Touré vs. Stanley Crouch…And the Winner is!


After last years overflow of televised debates about rap (BET’s Hip Hop vs. America series and Oprah’s townhall meeting, etc.) I can say I’m pretty tired of the back-and-forth about rap’s pros and , uhem, cons… Though I’m always drawn back in by a little jousting via the pen. So, last week, I was definitely sucked into the essay battle over at The Daily Beast between writers Touré and Stanley Crouch about the merits—or lack thereof—of rap music. Crouch, hearing about Jay-Z and other hip-hoppers possibly being a part of Barack’s inauguration, rehashed his almost 20 year argument that the music is nothing but minstrelsy and a criminal influence that needs to be done away with, going so far as to give his own statement that “hip-hop is dead” saying:

“We are approaching a time of no mo hos. No mo bitches. No mo black nigger motherfuckers. The denigrated appear to be losing a taste for the hatred, the pornography, the violence.”




While Touré, in response, made the argument that, once again, black boomers, in their one-sized criticism of hip-hop music and it generation, refuse to see the more constructive and complex hip-hop music that is out there saying:

"It’s easy to point at a segment of any culture, especially the basest part, and represent all young white women any more than the buffoons Crouch points at represent all of hip-hop.”


Between the two arguments, I would have to say Touré won (if there were a winner to pick). His point that, while rap is filled with ill behavior and lyrics, there is currently—I’d even say more so than in a long time— a lot of “mature and classy” hip-hop not being observed by hip-hop hatin’ boomers like Crouch. Though Touré’s final point that hip-hop and its generation is a certain way because the older generation wasn’t there is kind of a cop out, an argument I’ve heard numerous times before and have taken with a grain salt. On the one hand, I do believe certain dysfunctional behavior, especially when it comes to violence and treatment of the opposite sex, is a result of no guidance from the elders. Black music that celebrates violence and misogyny is only the result of ignorance, laziness, greed, and no will to bite the hand that feeds. And that’s not a lack of common sense. That’s just a denial of it.

Anarchist of the Month: The Lockers

Inspired by my video post for Thelonious Monk, I had to bring my choice for December’s “Anarchist of the Month” a little closer to the age of, well, pre-hip-hop. And so I chose the pioneering street dance troupe the Lockers, who innovated and popularized locking. The group’s founder, Don Campbell, invented the dance in 1970 while trying to overcome a shyness for dancing, locking his body into various poses in between moves. In the process, he created a new street dance revolution that—especially after he formed his crew—became the boogie emblem of post-black power urban America, stylin’ and on the move. I know I’m not the only one who sat stiff and glued to the TV watching the Lockers on Soul Train or What’s Happening (Rerun was a member) and feeling an immense sense of pride. Here was a ghetto dance posse who, more than doing the latest dance, rocked a new dance vocabulary, one that supremely showcased the confidence of young people of color. And, moreover, had impacted everyone from the Jackson 5 to Dick Van Dyke, and influenced future street dance movements from electric boogaloo to voguing. Not to mention the stars the Lockers became (appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Grammys) and the superstars some of its members (Fred Berry, Toni Basil, and Shabba-Doo) would become. Below is a video of the Lockers rocking the Train. Enjoy.

Governor Paterson and Saturday Night Live: Ya Blind Baby! Ya Blind to the Fact…

In the world of TV comedy there are a few signs of desperation (and a time to pack it in), one of them being an extremely poor joke. Recently, Saturday Night Live’s came in the form of that ill-scripted and ill-executed skit making fun of New York Governor David Paterson. SNL player Fred Armisen, playing Paterson, made the governor appear as if he was a blind, bumbling fool, incapable of running the state. Then came the flack from the Gov and the blind community. But my problem with the skit wasn’t with it’s skewering of blind people or the handicapped (though Governor’s Paterson’s point about making blind people look incapable of doing important jobs was valid). God knows pop culture has produced too many honest chuckles at their expense; one of them being Damon Wayan’s character Handi-Man.



My problem with the SNL bit was how much it proves that this 33-year-old sketch comedy institution is over and should be laid to rest. For the weeks leading up to the presidential election, Saturday Night Live heavily relied on it’s players doing impressions of the candidates, most of which have been sorry one or two-note jokes (much like the Gov. Paterson skit). They briefly hit pay dirt—and scored some ratings—by bringing Tina Fey back to do Sarah Palin and adding a special Thursday night political special before the election. I give them credit, 33 years is a long wait before “jumping the shark.” But when your show has not been must-see, late-night funny TV for six years, which SNL hasn’t been, really, since Will Ferrell left in 2002, it’s time to, maybe, think about calling it quits.

As a fan of SNL, like so many, I’ve heard people sound the death knell a few times before. There was the brief period in 1980 before the arrival of Eddie Murphy and after Eddie left in 1984. The ’85-’86 year was a particularly dry season. Some even sounded Taps with the ascension of Chris Farley and his fat frat boy humor. Only, those comedic droughts, at most, lasted a year or two. Following the departure of SNL’s last breakout star, Will Ferrell, the show has not been able to find that one anchor to make the cast gel or shine. Nor has it been able to fully recover with consistent breakout material, save for the few film shorts/videos like “Chronicles of Narnia” and “Dick in a Box.” And the only ticket they have to stay relevant are the politicians. But, even with our political figures, they seem unable to push the envelope for any real, gut-busting humor (say, a Gov. Paterson not being too blind to see America’s greatest city about to sink into a fiscal toilet). So SNL, in my eyes, continues to look like the bumbling fool, stumbling on like a blind man looking for the joke it lost some time ago.

Jamie Foxx Callin' Out Terrence Howard

Oh, I had to post Jamie Foxx on Big Boy's radio show responding to Terrence Howard dissing his music. Hilarious! I've often wondered if movie stardom would slow Foxx's comedic skill. Nope. In fact, he says he's going on the road.

Funny Warning on the Obama Name Craze:

Below is a hilarious email I received warning, well, creative-name-loving black people to, ah shoot, just read...

*MEMORANDUM* *

TO: * ALL BLACK PEOPLE *
FROM:* YOU KNOW!! *
RE: * NAMING YOUR CHILDR EN *
DATE: * EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Please don't start naming your children after the President…Obamanesha , Obamalaya, Obamaria, Barakesha, Barakyah, etc. Don't start that mess! PLEASE!!

YOU HAVE OFFICIALLY RECEIVED THE MEMO AND HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!! *

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Wow, I don’t think a louder political statement has been made with clothing items since feminists supposedly burned bras in Atlantic City. Of all the insults and expletives hurdled at President Bush, especially over his war in Iraq, I’m sure none hit home like the shoes being hurdled at him by that Iraqi journalist. By now Bush knows the cultural insult implied by the attempted assault with footwear (the same ending Saddam’s statue met when it fell). It means you are the lowest of the low. But I wonder if it dawned on him, finally, how despised and vulnerable, he has become. And, when I say vulnerable, I don’t just mean the 7 seconds or so it took for Secret Service to respond (guess they were also distracted reading My Pet Goat), but how REALLY much of a prisoner to bad history and global ill-will he’s going to become. Well, since we can’t ascertain this from what he says—joking afterwards—let’s see if he gets it from the look on his face during and after the shoes whizzed by….

The Cure For Black Youth: Raise Them Like Sasha and Malia! Stop the "Magic Negro" Ride (Finale)


For my final thought on the faith we’re putting into the Obama example, I’d like to discuss the children (cue Marvin Gaye’s “Save the Children”). This one was inspired by Juleyka Lantigua’s essay “Let’s Raise More Healthy and Happy Black Girls, like the Obama Daughters” in The Progressive.

Using the wholesome and well-nurtured models of Sasha and Malia, Lantigua pleads the case for improving the lives of black children who are poor, come from broken homes, and are over weight. Her solution for such problems—“providing a stable and nurturing home”—is an obvious one. Though what black families may achieve—“then we may relish seeing more adorable kids like Malia and Sasha Obama”—is a bit overstated. Like you’ll create a master race of clean black children who’ll all exemplify the supreme examples. Now don’t get me wrong. I totally understand advocating on behalf of African-American child locked in the cycle of poverty and lack of stability. And Lantigua does acknowledge that many black children don’t have the resources of the first family. But why should folks get stuck on Malia and Sasha as the ones to be like. Is there only one way to look or be a black Beaver kid? What? Kids who are poor and from single parent or foster homes can’t be adorable, well-mannered, and in shape?

In the end, I know——as a journalist myself—-stories have to be written and timely subjects have to make them relevant. Only, looking to the Obama phenomenon as the cure for what ails Black America, just keeps folks in the pathological cycle of wishful thinking that only yields, well, no damn results.

Could Obama Have an Effect on Publishing? Stop the “Magic Negro” Ride—I Want to Get Off (Part 2)



Of all the thoughts on what an Obama presidency could change for black America, I found the most humorous one on opportunities for black authors. A couple of weeks ago, my homegirl Lori L. Tharps wrote a piece for Theroot.com titled “The Obama Effect on Publishing” where she discussed the idea of a black president possibly easing the rough road of black authors in the white world of mainstream book publishing. You know the issues: the limited ideas on what black stories should be told and limiting black books to only being marketed to black people. Granted, a number of the people Tharps spoke to, like literary agent Marie Brown, were skeptical that such a change would occur. But there were folks, like author Bernice McFadden, cited as examples of optimism, McFadden going so far as to pose the question on her blog: "Will a black president help me, a black writer?"

Mind you, as an author, I immediately thought about the same effect, though I only thought in terms of negro authors writing on President-elect Obama. I know the media industry only thinks in trends. (Please, you don’t think CNN was thinking black prez when they greenlit D.L. Hugley’s show?) But that’s as far as it goes. Because—and let’s be clear—if a slew of blacks winning Oscars and black films opening number 1 at the box office hasn’t opened the floodgates for black Hollywood and those three black doctors from Newark hasn’t caused African Americans, en masse, to rush the academy wishing for medical degrees and a black race car driver hasn’t changed the many narrow minds of NASCAR…You see where I’m going with this? What helps change things for blacks in the market (being we used to be items in the marketplace) is what it’s always been: demand. (I’m totally with my man Ta-Nehisi Coates over at The Atlantic: the belief we’re putting in Obama’s win is scary.) So, unless you’re writing an Obama book (which I’m sure many of us are), don’t look for the doors to magically open wider…And don’t look for those shelves of street lit at Borders—the ones overrunning the African-American Lit section—to disappear. And don’t think the “NOs” white publishers have been hitting you with are going to turn to “YES” when it comes to deals, ideas, and marketing. Come January 20, 2009 all over America, it will be business as usual. So Black authors, you voted for change in the Washington. If you’re looking for change in the publishing house, that ticket you still have got to continue writing yourself.

Stop the “Magic Negro” Ride—I Want to Get Off (Part I): Crouch and the Black Nationalist


The first few weeks of speculations about “what the black president-elect means for black America” was fine in the euphoria of the election. But after spending a little over a month reading articles and essays—mostly by black conservatives or striving black Gen Xers— on the topic, I have to officially step off the elation of November 4th and start questioning the faith and power pundits and writers are putting into Barack’s win. (As much as black people argue we are not a monolith, we sound like we’re backsliding with these sweeping reactions we expect to occur within black America.)

For this part, I have to start with Stanley Crouch’s essay “The End of Bad Boy Thinking” for The Daily Beast, where he argues that an Obama win dispels the words, philosophy and work of black nationalist leaders/thinkers of the last 50 years. I was particularly drawn to his word on how Barack’s win redeems Martin Luther King against attacks by Malcolm X and his ilk. On them, Crouch writes, “Living or dead it is now time that they be seen for the fools, frauds, defeatist demagogues, and saber-rattling charlatans that they have always been. Such people had accused King of being hopelessly optimistic about an America that would never accept more than certain kinds of black "tokens." But, in the context of the presidential election (as it was during the hey days of civil rights), that is still exactly the case when it comes to power and politics for black people. Black or white, America understood Obama had to fit the profile (non-threatening, unencumbered by history and racial politics, and—let’s be honest—yellow) to get as far as he did. Granted, America has come a long way with this election, but the rules of getting the figurative keys to the executive suite have not changed: the clean, upstanding negro gets them and the angry, downtrodden negro, when denied, has to take them. And while Barack ran one of the best races in presidential history (sidestepping racial bombs with the grace of OJ in his prime) he had to come in the token package. Besides, had the economy not been in the toilet would we be sitting here euphoric over a black prez. I think not, which puts some validity into the nationalist rhetoric that’s been spewed and “hustled” over the last half century. Stay tuned for Part II.

A Bite of Chocolate News

I am a fan of Chocolate News, and had to post this because it shows how left field David Alan Grier can go with his comedy—a huge lesson future afro-comedians can learn from when searching for material.

A Chunk of "Scream"

A book promo job is never done. And so the push continues... The good folks at blackpower.com are running an excerpt of my book today. It's chapter 7, Gangsta Chic, where I discuss Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and the growth/mass marketing of the gangsta's life. Take a look and tell me what you think...

NFS UNDERGROUND SOUNDTRACK


soundtrack| NFS Underground | MP3 | 79MB

TRACKLIST
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01 Overseer - Doomsday
02 The Crystal Methods - Born Too Slow
04 Rob Zombie - Two-Lane Blacktop
05 BT - Kimosabe
06 Static-X - The Only
07 Element Eighty - Broken Promises
09 Hot Wire - Invisible
10 Story of The Year - And The Hero Will Drown
11 Andy Hunter - The Wonders of You
12 Junkie XL - Action Radius
13 Fuel - Quarter
14 Jerk - Sucked In
16 Lostprophets - Ride
17 Overseer - Supermoves
18 FC Kahuna - Glitterball
19 Blindside - Swallow
20 Lil Jon and The EastSide Boys - Get Low
21 Mystikal - Smashing The Gas (Get Faster)
22 Dilated Peoples - Who's Who
23 Nate Dogg - Keep It Coming
24 X-ecutioners - Body Rock
25 Petey Pablo - Need For Speed

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Glamour Dance 2008


Artist: VA
Album: Glamour Dance 2008
Year of release:: 2008
Style: Dance
Number of tracks: 25
Format: mp3
Size: 97.44 Mb
Bitrate: CBR / 192 kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo


Tracklist:
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1.Bounce Brothers - Bes Tebja (Adrima Club Remix)

2.DJ Logo - Generate Power (Club Mix)

3.Boogie Boys - Rock This Feeling (Club 7 Remix)

4.Freemasons - When You Touch Me

5.Deevox - I Feel Love (Radio Edit)

6.Sugababes - Girls (Dennis Christopher Club Mix)

7.Captain Hollywood - More More (Endless summer short mix)

8.Steve Murano - Own Way 08 (House Work Mix)

9.D-Tune Vs Sunics - The Time (Sir Henry Remix)

10.Cascada - What Hurts The Most (Spencer Hill Dub Mix)

11.Mutya Buena - Real Girl (Full Phatt Remix)

12.Shakedown - Dave Armstrong Red Roche Feat. H-Boogie - Chicane

13.VIDS - dancefield(original mix)

14.Phil Garant vs Dada - Smoke Your Lollipop (DJ Decameron Vocal Mix)

15.DJ Wag - Feeling Good(Yakooza Edit)


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Simple Plan - Complete Discography - 2008

3 Albuns CD´s with complete discography


Artist: Simple Plan
Title Of Album: No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls
Year Of Release: November 15, 2002
Label: Lava/Atlantic
Genre: Punk Rock
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 46 min 39 sec
Total Size: 106 mb

Tracklist
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1. I'd Do Anything (Feat. Mark Hoppus) [03:17]
2. The Worst Day Ever [03:27]
3. You Don't Mean Anything (Feat. Joel Madden) [02:28]
4. I'm Just a Kid [03:18]
5. When I'm With You [02:37]
6. Meet You There [04:13]
7. Addicted [03:52]
8. My Alien [03:08]
9. God Must Hate Me [02:44]
10. I Won't Be There [03:09]
11. One Day [03:14]
12. Perfect [04:39]
13. Grow Up [02:33]
14. American Jesus (Live) [04:00]




Artist: Simple Plan
Title Of Album: Still Not Getting Any...
Year Of Release: October 26, 2004
Label: Lava/Atlantic
Genre: Punk Rock
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 37 min 58 sec
Total Size: 86 mb

Tracklist
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1. Shut Up! [03:01]
2. Welcome To My Life [03:23]
3. Perfect World [03:51]
4. Thank You [02:53]
5. Me Against The World [03:12]
6. Crazy [03:38]
7. Jump [03:08]
8. Everytime [04:01]
9. Promise [03:32]
10. One [03:22]
11. Untitled [03:57]




Artist: Simple Plan
Title Of Album: Simple Plan
Year Of Release: February 12, 2008
Label: Lava/Atlantic
Genre: Punk Rock
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 43 min 44 sec
Total Size: 98 mb

Tracklist
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1. When I'm Gone [03:49]
2. Take My Hand [03:51]
3. The End [03:22]
4. Your Love Is A Lie [03:42]
5. Save You [03:45]
6. Generation [03:02]
7. Time To Say Goodbye [02:56]
8. I Can Wait Forever [04:54]
9. Holding On [05:03]
10. No Love [03:15]
11. What If [05:54]

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Dance Beat


Artist: VA
Album: Dance Beat
Year of release:: 2008
Style: Dance
Number of tracks: 20
Format: mp3
Size: 102.89 Mb
Bitrate: CBR / 192 kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo

Tracklist:
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1.commercial club crew - diggers song (the 2 jays booty
2.Porn Kings - Amour
3.Koncept Tunez & Kolbaser Project - Time
4.Morandi - Angels (Masterboyz Remix)
5.Cascada - Miracle (USA radio mix)
6.Groove Coverage - God is a girl (DJ Splash re-mix)
7.Apollo - Dance (Megara vs. DJ Lee re-mix)
8.Liz Kay - Castles in the sky (Cascada re-mix)
9.Marc Korn - Feel free
10.Pumperz - Rhytm take control (Cascada radio mix)
11.Marc Korn vs. San Danielle - Secret of you (Sledge Hammer radio cut)
12.Rob Mayth - Barbie girl
13.Lunaspace - Show me the light
14.Special D - You (Rob Mayth radio edit)
15.Marc Korn - On my way (Rocco vs. Bass-T re-mix)
16.Clubgroovers - Warriors of love (Rob Mayth re-mix)
17.Groove Coverage - The End (Special D re-mix)
18.Alex Megane - I think of you (original radio mix)
19.Anthony Moon - How Can I Love
20.Rocco & Bass-T - I Can't Take It (Dancecore Mix Radio Cut)

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Buika - Niña de fuego (320 Kbps CBR) (Covers) (2008)

Buika - Niña de fuego (Covers) (2008)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | Pop | Covers | 49:22 min | 112 MB

Release Note
Buika unveils herself on the cover and bears all on her third album, Niña de Fuego. Buika does away with the costumes that usually decorate album covers, stripping away all but her feelings. When she moved to Madrid and recorded her first album, she showed the never-ending possibility of her skills as a singer. With her second album,Mi Niña Lola, produced by Javier Limón, she got the credibility, the recognition, the awards, the performances, and the exciting reviews that left people breathless. Her career cannot be summarized in a sentence but when she opens her mouth you realize there is no singer like her.
Buika now arrives with her third album, Niña de Fuego (Girl of Fire) again teaming up with producer Javier Limón. On this album, Buika returns to the Spanish copla, performs for the first time several ranchera songs, and also some new songs composed by herself and Javier Limón. The album is full of songs about love and longing affection. Buika sings of her personal experience in the lyrics that she and Javier Limón wrote and composed.

Track List

01. La Falsa Moneda
02. Culpa Mia
03. Mienteme Bien
04. La Ni¥a De Fuego
05. Arboles De Agua
06. La Niebla
07. No Habra Nadie En El Mundo
08. Volver, Volver
09. Volveras
10. Mentirosa
11. Hay En La Luz

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Serving Up the President-Elect on a Platter

I knew the commercial below existed for about a week, but never paid much attention to it...until this afternoon. I figured the new president-elect would complete the holy trinity (King, Kennedy and now Barack) hanging on the living room wall's of big mamas—do they still exist—everywhere. But now those commemorative plate folks have made it official, especially for white consumers. This is one of the funniest examples of white people patting themselves on the back for voting in the black guy...LOL. (Note: check out the dude looking up proudly at his new Obama plate propped up on his desk.) I only say this because there are hardly any black folks—or their sentiment—in the commercial, except, briefly, at the end. And so when the white guy, seated with his family on the couch, says, "I never thought this day would come," you kind of chuckle at the irony. Not to mention at the bottom of Barack's photo, the plate reads, "Change Has Come." But, judging from this commercial, not much has in their company's marketing strategy. What, they couldn't find an Asian and Latino family to round things out...LOL. Enjoy, if you haven't seen it already.

Screamin' On Brooklyn College


On Wed., November 19, 11AM, your's truly will be speaking in the Woody Tanger Auditorium at Brooklyn College Library. I was invited to speak by Professor Philip Napoli (who adopted my book for his course on American Popular Culture) and the History Department to talk about Somebody Scream, pop culture as barometer for change in society, and hip-hop and the election of President-elect Barack Obama. As always, it should be live.

Max Payne Soundtrack [2008]

Max Payne Soundtrack [2008]
Genre: Soundtrack | MP3 192kbps | 86MB


Composer Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders



Track listings:
1. Max Attacks
2. Investigation
3. Payneful Piano
4. Colvin Quivers
5. Dethlab
6. Storming the Office
7. No Respects for You
8. Lupino Spreads His Wings
9. Max Returns Home
10. Factoring Max
11. Window Payne
12. Dark Heaven
13. Vote for Dennis
14. Bb's Maxim
15. Max Marches On
16. Heaven to the Max
17. Topless Fanfare


Various Artists - Old Skool of Rock (2008)

Artist: Various Artists
Name album: Old Skool of Rock
Genre: Rock
Year : 2008
Infor: mp3 | VBR kbps
Size: 253 Mb


TRACKLIST 
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Disc: 1
01. Crazy Crazy Nights - Kiss
02. Poison - Alice Cooper
03. Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue
04. Cherry Pie - Warrant
05. Waiting For An Alibi - Thin Lizzy
06. California Girls - David Lee Roth
07. Wind Of Change - Scorpions
08. We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
09. The Spirit Of Radio - Rush
10. Nowhere - Therapy?
11. Word Up - Gun
12. Bitch School - Spinal Tap
13. Gypsy Road - Cinderella
14. Beat The Bullet - Vain
15. Sex Action - L.A. Guns
16. I Alone - Live
17. Everything About You - Ugly Kid Joe
18. The Final Countdown - Europe

Disc: 2
01. Won´t Get Fooled Again - The Who
02. Down Down - Status Quo
03. You Ain´t Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
04. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
05. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
06. Gimme All Your Lovin - ZZ Top
07. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
08. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
09. Love Song - Tesla
10. Since You´ve Been Gone - Rainbow
11. Get It On - Kingdom Come
12. More Than Words - Extreme
13. Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen
14. Stand Up And Shout - Dio
15. Free´N´Easy - The Almighty
16. Kickin´Up Dust - Little Angels
17. Start Talking Love - Magnum
18. Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
19. All Right Now - Free


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David Cook - David Cook 2008

Artist: David Cook 
Title Of Album: David Cook 
Year Of Release: Nov 18, 2008
Label: 19 Recordings
Genre: Rock
Format: MP3
Quality: VBR kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 60 min 27 sec
Total Size: 87.9 mb

Tracklist
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1. Declaration (3:13)
2. Heroes (3:27)
3. Light On (3:49)
4. Come Back To Me (4:08)
5. Life On The Moon (3:38)
6. Bar-Ba-Sol (4:28)
7. Mr. Sensitive (3:38)
8. Lie (3:49)
9. I Did It For You (3:49)
10. Avalanche (4:32)
11. Permanent (2:56)
12. A Daily AntheM/Kiss On The Neck (Hidden Track) (15:24)
13. The Time Of My Life (Bonus Track) (3:36)


King Syze - The Labour Union (2008)

Artist: King Syze
Name Album: The Labor Union
Genre: Hip-Hop
Infor: mp3 | VBR kbps
Size: 60 MB

TRACKLIST 
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01. The Labor Union 
02. The Best 
03. Play Ya Part (P.Y.P) Ft. Doap Nixon & ILL Bill
04. Creep Show Ft. Lawrence Amell & King Magnetic 
05. Love Vs. Hate 
06. Cement Work 
07. Haters Beware Ft. Planet 
08. Mayhem Ft. AOTP 
09. That’s How You Rap 
10. And Now Ft. Vinnie Paz & Apathy
11. Pain 
12. Sibling Rivalry Pt. 2 Ft. Outerspace
13. Reality Check 
14. Cement Work 


Rehab - Sittin´At A Bar (2008)

Artist: Rehab
Name album: Sittin At A Bar
Year : 2008
Genre : Rock
Infor: mp3 | VBR kbps
Size : 88 MB

TRACKLIST 
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01 - Sittin At A Bar 
02 - Hey Fred 
03 - Storm Chaser feat. Cee-Lo And Big Gipp 
04 - Crazy People 
05 - Scarecrow 
06 - It Don’t Matter 
07 - Drinkin Problem feat. Denny 
08 - Rattle My Cage 
09 - More Like You feat. Mandy Lauderdale 
10 - Miss Jones 
11 - Thinkin Again 
12 - Kick My Ass 04:11
13 - Sittin At A Bar (Karaoke Version)


Tha Sire - Tha Arrival (2008)

Artist: Tha Sire
Name Album: Tha Arrival
Year: 2008
Genre: Rap
Infor: mp3 | VBR kbps
Size: 113 MB

TRACKLIST 
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01 - Tha Arrival feat Aydee
02 - Thug Rollin feat KMG Kokane
03 - Gotta Get It
04 - Gave My Life Away feat Kokane
05 - Ridin
06 - See Right Thru You feat Jayo Felony
07 - Gangsta In You feat Goldie Loc Slim Tha Mobsta Mamie Gunz
08 - Not A Pimp feat Kokane
09 - Money Power Respect feat Slim Tha Mobsta
10 - Soldier Of Tha Street
11 - No Game Playing feat Kokane Kurupt
12 - Why Everytime
13 - Life & Death
14 - Muevelo
15 - Street Lessons feat Hora Burnz
16 - Where Were From feat K.D.
17 - On Tha Rise feat Kokane
18 - E Coming With


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James Blunt - All Lost Souls (Deluxe Edition) - 2008 - Full cover

Artist: James Blunt 
Title Of Album: All Lost Souls (Deluxe Edition)
Year Of Release: November 24, 2008
Label: Atlantic
Genre: Pop
Format: MP3
Quality: VBR kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 60 min 30 sec
Total Size: 79.3 mb 


Tracklist
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01. 1973
02. One Of The Brightest Stars
03. I’ll Take Everything
04. Same Mistake
05. Carry You Home
06. Give Me Some Love
07. I Really Want You (Radio edit)
08. Shine On
09. Annie
10. I Can’t Hear The Music
11. Love Love Love
12. Cuz I Love You (live from Glastonbury 2008)
13. Young Folks (from Jo Whiley live lounge)
14. Breakfast In America (live)
15. Primavera in anticipo (It is my song) with Laura Pausini

TAKE 6 - The Standard - 2008 - Full Cover

Artist: Take 6
Title Of Album: The Standard
Year Of Release: Sep 30, 2008
Label: Telarc
Genre: Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Soul
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 45 min 52 sec
Total Size: 109 mb 



Tracklist
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1. Sweet Georgia Brown (3:26)
2. Straighten Up And Fly Right (Ft George Benson) (3:24)
3. Seven Steps To Heaven (Ft Jon Hendricks, Al Jarreau, & Till Bronner) (5:27)
4. Windmills Of Your Mind (4:26)
5. Someone To Watch Over Me (Ft Shelea Frazier & Roy Hargrove) (4:23)
6. Grace (Pre-Prise) (0:36)
7. Back To You (4:10)
8. A Tisket A Tasket (Ft Ella Fitzgerald) (2:36)
9. Bein' Green (2:03)
10. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (FT Aaron Neville) (2:47)
11. What's Goin' On (Ft Brian McKnight) (4:13)
12. Shall We Gather At The River (3:42)
13. Grace (4:39)

Rihanna,The Biggest Hits

Artist: Rihanna
Name album: The Biggest Hits
Infor: mp3 | 192 kbps
Size: 128 Mb

TRACKLIST
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01. Don't Stop The Music 
02. Cry 
03. SOS (Rescue Me) 
04. Shut Up & drive 
05. We Ride 
06. Take a Bow 
07. Break It Off (Ft. Sean Paul) 
08. Unfaithful 
09. Pon de Replay 
10. Umbrella (Ft. Jay Z) 
11. Rehab 
12. Hate That I Love You ft. David Bisbal (Spanglish) 
13. Disturbia (Intro) 
14. If It's Lovin' That You Want 
15. Let Me 
16. Good Girl Gone Bad (Live) 
17. Hate That I Love You (Ft. Ne-Yo) 
18. If i Never See Your face again (Ft. Maroon 5) 
19. Take A Bow (Acoustic) 
20. Ft Jay-Z & Chris Brown - Umbrella (Cinderella Remix) 
21. Is This Love (Cover Bob Marley) [Bonustrack] 

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Ben Harper - The Will To Live (Lossless / High Quality)

Ben Harper - The Will To Live (Lossless / High Quality) | 309MB | RS,ES

At 28 years intense, Harper released his third album, a mixture of R&B, deep blues, folk-rock, even topical singer-songwriter work (the deliberate, bluesy "Homeless Child"). Harper's voice and style marry the funk-blues of Taj Mahal and the eccentric, electric Dylan. Those weaned on his more commercially successful peers Hootie and the Blowfish and the Wallflowers will find that Harper is a revelation. At its best, The Will to Live is an eclectic and imaginative statement.


Tracks :
01 Faded
02 Homeless Child
03 Number Three
04 Roses From My Friends
05 Jah Work
06 I Want to Be Ready
07 The Will to Live
08 Ashes
09 Widow of a Living Man
10 Glory & Consequence
11 Mama's Trippin'
12 I Shall Not Walk Alone


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Aquatica - Ocean Of Emotion 2008 - Full Cover

Ocean Of Emotion Year Of Release: Dec-03-2008 Label: Com.Pact Records Genre: Psychedelic Format: MP3 Quality: 320kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo Total Time: 69 min 07 sec Total Size: 148 mb Tracklist: --------- 01. Aquatica - Operatic (08:13) 02. Aquatica - Los Suenos (Aquatica Remix) (08:07) 03. Aquatica - Deep & Wild (07:40) 04. Aquatica - Underverse (08:00) 05. Aquatica - Electrolatina (08:03) 06. Aquatica vs Sesto Sento - Pimp My Symphony (07:28) 07. Aquatica Feat Sapir - Angels (08:18) 08. Aquatica vs System Nipel - Chords Of Paradise (07:55) 09. Aquatica - Comin' Out (05:26)

Radiohead - Kid A (Lossless/High Quality)


Radiohead - Kid A (Lossless/High Quality) | 293MB | RS,QS,ES

How is it that Kid A's opening track, laden with an electronic vocal stuttering "bleh, bluh-bleh bleh bluh" is the most fascinating statement made in rock & roll this year? Because somehow, even when Radiohead blathers and blips nonsense, it's profound. The band's future-perfect musical grammar may be hard to decipher, and the melody is even more subliminal, but the journey traveled with Radiohead reveals them to be not only rock music's greatest adventurers in 2000, but teachers as well.


Tracks : 

01: Everything in its right place
02: Kid a
03: The national anthem
04: How to dissappear completly
05: Treefingers
06: Optimistic
07: In limbo
08: Idoteque
09: Morning ball
10: Motion picture soundtrack 


Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak(2008)

Artist: Kanye West
Name album: 808s & Heartbreak
Year : 2008
Size: 70 Mb

TRACKLIST
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1. "Say You Will" (MISSING) - 6:14 
2. "Welcome To Heartbreak" (feat. Kid Cudi) - 4:24 
3. "Heartless" - 3:31 
4. "Amazing" (feat. Young Jeezy) - 3:58 
5. "Love Lockdown" - 4:31 
6. "Paranoid" (feat. Kid Cudi) - 4:40 
7. "Robocop" - 3:26 
8. "Street Lights" - 3:14 
9. "Bad News" - 3:54 
10. "See You In My Nightmares" (feat. Lil Wayne) - 4:23 
11. "Coldest Winter" - 2:48 


Jazz to be with you


1. Jamie Cullum - Mind Trick (4:05)
2. Level 42 - Love Games (4:27)
3. John Scofield - I Don’t Need No Doctor (4:27)4. Shakatak ft Al Jarreau - Day By Day (3:55)
5. Jeffrey Osbourne - Eenie Meenie (4:26)6. Gino Vannelli - I Just Wanna Stop (3:33)
7. Lee Ritenour - Every Little Thing She Does Is (4:01)8. Sergio Mendes - Rainbow’s End (4:06)
9. Richard Bona - Bona Petit (4:48)
10. Brian Culberston - It’s On Tonight (5:08)
11. Oleta Adams - Get Here (4:34)
12. Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me To The End Of Love (3:56)
13. Peter Cincotti - Some Kind Of Wonderful (3:29)
14. David Benoit - Don’t Know Why (4:32)15. Gwyneth Herbert - Only Love Can Break (3:13)
16. Will Downing&ampGerard Albright - Stop Look Listen To Your Heart (3:42)17. Natalie Cole - Tell Me All About It (4:10)
18. Mark Sholtez - If You Were A Song (4:09)
VA - Jazz To Be With You 2 (2008)
1. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds - Longer (3:23)
2. Incognito - Deep Waters (6:35)
3. Al Jarreau - Random Act Of Love (4:43)
4. KEM - Set You Free (4:26)
5. Lee Ritenour - Lovely Day (5:57)
6. Tuck & Patti - When I Fall In Love (4:58)
7. David Benoit - Take A Look Inside My Heart (4:51)
8. Mint Condition - After The Love Is Gone (4:40)
9. Matt Bianco - La Luna (4:05)
10. Paul Anka - True (4:29)
11. Brenda Russell - The Tracks Of My Tears (4:52)
12. Erykah Badu - Didn't Cha Know (3:59)
13. Remy Shand - Take A Message (4:00)
14. Jody Watley - Everything.mp3 (4:15)
15. Simply Red - You Make Me Feel Brand New (5:04)
16. Marc Antoine - Sunland (4:33)

Alice in Chains - Greatest hits

Tracklist:

"Man in the Box" (Cantrell/Kinney/Staley/Starr) – 4:47 
"Them Bones" (Cantrell) – 2:30 
"Rooster" (Cantrell) – 6:15 
"Angry Chair" (Staley) – 4:48 
"Would?" (Cantrell) – 3:28 
"No Excuses" (Cantrell) – 4:15 
"I Stay Away" (Cantrell/Inez/Staley) – 4:14 
"Grind" (Cantrell) – 4:46 
"Heaven Beside You" (Cantrell/Inez) – 5:29 
"Again" (Cantrell/Staley) – 4:05 

R.I.P. to Damon Dash's Days of Big Pimpin'

The collapsing stock, credit and housing markets aren't the only indicators that the iced-out chickens have come home to roost. Now the New York Daily News has reported that Damon Dash, Roc-a-Fella Records founder and pioneer of hip-hop's bling era, is flat broke and dodging debt collectors. I guess Chris Rock was right about his assessment of those who are rich ("some shit you can lose with a crazy summer and drug habit") and those who are wealthy. Too bad we have to learn the hard way....Ah well, in honor of the, uh, good ole days, when we were all drinking the ghetto fab Kool-Aid, let's remember Dame's former fortunes the right way: by watching him pour liquor on big tittied video models in our favorite video, "Big Pimpin."

Simple Plan - Simple Plan (2008)

ARTiST…….: simple plan
ALBUM……..: simple plan
GENRE……..: punk rock
TRACKS…: 11
SiZE…..: 73,4 MB
LABEL……..: Atlantic
PLAYTIME…..: 43:41 min


TRACKLIST
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1. “When I’m Gone” - 3:49
2. “Take My Hand” - 3:51
3. “The End” - 3:22 
4. “Your Love Is a Lie” [1] - 3:42
5. “Save You” [2] - 3:45
6. “Generation” - 3:02
7. “Time to Say Goodbye” - 2:56
8. “I Can Wait Forever” - 4:54
9. “Holding On” - 5:03
10. “No Love” - 3:15
11. “What If” - 5:54


Everette Harp - My Inspiration - 2008 - Full cover

Artist: Everette Harp 
Title Of Album: My Inspiration 
Year Of Release: August 28, 2007 
Genre: Smooth jazz 
Format: MP3
Quality: 256kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 53 min 24 sec 
Total Size 97.6 : mb

Tracklist:
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01.Juke Joint 
02.All Jazzed Up (and Nowhere To Go) 
03.In Time 
04.Old School 
05.Funky Palisades 
06.In My Father's Eyes 
07.Chasin' 
08.Wait 4 U 
09.Don't Look Any Further 
10.My Inspiration

The Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made For You 2008

Artist: The Last Shadow Puppets
Title Of Album: My Mistakes Were Made For You
Year Of Release: 2008
Genre: Pop Rock
Format: MP3 
Bitrate: VBR kbps / 44.1 Khz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 41 mb

Tracklist
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1. My Mistakes Were Made For You
2. Separate And Ever Deadly (Live from New Theatre, Oxford)
3. Paris Summer (feat. Alison Mosshart of The Kills) (Live from The Olympia Theatre, Paris)
4. My Little Red Book (Live from New Theatre, Oxford)
5. The Age Of The Understatement (Acoustic)
6. Standing Next To Me (Acoustic)
7. The Meeting Place (Acoustic)
8. My Mistakes Were Made For You (Acoustic)


Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Perpetual Flame (2008)



Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Perpetual Flame (2008)
Genre: Neoclassical Power Metal | 1CD | MP3 | 320 kbps | 113 Mb

TrackList:

1. Death Dealer 05:26
2. Damnation Game 05:04
3. Live to Fight (Another Day) 06:13
4. Red Devil 04:07
5. Four Horsemen (of the Apocalypse) 05:23
6. Priest of the Unholy 06:47
7. Be Careful What You Wish For 05:29
8. Caprici Di Diablo 04:28
9. Lament 04:31
10. Magic City 07:26
11. Eleventh Hour 08:03
12. Heavy Heart 05:58

Band:

Lars Yngwie Johann Lannerbach Malmsteen - Guitar (1978-) (Steeler (US), Alcatrazz, Derek Sherinian, MVP, Human Clay, Tone Norum, Radioactive, G3, Erika)
Tim 'Ripper' Owens - Vocals (2008-) (Beyond Fear (US), Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Brainicide, Winters Bane)
Patrik Johansson - Drums (2002-) (Without Grief, Prey (Swe), Chainwreck, Kinlin, Wrath of Wolves)
Bjorn Englen - Bass (2008-) (Quiet Riot, Blaksmith, Takara)
Michael Troy - Keyboards (2008-)


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Edguy - Tinnitus Sanctus (2008)


Artist: Edguy
Name album: Tinnitus Sanctus
Genne: Power Metal
Year : 2008
nfor: mp3 |320kbps
Size: 107Mb




Tracklist : 
1. Ministry Of Saints
2. Sex Fire Religion
3. The Pride Of Creation
4. Nine Lives
5. Wake Up Dreaming Black
6. Dragonfly
7. Thorn Without A Rose
8. 929
9. Speedhoven
10. Dead Or Rock
11. Aren't You A Little Pervert Too

Total playing time 54:43

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Taylor Swift - Fearless (2008)

Tracklist
01 - Fearless
02 - Fifteen
03 - Love Story
04 - Hey Stephen
05 - White Horse
06 - You Belong With Me
07 - Breathe
08 - Tell Me Why
09 - You're Not Sorry
10 - The Way I Loved You
11 - Forever And Always
12 - The Best Day
13 - Change

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DJ Smallz-Smokin Instrumentals Vol. 7 (2008)

TrackLists:
01. DJ Khaled - Out Here Grindin
02. Lil Wayne (Ft. T-Pain) - Got Money
03. T.I. (Ft. Swizz Beatz) - Swing Your Rag
04. T.I. (Ft. R. Kelly) - Life Of The Party
05. T.I. - No Matter What
06. Three 6 Mafia Feat. Akon - Thats Right
07. Three 6 Mafia (Ft. Project Pat) - Lolli Lolli
08. Hot Stylez (Ft. Yung Joc) - LookinÆ Boy
09. Nelly (Ft. Fergie) - Party People
10. Nelly (Ft. Jermaine Dupri Ciara) - Stepped On My Jz
11. Plies - Please Excuse My Hands
12. Bun B - Youre Everything
13. Mike Jones (Ft. Lil’ Wayne, Twista & T-Pain) - Cutty Buddy
14. Slim Thug & BHO (Ft. Ray J) - Keep It Playa
15. Slim Thug & BHO - Ride Wit No Ceiling
16. Lil’ Wil - Bust It Open
17. Fabo - Pork & Beans
18. V.I.C - Wobble
19. Lil’ Cali - In My Pocket
20. Lil’ Cali Feat. Lil’ Boosie - All That
21. B.G. & Chopper City Boyz - Bubble Gum
22. Lil’ Josh & Ernest (Ft. Hurricane Chris) - Jigga Juice
23. Scott Storch - Bonus Beat Produced By
24. Cool & Dre - Bonus Beat Produced By
25. Drumma Boy - Bonus Beat Produced By
26. Mannie Fresh - Bonus Beat Produced By
27. The Runners - Bonus Beat Produced By
28. Mr. Collipark - Bonus Beat Produced By
29. Bangladesh - Bonus Beat Produced By
30. Nitti - Bonus Beat Produced By
31. DJ Montay - Bonus Beat Produced By

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Step Up 2 The Streets (2008) (OST)

Artist : VA
Title : Step Up 2: The Streets (OST)
Genre : R&B
Rls Date : 2008-02-05
Rip Date : 2008-02-01
Quality : EAC (Secure Mode) Lame 3.97 -V2 VBR
Tracks : 16
Size : 89,6 MB


Track List :

01 03:50 Flo Rida Ft. T-Pain - Low
02 04:00 Missy Elliott - Shake Your Pom Pom
03 03:51 Cherish Ft. Yung Joc - Killa
04 03:09 Plies Ft. Akon - Hypnotized
05 03:58 Cassie - Is It You
06 03:25 Trey Songz Ft. Plies - Can't Help But Wait
07 04:01 T-Pain Ft. Teddy Verseti - Church
08 03:39 Missy Elliott - Ching-A-Ling
09 03:28 Enrique Iglesias - Push
10 03:31 Cupid Ft. B.O.B. - 369
11 04:08 Bayje-Impossible
12 03:28 Sophia Fresh Ft. Jay Lyriq - Lives In Da Club
13 04:15 Scarface Ft. Trey Songz - Girl You Know
14 04:05 KC - Say Cheese
15 03:22 Brit & Alex - Let It Go
16 04:20 Montana Tucker, Sikora, Denial - Ain't No Stressin


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OST Death Race (Soundtrack) (2008)

1. A Hard Sport for a Hard Age
2. Grim The Reaper
3. Death Race Main Titles
4. Riot
5. Prison Arrival
6. Meet The Monster
7. Punch it!
8. Frank Walk
9. Hennessey
10. Say What?
11. Man on a Rampage
12. You Are Not Fit for Society
13. Lose Him or Kill Him
14. Solitary
15. The Final Race
16. Good Luck Joe
17. Frank Surrenders
18. Terminal
19. A Chance for Something Else

Format: mp3
Quality: CBR 320 kbps
Size: 100 mb

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NickleBack - Dark Horse 2008 free download

Track List :

01. Something In Your Mouth
02. Burn It To The Ground
03. Gotta Be Somebody
04. I'll Come for You
05. Next Go Round
06. Just To Get High
07. Never Gonna Be Alone
08. Shakin' Hands
09. S.E.X.
10. If Today Was Your Last Day
11. This Afternoon

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To the Break of Dawn: Are We Officially in the Post-Hip Hop Era?


In the wake of Obama’s victory, we all heard the chorus of black punditry telling us what the victory meant for African Americans. Along with predictions like “smart will be the new cool” and that growing up poor and fatherless will no longer be an excuse for idiotic behavior, there were ones obviously aimed at the power of hip hop. “Brothers are gonna have to start pulling their pants up,” I heard one talking head say (a sentiment even uttered by the president-elect). Gangsta rap will no longer be relevant. Rappers, along with singers, ball players, and other entertainers will no longer be THE role models to follow. Although I think many of the predictions are a bit lofty, I do agree, at least that the era of hip-hop being black America’s cultural and social center is passing with the arrival of a new, black president. Note: for all the purists, gangsta rap heads, and true-schoolers out there, this isn’t another declaration that hip-hop is dead but that, yes folks, we’re officially in the post-hip hop era.

Only, contrary to popular belief, what signals this shift isn’t that Obama’s win will eclipse hip hop, but that hip hop’s ultimate victory was it’s ushering in a Barack Obama. And when all movements accomplish their monumental task(s) they fade from the limelight, becoming another part of America’s cultural tapestry. The Harlem Renaissance went out with the coming of the Great Depression, but it’s leaders, ideas and works fueled the freedom struggles of the ‘60s. The civil rights movement, victorious after the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of ’64 and the Voting Rights Act of ’65 (and other bits of legislation), died with the assassination of Martin Luther King. Though America is still living to fulfill “The Dream.” Moreover, the Black Empowerment movement, ultimately killed by the U.S. government, waned during the years following its most shining moment, the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana. Yet the movement’s ideals of black pride and empowerment are a major part of black America’s thinking (whether we manifest it or not is debatable…LOL). So, too, it goes with hip hop.

Hip hop, started in the ’70s as a revolutionary cultural movement to give black and brown (and, hey, some white) urban youths a means to shake up the world’s idea of style, creativity and beauty. And, over the next 30 years, its music and style not only changed America’s cultural paradigm (not to mention becoming the new affirmative action for a post-civil rights generation), it became the banner under which a new reality of race was beginning to form. Particularly with white kids, along with a global community of colorful youth, who adopted hip hop as their cultural voice, arriving at black culture not only as pedestrians but also, as writer Carl Hancock Rux wrote in the case of Eminem, being “born into it.” While this “wigger” fascination with hip hop—fueled by that youthful need to scare the hell out of their parents—did feed off stereotypes, it socially disarmed this new generation of young “White Negroes” and their peers not only about ideas of black culture, but also notions of black identity and black people “keeping it real” and blacks with money and blacks with enough intelligence to beat a corrupt system and, most of all, blacks in power. And, when it came time to beat back the Republican Party monster and possibly change the course of history, who did they get behind? A young negro candidate who listened to Jay-Z, brushed off the haters at rallies, fist-bumped his wife, and promised to make a change. While, ultimately, it took a multi-culti coalition of voters to get Barack in, it was the enthusiastic support of young white, black and brown youth that got the Obama phenomenon rolling. And while the movements of yore laid the major groundwork for such an event, hip hop, at least I think, helped seal the deal.

So with that said, I think hip hop should be given major props. But, as new social and cultural standards are being discussed and set following Barack’s victory, I think we also need to deal with the fact that the best and most influential days of hip hop have past. It’s gone from Bronx playgrounds to mansions, from mom and pop labels to the boardrooms of multinational corporations, from grassroots organizing to major political events like the Nation Hip Hop Political Convention. But it’s also gone from “Fight the Power” to, well, take your pick of self-degrading lyrics involving the n or the b or the h-word (a debate we’re all simply tired of) and you get my point. With new things on the horizon, hip hop’s not going to die in this wave of optimism, but it will have to share the space with a fresh idea—from where, we don’t know—that will definitely be thrown in the mix.