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

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.

#1 Denver Hip Hop Radio icon DJ Chonz exits KS1075fm to pursue the things that matter the most!

May 2, 2016 (DENVER) — After nearly 15 years Mario Rodriguez, best known as DJ Chonz, exits (KS-1075) KQKS Denver and continues marketing and music under DJ Chonz and Radio Bums. He will continue his long established pursuits in Colorado making and advising on music and hip hop genre influencers across the nation, as well pursue new interest as a communications director for longtime friend, Arn Menconi.

DJ Chonz aka Mario Rodriguez wearing the "Ovni" T-shirt designed by Nation19/APDTA
DJ Chonz aka Mario Rodriguez wearing the “Ovni” T-shirt designed by Nation19/APDTA

The Denver native worked his way through the ranks from an underground Hip-Hop show on Sunday nights to become one of Denver’s best known hip-hop DJ’s. He climbed his way from the underground, to obtaining weekend shifts as a mixer on Saturdays and Sundays to becoming the first mixer to DJ live daily on commercial radio at 5pm. Chonz severed as co-host for nearly a decade until he became the main host 4 years ago heading the helm of the 3-7pm time slot.

Chonz leaves the station on a high note as station KQKS in afternoons reached #1 according to Nielsen Arbitron ratings in the Denver market in his demographics for 18-34 adults for March 2016. A Denver native from Denver’s north side, Chonz was known on air not only for his DJ skills yet for his charismatic attributes of being a Denver native talking to his fellow native audience. He opened the doors for many DJs to be heard commercially on radio such as DJ Bedz, DJ Sabotage, DJ Staxx, KDJ Above and many more.

Under the DJ Chonz and Radio Bums brands, he will continue to DJ corporate and nightlife events along with working with his existing clients at Radio Bums Marketing. DJ Chonz was named Top 25 young professionals for 2015 from Colorado Biz Magazine, Chonz exclaims his gratitude to the Denver listeners from allowing him to be a part of their lives daily for so many years. “They watched me grow from a young kid to a young man with a family, I am grateful for that.” Chonz notes if the opportunity arises to do radio again he will consider it time permitting. 
Information on his latest interests and for bookings please go towww.djchonz.com or e.mail booking@djchonz.com

Chonz involvement in the community has always been his passion –
from re-creating block parties in the Five Points area to helping other DJ’s become better known to sponsoring B-boy events in Denver as young people assembled in Denver for world qualifiers. He and his brother Delfino Rodriguez received a Proclamation from the City and County of Denver for Hip-Hop week because of their dedication. He has consistently volunteered his services from DJing and speaking engagements at youth centers, middle schools and high schools. This will be his third year giving out the DJ Chonz scholarship to CU Denver LYNX Summer Arts Camp – For more info click.

Given his passion for his community and helping others seek their voice, when the opportunity arose to take a position as Communication Director for longtime friend and U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi, he took advantage of the new endeavor. Chonz states “I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to help my friend Arn get elected to fight for the young people of the world. He’s served youth all over the nation for two decades, now we need to get this movement into the U.S. Senate.”

“Chonz is a visionary and leader in communications from the heart to the masses of voices many thought could never be heard. I’m humbled to have his thought leadership to make a difference for the people not power elites” said Menconi.
(repost from www.djchonz.com)

 

De La Soul is giving away a fully produced J Dilla Mixtape!

Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy)

De La Soul
“We’re happy to announce the release of our brand new mixtape fully produced by the late great J Dilla called “Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy). The mixtape consists of 11 songs of classic De La vocals over unreleased J Dilla production.

With this project we just wanted to be creative. Dilla was always our muse for creativity. He was always that springboard, that person, that individual, that sound, that generated creation, generated inspiration. He meant a lot to us and to Hip-Hop as a whole. Download “Smell The Da.I.S.Y.” for FREE now.”

This link will not last!
https://delasoul.wetransfer.com/downloads/9e81b684d46a38febded1716d31ab5ce20140324195806/05a73e
If You would like to Support J Dilla and his family please click here.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This is Stones Throw Records

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records

Peep!
COMING TO THEATERS IN MARCH 2014 – GET TICKETS! www.OurVinylWeighsATon.com

Produced & Directed by Jeff Broadway
Co-Produced & Edited by Rob Bralver
Written by Jeff Broadway & Rob Bralver
Executive Produced by Jason McGuire

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the artists who put Stones Throw on the map. Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton gives an exclusive look into the label’s left-of-center artists, history, culture, and global following.

The film features exclusive interviews with Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Madlib, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Tyler, The Creator, and many more.

The Low Lights Presents: “Actually It” Mixtape by upcomming producers APOB & Shepard

If you want to know what Nation19 is bumping right now in our office its The Low Lights Presents: "Actually It" by producer duo APOB(NY) & Shepard(Cali)

If you want to know what Nation19 is bumping right now in our office its The Low Lights Presents: “Actually It”  by producer duo APOB(NY) & Shepard(Cali). Actually it is a collaborative project that offers a really good collection of originally produced instrumentals with a dope balance of intricately chopped samples, synths and baselines reminiscent of great seasoned producers with platinum plaques. We feel you will be hearing much more from young upcoming producers in the near future. Props. #APDTA (all people don’t think alike)

Check it out.

https://soundcloud.com/shepards-sounds/sets/the-lowlights-presents

DJ QBert: Extraterrestria – NEW ALBUM PRE-ORDER

EXTRATERRESTRIA is DJ QBert's much-anticipated follow up to his groundbreaking debut album and feature film, Wave Twisters

Our good friend and super DJ nice guy QBert @ Thud Rumble is releasing a new project called EXTRATERRESTRIA. Super Dope. Don’t be the last to get it before it’s all gone.  EXTRATERRESTRIA is DJ QBert’s much-anticipated follow up to his groundbreaking debut album and feature film, Wave Twisters. Several years in the making, Extraterrestria transcends what turntablism is and what skratch music sounds like in the future. Featuring DJ QBert’s signature skratching, the album is accompanied by several well-known musicians to boost the sonic soundscape; world-acclaimed cellist and trombonist Dana Leong, former Dr. Octagonecologyst collaborator Kool Keith, super producer Chad Hugo of The Neptunes  / N*E*R*D fame and many more. Expect to hear some dope beats backed by world-class musicians and the best skratching DJ QBert has ever done; from subtle musical soundscapes to the all-out skratch madness. Right now only available on Kickstarter