Arizona Rappers Unite and Deliver a Hard Hitting Blow to Immigration Bill

This is what True Hip Hop is all about.. I was very excited to see this..It apparently didn’t require a whole lot of red tape… Just folks coming together and spitting truth to power. Big shout out to the following Arizona artists… DJ John Blaze, Tajji Sharp, Yung Face, Mr. Miranda, Ocean, Da’aron Anthony, Atllas, Chino D, Nyhtee, Pennywise, Rich Rico, and Da Beast. Enjoy this video- for the new song ‘Back to Arizona-Rappers Protest Immigration Bill

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Trae tha Truth Stands Up and Sues Radio One & KBXX the Boxx in Houston

Trae the Truth deserves major props for doing what far too many rappers won’t do. He was willing to stand up and smash on a local radio station that decided to ban his music over some petty nonsense. He filed a lawsuit against Radio One‘s KBXX the Box in Houston. Trae unlike many artists is clear in his thinking. He’s a strong community activist who’s netted proclamations from city officials and he’s easily one of the most popular artists in H-Town.. He knows that the airwaves belong to the public, and they are leased to corporations. In return a radio station at its core is supposed to serve the public good. What has been ALLOWED to happen over the years are a handful of people getting into ‘Gate Keeper’ positions and playing ‘God’ with people’s careers.

We see them charging people or demanding special favors for airplay. Many artists are required to do ‘free shows’. Why do you think every station around the country has a Summer Jam, Winter Jam, Spring Bash etc? The artists do these shows for free and the stations make millions.

Some stations make people pay them just to have their material listened to.. Not played on the air-just listened to..

Some artists are asked to pay for station vehicle wraps, purchase jackets for the street team. Some would pay for special fly aways and trips to award shows. I recall sitting in meetings where one of my  old bosses would go down the list of what was needed and put a note next to each item as to which record label/ artist would be paying for things. The list goes on.

Over the years there have been  a number of artists finding themselves at odds with radio giants who have been approached and asked to join a lawsuit or even testify before Congress or the FCC about unscrupulous radio practices, but many fearing a career ending backlash by the radio’s parent company refused. Most have been content to bite their tongue and remain silent which in turn has emboldened many of these station owners and personnel.

If folks ever wanna see a tough talking so-called gangsta, balling out of control rapper get reduced to a hat in hand subservient type of character straight outta the old Jim Crow era, show up when they go to some of these commercial outlets seeking airplay. To see what some are willing to do or put up with for airplay will make you cry. Its can be pretty sad.

Fortunately Trae is not one of those artists. He’s ready to put the serious smash on a radio network that’s notorious for hitting artists up.. and we applaud him..

Below is Trae’s press release and below that is the article in the Houston Chronicle..

Houston Rapper Trae Tha Truth files lawsuit against Radio One

Houston, TX – Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth (aka Frasier Thompson) will be holding a press conference at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at the Harris County Civil Courthouse to announce the filing of a lawsuit in the 189th District Court of Harris County Texas, 201 Caroline, 12th Floor, Houston, Texas, against Radio One, which owns and operates Houston radio Station 97.9 KBXX, The Box.

The civil case alleges a consistent pattern of business disparagement, conspiracy and tortious interference. Defendants include Radio One, the radio station’s general manager Doug Abernathy, program manager Terri Thomas and morning show radio personality Nnete Inyangumia. Trae decided to file the lawsuit after the radio station officially banned his music from receiving airplay, and then began to interfere in his relationships with other music industry professionals. Radio One is the seventh largest radio broadcasting company in the country, and is the largest one targeting African-American audiences in the U.S. The Box is the only hip hop radio station in Houston.

The suit, which will be filed by Houston attorney ç., alleges that Trae was the subject of a radio ban after Nnete falsely accused Trae during an on-air interview of causing the violence which occurred at public festival which he sponsored. Ironically, Trae has arguably been the most active Houston rap artist when it comes to serving the local community. In 2008, Trae was honored by Houston Mayor Bill White and Council Member Peter Brown with his own “Trae Day” in honor of his outstanding community service.

After Nnete had made the disparaging remark about Trae on the radio, he later released a “mix tape” that had a humorous lyric about Nnette’s weight.

Trae notes, “I would not have filed a lawsuit, but when other people started being hurt by this ban, I knew I had to stand up.” The suit also alleges that a radio station staff member was suspended for a week and a half without pay for making a mixtape outside of work that had Trae’s music in it. The employee, in fear of losing his job, and the ability to feed his family, had to end his relationship with Trae. Another alleged incident occurred when rapper 6tre Gangsta, an artist signed to Battery/Sony Records, asked Trae to be on his new single. However when KBXX found out about the song, they notified Trae that the song would be banned. This resulted in the record community scrapping both the song and the music video that had been slated for BET.

Even Haitian earthquake victims lost out, due to the station refusing to advertise Trae’s appearance at a benefit fundraiser. Other alleged incidents are listed in the lawsuit, the most recent being the firing of the “Kracker Nuttz,” an on air DJ tandem, for their accidentally playing a song on the air by Chamillionaire, which they did not realize had Trae on one of its verses. Ironically, the “Kracker Nuttz”, who were 12-year veterans of the station, had the Number One rated radio show there.

Click HERE to see more photos from Trae tha Truth Press Conference courtesy of Matt Sonzala and Austinsurreal

Rap-A-Lot Records CEO, James Prince states, “I had been excited about being involved with the next Trae album, but with this ban taking place, not only in his home town, but likely also in the second best place for airplay, which is Dallas, it would be impossible to promote the album. This ban is sabotaging his career, because those cities are the foundation for breaking his records.” Prince adds, “Having run a record label for over twenty years, I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Says Trae, “I just could not let any more people suffer and be punished by the radio station over this ridiculous vendetta.”

Trae’s attorney Warren Fitzgerald Jr. comments, “We believe that the defendants have gone beyond the parameters of legally sanctioned activity in first banning Trae’s music, then going so far as to intentionally interfere with his business relationships and thus destroy his career. I find this behavior repulsive, especially for a radio station that daily champions itself as music artists “best friend.”

Trae is suing for general damages to his reputation, character, standing in the community, mental suffering, loss of professional opportunities, performance revenue, record royalties and other damages.

Judge Randy Williams issued a restraining order prohibiting the radio station from destroying any evidence, including memoranda or emails surrounding the ban on Trae’s music.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm.


Guess I gotta roll to Houston in the morning…


Houston rapper Trae: “You can’t ban the truth”

Trae addressing reporters at press conference about lawsuit

Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Radio One, which owns 97.9 FM (KBXX The Box), citing “a consistent pattern of business disparagement, conspiracy and tortious interference.”

“I’m not only doing this for me. I’m doing this so that our futures and others can have a fair chance,” Trae said during a Wednesday morning press conference on the steps of the Harris County Civil Courthouse downtown.

“I need to do the right thing. I need to stand up. I also work hard for this community — very hard. You can’t ban the truth.”

Trae (whose real name is Frasier Thompson III) and attorney Warren Fitzgerald, Jr. allege that 97.9 FM banned the rapper’s music after he was involved in an on-air altercation with Madd Hatta Morning Show DJ Nnete Inyangumia. During a 2009 radio interview, Trae says Inyangumia falsely accused him of inciting violence at a festival celebrating “Trae Day.” The rapper, whose real name is Frasier Thompson III, was honored July 24, 2008 by Mayor Bill White and the Houston City Council for his community work.

Trae then mentioned Inyangumia’s weight in a mixtape, which is when he says the ban was put into effect.

“It’s personal, and it’s not business. There’s no reason to ban his music. His music is no more or no less violent than any other music that’s being played on the radio station” Fitzgerald said.

“We know for sure that people are being intimidated, people are being retaliated against for their involvement with him.”

Also named in the suit are general manager Doug Abernathy and program manager Terri Thomas. The suit alleges a staff member was suspended for making a mixtape featuring Trae and that popular on-air trio the Kracker Nuttz was recently fired after playing a song that featured Trae.

“Seems strange to say, but things for us at the station hadn’t been the same (or at least what it used to be) for a very long time,” the Kracker Nuttz wrote in a recent blog post. The group was at the courthouse Wednesday to show their support for Trae.

Houston rapper TroubleSum called the situation “preposterous.”

“As an artist, you vent through your music. We get caught up in our emotions, and we’ll write about it,” she said. “(Inyangumia) used her platform to voice her concerns and her opinions about Trae. He did the same thing in return.

“Things were said. Let’s move on. It’s ridiculous.”

Trae is suing for general damages to his reputation, character, standing in the community, mental suffering, loss of professional opportunities, performance revenue and record royalties. A temporary restraining order has been issued prohibiting 97.9 FM from destroying any evidence, including memoranda or emails relating to the ban. A hearing is scheduled for May 14.

Derick Muhammad of the Millions More Movement Ministry of Justice says they are “exploring” boycotts of the radio station and its advertisers. Matt Sonzala, a longtime champion of Texas rap and hip-hop who runs the popular Austin Surreal blog, called Trae “one of the more straight dudes in this scene – for real.”

“We believe that the airwaves are sacred and that nobody should have the power or the authority to use the airwaves against an individual to settle a personal vendetta,” Muhammad said.

“It’s a way bigger picture than (my music). I’m kind of looking at myself to be a sacrifice right now,” Trae said. “My son raps. Other people’s sons rap and sing. This can happen to anybody.”

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Just Cause You Wave the American Flag Doesn’t Mean You Have a Lock on Patriotism-(American Flag vs Cinco De Mayo)

***Here’s a few updates on the Live Oak High-Morgan Hill Cinco De Mayo vs the American Flag Controversy…as we noted this is now a national story with folks from all sides using it to push their political agenda.. Thus far there have been deaths threats issued at the principal. Unfortunately these so-called ‘Patriotic Americans’ have been calling the wrong school.. The principal of Live Oak High School in Santa Cruz has been getting the business as opposed to the principal in Morgan Hill. The ACLU announced that the principal overstepped his bounds.. Wonder why its not overstepping when the prevent kids from wearing red or blue because of gang problems..?

Second, a few folks tried to make this seem like no big deal. Well it was.. Police are at the campus in force as this incident upset Brown students to the point they walked out of class in protest. Parents and students have noted the five white boys were being inciteful and apparently it worked. They are being depicted as victims when in fact they were agitators and have a history of of trying to get under people’s skin. Sadly in the backdrop of this was 15 students showing up in neighboring Pioneer high school in San Jose wearing Border Patrol uniforms and students in Napa High in the Northbay burning the Mexican flag…As I mentioned before why couldn’t these bozos allow their fellow ‘American’ students a day to celebrate their heritage?

Yesterday I sent out a number of tweets wondering when we would have some sort of galvanizing story that would divert our attention from things like the Big Oil Spill which is gonna ruin the eco system in the Gulf region for years. Some joked that the attempted car bomb in Times Square was the distraction.. Others thought it might be another celebrity scandal. We’ll fret no more, we found it.

It’s the story of 5 white students who decided to ‘innocently‘ show up to their high school in Morgan Hill which is here in the Bay Area on Cinco De Mayo wearing the American flag on all their clothing. The way the narrative is being presented was they came to school wearing  red, white and blue clothing and were sent home by the ‘evil’ school administrators after they refused to turn their shirts inside out.. The news showed an angry Latina demanding an apology for the boys coming to school wearing American flags. Angry white parents are shown saying there’s no way in hell they’ll apologize. It’s the perfect narrative for a sensational, ‘distracting story’ that is the lead story here in the Bay and throughout the state. It plays to the angry Tea Party types who are fuming and asking  ‘What happened to American pride’?

In very predictable fashion all the news stations are urging folks to go to their message boards which are already filled up.  News cameras are all down at this Bay Area High school seeking comment. The story is starting to go National.. Give it a day or so.. You’ll see it..And soon they will be trying to tie this into the immigration story.

What’s not being talked about is why did 5 guys on Cinco de Mayo suddenly show up to school wearing t-shirts, jackets, shorts, tennis shoes, hats, headbands etc with the American Flag? It’s not like all 5 dress that way everyday.. It’s not like they showed wearing flags in unison on St Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day or Chinese New Year. The truth is they were trying to pick a fight and make some sort of racially tinged statement. The immigration story has been in the air and to be quite blunt it appears they wanted to prick the skins of their Brown classmates who in case people forgot are also American.. But as the one sista explained, this was Mexican Heritage Day this was their day to share culture and traditions and help folks more acclimated to their backgrounds. But in a world that has been encouraging intolerance, these yahoos showed up being disrespectful accompanied by parents stating ‘they’re American and just wanted to express themselves’

Newsflash-I’m American and so are your Mexican classmates who were celebrating a day dedicated to their heritage. Just because you wear a flag doesn’t give a lock on ‘love for the country’. All of us can say the Pledge of Allegiance. All of us can sing the Star Spangled Banner..All of us have American Pride.  But not all of us know the true meaning behind Cinco De Mayo. Most think its a holiday for drinking. An opportunity to learn was lost by this show of so called ‘patriotism’.

What they were doing had nothing to do with American pride. It had everything to do with asserting dominance to an under representated group, shitting on their day and suggesting that they were somehow not American.

Something to Ponder

Davey D

Morgan Hill Students Stir Cinco De Mayo Controversy

MORGAN HILL, Calif. — Five students at a South Bay high school stirred up some controversy Wednesday for wearing t-shirts depicting red, white and blue American flags on Cinco de Mayo.

School officials at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill told the students they had to go home if they wouldn’t turn the shirts inside out.

One of the students said it appeared school administrators were worried the patriotic shirts could trigger fights.

Some students at Live Oak High in Morgan Hill said others were planning to come to school Thursday wearing red, white and blue.

Four of the five students who wore American flags or patriotic colors on campus walked into a meeting with the superintendent of the Morgan Hill unified school district Wednesday night.

They were facing unexcused absences because they chose to go home early rather than take off what they were wearing.

“We knew it was Cinco de Mayo. But we just came to show our flag,” said student Dominic Maciel. “We didn’t mean anything by it. We didn’t want to start anything. Nothing like that.”

Student Anthony Caravalho was also sent home for not turning his shirt inside out.

“They said we had to wear our t-shirts inside out and then we could go back to class and we said no,” said Caravalho. “It would be disrespectful to the flag by hiding it.”

Daniel Galli, another student who was reprimanded for wearing a US flag, described what he was told by school administration.

“He said ‘If you wear it on any other day, it’s fine; but just because it’s today you can’t wear it,’” Galli said. “His exact words.”

Galli said he was told it was inappropriate to wear the shirt because “it’s supposed to be a Mexican Day and we were supposed to honor them.”

The boys said it was unfair because some students were wearing Mexican colors Wednesday.

“We’re not mad that they wore their stuff,” said student Galli. “But we’re mad that we were asked to change our stuff, but they could still wear their stuff.”

Caravalho also felt the action was unfair.

“I would have taken my stuff off if they had taken their stuff off too,” he said.

Some Mexican-American students KTVU spoke with said they thought wearing red, white and blue on Cinco de Mayo was disrespectful.

“It’s just kinda disrespectful that they would do that on this day,” said student Victoria Wright. “I mean, we don’t go around on 4th of July wearing red white and green and saying ‘Viva Mexico,’ because that’s disrespectful.”

One student showed us a Mexican flag belt buckle he wore Wednesday. He disagreed with the way the American flag-wearing kids were treated.

“I think it was kind of going overboard with the suspension, but it’s also kind of disrespectful because it’s our day,” said student Sal Orona.

Dominic Maciel said his father is of Mexican descent.

“I have no problem with them wearing their Mexican stuff, their Mexican flags,” said Maciel. “I just thought I’d show my pride. American pride.”

The school district Wednesday issued a statement which read: “The district does not concur with the Live Oak High School administration’s interpretation of either board or district policy related to these actions.”