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This blog is on a bit of a break until I get my creative mojo back... Things just ain't the same for gangstas...

For the time being, feel free to browse through the archives...

Looks like LL doesn't like the view from the back....

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I'm SO late with this post, but I still wanted to give a heads up to the Public Enemy comic books being produced by American Mule. Has anyone purchased one of these joints yet?

"Public Enemy" #0
Exploding onto the American music scene in 1987 with their debut album, "Yo, Bum Rush The Show," Public Enemy quickly became the most important hip-hop act to ever take the stage. The music and lyrics were as hard hitting and biting as the political messages they contained, and the group quickly rose to the top of the rap food chain where they've maintained a presence ever since. With lyrics that name-dropped Marvel Comics characters like Thor and Namor, it was quickly apparent that someone in the group was also a comic book fan. The fan was the founder and front man for the group, Chuck D, a former graphic design student turned rapper/political activist. Now, twenty years since first declaring that he swings a hammer like the Mighty Thor, Chuck, Flava and the rest of Public Enemy are set to be immortalized in comic book form with the first licensed Public Enemy comic dropping this summer.
The series is written by Chuck with I. James Bomb, from the S1W's, and Professor Griff also providing story concepts and editorial support. Art on the series will be handled by by Adam Wallenta. A special #0 preview book that includes a short story as well as character bios will ship to comic shops this June from American Mule Entertainment. The book is 22 pages and retails for $2.99. Issue #1 of the series follows in July, a 40-page giant sized edition for $3.99. From that point forward the team will settle in to a bi-monthly publishing schedule, shipping 22 page full-color books every two months for $2.99. [Read more here]

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What better way to ease back into my love affair with hip-hop than with Souls of Mischief? These lyrical poets hailing from the East Oakland, CA have me cooling out to their 1993 hit, 93 'til Infinity. There have been times where I've listened to this song over and over, but let's check the history behind this classic hip-hop group...

Souls of Mischief is a four member alternative hip hop group from Oakland, California, that is also part of the hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The Souls of Mischief formed in 1993, and comprise rappers A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai.

Oakland native Tajai began rapping with future band mate A-Plus at age 8, while both were in elementary school. Tajai and Phesto met later in junior high school. Tajai later introduced A-Plus and Phesto to the remaining Souls of Mischief member, Opio, and the group informally formed in high school before making their major label debut on Jive Records with their well received album, 93 'til Infinity, in 1993.

93 'til Infinity is the group's highest charting album to date (#17 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums; #85 Billboard 200), and in January, 1998, was named one of the Top 100 Rap albums by The Source magazine.

The group continued with Jive for one more album, 1995's No Man's Land, before being released from the label during that same year.

In 1995, following the release of the group from their major label contract with Jive, the group officially formed the alternative hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics, with rappers Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Jaybiz, and producer, Domino.[2] The group participated as full members in both Hieroglyphics' studio albums: 1998's 3rd Eye Vision, and 2003's Full Circle.

The group has released two albums on the Hiero's self-owned independent label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings, 1999's Focus, and 2000's Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution.

In an October 30, 2006 Hierocast (Hieroglyphics' official podcast), Del tha Funkee Homosapien reported that the Souls of Mischief were currently working on their next studio album with Prince Paul (De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School).[Source]

Wow, fourteen years later and I'm still chillin to this joint...

Souls of Mischief - '93 til infinity

Souls of Mischief - Never No More

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So I'm checking my email (yes, I'm a little behind), but I found this press release about the Life After Death: The Movie, which goes on sale today. Now, first off, I'm thinking, what else could possibly be said about Biggie's death. Then I read the synopsis from the movie's myspace:

Notorious BIG introduces his FAMILY [childhood friends] from Bedstuy, Brooklyn as Junior MAFIA [Lil Kim, Lil Cease, Banger] with their debut album "CONSPIRACY" - BIG's best man, Damion Butler a/k/a D-ROC is the unorthodox manager. Suif Jackson a/k/a C-GUTTA is their confidant.

BIG's murder in 1997 leaves D-ROC to manage Kim, Cease and JM -- the crew live, work and travel the world together as Kim becomes the breadwinner. TEN YEARS LATER, [Kim, D-Roc, Gutta] find themselves co-defendants in a federal indictment over a 2001 shootout at NYC'S HOT 97 radio [resulting from Kim's rival w/ rap nemesis FOXY BROWN.]

Despite only grainy video surveillence tape and NO WEAPONS found, [Kim, D-Roc, Gutta] are sent to prison as Cease and Banger testify against them for the Prosecution. Fact or fiction? Friend or foe?

This is the FACTUAL "story behind the story" of FAMILY, LIES and BETRAYAL told by the most explosive "never-seen" archive footage in New York hip hop history -- FOOTAGE THAT WAS LOST DURING THE TRIAL, WILL FINALLY BE EXPOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND THE SHOCKING TRUTH WILL FINALLY BE REVEALED --

Hmmm, I'm always down for a good documentary and judging from the footage, there's definitely a story here that needs to be told. Check out more video here:

Life After Death Movie Trailer Windows Media Stream

Lil' Kim Quiet Storm Live Performance Windows Media Stream

Of all the blogs that I like to ramble in, this one is by far, the hardest to maintain. Point blank. I'm stuck! Sometimes, I come here more to read past entries than to create new ones. It's like what can I say about this genre that hasn't been discussed on ten trillion other blogs. Then I think about my own personal experiences with hip hop and there's so much more that I can (and need) to share. Especially considering it's Black Music Month. In the music industry, Hip Hop has gotten all the attention when it comes to radio airplay, but on this here blog, I spin the tunes that I feel should make music history. So who's been rolling around in my mind? (Drum roll please) Pete Rock and CL Smooth. I wrote about them last year, but nothing explains my current mood for hip hop music than their song, Lots of Lovin'. I'm (im)patiently waiting for this current generation of hip hop to give me a tune that I can make love to. And no, I don't mean make love in the physical sense, but more so, love making of the mind. Two people enjoying the excitement of word play, but hey, summer just started so maybe I'll get lucky in love...

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