. Ferreira, Moor Mother, KeiyaA, Pink Siifu, and Akai Solo, as well as production from Earl Sweatshirt, Kenny Segal, Navy Blu, Steel Tipped Dove, Messiah Muzik, and Fog mastermind Andrew Broder.
Mixed & Mastered by Willie Green @ The Greenhouse
Executive Produced by Armand Hammer & Willie Green.
Assistant Engineer Tevin Prince.
Photography by Philippe Van Wolputte
Stream below
 

60 East - Sleep Talk Ft. A-F-R-O (Produced By: Curtiss King Beats) [Official Music Video]

Southern California Artist and Founder of the Happiness of Pursuit Festival, 60 East returns with the 2nd Music Video off his recent release, The Freeway Series: Traffic Jam. The EP is Produced in its entirety by Curtiss King Beats, whose credits also include Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, MURS and many more. "Sleep Talk" features the young and talented A-F-R-O, who jumped on the scene a few years back after winning a contest hosted by R.A.The Rugged Man and has now become a Hip Hop staple, touring the world and being seen on shows like Jimmy Fallon, Queen Latifah and VH1's show The Breaks.

Written By: 60 East & A-F-R-O

Beats By: Curtiss King Beats

Recorded & Mixed By: Phil The Pain

Mastered By: Ital Santos Music

Video By: Wackoe Films

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VIDEO: Sir Veterano - Reputable (feat. MC Eiht, Planet Asia & Mitchy Slick)

We were introduced to Sir Veterano around 2005 through The Red Bull Big Tune Producer competitions (event created by DJ DV One, Vitamin D, Jake One, Jonathan Moore and Marcus Lalario). Not long after Veterano started establishing his name amongst Hip Hop notables like Skillz, Planet Asia, Ras Kass, and Eminem’s supergroup Slaughterhouse. Sir Veterano jumps back in the Hip Hop fold with his latest offering "Reputable " (directed by Yellow Nguyen), a possee cut featuring West Coast Avengers MC Eiht, longtime collaborator Planet Asia and Mitchy Slick. "Reputable" represents the kick off for Sir Veterano's upcoming full length project "The Gathering" also featuring Murs, Fashawn, Ras Kass, Bishop Lamont, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, MED, Casual, Skillz, Supastition, 4two7, K-Bizz. This first release from Fresh Yard Records drops JUNE 19TH, 2020 click HERE for pre order.

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This; That; and The Third: The Bijan Kazemi Interview

In this episode of "This; That; and The Third", DJ Ammbush sits with Oakland native Bijan Kazemi. Known for his photography of 90’s Hip Hop artists to turning into a friend to few, he shares his perspective of the culture, time and progression. Bijan shares his story of capturing early images of some of the Bay Area's soon to be luminaries and his progression to seeing more than behind the camera. Presenting a few points of the transition of the culture, consumption of content, the industry and the changes from then until now. As time progressed his roles evolved, he shares the transition from photographer to lifestyle brand manager, while sharing insights to the world of multicultural marketing. 
Lastly providing his prospective on the importance of chronicling and preserving Hip Hop and any culture from an authentic perspective. 
Tap in for some jewels and inspiration. *Recorded pre Covid-19 virus #stayhome #TTT3