THE HIP HOP RETURN OF THE LYRICAL MASTERMIND YOUNG GULLY

By JR Valrey, the People’s Minister of Information Oakland has a history of superb Hip Hop story-tellers although the Town has never received the credit for it, wordsmiths like: Askari X, Boots from the Coup, Seagram, V. White, the Luniz, 3X Crazy, BadnFluenz, Poohman, Father Dom, Dru Down, Casual, Opio, Tajai, and Saafir could paint exquisite pictures with words that have paved the way for today’s lyrical giants like Beeda Weeda, Zumbi, J. Stalin, Shady Nate, Lil Blood, Karega Bailey, and Brookfield Deuce to take the Hip Hop story-telling throne.…

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MUSIC IS THE WEAPON: AN INTERVIEW WITH WORDSMITH I1MASTERKEY

By JR Valrey “Music is the weapon of the future, music is the weapon of progressives, music is the weapon of the givers of life” – Fela Anikulapo Kuti Conscious music has been a part of our struggle and movement for self-determination since the beginning, when some of our enslaved ancestors would sing slave hymns on the plantations, which really doubled as maps and battle plans to free ourselves.  The rhythm and the word, has been some of the purest teachers that we have been able to learn from, because…

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