March 2009

Jazz.. Man what a beautiful thing it is. See Jazz is like superb liquor such as a cognac or an old scotch. You have to have a refined palette to appreciate a fine drink, cigar or wine. Likewise you must have a refined ear to appreciate jazz and all its complexities. Its only now in my life that I can fully understand and embrace it. Jazz is like a perfect pairing. When I think of jazz, immediately I think of a Nas line where he tells chicks to take heed to the Thug thats Intelligent too. And thats how I hear Jazz to be. The grit in the jazz dances with the sophistication of the sound. Jazz is like poor people mingling with rich people it is black and white night and day all in one. Complex rythms infused with raw emotion and soul. It has a flow thats spontaneous and erratic similar to how our minds work. I can get lost in a Miles Davis record. It somehow helps my thoughts flow out and beyond. On a side note I have jazz records that ppl would pay 100s of dollars for.. I also have records that are not worth 1 penny.. But there is something magical in every scratch and pop of an old less than 1 penny record. Im not one of those… I have to have a record type cat or replacing damaged records is a nono in my book. Because the wear of the records have just as much a story to tell as the music on it. And if you scracth the record in the right place the loops of the song will reveal themselves before you almost magically.. In celebration of my new found love of Jazz i present to you:

Kool n the Gang’s Dujii – (who originally started as a jazz band called The Jazziacs)

Kool n the Gang – Dujii

This record inspired and spwaned into:

Gangstarr’s – Jazz Thing which was featured in Spikes Joint Mo Better Blues

Gangstarr – jazz thing

Enjoy Mi Gente Palante



“Jax Lives” on March 19 at the Earl

ATLANTA – March 9, 2009) “Everybody Loves Chris – Jax Lives” on March 19 at The Earl is a tribute to the life of Chris “Jax” Thurston. Jax, a member of Atlanta Hip-Hop Mainstay Binkis Recs, passed away suddenly late last year, leaving an irreplaceable void in the city.

The Show was originally intended to be a Binkis Recs’ 10-year anniversary celebration which concidentally coincides with Jax’s birthday on March 15. The event will now commemorate Jax’s life and legacy.

Jax always wanted to see local Hip-Hop groups Mars Illa and Minamina Goodsong perform once again together on the same stage. After several years on tour, both groups parted ways and left the scene to pursue other interests. For one night only, Mars Ill (emcee Manchild and Dj Dust) and Minamina Goodsong (emcees Pgnut, A.D., Twain and Dj T Challa) will reunite and perform on the same stage like it is still 2003.

The event will aso be Binkis Rec’s (emcees Flux, Killa Kalm and Dj Mafioso) first show since Jax passed way in November of 2008.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Arrive early for the premiere of “Jax Forever,” a collection of interviews with friends remembering Jax. The short film is directed by Eljay Williams, who also produces Comcast’s The Stand On Demand, a mini-documentary series on independent hip-hop, and was produced after Jax passed.

The door price is $10. Advance tickets are available online for $8. All proceeds will be donated to Jax’s family.

For more information on Jax or the show, visit or email Flux at


Here’s The Skinny:

Date: Thursday March 19th, 2009
Location: The Earl – 488 Flat Shoals Ave. (East Atlanta Village)
Atlanta, GA 30316
Live Performances: Binkis Recs, Minamina Goodsong, Mars Ill + Special Surprise Guests
Music By: Dj’s Rasta Root and Mafioso
Hosted By: Señor Kaos

Advance tickets are $8 – $10 at the door 
All proceeds go to Jax’s family.


May be a Thug to some and the god to others. Rakim! Hands down , my favorite Mcee. Completely sharp boss. All the way. I’m not gonna say much so lets get into the videos and stuff. FANGGGGGGGGG!!!


(photo: and Kinga Spanier)


Although he never became a household name, Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs — perhaps the greatest — of all time within the hip-hop community. It isn’t necessarily the substance of what he says that’s helped him win numerous polls among rap fans in the know; the majority of his lyrics concern his own skills and his Islamic faith. But in terms of how he says it, Rakim is virtually unparalleled. His flow is smooth and liquid, inflected with jazz rhythms and carried off with an effortless cool that makes it sound as though he’s not even breaking a sweat. He raised the bar for MC technique higher than it had ever been, helping to pioneer the use of internal rhymes — i.e., rhymes that occurred in the middle of lines, rather than just at the end. Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down and writing intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors (of course, he also had the delivery to articulate them). Even after his innovations were worshipfully absorbed and expanded upon by countless MCs who followed, Rakim’s early work still sounds startlingly fresh, and his comeback recordings (beginning in the late ’90s) only added to his legend. 

Rakim was born William Griffin Jr. on January 28, 1968, in the Long Island suburb of Wyandanch. The nephew of ’50s R&B legend Ruth Brown, Griffin was surrounded by music from day one, and was interested in rap almost from its inception. At age 16, he converted to Islam, adopting the Muslim name Rakim Allah. In 1985, he met Queens DJ Eric B., whose intricately constructed soundscapes made an excellent match for Rakim’s more cerebral presence on the mic. With the release of their debut single, “Eric B. Is President,” in 1986, Eric B. & Rakim became a sensation in the hip-hop community, and their reputation kept growing as they issued classic tracks like “I Ain’t No Joke” and “Paid in Full.” Their first two full-length albums, 1987’s Paid in Full and 1988’s Follow the Leader, are still regarded as all-time hip-hop classics; Rakim’s work set out a blueprint for other, similarly progressive-minded MCs to follow, and helped ensure that even after the rise of other fertile scenes around the country, East Coast rap would maintain a reputation as the center of innovative lyrical technique. The last two Eric B. & Rakim albums, 1990’s Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em and 1992’s Don’t Sweat the Technique, weren’t quite as consistent as their predecessors, but still had plenty of fine moments.

Unfortunately, their legacy stopped at four albums. Both Eric B. and Rakim expressed interest in recording solo albums to one another, but the former, fearful of being abandoned by his partner when their contract was up, refused to sign the release. That led to their breakup in 1992, and Rakim spent a substantial amount of time in the courts, handling the legal fallout between himself, his ex-partner, and their ex-label, MCA. His only solo output for a number of years was the track “Heat It Up,” featured on the 1993 soundtrack to the Mario Van Peebles film Gunmen. Moreover, a reshuffling at MCA effectively shut down production on Rakim’s solo debut, after he’d recorded some preliminary demos. Finally, Rakim got a new contract with Universal, and toward the end of 1997 he released his first solo record, The 18th Letter (early editions contained the bonus disc Book of Life, a fine Eric B. & Rakim retrospective). Anticipation for The 18th Letter turned out to be surprisingly high, especially for a veteran rapper whose roots extended so far back into hip-hop history; yet thanks to Rakim’s legendary reputation, it entered the album charts at number four, and received mostly complimentary reviews. His follow-up, The Master, was released in 1999 and failed to duplicate its predecessor’s commercial success, barely debuting in the Top 75. Moreover, while The Master received positive reviews in some quarters, others seemed disappointed that Rakim’s comeback material wasn’t reinventing the wheel the way his early work had, and bemoaned the lack of unity among his array of different producers. Seeking to rectify the latter situation, Rakim signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label in 2001, and the two began recording a new album early the next year, to be titled Oh My God. In the meantime, to help heighten anticipation for the summit between two legends, Rakim guested on the single “Addictive” by female R&B singer and Aftermath labelmate Truth Hurts; “Addictive” hit the Top Ten in the summer of 2002, marking the first time Rakim had visited that territory since he and Eric B. appeared on Jody Watley’s “Friends” in 1989. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

This is disturbing!

Authorities plan to charge Illinois church suspect

MARYVILLE, Ill. — A man suspected of killing a pastor with a barrage of shots that ripped through the church leader’s Bible was in serious condition Monday from stab wounds he suffered after being tackled by parishioners, and authorities expect to charge him soon.

The gunman, identified by authorities only as a 27-year-old from Troy, strode toward the Rev. Fred Winters shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, exchanged words with him, then fired a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol until it jammed. Winters, 45, later died of his injuries.

After the shooting, two worshippers tackled the gunman as he pulled out a knife, and all three were stabbed, police said. The gunman suffered “a pretty serious wound to the neck” while one worshipper had lower back wounds, said Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent.


Churchgoers knocked the gunman between sets of pews, then held him down until police arrived, said member Don Bohley, who was just outside the sanctuary when the shooting began.

The gunman underwent surgery at St. Louis University Hospital and remained in serious condition Monday morning, according to hospital spokeswoman Laura Keller.

State Police Lt. Scott Compton told The Associated Press early Monday that authorities plan to charge the suspect sometime Monday or possibly Tuesday.

A 39-year-old parishioner, Terry Bullard, also remained in serious condition Monday morning. The third victim, Keith Melton, was treated and released.

Authorities have said they didn’t know the motive for the shooting or whether Winters, a married father of two, knew the gunman.

Several visitors stopped by the church Monday — one with tear-reddened eyes who dropped off a card. All declined to comment, as did a church receptionist.

None of the 150 worshippers attending the Sunday service seemed to recognize the gunman, and investigators did not know details of Winters’ conversation with him, Trent said, but they planned to review an audio recording of the service.

Winters deflected the first of the gunman’s four rounds with a Bible, sending a confetti-like spray of paper into the air in a horrifying scene worshippers initially thought was a skit, police said.

“We just sat there waiting for what comes next not realizing that he had wounded the pastor,” said Linda Cunningham, whose husband is a minister of adult education at the 1,200-member church.


Winters had stood on an elevated platform to deliver his sermon about finding happiness in the workplace — titled “Come On, Get Happy” — and managed to run halfway down the sanctuary’s side aisle before collapsing after the attack, Cunningham said.

Trent said investigators found no immediate evidence of a criminal background for the suspect. He said police were investigating whether a red Jeep parked outside the church belonged to the man.

The Jeep, which remained at the church Sunday night under State Police watch, was registered to the address of a 27-year-old man in an upscale neighborhood in Troy. No one answered the door at the residence Sunday.

A man of the same age whose mother’s name also is registered at the Troy address was featured in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article detailing his battle with Lyme disease. In the article, the man’s mother said the disease left lesions on his brain and that doctors had diagnosed him as mentally ill before discovering the disease.

In the August 2008 article, the mother said her son was taking several medications and had difficulty speaking after contracting the tick-borne illness.

Police would not confirm that the man in the article was the church shooting suspect. The Associated Press is not naming the man because no one has been charged in the shooting.

The Rev. Mark Jones, another First Baptist pastor, later urged a Sunday evening prayer service attended by hundreds at nearby Metro Community Church in Edwardsville to be resilient after “this attack from the forces of hell.”

The standing-room-only crowd cried, cradled Bibles and stretched their hands skyward as they packed into the church, many watching the service on large television monitors in overflow areas.

“We need to reassure our hearts and reinforce our minds that Pastor Fred is in that place that we call heaven,” Jones said. “Church, evil does exist. Today, we saw the visible results of evil and its influence.”

First Baptist had an average attendance of 32 people when Winters became senior pastor in 1987; it now has about 1,200 members and three Sunday services, according to the church’s Web site.

Winters was former president of the Illinois Baptist State Association and an adjunct professor for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, according to the site.

He hosted Pizza with the Pastor dinners in his home, and the church organized bowling parties for fathers and daughters, karate classes and a golf league.

The church sits along a busy two-lane highway on the east side of Maryville, a fast-growing village of more than 7,000 about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis. A farm sits directly across from the church, but subdivisions of newer homes can been easily seen from every side.

“Things like this just don’t happen in Maryville,” Mayor Larry Gulledge said. “We’ve lost one the pillars of our community, one of our leaders.”


On the Net:

First Baptist:

Associated Press writers Betsy Taylor and Jim Salter in Maryville and Karen Hawkins, Rupa Shenoy and Michael Tarm contributed to this report.


This was suppose to be posted on “FreedomeFridays” but what can I say… I’m posting it now! HAAAAA!  Marq Spekt X Lex Boogie(from the Bronx) got some fly shit going on. “Guilty Party” The latest  from homie. Brought to you by the good people over at Backwoodz Studioz and it’s Stanks sooooo Good! And By Stank I mean Funky. It has some of the ruggedest grooves I heard on some dirty jazz shit. Of course the rhymes get Stoopid Fresh so check it out. Not to mention…. I did the cover art. One more plus… IT’S FREE!!!!!! You can’t beat that with an Elephant Gat FISCOOO!!!!!!!

(here is the link)


This shit sounds crazy but it looks good as fuck! y’all know I’m a food advocate right(HAAAAAAAA!), but shit man… I want those right now! HAAAAA!!!! You can get this recipe as well as others at Happy cooking, BLAMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

Watermelon Donuts

Yield: 1 serving

1/2 cup sour cream 
1 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste) 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Use round cookie cutters to cut 4 donut shapes from 1 1/2-inch thick slices of seedless watermelon. Sweeten sour cream with sugar and a touch of vanilla to taste. Spread one watermelon slice with sweetened sour cream. Top with another watermelon slice, frost with sour cream and sprinkle with almonds.

Watermelon Sandwich(Eat this before the sweets though):

Yield: 1 or 2 servings

9- or 10-inch round of herbed focaccia 
5 ounces Boursin cheese 
2 or 3 grilled chicken breast halves, sliced 
4 thin slices seeded watermelon 
1/4 cup sesame seeds 
2 or 3 ounces baby arugula 

Split focaccia through the center, as for a sandwich. Spread Boursin over cut sides of bread. Arrange chicken breast slices over the Boursin on the bottom slice of bread. Sprinkle sesame seeds over watermelon slices and grill quickly just to warm. Arrange watermelon in an even layer over the chicken add arugula and top with bread. Cut sandwich into quarters.

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