The only regularly great part of the Jimmy Fallon show is the fact that The Roots are the house band. Thank goodness DJ Heat put a compilation together of performances of The Roots and guests on The Jimmy Fallen show.
Umar Farouk Abdulmtallab is the Al-Qaeda member who tried to blow up the plane from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day. Luckily for the people on the flight the terrorist was not able to create a large enough explosion and jumped by one of the other passengers. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo reports that one of the things we do know about Abdulmtallab is that he was a big fan of hip-hop music.
The Christian Science Monitor has an article posted January 4th about Hip-Hop being used as an alternative to Al Qaeda in Yemen. Hip-hop provides an outlet for Yemeni youths to express themselves and is a way for the hearts and minds to be swayed from Islamic extremism:
In Yemen’s staunchly traditional society, the main activities for young people are chewing khat, a mild narcotic, or going to mosques. Events like last week’s show hope to promote hip-hop culture as a healthy alternative and keep youths from being swept up into extremist ideas, say event organizers.
“[In Yemen] you have people who are trying to gain support among the youth for every sort of cause: Al Qaeda, Salafis.… We have to win the hearts and minds of the kids,” said one of the event organizers who wishes to remain anonymous because of his close ties with the Yemeni government.
“Yemen is hungry for hip-hop. When I first came here in 2003 you couldn’t find a rapper or a break dancer,” said Hagage Masaed, an American of Yemeni descent and self-described “Snoop Dogg” of Yemen who has been a centerpiece of hip-hop’s growth in the country.
“All the problems youth are facing in Yemen – there’s no work – this a way for them to release. It’s an outlet,” he said before the start of the show.
Masta Ace & EDO G have a video for their song “Little Young.” I like the gimmicky song about Rappers and little things even if it is a little corny.
Here is Skyzoo’s lead single Popularity off his new album The Salvation:
I was in Russia at a Trade show after party and I heard the original version of Pitbull’s Hotel Room Service play and it felt so American. It was a nice change from the bad taste in techno that Russians seem to have.
Normally however I’m not the biggest fan of club music.
Here is the latest in Shaun Boothe’s series of unauthorized biographies. This time Sean Diddy Combs, gets the treatment:
More Hip-Hop Links from around the internets:
Here is a video of Blue Scholars for “HI-808″ rapping about Hawaii.
Goodie Mob is reuniting according to Cee-Lo Green.
Here’s a rap video about Ending The Fed probably from a Ron Paul fan:
It’s not great but it sounds better than the corny music played at the 9/12 Tea Party in D.C.
Joel Ortiz has a new video called Food For Thought and sponsored by nahright.com. Joel Ortiz basically does a version of Common’s “I used to love H.E.R.”
Here is Lonely Island’s On A Boat song mixed with Bert and Ernie on a boat:
Hat Tip Andrew Moylan
I found this video of Nas being interviewed by eccentric Canadian host Narduwar.
Narduwar interviews are always highly entertaining.
Recently, Barack Obama has taken to blaming George W. Bush for problems such as our economy. It is true George W. Bush did screw up the economy pretty well but eventually Obama is going to have to take credit for it.
Obama signed up for a bad job when he ran for President. Being President normally is a hard job. It becomes an even harder job when you are President and start off with a recession and two wars going on.
I guess the only really good part about starting off with a country in a lousy condition to run is it is pretty easy to make things seem better.
All Shout Does Is Make You Lose Your Voice. Apparently conservatives and Republicans, led on by Rush Limbaugh, have taken on the idea that yelling is the way to win a public policy debate.
There is a new trend that is happening increasingly where conservatives are showing up at “townhall” meeting with Congressmen and yelling at them to indicate dissaproval with Obamacare. The conservatives are protesting and being disruptive in a way that is reminiscent of the worst activism of those on the left of the political spectrum.
The protesting is not helping the Republican’s cause of opposing Obamacare legislation as this may make the Republican’s look bad and increase the ease with which the legislation goes through.
Soft drinks alone are not the sole cause of the chronic diseases that plague our nation. While comprehensive health care legislation is still being formulated, I am concerned that a tax on soft drinks would be a regressive tax, and disproportionately hurt lower-income people. I believe we can achieve health care reform without raising taxes on lower and middle-class New Yorkers. I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should Congress vote on this issue.
While I am not sure any “health care reform” that is going to make it through Congress will improve our health system, I am glad to see the Congressman does not think soda taxes are the solution and realizes they would be a regressive tax.
African immigrants seemed to be the source for a lot of great hip-music. Both Wale and K’Naan have recently released great material but the latest artist to continue in this trend is a rapper by the name of Blitz The Ambassador. Blitz the Ambassador is originally born and raised in Ghana but now hails from Brooklyn.
Blitz the Ambassador brings a unique sound backed by a horn based band. Below are some samples of his recent work:
Here is the Trailer off his recent album: