Behind the Production of Hip Hop HeadUcatorz “Teaching at Home”

By jessicabrant Word Is Bond

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The Hip Hop HeadUcatorz is a group of Ontario Teachers who believe in the use of hip hop culture to inspire and engage students. The HeadUcatorz is formed by DJs, producers, emcees, and graffiti artists who are active educators across Southern Ontario.

Guest Post by Michael “MikeAll” Grandsoult

With most Hip Hop HeadUcatorz songs, “Teaching at Home” was sparked by MC and engineer, Wizekrak.  After selecting an exhilarating drum-driven instrumental by producer I.Khan, Wizekrak penned the first verse.  He spoke about the realities of teaching at home during this lockdown, and that set the theme.  Initially, MikeAll declined the invite to write citing stress at adapting to e-learning.  However, after some typical encouragement from Wizekrak and hearing the captivating beat, MikeAll did get ta work!

The dominoes started to fall in place as members recorded vocal tests and shared them via a WhatsApp group.  Graf Artist and MC, Tigz, wrote what would be an electrifying set-off verse.  In true team teaching spirit, members fed off each other for inspiration.  The intro and outro chant, by multi-disciplinary artist Jon Corbin, incorporated and expanded some of Tigz’s opening lines.  French teacher, A-Cubed, dropped some “tres bien” bars en Francais adding a fresh texture.  

Chase March, DJ and MC, reflected on his experiences with e-learning to express the empathy that is so crucial to meaningful student-teacher connections.  In what is this author’s favourite verse, educator and poet, The Apologette, made her recording debut as a Hip Hop HeadUcator.  Finally, gym teacher, Just Sev, sweat out some lyrics stressing the need for physical and mental health!  

The recording was a test of resourceful ingenuity as the lockdown restricted many members from attending their regular studio.  Devices like headsets, phones, and even a Blackberry were used to record verses which were then mixed and mastered expertly by Wizekrak.    

With most of the vocals done, the discussion turned towards ideas for a video.  No surprise that the official visual artist of the crew, Tigz, suggested framing the video as a Zoom conference call.  Members recorded themselves separately and editor extraordinaire, Wizekrak, put it all together.  This song was truly a pleasure to make and an example of using “negative” circumstances to stimulate positive creations.  The Hip Hop HeadUcatorz hope it provides some entertainment and inspiration during these challenging times.  

Ahmaud Arbery's Killers Face Judge In Court Hearing

At this moment, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr — the men involved in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man gunned down during a morning jog — are appearing before Judge Wallace E. Harrell. TMZ reports that the hearing is meant to establish whether there remains enough evidence to move forward with the murder case. While the alleged murderer and his associates will not be physically present, their lawyers will be representing them in Glynn County Magistrate Court in Georgia.

Ahmaud Arbery

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The hearing is being live-streamed, and at the moment of his writing, the court has recently begun to resume following a brief recess. Both McMichaels have already appeared on camera, while Bryan JR. did not; it should be noted that all three parties are currently being held in jail without any bond.

As of now, TMZ confirms that a detective took the stand in opposition to Gregory McMichael’s position that Arbery matched the description of a burglary suspect. The detective maintains that there is no evidence suggesting that Arbery was complicit in burglary of any sort, going so far as to provide details of the McMichaels pursuing Arbery in an elaborate chase. 

With a verdict yet to be reached, those curious about the case can tune into the live stream courtesy of TMZ. For those interested in catching up on what has already transpired, PBS has uploaded the hearing onto YouTube — also embedded below.

Future The Animal – “Lives Matter” Ft. Vado

Bronx native Future The Animal is back with a new single resonating to today’s current events, “Lives Matter”, featuring Vado.  He touched on the topic that all lives matter, no matter the skin type, something that is a delicate subject to touch on but after listening to lyrics to this song, it makes sense.

Tekashi 6ix9ine's GF Reveals How Much Time He Has Left On House Arrest

There’s some pretty crazy stuff happening in the world but, with all the protests going on, some people are looking to be distracted by some good ‘ole hip-hop news. If you’re a fan of Tekashi 6ix9ine — and even if you’re not but you enjoy reading about him — we’ve got you covered.

Shortly after revealing that his new single and music video would be delayed for the third straight week, this time because it would not be appropriate to release new music with everything going on, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s timetable for complete freedom may have been cleared up by his significant other.

Sharing a new thirst-trappy photo to her page, Jade, Tekashi’s girlfriend, wrote a caption that seems to reveal when her main man will be released from house arrest, finally allowed to remove the ankle monitor.

“House Arrest Day #627 57 more days,” she wrote. Does that mean that 6ix9ine will be able to freely roam the streets in less than two months?

The timetable seems to make sense, given the fact that he was originally supposed to be released from prison in around August. Even when he’s granted the freedom to exit his home, it would probably be smart for him to stay put for the next little while, you know, for his safety. Unless he’s considering a move to a different state or country altogether.

Franz Schubert Makes A Winter Journey In Madre Vaca’s Winterreise

By xplizitsouljah Word Is Bond

 

Madre Vaca is a collective of jazz musicians exploring a wide spectrum of improvisational music.  Jazz is their medium, and the recording studio is their laboratory. Their album, ‘Winterreise’, which just dropped is an arrangement of ten songs for jazz octet from Franz Schubert’s hauntingly beautiful song cycle of the same name.  Winterreise (pronounced Vin-Tuh-Rize-Uh) is a German word meaning Winter Journey. Almost 200 years ago, Franz Schubert was in the throes of a disease that would ultimately claim his life as he penned the gorgeous and haunting song cycle found on this compilation. Winterreise is a story of a young man who takes leave from the home of his beloved in the middle of the night, in the dead of winter, unlikely to ever see her again. The album is a testament to both the timeless beauty of Franz Schubert’s music as well as the elasticity and depth of jazz music. Madre Vaca’s interpretation of Winterreise magnifies the timelessness and versatility of Schubert’s music. All thanks to Benjamin Shorstein, who is responsible for the arrangement on the project and also oversees the collective.

Amber Rose Declares She's "Pro Black," "Pro LGBTQ," & "Pro Hoe"

While millions of people have united together to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against police brutality and white supremacy, people who don’t align with those ideologies are making themselves heard, as well. Many are having difficult conversations with their family members, friends, co-workers, and others as people in their lives are showing themselves to be anti-BLM, anti-criminal justice reform, and anti-police accountability. For those who have sided with BLM, some are finding themselves attacked with racial slurs and hate speech, but Amber Rose isn’t having it.

Amber Rose
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Celebrities who have lent their voices the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement are seeing their fans drop like flies. Seth Rogen recently had a “f*ck off” party over on his Instagram page after dozens of former fans criticized his support of BLM, and John Boyega had to face-off with the public after saying he hates racists. Amber Rose not only made it clear that she supports everybody black, a la Issa Rae, but she’s pro many other causes that get under right-wing skins.

“I’m Pro Black af, Pro LGBTQ af, Pro Hoe, Pro Sex Work, Pro Choice,” the model wrote on Instagram. “If ur Fatphobic, Transphobic or ever screamed ‘All Lives Matter’ get the f*ck off my page.” Rose received an overwhelming amount of support from hundreds of thousands of her followers, but there were still those who didn’t understand why she had a problem with “All Lives Matter.” Check out her post below.

Taiyamo Denku – “Keep Moving On” Ft. CHOCLAIR & Prod. By Bo Faat (Video)

Milwaukee based underground Hip Hop artist Taiyamo Denku drop his latest music video titled “Keep Moving On” featuring CHOCLAIR and produced by Bo Faat.  Follow him on Instagram @taiyamodenku.

Amber Rose Declares She's "Pro Black," "Pro LGBTQ," & "Pro Hoe"

While millions of people have united together to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against police brutality and white supremacy, people who don’t align with those ideologies are making themselves heard, as well. Many are having difficult conversations with their family members, friends, co-workers, and others as people in their lives are showing themselves to be anti-BLM, anti-criminal justice reform, and anti-police accountability. For those who have sided with BLM, some are finding themselves attacked with racial slurs and hate speech, but Amber Rose isn’t having it.

Amber Rose
Alberto E. Rodriguez / Staff / Getty Images

Celebrities who have lent their voices the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement are seeing their fans drop like flies. Seth Rogen recently had a “f*ck off” party over on his Instagram page after dozens of former fans criticized his support of BLM, and John Boyega had to face-off with the public after saying he hates racists. Amber Rose not only made it clear that she supports everybody black, a la Issa Rae, but she’s pro many other causes that get under right-wing skins.

“I’m Pro Black af, Pro LGBTQ af, Pro Hoe, Pro Sex Work, Pro Choice,” the model wrote on Instagram. “If ur Fatphobic, Transphobic or ever screamed ‘All Lives Matter’ get the f*ck off my page.” Rose received an overwhelming amount of support from hundreds of thousands of her followers, but there were still those who didn’t understand why she had a problem with “All Lives Matter.” Check out her post below.

Orla Rae finds her footing on “Push & Pull”

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Emerging young soul singer Orla Rae once again thrills us with her brand of vintage soul music. On her new single “Push & Pull,” she displays her writing prowess alongside a solid performance over a lush piano-laden backdrop that is both groovy and calming. The young singer delivers an emotional drawl as she explores the variables that come with being in a new relationship where she is trying to find the right configuration while managing the ebbs and flows that will occur.

Following the release of her debut single, “Rising Game” in 2019, Orla’s 2020 is looking bigger and better. With more music in store, the only way is up.

Keep up with Orla Rae   | Soundcloud:  Instagram

Amber Rose Declares She's "Pro Black," "Pro LGBTQ," & "Pro Hoe"

While millions of people have united together to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against police brutality and white supremacy, people who don’t align with those ideologies are making themselves heard, as well. Many are having difficult conversations with their family members, friends, co-workers, and others as people in their lives are showing themselves to be anti-BLM, anti-criminal justice reform, and anti-police accountability. For those who have sided with BLM, some are finding themselves attacked with racial slurs and hate speech, but Amber Rose isn’t having it.

Amber Rose
Alberto E. Rodriguez / Staff / Getty Images

Celebrities who have lent their voices the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement are seeing their fans drop like flies. Seth Rogen recently had a “f*ck off” party over on his Instagram page after dozens of former fans criticized his support of BLM, and John Boyega had to face-off with the public after saying he hates racists. Amber Rose not only made it clear that she supports everybody black, a la Issa Rae, but she’s pro many other causes that get under right-wing skins.

“I’m Pro Black af, Pro LGBTQ af, Pro Hoe, Pro Sex Work, Pro Choice,” the model wrote on Instagram. “If ur Fatphobic, Transphobic or ever screamed ‘All Lives Matter’ get the f*ck off my page.” Rose received an overwhelming amount of support from hundreds of thousands of her followers, but there were still those who didn’t understand why she had a problem with “All Lives Matter.” Check out her post below.

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