Archive for the ‘Peace’ Category

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Beanie Sigel went from being a hustler on the streets to becoming on of the most revered names in the state of Hip-Hop. He’s made his mark on the game simply by being the person that he always knew; meaning that he perpetuated and image that was no other than himself.beanie_sigel2

In the dawn of the new millennium, there were various different artists and groups who had the necessary talent to extend beyond the sovereignties of Philadelphia (Gilly-Major Figgaz, Most Wanted to name a few) but Beanie Sigel was the artist who spear headed the game by linking up with the top dog of rap, Jay-z.

Eventually, the two became some what of dynamic duo. One who personified the lavish lifestyles of a successful hip-hop artist, and the other who spewed out the emotions of frustration and turmoil created by an impoverished human being; this for not only himself, but for the people… Through out the years, this polaric blend of Broadway and Broad Street fused together and created a bond that extended beyond an appreciation for music.

You know the saying “opposites attract,” well outside of the business aspects of music, this notion certainly held true. But what happens when something comes between those opposites? When a conflict of interest occurs? When the two differ in lifestyles and life choices? When one person feels that the heart is more important than the head…?

Those are questions that i cant answer entirely. But one thing is for sure, and thats somebody always ends up hurt. I hate to sounds so sentimental, but theres no getting around it.

Now I havent had the luxury of personally knowing Beans, but based on his body of work through out his career, and what from he speaks appears to be nothing short of “the truth” So its safe to assume that in the last song that he dropped called “The Average Cat” is no different. He speaks on the differences that he’s had between him and Jay. I’ll let you listen for yourself.

So as we know Beans has had his share of legal troubles. Despite the fact that some may disagree or lack empathy for his situation, he still has had to deal with it. Enduring the turbulences of coming from nothing, to making it big, back to dealing with legal discrepancies are tough for anybody.

In his latest interview with radio show host Charlemagne (100.3 The Beat) he goes in detail about how life was like for him through out all this drama, and how his so called homie Jay-Z pretty much left him out to dry.

Heres the interview so guys can see for yourself.

So there you have it.. Beans spilled out his heart and aired out most of what was going on behind closed doors. Obviously this issue involves money, but more importantly this is about looking out for ya man. I’ve heard a few different opinions about this matter. Some gives the “at the end of the day, this is still a business” explanation, while others see it as Jay-Z only looking out for himself.

My take on this matter is that, Jay could have been there for Beans. Yeah he got into a lot of trouble, but developing a friendship that extended beyond music was an insidious way to gain loyalty that would only benefit himself in the long run. I think Jay knew what he was doing. He took a talented street cat with a passion for music, and took advantage of his lack of understanding about the game. One thing that most people don’t realize, esp young and or up and coming artist, is that we still live in a capitalist society. The way this works is that the owner (Jay-Z for example) is trying to make as much money as he possibly can, regardless of personal or situational circumstances. Whats even worse is that coming from the business and media capital of the world, Jay-Z was born into a culture who understands this ideology and how it works. Beanie Sigel on the other hand came from a place where loyalty, respect and comradery was far more important than making a dollar. So although I understand the business aspect of it, I have to disagree with the people who side with Jay-Z. When your that rich, and have that much to spare, at what point do you realize that a person who considers you a brother to himself is more important than making MORE money. I mean as a person, Jay could of reached out to Beanie when he was doing his bid. Yeah He (Beanie) made some questionable decisions that cost him his freedom, thats still somebody that could use his help. I guess at the end of the day, people that dont want to be help cant be help, but theres a line between letting somebody learn the hard way and letting somebody deal with a world of shit on their own. Like Beanie said, he risked his career going to war with all of Jay-Z’s foes. So even if Jay didnt agree with the moves that Beanie made, just out of consideration and appreciation, I personally think that Jay could have schooled Beans a lot better. You can have all the tools and opportunity to be successful in life, but if no one teaches you how to utilized them, then what good are they?

But thats just my opinion.. Whats yours?

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Finally, Chris Breezey breaks his silence and speaks out. In this interview with Larry King on CNN, The Pop Mega Star opens up and tells his side of the story. No need to mention what the story is, because we already know…

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Unlike most people, I actually feel bad for this young man. Despite the fact that I do not condone abusive relationships, I always feel empathy for the individuals who are scrutinized by the media. Primarily because people are so cynical and are always quick to judge and distribute blame on the perceived perpetrator.

The bottom line is that, none of us actually know the truth behind this situation. The only people who know the real deal are the ones who are involved. Besides that, we are all human… If you yourself havent been in a situation like this, then I’m sure you know someone who has. Yeah its wrong, and shouldn’t occur under most circumstances, but don’t sit up there and condemn people just because you can. Could you imagine being Chris Brown? Whatever happened, happened, but because he is who he is, his business gets exposed to the world, and it really isn’t fair. People will take your name and do whatever they like with it if given the chance. And when your a person who stands at such a high stature, people can not wait to tare you down…

Oh an another thing, Women are master mind manipulators (great use of alliteration haha). When in relationships they often know their man better than he knows himself. Let me know if Im wrong, but they always know how to push the right buttons in order to even the score. Having said that, do you really think Chris Brown just said F*CK it and went APE SH*T on her for no reason? I highly doubt that…

But anyway, here’s a His interview with Larry King. I hope you all enjoy and feel free to voice your opinions!!

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Michael Vick’s first interview since serving 18 months in prison for the notorious dog fighting scandal. As he sits down with James Brown and opens the window for all to see what life has been like for him since…

Take a look

Part I

Part II

dont forget to let ur opinions be heard…

WoodStock: The 40th Anniversary

Posted: August 15, 2009 in Music, Peace

Exactly 40 years ago today, the world’s famous 1969 Woodstock concert and festival kicked off and would be later known as the biggest, the best, the most memorable and dynamic modern day event(s) known to man!

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Now I’m sure everyone has heard of Woodstock, but those born of my generation (80’s babies stand up! )and those primarily immersed in urban/pop culture, typically aren’t aware of the significance Woodstock 69 has had on our society.

Now first things first… Woodstock 69 was an outright stoner’s paradise. After all, the event lasted a grueling 3 days. Yeah that’s right, that’s 1-2-3 days! Now I’m not knocking anybody for doing what they do, but in order to party that long with out sleep (or very little) you’ve got to be on something lol! The conditions, in which the 400,000 plus crowd members of Woodstock 69 had experienced, would in today’s era be considered intolerable. Could you imagine camping out on 6 acres of land, little food, no shower and or hotel to shield you from the rain? Yeah me either, but this event was far too significant than to let such conditions deter anyone from taking part of, and experiencing history in the making.

The theme, “3 days of peace and music.” No color barriers, age, social-economic status’, or any other segregating factors were going to ruin this weekend of utopia. Keep in mind that the current state that in which America was in, considering the revolution the Vietnam War, was one of ideological turmoil and spiritual despair.  People were suffering, and Woodstock 69 was the outlet in which people could alleviate their pain, and come together as a united race of beings with out the worries of unnecessary quarrels that would otherwise divide them.

From a cultural standpoint, this meant tolerance, understanding, appreciation, optimism and a whole slew of other adjectives that I can’t think of right now, but were nonetheless incorporated into our society, which help advocate the United States of America to become what it is today. Now my people from the urban community generally don’t listen to rock n’ roll, and when ask who Carlos Santana, Joe Crocker, and Crosby, Stills and Nash are, most will probably not know. And out of those who don’t, some, quite frankly wouldn’t care.  I say that with compassion because its really not our fault. The lines of segregation that was once blurred (multicultural, generational, social-economical) has now been redefined. Therefore, not knowing the significance of such an alternative, but influential event in American history is more predicated on who you are, than what you know.

All in all, Woodstock 69 was a success… Yeah there were some questionable occurrences that tainted the integrity of the event, but the positives out weight the negativity by far. Sorry for blabbing on in this article, but I just wanted to pay some homage, and give a lil recognition to this 40 year anniversary that shook up America.

Notables from Woodstock 1969’s line up:

Carlos Santana

Crosby, Stills and Nash

The Who

JIMI HENDRIX!