Oakland based Flipsyde bring serious heat with this song and video called ‘Act Like a Cop’.. Lots of messages laced throughout the video.. This is what we need more of… Props to Piper, dave and the Crew for giving us the type of cultural nourishment we all need in this time of mass distraction..
Chuck D of Public Enemy brought down the house last night at Stanford University when he delivered a new video for the song ‘Tear Down That Wall‘.
He explained that he does music and videos to add to the struggle not take away from it.. he explained many mistakenly believed the landmark song ‘By the Time I get to Arizona’ was dedicated to the current struggle around immigration and the racist law SB 1070..It wasn’t…
Chuck explained it was a song that made to address Arizona’s refusal to honor Martin Luther King’s birthday. He says he recognizes that the same reactionary forces that smashed on King are also behind SB1070, but in PE’s new song’, it specifically addresses the oppression being levied on indigenous communities.
He said he wanted to show the hypocrisy of America where they she demanded that the Berlin Wall be torn down during the Cold War, while simultaneously spending billions to build up walls of our own.
Chuck also noted how we have vastly different policies with the ‘border walls’ between canada and the US vs mexico and the US.
Congratulations to long time Bay Area artist E-A Ski who just won the International Prestigious Award 13th Okanogan International Film Festival in Canada. More than 130 films were submitted. His short film ‘No Problem‘ which is a throw back to the long form music videos ala Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, features his good friend and esteemed actor Danny Glover. The song and video are from Mr Ski’s upcoming album ‘Fifth of Skithoven‘ and also features Richmond, Cali rapper Locksmith who many of us know for his legendary battles on MTV and Eastwood of IMGMI Films. Mr Ski and his crew noted they were happy to be recognized by Canada and look foward to coming back..
While Ski was making noise in Canada some other Bay Area rappers just finsished touring up there. Props to Souls of Mischief who made noise and introduced the Canucks to Oakland Freestyle King Mistah FAB.
As for E-A-Ski’s film award, he joins the ranks of other Bay Area Hip Hoppers who have been making noise with recent films. A few months back Oakland’s Piper from the group Flipsyde won Best Screenplay Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Also well known Bay Area writer Mark Skillz and the production crew Lincoln Leopard won several awards including Best Short Documentary for the Hip Hop film ‘White Lines and the Fever’ at SxSW, Tribeca and the Seattle International Film Festivall..
All in all its great to see so many folks from the Bay making noise in the areas of film.