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Hip Hop Events / back to the city
« on: March 30, 2009, 04:15:30 PM »
I've heard there is some outdoor gig happening this weekend in joburg called back to the city. anybody heard about this or have details???

Graf Heads / graffiti by-law petition
« on: March 27, 2009, 01:02:52 PM »
The powers that be are pushing ahead with plans to introduce their draconian anti-graffiti laws in Cape Town.

sign the petition against these laws here:

Hip Hop Events / regular D'n B in Joburg?
« on: February 25, 2009, 09:14:20 AM »
this is not a strictly hip-hop related show question, but any of you joburg cats know where there are regular D'nB nights? I need my fix!!

Geek Section / anybody having problems with megaupload?
« on: February 24, 2009, 03:56:35 PM »
has anyone else been struggling to download shit from megaupload? it was working fine for me then just stopped the other day. keep getting a message saying the site is busy, wtf??

Hip Hop Events / EMC coming to town?
« on: February 23, 2009, 03:04:58 PM »
i heard a rumour (ok i read it on Pyro's blog) that EMC are coming to Jhb this weekend apparently. I havent seen anything around since, can anybody shed some light on this -pyro im looking at you

General Discussion / open letter to mf doom
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:18:07 PM »
found this while wasting away on the web. its by dj kno of cunninglynguists and hilarious

Dear Daniel Dumile a.k.a. MF Doom a.k.a. Zev Love X a.k.a. King Geedorah a.k.a. Metal Fingers a.k.a. Viktor Vaughn a.k.a. Ducktor Doom a.k.a. Victor von Doom a.k.a. Mr. Soft Taco a.k.a. Mr. 78’ Cutla** a.k.a. “That Guy Who Enjoys Fingerpainting.”

I’m writing this as a concerned artist, business-owner and generally even-keeled loather of all things douche-like.

It came to my attention in late 2007 that you pulled a series of no-shows and Super Dave-esque stunt double lip-syncing fiascos in Pomona, San Diego, San Francisco, Rock The Bells in San Bernardino and then in Atlanta. The latter saw the crowd throwing beer at your body double, who subsequently exited the stage only to steal all the merch money and door receipts, insuring noone would be granted a refund for your clone’s piss-poor Milli Vanilli routine. Cla**y.

The whole thing was shrug-inducing because I’m not a huge fan of your body of work, so pardon my inability to completely connect with the disdain of someone paying $25 dollars to see a slightly rotund, middle aged man in a dirty Gladiator mask stand around onstage and talk into a microphone only to be duped into watching a presumably younger, slightly-less rotund man in a dirty Gladiator mask stand around onstage and pretend to talk into a microphone. As the old folks say, “buyer beware”.

It was shrug-inducing, that is, until someone pa**ed me a link to a discussion in which a talent buyer for a well-known Cali venue clearly states;

“...needless to say, hiphop will not be taking place at the venue again (we will still book alternative artists like sage, atmosphere, subtle, all through legit agencies that we regularly do business with).”

Ok, now wait a minute.

You pissing on your most dedicated fans by cheating them out of their hard-earned cash, while being completely foul, was ultimately no business of mine. At worst it might create a small conundrum for Doom fans torn between investing money in your possibly fraudulent live show or using that loot to re-up on another sack of Northern Lights kush. Not a tough call, I’d a**ume.

But on the flipside, seeing talent buyers publically saying they’ll only book “alternative artists” like Sage and Atmosphere (Holy awkward racial undertones, Batman) in the future because of your method of handling business? Now I have an issue.

See, people don’t buy much music anymore. Touring is what allows artists who aren’t supervillainous children of Latverian gypsies bent on world domination to meet our fans, fuel our art and put money into our projects and pockets. As part of an “indie” act that operates in the same ever-narrowing circles as you, I can definitely say the ability to book proper gigs with reputable promoters and venue operators is becoming more and more scarce by the month, especially with the poor reputation live hip-hop has for professionalism and punctuality as well as the economic woes of many venues and agencies. The recession is a sumbitch.

So, if any artist pisses off these promoters, fans or venue owners then ultimately they are f***ing with my money.

I thought about discussing this last fall, but I decided against it in an attempt to stay away from negative energy. Fast-forward to August 9th 2008, and apparently “you” (I use the term loosely at this point) were at it again, having been re-booked at Rock The Bells in San Bernardino (How does that even happen?) and subsequently getting booed. Again.

Now, surely there is some type of explanation for all of this. Although it isn’t an excuse to be deceptive, some said you were dangerously ill. Personal health is no joke. Your label denied it, though, and continued pushing your tour dates and new remixes of your old product. Some people, like the only man to ever lie to our fans about our involvement in a live show just to sell tickets, one Mr. Jason Swartz (who also happens to be your booking agent) claimed in the Village Voice that this f***ery was a breath of fresh air and “just [your] style”. Yes, the same Mr. Swartz that intentionally misled our fans, the local promoters and operators of The Fox Theatre in Boulder back in 2005 in order to put a couple extra dollars in his pocket. Hmm, sounds familiar.

But I digress. Maybe you had a string of family emergencies. Maybe you developed consistent, unshakable Traveler’s Diarrhea. Maybe you were fed up with curly-haired, New Era-wearing snowboarders asking you to sign their $300 Doom SB Dunks. Maybe you simply got tired of the smell inside of that mask. Who knows.

Yeah, you’re the “villain” or whatever gimmick you use to sell records. I’ve even seen a couple people calling this fiasco “brilliant”. Oh, the sweet Rap Snack™-flavored irony of anti-mainstream types letting this slide by deeming it “genius marketing”. Genius marketing? Beanie Babies, Hannah Montana, Girls Gone Wild. Those are examples of genius marketing. This looks like a lazy or medically incapacitated individual duping his most dedicated fans repeatedly to the tune of a few thousand dollars while those that also stand to profit (read: labels, friends and booking agents) scuttle around attempting to make excuses for him before the loot dries up.

Whatever the case may be, I implore you and anyone involved in this to stop screwing your fans and your peers and get your ducks in a row. Don’t make me throw on some blue stretch leotards and put out a solo record.

Your Friend In Jesus,
Kno of CunninLynguists

Graf Heads / DA les dissed
« on: February 02, 2009, 08:36:12 AM »
any of you JHB AGians seen that blatant diss of DA Les and his cronies on louis Botha? Too sick!!

Hip Hop Events / dj spooky
« on: December 12, 2008, 08:34:14 AM »
so dj spooky's gonna be at some place called the woods in jhb on saturday. can anybody shed some light on where that is?

Geek Section / torrents...
« on: November 05, 2008, 03:36:21 PM »
been trying to dl some ish from utorrent but it seems to be blocked here at work. anyway i can get around it

Media / the wire
« on: November 05, 2008, 01:33:11 PM »
desperately need my fix of the wire, and the only place i can find it is on torrents, which are blocked at work. anybody know where i can acquire it on the net

Hot Traxxx / new arsenic!!
« on: October 21, 2008, 12:54:02 PM » check it out, you won't be disappointed...

General Discussion / which other forums you using?
« on: October 20, 2008, 03:19:26 PM »
so anybody on here also frequent other forums? at the mo i'm  on f365 and urban75. any more suggestions? don't need to be hip-hop related...

General Discussion / finding a place to stay in jhb...
« on: October 06, 2008, 03:04:07 PM »
recently moved to jhb and get the feeling i've overstayed my welcome where i am living at the moment. looking for a decent spot but not been having much luck. tried gumtree and the cla**ifieds and shit but can't seem to find anything ??? since lots of you AGers are based in jhb anybody have any suggestions, do real estate company's do shared spots?

General Discussion / heritage day gigs
« on: September 23, 2008, 03:45:50 PM »
so what gigs are happening for heritage day in jhb?

Geek Section / gmail recent activity indicator
« on: September 11, 2008, 12:05:20 PM »
right so i've been snooping and only noticed the recent activity indicator at the bottom of the page after the deed was done >:( anybody know of a way to erase this? cos otherwise i will be in some serious shit

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