Wyclef Jean Takes Waka Flocka To School

wyclef-jean-takes-waka_floc1Rapper/producer/musician Wyclef Jean took a hiatus from music to take care of some very important work. Just over three years ago, an 7.0 earthquake shook the tiny island of Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands and leaving millions homeless. When news of the earthquake broke, Wyclef headed back to his home country to help out. The former Fugees member was very vocal about the rebuilding process and even threw his hat into the political arena to run for president in Haiti. Although he his presidential hopes were dashed, Wyclef still does what he can to help out his fellow Haitian brothers and sisters in the slow, pain-staking process of putting their lives and country back together.

Fast forward a couple years later and Wyclef, who also released an autobiography while taking a break, is back on the music scene with a brand new mixtape. Taking all of hip hop artist to school. Giving the heart of hip hop and music new life. Titled, April Showers, the Grammy-winning rapper and producer makes a triumphant return with a solid mixtape filled with club bangers, soulful hits and freestyles.
To mark the release of April Showers, Wyclef held an exclusive listening party for industry insiders and VIP guests. Held at The Spot located on the first floor of the luxe Trump Soho in lower Manhattan, the Haitian native moved the packed crowd with tunes from his latest project.

On hand were several artists featured on April Showers. Including Atlanta Georgia Rapper Waka Flocka Flame.

The rest is at 4UMF

 

Report Back From Haiti: Aid is Not Reaching People, Conditions are Dire, It’s a Military Occupation

Click HERE to listen to David Banner Interview

We were warned to pay close attention to the recovery efforts in Haiti.  People who experienced the trauma of Hurricane Katrina like rap star David Banner emphatically told us that the lights and cameras would be there for only a short period and without warning the tragedy would be yesterday’s news.  It would be during the recovery when CNN and ABC weren’t on the ground that people would be facing their greatest challenges. It would be during this period that people’s generosity would be taken advantage of, while the resources and money given would become political footballs.  It would be during this period that there would be major land grabs by those who are rich and powerful.  It happened during Katrina and it’s happening now in Haiti. The situation is very sad. The conditions are dire. Our government is at the center of the mischief making.

For those missed it.. Here’s our interview with David Banner http://www.swift.fm/mrdaveyd/song/21400/

Last week long time Bay Area journalist JR the Minister of Information for the POCC and associate editor for the San Francisco Bayview Newspaper and owner of the Block Report Radio along with several comrades including Chris Zamani, M.D., Naseema McElroy, R.N.

We sat down and spoke with them yesterday as they explained what went down on their 5 day humanitarian mission to Cite Soleil and Del Mar.  Sadly 2 of the 5 days was spent standing on long lines and waiting as long as 8-9 hrs for infrequent flights to get to and from Haiti.  During our interview the group described in great detail the wretched conditions many of the people are living under.  It’s enough to make you sick to your stomach and get you angry at the callousness of our own military and government. They described the horrific conditions on the ground and went into detail about the types of atrocities the mainstream media is deliberately ignoring.

Dr Chris Zamani

We heard the whispers about AID not getting to the people and the large military presence which seems bent on intimidating people versus helping folks.  The group confirmed the stories. They talked about how tons of food and supplies are sitting on airports warehoused and not getting to the people.  They talked about their own efforts to feed people and some of the road blocks encountered. Dr  Zamani talked to us about treating people and was disturbed by the reports he kept hearing via our news agencies about there being a shortage of doctors.  He said that was one big lie and talked us about what was needed in the places he visited.  He really goes in on alot of the conditions and what road many are likeli to travel as recovery efforts continue.

JR who got to see much of the city Port Au Prince described the whole scene as one big occupation. he noted that it was more than obvious there’s a political agenda at play..

Click HERE to Listen to pt1 of Report Back from Haiti

Nurse Naseema McElroy talked to us about the living conditions the people were dealing with. She reminded us that there are no toilets and plumbing and that when it started raining pee and fecal waste would rise up from the ground and seep into the tents that people are now living and cause even more complications. The group talked about the over exaggeration of looting and violence. In fact if anything they talked about how people were going out of their way to help one another and laid out several stories highlighting people’s resilience in the face of such horror 

Here’s the link to our interview..

http://odeo.com/episodes/25653549-Report-Back-From-Haiti-pt1

In pt2 of our interview we spoke with JR who went in and talked about the politics and policies of what he encountered in Haiti. This was not his first trip to Haiti. He was there in 2004 when former president Aristide was ousted. He talked about what that was like then and what its like now and how US policy has been a hinderance to the Haitian people.

Click HERE to listen to intv w/ JR on pt2 of Report Back from Haiti

JR really goes in on this and breaks stuff down..He talked how both white and Black elite Americans are exploiting Haitians during the recovery efforts and gave us details that hark back to the terrible days of Jim crow where Blacks were made to be seperate from whites. He says this is happening with Haitians now.  He talked in detail about the militarization of whats going on and how certain communitieslike Cite Solei known for being outspoken are seemingly being singled out and having aid withheld while being surrounded by well stocked military bases.

JR also talked about the way Wyclef and the efforts of other Hip Hop groups and organizations are being received. He highlights some of the on the ground Haitian leaders and activists we should look out for…Finally JR also offers up sound solutions on how to continue building. He strongly urges that we develop Haitian correspondants and we here in the states make it about to get news and information from Haitians on the ground. This is avery compelling interview.

Here’s the link to t2 of our interview

http://odeo.com/episodes/25653550-Report-Back-from-Haiti-pt-2-JR-Speaks-Out

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Puffy’s Boys Beat Down a Rap Magazine Editor

It looks like the perilous relationship
between hip hop artists and writers have just gotten strained again.
The latest incident involves Blaze Magazine editor and chief
Jessie Washington and a producer out of Puff Daddy‘s
camp relationship. According to a story in The Associated Press,
Washington was attacked by 4 men who barged into his Manhattan
office and pummeled him. One of the four men accused of beaten
Washington was Derek ‘D-Dot’ Angellettie who works as a producer for
Sean Puffy Combs.

Dereck d-dot

Derek ‘D-Dot’ Angellettie

Angellettie has vehemently denied his innocence-so much so that he
has volunteered to go down to police headquarters for questioning.
None of the other assailants were identified.. However, the story
that has been circulating around the music industry was D-Dot and
his crew were upset by a recent article that appeared in Blaze.

Unfortunately for Washington this incident is the second
confrontation he has had since he launched the new magazine 5
months ago. This past summer word had gotten out about Washington
having a gun pulled on him by Wyclef Jean. In this scenario, Wyclef
was upset about an editorial regarding Wyclef‘s artist Canibus.

Wyclef

Wyclef

Wyclef has steadfastly denied the allegations although industry
heads have maintained that Wyclef rolls with a posse of kids who
have no problem acting ill when upset about something. Washington
himself came under fire because he waited for more than a month
before publicly talking about the incident. He was accused of using
the incident as a publicity stunt for his new magazine. In addition
Washington did not involve law enforcement. When questioned about
that. Washington noted that he had been taught not to involve the
police when there is a problem between two Black men. His
contention was, the police would make matters worse.

It will be interesting to see how this whole drama plays itself out,
and whether or not Washington will call the police. In this case,
Washington was beaten bad enough that it landed him in a hospital.

This unfortunate event brings to mind the topsy-turvy relationship
between writers and artists. Many artists have maintained that hip
hop journalist have unfairly criticized their material in an attempt
to garner a reputation and make a name for themselves. They have
also contended that bad write ups have resulted in financial set
backs. Writers on the other hand, have noted that hip hop artists
have not learned the rules of the music business industry and
incidents of violence [and there have been many] have been the
result of ignorance and kids trying to bring a street mentality
into the world of business.

written by

Davey D