Sunday, February 24, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

City Hall killings in my hometown.

Last night a man walked into the city hall of my hometown Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburban area of St. Louis, and shot up the building killing 5 people and leaving 2 people wounded. One of the wounded is the mayor of Kirkwood who is in critical condition. Inevitably the media began quoting Kirkwood citizens saying "this just doesn't happen here" expressing the freak nature of the tragedy in such a safe town. Although the killings were horrible and the loses of the families were devistating, I am more scared of the affect this might have on the issue of race in a very racially segregated city of St. Louis. I am scared that people will look at this incident as one in which a black man committed an act of hatred against a white government and that white citizens of St. Louis will in return instill racism into their children. This incident was a horrible act of violence by a disturbed man and I hope that St. Louisans and Americans alike can look at this travesty with colorblind eyes rather than allow this to perpetuate racism in our country. Through unifing communities and discussing racial issues we can allow racism to die rather than passing on this ignorance to future generations. We need to focus on our similarities and embrace our differences. The only way we can bring about change is to work together as one beautifully diverse community with a common goal of justice for all.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Welcome to the Realness

What up y'all? Welcome to the Realness. First off, check this mix I made a while back. Stay tuned cause I'm about to drop another real soon. Peace.

The mp3 download is available here.


Tracklist -

1. S.O.S. Band - "High Hopes" (80's boogie funk intro)

2. Banda Uniao Black - "Na Palma Da Mao" (Brazilian banger)

3. Romanowski - "Strudel Strut" (Nu jazz breakbeat)

4. Nickodemus feat. Jay Rodriguez - "Funky in the Middle" (Newer production Latin funk)

5. Poncho Sanchez - "Watermelon Man (Dan the Automator Mix feat. Lyrics Born)" (Latin hip-hop remix)

6. Freddie Cruger - "The Hustle" (Funky Latin breaks)

7. Troublemakers - "Groover’s Back" (Funk)

8. Quantic - "Furthest Moment" (Funk house)

9. Gerardo Frisina - "Batucafro" (Latin house)

10. The Bamboos - "Golden Rough" (Funk)

11. Los Dinamicos Exciters feat. Ralph Weeks - "Let Me Do My Thing" (Panamanian Soul)

12. Gal Costa - "Vou Recomecar" (Brazilian Tropicalia)

13. Jorge Ben - "Cade o penalty" (Brazilian Tropicalia)

14. Caetano Veloso - "Two Naira Fifty Kobo" (Brazilian Tropicalia)

15. Dave Pike - "Cayo Coco" (Salsa jazz)

16. Joe Bataan - "Aftershower Funk" (New Yorkican Latin Funk)

17. Willie Bobo - "Soul Foo Young" (Funk)

18. This Kid Named Miles feat. Bumps Jackson - "Funky in Jamaica" (Funky reggae)

19. Brent Dowe - "Reggae Makossa" (reggae version of soul makossa)

20. The Chosen Few - "Collie Stuff" (Jamaican soul)

21. Shark Wilson and the Basement Heaters - "Make it Reggae" (Jamaican soul)

22. Max Romeo and the Upsetters - "Chase the Devil" (roots reggae)

23. Romanowski - "Romjack Steady" (New production Rocksteady Dub)

24. Ohmega Watts feat. Sugar Candy - "Treasure Hunt" (hip-hop reggae)

25. Hydroponic Soundsystem - "Inna Dancehall Expression" (Dancehall reggae)

26. Lennie Hibbert - "Lights" (Jamaican jazzy funk)

27. Mustafa Okzent ve Orkestrasi - "Dolana Dolana" (Turkish psychedelic Funk)