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"A setback is just a setup for a comeback." --from Bebe Moore Campbell's "72 Hour Hold"

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

VIDEO: Erykah Badu's "Window Seat"

This is the video that has folks talking and that is precisely what a well thought out video can do. Erykah Badu weaves quite a bit into the "Window Seat" video. It's the first official single from "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)" project.

I've only watched it once and already I am thinking, learning and discussing the implications of this artistic vid.

Check it out hip hoppers. What are your thoughts? kfox.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Upcoming Hip Hop in Cleveland

Just now getting around to being the town crier about some upcoming hip hop shows in Cleveland. It is all good. Courtesy of the CleveEvents list.

~P.O.S. w/Dessa and Astonautilus~
Tonight/Wednesday, March 17, 2010
@ the Grog Shop
2785 Cleveland Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Heights
@ 9 p.m.
Tix are $12 ... call 216.321.5588

~RJD2, Break Science and Chichester~
Tomorrow/Thursday, March 18, 2010
@ the Grog Shop
2785 Cleveland Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Heights
@ 9 p.m.
Tix are $15 in advance; $17 the day of the show ... call 216.321.5588

~Hip Hop Industry Party~
On Saturday, March 20, 2010
@ The Diamond Building, 12th floor
1100 Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland
From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

~50 Mics/Top Mics Tour Competition (for music artists)~
On Saturday, March 20, 2010
@ Peabody's
2045 East 21st Street
From 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Hosted by D. Lorand w/dj Jack da Rippa
For more info and to register, call 216.904.0209 or email

~CIFF FilmForum: "No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson"~
On Sunday, March 21, 2010
@ Tower City Center
230 West Huron Road in downtown Cleveland
@ 4:10 p.m.
For more info, visit
**as a part of the Clev. Intl. Film Festival

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010
@ Peabody's DownUnder
2045 E. 21st Street
@ 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 ... call 216.241.5555

~PLAY: "Eclipse: The War Between Pac and Big"~
Beginning on Friday, March 26, 2010 until Sunday, April 18, 2010
@ Karamu Theatre
2355 East 89th Street
For more info, call 216.795.7070

~I Got Five on It! (the last Saturday of each month)~
On Saturday, March 27, 2010
@ Touch Supper Club
2710 Lorain Avenue
Doors open @ 9 p.m.
F/djs Terry Urban, Mick Boogie and more ... call 216.631.5200

~PERFORMANCE w/Bone Thugs n Harmony~
On Sunday, March 28, 2010
@ the House of Blues
308 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland
@ 8 p.m.
Tickets begin @ $27.50 ... call 216.241.5555

~HIP HOP PERFORMANCE w/Jedi Mind Tricks, edotkom, dj Jack da Rippa and more~
On Sunday, March 28, 2010
@ the Grog Shop
2785 Cleveland Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Heights
@ 9 p.m.
Tix are $13 in adv; $15 the day of the show ... call 216.321.5588

~HIP HOP PERFORMANCE: Queens of the Iron Mic w/Rah Digga and Jean Grae~
On Friday, April 2, 2010
@ the Grog Shop
2785 Cleveland Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Heights
@ 9 p.m.
Tix are $12 in adv; $15 the day of the show ... call 216.321.5588

So go ahead Cleveland; get your flex and your hip hop on ... kfox

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Mae Day "101 Bars"

It is not often enough that I get to blog about a female emcee in hip hop. Mae Day is hard ... and strong. Love the lyrics. She's got the flow and the swagger too.

I refuse to compare her to anyone. But this is not a radio friendly track and nor is it formulaic. No lyrics, then chorus ... She rips and she rips and then, well, you already know. I've listened to this track many times trying to figure out when she's taking a breath. I mean, this track is more than four minutes and she's a beast! Love, love, love that.

The beats for "101 Bars" is nice, but the beats take a backseat to Mae Day's delivery. It's a good mix. Really a good showcase for her skills.

Check out "Mae Day Mae Day" on YouTube hip hoppers. It is not the end. kfox.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

A Large Dose of Hip Hop

Do you ever feel like you are behind in the times? You're lost in what's going on in the world of hip hop and don't know how to catch up? Yeah, well, we're all spinning in that storm. But to give you an idea of just what you're missing, and possibly to confirm just what you're missing, there's

Alltop aggregates all sorts of topics in to one page view. You can even put you cursor over a story and a small (or large) balloon will pop up giving you the first few sentences of the story. I like the Alltop Hip Hop section so that I can scroll through and just get a brief idea of what's going on out there. It's a large dose of information to tackle, but you can do your part. Indy Hip Hop World's on the Alltop Hip Hop listing. I like Alltop better than Google Reader because I at least get to discover some new hip hop blogs and Web sites through Alltop. Well, I guess you can discover new sites through Google Reader ... I just like Alltop for its simplicity.

Go on now ... and fill up on your large dose of hip hop, hip hoppers. kfox.

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