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Hip Hop Events / Canibus coming to SA!
« on: January 11, 2010, 03:19:26 PM »
American rapper, Canibus, will perform at Ba**line in Johannesburg on the 2nd of April this year, a South African entertainment company has confirmed.

The show, organised by Urban Phenomenon Entertainment (UPE), is part of  Canibus's promotional tour for his 9th studio album Melatonin Magik, his first in 2 years since For Whom The Bell Tolls in 2007.


Canibus began rhyming in the mid-'90s and formed a duo called T.H.E.M (The Heralds of Extreme Metaphors) in 1995 . He worked with Atlanta rapper Webb (now called C.I., also known as Central Intelligence).

After starting his career with Fugee member Wyclef Jean, Canibus engaged in a long-lived beef with LL Cool J that propelled his stature in the hardcore underground. From his first album Can-I-Bus, the rapper followed up with 2000 B.C. and C True Hollywood Stories, both of which landed in the Billboard Top 200. Having eventually released eight full-length albums with aggregate sales close to 1 million units, Canibus established a loyal fan base of followers who anticipate each new release, and he's finally blessing them with another.

Melatonin Magik will feature the much-awaited  Eminem diss track "Air Strike (Pop Killer)", which he did with D12 and DZK.

Politics / I saw you today
« on: November 27, 2009, 03:55:24 PM »
I had to be somewhere
edits don't just finish themselves
But I decided to walk into a room, a random spur of the moment decision just to go and see what i could learn in that room
I didn't who would be there or what to expect
I was surprised to see you there which is silly, these are your kinds of spaces
Made me smile inside, I haven't seen you in a very long time.
In fact the last time I saw you, my hair was different, my mindset was unrecognizable but I was wearing this very dress. I haven't worn it in a very long time either
I looked and smiled at the strangers because they acknowledged my presence
You look well, I smile inside again
I want to give you a tight comfy hug I would give to my cute niece
I want to speak to you and ask you about what life is like
Tell you I've missed you and wanted to understand all these years
After this I think, after the formalities, after the knowledge
I listen, take notes, reflect,a**ociate,empathize,wonder,smile, laff
Words are infinite
It's the strangers again
they are forthcoming with their pretty earings comments and small talk and so what do you do questions
You are with others, smiling, talking
I try to approach you but my legs freeze
That paralyzed feeling like when I've wanted to call my dad and my heart has not let me
Perhaps it's too late
Perhaps you don't care
Perhaps you'll reject me
a**umptions are dangerous
The strangers have no idea we have any history except for being in that room this afternoon
They give me business cards and say they'll follow up
I'm pre-occupied by you so I'm half listening
I decide in this moment to flee
I still however do not know what exactly happened back then just like with my dad
I asked for an explanation back then but perhaps you still feel I do not deserve one
so I walk out of the room
Out into the sunshine
Heavy heart, conscience calling me coward

Hot Traxxx / All around the A vid
« on: October 08, 2009, 12:19:48 PM »
Dopest video I've seen in a long while.
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Hip Hop Events / The Naturelle Synth at Pa**
« on: October 07, 2009, 01:35:29 PM »
Final episode this Friday at 6.
Last one was really dope. Sounded fresh on air bt we need more people in studio. So pa** by after work if you in CPT.

Movie Talk / RZA To Make His Directional Film Debut
« on: October 06, 2009, 10:59:16 AM »
It's no secret the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is a avid lover of martial arts films, so it only makes sense he'd be working on one.

According to reports, the rapper/producer is set to make his directorial film debut for an upcoming flick alongside actor/director Eli Roth called "The Man With the Iron Fist," a martial arts film in the same vein as the "chopsocky" flicks that inspired the Wu's many monikers and song/album inspiration.

Details surround the flick have not been disclosed about the film aside from it having an "R" rating.

"This movie will have everything martial arts fans could want, combined with RZA's superb musical talent," says Roth. "The project has been his dream for years, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. And fans should know that yes, there will be blood ... This ain't no PG-13."

RZA isn't a total virgin when it comes to directing. In the past, he directed and starred in a film about his superhero alter ego Bobby Digital. He didn't feel it was up to par and shelved the project, but has it in the archives and hopes to turn it into a comic one day.

"I still got it. I made it," RZA said. Actually, I did like two 45-minute episodes. The Bobby Digital character, he's a superhero at one point, right. But then he's also just this f*cking guy in the streets at another point. I did one episode based on like, '89. I did one episode that was supposed to be like 10 years later. I've still got a lot of faith in the character. I'm hoping to maybe get a comic-book deal or something."

At press time, it was unknown when the film would begin production, or a time line for release.

Stay tuned.

Hip Hop Events / Pan African Space Station presents : The Naturelle Synth
« on: September 25, 2009, 01:35:26 PM »
Come through to 44 Long Street after work.
Today's debate focuses on the state of SA Hiphop.

Emile Jansen
X the 24th Letter
Butan Wear
Telephonic interview with Hype Magazine

PerformancesX the 24th

Nastie Ed

TIME: 5 to 7pm
Long Street is gonna be a hive of activity with the Loeries parade so come start it off at the Africa Centre.
 If you not in cape Town, listen live via

Hip Hop Events / Butan Wear Season Sale
« on: August 28, 2009, 11:47:42 AM »
On right now at HiFive Kloof Street till this Sunday only.

Sale Opening Times:
Friday 9:00- 17:00
Saturday 9:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Providing the soundtrack:

Nastie Ed
DJ Soulo Starr
Mix n Blend
Just be...

Smirnoff will be welcoming you with their deliciously zesty signature drink "The Mule", mixed with the legendary Smirnoff Triple Distilled Vodka.

Joburg people, sale will be on at SA Fashion Week from 15th September. Details will follow.
Thanks for the support.

Media / Black Stories, White Eyes
« on: August 26, 2009, 12:04:04 AM »

By Sandile Memela:
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee’s film-making career.

To those who do not know him, he is the first African-American to make it big in Hollywood, if you like.

Lee produced and directed films like School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and, my best movie, Bedazzled.

Of course, he has got other works.

I found myself thinking about him because when he broke into the international spotlight, he refused to be interviewed by white journalists.

That was big news that a black man could decline media interviews and exposure by white global forces that had appropriated the right to define what other people represented and meant.

If one can paraphrase him, Spike Lee said: “No white man is going to interview me and thus define me because he does not understand me. When he thinks he does, he wants to change me to be what he wants me to be.”

Yes, those are not his exact words but that was the sentiment.

According to Lee, whites lack an intuitive connection to the black condition and just do not understand the black situation.

I guess one should intervene here to point out that white is not race or colour but, specifically, referring to history, culture and state of mind.

I had the privilege to be invited to interview him when he visited the country to film and promote Malcolm X in the early 1990s but for some reason, the interview did not take place.

I have been thinking about Spike because his stance has an important lesson for South African creative intellectuals who are black.

Unless they adopt the Lee stance, they are allowing their history to be written by other people who do not understand them.

You see, those who write newspaper profiles, features and reviews about the black aesthetics, for instance, control the future because that will be tomorrow’s history and heritage.

We cannot ignore the single most important truth about South Africa: local whites don’t know blacks, let alone their condition.

I know you may charge that this is an unfair generalization but when it comes to the black reality whites are foreigners.

What they speak about, know or write in their newspapers is mostly an illusion or a perpetuation of a racist stereotype.

My big question is: why do blacks allow whites to be the judges, reviewers and critics who give the final word on the black aesthetic and condition or what makes it tick when they know absolutely nothing about it?

Of course, it is not enough to say this is a vicious legacy of apartheid and racism where whites are so superior that they continue to pronounce their ignorance about the black condition and it is taken as gospel truth, especially by the black themselves.

I think black creative intellectuals must put a stop to this!

Part of putting a stop to this lies in asking the question: why are there no African critics to review and critic works by black creative intellectuals?

Now, as far as I am concerned, it is not a mistake that there are no black critics.

Someone else may even be right to say that there is no culture of criticism in South Africa which is permeated by fake consensus on critical issues.

But the absence of black critics is a deliberate creation of the bourgeoisie existence to perpetuate a situation where whites are the expert ones who tell us what is black and what is not.

In fact, whites and their cohorts have retained the power and monopoly not only to redefine blackness but to reinvent it in the white image.

It is the coolest to be what Steve Biko called a non-white – white soul and culture in a black skin - in South Africa today.

As I have said, those who review plays by Aubrey Sekhabi, Martin Koboekae, Mbongeni Ngema and James Ngcobo in the present control the future in that they are writing African history.

If blacks want to control both their past and future they must, like Spike Lee, insist that blacks be given preference, space and time to review their creative output.

If they do not, blacks should not be surprised in the next 50 years when their history is viewed through white lenses and is presented from a white jaundiced perspective.

I want to believe that one of the major aims of the struggle was cultural self-determination.

Unfortunately, there is far too little of that in both cultural journalism and the creative industries.

It is a problem that needs a Spike Lee approach.

As Albert Einsten said: “We cannot solve old problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

General Discussion / Mothercity homecoming
« on: August 24, 2009, 11:29:50 PM »
I walked up Long Street today. From the bottom just after running down the steps fom Mohamed the tailor at the Pan African market.
I stayed on the right looking left, caught a glimpse of Greenmarket square. Past mememe and their over priced panels of cloth put together by cheap thread.

Past the African music shop diagonally across from the Darkie store that lies round the corner from my final destination which today was the provincial parliament for a flm screening.
But I had time to kill, I came early enough to have time to rediscover that Wild Fire the place where I got my first and prolly ever only tat 3 years ago has moved onto Long. 210 Long street has gone through that 'gently coerced by your new husband operation' called gentrification - majorly. Mama Africa with newly painted portraits, their huge eyes surveying the streets from high above.
2nd time round still making money off dead Jewish peoples' earthly possessions.
Journey still tempting with their cute window display, I resist. I'm still waiting for 93 kilograms of unaccompanied accumulations from the Isle to arrive. Such gatherers these women my grand uncle would say.

 Outside Zula there he is. The child whose been on the street since I moved here is still here. Long time sister, he says. Where did you go to? Very far away. Do you have something for me? No. I smile. But next time, I carry on walking thinking how much he has grown.I have no money in my wallet save for a few £2 coins coz I have a habit. Can't wait to carry on with my R5 coin collection again. Have 1 and a half jars filled. Fetish? No...hobby :)

Outside mojito diagonally opposite Lolas which is underneath overrated fiction, Jimmy Flex hollers my name. Just like on his skit on their album. First person I've seen who I know.  He having a beverage with a certain DJ and an American tourist with seemingly no intentions of gettig onto a plane to Yank land any time soon. You've ben missing on the circuit. I've missed the circuit.What you up to? Don't know yet, something will work out though. Pat shoulder.Smiles.  The lady with the curly hair who works at Labia pa**es by with her ready quick smile.The interactions with familiar strangers start once again.
Back down the road towards Wale street. I traipse the back route down Queen  victoria this time. Company in the gardens will nice...soon. Hello Cape Town.

Politics / Litter in space
« on: August 13, 2009, 04:51:55 PM »

Cosmos 2251 was an ordinary satellite designed to transmit signals across the vast Russian landma**. Launched in 1993, it would appear every 90 minutes or so over the northern skies, relay electronic blips of information among a network of satellites and ground stations like a hockey player pa**ing the puck, and disappear over the southern horizon.

Iridium 33, launched for Motorola in 1997, did something similar, though it took a slightly different orbit that brought it closest to Earth during its pa** over North America. For years the two satellites circled the planet, minding their own business, never coming within a thousand kilometers of one another.

Then something happened to Cosmos. It may have sprung a small leak; perhaps it struck a tiny asteroid or a piece of debris. Nobody knows for sure, but for one reason or another, Cosmos drifted off course. T. S. Kelso, an aeronautics expert at Analytical Graphics, which provides satellite-tracking services to NASA, noticed that the orbits of Cosmos and Iridium were bringing the two satellites closer to each other all the time. In February he issued a warning that they would pa** within a kilometer of one another. He was right. On Feb. 10, Motorola lost track of Iridium's signal. Over the next few days, Kelso and others surmised that what many had feared for years had finally come to pa**: two intact satellites had collided head on.

The consequences go far beyond merely the loss of two pieces of property. Each satellite weighed more than half a metric ton and was moving at 7.5 kilometers per second. The resulting explosion was catastrophic, generating a ma**ive cloud of cosmic debris—perhaps 100,000 pieces of junk bigger than one centimeter in diameter, estimates David Wright, a space expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In one stroke, the accident increased by nearly a third the number of stray objects in the crucial 700-to-900-kilometer band known as low Earth orbit (LEO). The junk cloud will eventually disperse around the entire planet, like a shroud.

The event served as a wake-up call to space planners. Insurance rates for the $18 billion worth of active commercial satellites now in orbit have ticked upwards by 10 to 20 percent since the accident. Governments, too, have grown to rely on networks of satellites to gather intelligence, direct weapons systems, forecast climate and weather changes, monitor agriculture, and operate communications and navigation systems. Experts calculate that debris will now strike one of the 900 active satellites in LEO every two or three years. For the first time, junk is the single biggest risk factor to equipment in some orbits. Among the orbital threats are two former Soviet nuclear reactors. Even the International Space Station may one day be at risk, as debris slowly descends to its 350-kilometer orbit.

Many experts now believe that even if all space littering were to stop completely, the number of stray objects would continue to increase for centuries. The reason: debris is now so dense that objects will continue to crash into each other, creating even more objects, expanding the rubbish cloud geometrically. "We've been saying for years that these things are going to happen," says Nicholas Johnson, head of NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office. "Until they happen, it's hard to get people's interest."

NASA engineer Don Kessler predicted the current situation with uncanny accuracy back in 1978. At the time, rockets carrying astronauts or communications satellites would discard upper stages like empty beer cans, often without having completely burned up their fuel. Several rockets exploded spontaneously in orbit, with no immediate consequences except to add to the orbiting debris. Each time an astronaut lost a bolt or a wrench, the object would take its place in the debris cloud. The Soviet Union may have been the most egregious polluter. In the 1970s and '80s, it launched 32 radar satellites, designed to track the positions of U.S. Navy ships, each powered by its own nuclear reactor.

Kessler ran the calculations, and the results came as a surprise. When one object slams into another, he found, they splinter into hundreds of pieces, each moving like a projectile at high speed. "Everybody had had this concept, probably from science fiction, of things floating together in space," he says. "People just hadn't thought about it." By about 2000, he predicted, collisions between satellites would start to outpace other forms of space accidents.

To avert what came to be known in the trade as the Kessler Syndrome, NASA formed its Orbital Debris Program Office, made Kessler the head, and gave him a staff of 20 or so engineers and scientists to tackle the problem. The group, headquartered at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, led a quiet and successful effort to reform the more wasteful practices of spacefaring nations. Now, discarded rocket stages are routinely angled to disintegrate in the atmosphere, or at the very least they're left with empty fuel tanks.
As Kessler and his team worked against the clock to slow the accumulation of debris, the cloud continued to expand. The Soviets tried ejecting the liquid metal at the cores of its nuclear satellites in the hope that the radioactive droplets would burn up harmlessly upon reentering the atmosphere; instead the liquid hardened into 100,000 or so metal balls, each too small to detect but big enough to cause significant damage to other satellites. In 1991, Cosmos 1934 hit a piece of junk that had previously broken off Cosmos 296. In 1996, France's Cerise satellite struck a discarded Ariane rocket stage. Junk struck a U.S. weather satellite in 1997 and a Russian satellite in 2002. Discarded U.S. and Chinese rocket stages collided with each other in 2005. In 2007, in separate collisions, the Meteosat 8 weather satellite and NASA's UARS satellite were knocked out of their orbits. Even so, for a while the total number of objects in the sky seemed to be leveling off, appearing to undermine Kessler's forecasts, until the China incident.

China's medium-range missile took off from its Xichang space center without incident on Jan. 11, 2007. It climbed to about 850 kilometers, the typical altitude of U.S. intelligence satellites (which is probably not a coincidence). The missile's lower stages dropped away to burn up in the atmosphere, leaving the "kill vehicle" to continue on to its target: a defunct Feng Yun weather satellite.

The engineering was flawless. The missile blew the satellite to bits—2,500 of them, each larger than 10 centimeters, according to the experts who keep count. The explosion increased orbital debris in LEO by about 40 percent. What Beijing hoped would be an impressive display of military prowess instead made China the world's biggest space litterbug. In one move it undid a decade of diplomatic progress in slowing the buildup of debris.
Even if the opprobrium heaped on China is enough to deter more anti-satellite missile tests, the future seems destined now to conform to the Kessler Syndrome, as the Iridium-Cosmos incident suggests. At present 750,000 pieces of man-made junk greater than one centimeter in diameter—about the size of a marble—are thought to be orbiting the planet. (If you include smaller objects, which can still cause damage because of their great speeds, the figure climbs to millions.) Half these objects can be found in LEO, which also contains about half the world's active satellites.

The China debacle, followed by the Iridium-Cosmos crash, galvanized NASA, the European Space Agency, and the United Nations, which have since held meetings on what steps might be taken to curb collisions and protect satellites. Shielding a satellite's delicate electronics might fend off some objects smaller than one centimeter, but it won't work against bigger objects. A better option might be to give satellites the capability to steer, but that would require equipping them with additional fuel, making them a lot heavier and more expensive to launch. It would also require better tracking of space objects. The U.S. Space Surveillance Network currently uses a combination of radar and optical telescopes around the globe to keep tabs on objects greater than five to 10 centimeters, periodically updating the position of each one. Even so, it can manage only about 13,000 objects. And the dynamics of orbiting flotsam and jetsam are complicated; the calculations in predicting any collision are likely to be off by hundreds of meters. A satellite could use up a lot of fuel steering so wide a berth around a threatening hunk of junk.

Many engineers are beginning to think that the only way to reverse the Kessler Syndrome will be to start actively removing junk from orbit. There is no shortage of ideas for doing so. For small and medium-size objects, engineers are noodling the idea of building lasers with beams powerful enough to "push" objects into higher orbits, where they're less likely to collide with satellites. (Eventually they'd come drifting back down, but that would be a problem for future generations.) One method to remove bigger, more threatening objects might be to send up some kind of spaceship to capture them one at a time and cart them to a lower orbit, where they would burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere. Another idea is to extend a tether from a space ship, grab hold of a piece of junk, and yank it down out of orbit. Either way, chasing down enough objects to make a difference would call for an enormous expenditure of rocket power. "Gravity," says Kelso, "is the big challenge." Until somebody finds a way to overcome that fundamental force, it looks as though we're just going to have to put up with the accidents.

© 2009

Hot Traxxx / Who is this?
« on: August 07, 2009, 02:29:38 PM »
Can anyone tell me? Discovered it just now while  sorting out itunes  music library.
I really really like it.

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General Discussion / Shrinks
« on: August 07, 2009, 11:18:47 AM »
Has anyone here been to see a psychologist and do you think it helped you deal with the issues you had?
Is it overated or helpful? Do they offer practical solutions or should is it just the same as opening up to a friend?

Hot Traxxx / New whitney Houston drops August 09
« on: August 05, 2009, 12:47:49 PM »

 She's gone back to church and she's back!

Hot Traxxx / Santigold
« on: May 18, 2009, 04:08:38 PM »

Love her:

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Hot Traxxx / Daniel Merriweather feat wale
« on: May 18, 2009, 04:04:48 PM »
This ish is hot:

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