Archive for October, 2002
Rest In Peace Jam Master Jay
Jam Master Jay was shot to death in Queens, New York around 7:30PM Wednesday. CNN.com quotes WABC as saying “Two gunmen were buzzed in to the building, went up to the second-floor studio and shot Jam Master Jay once at close range.”
Any attempt to connect Jay’s shooting to any “rap wars” or violent lyrics. To quote Russell Simmons:
They represented everything good and positive about hip-hop,” said Russell Simmons in a statement.
“Before the media rushes to attribute this to East Coast – West Coast violence, they should examine Run-DMC’s two decades of contributions and Jam Master Jay’s personal character,” he said.
“This has nothing more to do with so-called East Coast-West Coast violence than the snipers in Washington did.”
Jam Master Jay leaves behind a wife and three kids. RUN-DMC’s merging of rock and rap, with songs like “Rockbox” and their remake of “Walk This Way” pushed rap to the mainstream audience. RUN-D.M.C. always kept their lyrics positive and reached out to new audiences at the same time Modern rap owes everything to RUN-D.M.C. Jam Master Jay was an artist in turntabilism. Whenever you hear a Bob James’ “Welcom To The Mardi Gras” sample that uses the same five seconds as a lot of other rap songs, think of Jam Master Jay. To tell the truth, I don’t know what to say. It doesn’t make sense. Why would you kill a peacefull man who has never had a beef with anyone? The crime connections of Biggie and Tupac are not existent. Why? Chuck Karczac has more clear thoughts on the matter.
A new group anti-war on Iraq blog has formed. NoWarBlog seems to be from across the left-right spectrum.
NOTE: I am not completely supportive or agains the possibility of war on Iraq.
Jim Treacher argues against marijuana legalization.
Smokers on the Streets
The Village Voice wonders if Bloomberg’s proposed anti-smoking bill, which would ban smoking inside of clubs and bars, will be the end for nightlife in New York City. The Village Voice argues that the smokers will be forced on to the sidewalks, thus, creating a nuisance for the neighbors of bars and clubs. According to Robert Bookman, the lawyer for the New York Nightlife Association:
It runs counterintuitive to the Silent Night proposal,” says Bookman, referring to the mayor’s new plan to quiet New York’s main drags. “If you want to keep streets quiet, the last thing you want to do is turn them into smoking halls.”
I guess Bloomberg would rather push his anti-smoking crusade than allow people to enjoy a concert and keep the city residents happy.
HipHopDx.com reports that SOHH.com has closed its doors. For those who do not know, SOHH.com was a portal for hip-hop featuring news and up-and-coming acts. Previously, SOHH.com had been rated one of the best hip-hop sites sby Rolling Stone magazine. At least HipHopDX and AllHipHop.com are still around.
Brian Doherty points ou how people have been quick to designate the convictions of the snipers to push their political beliefs. Because one of the snipers was named Muhammed does not prove that the sniper provides some source of organizeed terrorism.
Lee Hubbard: By Not Staying Along Traditional Democratic Lines The Young Black Community May Be Able To Do More Good For The Community
Lee Hubbard writes, at DaveyD.com, about the division of the hip-hop generation and previous generation in the black community. Using the example of L.L. Cool J’s endorsement of Pataki, Hubbard explains how the black community is begining to reach out and even consider issues such as tax cuts as being important. LL Cool J puts it best:
“The world that I come from, a lot of people aren’t interested in politics,” said Cool J. “But after seeing how the governor handled the 9-11 situation, seeing what happened in this city … I decided, you know what? I’m going to vote; I’m going to register.”
You’re here, You’re Queer, Now Shut the Hell Up
Roanoke College’s Lambda Alliance, the gay student organization, has covered the entrance-way’s to the campus’s cafeteria with pro-gay chalk graffiti. They have written statements all over the campus walkway’s such as “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” Fine. Frankly I don’t care about the sexuality of pretty much anyone on campus. I do not care who is gay. All I want is clear sidewalks and bulletin boards that are not covered with “501 reasons to be gay.” Call me old fashioned but that’s what I think.
(In no way does this go against my libertarian ethic because I do not give a crap what people do in their private lives. I apologize if the title seems offensive.)
Jim Treacher points how peace signs won’t save anybody.