Stand-out cut off the new ’86 Witness’ album

Off the PUTS final album out now

Rest in peace, James Ingram…

Via

1. When You Love Someone (with Anita Baker)
2. Where Did My Heart Go
3. I Don’t Have the Heart
4. Baby, Come to Me (with Patti Austin)
5. One Hundred Ways (with Quincy Jones)
6. Somewhere Out There (with Linda Ronstadt)
7. How Do You Keep the Music Playing (with Patti Austin)
8. There’s No Easy Way
9. The Day I Fall in Love (with Dolly Parton)
10. Just Once (with Quincy Jones)
11. I Just Can’t Let Go (with David Pack & Michael McDonald)
12. What About Me (with Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes)
13. Someone Like You
14. Party Animal (Extended)
15. It’s Real (Extended)
16. Yah Mo B There (Extended)(with Michael McDonald)

Video  —  Posted: 31 Jan 2019 in Rest In Peace
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Shouts to 38 Spesh who’s been putting out quality material these past few years, including the 3 cuts (off the Son Of G. Rap album) he had on my Rap Up 2018 Mixtape. This one is off his new ‘5 Shots’ EP

Video  —  Posted: 30 Jan 2019 in Videos
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I finally got around to putting together all the 2018 rap joints that were personal favorites of mine. But of course I had to kick it off with a Murda rap-up of the year…

PS: Stay tuned, i’ll be having this mix for sale($5) in a USB flash drive very soon NOW!

uncle murda – rap up 2018
tragedy – slow motion
bambu- blikka bam
conway – 224 may block
nas – simple things
agallah faro ft. recognize ali – immortals
verb tec & vanderslice – cold front
38 spesh ft. az – honest truth
ali vegas ft. tragedy & big twinz – comin’ from queens
showbiz ft. david bars – the khalief tale
westside gunn & mr. green – part deux
p bros. ft. milano – what kinda sh* u want
o.c. – feelin’ free
18scales – zappbrannigan
showbiz ft. david bars – love never dies
k.a.a.n. – the thrill is gone
tha god fahim – I dread
38 spesh ft. ransom – land mine
evidence ft. styles p & rapsody – love is a funny thing
tha god fahim – corner store
mr. mothafuckin’ exquire- blindfold carnage
westside gunn ft. benny & busta rhymes – brossface brippler
roc marciano & dj muggs – sh* im on
noveliss – 5am in shibuya
chris crack – maria de jesus ayala
38 spesh ft. kool g rap – upstate 2 queens
awar ft. raekwon – well known investors

AZ over a classic drum break…

Video  —  Posted: 26 Jan 2019 in Videos
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Via ‘The Black Vault’

On April 1, 2016 (no it was not an April Fool’s joke), the Washington Post published the following:

“Briar Woods High School, a half-hour drive from the CIA’s headquarters in Northern Virginia, might have provided an ideal training ground for the agency’s bomb-sniffing dogs. Its labyrinthine hallways and voluminous classrooms are home to something that can wreak havoc for the canines: polished floors, which cause dogs to slip and lose their focus as they hunt for explosives.

That was one reason the school, which educates nearly 1,700 students in Ashburn, played host to a CIA dog team for a training exercise while students were on spring break last week, according to the Loudoun County school system. But the choice to go to a public school for the quiet exercise has led to an only-in-Washington embarrassment for the elite spy agency, which left explosive material behind in the engine compartment of a school bus that then shuttled special-needs children for two days this week.

A mechanic discovered and removed the explosive putty — which county Supervisor Koran Saines (D-Sterling) said was the demolition explosive C-4 — during a routine bus maintenance check Wednesday. Until then, no one noticed that it was missing.”

On the same day, I filed a FOIA request to the CIA for documents relating to this. Below, you will find the records released in December of 2018.

New video from The Legion, taken off their upcoming “Three The Bronx Way” album. You can also hear this on my June Mixtape from last year also…

Video  —  Posted: 26 Jan 2019 in Videos
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New video off of 2018’s ‘First Brick’ LP with Kenny Dope

Video  —  Posted: 21 Jan 2019 in Videos
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I had to throw up this Ill Bill verse, been a minute since I heard something from him…

Video  —  Posted: 20 Jan 2019 in Videos
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“They say take ’em back to ‘The Shining’.. but they dont know the shape that my mind’s in. The game’s different and my mans gone.. riPPPP”

New Smif n Wessun ya’ll…

Video  —  Posted: 19 Jan 2019 in Videos
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Starting the week off with a bang with this new Conway video, keeping it grimy as usual…

Video  —  Posted: 14 Jan 2019 in Videos
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Newly-signed Mass Appeal artist Stro hits us off with a new video/track off his ‘Nice 2 Meet You, Again’ project

Video  —  Posted: 12 Jan 2019 in Videos
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Lee Fields is back with another soulful record

Video  —  Posted: 9 Jan 2019 in Videos
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Yet another new Nasir video…

Video  —  Posted: 9 Jan 2019 in Videos
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Via DN!

In a web exclusive conversation, we speak with Angelo Clary, whose daughter Azriel Clary met R. Kelly at the age of 17 and moved in with him with hopes of advancing her music career. He hasn’t seen her in almost four years. We also speak with Oronike Odeleye, co-founder of #MuteRKelly—a campaign to end R. Kelly’s music career—and an Atlanta-based arts administrator…

One of the stand-out cuts from the ‘Nasir’ album

Video  —  Posted: 7 Jan 2019 in Videos
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New JR song from “The Secret To Ballin” film

Video  —  Posted: 7 Jan 2019 in Videos
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Starting off 2019 with some funky fresh dope music from Spesh, who also dropped a great album last year. Ransom gets the feature on this one, and he proceeds to annihilate it on the second verse…

Stay tuned to this space. I got a nice little special mix coming after the clock strikes 12 Mid-nite (2019!!). A little something for all my regular readers/supporters. Till ’19 ya’ll…

UPDATE: The bad news is that I wasn’t able to get my NY’s Eve gig recorded. My burner was acting up. So in lieu of that, here is the next best thing. A mix I did in 2017 of the kind of records I was playing this past NYE…

Here are some instrumentals from Jansport J in the spirit of Christmas. Merry Christmas everybody!

Last mix for 2018. Nothing but that underground raw rap we promote here. Save all that ‘reality tv mumble rap’ for the suckas. This particular mix can be purchased on a Camera USB flash drive at this moment, so don’t miss out…

Rest in peace Penny Marshall a.k.a. Laverne. Grew up on this show…

‘Tana Talk 3’ out now

Video  —  Posted: 17 Dec 2018 in Videos
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Via WMR

Former Donald Trump chief strategist and 2016 campaign manager Steve Bannon has become a neo-Nazi frequent flyer. Bannon established his organization, known simply as “The Movement,” with the help of some far-right Belgian politicians. In a worrying trend, The Movement is forging close ties with far-right parties and politicians around the world, including Brazil’s incoming president, Jair Bolsonaro, an admitted admirer of Adolf Hitler.

“The Movement,” a secretariat of neo-Nazi and fascist parties is headquartered in Brussels in the same suburban Brussels estate that houses the far-right Parti Populaire, which is led by Mischaël Modrikamen. Modrikamen was the only Belgian political leader to have endorsed Trump in 2016. Modrikamen also rejects a Palestinian state and his party refers to the West Bank by its Israeli names, Judea and Samaria.

Modrikamen’s association with Bannon is emblematic of the current alliance between the Israeli right-wing political establishment and fascist and neo-Nazi parties around the world. Modrikamen’s Jewish father, Marcel, was arrested in Belgium at the age of 16 by the Gestapo for being a member of the Belgian Resistance to Nazi occupation. While many neo-Nazi parties support the right-wing government of Israel and the Jewish settlers in the West Bank, they launch anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish targets in their home countries. This paradox was satirized by a cartoon in the Belgian weekly, Le Vif. The cartoon shows Bannon, surrunded by flies, telling a puzzled Modrikamen, “First, we de-Jew Europe.”

The “strange bedfellows” accommodation is reminiscent of the concordat established between Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s and Naftali Lubenchik’s “Revisionist Zionist” of the 1930s and 40s and Nazi Germany. The Lehi movement, also known as the Stern Gang, favored a Revisionist Zionist alliance with Adolf Hitler to drive the British out of the Palestine mandate territory. The Lehi Movement later morphed into the present-day Likud Party of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. In late 1940, the Lehi met with a Nazi diplomat in Beirut to discuss increased Jewish immigration from Europe to Palestine, in contravention of British caps on immigration to the mandate territory. The German diplomat, Werner Otto von Hentig, an admirer of Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, managed to convince Hitler to remove all obstacles to increased Jewish migration from Europe to Palestine via Yugoslav and Greek ports. This was known as the Haavara (Transfer) Agreement. Von Hentig later became an adviser to the Saudi royal family.

The primary goal of The Movement is to upend next year’s elections for the European Parliament. Because national laws in nine European Union countries ban the infusion of foreign cash and in-kind donations of support to political campaigns, including the campaign advice that Bannon’s Movement is offering, Bannon must carry out his work on the fringes of the laws. Although Bannon’s organization is based in Brussels, he sees the UK, which will soon depart the EU, as the best base of operations from which to launch his “Fourth Reich” alliance of fascist parties on the European mainland. Bannon’s political infrastructure in Britain centers around anti-European Union UK Independence Party founder Nigel Farage and Farage’s one-time chief adviser, Raheem Kassam.

Four EU countries that allow foreign campaign help — Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark — are where Bannon is concentrating his efforts to elect far-right candidates as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Bannon has established a working relationship with the governing Fidesz Party in Hungary; Matteo Salvini, the Italian Interior Minister and leader of the League party; Dutch Party of Freedom leader Geert Wilders; the far-right Vox party in Spain; Flemish nationalist Vlaams Belang leader Filip Dewinter; the National Rally of Marine Le Pen in France; and the governing Law and Justice of Poland. Bannon has established links with the Italian fascist party, Brothers of Italy, and its leader, Giorgia Meloni. Bannon has also forged ties with far-right politicians in Switzerland, which is not an EU member, and far-right white Afrikaner groups like the Suidlanders.

Right-wingers, some the children and grandchildren of the white Rhodesian diaspora around the world, others neo-Nazi and white supremacists, are championing a return of white minority rule to Zimbabwe, the former white-ruled Rhodesia. Slogans like “Make Zimbabwe Rhodesia Again” are appearing on social media. Bannon also has links to the resurgent Rhodesian diaspora movement.

Although the United States and Britain have laws preventing foreign cash infusions into their political campaigns, Bannon and his associates, including British right-wing businessman Arron Banks, were able to skirt those laws. In 2015, Bannon was able to funnel money and assistance to Banks’s Leave.EU campaign. The vehicle was Bannon’s and the Mercers’ Cambridge Analytica. The UK-based Cambridge Analytica and its sister firm, SCL Elections, both defunct, are under investigation by Britain’s Parliament, National Crime Agency, and the UK Electoral Commission for illegally laundering foreign funds into the Brexit campaign in 2015 and 2016. Similarly, Cambridge Analytica is under investigation by U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller for acting as an interface between the Trump campaign and foreign interests.

In recent weeks, Bannon has spoken at the Oxford Union in England, despite Oxford University protests that saw picket signs bearing the messages “Fascists Not Welcome,” “Racist Bannon Not Welcome Here,” ‘Steve Bannon Out of Oxford,” and “Kick Racism Off Our Campus.” Earlier this month, Bannon appeared at a debate in Toronto, sponsored by the Aurea Foundation, a charitable organization established by Barrick Gold founder Peter Munk. Protesters in the audience unfurled a banner that read, “No Hate. No Bigotry. No Place for Bannon’s White Supremacy.”

Bannon was also invited to speak at the News Xchange conference in Edinburgh. When she discovered that Bannon was one of the conference speakers, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon withdrew from participation in the event. Bannon was greeted by protest signs, such as “Nae Nazis.”

Where Bannon is obtaining the funds to travel throughout Europe, pushing his fascist movement, has many governments inquiring about his funding sources. Ironically, Bannon claims a large portion of his personal fortune arises from his owning partial rights to the sitcom Seinfeld, a program whose Jewish actors and characters might seem anathema to Bannon’s friends in the neo-Nazi movement.

Bannon was a key player in the former election manipulation firm, Cambridge Analytica, which was behind the malfeasance involved in the 2016 Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Bannon also co-founded the right-wing Breitbart News in 2006. Cambridge Analytica and Breitbart received financial support from billionaire hedge fund tycoon Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah Mercer. Bannon’s Belgian partner’s wife, Yasmine Dehaene, serves as Secretary General of her husband’s Parti Populaire. She was also executive director of the alliance of far-right parties in the European Parliament, the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE). Campaign financing violations and in-fighting within the UK Independence Party of Trump’s and Bannon’s colleague, Farage, saw the ADDE ultimately collapse.

In December 2016, a little over a month after Trump’s election, Dahaene was in Israel,along with her husband, to speak at the second Jerusalem Leaders Summit, an invitation-only event. The first summit, in 2015, also featured Dahaene and her ADDE as participants, along with the right-wing Heritage Foundation of the United States. The Modrikamens are frequent travelers to Israel.

Participating in the 2016 summit were Representative David Brat of Virginia and Republican Representative-elect Scott Taylor of Virginia — Republicans, who were recently defeated by Democrats — Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked; Becky Norton Dunlop of the Heritage Foundation and Trump’s presidential transitional team; UKIP MEPs Bill Etheridge, Paul Nuttall, Roger Helmer, and Ray Finch; and Sanford Saunders, Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, the one-time Washington, DC law firm of disgraced and convicted Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

It seems unlikely that Bannon’s operations in Europe and his high-cost travel — involving private planes, chauffeured vehicles, and expensive luxury hotels — to Paris, London, Rome, Venice, Lyon, Prague, Edinburgh, and other cities are being underwritten by partial royalties from Seinfeld re-runs. The Mercers claim they cut Bannon off after his stint as Trump’s chief strategist in the White House. There are reports that Trump, who calls Bannon “Sloppy Steve” — a reference to Bannon’s often unshaven and unkempt appearance — still communicate via the phone. It is also widely believed that Bannon continues to have an interest in the follow-on companies to Cambridge Analytica, which include Emerdata and Auspex International. Although there are multiple denials by the principals, Bannon and his election manipulation associates, who have monetized psychographic data mined from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, are believed to have played a part in the electoral wins of Bolsonaro in Brazil and Prime Minister Imran Khan in Pakistan.

Many Americans and Europeans seem to believe that Bannon is a mere caricature of an obese modern-day Hermann Goering. He is much more dangerous. The “Movement” he represents has financial links going back to the U.S.-run “rat lines” that spirited Nazis out of Europe, including places like Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia, and ultimately to South America, Canada, and the United States. Many settled in Bannon’s native southern California, where they became active in the right-wing “Captive Nations” movement that allied with far-right groups like the John Birch Society and Young Americans for Freedom. While there may not be lost “Nazi gold” financing Bannon’s operations, there are generational links to the old Nazis who are assisting Trump’s former “brain.” One of these is Sebastian Gorka, the Hungarian-British-American who worked with Bannon at the White House before both were fired. Gorka holds the Hungarian Order of Vitéz, a medal awarded by the pro-Nazi regime in Hungary to Hungarians who fought with the Nazis against the Allies in World War II. Gorka’s father, Paul Gorka, also holds the order.

What is needed in Europe and other countries being wooed by Bannon and his so-called “populists,” a feel-good cover name for Nazis and fascists, is a popular front reminiscent of that cobbled together in the 1930s and 40s by Europe’s socialists, social democrats, communists, and radical liberals to fight against the Nazis and fascists. The Popular Fronts of Europe not only had to battle against the far-right, but the Trotskyists, who wanted to totally dominate leftist united fronts and exclude bourgeois parties like the liberals. Often, the Popular Fronts were rendered ineffective by internal division, particularly in Germany, Spain, and France.

Today, the left in the United States has its own Trojan horses in “boutique” parties like the Greens and Libertarians, that cooperate with right-wing Republicans to deny electoral victories to the Democrats. Europe must learn how to be smarter than Bannon and his cohorts in combating the resurgence of Nazism and fascism.

Posted the audio of this when it first came out. Like I said before, not really a Swizz fan but this one is crack dope…

Video  —  Posted: 14 Dec 2018 in Videos
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Some priceless stories from Stretch’s days at Def Jam and at college radio station WKCR…

Video  —  Posted: 9 Dec 2018 in Interviews
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A mix of R&B/Soul classics on this brisk NY Saturday afternoon…

’tis the season

New video from one of my favorite emcees, from his ‘Attache Case’ album with Oh Jay. Of course, this also can be heard on my June Mixtape too…

Video  —  Posted: 3 Dec 2018 in Videos
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