“From Slate magazine:
“The British critic Charles Shaar Murray once described the central drive of American popular music as ‘the need to separate black music (which, by and large, white Americans love) from black people (who, by and large, they don’t).’”—
Cynical Smith began her journey with a love of Hip Hop and the knowledge that she wanted to be a part of it. Her earliest foray into the art was as a Production Coordinator in 1994-1995 with Daniel Hastings, the renowned Hip-Hop Photographer and she knew had to give this force that was changing her life more voice. So in 1996 she co-founded “Ear to the Ground’s Hip Hop Countdown" with Almitra Gasper on 105.9 Community Radio in New York City. Searching through charts and playlists every week, they would play their countdown with the heart and soul of those who truly love Hip Hop. This truth and passion caught the attention of DJ Evil Dee of Da Beatminerz and Cynical was asked to contribute her dedication to a new medium that was in its infant stages. 88hiphop.com and online radio at that time were innovative, new and exciting, and Da Beatminerz with Cynical Smith were about to leave their mark.
Beatminerz Radio started off as audio but soon went to video and was streamed online featuring not just music, but news and exclusives, making Beatminerz Radio a Hip Hop household name from 1997-2000. Cynical Smith, always being one to push the envelop and embrace new ideas, took it one step further when she began producing IBC (Illegal Broadcast) hosted by Channel Live as a talk show portion of the Beatminerz Radio format, addressing issues pertinent to the Hip Hop Community and Culture.
Its that time again,.Manly Mondays. Today we repping for the GO. We got the artist known as Mulatto Patriot in the house. If you are familiar with this cat then you know this track is a bit old but, I’m really digging it. In fact it will be going into the alwaysabgirl playlist on Soundcloud baby. (I figured I should start sharing with y’all more frequently. I’ll hip you to it when it goes live.) Also appearing on this here track is the one and only Psalm One baby. . Mr. Patriot as I call him (that’s his name ain’t it?) In addition to being an emcee is producer as well and has worked with some of our local legends. Peep his soundcloud You’ll definitely like what you hear.
I’m keep it simple here. Y’all know I was down with this sister for a minute she was gracious enough to grant me an interview during my aging and hip hop dialogues. This track right here as the kids say GOES HARD. Peep it. Be sure to check for her latest video, Flower Child which was just put into rotation on MTV Jams this past weekend.
This is how folks live and breathe. Music is NOT suppose to be free, if its how you make a LIVING. Streaming platforms like bandcamp and soundcloud are there to give you and the artist flexibility to experiment, research and provide feedback. In an effort to decide if you, the audience like it. When I say support an artist I mean BUY SOME SHIT. Artists’ put in a great deal of time and effort to create a song they think is worthy of an audience. End of rant.
I say that because these next two artists are both so talented, but so underground that I know they need some motherfucking support.
This is some Philly shit right chere. You got Bahamadia repping for the old school and Ethel Cee repping for the new. Agressive flow and nod your head production. You gonna need a tissue at the end to wipe ya ears off, STRAIGHT SPITTING
Aight y’all so we gonna have to change the rules around this motherfucker, since it’s my blog and I do this for my own entertainment that shouldn’t be a problem. Manly Mondays will just feature hot tracks by menfolk period. I will no longer make a guarantee of eye candy ladies. There’s just too much hot shit, but not quiet enough cuties to go around. Of course I may just keep the cute ones for myself. I am greedy like that. So sorry
Up next on this Manly Monday we got a brother repping for Chicago and Detroit my nigga. Can it get more real than that? I think not.
Terrell Wallace of Tall Black Guy Productions is probably one of these hottest producers coming out of the Midwest right now. His latest yet to be released project entitled 8 Miles to Moenart is not only highly anticipated but sure to be a sensory pleasure and dare i say possible classic. Get yours early. 8 miles is a long walk.
P.S. Y’all got lucky I ain’t know this brother was handsome until I went to go look for an image. LOL
Rather I should say share this. There is alot happening at headquarters and sooner than chicken can fry in grease it will be on and popping people. You need to be on the look out for something that will put Chi on the map in a way not seen yet.
In a way that helps all generations of the hip hop community. An entity that will live on way beyond us. Want a sneak preview? Check this out 2ndsceneculturecity.tumblr.com.
Another tumblr? Hell yes. Dedicated to my latest and greatest project, the development and curation of a Chicago hip hop documentary, oral history and digital archive project.
Aight Black people, White people, Asian people, friends, kinfolk and extraneous motherfuckers. I got something for your mind, your body and your soul. The latest from Chicago born and bred emcee, Nemiss. In the interest of full disclosure, I know this sister. She is such cool peoples, (just like all of you). She’s been doing it for hmmm just did the math and I came up with 15 years. DAMN. That’s a long time to practice one’s craft— but practice makes perfect. Since the days of Curtains for Sam, this sister has been putting in work. You can check out her body of work here http://www.reverbnation.com/nemiss and here http://nemiss.tumblr.com/