Everyone's favorite anti-establishment rapper has a story to tell about the code of the streets. All of the text below is taken directly from his Twitter feed on the night of May 6th.
Let me give you a lesson on snitching since this was brought up today. I'll tell you a story about when I was young that illustrates my point. Because I don't like using hypotheticals.
When I was young I was incarcerated and thrown in prison for a crime, my co-defendent turned into a fuckin' canary. And yet, I said nothing. It was how we were raised in #Harlem I said nothing, no statements, no pointing fingers, I literally said nothing. After all the only person I could incriminate was...me. I plead the 5th.
The state was patient with me. They took their time & when I found myself in the hole (RHU) they came back to. They said that since my co-def had snitched that I should snitch on him and close the case. They put papers in front of me...
Mind you at the time I was living in a 6'8' cell "alive in a grave" 23 & 1. Although anyone who has really done time knows that the CO doesn't always give you the hour. You usually have 30-45 min. And sometimes nothing. So they gambled that I would love freedom so much that I'd be willing to sign those papers.
They said, "sign and you can leave today young man..." I look up at these 'servants of the law' and replied, "No, you're wrong. If I sign that paper I will never leave here. You will always keep a part of my soul I was forced to compromise in this decrepit fortress of horror and stone." exact quote. haha I refused. I asked to be returned to my cell. And in the coming week I learned the price of my actions. The disc hearing, recommended that I spend the max allowed. I was transferred to another higher grade facility.
I called my mother, I still remember the day and the time, and I listened to her cry on the phone when I told her that I was not coming home next month but probably going to spend another year in this hellhole. I gave up that part of my life, and it was not easy. But I remembered the code.
If you see something wrong done, bomb planted, child kidnapped, you are not a snitch for speaking out. But if you commit a crime, and you are caught, and then instead of accepting the personal responsibility for what you did you choose to take the quick and easy path and throw them under a bus. Then you are a rat. And if you're a member of a family. You will be dealt with, and if you are a civilian you will be shunned until you atone...by taking some of our innocent people out of hell. But let me finish the story.
I was sent to a place very far away about 8 hours away from NYC. I was allowed to walk in a cage outside "the bing" and wore manacles like fuckin' slave. Which according to the 13th article of the Constitution I technically was at the time. But I do not regret my decision... However it made me think about life differently. Having given up a piece of it for honor.
And so I began to think. What if the same happened only it wasn't a year but 50 years. What if you had the papers tell YOU. You reading this now, that you can either sign and get out in 3-5 or you can be the realest nigga in jail and get out when you're 68 year old. Can't fuck hardly. Any kids you had were raised by others, everyone you know is probably dead, you come home to nothing.
I asked myself (not who would or wouldn't sign) but how many people would lie to my face when I asked them if they would do it. Because the bottom line is that in the heart of hearts of 99% of kids that I ever heard talk about not snitching. Ask yourself, would you really take the 50 years? And then ask YOURSELF "Do I realize what the fuck I just said?"
And then ask yourself after 3 months in the hole do you think that person who is claiming they would never snitch would change their mind about the 50 years. I did not cry on that day, but when I hung up the phone with my mother. I understood pain, and I understood sacrifice. And I cannot imagine being incarcerate for some shit that I didn't do. Like so many of our brothers and sisters, or sitting in a cage for decades for some trumped up charges. Those people deserve our help.
So I changed my life. Moral of the story kids. Don't ever put yourself in a position when you have to make that decision, because I got lucky. I only lost a year.
STOREE is a new, fresh artist with material of substance, that will be sure to add more appeal to an array of different genres. STOREE has a unique sound and brings back memories of "real" music. His NY sound is attractive and magnetic, now making his home here in Baltimore he tells tales of daily life with a wicked twist. STOREE most definitely has a story to tell and will keep the audience enticed until his time is up.
PR: DIALECTRIX - The Cold Light of Day (Out May 24th, 2013)
Courtesy Obese Records.
With production handled entirely by Plutonic Lab, and cuts by DJ 2Buck, masterful Sydney based MC, Dialectrix presents The Cold Light of Day. The third LP since signing with Obese Records in 2008, lead single ‘New Generation' heralded the album's release almost a year ago, and has anomalously enjoyed month after month of high rotation on triple j in anticipation.
A vernacular acrobat, Dialectrix combines rhythmic precision and variety, with content spawned from cathartic necessity. The album showcases his renowned technical skill and polish, reinforcing his reputation as one of the best in the business.
The triad of skilled musicians set the release apart. All meticulous, slaves to perfection; the trio have found a remarkable wavelength based around shared standards. The result: a transcendent album, that pushes boundaries of genre convention with purpose and conscientiousness.
"Sonically The Cold Light of Day sits alone as being musically diverse, while being rigorously grounded in the settings of traditional Hip Hop." –Dialectrix
Still faithful to their roots, Plutonic Lab and Dialectrix have built on the foundations of traditional hip hop, revolutionising the genre by incorporating live instrumentation and electronic elements. DJ 2Buck's selection of premium cuts always consummately timed, give the album character and scope.
Vocal guests include the legendary Def Wish, P-Smurf (Big Village), Chip Fu, Momo (Diafrix), and a verse from the dexterous 2Buck.
The LP focuses on the many varied themes explored by Dialectrix, each complimented by Plutonic Lab's custom-made soundtrack.
"I keep working with Pluto because we make music like a band. There's a synergy and chemistry we get that you just can't buy or fabricate and I'd consider him one of my best friends." –Dialectrix
In the track ‘Fire in the Blood', there is no ignoring Dialectrix's raw emotion as he wrestles with nature vs. nurture. He relays his deepest fear; passing alcoholism and violence onto his son. Written in an extremely tumultuous period of his life, he has labelled ‘Fire in the Blood' "the most raw and honest track I've ever made". Plutonic sets a melancholy scene with haunting vocals, and angry beats.
‘Take Flight' is a laid-back, vibing number inspired by Dialectrix's travels around Australia. His lyrics reflect on the beauty he has encountered in the places he's been, and people he's met, but also the inherent guilt he feels about enjoying a place which was stolen from its original people. With lounge piano, subtle strings and synth nuances, the track cruises.
Opening track ‘Shadow in the Light', is surmised as one of the artist's personal favourites. Plutonic Lab brings his explosive percussion skills to the forefront and fuses them with syncopated synth sounds, creating a kind of sonic exclamation mark.
Second single and immediate standout ‘Go' flawlessly combines bold indie rock guitar with pulsing beats, propelling Dialectrix's impeccable flow forward. The theme for the track is the inescapable presence of ‘time', racing the clock his flow is exacting and relentless.
The Cold Light of Day is a quality display of true skill and passion. It is safe to say the future of hip hop is safe in the hands of Dialectrix, Plutonic Lab and DJ 2Buck.
"I'd say our music ultimately is thinking music. It's designed to make someone contemplate what's around them, and judge things critically. It's meant to do nothing more than talk about one man's experience in hope of making someone else feel better." –Dialectrix
1. Shadow in the Light
2. New Generation
3. My World
5. Black and Gold
6. Take Flight Ft. Momo (Diafrix)
7. Style Ft. 2Buck + P. Smurf
8. First World Venom
9. Cold Light of Day
10. Fire in the Blood
11. We Ride Beats Ft. Chip Fu + Def Wish
12. No One Believed
13. The Greatest Trick
The EP is 6 tracks long and features stand-out local Minneapolis/St. Paul MCs & Producers; including Psymun, who produced 1/2 of the project. I have facilitated this series by releasing a single the 30th of every month; to stream/download via soundcloud, and KevinNottingham.com.
Audio - Trav Williams: Cinematic (prod. by Skidmatik)
Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.
It’s been a long time coming, but Ft. Lauderdale emcee Trav Williams is ready to make a comeback. First heard in 2008 with his debut project, The Trickle Down, Trav became a fav here at KN… so much, in fact, that we invited him to record to our Illmatic remix project and dub it IllTravis in 2009. Four years and a few mixtapes later, Trav Williams is gearing up to drop P.O.E. (Preponderance of the Evidence). Similar to IllTravis, P.O.E. is a flip on a classic 90s album — Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt.
Audio: J Wyze, NewBreecMC, Vinnie Diablo - "I Got the Word"
Lyrics are at a premium on "I Got the Word". 3 of Toronto's most versatile MC's display true artistic genius and creativity explaining what they do with The Word when they have it in their possession. We see J Wyze taking it and training words for the circus and the Olympics, NewBreedMC juggling them like dime bags on the block and Vinny Diablo using them to pierce into the hearts of lost souls. Kolor Browns production highlighted by high energy drum kicks and dreamy synths provides the real narrative brings each word to life.
Audio: Endemic f/ Tragedy, Top Dog, Supreme - "NY Untouchables"
Courtesy Tom @ No Cure.
Endemic releases a brand new banger entitled "NY untouchables" featuring Tragedy Khadafi, Top Dog [of OGC] & Supreme [of BCC], The cut is to appear on his new mixtape "Quarantine" dropping May 27th. Hard hitting drums and a string laden atmosphere is backed with superior lyrics and flow from three of the legends in the game.