“EARLY MORNING HUES” EP BY JAH HUEY (@JAH_HUEY)

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Jah Huey is a 20-year old lyricist from Brooklyn, NY out of the ORGornothing collective. Born in Crown Heights and raised in DC, Jah Huey was always submerged in music with a Hip Hop journalist for a father; blasting classic New York rap such as Nas, Biggie, Boot Camp Clik, Slick Rick, A Tribe Called Quest, and even the likes of Outkast and Ice Cube. The conditions of his environment led him astray although getting his mind right, moving back to NYC in 2012 and rediscovering the music of his childhood. This was enough for him to gain motivation to pursue music, join ORG and intern at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. “Early Morning Hues” is an 8-track lyrical and soulful, yet exciting listen. All tracks are performed solely by Jah Huey, except “Pray” featuring ORG Prophecy & Cliche of Sacred Gzz, which is now available on iTunes and Google Play.

“The EP “Early Morning Hues,” by Jah Huey, is a lyrical, energy-driven mix of the flow of classic New York hip-hop and elements of D.C style and lyricism. I have been putting together this EP song by song for the past 3 years. Some songs were written this year and some were written when I was still in high school, revising verses and instrumentals and cutting out songs thats didn’t make the cut. I am speaking from the perspective from what I’ve experienced growing up in Brooklyn and Southeast D.C as a young man. The concept behind it is being and loving your truest self in order to become who you want to be, understanding that life is about the ascension of energy, just like the sun in the morning. I want to inspire listeners to realize their aspirations are achievable no matter what they might be, as long as passion and love are put into it and they trust their paths. I want people to wake up in the morning, play this album and feel fired up, ascending with the sun, ready to own the day and create their own reality. And most of all I made this album to express myself. To really tell the world who Jah Huey is, and what I think and feel on a daily basis. Coming from a kid that used to censor himself and had no confidence in the path he wanted to pursue in life. I made this EP primarily to free myself, and hopefully I can free many other people in the process.” – Jah Huey

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Bill Clinton in Harlem: “The Second Renaissance?!”

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When Bill Clinton moved to Harlem after his presidency, he opened his office at 55 West 125th Street. He received a huge welcome from loyal Harlem Democrats but was also met with discontent from Harlem residents who definitely weren’t fond of his presence in the historic neighborhood known as a “Black Mecca.” Publications such as Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal were calling his arrival to Harlem a “resurrection” of the neighborhood and even the “Second Renaissance.”

Some are even calling it Harlem’s “second renaissance,” after the vibrant black cultural and civil-rights movement of the 1920s and ’30s. But detractors say the term “renaissance” is a misnomer: this time around it’s not about culture or ideology–it’s all about money. “I don’t know where people are coming from with this ‘second renaissance’,” says Murphy Heyliger, a Harlem native and owner of the boutique shop Harlemade. – (Newsweek, 2001)-

Gentrification was a huge thought for people who opposed the former President:

 At Clinton’s rally, a militant group of New Black Panthers carried signs that read CLINTON = GENTRIFICATION (the white takeover of black Harlem). Nearby, a man stood at a folding table with taped-up fliers that said rent is too damn high. (Newsweek, 2001)

In the 1920’s, Harlem became the home of the Harlem Renaissance, known as the New Negro Movement during that time.  The Harlem Renaissance, or New Negro Movement, was a political, artistic and cultural movement emerging out of emancipation and frustration with living under racist conditions. Approximately 6 million African Americans migrated out of the Southern part of the United States to other urban parts of the country. This migration gave fuel to the Harlem Renaissance leading to African American men and women alike, asserting themselves intellectually. Figureheads such as Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B DuBois, Jessie Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Paul Robeson and countless others made great contributions to the Harlem Renaissance with many of them having streets, schools, and other institutions named after them in their honor. Harlem was a new cultural, sociopolitical landscape; it was militant. Literature, music, stage productions, and visual art flourished as African Americans used creative expression to create a golden era that also developed the neighborhood of Harlem.

How can we compare this to Bill Clinton? The man once dubbed “the first Black president” because of his sax-playing appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show?” The same man responsible for this:

When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, “President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.” (The Nation, 2016)

Exactly what renaissance was it? I’m inclined to believe that this “renaissance” was synonymous to exactly what Harlem’s Clinton opposers were shouting: GENTRIFICATION. Ain’t no way in hell, can a white man resurrect a neighborhood built on Black excellence. To even use the word renaissance in reference to the Harlem Renaissance is a complete slap in the face to our ancestors. This renaissance led to affluent motherfuckers moving to Harlem because of property value spikes. A white ruling class man could never recreate or “continue” A BLACK MOVEMENT in a historically BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD.

The same 125th Street strip is now reminiscent of downtown Manhattan with even a Whole Foods that’s been opened since July. Harlem has been subjected to gentrifications with gentrifiers trying to rename a section of the neighborhood (Central Harlem), “SoHa”.

Danni Tyson, a real estate broker and a member of Manhattan Community Board 10, which covers Central Harlem, says the move is “pretty arrogant.”

“I totally disagree with it,” said Tyson.

“To me, personally, it’s like trying to take the black out of Harlem.

“Harlem is Harlem.”

Tyson said when she says she’s from Harlem people “know it exactly what it stands for.”

But, SoHa?

“It’s not something longtime residents use,” she said.

(DNAInfo, 2017)

The Clinton Foundation moved out of Harlem in 2011, ten years after Clinton’s move but what’s done has been done.

 

 

“LEFT HAND EP” BE.GENIUS & MANNY BLANCO (@beatgeniuss x @mannyblanco)

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“Born left hand, I’m already different.”
The LeftHand EP is a collaborative effort by Fatally Cool’s Manny Blanco and Be.Geniu$. The standout tracks on Be.Geniu$ & Manny Blanco’s LeftHand EP are “Bag Talk,” the title track “LeftHand” and “Forth & Back.” “Bag Talk” is Brooklyn braggadocio rap and is emergence of what could be an updated authentic NYC Hip Hop sound. “Left Hand” sends shots to mumble rappers and unoriginal artist. “Forth & Back” showcases Blanco & Geniu$ going back and forth with bars similar to Jadakiss and Styles P. Left Hand EP is a 7-track enjoyable listen laced with immaculate production, bars with a fresh Brooklyn sound.

BE.GENIUS: @beatgeniuss

MANNY BLANCO: @mannyblanco

 

“Wukong (You Can’t Tell Me Shit)” – Joeestarr.Supreme @stylojoee

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They callin us monkeys, so I’m running through the city with my nigga smearing shit up on the walls

“Wukong (You Can’t Tell Me Shit)” is the first single to be released from Joeestar.Supreme’s “BiiiFocals” EP. “Wukong” showcases Joeestar’s rapid flow paired with gritty lyrical content that is worth listening to on repeat. Stream “Wukong (You Can’t Tell Me Shit) below:

 

 

FUCK NEPTUNE HOTEL: PRO-TRUMP IN BUSHWICK

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Standing at the address of 1461 Broadway is this shabby, spooky looking establishment by the name of Neptune Hotel. About a month ago, my mami and I walked from the Myrtle Ave-Broadway train station to the Chauncey Street station and passed the hotel. This hotel was built in 1920 and if you’re from Bed Stuy or Bushwick, you’ve passed it plenty of times. The thing that made the hotel stand out this time was a “Long Live the 45th President, Donald Trump” banner hanging from the building. I stopped in my tracks to make sure I was seeing correctly. I had to tap my moms on the shoulder and ask her “do you see this shit?” She responds with “Yeah princess, I walk by this all the time.” Now let’s cue to how this wack ass hotel describes themselves online on their website:

Located east of Williamsburg and a short ride from NYC, Bushwick is home to all kinds of creative types and is quickly developing into an ultra-hip neighborhood with a grungy, artsy appeal.  New dive bars, bodegas, and gallery spaces continue to flourish and are enjoyed by the multi-ethnic population and the many visitors that pour into Bushwick’s converted loft spaces and down-to-earth hotels.

Okay, so Neptune Hotel is CLEARLY aiming for those ghetto-gawking, future gentrifiers to sleep in their dusty ass rooms. Let’s list the gentrification buzz words:

  • “Creative types” – GENTRIFIERS, HIPSTERS
  • “Quickly developing” – GENTRIFICATION.
  • Ultra-hip neighborhood, grungy, artsy appeal – Nobody out here uses the word hip. This is corny ass lingo. “Grungy.” Nobody here calls the hood grungy. The hood is GRIMEY and GRITTY. “Artsy.” Bushwick been had artsy appeal from the mix of black and latinx struggle. Hip Hop and salsa 4eva.
  • “Bars” – there’s a bunch of these shits everywhere on Broadway now that NO ONE needs.
  • “Bodegas” – HOLD UP. STOP. STOP NOW. A pro-Trump establishment needs not to be using this term or boasting of being located to these. Bodegas are LATINX-OWNED establishments. These are the cornerstones of the hood. Butter rolls and the best coffee. Keep your corny ass at those coffee shops. Leave papi alone. K, thx.
  • “Gallery spaces” – These gallery spaces are filled with soulless bourgeois art that yall pretend has some kind of meaning or value. YOUR ART IS BASURA. Cut it out.

Not to mention, their website has this white gentrifier walking past some street art looking like walking settler-colonialism. Neptune Hotel is CLEARLY a WHITE SUPREMACIST establishment boasting about the MULTI-ETHNIC population of a neighborhood to have WHITE NON-NEW YORKERS patron their shabby shack of a hotel. This is Bushwick now. This is a smack in the face to all the oppressed nationalities living in this neighborhood. Imagine just going about your day and seeing a hotel in your hood showing utter support for a white supremacist boldly, while boasting that people like YOU live in the neighborhood.

 

2017 different for real.

“MOONLIGHT” EP BY SPAZZMODIUS

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Coming straight out the Bronx is a budding lyricist by the name of Spazzmodius spitting relatable verses with conviction. Spazzmodius has spent years mastering the art of words, gaining inspiration from other artists and the adversities of everyday life as an oppressed nationality in the hood. The “Moonlight” EP is an audio experience; a representation of Spazzmodius finding a light in the darkest of times. “Goku” is a braggadocious track that showcases superb flow, wordplay with anime references done right and vocals that show he can sing with the best of them. “Traitor” features Akinyemi on the hook while Spazz addresses a one-sided relationship with an ex-girlfriend, her failed attempts at rekindling their romance and finding a guy to fill his spot. Spazzmodius airs his grievances about white supremacy and setbacks due to institutional racism on “Freedom,” while Mister JT delivers powerful vocals in the name of liberation. “Goddess” celebrates black and brown women for their beauty, strength and resilience while ShaSha’s feminine energy laces the track. “Gold” is an affirmation of the power of his talent and keeping his morals within his artistry. “Moonlight” EP is a complete listen and exhibits Spazzmodius as the well-rounded artist he is.

STREAM “Moonlight” by Spazzmodius

IG: @spazzmodius

FB: Spazzmodius

 

“OFF TOP” BY DEUX INFINITY

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“Put that shit on my tombstone, I’m bouta record.”

Hailing from Brooklyn, Deux Infinity is a charismatic, skilled lyricist equipped with a distinctive voice and impeccable flow. Produced by Kaytranada, “Off Top” is a compelling execution of a song that is completely freestyled. Watch the visual for “Off Top” shot by Owl Man below:

Instagram: @deuxinfinity, @i_owlman

 

 

 

 

FUCK BECCA “GENTRIFYIN BECKY” BRENMAN, OWNER OF SUMMERHILL RESTAURANT!

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Once upon a time in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn… A bodega once stood at 673 Nostrand Avenue. After remaining a vacant lot for an extensive period of time, it now has become one of the most shameless examples of gentrification in the neighborhood and borough to date. Becca Brenman, a “reformed corporate tax attorney,” from Toronto opened her “Summerhill” restaurant in June. Becca Brenman is selling her restaurant to gentrifiers by concocting up little hood myths about what went on in the bodega that once stood in her shitty restaurant/bar. BECKY Brenman was selling cosmetic damage as a “bullet-hole ridden wall.” Becky admitted to Gothamist that she didn’t know if the holes were from bullets but she used a comment posted anonymously on a community website about the building as historical fact. Allegedly, there was an illegal gun shop ran in the back of the bodega. On top of this fraudulent shit, she’s selling “Forty Ounce Wine” that resembles the cheap malt liquor forties people in the hood grew up drinking. Out of what? Brown paper bags. If you’re from the hood, you know damn well those brown paper bags are supposed to conceal the forties so cops don’t stop to make us pour the drink out and/or fine our asses for public drinking.

I grew up in Crown Heights for almost seven years, Utica & Sterling to be exact. Gun shots were of the norm for me throughout my childhood. I had to sit down on the floor because my father was scared stray bullets were going to spray through the windows of my bedroom. 1470 was the building next to me and it was REALLY BULLET-HOLE RIDDEN. How dare you open a restaurant in a neighborhood filled with oppressed nationalities and use the violence that stems from our poverty as a theme for your little trash ass restaurant? You and your little gentrifiers want to sneer at us when we walk around as if we don’t belong there and complain about us, but commodify our struggles? The same struggles you couldn’t survive in? How can you shamelessly employ the stereotypes that you even would sell those fake ass forties out of brown paper bags? After neighborhood locals dragged her racist, colonial ass she wanted to apologize as if she didn’t mean it “THAT WAY,” BUT we don’t believe you, you need more people. So what way did you mean it? You knew exactly what you were doing when you were trying to sell this yuppie hood oasis to your little yuppie friends that walk up and down Nostrand now. Cut the bullshit, Becky.

“GOD COMPLEX” BY iR8

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#Artisans and Brooklyn’s own, iR8 (pronounced eye-rate), releases his first single off of his anticipated project, “36 Ways To Paradise.” Produced by Thundaa, “God Complex” is easily a tale of the black man’s plight living in the United States of AmeriKKKa. iR8 highlights the disparities of black and white in a nation that was built off the backs of cheap African labor, which continues to thrive through institutionalized racism. With the use of insightful lyricism, iR8 addresses poverty, incarceration,and harsh living, as well as the white supremacy ideology that is the “god complex.” “God Complex” is a clear-cut listen that is sure to resonate with us.

Listen to iR8 address the “God Complex” below: