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We had him…

Posted in culture, ideas, music, world with tags , , , , on July 8, 2009 by artofpeace

Written by Maya Angelou


Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing, now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind.

Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace. Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.

In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing. No clocks can tell time. No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.

Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.

Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.

He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.

Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.

We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.

His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.

And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.

We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.

Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Black Star Square.

In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England

We are missing Michael.

But we do know we had him, and we are the world.

How far must you go to gain respect?…ummmm

Posted in abstractions, art, culture, music on March 7, 2009 by artofpeace

the abstract best

If any of you pine for the golden age of Hip Hop as I do (for a 76’er like me that would be around the time of our first “black” president Bill Clinton’s first 100 days), you could do none better than pay homage to the cool brother with the laid back silver tongue, spitting verses from a handbook collabo of nietsche and krs-one. He keeps it like that, because he likes it like that. We’re talking about the Abstract aka Q-tip.

Everyone ate up ATCQ’s repertoire of soulful beats and conscious verses, Phife with his point-guard flow (if you don’t know him by now, you’ll never know), Ali Shaheed Muhammad had us doing calisthenics to the boom bap of pre-neo-soul-post-hip-hop flavor, and Tip brought in that silky smooth flow that got the ladies hot and the brothers wanna smoke a spliff or two.

It is with great pleasure that I recommend a wonderfully pure mixtape by the brother J. Period, king of the unorthodox documentarian style mix. He goes through the entire catalog of the Q-Tip’s best verses, layered with samples and beats from all over the spectrum, as well as throwing in some exclusive remixes (Excursions 2009 with De La is heavenly), and a few jewels of behind-the-scenes flavor from the man himself.

It has been close to two decades since the first ATCQ album dropped, and for all y’all that haven’t peeped Q-Tip’s new joint The Renaissance (another instant classic), I suggest you ‘check your clock, your demise is coming up and I want yo man to watch!’

My advice to you, is to listen to this mixtape and educate your dumb ass!

(props to Meelanee for the rec)


Gnarls in Charge

Posted in music on May 12, 2008 by artofpeace

Sungha Jung – No Woman No Cry

Posted in music on May 5, 2008 by artofpeace

Hi, I’m Sungha Jung from South Korea. My dream is to become a professional acoustic fingerstyle guitarist.

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Radiohead, MTV EXIT and USAID – All I Need

Posted in movie, music with tags on May 2, 2008 by artofpeace

Achingly poignant juxtaposition of two lives in separate realities. Timely.

(thanks for the link Joel!)

Throwback pt.1

Posted in music with tags , on April 28, 2008 by artofpeace

Not golden age, as this is “only” 11 years back but this is some ol’ circa-me-as-a-shorty-with-headphones-at-the-bus-stop-type-shit.

Ain’t no better than the Roots and A Tribe Called Quest doing an impromptu freestyle for a local hip hop show in Connecticut around 1997. Kinda had to take it back today.

Also, in anticipation of the Roots’ latest masterpiece, Rising Down, I thought I’d get the hype machine rolling.

monday, monday..


Forever Loving Jah – Bob Marley

Posted in music, world with tags on April 25, 2008 by artofpeace

So old man river don’t dry for me
I have got a running stream of love you see
So no matter what stages, oh stages, stages
Stages they put us thru we’ll never be blue
No matter what rages, oh rages, changes.
Rages they put us thru, we’ll never be blue
We’ll be forever yeah!