The Source 5 Mics is now Nation19’s MCs List.

Many years ago (If you were a Hip Hop head) you couldn’t wait to get the new issue of The Source Magazine. Published every month for over 20 years, The Source was the Hip Hop Bible. Today social media has changed the delivery of information of Hip Hop artists in an ever changing new way. Outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Youtube allow much more interaction with the artists you like, and don’t like. But there is still a glitch in the system that pushes the cream to the bottom so to speak. Clever marketing campaigns fueled with money, high profile billboards in major locations, expensive music videos and advertisements everywhere can push the not so talented artists to the top. This leaves the very talented artists that are not supported by money and labels to have to fight to get the attention of the public. Rapping about weed and strippers sells because the young RAP music consumers are being taught to gravitate toward a materialistic capitalist ideology.

What can we do:
As of today Nation19 reaches and engages more people on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis than The Source Magazine on facebook alone.

the-source-5-mics-do-the-mathOur reach and exposure demands us to be responsible. The Source introduced Five-Mic rating when albums were king. If you had a dope album you could possibly receive 5 mics. At the time 5mics was more important than the Grammy’s to artists. Ice Cube’s first solo album, “All for One” by Brand Nubian, and Nas’s “Illmatic” are a few coveted albums to receive this rating.

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But singles are king today not albums. This is where we built the 19 MC’s list from. It is not a contest.

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As you know Nation19 is a curated news outlet phenomenon that continues to push the bar of consciousness in Hip Hop and in media reporting. We receive many request to showcase MC’s around the world but we never did it until now. Register for the list and let us know who are the MC’s the world needs to know about.

Activists discuss social injustice at World Premier screening of film in Phoenix!

 

We had such a great night at the world premier screening of our film #Bars4Justice! There were community activists, leaders, organizers, artists, and hip hop heads all there to discuss as a whole what we can do as a community to make a difference. WestCoast Kam was there and he talked about his role as an artists, hiphop and advocacy. Staring in the film is Jasiri X who flew all the way from Pittsburg, PA. There was a question and answer session with him where we spoke about his role as a hiphop activist. So we want to bring the film to your city to encourage and promote how hip hop and the arts can be used as a tool for positive change.

 

For info about screening in your area contact:

get@nation19.com

909.380.2138

You waited long enough! #Bars4Justice

You have waited long enough, and although we were to announce winners Sep 1st, we had a great lyrical hiphop debate on who the winner should be over the past 2 days lol.. On top of the prizes the winners will also be featured on an upcoming #Bars4Justice track for YOU to enjoy for FREE!! APDTA!

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Annnnnnd the Grand Prize Winner iiiiiiisssss!!!!!

Quadir Lateef!!

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

#JusticeorElse prize pack from Nation19 Magazine, 1Hood, and YoSoy™
2 NIGHTS STAY AT A 4 STAR HOTEL IN WASHINGTON, DC MINUTES AWAY FROM THE MALL VALUED AT $600!

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FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC (all new )TEE.


SECOND PLACE WINNER

MC Friction !!:

 

FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC (all new )TEE


THIRD PLACE WINNER

Sefam!!:

 

FEATURE ON NATION19 SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS (IG,FB,TWITTER).
NATION19 STICKER PACK.


A Big Thank you to ALL our contestants and congrats to ALL the WINNERS!!!

 

Nation19 or Jasiri X are neither responsible nor liable for any damages that may occur to the hotel or hotel room. Once a Grandprize winner is chosen, total responsibility of the room, and questions about the hotel will be between the hotel and the chosen winner. All ages may enter. Prizes for winners under 18 will be defaulted to parents or legal guardian.

Any #Bars4Justice videos posted/submitted may be used for Nation19 video promotions or ongoing projects .

We Need Your Help! #Bars4Justice

So yesterday we were going to pick our last finalist…buuuut, we need your help! These MC’s went sooooo hard that they got equal votes from all our judges! This is where we need you! Listen to each of the runner ups in the videos below: @Offendum, @Sefam, @ConsciousFlo. Post the name of your fav MC in the comments! The MC with the most votes will be the finalist! #Bars4Justice

Below are the runner ups submissions and a little of their background:
Offendum

Omar Offendum is a Syrian American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist. He was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington, DC, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He tours the world performing at international music festivals, lecturing at major academic institutions and fundraising for humanitarian relief organizations. Most recently Offendum has been involved in creating several critically acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is also working on several new collaborative projects while touring to promote his solo work.


Sefam

Samoan lyricist and beat maker, Iosefa Masalosalo, born in Northern California has traveled and lived all throughout the Pacific, including Japan, the Samoan islands, and the Hawaiin Islands perfecting his craft. He graduated from American Samoa college where he is very well known and played frequently on the number one hiphop station in American Samoa KHJ 93.7.


Concise Flo

Illinois born, Samuel X (Gray) musician, poet, and activist grew up on the West side by way of the West Suburbs of Chicago. Concise Flo began performing for crowds since the age of 12 as an actor for City Plays, was featured in a Gatorade commercial/ Gospel video and as a freshman in college he met with other students for small-organized poetry sessions. He then moved onto bigger audiences as an activist, rapper, and poet.

#Bars4Justice Week 2 Finalist MC Friction!

This week was a tough one! We got some dope entries from all across the US, and even overseas in Africa! So lets get to this weeks pick! And the 2nd finalist iiiiiiiiiiiisssss…….
MC Friction!! (@ceilobrownThis dude is super sick!!


Check out his #Bars4Justice !
“Reaganomics dropped atomically destroying our communities,
crack sales, built jails for non violent felonies-
Ask the government how “Dope” is that??
Facts 2 million Blacks can’t vote but still pay tax-
To our face race is minimal, class means everything,
all part of the same bird left or right wing!!


Props to all our judges: Jasiri X, Brother Ali (in Spain), Lench Mob Shorty, Michael Cinematic Muhammad, Yonasda, Malik Turner, Queen Muhammad Ali, Hakeem Khaaliq, True Father (Tru Skool Radio).


#BARS4JUSTICE IS A WEEKLY INSTAGRAM BASED FREESTYLE COMPETITION STARTING AUGUST 4th 2015. YOU GIVE US YOUR BEST BARS IN 15 SECONDS OR LESS, AND WE’LL HAND PICK AND FEATURE THE BEST VIDEO EVERY FRIDAY. WE’LL THEN CHOOSE THE BEST OF THE BEST ON SEPTEMBER 1ST 2015 AND ANNOUNCE THE WINNER FOR A FREE 2 NIGHT STAY IN WASHINGTON DC 10.10.15 FOR JUSTICE OR ELSE, The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March!

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How do you enter?
JUST POST THE DOPEST $#%$ WE EVER HEARD!


CONTEST RULES:
1.) Videos must be submitted via Instagram first.
2.) No foul language, let’s keep it PG.
3.) Submissions are only eligible that are created after contest start date.
4.) Must be hashtagged using #bars4justice.
5.) All submissions must be themed on Justice.
REMINDER: If your Instagram account is private, we can’t see your video


PRIZES:
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
2 NIGHTS STAY AT A 4 STAR HOTEL IN WASHINGTON, DC MINUTES AWAY FROM THE MALL.
FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC TEE.


SECOND PLACE:
FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC TEE.


THIRD PLACE:
FEATURE ON NATION19 SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS (IG,FB,TWITTER).
NATION19 STICKER PACK.




Nation19 or Jasiri X are neither responsible nor liable for any damages that may occur to the hotel or hotel room. Once a winner is chosen, total responsibility of the room, and questions about the hotel will be between the hotel and the chosen winner. All ages may enter. Prizes for winners under 18 will be defaulted to parents or legal guardian.

#Bars4Justice Week 1 Finalist Quadir Lateef !

It took allot of arguments, fights, texts, skype, FaceTime, and phone calls to determine this weeks finalist from all the dope entries aaaaaaaaand……..

Quadir Lateef’s #Bars4justice video definitely had everybody buggin!

Lyrics: What if Michael Jordan got shot like Mike Brown?
What if Sean Combs got shot like Sean Bell?
WE ARE THE NEW SIM CARDS…CAUSE THEY PUT US IN A CELL!

Props to all our judges: Jasiri X, Brother Ali (from Spain), Lench Mob Shorty, Michael Cinematic Muhammad, Yonasda, Malik Turner, Queen Muhammad Ali, Hakeem Khaaliq, True Father.


 

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Nation19 teamed up with Jasiri X to kick off #Bars4Justice!

#BARS4JUSTICE IS A WEEKLY INSTAGRAM BASED FREESTYLE COMPETITION STARTING AUGUST 4th 2015. YOU GIVE US YOUR BEST BARS IN 15 SECONDS OR LESS, AND WE’LL HAND PICK AND FEATURE THE BEST VIDEO EVERY FRIDAY. WE’LL THEN CHOOSE THE BEST OF THE BEST ON SEPTEMBER 1ST 2015 AND ANNOUNCE THE WINNER FOR A FREE 2 NIGHT STAY IN WASHINGTON DC 10.10.15 FOR JUSTICE OR ELSE, The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March!

How do you enter?
JUST POST THE DOPEST $#%$ WE EVER HEARD!

Free 2 night stay at a 4 star hotel in Washington DC with Nation19 and Jasiri X!!

So you Think you got Skillz?
Nation19 teamed up with Jasiri X to kick off #Bars4Justice!

#BARS4JUSTICE IS A WEEKLY INSTAGRAM BASED FREESTYLE COMPETITION STARTING AUGUST 4th 2015. YOU GIVE US YOUR BEST BARS IN 15 SECONDS OR LESS, AND WE’LL HAND PICK AND FEATURE THE BEST VIDEO EVERY FRIDAY. WE’LL THEN CHOOSE THE BEST OF THE BEST ON SEPTEMBER 1ST 2015 AND ANNOUNCE THE WINNER FOR A FREE 2 NIGHT STAY IN WASHINGTON DC 10.10.15 FOR JUSTICE OR ELSE, The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March!

Sponsors: Nation19 | 1HOOD | YoSoy

How do you enter?
JUST POST THE DOPEST $#%$ WE EVER HEARD!


CONTEST RULES:
1.) Videos must be submitted via Instagram first.
2.) No foul language, let’s keep it PG.
3.) Submissions are only eligible that are created after contest start date.
4.) Must be hashtagged using #bars4justice.
5.) All submissions must be themed on Justice.
REMINDER: If your Instagram account is private, we can’t see your video


PRIZES:
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
2 NIGHTS STAY AT A 4 STAR HOTEL IN WASHINGTON, DC MINUTES AWAY FROM THE MALL.
FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC TEE.


SECOND PLACE:
FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC TEE.


THIRD PLACE:
FEATURE ON NATION19 SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS (IG,FB,TWITTER).
NATION19 STICKER PACK.



Nation19 or Jasiri X are neither responsible nor liable for any damages that may occur to the hotel or hotel room. Once a winner is chosen, total responsibility of the room, and questions about the hotel will be between the hotel and the chosen winner. All ages may enter. Prizes for winners under 18 will be defaulted to parents or legal guardian.

Any #Bars4Justice videos posted/submitted may be used for Nation19 video promotions or ongoing projects .

Your favorite rappers soda out. The commercialization of Hip Hop continues with Sprite.

Sprite, a Coke a Cola company launched an interesting soda campaign featuring some of your favorite rappers. The campaign is promoting 16 limited Sprite cans with lyric quotes from Drake, Nas, Rakim Allah and Notorious B. I. G. on the cans. So Lets break it down.

Drake:
Although he is the most current rapper in these advertisements we can’t even believe the Sprite Marketing team would have the guts to position Aubrey Graham as though he is the top rapper ever. Sorry Sprite but this Jewish actor from Degrassi didn’t start from the bottom and he still not there lyrically to be in the same sentence as Rakim, Nas, or Notorious B. I. G..
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The way Sprite positioned the campaign, it appears to any youngsta that Drake is the king of Hip Hop…and he’s not. #1 rap songs don’t make you the king considering radio programers basically know nothing about the culture and are influenced by guess who…Sprite advertisement money. This is wack on too many levels.


 

Nas:
The Homie from Queens is definitely a lyrical genius and rightly so, but have you ever looked at Nas?…he looks like he doesn’t age. Drinking Sprite or any soda will not prolong your beauty or increase your rhyme skill. It will only make you a funky diabetic. Go ask Phife dawg. Nas told us he was highly influenced by Rakim so we are sure Nas didn’t know his name would go in front of his mentor.
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Rakim:
Hey Sprite his name is actually Rakim Allah…but we’re sure that didn’t go well with the campaign. We all followed the leader because he took the average party nursery type rhymes of the early 80’s and created his brand of prophetic / scientific / strong black male / five percent inspired / positive / Langston Hughes type lyrics to the masses. He should never be on the bottom of any hip hop list because he is the God of Hip Hop. Rakim is regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time. The only rapper in this campaign to be nominated for induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame…so tell us again why he is not on the top?

“While thinking of a Master plan,
(Sprite said) we gotta put a can inside his hand…now he’s paid in full (echo).”
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Notorious B. I. G.
No disrespect but somewhere Biggie’s Mom is cashing a fat check with no idea of the effects of this campaign. Somebody please tell Ms. Voletta Wallace don’t let them sell diabetes to black youth with your son’s legacy.
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Lastly, all soda is BAD…not Michael Jackson bad, but it will kill you Bad. Don’t drink Sprite or any sugar laced soft drink…obey your thirst by getting something that flows better than any MC… spring or alkaline water (not tap or purified). Peace.

Nation19 new issue: The food Issue.

Why every Rapper should observe Ramadan

A celebrity customer called us and wanted to buy the new Pillars Tee but was kinda worried about rocking it because he wasn’t a Muslim. We explained that although the shirt is made for people observing Ramadan, the significance can be practiced by anyone with a little discipline.

Here is how everyone, even Rappers can observe Ramadan, still stay fresh, and not be Muslim…..of course if you are not Muslim already. lol


Ramadan starts this month on June 17th and will continue for 30 days until or around Friday, the 17th of July.

Faith: Belief in God or a Supreme Being is at the center of all beliefs both ancient and modern. God may go by different names (Allah, Elohim, Jehovah, Tagaloa) but no person should be praised but the Lord of the Universe. So, not praising your favorite sports figure could wait for a month…lol


Prayer
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Prayer:
Since you can’t text God (unless you have Rakim’s cell phone) you must learn to communicate with The Creator. The more you you communicate the better the relationship gets. Muslims perform five prayers a day. Each prayer does not take more than a few minutes to perform. The real science of prayer in all religions is a direct link between the individual and God. During Ramadan you will be praying with Billions of Muslims, Christians, and Hebrews together.


Charity
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Charity:
 For 30 days lets try being charitable to the people who might be buying your next single. It’s not about giving money away but you can give a little bit of your time. Volunteer at a shelter or helping children. Remember all things belong to God, and wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The original meaning of the word Charity in Arabic is zakat which means both ‘purification’ and ‘growth.’


Fasting
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Fasting:
Its not just about abstaining from food, drink, sexual and relations during the sunlight hours, but also avoiding lewd TV programs, lewd movies, music with cursing, fighting, and arguing during this time. If that is too hard and your’e just not “bout that life” try going vegetarian and avoiding anything that is toxic to your body and not uplifting your mind. The goal is to be discipline and to grow.

During Ramadan Muslims fast (no eating or drinking) from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations, yes…really. Facts: Fasting is the best way to cure most sickness, repair vital organs, and is beneficial to health. 


Pilgrimage
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Pilgrimage:
Knowledge of Self is the key to life. During this time pick up a book or magazine about your culture or history and become an expert. If you can, talk to an elder in your family and gain a better perspective about your family history and the ancestors who paved a way for you to be here.


Write about your experience: After showing a little discipline with food, giving charity, studying yourself, no cursing, and avoiding arguments and fights, you may be at a creative high! Put your thoughts in a verse and send it to us (get[at]nation19dotcom) in July and we may pay you to use it in our next film or commercial! … if its dope lol

Also get some dopeness from our store while supplies last. Click Here

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Nation 19 Magazine / APDTA sponsor’s Freestyle Session in Denver, CO!

Nation 19 Magazine / APDTA sponsor's Freestyle Session in Denver, CO!

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Nation 19 / APDTA is a proud sponsor of Freestyle Session in Denver, CO
The event is hosted by legendary B-Boy Crew Lordz Of Finesse and CROS1
Presented by Silverback Bboy Events & UDEF Pro Breaking Tour
August 2nd 2014 At Beta Night Club voted the #1 dance club in the US by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Denver is one of a few selected cities to host the Freestyle Session US Tour. Freestyle Session Denver will be a qualifying event for the world 3-v-3 finals to be held November 9th In San Diego, Ca.

Sponsors:
Puma
Nation 19 / APDTA
Dardano’s School of Gymnastics
Poetik Sol
Evers Construction
Rawh Brand
Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center
B Boy Factory
Sankofa Lecture Series

Prizes are as follows:
o $1,500 for first place
o $750 for second place
o $450 for third & fourth