Nas Pens Open Letter After Death of Chicago Teen… (via hiphopdx.com)

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Nas Pens Open Letter After Death Of Chicago Teen
September 30th, 2009 | Author: Krysten Hughes
After a violent attack that lead to the untimely demise of a Chicago teen, New York emcee, Nas [click to read], penned an open letter to youth within the community, urging the “young warriors” to stop the brutality against one another. On September 24, Derrion Albert, a sixteen year old honor roll student and faithful member of the church, was brutally beaten in what investigators called gang-related violence. Simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, Albert became victim to severe bludgeoning, beaten with planks of wood used for railroad tracks, as well as stomped on by his teenaged attackers. The Christian Fenger Academy student was pronounced dead later that evening at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center. Earlier today, CNN [click here] reported that four suspects are currently being charged with first degree murder.

Bystanders who witnessed Albert being beaten recorded the grisly attack on a cell phone, and soon thereafter the video was broadcasted across the web and replayed numerous times on major television networks such as CNN and Fox. After hearing about the tragedy and viewing the wide spread and controversial video of the teen’s death, Nas was prompted to voice his opinion, sharing his thoughts and words of encouragement on Globalgrind.com.

“Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool.
Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling, that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But….
We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains. Deaths over ‘he say, she say!!!!!’ ‘I’m from this block or I’m from that block,’ or ‘my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay!!!’
I remember feeling like I was the hardest ‘n*gga’ breathing. And I couldn’t wait to prove it. But let’s think. What are we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.
You have the ability and mindpower to change they way we are looked at. Look who’s watching us young warriors, look who’s throwing us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Loving to bury us in the ground or in jail where we continue this worthless war on one another.
Young warriors…. We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz this movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, Boys n the Hood , Blood n Blood Out, Belly!
When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS….and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I’m with you young warriors. You’re me and I’m you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war.
This sh*t sucks!!”
-Nas

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Movie Review: More Than A Game (via: ballerstatus.com)

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“More Than A Game” is a documentary which features an NBA superstar and shows how he rose to fame, while playing with his childhood friends. But it isn’t like any old documentary that you would find on ESPN, it tells a deeper story that people of all different ages can relate to. It is a story of friendship, dedication, hard work, and above all, teamwork.

The story of Lebron James and his teammates — Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee — is one that mimics the “American Dream.” Five young men from lower class backgrounds, growing up in Akron, Ohio, all being connected by their love of basketball. They join a local team together and must overcome numerous obstacles, both as a team and as individuals, whether it was dealing with internal problems, or problems at home. At times, the young men are brought down to the bottom, but had to find it within themselves to show courage to get back up and keep fighting and to accomplish greatness in the game of round ball, and leading their team to win many high school championships in the process.

The boys weren’t alone on their journey. They had their coach, Dru Joyce Sr., to guide them along the way, and mentor them as a father figure as well. A pivotal point in the documentary comes when Coach Dru realizes how his dreams connect with those of his son and the team. When times get rough, Coach Dru becomes the glue that keeps the team together, making them even more united, and more family like.

The documentary is very successful at showing growth within the members of the team. As the film progresses, we get to feel how each member of the team overcomes their struggles and triumphs, becoming stronger in the process. Another strength of the film is its ability to portray the team as more than a just a highschool basketball squad, but as family. By the end of the documentary, you get a feel that the young men have a brother-like relationships beyond their friendships.

This documentary is recommended for not only people who enjoy basketball, but for those you want to be moved and inspired by a story that sends the message that no matter what the obstacle is that you face, you can overcome and be successful.

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Respect to Grandmaster Flash. Pioneering DJ.

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There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash.

In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering. However, Saddler, a native of the Bronx, had a much deeper passion for music; he had been experimenting with his father’s vinyl since he was an adolescent. His knowledge of audio equipment led him to an idea that would revolutionize music: the turntable would become his instrument.

The career of DJ Grandmaster Flash began in the Bronx with neighborhood block parties that essentially were the start of hip-hop—the dawn of a musical genre. He was the first DJ to physically lay his hands on the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward or counterclockwise motion, when most DJs simply handled the record by the edges, put down the tone arm, and let it play. Those DJs let the tone arm guide their music, but Flash marked up the body of the vinyl with crayon, fluorescent pen, and grease pencil—and those markings became his compass.

He invented the Quick Mix Theory, which included techniques such as the double-back, back-door, back-spin, and phasing. This allowed a DJ to make music by touching the record and gauging its revolutions to make his own beat and his own music. Flash’s template grew to include cuttin’, which, in turn, spawned scratching, transforming, the Clock Theory and the like. He laid the groundwork for everything a hip hop DJ can do with a record today, other than just letting it play. What we call a DJ today is a role that Flash invented.

By the end of the 70s, Flash had started another trend that became a hallmark of hip-hop: emcees asked to rap over his beats. Before long, he started his own group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Their reputation grew up around the way the group traded off and blended their lyrics with Flash’s unrivaled skills as a DJ and his acrobatic performances—spinning and cutting vinyl with his fingers, toes, elbows, and any object at hand.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five went Platinum with their single, “The Message.” Meanwhile, the single “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” introduced hip hop DJing to a larger listening audience than it had ever known before; it became the first DJ composition to be recorded by a DJ. The group’s fame only grew with “Superappin,” “Freedom,” “Larry’s Dance Theme,” and “You Know What Time It Is.” Punk and new wave fans were introduced to Flash through Blondie, who immortalized him in their hit, “Rapture.”

The rock n’ roll establishment also recognized Flash with an honor no one else in hip hop has received: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Flash is also the only hip hop DJ to ever receive that honor.

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Wu-Tang x Dekline Killerbee…

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Dekline is looking to help you enter the 36 chambers with these Killerbees.

This silhouette is a low-top on a vulcanized sole. The uppers use a mix of the standard Wu-Tang yellow and black leather. Yellow contrast stitching is used on the black leather portions, which are both regular leather and perforated near the heel. The overall shape is similar to a Vans Era, but the panelling is way different, as it uses a large toe cap and mid-panel accent piece. The Wu’s influence appears not only in the colors but also in the logo on the tongue, lace lock and sole heel.

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Adidas Skate Culver Vulc…

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Like the Gonzales exclusives above, these feature an almost completely black upper, mixing suede as the majority material, with leather used on the classic three stripes and tongue. Neon green is used as an accent color on the heel section, tongue and a side logo on the upper. White piping also lines the rear section, and the Vulc title is used to designate the vulcanized sole.

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