As protests go on, observers wonder where it all leads

National advocates like Pittsburgh native Jasiri X bristle at the suggestion that activist groups don’t have clear demands. “When people ask us what are our list of demands, that’s just semantics,” said Jasiri during a conversation with The Tribune. The young organizer contends that the “demand is to stop killing[…]

Stakes Is High: Just Being a Conscious Rapper is Not Enough

  Last Saturday I was in Boston for a summit on social innovation at Harvard University. But, before I left I stopped by Dudley Library in Roxbury to do a workshop on Hip-Hop, Media, and Mass Incarnation called “America’s Most Wanted”. After the workshop I sat down with Boston Hip-Hop[…]

Don’t Blame Black and Brown Voters If Democrats Lose Today

When it comes to Hip-Hop and politics, there are few voices as prominent and poignant as legendary Hip-Hop journalist and DJ, Davey D. On Saturday he took to his Facebook page to drop this powerful piece taking Democrats to task for the idea that if they lose the Senate majority,[…]

Rap and a Revolution

Jasiri X of Pittsburgh gave all praise to Tef Poe – while slamming his more popular hip-hop contemporaries for not actively engaging with the Ferguson movement. “I remember hearing Tef say, ‘You have these rappers making songs about this fantasy revolution,’” Jasiri X said. “But there’s a real revolution going[…]

Our 1st #1Hood video Young, Gifted, and Black

“Young, Gifted, and Black” featuring Jasiri X, Tyhir Frost, Haze the Kid, and L U C, is the first release from 1Hood, a collective of Hip-Hop artists with a mission to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide a positive forum of self-expression in a field were African American youth are[…]