Rollingstone Magazine Fails by Having Only 4 Women featured on its 50 Greatest Hip Hop Song List

Missy elliotThis is the time of year a lot of publications put out End of Year and Best of All Time lists. They’re fun to read as they can take you down memory lane or give you some new perspective on things… At this point in time, you understand there will be a certain bias and there may be one or two names tossed in a list to get people talking. You try to take these things with a grain of salt..

The other day Rollingstone Magazine put out a The 50 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All-Times. It’s a list that was compiled from a panel of 33 artists, journalists and industry experts. You have luminaries like Def jam co-founder Rick Rubin, former Source editor James Bernard and legendary A&R Dante Ross. Also in the mix were artists like Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Nas, Questlove, Boots Riley of the Coup  and Chuck D of Public Enemy just to name a few..You can peep the entire list of judges HERE

You can peep the entire List of 50 songs HERE

When the list came out I went from panel to panel and and what stood out was the glaring omission of women. In fact we don’t have a female artists being ranked for the first 38 entries. That came in the form of Missy Elliot and her song Get Ur Freak On…Personally I thought Missy who definitely deserves a spot has better songs.

The next entries are Lauryn Hill‘s ‘Lost One’s (45) and Salt-N-Pepa‘s ‘Push It’ (46) . The Greatest Hits list list rounds off at entry 47 where have Funky 4 Plus one More. The ‘one more’ of course is pioneering female emcee Sha Rock..

MCLytehat-150Initially I wasn’t gonna weigh in on this, but damn in 2012 and you would think at this point in time folks would know better and do better. Its time to expand our mind and make room for other voices, mainly women in our collective thinking. I don’t know what the process was when RS did the final editing, but no one at that magazine looked at that list and asked ‘Where’s MC Lyte’s ‘Cha Cha Cha‘ or ‘Cappuccino‘? Did anyone at RS bother to check out her site Hip Hop Sisters?

No one at RS or on that panel gave a second thought about Queen Latifah‘s ‘Ladies’ First‘ which featured Monie Love and its impact? No one thought about UNITY…No one? Really? Cmon now..

None of the folks at the panel gave a thought about the 33 songs that were released around the whole Roxanne Roxanne saga? Some of those songs were landmark.  They gave birth to artists like; Sparky D, Roxanne Shante and the Real Roxanne.. None of those women were good enough to be included? There was no room for an artist like YoYo? No Lady of Rage‘s Afro Puffs? No love for Mystic’s ‘The Life’? No choice cuts from Foxy Brown, Eve or Lil Kim made the list?? How is our collective thinking so narrow in 2012?

Luther Campbell of the 2Live Crew was among the panel of experts  that Rollingstone assembled. Did he or anyone mention Anquette‘s Janet Reno? Luke in the past has been very clear to talk about how that song which was done by his cousin helped Reno win an election for DA against a lawyer named Jack Thompson. Luke explained that Thompson became enraged as a result of this and wound up coming after 2Live crew for having obscene material. The case against 2Live crew went all the way to the Supreme Ct.. If one record be the source of all that, should it not be on the RS list?


Lauryn Hill

With respect to Lauryn Hill who won more Grammys than many of the artists featured and the experts assembled should’ve been further up the list, like in the top 15 or 20. I would’ve picked Doo Whop (That Thing) which charted on Billboard as number 1 or Everything is Everything..

Considering Rollingstone’s glaring omissions I guess it would be too much to expect them to have even considered a Jean Grae, Bahamadia, Rah Digga, Conscious Daughters or Medusa?

All I can say at this point is to Rollingstone and its panel of experts which included only 2 or 3 women at the most. that was big miss to only have 3 or 4 females on that list of 50 Greatest songs. It was a big miss and just plain wack.. For those who need more info on women making moves.. Here’s playlist I put together earlier this year.

is Miltary using Mind Control Tactics on lawmakers? How widespread is this?

Was Al Franken subjected to mind control techniques to get him to support the war in Afghanistan?

This story about the army using mind control techniques on unsuspecting lawmakers including Senators Al Franken and John McCain is serious and should not be swept under the rug. Many of us have no idea how advanced such techniques are and how often and pervasive the practice is within the general population.

Sure we know its illegal, but so were many of the tactics used during the hey day of  FBI director J Edgar Hoover when they unleashed Cointel-pro tactics on Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Anti-War activists, Puerto Rican and Chicano nationalist to name a few. The end result was putting many of those organizations is disarray and in some cases lietrally driving some of its members ‘crazy’.

We do know Cointel-pro relied heavily on running mind games on organization leaders.. We have to ask, ‘what has our government learned over the past 30 years?’

With so much of our military be outsourced to private mercenary firms who are also used by big corporations i.e Blackwater, one has to ask what sort of tactics are being used via Television? newspapers? and other forms of mass communication. What are corporations unleashing on us to get us to be consumers forever beholden to products they are offering?

Is Fox News a big giant mind control outlet? Don’t act surprised. We do know that its routine for large media outlets to do extensive psychological profiling on targeted demographics within their audience. It’s done to develop the correct sales approach for advertisers. Why would it not be done with political agendas in mind? We call it propaganda?

Read this explosive Rolling Stone story and ask yourself why we’re not talking about this more? Mmmm Maybe such tactics are being used to temper down the discussion.

Why aren’t more people upset? Why are we seeing our news dominated with stories about a royal wedding in England and not the potential damage done with using Psych ops to extend a war in Afghanistan? We have to wonder why the lead story today is actor  Charlie Sheen having his TV show cut short and not the push to do a full scale top to bottom investigation…

I gotta ask myself.. Has President Obama been subjected to these mind control techniques?

Maybe these mind control tactics were used on journalist who visited the war zone which is why we saw progressive folks like Rachel Maddow who on her visit a few months ago was criticized for taking what some described as a softer stance.. Gotta wonder if the whole concept of embedding reporters was done with the goal of using psych op tactics on them.. We need to find out who was escorting reporters? No wonder so many were cheerleading the war..

As you read the Rollingstone article listen to this mix we did a few years ago about Mind control being used on urban audiences.  There was no mention of this on this mornings newscast here in the Bay Area.

-Davey D-

Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators

The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.

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The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as “information operations” at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.

“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” says Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, the leader of the IO unit, who received an official reprimand after bucking orders. “I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line.”

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The list of targeted visitors was long, according to interviews with members of the IO team and internal documents obtained by Rolling Stone. Those singled out in the campaign included senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin; Rep. Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee; Adm. Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Czech ambassador to Afghanistan; the German interior minister, and a host of influential think-tank analysts.

The incident offers an indication of just how desperate the U.S. command in Afghanistan is to spin American civilian leaders into supporting an increasingly unpopular war. According to the Defense Department’s own definition, psy-ops – the use of propaganda and psychological tactics to influence emotions and behaviors – are supposed to be used exclusively on “hostile foreign groups.” Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a “propaganda rider” that also prohibits such manipulation. “Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO community knows you’re not supposed to target Americans,” says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s what you learn on day one.”

continue reading story HERE at Rollingstone Magazine

Playahata Newsletter Jan 20 2004-Superfly (Ron O’Neal) is Dead

I might ramble today since I have not spoken to you all Since Thursday

Superfly Ron O'NealLast week was a bad week we had 2 deaths and one near death with Beenie Man needing surgery to repair a punctured lung and 2 broken ribs sustained in an early morning car accident in Kingston, Jamaica. Then we had the passing of Ron O’Neal aka Superfly who died Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.Dr. Barashango, a fiery and profound scholar passed on in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. Dr. Barashango wrote many powerful books his most popular work was African People & European Holidays: A Mental Genocide. So 2 minutes of silence.Speaking of 2 minute warnings, Beyonce Knowles will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in
her native Houston.That gives men the chance to see her and Janet Jackson in the same space for the first time ever. I am told that is supposed to be significant???.

The Superbowl may be a bore again but many of us want to see the new commercials.The security is alleged to be super duper tight this year. As a related side note, this year the federal government and the airlines plan to phase in a computer system next year to measure the risk posed by every passenger on every flight in the United States. The new system, called Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System II (CAPPS II), has sparked so much controversy among both liberal and conservative groups that the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has struggled to get it going. Delta Air Lines backed out of a testing program with the agency earlier this year, and now the TSA will not reveal which airlines will participate when it tests a prototype early next year. The existing system identifies certain passengers as risky based on a set of assumptions about how terrorists travel. For instance, passengers are flagged for additional screening if they bought a one-way airline ticket, or if they paid with cash instead of a credit card. Passengers who present a threat under these and other criteria are issued boarding passes that bear a coding of “SSS” or “***.” The TS system seeks to probe deeper into each passenger’s identity than is currently possible, comparing personal information against criminal records and intelligence information and then assigning passengers a color code — green, yellow or red. According to people familiar with the program, most people will be coded green and sail through but up to 8 percent of passengers will be coded “yellow” and will undergo additional screening at the checkpoint, and an estimated 1 to 2 percent will be labeled “red” and will be prohibited from boarding. These passengers also will face police questioning and may be arrested.If you get a ticket labeled SSS I suggest you do something. Last but not least I wonder how many people noticed that the program to fingerprint all foreign visitors to the U.S., with the exception of a list of 27 countries – is only giving exemptions to basically European or white nations.In the words of Eyecalone Minus the Japan, Singapore, and Brunei – looks more like an international Klu Klux Klan recruitment roster than anything drawn up in hopes of deterring terrorism. All nations mostly composed of people of color have to be fingerprinted all of Latin America, Africa, South America,Central America, majority of Asia etc.This is like something out of a movie.What is happening is obvious but everybody is whispering – Charlie the Moderator

PLAYAHATA.COM – Talk about a labor of love.

1.HEADS UP! Actor Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays a samurai in The Last
Samurai,telling reporters in Japan that he came about half an inch from
chopping off Tom Cruise’s head with a sword while filming a fight scene for the movie.Cruise’s mechanical horse didn’t fall down as planned and Tom’s head was in front of him when he was swinging a real sword.

2.Mystikal move over: The lawyer for rapper C-Murder moving for a new murder trial for his client; says prosecution withheld information from the defense. The rapper was convicted in September of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a teenage fan.

3.KUDOS! Bono receiving the Martin Luther King Center’s highest honors on Saturday from his widow Coretta Scott King for his work advancing civil rights.

DID YOU KNOW:Queen Victoria eased the discomfort of her menstrual cramps by having her doctor supply her with marijuana

4.From P-Diddy to Michael Jackson: Jackson’s lawyer Mark Geragos announcing that attorney Benjamin Brafman is joining Jackson’s legal team as co-counsel; Brafman is know for winning an acquittal for P. Diddy on bribery and weapons charges. “Michael and I agreed that expanding the team would best serve his interests as we work toward his acquittal on the false charges that have been leveled against him,” Geragos said in a statement.

5.Chinese govt has no Friends: Government-controlled Chinese television acknowledging they’re having problems editing out all the sex talk for the hit American sitcom Friends, set to begin airing later this year.

6. Simon disses Madonna: When asked who’s got the hots these days in the music world, American Idol judge Simon Cowell telling the Television Critics Association that “Beyonce is good-looking. Jennifer Lopez is good-looking. “Madonna used to be good-looking.” He noted that she’s basically a housewife now.

7.OUTKAST & 50 eat your heart out: Bruce Springsteen (our boy) and his mighty E Street Band put up some huge numbers on the road in 2003. But Springsteen was not the top touring artist of 2003, despite numerous media claims to the contrary.The record-setting Rising tour kicked some major stadium-level tail all over the world. Springsteen even threw in a world-record stand in his home state of New Jersey. At 54, he put together the top-grossing run of his 30-plus years of national touring. The Rising tour, the Jersey stand and Springsteen’s remarkable year of touring were well-chronicled in these pages. We love Bruce.But any way you look at it, the Rolling Stones grossed far more than Springsteen did last year.From start to finish, the Stones’ Licks tour grossed $299,520,230 from 113 shows dating back to September 2002. We lumped the entire tour into 2003’s Billboard Boxscore stats because we received them all at once from promoter Michael Cohl’s office at the end of the tour. We do not estimate.For the year, Springsteen’s reported grosses totaled $181.7 million worldwide. If you take away the $90 million or so the Stones did in fall 2002, the band still easily outpaced Springsteen. The Boss’ tour grossed $221.5 million from 121 shows, so tour for tour, the Stones also topped Springsteen’s by more than $70 million.But Billboard ranks tours by box office. And in 2003, the Rolling Stones performed better at the box office than any act in the world.

8.This film still sucks: Cold Mountain leading the nominees for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with 13 nods, including Best Picture, while The Civil war drama is catching flack in the U.S. for ignoring slavery as if it did not exist.The Brits say it is a awesome film.
Charlie’s Compilation Question- Carol Mosely Braun has ended her run for the Presidency, as the only female canidate.She has dropped out of the race for President and backed Howard Dean. Does this effect how you plan to vote in the primary?

Eyecalone- No… I never quite understood why she was running anyway. She didn’t even seem to be attempting to bring any issues to the table.

Gumby Dammitt – Nope. I’ll write in a vote for Shirley Chisolm, and I’ll do it EVERY year til I see someone I like. Which means I will be voting for Shirley Chisolm TIL I DIE.

Angry Pizzle- I don’t care who backs Dean, I still wouldn’t vote for him in the primary.But if it comes down to Dean vs. Bush, I have to go with the lesser of the two evils.

Ooh Papi – “Carol Who?”’s too early to pick a canidate for me

Why is Kobe calling himself a Thug Poet?