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 SUBTLE CHANGES

LSNCLR’s ‘Subtle Changes, 8th August’ | photo by Krystle Sinclair

Feeling SUPER accomplished & fulfilled (a creator’s geek-out moment/wet dream)

Always wanted to try my hand in recreating a photograph, and was so keen to recreate the original (left) that it became like a sickly disease. Thought it would be interesting to see the changes between this year and last.

Big up Krystle, for putting up and having patience — we managed to get a near-duplicate (right).

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Buss da GEMS

you know it’s a quality interview when Westwood isn’t asking questions and lets a guy such as Bussa Buss drop insights, knowledge, stories all from his own personal experience & observation.

i’m glad that Busta touched on the gap between the beginning of hip-hop and where it’s gotten to now; its current juncture. it’s important that guys like Buss are around “to remind,” like he said and spoke of Q-Tip and the other “gatekeepers” of the culture.

P.S. Busta Rhymes i.m.o, is definitely one of the greatest rappers in hip-hop to touch it. nothing but respect for an OG such as him, 25 years in; with it being such a blessing to have him still relevant and willing to contribute to what’s going on; feeling discontent with what he’s done for the ting thus far. and if his next album is really what he’s cracking it up to be, then i’m supe-r-eady to hear what he threw in the cauldron.

what was going on with Westwood’s hand, though?

BASHIN’ THE REPLAY BUTTON. PULL-UUUGHHHPP, MY SELEKTA!

it’s been a WHIIILE, mate. if you didn’t know ans haven’t been keeping track of his movements over the past year, Wretch has been quietly heating up again. the kettle whistled long time. if you didn’t catch it, then peak. yuh tea nah brew up just yet, and this kinda stuff is too cold for any nation to bear.

this is the [real] “fire.” DI REAL, MY LARD! BLESS the brudda Wretch for continuing to give us nothing but his everything.

POWERS inna di locs, warriyah.

a REAL BLACK QUEEN.

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i guess that 2016 is the year where we see a lot of legends like PRINCE and this one go.

full hail for the LEGENDARY. respect for any like her.

it’s actually kinda saddening, because i was thinking this morning about ‘what if Parents ever died before me? would i really get to see her again? is it all just a matter of faith?’ plus it’s my Mom’s birthday tomorrow (as I’ve just remembered again and put this part in as an edit at 22:06/07 on 03.05.2016). 20 years between you & your son. so with that fresh in mind, i pray that, yeah, hopefully there is a heaven for you to be reunited with Pac again.

for your wide span of contribution; for birthing your son. so… i gotta:

THANK YOU.

R.I.P. AFENI SHAKUR. a Black Panther; a Philanthropist, and most of all: a smart, strong woman. 

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S o u l l e s s C a l i b u r r r r r

talk about how the caliber has lowered… in modern day “hip-hop” — if that’s what you wanna call it, the demand for has stooped to an all-time low… and I just saw an all-time great show. NaS, you were right… “Hip-hop IS Dead.”

“I’M. SO. APPALLED.”

Last night I attended the Method Man & Redman show at the O2 Institute (Birmingham) and witnessed the art of true emceeing. I now have a top 5 list of top live acts/performers — and I think it’ll be clear who’s #1 after you read this.

I love the odd photo/video here and there, right. so, imagine the only bad thing about the whole night was a good thing. despite struggling to get my phone out, I got to feel the craziest energy I’ve ever set foot in; and quite frankly, I’m glad I couldn’t get my phone out. that bounce going on was disgusting; heads everywhere just rocking. after that, I don’t eeeeuuver wanna hear somebody say that older folks are “too old to party,” because they shut it. Only two cuts into the set and the room was up in some next inferno. so, why I wore my Nike ACG Gore-Tex Performance shell jacket and a Nike Tech Fleece hoodie underneath that? Pshhh, slap me silly. I done told Jake that it was going to take The Throne’s (Jay Z & Kanye West) place on my Top 5. I knew I was in for a treat fortunate to receive.

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THE ENEEERGYYYY

Meth & Reggie are both in their forties and STILL rocked a stage like that. even danced, too — and in immaculate sync. I don’t know if they’re “yin & yang,” “yin & yin,” or “yang & yang” — but whatever it is they are, they’re a duo that’s one of a kind and one that I personally feel the world will never get again, though years time may beg to differ. the fact Meth was apparently ill for four days and gave it his all ANYWAY, which, honestly I couldn’t tell you that I could tell — most that was different and evident was the extra rasp (and even that made it sound better). this might have been the first time I’ve been to a concert where rappers turned up on time. they just didn’t play around. they gave “110” from start to finish; all energy — money’s worth was gotten. they even interacted heavily with and touched the fans. then you got Redman sold his CDs like it was bootleg, haha. they stuck around though and thought nothing of it. real and truly humble human beings, yet on stage they seemed like superheroes (Method Man doing the HHH water spit at the start was the best). Method Man even bussed couple line of patois, “rudebwoy come to di front ah di stage,” “wha gwan!?”

Hip-Hop & Comedy duo genius delivered from the two. PLUS… I got to see some of my favourite cuts: “Ice Cream,” “Method Man,” “Do You Really (Thang Thang),” Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin’ To Fuck Wit,” “C.R.E.A.M.,” and of course, “Da Rockwilder.”

… and people love to say there’s no such thing as a “10/10…?” HAAAA! LA, LA, LA, LA, LA-LA, LA, LAAAAAAAGH! You missed out. You done ufffed up.

but what’s to now say that the culture is dead nowadays? man, I don’t know — not to focus on the negative — but you got fat motherfuckers like Rick Ross who can’t even end a show courteously.

a thing such as the above reminds me and makes me again reflect on the mentalities of people today in comparison to the OGs. the work ethic and respect definitely isn’t the same. suuuure… you might take a glance at Meth & Red and think they’re some grungy guys — but they still got morals and came to give the people what we turned up for. the craft was shown; the level of showmanship was there to see crystal clear. there’s a reason why these guys can still kick a show like that at their age and why they’re so respected. but, albethat… I don’t think a lot people really know, though — hence their asses ain’t attend, mehn… perhaps they didn’t ever watch Backstage, like I did back in early 2014.

the art of hip-hop is long gone… and I see now exactly why “old ‘heads” get mad, because it’s a lack of respect that’s in the air, and people would rather bow down and kneel to pure crapness. the most amazing part is, a show like what I witnessed gives you so much to respect that you can’t not. it’s so easy for anybody to come in the game now and “shoot two videos; spit two lyrics,” like Skepta said. and it’s because of that I believe is why these rappers don’t care. there’s no pure work put in. basketball, football, rap and wrestling are three things that just aren’t the same now. sure, shit evolved — but without the same quality? keep it. I don’t want it. there’s no hating involved or to be spoken of, and I probably sound like that Uncle who talks about “back in my day,” but… it’s just that it’s clear the caliber we’ve seen in the past is no mo. put some RESPEK on the game. thank you artists of all age, who care about and cater your best efforts to your supporters.

shiiihd.