30 years since Public Enemy declared: “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”

Album Review

Public Enemy
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records
Release date: June 28th 1988

1. Countdown To Armageddon
2. Bring The Noise
3. Don’t Believe The Hype
4. Cold Lampin’ With Flavor
5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic
6. Mind Terrorist
7. Louder Than A Bomb
8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness
9. Show Em Whatcha Got
10. She Watch Channel Zero!?
11. Night Of the Living Baseheads
12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
13. Security Of The First World
14. Rebel Without A Pause
15. Prophets Of Rage
16. Party For Your Right To Fight

Regardless of your age, listening to this album clearly indicates how much things have changed in Hip Hop.

This classic Public Enemy album made them the definitive Hip Hop group of the era. The follow-up project to ‘Yo!, Bum Rush The Show’ (a classic itself) was a change in sound, not only for them, but for Hip Hop in general. It heralded the introduction of multi-layered samples in tracks that revolutionized Hip Hop production. This was brought about by the creative genius of the Bomb Squad production crew. Consisting of brothers Hank & Keith Shocklee, Eric ‘Vietnam’ Sadler & Chuck D, hours of searching through records for samples & fine tuning studio equipment knowledge paid off. The production content relied heavily on James Brown tracks, a choice that became very popular at the time. An intricate mix of funky beats & aggressive scratch routines delivered noisy, but pleasurable listening. They perfectly complemented Chuck’s powerful voice & delivery, never overshadowing his educational & socially conscious lyrics. The Black power, pride & unity subject matter was far more in effect than on their first LP, then it was mentioned from time to time, but a new time was dawning. Black conscious & message rap grew in popularity as Public Enemy became more influential, not only to other rap acts, but to Black listening audiences of all ages as well.

The group members were perfectly labeled. Main vocalist Chuck D was ‘The Messenger Of Prophecy’ with his political lyrics. Flavor Flav was ‘The Cold Lamper’, acting as light relief from the heavy message rap. Terminator X again stayed silent. He was the assault technician, tearing up records with an slightly messy, but aggressive technique. It was never technically artistic like DJ Jazzy Jeff, or DJ Cash Money, yet it blended with the organized chaos of the Bomb Squad beats. Finally there was Professor Griff, leader of the Security Of The First World (S1W). Although he was ‘The Minister Of Information’ he was limited to a few vocal appearances. Nevertheless, this didn’t stop this articulated student of Black history & facts speaking his mind! In many interviews his statements were heavily critical of Caucasians, leading to him being labelled as a racist & eventually removed from the group. The S1W’s themselves provided the group’s onstage security, performing military style drills with Uzi guns in hand for effect.

The record label they were signed to ‘Def Jam Recordings’ also had their profile raised, higher than it was already. Having the likes of LL Cool J & The Beastie Boys was already ensuring label owners Ruck Rubin & Russel Simmons success. Public Enemy’s growing reputation increased Def Jam’s success even more.

Even with their Black nationalist slant & criticism from much of the U.S media, Public Enemy’s fame spread worldwide.

‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ was certified platinum. This happened in August 1989 after 1 million copies had been shipped for retail, then purchased.

Lyrically, the album doesn’t just deal the with the struggle & condition of Black people at the time, or Black nationalism. ‘Caught, Can I Get A Witness’ addresses the subject of sample clearance and the subsequent legal action that could (& many a time did) follow. The view at the time was “Why should we get permission to sample old music? “Nowadays it’s a non issue, it’s a form of theft. Get samples cleared or face a costly lawsuit & court case. ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos’ is a fictitious tale. Chuck gets imprisoned for draft dodging the U.S. army, while in his cell he plans his escape. After taking out prison C.O.’s the S1W’s rescue him & he regains his freedom. The Video for the track is a who’s who of Hip Hop from the golden era. ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’ was a long overdue message to the media. The negative press the group received was based upon assumptions & misinterpretation of Chuck’s lyrics. Add to this Chuck D’s reaffirmation of support for Nation Of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, himself a media target for accusations of racism, the target in P.E’s logo became more apt. All the misconceptions were resentfully blasted as Chuck & Flavor ranted on the false media. Enter Media Assassin Harry Allen! Women who are brainwashed by focusing on trash TV, rather than getting educated is highlighted in ‘She Watch Channel Zero!?’, ‘Night of The Living Baseheads is a strong anti-drug message.

Track titles such as ‘Countdown To Armageddon’, ‘Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic’, Mind Terrorist’, ‘Prophets Of Rage’ & ‘Party For Your Right To Fight’ gave a clear message of intent as if you actually needed it. It reflected the passion, energy that Chuck D had in his message. The urgency for the improvement of the Black social condition worldwide was felt in every word.

The album had 3 single releases: ‘Don’t Believe The Hype’, ‘Night Of The Living Baseheads’ & ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos’. Two other tracks found on the album had also been released prior to this. They were: ‘Rebel Without A Pause’ (as b-side to ‘You’re Gonna Get Yours’ from their first album) & ‘Bring The Noise’ (No-Noise version from the ‘Less Than Zero’ soundtrack), both released in 1987.

Public Enemy
Don’t Believe The Hype
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records

Public Enemy
Night Of The Living Baseheads
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records

Public Enemy
Night Of The Living Baseheads
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Def Jam Recordings/Columbia Records

Things are so much different now in the modern era of ‘rap’. ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ reflects a time when the focus was rectifying what’s holding us back from improvement. Can we say that in this day & age? An additional lesson to learn from Chuck D’s lyrics is: we shouldn’t hold ourselves back from improvement.

All in all, regardless of changes in trend with lyrical content & music sound in today’s era, this album is a CLASSIC & nothing but positives can be taken from it. Again: Can we say that in this day & age?

(Rashad Unique)

Preview, buy & download ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ @ iTunes here

Yo! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary Experience Concert

Concert Review

Yo! MTV Raps 30th Anniversary Experience
Barclays Center
New York
Scheduled date: June 1st 2018

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the classic Hip Hop tv show Yo! MTV Raps, a monumental concert was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Compères for the night Doctor Dré & Ed Lover introduced each of the acts, all before they performed, with a story of their personal experiences with them. There was even time to introduce to the stage VJ Ralph Daniels, the host of ‘Video Music Box’ which was a rival (of sorts) TV Hip Hop show at the time.

Of course the show couldn’t have gone without Ed performing his famous ‘Ed Lover’ dance!

The performances & appearances acts from the stellar Yo!/golden era of Hip Hop included: Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. & Rakim, MC Shan, KRS-One, Das EFX, MC Lyte, Nice & Smooth, Special Ed, Dres of Black Sheep, Fat Joe, Positive K, K-Solo, Yo-Yo, Brand Nubian, Marley Marl, EPMD, DJ Scratch, The Beatnuts, Kool Moe Dee, Diamond D, Roxanne Shante, Doug E Fresh, Edo G, Flavor Flav & many, many more…

DJing duties were handled by Kid Capri & DJ Skribble, but the big surprise was that although Flavor Flav appeared, there was no performance from Public Enemy.

Back in April, along with the announcement of this anniversary concert, news broke of the intention to resurrect Yo! MTV Raps as a regular show. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen. As times have drastically changed in Hip Hop, many saying for the worse, the energy & vibe of the original show, as well as tonight’s concert simply can’t be relived or repeated. Nevertheless, there are great memories to look back on.

Rashad Unique presents: Unique Heat 4: The Culture Is I-GOD. Hosted by Ka Zodiak

Album Review

Rashad Unique presents: Unique Heat 4:
The Culture Is I-GOD
Hosted by: Ka Zodiak
Unique Heat Hip Hop/Rhythm Box Music
Release date: October 10th 2017

“You can get with this… or you can get with that…” – Black Sheep

“I leave alone the foolishness & partake in what is important & relevant to me. Peace. #WisdomWisdom #Culture – Rashad Unique

It’s plain and simple really. You can argue all day with keyboard warriors about Eminem’s attack on America’s president to the point where you have to block people, or you can take in the latest offering from Unique Heat. Personally I know which one I would pick. 22 tracks of quality hip hop from the 5% hosted by Ka Zodiak.

Since’s he’s hosting, he’s kicking off the project with ‘Channel The Infinite’ at a deliberate and calculating pace.

What’s the Science Lord? We gotta stay sane… Stone & Robert are right. The world is going mad…or already gone mad. People shooting up churches, kids getting blown up in concerts, tower block flats set on fire. UK voting for Brexit purely on the basis of eliminating immigrants. America taking three steps back putting a clueless bigot in power.

When you hear of the St. Lunatics, you instantly think ‘Nelly’, the next thing you think of is how KRS-One bodied him. You haven’t gotta do that in this project. Instead think of Ali, who brings the essential 120 lessons here. Don’t sleep or be tempted to hit the skip button.

On to one of the many highlights of this installment that may ruffle the feathers of Christians. KanKan calls out those who are on their knees hoping for Jesus to save them, and he really hits home in the third verse when he speaks on Black Lives Matter and how those who believe in the mystery god get caught up in the 10% tricknology.

Righteousness, Reefas, Rifles… Japreme Magnetic brings that fire in ‘Betrayal Is Irreversible’. That is a true statement in life we must all adhere to. Then Queen Sha Mecca shows her strength in ‘Righteous and Refined’ with a New York State Of Mind. Referring back to Rashad Unique’s status, foolishness includes debating on who the best female rapper is. We don’t do that over here.

Switching gears to Almighty Shing Shing Regime. Only The Real can get down with this. Only the Real will have their heads nodding big time on this one. Only The Real will be developing screwfaces. The bangers continue on into ‘Knowing How To Build’ with Bazz-O The Great One.

It may sound like a Beanie Sigel record, but the subject matter Sigel usually comes with is not seen here in King Dome of Heaven by Born Allah a.k.a. Daddy Grace. Straight out the gate he goes in “Now Cipher God that’s not how my lessons go/and that flag you got on your chest has got to go/How you gonna take it to the heavens/ain’t mastered Earth yet/the gods don’t wear FOI suits and screw white chicks?”

See this project right here Unique Heat 4, brings you the brightest light you ever saw. This is Music For Revolution, reparations included by Rashad Sun. This is the best example of taking that old school classic hip hop sound and make it sound current.

When I first came across the track ‘Legend Of the Overfiend Flow’ by Now Cee Allah, I expected vicious rhymes and flows over a looped beat from the anime itself, which would have been dope but Now Cee Allah didn’t do that, instead he drops jewels like the chojin drops heat all over Osaka Japan.

Now for those who love their deep science, this is for you. Allwise360 & Sol Asar together are Beyound Galactic, if this was a cassette tape, consider ‘Metaphysical Fantasy’ the beginning of Side 2/B. You gotta love the Fist Of the North Star sample they used here and the science behind it.

The mixtape enters another one of its many highlights with the ‘Gods Remix’ featuring Bill Biggz & Glock George, who flip the Mack Wilds ‘Henny’ instrumental or rather, the Mobb Deep ‘The Learning – Burn’ instrumental.

Sounding like Dr Dre’s Aftermath studios were raided, Mars Hall and uses ‘Mathematics’ and puts it to great use. Mars goes from 1 (Knowledge) to 0 (Cipher) and breaks it down in a vicious flow reminiscent of The Notorious B.I.G. Ten Crack Commandments.

Black, Poor & Strugglin’… sounds like most of us. It also reminds us of how Chris Rock broke it down about the difference between being rich and being wealthy, Akril Magnetic and Cipher 7000 add-on from that. The harsh sounds of the streets continue on with Mullah Don aka Magnetic with ‘Gun Down’ Well needed at this time when a recent twitter trend said #WhiteLivesMatter, which was a straight slap in the face to our people killed with injustice.

The project switches gears with ‘All Praises Due’ with Cause and Effect. Fire flows & rhymes on this track is an action, head nodding and screwfacing is the reaction, followed by All Wise 360 asking himself ‘Did I Do That?’ over a good ol’ soulful sample which never fails. Blu & Exile recently dropped a track speaking on how they felt the soul was gone from hip hop – this track right here is the answer. Lord Justice keeps that soul vibe going by using the Barry White ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ sample.

The project reaches its epilogue as S. Quanaah becomes ‘Professor Moriarty’, only difference is the Sherlock Holmes character was a criminal mastermind but Quanaah switches it around to a righteous way to help our black communities as demonstrated in the speech used at the end of the track.

Ka Zodiak started the project, it’s only right he ends it with Illuminati Teardrops. So-called because one can zone out and not be afraid to shed tears over a six-minute medley, which immerses itself into your soul upon more listens.

“Don’t trap yourself in other people’s expectations & negative views of you. Live your life successfully. Peace. #WisdomBorn” – Rashad Unique Allah

For the bonus track, Heads will recognize the beat from Beanie Sigel’s The Truth. Kasim Allah and the like-minded hate F**k Bois in this ‘F**k Em’ Remix. He already warned those Jive Pretenders before from the last installment of Unique Heat.

Rashad’s words sum up this newest installment perfectly. Everyone involved in this project go in and have never cared about what others may think of them with the subject matter. They are more concerned with contributing to the culture just as the theme suggests, and Unique Heat 5 will bring pure Power to the game.
(Reviewed by: Michael Grant of RePPiN4U)

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Kool G Rap @ 2Funky Music Cafe, Leicester, England. June 28, 2017

Show Review

Kool G Rap
2Funky Music Cafe
23A New Park Street
June 28th 2017

1992: I was but a 12-year-old. Missed an entire year of secondary education. The stories about my cousin’s cassette tapes, are legendary. To my knowledge he still has them. A lot of tunes I used to rock to but never knew who the artists were and it wasn’t all the time I was exposed to Yo! MTV Raps. Ill Street Blues was one of those tunes. The man responsible was in the UK in 1992, rocked every crowd possible, left, and was not seen in the UK again….


2017: ‘Mumble Rap’ reigned supreme. Grime is misunderstood in America as UK Hip Hop, some fans just couldn’t give a DAMN despite Kendrick’s continuous effects to push boundaries, while others were stuck in 2001 playing Ether while sleeping at 4:44am. This has called for the Don himself to return, your rapper’s favourite rapper, the man who Nas said wrote the Hip Hop bible. The people of Leicester and surrounding areas came together to witness history. Kool G Rap, new album in tow, rocking the UK for the first time in 25 years.

The 2Funky Music Cafe’s strategy of exposing as much local talent as possible are a bit hit & miss. The show started with a Polish Hip Hop group whose name I didn’t quite catch unfortunately, A lot of what they performed was in their respective language and whatever they were saying in their lyrics – they meant it. Massive props go out to them as the UK continues to become more multi cultural and those who support Brexit for the wrong reasons cannot stop the power of Hip Hop.

Trademark Blud followed alongside DJ Tricksta and dropped an impressive 20 minute set. His ferocious delivery over tongue in cheek like beats and political subject matter left the crowd wishing he could have been on a little longer. If an opening act gives you that feeling, you are going places.

Leicester’s own Shakezpeare & DJ Roll Blunt were determined to top Trademark Blud’s performance, and They did. Even with sound check problems which Shakezpeare easily overcame by dropping hot freestyles like a professional, and that is what Hip Hop is about, to be able to adapt in any situation. His mission was a simple one – make sure his performance was so on point that no one apart from G Rap could follow him. Were Galaxy High from Sweden up for the challenge?

This is the part where I shed sympathy for Galaxy High, what I saw were two talented emcees who struggled to keep the crowd rocking which brings me to my point earlier: Too many opening acts may have been hit or miss, or maybe Galaxy High were positioned wrong in the line up sequence, or maybe the crowd were just ready for G Rap, it was the middle of the week, some may have had to commute the following morning, maybe 4 opening acts might be overkill. It is understandable in one aspect, keeping the crowd waiting for the main event for too long can also be a disadvantage.

15 minutes before G Rap took the stage, it was up to DJ Anthony Mace to set it, and it doesn’t start any better with a series of Mobb Deep tracks to remember Prodigy. The time when G Rap finally jumped on stage was the time the show was scheduled to finish according to Facebook which proves when it comes to gigs you cannot believe what Facebook says by gospel.

Performing the biggest tracks like ‘Take Em to War’, ‘Ill Street Blues’, ‘Streets Of New York’ & ‘Fast Life,’ the Don showed he never lost it. He takes time out to remember Prodigy in his own way by performing ‘The Realest’, in which Prodigy featured, and G Rap reveals a true story on stage of how Prodigy impacted him.

An interesting moment was when G Rap performed ‘First N!&&@’. Many of us know the DJ Premier produced version but on this night the Dr.Dre version was blasting through 2Funky Music Cafe’s airwaves before a capacity crowd.

The Don closes out his 45 minute set with one of his newest singles from the Return Of the Don album – Wise Guys which features Freeway and Lil Fame of M.O.P. The crowd response was greater than I imagined, as usually a predominately 90s Hip Hop orientated crowd look a bit confused and unfamiliar, but that was not the case here.

Admittedly Kool G Rap was not on my essential ‘see live’ list but looking at it in retrospect, I’m glad I did see him live. Leicester saw history before their very eyes on this night, and G Rap’s time was yours – he embraced his fans and engaged in full conversation after the show, taking pictures and signing memorabilia, even with Prodigy’s memorial service which took place the following day.

Massive respect and salutations to The NGE (New Golden Era) massive and crew for looking out for a brother. They are some good dudes right there, just don’t front on them! Last person who did that got BLAOW! In their mouth corner! Others talk about it while they live it and that’s the Hip Hop we support over here.

Take a bow Kool G Rap! He’s Out For That Life!
(Michael Grant of RePPiN4U)

Photo images courtesy of @Kip1979_kipp

30 years on, Eric B. & Rakim get “Paid In Full” again

Eric B. & Rakim
30th Anniversary Of The Paid In Full Album
Apollo Theater
New York
July 7 2017

Not so much an Eric B. & Rakim concert, but a tribute celebration of the duo’s debut album release “Paid In Full” took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York yesterday. July 7th, was the 30th anniversary of the initial event.

With Eric B. as DJ, numerous artists attended on stage, or performed on the night including: EPMD, Fat Joe, B-Fats, Lovebug Starski, Joeski Love, Sweet Tee, Roxanne Shante, Ice-T, Flava Flav, T La Rock, Peter Gunz, Main Source, Maino, Mr. Cheeks, Special Ed & Ma$e. Also present at the Apollo were: DJ Kool Herc, Michael Bivins of New Edition/Bell Biv DeVoe, Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box, Bumpy Knuckles & DJ Chuck Chillout amongst many others.

Rakim limited his appearances on stage to only 2. He did 5 tracks from the album: “My Melody”, “I Ain’t No Joke” I Know You Got Soul”, “Eric B. Is President” & of course “Paid In Full”.

Whether or not a recording re-union will take place between Eric B. & Rakim is unsure, but for now check out some footage of the show below:

Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.

Track Review

The Story Of O.J.
S. Carter Enterprises, LLC./Roc Nation/Universal Music Group Recordings Inc.

Here’s the debut visual from Jay-Z’s latest album, which just like “4.44” was initially released exclusively on his Tidal streaming service. For me personally this is the standout track on the album.

Some of the lyrics have led to Jay-Z being accused of anti-semitism, but if the line “You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it” is taken in the right context the myth is dispelled. It’s in reference to a group of people gaining wealth by beneficial financial & business management.

The title is in reference to O.J. Simpson, the former NFL football running back, broadcaster & actor. O.J. was accused, put on trial & acquitted of killing his ex-wife & her friend. In 2008, he was convicted and sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for armed robbery and kidnapping.

There’s more to the story though. A listen to the lyrics give a message that as a Black person, no matter your complexion, financial or social status you are still Black. Additionally, with that said, your Blackness is the only criteria used & then used against you in racially prejudiced America. Also, regardless of any differences Black people have, individually there are lessons to be learned from the mistakes & successes of those made in the past & present.
(Rashad Unique)

Check out the lyrics below:
(Intro: Nina Simone)
Skin is, skin, is
Skin black, my skin is black
My, black, my skin is yellow

Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga
I like that second one
Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga

O.J. like, “I’m not black, I’m O.J.” …okay

(Verse 1)
House nigga, don’t fuck with me
I’m a field nigga, go shine cutlery
Go play the quarters where the butlers be
I’ma play the corners where the hustlers be
I told him, “Please don’t die over the neighborhood
That your mama rentin’
Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood
That’s how you rinse it”
I bought every V12 engine
Wish I could take it back to the beginnin’
I coulda bought a place in Dumbo before it was Dumbo
For like 2 million
That same building today is worth 25 million
Guess how I’m feelin’? Dumbo

Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga
Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga

You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit
You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it

(Verse 2)
Financial freedom my only hope
Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke
I bought some artwork for 1 million
2 years later, that shit worth 2 million
Few years later, that shit worth 8 million
I can’t wait to give this shit to my children
Y’all think it’s bougie, I’m like, it’s fine
But I’m tryin’ to give you a million dollars worth of game for $9.99
I turned that 2 to a 4, 4 to an 8
I turned my life into a nice first week release date
Y’all out here still takin’ advances, huh?
Me and my niggas takin’ real chances, uh
Y’all on the ‘Gram holdin’ money to your ear
There’s a disconnect, we don’t call that money over here, yeah

Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga
Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga, still nigga

J-Live wants us to swim 9000 miles to reach his fundraising project

Fundraising Campaign

The 9000 Miles Project

The rapper J-Live has announced a fundraising project to finance his teaching campaign. In order to do this more effectively he needs to upgrade his studio. He aims to teach those of all ages, utilizing the art form of Hip Hop, all in order to enable people to empower themselves for the better. Those who donate to this fund will be rewarded with a gift. The more donated then the greater the reward.

Project details:
Peace! My name is J-Live. I’m an emcee, producer, DJ, and an educator. Born and raised in New York City. Currently residing here in Atlanta Georgia.

9000 Miles is my very first crowdfunding project. The purpose of this campaign is to enable and empower me to serve not just an artist, but as an educator.

My vision is to not only teach through my lyrical content and performances, but also through lectures, classes and hands on workshops for aspiring artists of all ages. The title “9000 Miles” and the concept, is actually an old song of mine.

It actually refers to the lessons of the 5% Nation and the N.O.I. The lesson is a poetic conversation about the [Trans] Atlantic Slave Trade. This notion of a captured people that want to return to their home but can’t swim 9000 miles across the ocean. This question of; Why didn’t their people come and get them? And this answer that, their people just didn’t know where they were. Metaphorically for me, it represents struggle, not just artistically but financially as well.

A lot of us, artists and otherwise, are treading water and surviving in sink or swim situations. So this 9000 Miles gofundme is my way of saying, “I’m here, and I’m asking for help.”

I’ve actually developed a curriculum to teach everything that I’ve learned through my experiences and travels as a hip hop artist; Writing, recording performing, cutting and scratching, blending, mixing, producing, beat making and then some.

The goal of this campaign is raise money to take this knowledge from my little home studio here, to the hip hop ed community around the world. Upgrading this studio will empower me to not only better produce and perform my own music, but help me to enable others to get the best of themselves creatively through hip hop.

The money will go towards repairing gear, updating and improving software, hardware, learning new technologies, so that I can apply them to my own music and have more to teach others, and of course some day to day living expenses. It will also allow me to outsource things I’ve been doing myself out of necessity and pay other creatives for their time energy and skill. Things like art direction, photography, videography, engineering, marketing, promotion, publicity, you name it.

And for fans of my music, a lot of whom affectionately refer to me as underrated, I can’t begin to express how much this help will enable me with the head space, the time, the resources, to not just make more music but to expose more people to my music.

For advocates and allies, these funds will help me to become not just a more successful independent hip hop artist, but to actually serve the community as a social entrepreneur.

I am thankful for any all support you’re willing to give. Be it monetary or social by sharing this with other people. I’ve set up rewards and incentives for various levels of support. From music in my digital catalogue, to signed CDs, to T shirts, to posters to online experiences and even some in person experiences for people here in Atlanta. But to show and prove the value of this project, I’ve actually begun producing a series of videos speaking on different points in the curriculum. I’ll be rolling them out as things progress.

One of the things I liked about gofunme is that projects don’t have expirations or time limits. Having said that, I’m actually setting a goal of 2 weeks for the 9000 Miles Project to reach the benchmark of $9000. As an added incentive to reach this goal in time, I’m pledging from the onset that monies exceeding $9000 will be split between this project and other like minded crowd funding campaigns from other people. Consider this my way of paying it forward. I’ll be back here frequently keeping you posted as things progress. I want to thank you in advance for your support. PEACE!
(J-Live/Justice Allah)

Rewarded donations start at $65.00 & upwards.

Donate to J-Live’s 9000 Miles Project here