Brother Ali drops knowledge on hiphop with ‘Never Learn’

Brother Ali is definitely bringing knowledge back to hiphop in his new single ‘Never Learn’.

It was Wednesday April 26th we received a message from Brother Ali that his video would be dropping either Monday May 1st or Wednesday May 3rd. We were hype and couldn’t wait to hear what he had in store! Little did we know how dope it would actually be! “Never Learn” finds Ali contemplating spiritual manifestation with an ounce of metaphysical swag. Like the song, the video, directed by Kron, is a beautiful testament. It was shot at Dar Al Islam, a Muslim-built worship and healing center in New Mexico, the same location where Tupac Shakur’s “I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto” was filmed after his death. The video also features the synchronized choreography of Al Taw’am, twin dancers from the twin city of Minneapolis, whom Ali refers to as “royalty.” Their movement speaks of their family legacy of dignified regality,” Ali says in a statement released with the video. This focus on supreme beauty is one with the theme of the LP to be released May 5. It’s a message that contrasts sharply with the times.

“This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth,” the Minneapolis-based MC says. “Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.”

What really surprised us is Verse two @2:14:
“…I was standing on stage when my hero died feel the heartbeat of my people’s cries, NATION19 thirty three bowties. Light of the Deen gleaming in your eyes.” 19 represents alpha and omega which also reflects the message of this song. When the video first comes on, all we could think is wow! Brother Ali really showed so much love and respect  by having covered black young women that can really slay in this video! He’s basically the only hiphop artist that even has covered black women in his music video. This is the real love and the real hiphop!

From the twins, to the horse, to the location, to his message, to his flow, to the shoutout, everything about this video says dopeness! #APDTA #Nation19 #19MCs

Real Hip Hop is still here! Get it Here

Filmmakers bring Ferguson to Phoenix’s Hip Hop community… Sheriff Arpaio not invited.

On October 1st, community leaders along with local and national Hip Hop artist will meet in Phoenix to discuss racial profiling, police brutality, SB1070 laws, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This will take place at a premier screening of a short film “#Bars4Justice” (view or download media kit) Presented by Nation19 and Directed by award winning filmmakers Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali. “We believe this is the perfect time to use different approaches to activism especially in the state of our society today, and encouraging advocacy through hip hop can help educate and position today’s youth locally and nationally” said Queen. The film includes cameo appearances by Academy Award® winner artist Common (Selma) along with Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, M1 from Dead Prez, Jasiri X, Cornell West, Bree Newsome, and activists from all over the country. “This film documents the new generation of civil right activists who don’t sing We shall overcome they chant… Fight the Power” said Hakeem. “Bars4Justice” was filmed in Ferguson in the midst of yet another officer involved shooting during the anniversary of Michael Browns death who was killed by officer Darren Wilson on the same day a year prior.


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With the growing epidemic of police deadly force against people of color, community activism has become a necessity.  While community activism is progressing, there is another revolution on the rise that has not yet been televised. The revolution of HipHop advocacy and the rise of MC’s rapping about social issues.

Subsequent screenings of the film #Bars4Justice are being scheduled in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, and Ferguson. To find out more about screening the film in your area contact 909.380.2138 or email get[at]nation19.com.


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Facts:
  • Since the 2014 killings of unarmed 17 year old Mike brown in Ferguson, and unarmed  34-year-old father of four Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, 1100+ people were killed at the hands of police.
  • Arizona ranks among the highest in nation for deaths by Cops
  • No FM or AM radio station currently play conscious Hip Hop in Phoenix
  • Officer Mark Rine was not charged for the killing of unarmed father Rumain Brisbon.
  • Since then Arizona passed a law in 2015 that will shield names of police in ‘deadly force’ killings.
  • The Public Enemy music video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona” aired on MTV only one time in 1991. However, PE’s message spread:
    The NFL pulled the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Arizona, and thousands of conventions and tourists followed suit. It’s estimated the state lost $350 million in revenue before voters reconsidered the referendum in a 1993 vote, re-instating the King holiday.

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What does “bars” 4justice mean?
The most popular time signature in music  is the 4/4 measure and 4 bars is usually 1/4th  of a rap verse (16 bars).


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About Bars4Justice:
Bars4Justice is a documentary film shot on location in St Louis and Ferguson. The film follows Emcee / Community activist Jasiri X who was invited to perform at a benefit concert on August 9th 2015 along with Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome. The screening and live Q&A discussion with Jasiri X on Hip Hop’s roll in activism locally and nationally will take place on October 1st 2015 at:
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Mod HQ 

2828 N. Central Ave. 
Suite 100 (First Floor)
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(Southwest corner of Central and Thomas)
602.687.9417 (Venue)
909.380.2138 (Nation19)

6:30PM to 9:00PM 

Space is limited (so come early)
Free admission
Free parking

All ages welcomed


Featuring

In order of appearance
Jasiri X
Talib Kweli
Fubar St Louis
Tory Russell (Hands up United)
Kayla Reed (OBS)
Kendra Ross
The Ferguson Poet
Cornell West
Bree Newsome
Immortal Technique
Tef Poe
T-Dubb-O
Pharaoh Monch
Bun B (UGK)
M1 (Dead Prez)
Common
Family of Mike Brown
Rev. Renita Lamkin
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Rev Traci Blackmon
Rahiel Tesfamariam (Urban Cusp)
Rabbi Susan Talve ( Reform Congregation)
Rev Michael McBride
Protestors
Davey D
Rosa Clamente
Deray Mckesson (We The Protesters)
Andre Anderson, Chief of Police Ferguson

 


Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay Electronica, DJ Premier set to perform at the 9th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta!

Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay Electronica, DJ Premier set to perform at the 9th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta!

Surprisingly, this year the annual BET Hip Hop Awards has announced a list that will be quite interesting. According the CBS News and sources close to Nation19 Snoop Dogg will host the 9th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. BET will broadcast the ceremony on Tuesday, October 14th. This also marks the first National Television appearance of the illusive Rock Nation recording artist Jay Electronica.

Usually we don’t care much about award shows due to the fact of the unbalanced state of hip hop, R&B music and the corporate commercialization of both. But this seems like a great production.
Here is the official roster of rap acts to perform…
Common
DJ Premier
Jay Electronica
Birdman
DJ Mustard
Rich Homie Quan
Bobby Shmurda
Young Thug
Vince Staples
Migos
YG and Rae Sremmurd

Doug E. Fresh will join MC Lyte, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Russell Simmons, and Grandmaster Flash as a recipient of the “I Am Hip Hop Icon Award.” The next big announcement will be which emcees will take part in the highly anticipated BET Cyphers.

The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards will be taped on September 20 at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. The television broadcast will premiere on the network on October 14 at 8 pm ET.