Young Gifted & Super Black 12 June 07

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There are a few things I’d like to take some time and share with you guys…somehow it all ties together (as it normally does).

First of all I’d like to give props to Me’Shell N’dege’Ocello for putting on a ridiculously dope show this past Saturday in San Francisco (right down the street from the crib, walk to a jammy jam? Blessings).

I’m liking homegirl’s “new & improved” performer/self.

I’ve seen Me’Shell on a number of occasions where I felt kind of ripped off (Bitter tour, Cookie tour, Spirit Music Jamia tour) due to her clear disatisfaction about whatever…it made for bad shows. I’ve also seen her give completely killer live shows (Peace Beyond Passion tour), so recognize that I’m no masochist…she’s just kind of hit or miss live.

Well…don’t miss her now. The entire ethos of her latest live incarnation is focused on stripped down, muscular, feminine rock/funk/jazz. Considering the corporate take on the rock genre nowadays (whiny,pissy,moany…& a bit too “faggy” for my taste) it was refreshing to see/hear her interpretations of various forms of Black Music (ska,dub,fusion,go-go) through her own distinct sound, with the energy turned up.

Gone were the heavy handed grumpy spoken word passages swamped in swirly femme-jazz. Me’Shell was channelling simultaneously Miles Davis genre pushing fusion, as well as the sounds of The Police & Return to Forever.

Now if you turn on your local black radio station, you’d be hard pressed to find anything that even remotely suggests or refrences all of the information I’ve given you about a maverick artist such as this woman.
Which again urges me to beg not just Black folks, but everbody to question, “who’s programming your entertainment?”

It’s getting easier to use your choice and your voice.

I also got to see a surprise show from none other than Dave Chappelle last night here in San Francisco (props to Carmen,Sean & the ABC School ) at the Punchline Comedy Club.

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Oddly enough I was watching the Block Party dvd when Sean called me about the ABC School annual benefit @ the Punchline . We chatted for a solid ten minutes before he slipped in the fact that Chappelle would be performing an unscheduled show after the ABC School Benefit (which kicked ass as well)…of course it was already sold out…but yeah…(did I mention that it was Sean who came through with the Chappelle hook up on 11/06/05 ??? Well yesterdays date was 06/11/07, and yes indeed I was wearing the exact same outfit,n*gg*!!! ((psyche)) But that schitt is weird,yo and someone’s inverted birthday all over again).

So yeah, Chappelle killed it. He suggested that the “game” being played on the American public by “whomever” (*cough* old rich white guys *cough*) could be peeped in Iceberg Slim’s “Pimp”. Solid analysis, funny analysis, on point analysis.

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And since we’re talking about books…get yr ass over to your favorite independent bookstore and pick up a copy of Brian Coleman’s “Check The Technique”.

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This book is the extended remix to “Rakim Told Me“, and adds & subtracts from the original . The format has artist talking about the making of their seminal albums in Hip-Hop’s “Golden Age” of the late ’80’s, early ’90’s.

Where Rakim Told Me covered some straight up obscure artists going from urban obscurity to becoming the first wave of one of the most popular art forms in the world. Check The Technique ups the ante with more popular acts The Fugees, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, the Pharcyde, the Beastie Boys & the Roots show up in this one whereas Ultramagnetic M.C.’s, Mantronix, The Jungle Brothers, The D.O.C. & Dana Dane end up on the editing room floor. But not to worry, because you still have the compelling tales of Public Enemy, MC Lyte, EPMD, Biz Markie, Geto Boys, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Digital Underground, Boogie Down Productions, RUN DMC and so many others taking you back to when they put the Boom & the Bap with the Bip.

If you’re a fan of HIP-HOP this book is not to be missed.

So there it is…

A skimming of the surface of some of the things that keep me a young gifted & super black individual.

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