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  • Ali Shaheed x Okayplayer

    January 29, 2014 | Posted By: | ATCQ · Featured · General · Music |

    Fact check: ATCQ’s first reunion show was not the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. It was the Street Scene Festival 2004 in San Diego ;-)

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    NYTimes: Jan 6 2014

    January 6, 2014 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

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    You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one

    January 2, 2014 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times · Music · News |

    June 2013 : German Pianist ,Davide Martello ,was on his way to Sofia when he heard about the tense situation in Istanbul. He realized that this was not about the Taksim Square but a movement and the people that needed support. After days of being the target of tear gas and police water cannons, protesters in Gezi Park  were tense girded for conflict. Instead they got a piano performance..

     

     

    Davide Martello started his project named ” Kavierkunst” 3 years ago.He wants to play in every capitol of the world with his grand piano. He describes his music as a mix of “street music ” and “architectural music ” . Davide needs the support of the local authorities to play without getting into trouble with local laws. So if you like his idea and got some key contacts to the authorities, visit KLAVIERKUNST.com for more info.

     

     

     

     

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  • Area: 1983-1987

    January 2, 2014 | Posted By: | Featured · General · News |

    “We opened Area never expecting it to last,” writes Eric Goode in the preface to the new book Area: 1983 – 1987. Getting past the door at the crowded eighties dance club was a test of survival of the fittest.For those who didn’t make the cut, Eric Goode and Jennifer Goode’s 368-page visual history, reveals all they missed out on :  shark tanks, live owls, and a urinal-lined entryway, that were created and destroyed in just six weeks’ time. Every six weeks, they gutted the enormous space at 157 Hudson and transformed it with a different art theme.

     

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    “Jean-Michel Basquiat spun be-bop, cool jazz, and Ellington on the turntables and no one minded the good music because of who was playing it.” —Glenn O’Brien
    Pictured: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente
    Photo: Patrick McMullan

     

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    Calvin Klein (left) with Area regular Tommy Street.
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    Andy Warhol snapping Polaroids of Jean Paul Gaultier in the women’s bathroom.
    “Warhol came to the party willing to do anything for us. He didn’t know us from Adam, but he showed up for photo shoots, dinners, openings, and made the T-shirts for Art.” —Eric Goode
    Photo: Ben Buchanan

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    Happy 2014

    January 1, 2014 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    Happy 2014 from Ali Shaheed Muhammad on Vimeo.

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    Cultural Icon : Remembering Mr. James Brown

    December 25, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · General · News |

    December 25th, marked the 7-year anniversary of the passing of the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown.  “Mr. Dynamite,” “Soul Brother No. 1,” “the Minister of Super Heavy Funk” and “the Godfather of Soul,” and he was all of those and more.  His Music, his moves – what do You want me to say, James Brown is his own genre.

     “I’m the hardest working man in show business, and I’m not going to let them down.”

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    Photo : James Brown in Washignton in 1984. (Lucian Perkins / The Washington Post)
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  • Erykah Badu x GIVENCHY Spring 2014

    December 25, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    “What I want to do with my advertising campaign is spread the love. Already now it’s been three seasons that I’ve been using people that express something—they are great artists, or beautiful women, or stylish women, or models that I really believe in. It’s kind of a family portfolio.(…)  “It’s 2013. Everybody’s being so cool about Instagram, about Facebook, any media—everybody’s being so open. At the end of the day, why are not so many black girls or Latin girls in shows? When you have an American president who is black! When I see this happening, it’s quite sad, I think. People can be so avant-garde, so advanced, but actually not, because people are still making differences between skin color.” – Riccardo Tisci  ( to Style.com )

     

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    Revolt TV : ATCQ Reflect On Their Legacy

    December 25, 2013 | Posted By: | ATCQ · Events · Featured · Music · News |

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    “I will paint like a kid and tell the truth like a kid”

    December 23, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · News · Visuals |

    Some of you probably already heard of KIDULT, the controversial street artist, who about a year ago tagged “ART” across the Marc Jacob’s SoHo storefront. Jacobs released a t-shirt of the vandalized store priced at a staggering $686 (signed).The Artist then responded by selling a similar t-shirt on his own site for $10. Kidult tagged Jacobs’ Paris store with “686? and a bunch of dollar-sings, an image the designer turned into hats.

    Here is KIDULT’s latest project: “No Gallery, No Master”, a video which explains how he plans to sell and distribute his work to finance his global actions…

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  • For The Ladies: Nail Art inspired by ATCQ

    December 23, 2013 | Posted By: | ATCQ · Featured · News |

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    Photos: Courtesy of  Cakes Creations /  Idols and Egos /  concreteandnailpolish / 1dopegirl.tumblr
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    Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals

    December 22, 2013 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · News |

    fact check: Bernard Edwards, R.I.P. The phenomenal Bass player and founding member of the band Chic, not to be confused with Bernard Wright singer and songwriter of “Spinnin'” the song I referenced in this interview. Too many artists and songs in my head to be accurate. :-P

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    Thank You Mr. West

    September 27, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    After Kanye West gave this interview there was a lot of parody in the media to try to dumb down the knowledge Kanye was sharing with the world. I’m posting this interview because I feel that Kanye’s words are important. I hope that one click leads to another which will motivate you to believe in yourself and to unite with those that want to make the world better. Watch all 4 parts.

    Take charge yall….

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  • Influences

    August 27, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Microphone Check · News |

    Today on NPR’s Microphone Check I will interview one of the principal influences of my musical journey, DJ/Super producer Marley Marl. I’m so beside myself with excitement. God knows best on this but if it wasn’t for Marley I don’t believe I would have made pursued my dreams to make music.

    Here’s one of the many classic songs by the legendary master.

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    Sip Bacardi Like It’s Your B-Day…

    August 11, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

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    …umm I know nothing about that because I don’t drink nor have I ever been drunk but another year of life is sobering. I have lived to see 43 años (all praise to The Most High). Through the years I have felt joy and pain, I have been prosperous and I have suffered hardships. Just when I believe I have an understanding of things, I learn that I know nothing.

    Yes, I want to celebrate this day and do what by the phrase? Have a “Happy Birthday”. Unfortunately I have been suffering a deep sadness after recently separating from the love of my life. I’m not looking to put my personal life on front street however birthdays come with inner thought and reflection.

    Often artist are encouraged to present an outward appearance that conceals what is true. This is done for a multitude of reasons. The art then becomes the outlet to display what is truly going on good or bad. Sometimes the art is not enough of a medium and when the facade crumbles the pain of an artist is revealed in the worst light (Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, etc.).

    It is not my desire to live in a way that ends in devastation. I’m striving to be real at all times be it hardship and ease. I am no exhibitionist but I am an artist and there are aspects of my life that is exhibited. So as I trudge through this trying period I will smile some days, I will cry some days, I will curse some days, I will be thankful some days, I will question life’s meaning, I will beg for the end of my days, I will be thrilled with the prospects of a better tomorrow, I will be a cheerleader some days and some days I will need a cheering section. Today you all are cheering for me and I am thankful for you all. But if you see me today and that spark might not be as vibrant as it should be for the birthday boy, just know this is me refusing to bottle up my true emotions by sipping on baracdi or any form of escapism.

    Peace and Love.

    p.s. perhaps I will see you August 16th. I promise to bring the “HAPPY” then. Love to my Abu & my Ummi…

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    Aug 16th ASM B-day Celebration

    July 27, 2013 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · News |

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  • Sha and Maseo • A Calgary Review

    July 25, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times · News |

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    Prodigy on Microphone Check NPR

    July 9, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Microphone Check · Music |

    prodigy_headshotProdigy of The Infamous Mobb Deep dropped by Microphone Check to speak with hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelly about his new album Albert Einstein and survival of the fittest circa 2013.

    Check it out here

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    Mike Dean on Microphone Check-NPR

    June 27, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Microphone Check · News |

    Producer Mike Dean spoke with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley about playing onstage with Kanye, the best song in the world and his piano teacher, Jane Ambuhl from Lake Jackson, Texas.

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  • The Wake Up Show • Ali Shaheed Muhammad

    June 24, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

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    J. Cole on Microphone Check-NPR

    June 23, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Microphone Check · News |

    J. Cole stopped by Microphone Check to discuss the release of his second major album Born Sinner.

    Check out the interview here.

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    Statik Selektah on Microphone Check-NPR

    June 20, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Microphone Check · News |

    Statik Selektah spoke with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley about his early days in the business, a regular work week for him and his mother’s favorite rapper.

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  • creators of contracts not creators of content

    March 30, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    As a recording artist, I am mostly motivated by the creative aspects of making music however there is a business side to this as well. The marketing aspect of music is a piece of the puzzle that I have not mastered. For me marketing does not come as easily as blending wondrous harmonies with spirited rhythms. Truth be told, if I had that kind of expert on my team my rate of output would increase 1000% fold. So if you’re out there holla.

    Uncle Mike sent me this article that I am sharing with you. If anything it has turned up the marketing conversation over here. Perhaps it will give you all some insight and perspective to your marketing plans. May your schemes land you on the side of the “creators of content” and contracts.

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    Jay Shells Drops “Rap Quotes”

    March 27, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    Although I’m from Brooklyn, I wonder if there is a “Linden Bld Represent Represent” posted out in Queens, NY.

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    ALI SHAHEED x MONTREALITY

    March 8, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times · News |

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  • Plain Vegas

    January 30, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times · News |

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    It had been nearly nine years since I performed a dj set in Las Vegas. Even if you have never been to Vegas you’ve heard the mantra, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. I wish that for your reading pleasure, my reason for abstaining from Vegas for nine years was due to a juicy, scandalous and legendary story known only to those sworn to the Vegas code but instead it was for something very simple. Top 40; Hot, real Hip-Hop not.

    Las Vegas is a top 40 driven market. People from all over the world crusade to Vegas for an experience that will forever be immortalized in the tale of best time ever. I am fascinated that this magical and monumental occasion comes with the backdrop of the same 12 songs you hear over and over on every radio station.

    As easy as it is to drop a radio styled set, it’s not my preference. Who dares to drop a track like “Go!” in a top club in Vegas? Me, I’m am guilty as Simpson. Kudos to Body English, a club in the Hard Rock Hotel, for pioneering a new type of experience in Las Vegas. Don’t get me wrong, top 40 music is still king but the people at Body English are fostering in a new level of fantastical to keep on the hush. I anticipate that I will return sooner than nine years.

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    Twenty-Thirteen

    January 15, 2013 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

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    Peace Everyone!

    It has been a while since I’ve posted a blog. I felt like I didn’t have much to talk or write about. I’m happy to report that I’m excited and feeling expressive. The improved website is evidence of that. Shout out to FWMJ for revamping the website.

    Just in time for the new year and new digs, comes a new project. I’m putting the finishing touches on a remix for Robert Raimon Roy. The song is called “Axela” from the “Le Tigre Blanc” album. He just shot a video which should be out any day. Check him out and check back for the remix. The picture is from a night at Brooklyn Bowl (yes I did win, not by much..lol)

    Definitely more to come…..

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    WIGWADJ – The Mixtape

    November 23, 2012 | Posted By: | Music · News |

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    Get to know JaPoet. You can download his mixtape “What If God Was A DJ” from here. This should tie you over as we get his album finished.

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  • Til The Casket Drops

    October 16, 2012 | Posted By: | News · Production |

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    I had the pleasure of working with ZZ Ward. ZZ is an insightful story teller. Just listen to her songs and you will understand. She is also one of the hardest working artist that I’ve ever worked with.

    Her debut album, “Til The Casket Drops” released today. It features a song that is co-produced by your truly. Check it out here.

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    Parady’s Paradox Lyrics

    June 11, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    Someone from the city of Mostar asked if I could post the lyrics to “Parady’s Paradox” as English was not their native tongue ;-) and they wanted to read the lyrics to derive a better understanding of the song. As Requested!

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    A Note of Inspiration

    June 1, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · News |


    Often in my travels A fan will pull me aside and share with me how my music has touched them. Some of the stories are fun some are a bit outrageous, some are glum with an uplifting ending overall they all are touching. When I’m making music I hope to reach people but I never know the manner of which my music will be received.

    Today a fan who goes by the name of Funky DL sent me an email. The email was heartwarming so I am sharing it with you, with his permission of course. Thank you Naphta!

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    Hey Ali, firstly thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to get this message to you, it’s really important to me and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

    I once watched a video of you guys doing a show in NY in 98 and remember when “Tip” talked to the audience and said that a lot of people stop him and tell him that they grew up listening to ATCQ and that it meant a lot to him as I’m sure it will for yourself, Phife and Shaheed.

    With me it’s a little different, yes of course I grew up listening to ATCQ from around age 11 or 12 but your music did much more for me than it would from a regular fans perspective [I say that not discounting the ways that fans can connect with music because it's personal and individual to all]

    But for me as a 12 year old kid growing up in East London, UK and not having any idea at that point what I wanted to do with my life, it was my older brother who borrowed a cassette from my uncle of “Peoples Instinctive Travels” and upon hearing it I fell in love with the music of ATCQ and at the same time De La.

    I listened and listened to “Peoples” and couldn’t understand at that age how there was all of a sudden this hip-hop music that was so musical and unique, when “The Low End” came out I copped it and again was startled at the precision and quality of the music but when you guys dropped “Marauders” it was officially over. I used to carry a cassette of that album to class everyday and play it in our 30 minute registration period before class and it was upon haearing that album I knew that the only thing I wanted to do when I was older is what you guys did. I listened to you guys religeously and a lot of what more so Tip was saying on your records would stick with me and resonate.

    My english teacher could see at that age I had a passion for hip-hop from listening solely to ATCQ everyday and encouraged to write my school work in rhyme form to perform to my class mates, which I did and cut a long story short I began writing and rhyming everyday.

    Being that ATCQ was on Jive at the time, I used to call over the label on the weekends but my calls were put through to Battery Studios in Willesden London, where the receptionist [outta the kindness of his heart] invited me down to meet him and see the studios and explained to me that you guys had been there and worked with an engineer named “Yan Memmi” I think… Eventually I met the Jive A&R guys and hooked up with a dude named “Zakes Gordon” thorugh his friend Tosh [who remixed "Oh My God" officially]

    Zakes ended up leaving Jive eventually but Joined Almo SOUNDS / Rondor PUBLISHING / where he signed me over there for a 5 album deal. I released my debut album which resulted in my getting remixes for Missy and Adina Howard through East West / Warners and winning a Music of Black Origin [MOBO] award for best hip-hop act in the UK in 1997.

    Since then I have had the privilage of travelling and touring Australia, Israel, the UK,  France and Japan [Japan is where my music is most widely received] cutting numerous licensing deals and even releasing my music through my own imprint.

    I could go on and on but the long and the short of it is that since I left school at 16 years old never had to do anything other than write lyrics and produce music for a living [ a true blessing ] and I’ve met kids in Japan, Germany and all over who have too said to me they came up listening to my music and it was like I was teaching and educating them through it. Which is exactly what ATCQ did, however knowing how important it was for those people to tell me what I meant to them, I never did get the chance to say to you guys that you changed my life and gave me the gift of wisdom, excellence, humility, humour and love through your music. I though it would be a shame that four guys who did so much for me without ever having met me, never got the chance to know that ATCQ was so powerful in my life that it helped to partly mould the person and artist I am today.

    Even one of my best Buddies “Parris” a British music video director now living in NY and shooting for Diddy, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Swizzy, Luda and so many others,  was partly a product of ATCQ influence. Parris wasn’t that heavily into hip-hop when we met at around 13 years old but once I put him onto that whole Native Tongue movement, Mainly Tribe and after we both attended the Tribe 1994 show in The Forum, Kentish Town London as 16 year olds, he got locked in and started DJ’ing eventually moving into video direction.

    So I’d just like to say I owe a big part of my successes and experiences to the influence sown in me by you guys, I learned things from your music that my parents, teachers, friends and other influences did not teach me [ though I do not discredit them].

    I truly am grateful that you guys came together to do what you did, for had it not been that way, I can truly say that my path would have been different and in looking at my path I regret nothing of it. It is a blessing to do what I do and to know I have made others feel about what I do, the same way as I feel about what ATCQ did for me.

    So to you Ali, and also Phife, Tip and Jarobi… I am eternally grateful and may God continue to bless you all….

    Thank you for allowing me to say so…

    Funky DL [Naphta Newman, 33, London]

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  • Ali Shaheed back in LONDON May 28th

    May 24, 2011 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · News |

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    April 19, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

     

     

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    my backyard

    April 19, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times · News |

    drawing inspiration from the words of a. garcia, an awesome photographer whom recently posted a photo of me on his blog, i took a moment today to meld my internal mood of  sadness and join it with pictures that captured what i saw externally. i looked out my window & thought, i shall start with photographing my backyard and my front yard. these are just a couple pics.

     

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  • TheWeeknd

    April 18, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · News · Production |

    My boy Doc, who is also on my top list of all time producers invited me to work on a project that he has been passionately crusading. While I was in Toronto for a dj gig I stopped by the studio to lend a hand. I can not explain this emotion but often in this line of work people will speak of projects they are working on and sometimes you can tell how special it is when the one trying to explain it simply says, I can’t wait for you to hear it.

    Doc pressed play and my mind was blown away. The voice of an artist called “The Weeknd” poured through the air with such an elegant, impassioned and cultured tone one might think that he was part brass instrument. I could continue to explain it but I’d rather wait for you to hear it. lol.

    TheWeeknd has so many good songs that I was unsure as to what I could offer the team. I left them with a piece and I can’t wait to get back up there to finish. Doc, TheWeeknd and their crew are bringing the shift if you know what I mean. Those that pay attention have already heard the movement and if you haven’t well here is your train ticket. TheWeeknd has a downloadable mixtape on his website and there will be much more to come. Stay tuned.

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    Fort Greene Festival Kick-Off Party

    April 16, 2011 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

    I had a lot of fun rocking for the Fort Greene Festival committee. Rich Medina and I haven’t deejayed together since 2004. It was long overdue. There was a lot of love in the house, the dance floor was packed. I ran into people that I hadn’t seen in years. Shout out to Rich Balewa, Litro, Little Shawn, Frei, Dj Trauma, The Minority Report, Rosie Perez, Ms. Lisa, her Chicago crew, DJ Buttah, Merrick and to everyone that came out. “Spread Love The Brooklyn Way”

    These are the pictures I’ve collected so far. I’ll post more as I receive them.

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    SPEAK! So The World Will Listen

    April 13, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    Speak! So The World Will Listen is a multimedia concert experience that is directed, composed and conducted by William D. Caballero. William blends a documentary he shot in Uganda and offers it with a live orchestra.

    The film opens with an enthralling speech that was given at the 40th anniversary of the United Nations by Jiddu Krishnamurti. It then leads into a story of oppression, famine, sorrow and a deep perseverance as told through the eyes of peace activist and children that have suffered from the war in Uganda.

    Each person’s story combined with the impacting composition that was intensely played by the musicians in the orchestra was a lot to take in. There were several moments I found myself on the brink of tears. I sat there in little moments of prayer asking The Creator to help them, to bless them, to free them, and to give thanks for my ancestors that suffered greatly for me to be where I am today. Needless to say I was moved by SPEAK! So The World Will Listen.

    My attempt to explain this experience in full pales in comparison to what actually unfolds before you. I don’t know when the next screening will be but I urge you to visit William D. Cabellero’s website for updates and I beg everyone to partake in SPEAK! Then go share your experience with the world so the world will change towards the better.

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  • Today’s Favorite Thing

    April 12, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    What up people! Sharing a book I picked up on my travels. “P.S. I Hate It Here Kid’s Letters from Camp” is written by Diane Falanga. I love this book. It’s a good read and will keep you smiling, especially when you most need to smile. If you get a chance pick up a copy.

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    March 25th Ali Shaheed – Brooklyn

    March 25, 2011 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · News |

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    Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

    February 14, 2011 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    Premiering January 21, 2011 at The Sundance Film Festival

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  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad Euro-Tour Jan 2011

    January 14, 2011 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · News |

    OH YES!!! I can’t wait to touch my peeps in Europe. Let’s take 2011 “BACK TO THE BEAT”

    Jan 20 Oslo Norway – http://www.blaaoslo.no/

    Jan 21 London UK – http://www.plan-brixton.co.uk/

    Jan 22 Dublin Ireland – http://www.thesugarclub.com/

    Jan 26 Stockholm Sweeden – http://www.berns.se/en/nightlife

    Jan 27 Zurich Switzerland – http://www.mascotte.ch/

    Jan 28 Geneve Switzerland – http://silencio.co/

    Jan 29 Bern Switzerland – http://www.bonsoir.ch/

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    Gowhere Hip-Hop Interview

    December 10, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · News |

    Just before I touched the stage in honor and celebration of my brother Phife Dawg’s Birthday, I sat with GY312 for a quick chat. Shout out to Gowhere Hip HOP.


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    9 Mile – GATORADE!!!

    November 22, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    I watched one chill Chilean push through.. NYC Marathon 2010

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  • Phife Dawg B-day x Chi x The Shrine Nov 24 2010

    November 21, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

    Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ The Shrine rocking for Phife Dawg’s Birthday Celebration.

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    Ali Shaheed x Phife Dawg Cancellation Statement Australian Tour 2010

    October 29, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    We regret to inform our fans that due to mishandled business by Australian based Peace Music, we must postpone our proposed Australian tour slated to begin November 26th 2010 to a later date.

    It has been brought to our attention that Peace Music has released a statement saying they we were victims of an elaborate scam involving a UK based booking agent. We have no personal knowledge of this to be fact nor did we have any knowledge that the UK based agency was allegedly acting on our behalf for this tour.

    Additionally, the supposed link to the claimed booking agent on Phife Dawg’s myspace is a misstatement. Peace Music attests to have done all they could to rectify the issues surrounding the tour when in fact Peace Music was alerted to a number of concerns from management months ago but all warnings were ignored. Their lack of attention to managements concerns lead us to this unfortunate postponement.

    In light of these issues, we are working on making this up to the real victims, our fans. We are currently making arrangements to plan our return in February 2011.

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    Tonight October 24th 2010

    October 24, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

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  • Record Makin’ & The Record Breakin’

    September 3, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

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    Blog update long over due:

    Every now & then I get the reminder to step it up here. Its not like I’m not among the living, it just that I prefer to live it versus bla bla bla’ing about it. In an effort to be a proactive blogger, I am writing  a few words of randomness that may interest you or ennui you…haha.

    While in pursuit of loosening up my persona I landed in Panda, a local lounge with a room full of dj’s that played some very chill yet grand choons. During my short stay I was introduced to Beans from Anti-pop Consortium. He was there in chill mode as well. We chopped it up a bit about life and then he hit me with that ball dropping question (Tribe-New-Album). All attempts to circumvent that question led to a discussion on the state of music today. Will that subject ever get old? I think not.

    Beans said he missed the times when it every other week a hot and inspiring song was released. I miss those days too. Daily my dj in-box is filled with songs that will never make an impact. I often look to break a hot song but are there not many ill songs being made, nor are there a lot of deep digging, record breaking dj’s to play the good stuff that is out there. Strictly speaking about radio dj’s of course.

    Just a random thought. Beans it was good to meet you fam, I can’t wait to hear the next solo material.

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    Let it Be Today and everyday thereafter

    July 23, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    Family, friends, fans and tweeps on July 7th 2010 I experienced a life changing moment. I was asked to be a pallbearer for my brother Phife’s Grandmother, Eugenia Boyce (may she rest in peace). It was an honor to be a care taker for her as she made her final journey. I was a bit nervous but happy to be there for the family. Little did I know how much this was going to affect me.

    As I took a hold of Granny I was instantly drawn to the time my brother and I physically placed my father in his final resting place. If you don’t know anything about an Islamic burial, the loved one is placed into the grave minus the coffin and we lay them there like a sleeping baby. Let me tell you that particular ritual truly makes you have a reverence for The Creator.

    All funerals are a reminder to the living that life is precious and encourages us to not waste the time we are given. Mrs. Boyce aka “Granny’s” service was no different with one exception, her life was truly inspiring.

    She lived all of her life in service of others. Not only was she a teacher but at the age of 50 she went to school to become a registered nurse. As I’m sitting in the service I’m hearing this and I’m like “really?” who does that sort of thing? Answer; a truly exceptional and giving person. She did so much for so many and I can not begin to break it down here. Granny certainly did not waste the time she was given.

    The service suddenly became heavy, not in the sense of tears and sadness but more like realizing that I have not put in enough work into this life. If I was to leave here now what will they say? He had a few great songs and touched people with his performances? Please don’t get me wrong, it is a blessing to be able to touch people and to unite the masses via song, but there is more in life that I am capable of. I began to realize that in order to serve people in the way Mrs. Boyce did I would have to shed my own self wants. Her service made me look at all of my interactions with people, specifically the people closest to me. Yes I’ve done a bit of good things to people but I have also been arrogant, stubborn and selfish too. In pursuit of making my way in life I have put up walls and alienated those that laid themselves for me, so stupid. It caused me to really evaluate my life. I was able to directly pinpoint the moment I became me. A blip from my childhood was the cause but I sat in the service seeing clear as day the change that needed to be made. AND I instantly was able to break free of what has held me back for so many years.

    I take a moment to be this vulnerable in hopes that someone else will be inspired by Phife’s Grandmother to the degree that they too can break what holds them. My only desire in life are 3 things, to serve my Lord to the best of my abilities, to be a service to mankind as I am humanly capable and to receive love from “the one”. That is all.

    I would like to thank everyone that has allowed me into their life via personal relationships or through music. I would like to apologize to those that I have wronged and ask for your forgiveness. I humbly leave you asking you to let today be the day you make change for the better and to spend everyday thereafter striving to live up to it. May Allah guide us all righteously.

    Salaam..

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    Halifax Jazz Fest 2010

    July 20, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · News |

    OH HALIFAX!! I had the best time at the Jazz Fest on July 9th 2010. I opened for my native tongue brethren De La Soul. They never cease to amaze and inspire me. Their set was GRAND!!!

    When I first stepped up to the decks people were in plastic chairs, kinda lounging Jazz Fest style. I wondered what did I get myself into. I knew it was jazz and laid back but this is the hip-hop opener. I could not allow people to just sit there. Needless to say the people in Halifax did not come to chill they came to party and that is exactly what we did so much that I made the front cover of the newspaper the next day. WOW

    Shouts out to The Extremities, Uncle Fester and Fresh Kils for their opening set.

    Thank you Halifax for the great time. Bring me back..

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  • Ali Shaheed | Vancouver + Toronto

    July 14, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · Uncategorized |

    click flyers for more info…

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    Ali Shaheed x De La Soul | Friday, July 9th

    July 2, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · Music |

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    “when it’s time to kick *ish from the heart”… Guru

    April 20, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    In the UK working on this very cool project. Today began in normal routine, I ate my cereal, suited up for a run, showered, walked over to the studio, said what up to the lads going over last night’s take, powered up my laptop and wait for my cell phone to come alive. I get better phone reception in the studio. Then the words popped on my screen “Guru passed fyi”. Stunned, shocked, deeply saddened. I repeated the words loudly. A brief pause, silence and then laptops open up. I presume everyone is hitting google to get the word.

    My memories of Guru precedes the monotone rhythmic rhymes. When my crew was in demo stage way back in the day, I use to see Guru on the “J” train. Late nights journeys from “Hotel Amazon”, “Union Square” and the like. We didn’t know each other then but became acquainted as New Yorkers do when you bump into one another, no words just the universal “what up” head nod. Not too long after that Gangstarr’s music dropped and so did Tribe. Head nods turned into pounds. It was later I found out he was from Boston, nahhhh He rolled like a Brooklyn boy & to me He always will be.

    I had the opportunity to work with Guru on a Jon B remix. Conversations often get interesting when you’re the only one passing on the pass if you catch my drift. We kicked it a bit. I learned a lot about Guru then and even more as life moved forward in this industry. Through the years our run-ins changed venues from the “J” train to the dark corners of a club here and there throughout the world. While the beat banged in the background many conversations were had about music and life . He, like I had many deep layers.

    This life of music invites all things imaginable, good things and cataclysmic things. When you’re “2 Steps Ahead” you can have both sides within your grasp. God willing the travelers road will lead to enlightenment and the lessons learned can be shared. Guru has left a trail for us to learn from. Even in his last days. I pray his journey is peaceful.

    Hip-Hop is fairly young but we’re getting up there. In Guru’s passing I’m asking what are we leaving behind? Your culture is only as strong as what you leave behind for those after you to carry it forward. Hip-Hop means so much to me that I can not put it into words in one writing. I don’t think any of us can and that is why we write song after song after song. In looking at the present state of Hip-Hop I can see we have a lot of work to do. There are a few youngins that  get it and they carry the torch well but for the most part they are only a few which means we have to come together and return to being a community of one. That’s a little Islam for you.

    I’m deeply saddened and have to get back to work. I’m gonna take that Boston/Brooklyn spirit and push these lads hard today. May Keithy E. The Guru rest in peace. And May his legacy carry on.

    salaam

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  • Happy Anniversary to us!

    April 17, 2010 | Posted By: | ATCQ · Featured |

    Today marks our 20th Anniversary of the release of ATCQ’s first album Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.

    April 17th 1990

    Thank you to all our fans who have made this journey a blessed one. Today we celebrate you!

    Peoples’ Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm by A Tribe Called Quest – Download Peoples’ Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm on iTunes

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    Bunnies in my Backyard

    April 13, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · Production |

    Haaa not my backyard but the backyard of Angelic Studios in the UK.

    Back in the lab with “The Kanyu Tree“. Five weeks of straight recording, deadlines eek!! We’ll get it done. A few comforts from home would make it nice though. 5PM rush hour traffic, 1010WINS, Funk Master Flex bombs all over the track, asphalt & concrete and my most fav meal from wholefoods. Enough day dreaming, back to the boards and chords..

    We hope to have this project wrapped and ready for your ears some time this year.

    peace…

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    Ali Shaheed x Deity

    April 1, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · Uncategorized |

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  • Ali Shaheed x Phife Dawg

    March 1, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured · Music |

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    Prayers for Chile

    March 1, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have suffered through the massive earthquake in Chile. Support THE REDCROSS who have already donated $50,000 in relief efforts.

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    Really AA?

    February 10, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    As if charging a hefty fee for you accompanying attire in the form of one checked bag wasn’t enough, American Airlines decides to take it a step further. You know that flat pillow and the very thin blanket that you race for, it will now cost you $8. Now that’s flying the friendly sky high stick up.

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  • National Museum of Hip Hop

    February 9, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    Recently I sat with Raven “The Blazin Eurasian” and Jahara to discuss the opening of The National Museum of Hip-Hop. Check out the website to see the interview and the new developments of a Hip-Hop institution.

    NMOHH

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    Glad U Came – Feb 5, 2010

    February 9, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

    It has been a long time since Uncle Mike and I blazed the home county of the Kings, our city Brooklyn NY. We came back to Deity, our old stomping grounds to announce the return of Bi-Polar Friday’s and to celebrate our hommie FWMJ‘s birthday. I must admit I want to rename the party just because I’m in a new mood, but I’ll leave that up to the people to decide. Please post some suggestions in the comment section.

    We were pleasantly surprised to see our peeps from Triple Crown up in the place, pounding the dance floor. You guy bring the raucous, we really miss yall.

    Shout out to FWMJ and all his peeps. I hope yall had a good time. I saw a lot of wall flowers in that crew. :-P I kid, you guys were singing but next time a lot more “shake it to the ground ground”.

    We planned to post a lot more pictures of everyone in motion, but the pictures weren’t great. We will fix that at the next jam.

    Nuff love to everyone that braved the threat of a blizzard to rock with us. Spread the word and tell your friends that Uncle Mike and Ali Shaheed are back at Deity. See you in April.

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    Shaheed x Uncle Mike x FWMJ

    February 4, 2010 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

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  • iSad-Geek Down

    January 27, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    After months of rumors and speculation Apple unveiled their new device called the iPad. As a longtime user of Apple products I have to admit this announcement is a bit anti climactic.

    The tablet computer market is just getting off the ground. There will be plenty of room to grow. Apple has been smart at establishing a culture and modifying its products to keep people coming back. I know the 1st gen iPad is the tip of the iceberg of what is to come. The book reader feature alone is a game changer, but not enough to move me.

    As for now its a nice tote for those that want to travel with an internet ready, media capable device with a screen larger than the iPod touch. The 1ghz processor is certain to keep this road dog out of the heavy computing lane. The absence of a web cam in this age of global communication says to me that Apple wants to keep people attached to their laptops just a little while longer. (For my friends at 5Linx the lane is yours, for now.)

    Considering it will be many years before manufacturers beef up tablet computers to the way I use my laptop means I won’t be jumping in any time soon. Instead I may drop $500 elsewhere. My suggestion to those paying attention is to bulk up on Apple stock or Amazon stock and ride it out. When Apple introduced the iPod their stock was trading close to $15 a share. Out of that came the life changing iTunes music/ video store and another life changing product the iPhone. Today, the day they announced another industry changing product their stock was trading at $207. Think about it, a mini computer/iPod Touch type book reader and a book store. This will grow into something big which says there’s money to be made. Also there’s no how the Apple book store will compete with Amazon’s inventory. Maybe a year from now but not today which means there is money to be made. Just a year ago Amazon was trading at $60 a share, the Kindle grew that to today’s market price of $122 per share. YALL HEAR ME!!!

    Probably not what you expected to read when you glanced at this, but that’s where my head is…

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    Blanket Haiti with love

    January 13, 2010 | Posted By: | Featured · News · Uncategorized |

    On January 12, 2010 Haiti suffered a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Just one day later there is little information as to the extent of the damage and loss of life. Communications there are scarce. It is believed that the numbers affected are in the hundred thousands. Haiti is a very poor nation. The citizens will need help from every corner of the world. Please take a moment of your time to make a donation to one of the many reputable charities. I have listed just a few. Every little bit helps.. And lets keep our prayers up for the people there and in all parts of the world suffering. peace.

    http://www.yele.org/

    http://www.redcross.org/

    http://www.muslimhands.org/en/gb/

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    Raphael Saadiq x Terminal 5

    December 5, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times · Music |

    TipAliRay

    photo courtesy of mel d. cole – village slum

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  • The Foreign Exchange x Grammy

    December 3, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · Music |

    Hooray for MUSIC! Big up to our fam The Foreign Exchange on their Grammy Nomination! The song “Daykeeper” from FE’s album Leave it All Behind is up for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. We’re rooting for you guys all the way… Comon’ NARAS… give up the goods!!!

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    What every women should know

    November 30, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · News · Uncategorized |

    Amongst others, this story on CNN.COM caught my attention. I felt that I should post a link to the story, in name of awareness of course.

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    “This is To Mother You”

    November 30, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    Sinead O’Connor Dublin Session

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  • Eid Mubarak

    November 27, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    Eid_Mubarak_2007_by_khaloodies_

    *courtesy of khaloodies; a very talent artist from the United Arab Emirates

    check out more of his work @ KHALOODIES DEVIANTART


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    pardon me…

    November 26, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    In light of recent news “President Obama Pardons Turkey”

    Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

    turkey

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    :-( for Shaniya Davis

    November 17, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    RedSadFace

    I’m am deeply saddened by the unfolding events regarding young Shaniya Davis… deeply…

    Please support G.E.M.S. and help bring an end to this heartbreaking practice.

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  • Palin on Oprah

    November 17, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · News |

    SarahPalin

    On November 16, 2009 former Governor of Alaska and 2009 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. It was her first major interview since loosing the campaign to President Barak Obama and Vice President Joe Bidden and since her resignation as Governor of Alaska.

    I as well as many Americans was interested in what Sarah had to say and not from a text point of view, referring to her book “Going Rogue An American Life”, but from a visual perspective. Contrary to the feisty and “The Stepford Wives” like persona displayed in the Presidential campaign, Sarah emanated a more human side. I admit that some of her responses at times appeared to be a bit robotic but looking at things from her viewpoint her answers seemed genuine. It is just the type of portrayal coupled with her surging popularity which may get her elected as the next President. good Lord….

    May I keep it real for a moment. It is my belief that had those cameras not been on Sarah while Katie Couric was grilling her about her reading materials her response would have been a bit more aggressive, just watch the footage to see what i mean. Her reaction within that interview combined with her description of the event to Oprah makes me feel that some of what Levi says about the former Governor’s off camera persona is true. I am sure that every American President has displayed an ugly side at some point, but I don’t like that she is selling all of Levi’s statements as false.

    Aside from teenage pregnancy, Oprah did not touch on any social or political subjects which was a complete let down and probably a win for camp Palin. On a policy level I don’t believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be the leader of the free free world, but she certainly talks the talk better than some former Presidents and we can look to our most recent history to see that is all it takes. Sarah left no indication that she was looking to campaign in the 2012 Presidential election, but best believe she is cleaning up her act. I think the campaign has begun. eek..

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    be like luv bugz

    November 16, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · Music · News · Production |

    are you a D.I.?

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    where’s my video?

    November 13, 2009 | Posted By: | ATCQ |

    ATCQ-AOMBE

    i just saw a tweet from jarobi today . he wrote, “20 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. I was lucky enough 2 witness it 1st hand! Me and the guys were on our 1st european tour….”.

    wow!!! kind of surreal to be there during a pivotal moment in history and for the first time. i had a lot of fun on that tour. we ate enough bread to last a life time. that’s what happens when you don’t know the good places to eat. Germany and the world has never been the same.

    we also shot a movie of our first time in europe. it is called “The Art Of Moving Butts In Europe”. if you can find it, you will witness us in our infancy stage. we learned a lot on that tour.

    but back to the headline: while on that tour i shot a lot of background and personal footage our life. after we recorded midnight marauders, JIVE RECORDS asked if we had any video footage that they could use to put together a marketing package for the “jack the rapper” convention. i loaned several of my video tapes to the label of which they assured me they would be returned. months after the campaign i asked the “label rep” who i will call “d” just for this blog, for the return my videos. he said they didn’t have them. i asked for an explanation which at that time he could not give one but later i was told they went to management. if you know me you know i searched Violator Management high and low looking for MY VIDEO. no one there ever received it. i know deep down inside it was never sent to them and the mystery is still within Jive/BMG/SONY.

    SO, if someone accidently put it in an unlabeled box or it was in the back of a file cabinet or you just plain stole my S*!T, I want it back OK!!! Tear down these walls of silence and return my tapes….

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  • dropping jewels, i mean G.E.M.S.

    November 12, 2009 | Posted By: | Life N Times · News · Production |

    MMAB

    a lil 411 on the production tip

    Doc and I had the honor to unite our production skills toward a good cause. We were approached by Fuel Change to remix a song for G.E.M.S. G.E.M.S. is an organization committed to ending commercial sex exploitation and domestic sex trafficking of young girls by creating awareness. G.E.M.S. is committed to changing lives, transforming public perception and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.

    G.E.M.S. chose a song written by Sinead O’Connor called “This Is To Mother You”  as their anthem. It is a beautiful song and a perfect fit for G.E.M.S. Doc and I were asked to give the song contemporary feel. The remix features Sinead O’ConnorMary J. Blige and Martha B. who is a G.E.M.S alumni.

    The song is quite moving, from it’s beginnings written 12 years ago with Sinead’s pen to it’s ending stages with compelling performances from Mary J Blige and Marth B. I am not sure of the exact release date, but I believe it is sometime in December.

    As much as I want to talk about the remix process, I would rather shed a little light on G.E.M.S. It deeply saddens me to know sexual trafficking of children exists in the world let alone here in America. Regardless of where we live in the world children are supposed to be protected! It seems like this topic should have a greater platform but it doesn’t. There have been a few laws passed to remedy this issue but not nearly enough noise has been made.

    G.E.M.S. not only works the legislative side of sex exploitation, but they also have a great social support system for victims of sexual trafficking. They are committed to transforming the lives of young women who are victims. My hope is that we have aided in making more noise by reawakening this beautiful song.

    I know not what this mention will do, but I do know that every little bit helps, so after you read this please take some time to visit the G.E.M.S. website and get involved! There are many ways to effect change and to end these horrible acts of sexual violence including the support of this song when it’s released!

    Thanks to Rachel from G.E.M.S., Bridgit from Fuel Change, Muhammida from Sun In Leo Inc, Peter from Red Hot Organization, Troy Germano and Christian from Germano Studios, Adrian, Chuck Treece, Joe and Roman from Joe Lambert Mastering, Monica Talavera from Talavera Management, Lisa from Braude Management, Julian from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLC, William from William Berrol Esq, The folks at The Audi Center in Manhattan, Fachtna from Sinead’s Management, Sinead O’ConnorMary J. Blige, Martha B and for aiding Doc and I with this great mission.

    peace..

    asm

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    Ali takes an R8 for a spin…

    November 12, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times · Tech |

    …. and after the G.E.M.S. press day…

    Aaudi

    Ali, always the kidder, shows off his best Madame Tussaud rendition and takes a spin with a 2010 Audi R8!

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    Ali x Paris x Ben Lorph Photos

    September 25, 2009 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |
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  • Saadiq x Norwood

    September 23, 2009 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

    TONE x PEN x SAADIQ More…

    SaadiqxNorwood

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    A Hospital & U.N. Headquarters..

    January 15, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · General · News |

    were hit by  Israeli shells today. Outrageous…

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    7 Days IN : & Counting

    January 7, 2009 | Posted By: | Featured · General |
    a way we go!
    a way we go!

    2008 was a challenging year for me. There were a few peaks, a multitude of valleys and yet I was surrounded by The Creator’s blessings. I am not ungrateful to the minutes however I was happy to close that chapter titled Two Thousand Eight A.D.

    Ever the realist, I embrace this New Year with a balanced and optimistic enthusiasm. Remnants of 2008 like unemployment, the global financial meltdown, war and worldwide despair just to name a few, are enough to keep an over jubilant mind state in check as I step into 2009.

    With my composure in check and only a few days into the New Year, I feel a huge jolt indicating a vigorous roller coaster ride is amidst… UhOh! Israel and Hamas are at it again. In this round, Israel has bombed schools killing innocent children. Some people interviewed said they feel no remorse towards the misfortune and that “they asked for it”… wowwwwwwwwwww! It’s going to be that kind of year aye?

    Russia has cut off its gas supply to several nations leaving millions in the cold. This is a huge move, which highlights a conflict in the making. File this under the age old “haves verse the have-nots”. I’m hoping that a little bit of C.R.E.A.M. will prevent this from escalating to a major oh sugar honey ice tea event.

    Clearly energy independence is vital to the security and well being of all nations. But must we be brought to the brink of war in order to work things out? These modern day issues remind me of all that stuff Mr. King, my 7th grade global studies teacher, use to drill into my head. You know the stories of times past with the not so good outcome for a certain group of people. I’m beginning to wonder if I should view ’08 as the good ole days.*

    On the home front we eagerly welcome the New Year 2009 and the prospect of change. In a few days America will inaugurate the nations first Black President. Many feel this historic moment will champion the age of a new order that will move the nation towards more promising days.

    Some have already begun to criticize President Elect Obama’s initial policies. I think it is premature to criticize his set up especially when the lot of us sat on our tushies as the Bush administration brought the nation to it’s knees.

    I have no idea as to the twists, turns and dips of this ride. I’m in this thing holding on just as you are. I match the bitter moments with the knowledge that the taste of sweetness is well within reach. As I soar toward the heights my arms do not rise, yet I maintain my grip as a reminder to not be prideful. I pray for righteous guidance, patience, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, calmness, strength, love, freedom and peace. Only the giver of life knows the outcome. May we hold to our remembrance and thankfulness to The Life Giver as we steady our steps in Two Thousand Nine A.D. (more…)

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  • The Renaissance

    October 30, 2008 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

    what can I say? after escaping the clutches of non-committal label(s), the abstract poetic aka q-tip aka mr. incognito aka… i’ll stop there… will release his long awaited Renaissance album on one of the most important days in history.

    Nov 4, 2008 – Day of Change

    q-tip kicked off the release of his album with an extra live party, true NYC style. there were a lot of heads in the house to commemorate the upcoming launch. here are a few flicks:

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    come in dick tracy

    September 24, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Tech |

    About time… Finally a mobile phone with a two way camera. I don’t know if I’m quite ready to mimic Dick Tracy with a visual chat via wrist wear or a mobile phone, but to all the unflinching gear heads this one is for you.

    HTC Corporation introduces the Touch Pro. It is packed with many great features found in most smartphones with one exception, the video chat. I not sure which mobile carrier will get this hot item. Sprint carries the Touch Diamond and T-Mobile will carry the G1 Android also made by HTC Corporation. It is fair to say the iPhone takes AT&T out of the running. We shall see.

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    Backyard Boogie?

    September 23, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    Okay okay… I admit, I haven’t been on my blog job.

    I became a little absorbed with the Rock The Bells tour, recording, deejaying etc. I thought I would return to the blog with some good tales from the road. That ship has sailed, too much time between the tour and the present. I may come back to it but for now I’ll just pick up with where I am today.

    While capitalism takes it on the chin and the two Presidential candidates duke it out, Russia is making it’s second historic move to open up a nuclear shop in our backyard via Venezuela. There is speculation that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s comradely visits with the nuclear super power from the “east side” will invite a wealth of close range missiles pointed at us. Russian naval ships are heading towards Venezuela this very moment. This can’t be good!!!

    America’s leading financial institutions are crumbling and so is this great nation. Congress intends to implement a trillion dollar bailout that will ultimately devastate and crush what little economic standings we have, not to mention the financial stability of future generations.

    It is clear why both Presidential candidates have placed heavy emphasis on economic strategies and that the media’s focus is on such, but what is not clear to me is how this move by Russia has not caused waves. Have the reckless cowboys running our government fizzled out on their big chest beating talk on shutting down all threats to our national security? Gimme a break…

    You can’t clean up someone else’s backyard when yours is filthy. Such neglectfulness allow pestering things to crawl in. By the time you try to fix it, its too late. The next U.S. President will have have the task of the impossible on all levels. Come 2011 neither Obama nor McCain will come through looking good. I don’t know if people are really ready for change of this nature, but change is sure to come. Brace yourself. Getting my dhikr up yo!

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  • Shaheed Rotation : Nate Smith : Sy Smith

    June 23, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Music |

    Okay I haven’t quite figured which forum would be the best for me to shout-out the music I’m presently feeling. It seems like this blog is where it will go down. With that said I’ll answer one of the questions I am often asked (Yo Sha!! what are you listening to?).

    I’m listening to a lot of different things, too many to list but I will mention what I’m LOVING. “E-Life” by Mint Condition, “Workday, Waterbaby Music Vol 1.0″ by Nate Smith, “Rising Down” by The Roots, “Seeing Sounds” by N.E.R.D and “Conflict” by Sy Smith.

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    Feelin’ Like : Broadcast

    June 18, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Music |

    Let me say this from the jump, “I am not a billboard”. I said that so there is a CLEAR understanding for all those who may get the idea to blast my inbox (please don’t). Rarely will I post, plug, display, etc. you fill in the verb, music that I think you should check out. That’s what the dj booth is for or even my show on XM Radio-65. Hmmn…they just blocked me from doing that there. Okay maybe I’ll reconsider. While I try to figure out the best way to broadcast the good word of good works, check out this hot joing by Elan Vytal aka DJ Scientific. I dig it & you just might too.

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    Melly Depicts Melly

    June 6, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Visuals |

    Ever been daring enough to ask yourself who am I, what is this life of mine? One might say Melly Trochez is bit more gutsy. Her self-portraits finger answers upon answers. I like the way she exposes the inner layers revealing even more unanswered questions.

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  • Obama : Presidential Lookin Boy?

    June 5, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · General |

    Are we ready to make advancements in America or are we complacent with the status quo? My sights are set on Chicago for the answer. Currently the “Windy City” offers Barack Obama and Hot Stylz. Hmmn… the jury is still out. I’ll check back November 5th 2008. Hopefully by then the laughter will stop and we can get to business.

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    78.4 : Shibuya 3

    May 11, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    While in town we stopped in to spin for local radio station Shibuya 78.4. Ali dropped some classics on them and then took time to answer some questions from callers.

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    Retail : Shibuya 2

    May 8, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    You can’t roll thru Shibuya without hitting the hot spots, can you? As a light rain started to fall we stopped thru some of the shops in the city. The Prada store was bananas, BAPE Cafe was cool too and we couldn’t get enough of the tiny cars. You just wanna run up and squeeze em!

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  • EUROPEAN TOUR

    May 7, 2008 | Posted By: | Events · Featured |

    Get @ me…

    European Tour

    European Tour

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    Lost In Translation : Shibuya 1

    May 7, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    I’ve always had a thing for Tokyo. Sofia Coppola’s film captured the beauty of the city so well. Ali Shaheed stopped thru Shibuya to help celebrate the 6th anniversary of ShibuyaNUTS Tokyo and Logos Yokohama, two long running hiphop clubs in Japan. We arrived in the middle of the night, jetlagged and beat from the 12 hour flight, but we hit the streets anyway to get a feel for the city. It’s all a bit of a blur….

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    XM Session

    May 5, 2008 | Posted By: | Featured · Life N Times |

    The guys over at the Guerilla Union were cool enough to let us setup and record a session in their new studio. By new we mean so spanking fresh it still smelled like paint. They had some candles burning trying to keep down the fumes. But that night Ali was the reason for the funk… he got nice on the decks while a few special guest had us all in tears from the booth.

    XM Session
    XM Session
    XM Session
    XM Session

    Ali ended the session with all of us head bobbing to Vibes N Stuff by A Tribe Called Quest. We wrapped it up and headed over to the main venue just in time to catch De La Sol on stage wreaking the whole place. Looking forward to the tour.

    word & foto: tishaun

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