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November 2013 Blog Posts (85)

Next Time Some Poor Ignoramus Asks Where The Real Hip-hop Is, Give Them Hellfyre Club's 'Dorner vs. Tookie'

After going through my computer and looking up mixtapes, I noticed that for a guy who doesn't listen all that much to hip-hop, I have a lot of hip-hop mixtapes and album in my computer. Mostly because this past few years have brewed some of the most solid and interesting hip-hop mixtapes and albums this year from that of Death Grips, LE1F, Chance the Rapper and one of my personal favorite rappers Julian Malone. The very people I should be throwing into this list? Anyone within…


Added by Sound Check on November 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Time to chill the fuck out with a free download of the debut EP from Toronto RnB / Triphop singer Allie. #SoundCheck

Need a break from the stress of the omnipresent social obligation to conspicuously consume consume consume right about now? Toronto singer Allie brings the mellow with her unique abstract RnB. Strange Creatures blends RnB with glitch and triphop for atmosphere rich and bass heavy grooves. The ambiance is palpable. The thick layers of effects, piled on smooth discordant keys, are anchored by minimal beats. And topping the whole thing is Allie's smooth but still commanding…


Added by Sound Check on November 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: American Fangs Reveal Previously Unreleased Track 'Brazilian Axe'

Who likes to rock the f#uck out?! Check indie band, AFROPUNK members American Fangs' previously unreleased track 'Brazilian Axe'. Fasten your seat belt though!

More American Fangs:…


Added by Sound Check on November 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"Selfies": Signs Of Pride Or "Cry for Help"?

AP Fam, what's your take on the whole "selfie" madness?

Some say they're empowering and a sign a pride. Some say they're a cry for help.

What's the deal? Pride or desperate narcissism? (i.e. "a devastatingly vulnerable…


Added by Robust on November 29, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Meet Visual Artist Mear One's New Slaves

It’s been over 400 years since the Trans-Atlantic slave trade occurred & throughout African Americans & Blacks’ struggle for equality, the mental idea of freedom is still blurry within the African diaspora. The world as a whole has quickly developed as a chess board for the most influential leaders to play on, as we the citizens take on the attributes of pawns and puppets. This system is even more present in the billion dollar prison industry. In his paintings &…


Added by Eye Candy on November 29, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Event Review: The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra's Deep Roots of Rock and Roll

The lower part of Manhattan is a maze for those unfamiliar with it. The canyon-like city is at its deepest and most structurally imposing here, as the towering, mirrored office buildings stand on some of the oldest, most narrow streets in the U.S.. Like a spelunker, descending to reveal the treasures hidden in the Earth’s core, I came to find The Deep Roots of Rock and Roll within Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center For The Arts. Having never been there before, yet knowing…


Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Slavery Reparations The time is now


The prevailing scholarly legal opinion categorically shuts the door on…


Added by The Race Card on November 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Lenny Kravitz Talks New Album

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Lenny Kravitz revealed some details about the album he's working on: "It’s a real strip down, rock and roll album. With some horns here and there, but really big sounding and strip down. Very up-beat, very sexy… It’s a real interesting balance between classic rock and today’s sound. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll hear it." + About whether or not the album will be released on a major label: "I’m not sure right now. Right now I’m…


Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

You haven't heard anything like this. New Zealand's The Wyld serves up hip-hop indie and blues on their latest EP 'Abstract.' #SoundCheck

New Zealand indie / hip-hop trio The Wyld have been blowing up steadily since their debut Preface last year. Mixing indie rock, hip-hop, and blues, The Wyld has a sound all their own. Their latest EP, Abstract,, dropped October 29th.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Free Download:…


Added by Sound Check on November 27, 2013 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Readers of the New School: 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest book Americanah is a vivid tale that illustrates the complexity of life in the US for many Africans. The story centers around the life of Ifemlu and Obinze, two bright college students who fell in love at a young age, the two are forced to part ways and leave their country due to unrest in their area and university strikes. The two are separated when Ifemelu moves to the US to continue college, and Obinze heads to…


Added by Eye Candy on November 27, 2013 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Visual Artist Mattahan: Humans, Beasts & I... Oh My!

The height of Black giants larger than life, surpassing clouds while odd looking beasts and fish roam the earth is nothing far from the imagination; especially when you have the gift to be able to recreate the exact image of some sort of surreal, spectacle in your mind. The beautiful part about these spectacles shared is that they're ambiguous- open for one’s own interpretation. So who's to say that artist Mattahan’s (born Paul Davey) illustrations are not a force to be reckoned…


Added by Eye Candy on November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Amari Rebel - Ghosts

Amari Rebel is a musical maroon armed with a guitar and a vision of freedom. His mission is simple: to use his seamless blend of funk, soul, blues-rock,…


Added by Sound Check on November 26, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Bad Rudolph now on iTunes proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Houston

"Bad Rudolph" is now available on iTunes and other digital outlets. All proceeds of sales go to the Ronald McDonald House Houston. Now go and be merry.…


Added by Lotus Effect on November 26, 2013 at 4:10pm — No Comments

"Saint Charles Parish" by The Honorable South streaming NOW!

Added by THE HONORABLE SOUTH on November 26, 2013 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Chase the sun and vibe with The Honorable South! New music video for the new single "Saint Charles Parish"

From the new album 'Faithful, Brave, and Honest' in stores 2014.

Director & Editor: Adam Gambrel

Director of Photography: Rogelio Espinosa

1st AC: Sam Barill

DIT: Jeffrey James

Hair/Makeup: Phoenix Rose

Accessories by Julie Mims Collection


Ms. Charm Taylor



Added by THE HONORABLE SOUTH on November 26, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments


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Vanessa VanDyke was told to cut hair or leave Faith Christian…


Added by The Race Card on November 26, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Fighting Again December 14th in Patchogue, NY

To all my AP members that are fans of MMA.

I'm back in the mix again to finish what I started at the MMA Platinum Gloves tournament on December 14th in patchogue. If you want to come out and see me in action, make sure to show support by purchasing tickets from me directly or at my website. - …


Added by Stuart Gordon on November 26, 2013 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Kwabs' intense experimental soul music

As the state of urban-alternative music progresses, it's becoming clearer by the day that its presence is here to stay, and hopefully forever. Singer, Kwabs (born Kwabena Sardokee Adjepong) is one artist who's making his contribution to this revolutionary culture. He brought us his melodic version of James Blake's, 'The Wihelm Scream' and now an original tune, 'Last Stand' (check out both and more below).

By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK…


Added by Sound Check on November 26, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Lemi Ghariokwu: King of Afro Pop Art

What happens when African culture and Pop art mingle and explode in the non-traditional art scene? You get Afro Pop Art! Dubbed the King of Afro Pop Art, Lemi Ghariokwu has created numerous album covers for the likes of Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba and most notably, the legendary Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. Commanding the eye’s attention, the vibrant colors, social commentary, and figurative characters dance with the messages of equality, freedom from social dogma in…


Added by Eye Candy on November 26, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

My Book Celebration December 7th in Highland Park

Dear friends,

I would like to invite you to this joyous occasion. I'm having a book celebration !! I am one of the new curators at this space so come support your local healing art community.

I will be reading a couple of my poems and doing one spoken word piece. I will also have special guest, beautiful and talented Sariyah Idana performing live!!

Come for dancing, mingling and art…


Added by blaqvenus on November 26, 2013 at 2:15am — No Comments

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