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I’m cold.

Ice cold.

Going from the +25c that we were experiencing in Taipei last week when I left, to the -15c (w/o windchill…) here in Toronto, let’s just say, a 40 degree turnaround is not kind to the body.  But alas, it’s nice to be back, and even nicer to be busy.

Myself and some of the boys from the House (Magnolius backed by the WPBE), have the privilege of opening for blog darlings N.A.S.A. tomorrow at the El Mocambo here in Toronto and if you don’t know who they are, here’s the second single off their highly anticipated debut featuring a virtual who’s who of the international industry both past and present.  For more details on the show, click here.

N.A.S.A. feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante – Way Down

And the first single they released a few months back with another jumble of artists from the history of the business.

N.A.S.A. feat. David Byrne, Chuck D., Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip

Finally, as you know, HHHT 7&8 are on the horizon, and based solely on the flyer (scroll down), the proverbial ish is bout to hit the fan.  So get your tights on, lace up your luchador masks and get ta’ droppin’em ‘bows!

Some rideout music from the ever flamboyant, Camp Lo.

Camp Lo – Regulate (feat. Yahzarah) click flick.

LEO37 is my name.

And bein gangsterific is my game.

Be easy world.


Cornel West, Eric Michael Dyson and Chuck D (of the groundbreaking Public Enemy) do an online talk show for the Source called 2 Kings and a Cipher. Their audience is the “hip hop community” (which is becoming an international one, I might add) and they do speak eloquently about social issues and the responsibility that hip hop’s mostly African American stars have to their African American brothers.  Click the logo to check out the show:


Soulja Boy’s content is not doing much to elevate consciousness for anybody, fo sho.


I do think shock appeal has its value.


That’s what Public Enemy did with albums like Fear of a Black Planet and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back. They used shock appeal to raise awareness to important issues regarding racism in America.

Big up to artists like Nas, who has defn’ly held the torch high. His song “Sly Fox” is a well-crafted indictment of Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, who dissed Nas’ appearance at a Virginia Tech memorial concert because of ‘gun references’ in his song. Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. Nas’ metaphors come from his experience. Talking about the ghetto experience is just as important as changing it.

I ain’t no Bill Reilly but I do hear the grains of truth in what Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson are saying about hip hop’s present state of unconsciousness. Maybe I could cast the net wider and say more artists need to pay attention to global issues in general. Climate Change is Real. Fear of a Fucked Planet. That’s my next album cover. Click on cartoon to go to Japan for Sustainability


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September 2020