Archive for May, 2006

Cause the U.S. Army Won’t Let Me Go Home

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

People who spend time browsing the internet have probably seen SNL’s Chronicles of Narnia rap also known as Lazy Sunday. Some LA comedians made a West Coast response titled Lazy Monday. American soldiers in Iraq have now made Lazy Ramadi

Link via Jim Henley

Gravy’s Music Banned From Hot 97

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Vibe.com reports the mixtape rapper Gravy’s music has been banned from Hot 97. Funkmaster Flex made this anouncement recently on his show. Are they banning Gravy’s music because the lyrics are violent? No. Gravy is only getting banned from the airwaves because Hot 97 faces eviction after mixtape rapper Gravy was shot outside of Hot 97. As Nah Right points out, if Gravy had high record sales this would not be happening . This appears to be just a symbolic move by Hot 97 to try and stop the eviction process.

Hip-Hop Comes To Afghanistan

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

The BBC reports on DJ Besho, the first rapper in Afghanistan. DJ Besho imitates American rappers in style wearing puffy clothing and oversized jewelry and realizing his success is due in part to the global importance of rap stars such as 50 Cent and Tupac. DJ Besho is currently having to deal with issues of whether or not Afghan society will allow hip-hop to exist in Afghanistan or whether the culture is too conservative.

Nonetheless, DJ Besho’s rise to fame reflects the growing liberalization occurring in Afghan society. Sure DJ Besho may not be allowed to show booty shaking reminiscent of Nelly’s “Tip Drill” video but this is a big change from 2001 where film and music, whether traditional or not, was outlawed.

Hot 97 To Be Evicted

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Just as the NYPD has installed surveillance cameras outside of Hot 97, the managers of the building have announced eviction proceedings. The owners decided to kick Hot 97 out of the building after the recent shooting in April.

This was not the first violent incident outside of Hot 97. In 2001, a shooting broke out between the entourages of Capone and Noreaga and Lil’ Kim’s entourages. In 2005, a shooting broke out between 50 Cent and The Game’s entourages. Most recently, no name rapper Gravy was shot in the butt outside of Hot 97.

All this violence in hip-hop is bad for business. Soon it will be either grow up or go out of bussiness. Let’s hope people make the right decisions.

Hot 97 Cameras and Homeland Security

Monday, May 1st, 2006

As part of the Homeland Security infrastructure grants are allocated to localities spent to fight terrorism. New York City has decided that surveillance cameras are an efficient use of federal Homeland Security dollars. So far, 500 cameras have been installed costing $9 million. New York City is planning on installing more surveillance cameras when the federal grants come down the pipeline.

Is this money being used to fight terrorism? New York City is a high profile terrorist target after all which has been attacked by Al-Qaeda twice. The cameras are really a crime fighting measure as opposed to a terrorist fighting measure. Security cameras did not stop the subway bombing in London from happening. To the extent that surveillance cameras fight terrorism it is as response and not as prevention.

But the NYPD appears to be installing the cameras more as a general crime fighting initiative than for fighting terrorism. New York has installed cameras outside of subways and other potential terrorist targets.

The New York Police Department has also installed a surveillance camera outside of New York’s Hot 97. Hot 97 has had several shootings occur outside of its building in recent years. Maybe if Hot 97 didn’t promote criminality and have rappers on the air right after they have been shot. The hip-hop cops only exists because rappers entourages commit crimes.

Mexico Considering Drug Legalization

Monday, May 1st, 2006

The Mexican Senate has passed legislation that would decriminalize small amounts of drug possession. Mexican President Fox is expected to sign the bill allowing drug possession. The LA Times reports the law would allow

The bill says criminal charges will no longer be brought for possession of up to 25 milligrams of heroin, 5 grams of marijuana (about one-fifth of an ounce) or 0.5 gram of cocaine.

In addition, Mexican citizens would be allowed to have up to 2 pounds of Peyote.

The idea of proponents of the law is that police will now be able to concentrate their resources on going after major drug dealers. This seems to be a smart public policy which will lead to effective use of police resources. Complete legalization should be the eventual goal but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

Steven Colbert at White House Correspondents Dinner

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Steven Colbert was the comedy act at the White House Correspondents Dinner in charge of the President. No one laughed. Bush didn’t laugh. The media didn’t laugh.Colbert’s humour consists of attacking politicians and the media, which he did both of last night. Bush would have only been comfortable if the attacks were only somewhat serious and played to the common man charachter Bush likes to exude.

The video is up at Crooks and Liars