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New Joint: Purpose and Confidence

When producer Confidence teams up with an emcee, the result is always an Unstoppable jam! So here’s another new release from the duo’s upcoming project “The Purpose of Confidence.”

HipHop heads, Feast!

Sean Price Meets Tennis

This shit is hilarious! As usual the Duck Down heavy weight Sean Price comes out with some ol’ wild shit. In an afternoon doubles tennis match with Dru Ha, the John McEnroe Tennic Academy gets turnt out. White people get mad, “here are your balls,” line judges get cussed out, aces get served!

Labor Day Ya’ll! Who’s Gettin Paid!?

Hopefully everyone got their beach and BBQ on yesterday for the holiday. Now that we’re all back to work (we’re lucky enough to have jobs these days) let’s take some time out to see what’s really going on out there. The Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University released its yearly State of Working Florida report yesterday. The report outlines the economic situation for Florida and describes how workers are surviving out there.

Here are some of the facts from the report: Wages fell by $1,000 over the last year for the average worker. Unemployment and underemployment negatively affect Hispanic and Black workers more than white workers. Florida still hasn’t created enough jobs to catch up to where we were in 2008, and the jobs that are being created (to employ the unemployed) are overwhelmingly low/minimum wage jobs.

If you have a job, or you’re looking for one, and if you plan to vote this November based on the economy and jobs, you gotta check this report.

State of Working Florida

Numonics at it Again!

The South Florida beatsmith Numonics blesses fans with yet another project in a year the producer promises to release 10 albums! This time around on the Finona Apple Project, he’s remixed 5 tracks and blessed the songstress with his unique HipHop vision. Also check my interview with Reks and Numonics last July on the release day of Rebelutionary. If you haven’t heard this album yet, you’re missing out on some of the best social commentary in HipHop, some of the dopest beats and some killer flows!

Download Numonics: The Fiona Apple Project

Reks and Numonics Interview with DJ DISCourse:

NFL Referees, your low paying job and labor unions

Its football preseason time and the regular season is quickly approaching. Madden 13 finally came out. NFL labor negotiations are a thing of the (recent) past. Well, except for the referees. The league has locked out their referees over contract negotiations. You would think that referees are almost as important an aspect to any sport as equipment or coaches. But the NFL seems to think they are not all that important, and easily replaceable.

What does this have to do with our shitty paying jobs? Its all about workers verses owners (and not the mom and pop down the street, we’re talking about the super wealthy, elite business owners). In the last several years, the NHL, NBA and NFL have all had their seasons adversely affected by labor negotiations. This usually means the owners want to pay less and the workers (players) want to make more. Usually, the owners (or the league) is making a ton of profit, perhaps even more profit than the previous year, yet the workers are demanded to take pay-cuts. And so lock outs (or sometimes strikes) ensue. Many of us have similar dilemmas at work, whether we participate in them or not, whether we know they exist or not. Consider everything you know, everything you’ve read, seen or heard about your favorite sport’s last labor negotiations. Now put that into your own job: Your boss is making money hand over fist and suddenly he/she comes to you and demands that times are tough and you take a pay cut, or work more hours or get less vacation time. With rare exceptions, business owners don’t want their employees to make more money; and with few exceptions, profits that are generated by workers are reserved only for the executives. Sounds shitty right?

The point of a labor union is to combat the power of the ownership and assert the power of the workers to demand and negotiate for better compensation. That is what the NHL, NFL and NBA players’ associations are for. That’s what the NFL Referees union is supposed to do the same. And BOTH are set up to defend their members against the league and the owners. So during this referee lockout, why aren’t NFL players and the NFLPA standing strong in support of the referees? The last NFLPA negotiation focused on player health; certainly having incompetent referees officiating games poses at least a minor threat to player safety. Even if it doesn’t, these are two organizations with the same goals and the same opponents. for the future of workers everywhere, this alliance could set precedent for workers’ right in the entire country.

For more on this issue, check out the latest entry on Edge of Sports by Dave Zirin.

Why are the NFL Refs Locked Out? It’s All in the Game

What do you think?

—DJ DISCourse

Why YOU won’t be able to vote this November

Have ya’ll been listening to the news the last several weeks? Politicians (especially Florida Governor Rick Scott) have been ramping up efforts to deny citizens the ability to vote this year. The tactics being implemented disproportionately affect minority voters and also seem to target swing states where a lack of minority vote could possibly swing a state to the other side of the political divide. These officials argue they are fighting voter fraud, but research shows that voter fraud is very rare (less than 3% has been the commonly reported number). Some pundits claim that these tactics are aimed at limiting Black and Hispanic votes in order to get an advantage over the Obama campaign. Check out this story from DemocracyNow.org

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/28/comedian_author_baratunde_thurston_on_vote

Interview: Rashad and Confidence

If you haven’t heard The Element of Surprise yet, you’ve been missing out on a modern reincarnation of classic HipHop spirit. Rashad and Confidence met through MySpace to bring it back all the way to the early 90’s. The Element of Surprise is destined to be a classic album and will be bumped from front to back for decades to come!

Apologies for the abrupt start to the interview. My first question noted that Rashad is from NYC and Confidence is from Philly: so how did they meet?

Welcome to Fire for the People

What’s good HipHop Heads?

On the radio, Fire for the People brings you the dopest new music and interviews with the best independent rappers, MCs and producers in the game. We also ignite your minds by bringing you critical content about the issues that matter to our communities. The new website will do the same. Come through and check out the latest leaks and singles from underground legends and newcomers alike.

Chuck D once called HipHop the CNN of the ghetto: he was and is still right. So follow the “Know the Ledge” links to stay up on the latest news and commentary on issues that are affecting our communities and also peep “In the Cypher” links for other blogs, websites and labels that promote and create the freshest artists and music in the game.

Peace, salud, cheers ya’ll

DJ DISCourse