Hip Hop Music With a Message

Posted in Hip Hop With a Message on November 12, 2007 by booksorbullets

Here is a list of Hip Hop artists, songs and CD’s with a message. Thanks to itunes, napster, youtube, etc. Many of these songs are still available. Please add your favorites.

Artists:

Public Enemy
X-Clan
Poor Righteous Teachers
Wise Intelligent
KRS ONE/ Boogie Down Productions
Professor Griff
Paris
Dead Prez
Sister Souljah

Arrested Development

Singles:

Boogie Down Productions: You Must Learn
X-Clan- Funkin’ Lesson
Professor Griff- Pawns in the Game
Public Enemy- Black is Back
Ice T -Lethal Weapon is My Mind
Dead Prez- Bigger Than Hip Hop

Renegades of Funk-Soulsonic Force

Revolution- Arrested Development

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Suggested Books About Black Culture

Posted in Books on Black Culture on November 11, 2007 by booksorbullets

Partial List of books about Black Culture-Feel free to add others

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa-Walter Rodney
Blueprint for Black Power- Dr. Amos Wilson
The Destruction of African Civilization-Dr. Chancellor Williams
Hip Hop vs MAAT-Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
Africans at the Crossroads: Notes For An African World Revolution-Dr. John Henrik Clarke
Race First- Dr. Tony Martin
Isis Papers- Dr. Frances Cress -Welsing
Miseducation of the Negro- Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Race and Resistence-Herb Boyd
Hip Hop Tree- Damien Jackson
Fight the Power-Chuck D

Suggested Books on Black Theology

Posted in Books on Black Theology on November 11, 2007 by booksorbullets

These are some books on Black Theology. Feel free to add some of your own favorites:

The Original African Heritage Bible- Dr. Caine Hope Felder

What Color was Jesus- William Mosely

Yeshua the Hebrew Messiah or Jesus the Christian Christ-Rabbi Ben Ammi

The Messiah and the End of this World- Rabbi BenAmmi

The Black Messiah- Rev. Albert Cleage

The Black Christ- Kelly Brown Douglas

God, the Bible and the Black man`s Destiny- Dr.Ishakamusa Barashango

Afrikan People and European Holidays-Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango

Adam, Where are you- Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu

The African Origins of Judaism- Jose Malcioln

The TRUTH about Black Biblical Hebrew-Israelites- Ella Hughley

Our Black Seminarians and Black Clergy without a Black Theology- Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan

The Black Presence in the Bible- Rev. Walter McCray

What if Blacks did not Exist- Felix Ehui

The Valley of the Dry Bones- Rudolphf Windsor

From Babylon to Timbuktu- Rudolphf Windsor

Black Biblical Heritage- Dr. John L. Johnson

The Deceiving of the Black Race- Moses Farrar

The Books or Bullets Movement

Posted in Books or Bullets Movement on October 29, 2007 by booksorbullets

Books or Bullets: The Choice is Yours!

The Mission: We believe that we are experiencing not a generation gap but an information gap and we will work towards raising the consciousness of the black community, especially the youth. If we are really serious about stopping youth violence we must replace bullets with books.

The Need: We understand that during slavery, black people were not allowed to read and we are still suffering from that legacy today. Later, black schools were separate and unequal giving black children an inferior education. Even today, black children are taught a Euro-centric education that downplays the contributions of African people. This coupled with an entertainment industry that promotes and glamorizes ignorance is the reason that our youth are in their current condition. Since information about black history has been stolen and information about current events has been hidden, the Books or Bullets Movement says “Stick em up!”

The Program:

1) We must return to the “each one teach one principle.”

2) We must develop study groups in communities across the country that will meet regularly to discuss black history and how it applies to current events.

3) We must aggressively develop a more informed black community by any means necessary.

How you can help:

1) Make a point to buy at “least” one book a month to give to a young person.

2) Clean out your closets and donate your old books dealing with black history/issues to the Books or Bullets Movement.

3) Always keep information in your posession that you can pass on to a young person, whether it be a book, CD, DVD or a news clip.

4) Develop a syllabus of reading material that you can give to others either hand to hand or via email.

5) Use http://www.booksorbullets.com for an information clearing house to post news stories, book reviews and announcements about current events.

6) Encourage radio DJ’s to become involved by featuring at least a weekly segment discussing a book that gives the historical basis for current events.
7) Encourage barbershops, beauty salons and other places where our people gather to have a small library of conscious reading material

For more information contact (919) 451-8283 info@nowarningshotsfired.com

The Dummifyin’ of Hip Hop America

Posted in Essays with tags , , on October 18, 2007 by booksorbullets

The Dummifyin’ of Hip Hop America

                                               Min. Paul Scott

 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright, but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. Proverbs 15:2

I used to wonder why the rappers with the extensive vocabularies, you know the ones who could make a trip to the grocery store sound “deep”, were no longer played on the radio: the Rakims, KRS-1s and the Big Daddy Kanes. I figured that they just fell off and were in a Rappers’ Retirement Home somewhere or people just weren’t feeling them anymore. But then reality hit me in the head and I began to compare their records with the stuff that the video shows and radio stations are playing today and began to see a sadistic plan in place to lower the IQ of Black people.

I remember back in my school days, before I got out of bed in the morning I would play “Ain’t No Half Stepping” or “My Philosophy” on my boom box to get myself motivated to face the world another day. Before I had to do a presentation before the class, somehow listening to “Follow the Leader” on my walkman made me less nervous on my way to school. The lyrical flow of these brothas seemed to add an extra kick to my otherwise humdrum English Lit. report, even though the teacher would frown at me when I would end my presentation with a loud “PEACE and I’m outta heeeeere!”

But the Hip Hop world is very different now and many of the lyrics of today make me want to take a sip of a 40 oz., get back in bed and sleep until Rap City comes on.

I once heard of a book that told of a diabolical plot by the media to lower the IQ of the American public. While this may sound a little farfetched, or the view of someone who had too much to drink while he was watching the Sci Fi Channel, when you put that conspiracy theory in the context of Hip Hop it becomes more believable.

The power of “the WORD” has long been revered by our Afrian ancestors. They understood that in the tongue lies the power to build or destroy, to give life or pronounce death, to reveal the TRUTH or deceive with lies. So there is power in the WORD (KNOWLEDGE) and a people who lose respect for KNOWLEDGE are doomed for destruction.

This is why it is disturbing to see how corporate America has misused “the WORD” in an attempt to Hip Hopnotize a whole generation into thinking that reading anything other than the Source is against some unwritten Rap Code of Conduct.

It is no secret that historically, Afrikan people have had their history “jacked” (stolen for those who are not down with Hip Hopology) the details of this grand larceny have been hidden from us, so most of the younger generation think that we have never created anything that wasn’t for the entertainment of White folks and the reason why so many Brothas are in jail is because “that’s just the way real N***s roll” without putting it into an economic, social and political context. During the 19th century, being able to read was punishable by death. In the 20th century, being well read puts you in the “uppity n****r” category and even today a group of brothas discussing anything other than who won the Monday Night Football game is considered a threat to White supremacy.

But the oppressor knows that TRUTH crushed to the ground will rise again and no lie can last forever (as Dr. King said). So the trick today is to fill the heads of the youth with so many lies that most will not recognize the TRUTH, even when it is staring them in the face and even if they do recognize the TRUTH, to program them to reject it, if it does not fall within the borders of what corporate America defines as what is or is not Hip Hop.

Hip Hop at its best, especially on an “undaground” level, is producing some of the most well thought out breakdowns of the problems facing the world in 2007, but commercial Hip Hop at its worst promotes anti-intellectualism and convinces the younger generation that if you make any statement besides “youknowwhatimsayin” then you ain’t represent’n tha hood. The art of communicating our thoughts has been the main casualty of THUGGISM.

While the poetic words of Paul Lawrence Dunbar “we wear the mask, the grins and lies” spoke of the double consciousness that many Black folks have had to possess in order to survive in a society dominated by racial stereotypes, in Hip Hop it can be said that we wear the mask that frowns and spits gangsta lyrics.

The problem is that this iron mask comes with a bandana and padlock and is almost impossible to take off when you have been wearing it for too many years.

With all of the resources available to them, this generation has the potential to be among the most brilliant minds that have ever walked the planet. But this potential has been sabotaged by corporate America.

The entertainment industry tells the youth that all they need is “Street Knowledge,” which will enable them to have girls, cars and lots of platinum chains and will ultimately enable them to rule the world in the name of Hip Hop.

There is a war going between the oppressor and the oppressed for the minds of this generation and the ones who are victorious will be the ones who want them the most.

We must represent Black Consciousness as hard as the youth represent Hip Hop. As the great Funk philosopher George Clinton once said, we must program, deprogram and reprogram.

Like an old science fiction movie, there is always a word (symbolic of a divine TRUTH) that snaps a victim out of hypnotic trance and those of us in the struggle for the survival of Black people will not rest until we find it!

TRUTH Minista Paul Scott’s blog is http://www.nowarningshotsfired.com He can be reached at (919) 451-8283  info@nowarningshotsfired.com