Moorish American Holy Week 1443 MC

🍒🌲Hapi #MoorishAmericanHolyWeek1443MC y’all! 🇲🇦 January 8th – 15th is a national holiday for us, recognized by the House of Representatives at #Georgia in 2014 to read as follows: “Recognizing January 8-15, 2014, as Moorish American Holy Week at the state capitol; and for other purposes. WHEREAS, the Moorish Americans, whose ancient forefathers are the mothers and fathers of the human family, stand in these days as a comity of descendants from the ancient #Moabites and #Canaanites who were permitted by the Old Pharoahs of #Kemet to traverse from
East #Africa and later formed kingdoms extending from the northwestern and southwestern shores of Africa and the #Atlantic #Islands onto the present day continental #Americas…”(House Resolution 1203 -1-
L 14 LC 104 0002)

Moorish American Holy Week, 1443 (Moorish Calendar Year)
House Resolution 1203, 2014 (Gregorian Calendar Year)
House Resolution 1203, 2014 (Gregorian Calendar Year)

Lets Talk About G-Perico’s “Amerikkka” Single

Although we’re daily indoctrinated with media rhetoric scrambling to clean up the Police Department’s dirty laundry, still waters run deep and it’s been like that from the beginning.

Amerikkka documents the experience of being Black under the rule of American Colonialism, where police officers are branded as public servants whose task is “to protect & serve”. The question is; protect and serve whom, what, and why? It is today’s common knowledge that certain communities are given favorable protection over others, particularly Caucasians, Anglo-Saxons, and the assimilated. Wealthy citizens and areas are also prioritized for reasons of profit, yet there happens to be a much more sinister side to law enforcement that is deeply rooted in oppression, thievery, indentured servitude, chattel slavery (aka “Slave Patrol”), and the Ku Klux Klan.

What does it feel like to be Black in Amerikkka? G Perico let’s you know; “Clearly it’s the law breaking the law”, he says. The South Central, L.A. rapper has established himself as one of the most promising voices in West Coast Hip Hop, bravely addressing this place we call the United States. As Tupac’s classic words insinuate, life “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Gangsta Party”. Outside of one’s typical idea of a “gangsta”, it’s important to zero in on those rarely highlighted corporate gangsters and their cronies as gangstas at their own gangsta party. Consider that what may seem an entity designed to “protect & serve” (alongside other aspects of the “Justice” system) are mostly operated via persecution of the poor and from profiteering off of prisoners exploited in the Prison Industrial Complex- some of which are not truly guilty of any crime. Such exploitation amongst officials in powerful positions and their corrupt friends ruin any “just” intention, begging the question of who the actual “gangsta” is and where the true threat lies. Who is really bullying whom and what are the benefits?

As on of three members in the rap group G-Worthy, the project features the Amerikkka single produced by League Of Starz producer Dupri. G- Perico’s reflection on existing within the confines of American oppression offers insight on the feeling of life under Colonial Law and its rippling effects on Al Moroccans. Songs like these introduce us to asking questions about how Al Morocco became Amerikkka and why it’s nearly impossible to trust a Cop no matter how much one might wish to let their guard down.

Check out Amerikkka and stay tuned for a major announcement in the near future.

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Overdoz Finally Releases “2008” Album!

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Overdoz finally releases their long-awaited album “2008”

Overdoz finally drops its album 2008, with fans eagerly awaiting its release since…well, 2008! If you’ve never heard of them, say hello to these West Coast rock stars, whose name rings bells across the land from Dena to South Los Angeles and beyond.

The brothers have been together since day one, chillin’ on avenues and cruising highways most Cali Natives would only pass through.  Documenting their journeys in LA, Overdoz takes us back as far as 2008, When Everybody Loved Everybody.

One thing most people don’t know much about is 4711 Expo, the studio where several paths crossed, including the likes of Miguel, ASAP Rocky, Jhene Aiko, Dom Kennedy, the Fistacuffs, THC, and several other aspiring local artists who would collaborate. Folks from every hood would come together in the name of creation where this studio once stood, including Overdoz. It was the block no one would want to walk through at night, with burnt out light posts unworthy of fixing and street-life exchange on every corner.

Today, these old warehouses are barely recognizable, developed into the types of contemporary décor that typically follow gentrification shortly thereafter. Coffee shops and industrial conversions are tucked away on streets where underserved communities of color were once left destitute long after the LA riots had given way to an influx of black wealth amongst the Baldwin Hills, Ladera, Leimert Park, & Crenshaw areas. Although Ujima and Ujamaa principles were reserved amongst several families in the area, others would choose to take their earnings and resources outside of the community, creating an interesting dynamic between rich and poor black families from the hills down to the flat lands. These areas would later face troubles self-sustaining, but the Youth of these local towns would go on to create great art.

2008 is an important project for several reasons. Film director Calmatic has been working with Overdoz for several years, catching controversial footage like Overdoz’s “Rich White Friends” and landmarks that may someday be archived as a blast from the past alongside other monumental black eras, like the times of Black Hollywood in West Adams. These places are important to Los Angeles culture, as they are what make Southern Cali one of the dopest spots across the globe. Of course, such locations would simply be architecture if not for the people who create its diverse artistry, of which Overdoz is a part of.

Their charismatic and quirky humor blends a conscious lyrical wordplay with notes of funk, acid jazz, neo – soul and West Coast HipHop. Someday I imagine them sharing memories as old men in one of these new cafes around here, maybe even some coffee shop that sprouts up near 4711 Expo just for the irony of it.

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Keyshia Cole Drops “11:11 Reset” Album

To experience the night with one of few Superstars who have managed to stay leveled at high altitudes was like a refreshing breath of crisp air permeating the Peppermint Club. The intimate ambiance felt like where we’d be if Keyshia Cole invited us into a plush 1960’s living room. Special guests included fellow Oakland comrads like Kamaiyah and several friends of hers who were in attendance for the evening’s listening party.

Properly titled 11:11 Reset, her newest project delves into love, life, loss and rebirth with records like “Best Friend”, “Act Right”, “Ride” (a personal fav), “Vault” (another fav) and “Emotional”. Penned in collaboration with the likes of veteran songwriters like Eric Dawkins and Rock City, a few guests on the project include Kamaiyah (whose feature is fuego!), Yung Thug, Kanye West, Remy Ma, and French Montana.

Keyshia even let us into her personal space for a moment’s time, sharing with us which songs were her favorite, what she hopes her next blessing will be, and just how sexy she’ll get for the object of her affection. From droppin’ it low and taking us high to nailing every note like the pro that she is, her groove was on point and the event might as well have had concert tickets for sale! It felt like a chill, holiday house party where strangers felt like longtime friends and season’s greetings were abundant.

Enter a new age with Keyshia by downloading 11:11 at KeyshiaCole.com

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Delicious Vinyl’s Block Yard Boogie: A Cali Block Party @ Delicious Pizza

Delicious Vinyl Records hosted one of the most memorable Labor Day block parties this weekend, inviting some of HipHop Royalty’s finest to grace the stage. Historic West Adams was once the setting of a predominantly Black upper class prior to its impoverished state of being. Stories of Ella Fitzgerald and other Greats of her era would pass through West Adams and have even performed in some of those buildings that are now local shops. Leave it to a classic label like Delicious Vinyl to take it back to the roots and you’ve got a historical lineup on a historical boulevard.

 

 

Plenty of water, drinks, and Delicious Pizza surfed the crowd on this particularly “tropical” Cali day.  The legacy of King Dilla and others of the best in kind were present for the festivities, including top acts like Talib Kweli, Chop Black, Illa J, and Tiffany Gouche.

We got a taste of Soulection’sbest on the spins, Joe Kay & Andres Uribe.  With an eclectic mix of classic HipHop, Afrobeat, NeoSoul, AfroCaribbean, and Chicano reverb, there was a taste of something for everyone and folks were eating it up like candy!  Not that this is a surprise, Seeing that Soulection is one of the best sound collectives around right now.

Blessed with his presence and wise words, Talib Kweli took a moment to honor Steely Dan amidst the loss of the late Walter Becker, who was a musical genius in one of the best bands of all time.  Kweli went on to mention the loss of so many Greats in most recent times, also touching upon the condition of the human collective and racism in today’s world. One of the most poignant topics he touched upon was how important it is to come together as humans and celebrate the beauty of diversity in a time where Humanity is threatened by ignorance and a lack of understanding. Kweli tied in the message with songs like his remix of The Beatles’ “Lonely People” closing with some of his classics. The show was outstanding and DJ Spintelect was phenomenal.  The crowd simply couldn’t get enough of the Black Star.

Chop Black came full force with the G – Funk era, representing for the city of Oakland as one half of the WhoRidaz in the West Coast classic “Shot Callin’ & Big Ballin’” . Like other flowers grown from concrete, Chop Black embodies the struggle of survival in the mean streets of Cali and has since stood the test of time.

Illa J was also there in collaboration with the spirit of the Godfather of HipHop J Dilla, keeping to the legacy of his brother’s classic sound with a twist of his own.  A pseudo- nostalgia brought Illa J forth with an evolved art form on the Dilla sound, whose eternal music is the template for nearly every form of new-age music in the human atmosphere.  It just feels good to know there is a piece of Dilla still alive in the form of his blood brother, Illa J.

Tiffany Gouche never fails to pass through the spot with the aura of a Queen, as if the royal robe were trailing behind her.  She is the people’s choice; humble, as her crown radiates the moment she steps on to the platform.  The songstress begun just as the sun set behind her, a perfect backdrop for our sonic journey through a lover’s memoir.  Riddled in harmonic highways and underpasses, her “Red Rum Melodies” drift along like a lullaby on a journey of sound waves riding into the dawn, prepping that grown & sexy “Pillow Talk” for the late night lovemakers. I could bet that she’s up there with R. Kelly’sbabymaking music for some of this era’s baby boomers!

Amongst these heavyhitters were also Frank Nitt, Doug E. Fresh and Mellow Man Ace alongside others that included The.Wav, Hannah, Boomyard LA, Nina Dioz, DJ Ethos, The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Jazz BandPolyester the Saint, Jansport J, and Cazal Organism

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