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I’m sad to say I just came across some of the most ignorant shit stuff, I have ever read in my life.

Now, I’m really not sure who’s to blame for this, whether it be parents, school systems, media, etc. Quite frankly, there’s no way there’s one cause for this and it would be unjust to the issue if we did just blanket it as such. Anyways, as much as I hope it’s isolated, I’m pretty sure this issue is broader then I(we) realize and needs changing now!

The statement was taken from Touré’s Blog after he interviewed Soulja Boy at the BET “Black Carpet” event. Here it is (click on Toure’s Blog to read it in its entirety —
Toure’s an American novelist, music journalist, cultural critic and television personality based in New York City.

Last week in Atlanta, I got to interview Soulja Boy Tell Em. I found out just how young he really is. He was one of about ten rappers I interviewed in one day for my BET show, The Black Carpet. I decided it’d be fun to give all the rappers part of the Proust questionnaire. I thought it’d be a way to get beyond image and into who they really are. Most of the guys gave good, thoughtful, intelligent, sensitive answers. I asked Juelz Santana, “How would you like to die?” He said, “Loved.”

Then came Soulja Boy Tell Em. I asked him, “What historical figure do you most hate?” He was stumped. I said, “Others have said Hitler, bin Laden, the slave masters…” He said, “Oh wait! Hold up! Shout out to the slave masters! Without them we’d still be in Africa.”

My jaw, at this point, was on the ground.”We wouldn’t be here,” he continued, having no idea how far in it he’d stepped, “to get this ice and tattoos.”

Wow. Never mind that diamonds come from Africa. Never mind that there were many generations of pain in between leaving Africa and getting diamonds. Never mind that the long-term cataclysmic effects of subtracting about tens of millions of young, strong people from Africa over the course of a couple of centuries is a large part of the reason why Africa now appears so distasteful to you. Never mind all that, Soulja Boy. You put country first.

Damn. What happened Kris?

Boogie Down Productions – You Must Learn


…and on this day I choose….

Dres (Black Sheep) – The Choice is Yours (Tasters Choice Remix)

and from ‘Fudge Pudge’ to ‘Simon Says’…’Push’ to ‘When the Gun Draws’, Mr. “Pharoahe F!#@in’ Monch Ain’t a Damn Thing Changed” has FINALLY released a video for his remake of a Public Enemy classic with his very own twist (and if you’ve been to a Sofa Kings show you know we rock this on a REGULAR!!!).
Pharoahe Monch –
Welcome To The Terrordome (sorry…had issues embedding it)

If you didn’t get Monch’s latest (‘Desire’)…I suggest you do. One of the few major label artists left who are ‘fighting the good fight’….but then again, that’s just my opinion.

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