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Guns dont kill Black Radio. Black People Kill Black Radio

Posted in Social Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2010 by arehegold

Kathy Hughes doesn’t like black people. Neither does Debra Lee apparently.

Hughes’ latest campaign claims that Congress is trying to pass a performance tax law that will kill “black” radio.

To be honest… This law effects all radio. Congress is trying to kill radio in general, they don’t care that much about black radio, neither do black people.

And what is a performance tax to a bunch of black radio stations that have sold out anyway? They’ve already showed the world that they’re willing to sell their soul, why not give up the rest of it right?

This is the thing, black radio was different from mainstream radio because it gave a voice to the struggle and to the soul of the black community. Black radio was the propietor of blackness. It was responsible for keeping the community aware. Now, it just keeps the community blinded, ignorant, and cuffed in the cave looking at the shadows on the wall.

You can’t get anything on black radio without a corporate sponsor or putting a little lining in the pockets of the program director.

Unsigned artist spotlights are a joke. They’ve sold this psychology to listeners that unsigned artists are nothing compared to the signed ones with their shiny cd covers and nationwide tours. They’ve brought the poverty line into music.

Who’s to judge an unsigned artist because they’re unsigned? Sometimes they have a bigger budget than the ones on a label (Yung Berg).

All of the news is either entertainment or gossip, rarely do you hear something with substance.

The souls of black folk were sold way before this performance tax, and Kathy Hughes, it’s your fault, well you and people like you.

So let’s close up shop, shut down the black radio stations and watch YouTube.

Who listens to the radio anymore, anyway?


Don Cannon & Laws – 4:57 Mixtape

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by arehegold

rarely do i cosign a first mixtape from a “new” artist (and by new i mean newly introduced to the industry and mass distribution)….


This dude deserves it. It’s a great tape.

Download immediately.

9th Wonder & J.U.S.T.I.C.E LEAGUE production for the first go around?



The WillSmith/Drake Effect

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by arehegold

Rappers really don’t know how to milk the industy for all it’s worth.

Words like “crossover”, “sellout” get thrown around too easily when someone seems to reach a level off success that people perceived to be unattainable beforehand.

But let’s be honest, alot of these guys aren’t in it for the love, they’re in it for the money


the money isn’t in the music anymore. It’s about making yourself a brand.

In the previous era of hiphop, often referred to as the Golden Era, no one achieved this better than Will Smith.

The man formerly known as the Fresh Prince took his unique brand and turned it into a hit sitcome, then? He took that persona to the big screens. 10 years down the line, Will Smith is a pop icon, and people from Virginia to Uzbekistan know his name and face.

Drake is taking a note from Smith’s book. The former star of “Degrassi” was an artist before landing a spot on the show. He took his persona and lifestyle brand on to the show where he perfected his appeal and is now smashing the mainstream. The themes, ideas, and concepts are consistent. Plan to see Mr. Graham popping up in some major feature film roles in the near future.

These are not rappers turned actors… these men are cultural stop signs. When you see them, you STOP what you’re doing.

So rappers, don’t get caught in all the hype, or aspire to be an actor. Brand yourself. Take your brand to the masses in the best way that culture sees fit, and that’s not on Facebook and Twitter. Expand. Have more faith in your brand, i mean yourself.