So.. apparently the new “challenge” is doing a remix of Monica’s track “So Gone” from her “After the Storm” album (which by the way was originally released on my Birthday June 17th in 2003). Absolutely one of those timeless albums that if you played it today 13 years later it would still be good.
So what I’m sharing is in my opinion one of the best (if not thee best) #SoGoneChallenge attempts I’ve seen by Elwood (Elwood Music).
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A letter from our readers
Greetings Daughter Of Zion & your anointed team. I’m a 23 year old son from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Before I say anything, I just need to tell you guys how much I love you. Thank you for always striving for the Truth to prevail & God’s Purpose to be fulfilled. You put your lives into it. Back to the Advisory session, I’m a young aspiring MC & Producer. I go by the name Black Angel. I need to be in close contact with the ins and outs of the industry. I’m dedicated to living and fulfilling God’s Purpose in my life. Can I testify? There’s been a lot of instances in my life where the devil tried to take my life away, but failed because of God’s protection in my life. I pray you read this message & find it in your heart to help me achieve the Dream. My upbringing was really hard here in South Africa, but I know God has tons of things he kept me here to do. This may be asking for a bit much, but I would really really love to meet Queen The Prophet, Hell Razah (El Raziel) & the whole Ghetto Government Officialz Movement. Now when that happens, you guys will be planting a seed in my brain, which I will cultivate and nurture to grow and eliminate all the evil. I need all the knowledge and wisdom you guys possess. I’m so passionate about this, but at the same time I’m a bit afraid that some of the things you guys will reveal to me may scare me. Having said that, I truly believe that you have to be brave and find that inner strength in your Soul to discover what is really what on this Earth. Thank you so much for taking your time to digest my words. Please tell El Raziel that I love him and everybody. You guys is the Truth- S. Ngcobo, South Africa
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always a humbling moment when someone let’s you know that what God has enabled you to do has touched the life of someone else. Your testimony is encouraging and you will be in my prayers that God continues to move in your life and bless your walk with Christ. Stay in His word because those are the seeds that will keep you firmly rooted.
Artist Feature: “Afro” @afro_allflows
Meet 18 year-old Afro (All Flows Reach Out). Afro has been referred to as “the future of hip-hop”, and if you haven’t heard him rhyme? I’m sure after you do, you’d be inclined to agree with that statement. Mentored by hip-hop veteran RA the Rugged Man, R.A. became aware of the young emcee when A-F-R-O entered a freestyle contest on YouTube hosted by R.A. “This kid won the contest before it was even ended.”-RA (http://uproxx.com/music/2015/09/afro-ra-the-rugged-man-uncharted)
I had the pleasure of meeting both of them back in October of this year, while filming scenes from Hell Razah’s upcoming documentary “Risen, the story of Chron Hell Razah Smith”(directed by Frank Meyer). Although it’s probably not a secret to Afro that he is extremely talented, he is one of the most humble young men I’ve ever met and that just makes me even more excited to share his music with you. I’d also like to go on record for being the first person to refer to him as a “Supernova”. I haven’t seen that in print yet, so I’m saying it and printing it.
Over this past week, the official music video “Code #829” was released (11/18/15) and can be found on his new mix tape “Tales from the Basement”. “This is just a mixtape joint A-F-R-O recorded at his mothers house. Just having fun murdering flows and spitting lyrical codes for fans to decipher.. this is super ill but wait till you hear the official music and what we got in store for you all.”-RA
California-bred lyrical titan A-F-R-O aka All Flows Reach Out debuts his first official music video, “Code #829”. Taken from A-F-R-O’s new mixtape “Tales From The Basement”, the track finds R.A. The Rugged Man’s protege going in over some vintage RZA production.
You can Stream + Download “Tales From The Basement” absolutely free here: http://allflowsreachout.com/basement/
If you happen to be in Europe this month, you can catch him on his 2015 European tour with RA & Mr. Green.
Booking A-F-R-O, or R.A. the Rugged Man contact: Howopbookings@gmail.com
#HipHop Living #Legend Spotlight @KurtisBlow1
The Kurtis Blow is one of those names in hip-hop that when it’s mentioned, everyone just sort of pauses in homage. Even the 80’s babies know the name even if they can’t pin point exactly why they know it. So for those who are unfamiliar (especially new comers in hip-hop), class is in session.
“In 1979, Kurtis Blow signed a deal with Mercury Records, making him the first rapper signed by a major label. His album Christmas Rappin’ sold more than 400,000 copies. His follow-up album, The Breaks, went gold. He went on to release 10 albums over the next 11 years and also produced albums. Blow became an ordained minister in 2009 and founded Hip Hop Ministry.” (http://www.biography.com/people/kurtis-blow-5444) How many times have you said or heard someone say,”these are the breaks” or “those are the breaks” and they almost always do it with a shoulder shimmy and a tune? How many of you instantly think of Nas when someone mentions the song title “If I ruled the world”? Now you’ll know exactly where they came from if you didn’t before.
Rapper and producer Kurtis Walker on August 9, 1959, in Harlem, New York. Blow got his first practice as a DJ in grade school, mingling with guests at his mother’s parties to take their music requests. By the time he was 13, he had a fake ID and was sneaking into New York City clubs to hear DJs spin their tracks.
In 1975, Kurtis Blow enrolled in Harlem’s High School of Music and Art, but was kicked out for selling marijuana. He transferred to another high school, where he was soon caught selling the psychedelic drug PCP. Recognizing Blow’s intelligence, the dean gave Blow the chance to test for his General Equivalency Degree as an alternative to expulsion. Blow passed, and went on to study at New York’s City College.
In 1979, Blow signed a deal with Mercury Records, making him the first rapper signed by a major label. His album Christmas Rappin’ sold more than 400,000 copies. His follow-up album, The Breaks, went gold, led by its iconic title track: “Brakes on a bus, brakes on a car, breaks to make you a superstar.”
Blow was soon officially a superstar as well. He went on to release 10 albums over the next 11 years. This included 1985’s America, featuring the song “If I Ruled the World.” The song cracked the Top 5 on the Billboard charts on first release, and returned (in sample form) a decade later when Nas’s version debuted at No. 1. Blow also produced albums for artists like The Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., Russell Simmons and Wyclef Jean. His influence on hip-hop was so profound that rapper Run of the seminal trio Run-D.M.C. initially called himself the “Son of Kurtis Blow” when just starting his career.
As his rap career progressed, Blow—a devout Christian—made a commitment to himself to keep his lyrics family-friendly. “I’ve recorded over two hundred songs and I have never used a profanity and I always thought that was just me trying to have some dignity, some integrity,” Blow said. “I knew that in order for this thing [hip-hop] to last and spread all around the world, it had to be wholesome, it had to be something that families could listen to, something people could play for their kid, something you could sing in church and I can sing all my songs in church.” Blow’s songs include “Magic Words,” a track recorded with a children’s rap group about the importance of saying “please” and “thank you.”
Kurtis Blow’s faith eventually led him to a new career, when he found himself reading the Bible and unable to put the book away. “I got to the last book in the Bible, Revelations, and it’s sort of like a prophecy. And I said I’d better get my act together before all this stuff starts to happen.” Blow became an ordained minister in 2009 and founded Hip Hop Ministry, a movement that incorporates rap into worship.
Besides recording, producing and hosting radio shows, Blow speaks out on behalf of a variety of causes. He coordinated the recording of the song “King Holiday” in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. He also campaigns against racism and drug use. He will always be credited as one of the biggest influences on rap music. “Rappin’ is totally ours—nothing can take it away,” Blow said in 1980, when rap was still in its infancy. “It’s kinda what we are giving to ourselves.” Kurtis Blow. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 09:12, Aug 10, 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/kurtis-blow-5444.
Discography Info: http://www.discogs.com/artist/13151-Kurtis-Blow
Be sure to check out & support his latest project, “Hip Hop Church, Volume 3” now available on iTunes!
What if #Heaven was a mile away? “Get Away” by @_joseph_sd
What if heaven was only a mile away?
Check out this awesome new track written and produced by Joseph SD, “Get Away”
If you’re going to be in the Connecticut area August 22nd, come out and see Joseph SD perform live at Washington Park in Bridgeport CT! The Christian Community Body of Christ (CCBOC- Pastors Elwood & Zenaida Collazo) will be hosting their first annual Hip-Hop / Reggaeton out reach event. The event will include free food, free music & more! The event will be held from 10am-4pm.
#New #Music by @therealiezy “Repetition” from the upcoming “Perception” project!
#New #Music by @therealiezy “Perspective”
IEZY is a 22-year old artist from Connecticut. “Perspective” is his first single (produced by Emerge) from his upcoming debut project “Perception”. IEZY is a talented emcee, singer, and composer. He has a very unique sound and I invite you to experience “Perspective” .
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Can we Auto-Correct Humanity? by @princeea
Meet Prince EA. I came across his You Tube video “Can we Auto-Correct Humanity?” this morning and was so impressed I had to blog it Fam.
There is a distinct difference between rap and hip-hop. The category hip-hop indicates that there is knowledge within the content of the music. Personally, the message in the music is right on time. Hopefully, more people will listen and start to control their technology instead of their technology controlling them.
Why I Refuse to Let Technology Control Me.
Download This Spoken Word Now: https://princeea.bandcamp.com/track/c…
Music composed by DJsNeverEndingStory
Wu-Tang Clan / Sunz of Man HELL RAZAH @heavenrazah “INFERNO” MXTP drops hosted by @dj_fiyaa
In celebration of his 38th Birthday, Wu-Tang Clan / Sunz of Man affiliate drops “INFERNO” hosted by DJ FIYAA. Upcoming projects? Be on the look out for Hell Razah Music, Inc./ Ghetto Govt’s next MXTP “USA (Under Seraphim Authority) Volume 3 which will drop Election Day (11/5) alongside the Anonymous Million Mask March and the long awaited digital release of Dr. G’s “The Coalition” album (pre order via thecoalitionalbum.com) which features a healthy batch of new Hell Razah music. Raz will be releasing the “El Raziel” album in December 2014.
“Inferno” can be downloaded FREE via Soundcloud, Dat Piff, and Audio Mack.
If you haven’t already, check out iapparelstore.com and see the new fall Hell Razah Music, Inc. apparel! Make sure you tag us on Instagram @officialghettogovt wearing your gear & we’ll re-post!