NEW VIDEO: 
SIFU HOTMAN: FIRST AVE FUNERAL

Me, deM atlaS and Rube made this video for Adam J. Dunn’s #LAAB series. Hope you like it.

"The day after Superman died/
everybody stopped lookin’ up in the sky/
and started lookin’ down at the ground/
like we have been heroes here this whole time”

Part of me wants to sit here and think of something deep or poetic to say about the ongoing police violence in this country. But as much as I want to value and affirm the people who are sharing those thoughts, I also appreciate being reminded that concrete action— even when it’s small or incomplete— matters.

1. Check out the ‪#‎Ferguson‬ tag on Twitter for yet another example of how a militarized police force will always be a hammer searching for nails. Even when protests are peaceful. Even when the media is watching.

2. Check out this petition. Regardless of how you feel about the phrasing or the power of petitions in general, there are some specific proposals in here that may be relevant to your community. https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-please-enact-new-federal-laws-to-protect-citizens-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

3. If you’re in MN, here’s the website for Communities United Against Police Brutality: http://www.cuapb.org/. I’ll admit I don’t know what they’re up to right this instant, but that might be a good place to start if you’re interesting in learning/doing more. Any other links, feel free to share.

Just some cool stuff to check out, you know, if you’re cool

Part THREE in my series of videos sharing tips, tools and tactics for aspiring spoken-word artists.

This installment focuses on performance, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience. It’s an enormous subject, so I’ve really tried to zero in on some basic, foundational stuff.

As always, these videos are not meant to be “guides” or teach anyone anything. I’m just sharing tools that have benefited me and the stuff that I think about and try to be intentional about. I’m no expert, but hopefully something in here can be useful for you.

I’m not 100% sure who took this photo (if it’s you, let me know!), but this is me, Rube and deM atlaS rocking out at the SIFU HOTMAN release show. This is the album’s one-week anniversary. Endless thanks to everyone who has bought it, shared it, or even just listened. You can get it right here.

Repost our new album 100 times and I will eat FIVE DONUTS!

I don’t like to post political stuff unless there’s an action element, a next step, something that goes beyond “hey read this thing and be sad/angry.” And that’s hard with Gaza. Depending on where you live, there may be divestment campaigns, or activists working to pressure US politicians, or some other concrete thing you can do (post them if you got ‘em), but I also know that there might not be. So step one is to look for that, and maybe get involved.

But even if you don’t find anything, people who give a damn are never powerless. I wrote this piece a while ago with regards to Syria, but it applies to Gaza too. There’s always some way to be engaged. For us in the US, the least we can do (literally) is know the history and understand how our government helps these injustices happen. But we can also do more. A few thoughts in this piece, but I’d love to hear others’ ideas too.

Stream SIFU HOTMAN on SoundCloud.

And huge thanks to everyone from me, deM atlaS and Rube for a great first week so far. All of the purchases, listens, and especially the shares really mean a lot! Video for “First Ave Funeral” coming soon.

I NEVER SAT AT THE COOL KIDS’ TABLE/
I NEVER WANTED TO NEITHER.

One of my favorite poems: Tish Jones: TRACKS

There is no chosen one, no destiny, no fate/
There’s no such thing as magic/
There is no light at the end of this tunnel/
So it’s a good thing we brought matches

Just in case anyone missed the last post. Our new album is available now!

New album! Me and deM atlaS rapping over Rube beats. Hope you like it!