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Talib Kweli "She's My Hero" (Prod. Oh No)

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Talib Kweli "She's My Hero" (Prod. Oh No)
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From Talib Kweli:

Good morning. Spending time engaging with fans on social media has allowed me to spread information about causes and events ignored by the mainstream media. It has also made me aware of important cultural events and connected me with brilliant people who make me a better human being. It was on social media that I first learned about the story of Bresha Meadows. On July 28th, 2016, Bresha Meadows shot and killed her reportedly abusive father. She was 14 years old at the time.
The first thing that struck me about Bresha was how much she physically reminded me of my own daughter. I had a similar experience when George Zimmerman killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin, who reminded me of my son. I instantly felt drawn to these children and I felt compelled to dive deeper into their lives. Leading up to shooting her father, Bresha’s grades were slipping in school, she had run away from home and had repeatedly told relatives and authorities that her father was beating up her mom and threatening to kill the whole family.
Back in 2011, Bresha’s mother, Brandi Meadows, stated in court papers that she had been cut, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and black eyes, and that she is 100 percent sure she will be killed. She later reconciled with Bresha’s father, which is a common occurrence in abusive relationships. To this day, the father’s relatives insist he was not nearly as abusive as he was made out to be.
Bresha obviously had a different perspective, telling authorities that the gun she killed her father with was the very gun he used to threaten the family with. After sitting in juvenile detention for 9 months and facing at the very least a very lengthy prison sentence, Bresha accepted a plea deal that will allow her to be released to a residential treatment center for 6 months and then to her family. What struck me about this case was Bresha’s age. I express myself lyrically, so a lyric popped in my head while thinking about it -

 

“Do you kill yourself or kill the monster thats making you suicidal, decisions to heavy for the mind of a child.”

 

Regardless of how you feel about this particular case, whether you feel it’s a self defense issue, a domestic abuse issue, a mental health issue or all of the above, the take away for me is that we must do a better job of taking care of and protecting our children. Our children should never feel they have to make these kinds of decisions. I see my own children in Bresha’s young face, and I want to uplift their voices as much as I possibly can. Brandi Meadows has said of her daughter -

 

“She is my hero. I wasn’t strong enough to get out and help us all.” 

 

That statement got me thinking about what a hero truly is, and made me want to write a song about Bresha. My hope is that this song inspires us as a community to more closely examine the dysfunction within our own families, so that we can create solutions before young people like Bresha feel like they must take matters into their own hands. I present She’s my Hero.

 

Using the hashtag #FreeBresha supporters of Bresha Meadows have rallied around her, setting up a GoFundMe page for the family. 

 

 

You can find the latest updates on Bresha’s situation at 

 

 

Look out for my newest album Radio Silence available soon.

 

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08/28/2017 - 1:51pm

Imperius Rex Interview feat. Dan The Man, Bernadette Price & RIM

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Imperius Rex Interview feat. Dan The Man, Bernadette Price & RIM
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Bernadette Price, Dan The Man, and RIM answer questions about the making of Sean Price's 'Imperius Rex' album. Out now: http://SHOPDUCKDOWN.COM

Video by David Diaz & Chris Stokes for DLP
@dlpivmusic @dlpivmusic2

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08/26/2017 - 1:13pm

9th Wonder - Educating Hip-Hop

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9th Wonder - Educating Hip-Hop
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DJ, producer, North Carolina Central and Duke University professor 9th Wonder discusses the preservation of a Hip Hop archive and legacy.

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08/14/2017 - 11:48am

Alchemist - Secret Sauce

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Alchemist - Secret Sauce
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Alchemist talks with Drum Brokers about his process.

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08/12/2017 - 11:12am

Bernadette Price - Imperius Rex Edition - Southern Vangard Radio Interview Sessions

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Bernadette Price - Imperius Rex Edition - Southern Vangard Radio Interview Sessions
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BANG! @southernvangard #radio presents the the Bernadette Price “Imperius Rex” Edition interview session! Like we said in the Ep 126 mix show this week - if you’re a true hip-hop fan and don’t know what dropped today, 8/8/2017, then what in God’s name have you been doing the past year or so? Sean Price’s “Imperius Rex” is finally here, and we brought the person responsible for bringing it to the masses back on the show for her 2nd interview session - the one and only Bernadette Price. We’re not giving anything away here - you’re just going to have to press play on this as well as Ep 126 for more insight from Mr. Green and Rim of DaVillins.

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08/09/2017 - 3:04pm

Bernadette Price & Dru Ha Talk about Sean Price & Imperius Rex

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Bernadette Price & Dru Ha Talk about Sean Price & Imperius Rex
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08/09/2017 - 1:21pm

Sean Price "Dead or Alive" feat. Bernadette Price (Official Music Video)

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Sean Price "Dead or Alive" feat. Bernadette Price (Official Music Video)
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Sean Price's 4th studio album, 'Imperius Rex', out now. Purchase here: http://shopduckdown.com

Music produced by The Adept fka 4th Disciple
Video directed by @apiecebyguy
Starring Michael Rapaport

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08/08/2017 - 10:49am

Ruste Juxx "Desire Me" feat. Razor Blade & Goldo Kon Ambre (Official Music Video)

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Ruste Juxx "Desire Me" feat. Razor Blade & Goldo Kon Ambre (Official Music Video)
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Crown Heights, Brooklyn MC Ruste Juxx drops his 8th studio album "International Juxx" Featuring up & coming rappers & producers from all over the world, spitting in different languages on tracks with Juxxman the Barbarian.

'Desire Me' features German MC Razor Blade and Dominican MC Goldo Kon Ambre. Music production by Ough Beats from Austin, TX.

Video Produced by: Moving Silence
NYC Director: Olise Forel
NYC Additional Camera: Sun Bronx
German Director: Julian Strauch
Orlando Director: Kelly TV WorldWide
Orlando Additional Camera: Jesus Peterson

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08/07/2017 - 1:02pm

Sean Price "The 3 Lyrical Ps" feat. Prodigy & Styles P (Prod. Harry Fraud)

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Sean Price "The 3 Lyrical Ps" feat. Prodigy & Styles P (Prod. Harry Fraud)
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New music from Sean Price's 'Imperius Rex' album, out August 8. Preorder the album bundles here: http://shopduckdown.com

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08/03/2017 - 5:39pm

Statik Selektah - Jack Honey Brooklyn Tour

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Statik Selektah - Jack Honey Brooklyn Tour
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Jack Honey Neighborhood Flavor brings you inside one of Brooklyn’s most colorful communities. Longtime resident and revered DJ Statik Selektah shares how old traditions and new flavors not only coexist, but feed off one another to enhance Bushwick’s creativity.

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08/03/2017 - 12:34pm
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