Thursday, February 26, 2009

My President is Black


Obama Brushes his Shoulders Off

Hip Hop has always underlined the inequalities minorities have faced in American society (actually, in society in general). Now that the President is black, have things changed?

This article goes into some interesting discussion on the matter.





Barack talks about Hip Hop

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Apocalypse Credit


The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis

A brilliant usage of new media to articulate the credit crisis in 10 mins.

Part two should extended the path of the bomb --> to the government, and explore the attempts at breaking the economic death spiral; the bailout; the stimulus package and how globalization has meant the world is tied to sub-prime mortgages.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

MIA





After last week's Grammy performance, (which blew away most hip-hop practitioners around the world), a modicum of controversy hit the newsstands. Thomas Fuller, New York Times journalist, weighed heavily into the debate surrounding M.I.A.'s heritage and the designs of her rhymes:

"To many Americans, Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., is the very pregnant rapper who gyrated across the stage at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

Yet in Sri Lanka, where she spent her childhood years, M.I.A. remains virtually unknown. And some who do know her work say she is an apologist for the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels fighting in the country’s long-running civil war."

Not knowing too much about the war that has wreaked havoc upon the South Asian island nation for the better part of the last 27 years, I will not delve too far into the debate.

As a fan of MIA and of stimulating debate, I can only encourage her to continue producing music in the creative conscious manner that has afforded her the admiration she has received to date.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Justice?


(Graffiti art in S21, it says #codefc stuDIED here 1975-1979)

30 years after the end of the genocide, 10 years after his arrest, the trial of "Comrade Duch", commander of S21 prison (Tuol Sleng) has started.

Can justice ever be achieved with so little so late?

"The death penalty, which Duch ordered at least 12,380 times, does not exist in United Nations-backed tribunals like this one. His condemnation will not have the too-familiar instantaneousness of the Khmer Rouge hoe striking the back of the neck, but his sentence will be long and relentless.

The worst that he risks, however, is not imprisonment itself, but seeing his reasons for living disappear. His life now revolves around the visits from his children, a right that was denied to his victims, and his faith in the judicial process — a process that did not exist at Tuol Sleng." Says Francois Bizot, French Buddhism scholar turned Western prisoner of Duch.

In fact, it seems that the only appropriate sentence for this mass murderer is the exact opposite of the death penalty; allowing Duch to continue to live while denying him the reasons for life.

The trial, sadly, serves more a symbolic purpose than it does any real justice. However, along the lines of "never again", I believe the trial is important as far as International Law is concerned. It will test the international judicial system, establishing whether one can feasibly bring justice to those who have betrayed their own species. It will hopefully encourage humankind to enshrine "never again", not only in their hearts and minds, but in law.

Bizot notes:
"Let us not fool ourselves. Beyond the crimes that Duch committed against humanity, those of the Khmer Rouge will also be judged. And beyond the crimes of the Khmer Rouge, the capacity of the tribunals to mete out justice will be tested, as well as our ability to judge man himself, and history."

The above quoted article can be found here.

More on Cambodia here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rap it in Wire

Though there are a few comparisons I don't agree with (Nas as Avon? how about Tupac as Avon? Trying to reinvent the game, only ending up getting removed from it forever...) and some that are missing (Slim Charles would be played by Pusha T from the Clipse), some of them are dead on (its more or less inevitable that 50 cent would be likened to Marlow, and Jay-z to Srtinger Bell). Anyways, click on the above picture to check out the complete listing of which rapper would play which character on the Wire. To say the least, it is more or less the fusion of two of my favorite things.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sony Play Station - Red Cross Edition

This hits you right square in the reality. "99 years fighting in the real world". It certainly puts some things into perspective... Advertising Agency: ELJ Publicidad, Ecuador
Executive Creative Director: David Cabezas
Creative Directors: Esteban Samaniego, Julio Ortiz

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Whether you Lykke it or not...


Lykke Li @ NTBR Part 4 - "Hustlin'" from Drew Innis on Vimeo.

Here Lykke Li, Swedish Indie star, covers Rick Ross' Hutlin'. She has also covered the classic Tribe Called Quest "Can I kick it?" in concert. Though weird at first, I think its kinda cool. It shows some versatility of the genre and some of the irony that can be extracted from a song when performed by someone completely different.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

IconoClass

In what evokes images of Leonardo's struggles during the epic Titanic, someone has pointed out something rather interesting with regards to the Miracle on the Hudson:

At least this time there were enough life boats.

From: here

And so he Kick push kick push coast.


Lupe Fiasco has designed a new Converse high top for the Product Red line. Not a big fan of the whole Red thing... but this is a pretty sick shoe.

The DaVinci Phone


If Leonardo had designed the iPhone...