Friday, July 25, 2008
What people don't realize is that Boston is a highly populated city that is small in size and VERY segregated in terms of race and class. Boston is about 50% people of color and that 80% of students at Boston Public Schools are students of color. Violence has been plaguing our communities more and more as of late and it is getting out of control.
Though our numbers aren't as high as Philly and Chicago, homicides in Boston are on the rise and We, Blacks and Latinos, due to our lack of resources and disenfranchised neighborhoods, are committing internalized genocide. Most of the murders in Boston have young victims of color.
Why are we killing each other? Why are most murders in theDorchester/Roxbury Area? Why is urban Violence not on the forefront of issues in this upcoming presidential election?Check out the homicide map for 2008 read the names and the ages and let me know what you think.
Check out “Say Goodnight”, "How Can it Be" and “Premonition” (Ft. Termanology and Consequence)
Check out the interview and videos.
Let me know what you think and cop that “Grey Hairs”
Here’s the excerpt from a recent interview with REKS : 7/14/2008 Your new album Grey Hairs is dropping in August. Your last album that was promoted was Along Came the Chosen, which was released in 2001. What have you been up to since your debut album dropped?
I pretty much spent that time working on my relationship with my wife and son. I was dealing with personal life issues. My second album Rekless had dropped and I was just going through a lot of changes with my family situation. I just had to make sure that things were right at home before I realistically got back into the fold and came out with another project.
How have you grown as an artist as you were going through your personal issues?
Back then I was extremely, extremely, extremely new to anything outside of rap. When Chosen dropped, it was a tremendous experience. I wouldn’t say I wasn’t ready for doing this kind of project and the magnitude, even at that level, even at that underground level, I wasn’t ready for the magnitude of what was happening from the shows to the interviews. I don’t think I was fully prepared at that point in my life. I was really immature. And I was close to burning a lot of bridges back then. My ego was out of control.
Having my son and dealing with my wife and believing in God and just, like, getting with my man Statik and jumping into this next project, I understood how much I had aged and how much hip-hop had aged in that process. And so because those two things tied in so eloquently, my perception was Grey Hairs. Over the years I feel I’ve become a more mature artist who’s doing it from an O.G. perspective, not because I put so much time into the game but because I’m somebody who’s so experienced that I can help out the younger fans.
Can you reach the younger fans that never heard Along Came the Chosen as well as your older fans with Grey Hairs?
Oh, yeah. I think the music doesn’t just gravitate towards the audience that would have been Along Came the Chosen fans back then or my age group. A lot of cats will hit me up and respond to my music through online sites. I see they’re younger cats and they’re just looking for something refreshing. And that’s not to say that I’m their only piece, but I feel that I’m a piece of that puzzle. They’re looking for something that doesn’t just cater to the BS that’s being offered. I really feel like the tracks that I’ve been leaking have been dealing with topics that have been controversial issues. That’s what I’m trying to touch on and I’m not going to hold my tongue on what I feel. And I feel that cats gravitate towards that unabashed and unashamed mentality.
Check the rest out at HipHopGame.com
REKS - "Say Goodnight" (prod. by DJ Premier)
REKS – “The One”
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
9th Star's monthly Artist Showcase we throw at the Bowery St. Poetry Club in Manhattan every last Tuesday night of the month.
We have had 4 BondFires thus far and are preparing for our 5th on Tuesday July 29th 2008. Since our first BondFire back in March, we have been building a lot of momentum and every show has gotten more live.
BondFire consists of Artists showcases by premier MCs from all over the country (New York, Boston, Chicago, etc).
We have featured showcases by 5ft from Black Moon, Homeboy Sandman, Letia Larock, viceversah, and Quad Almighty, and Rugged and Raw just to name a few. Check out the flyers and the other artists who have performed.
BondFire also features sets from up and comers and provides a great opportunity for networking and collaborating on future projects. If you are an artist hit us up and we'll see how you can be part of the BondFire experience. You can also stop by and enjoy the show or become part of the open mic if you got somethin' to say.
See y'all at BondFire July 29th, 308 Bowery St. New York City...Peace
Welcome to the 9th Star Media Update Blog!
We will be posting up new material on a regular basis highlighting artists from all over the country including New York City and Boston. This blog will include music, videos, downloads, social commentary, art, photography and promotional material. We will be highlighting the many artists we showcase as well well as those we think are up and coming and cutting edge. Stop by and let us know what you think. If you have your own material you want to put out, let us know we will do what we can.
9th Star Media Incorporated is a multimedia cooperative organization. We work with a variety of media makers including musicians, visual artists, writers, film makers and web developers. We also connect media makers with members of the community, small business owners, and promoters. Our mission is to inspire creativity in the media arts by connecting our clients with resources and technology. We produce only the highest quality socially relevant material.
At 9th Star we build the bridges between our clients and the communities they live in and serve. We believe that media makers can change the world. We also believe that all media makers should be held accountable to the communities where their messages are being spread and heard. We aim to create positive social change by linking our clients with members of their communities. Unfortunately, many of the communities where the media arts flourish are both disenfranchised and disconnected with the resources they need. Through connecting our clients with our networks, media makers can help build stronger communities.
At 9th Star we connect Artists with resources. By connecting artists with needed resources we aim to create a movement of creativity and change in the arts. Many independent artists have difficulty establishing a supportive network of people and resources. At 9th Star, we connect media makers from all fields and create sustainable relationships between them. By nurturing and supporting those relationships we believe that we can launch a new more effective network of artists and media makers.
At 9th Star Media we produce the highest quality material. Through our networks and resources we create production pieces using state of the art software, digital technology and cutting edge design techniques. By providing our clients with the proper means to record, edit, produce, publish, and promote their media, we believe that we can establish a new higher standard of innovation and creativity.