Lazarus exclusive 19MCs interview!

Unlike Dr. Dre, this MC is an actual medical doctor. Dr. Khan aka Lazarus, representing Pakistan and Detroit, Michigan and a current MC on the first quarter 19MCs list, breaks down what its like being an MC from a doctors point of view.

N19: What inspired you to want to rap about political and/or social topics?

Laz: I just felt it was my obligation as an MC to speak out about oppression taking place on myself and others like me. I’m not afraid to voice my opinion, and I use hip hop as a vehicle to do it.

N19: #1 Hero in your life?

Laz: My father, who literally came from nothing from his village in Pakistan to make something of himself in America.

N19: What does consciousness mean to you?

Laz: As it pertains to hip hop, I consider it using rhymes to get people to think. To spark the intellect.

N19: Who are your top two MC’s? Why?

Laz: Nas and Eminem for their storytelling and wordplay

N19: What is one of the major obstacles in the music industry for you?

Laz: Record companies telling me that I don’t fit the mold of a rapper. To make it seem like it’s a crime to be educated and rap at the same time.

N19: Would you rather be on a Label or be/remain Indie…what is your flavor?

Laz: Independent. I want creative control over my music. Making the impact I want to have on people’s lives can’t happen if somebody’s telling me what I can and can’t say.

N19: Tell us your most dopest verse.

Laz: First verse of “Dream of a Hustler” or “Godflow”.

N19: Whats your fav thing to do when you are not doing music?

Lazarus: Between being a full-time practicing physician and a full-time MC, I try to sleep when I can.

N19: Carnivore or Veggies?

Laz: Carnivore. On and off the mic.

N19: ASCAP or BMI or Neither?

Laz: ASCAP.

N19: If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

Laz: Ignorant people.

Enoch 7th Prophet Exclusive 19MCs Interview!

Nation19 interviewed the dope MC’s from the 19MCs list and they shared some of the most inspirational words for. This is what Enoch shared. A Washington DC Native that keeps it real…….. hiphop that is.  

N19: What inspired you to want to rap about political and/or social topics?

Enoch: I wanted to rap about things that can and should be a reflection of my community, inner self, and the changing world around us. In order for a person to rap about social topics and/or politics, you have to be involved in the culture of reality…. This lack of artists not saying anything with substance is my inspiration to write on topics that can make a listener think twice.

N19: Favorite book you recommend reading?

Enoch: “The Wise Mind of H.I.M Emperor Halie Selassie I”

edited and forward: H.I.H Prince Ermias Shil Selassie

introduction: Ras Sekou S. Tafari

N19: #1 Hero in your life?

Enoch:My Grandmother

N19: What does consciousness mean to you?

Enoch: It means to be self-aware of your being. It means to have knowledge of yourself. It means to have a full overstand of the god consciousness that surround us daily because even the unconsciousness is still consciousness within his/her own understanding.

N19: Who are your top two MC’s? Why?

Enoch: RedMan ( Reggie Noble) has always been my favorite emcee since 92’ “Thee Whut? Album”. Redman made me want to visit Newark NJ aka Brick City. I appreciate the concepts, bars and how he approaches a song along with his style of writing. He’s always reinventing himself.

Black Thought along with Redman have always been my fav emcees because both artists are highly underrated and rarely talked about when it comes to bars. Black Thought is El-Presidente when it comes to freestyle, concepts, and writing styles that are unmatched, to say the least.

N19: What is one of the major obstacles in the music industry for you?

Enoch: When this mumble rap gets more attention then the emcees who have something to say.

N19: Would you rather be on a Label or be/remain Indie…what is your flavor?

Enoch: The goals are to remain indie, thats why I created a label called “Chakra Music, LLC” with my Deejay KING CEE. This is a sure way for us to control the narrative of our vision.

N19: Tell us your most dopest verse?

Enoch: Recognize the voice

Know the name

E 7th P

Change the game

few years change my name

Switch lanes on lames, who aim

stop mines hiphop since 89

Fine like wine, don’t drink never got drunk

sober rhymes ova Heavy Drum/ snares

Makes da hearing impaired

I dare/can’t to take me off my square

In my bboy stance.

Ordering the crowd to throw up

Their hands!!! Now ya chance

Get involved, stay active in the cause

Not Just BECAUSE!!

Do it for the culture,

Not for the applause

Bearer of the light

To the lost-Souls

I so suppose I pose a threat

To any demon possess, wanna test

God in the flesh

These are the words dat I manifest!

“Illuminate”-Enoch 7th Prophet

N19: What’s your fav thing to do when you are not doing music?

Enoch: Playing the drums and photography.

N19: Carnivore or Veggies?

Enoch: Veggies

N19: ASCAP or BMI or Neither?

Enoch: ASCAP

N19: If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

Enoch: Poverty .. I would eliminate it and add universal health care

Ibn Orator Exclusive 19MCs Interview!

Ibn Orator from New Haven Connecticut, just one of the dope MCs from our first quarter 19MCs list, tells us why he became a political rapper and why he feels they are needed. 

N19: What inspired you to want to rap about politics or social topics? 

Ibn: When I first started raping it wasn’t my intention to rap about politics and social issues but more of taking notice on how the walls around me were closing in and why ….ive always looked at others with curiosity of why people do the things they do and why we suffer

What inspired me to rap about these certain issues was when I realized the blueprint of our society had 6 faces instead of 3 after reading books like Albert pike morals and dogma and digesting concepts like the Ashlar stone.. which enhanced my perception of the world and all of its grey areas.

N19: Favorite book you recommend? 

Ibn: Freedom of the known by Khrishnamurti

N19: #One hero in life? 

Ibn: Well he might not agree with this nor may he
see this coming, but initially if I had to choose one hero it would be Harvey Jonzz of Setlionsden in New Haven CT.

Well known personal trainer now all over

Long story short if it wasn’t for him I might not have been MCing right now ….when I was 19, him being an MC himself at the time, became my mentor and he was the one who inspired me to rap ….

He didn’t realize it but with as much as I was going through in my personal life back then and as the years passed by hip hop was what kept me sane and civilized…. It helped me venture through so many emotions that I’m not sure I could have done on my own…..

And that in itself with as much as I’ve accomplish on my own since then …I have to thank Harvey for starting the process and that in itself is what makes him a hero to me.

N19: What is Consciousness to me? 

Ibn: Consciousness is the ability to realize that one can not measure its limits and all the more reason to explore what it means to you.
It is the true essence of all and nothing simultaneously

N19: Who are your top two MC’s? And why 

Ibn: Lupe fiasco for his imagery ….he has such a very concise and vivid way of drawing the picture for you in plain language …and very informative with his music.

And Jay Electronica’s handle on folklore and antiquity in his approach with how he connects the two with his words and how much info he can cram into one line is very beautiful to me. I also admire his self reflection and way of tackling real world issues in his songs as well.

N19: What is one of major obstacles in the music industry for you ? 

Ibn: To be honest I haven’t really tackled the industry to find out and I’m not sure if I need to …I believe the industry will come to me ……perhaps when I was 19 the music industry was all I wanted …but as the years passed by …I haven’t felt I needed to ” tackle ” anything …my spirit has brought me to all sorts of platforms that I’ve felt would propel me forward …and I have faith that the universe bares no ill to me and I bare no ill to it…… I am confident I will succeed and go beyond all expectation …

N19: Would you rather be on a label or remain indie? What’s your flavor? 

Ibn: Well I am still exploring what it means to be indie ….grant it if a label were to approach me and I deemed a record deal suitable, I would gladly take the offer only if it meant that my vision can come to life creatively … But for now I am doing that on my own.

N19: Tell us your dopest verse … .

Ibn: There’s an unreleased song of mine called “pandemonium” that I excluded from my last project due to crunch time and last minute decisions ….

But it goes:

“Once upon an apsis// sicker than your average// psyche ward on a farce of the Dmt lighting matches // there was, funk on the basset

Cruising down the block to spot a narc on the ave plotting plants in Easter baskets // as syphilis in a vat from out of space got elastic like nasa hatch it//

with winter soldiers out of hydra//in the cut like a mansion on abroad to the hood giving to the poor// can’t see them? I can’t seem them either…..

The basis of a liar// that’s singing like Mariah to an infant in a fire of combustion on ambien”-

Ibn Orator

And the rest of this song will have to be heard on the official release of the track….. But I believe that was my dopest verse.

N19: Whats your favorite thing to do when you’re not doing music? 

Ibn: I like to watch anime a lot especially abridged versions for comical relief… as well as spend time with my girlfriend. There’s a lot of things I like to do when I’m not doing music… it’s kinda hard to name one …lol i also like to study and watch movies that provoke thought.

N19: Carnivore or veggies? 

Ibn: Mostly veggies with a little bit of meat as of lately.

N19: ASCAP or BMI? 

Ibn: I’m currently on BMI.

N19: If you can change one thing in the world what would it be? 

Ibn: Idk there’s too many things to consider …I would perhaps change our educational system into something more based on self awareness for people of all trades of the world… Not exactly keen on that for sure …I would have to take more time to think about what it is exactly I would change.

Nation19, LA, Pan African Film Festival, Russell Simmons, and the Red Carpet!

Peace this is Nation19 live in LA and it’s going down!

#Bars4Justce Premièred and it was a favorite at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival. It was so dope to see all our fam and fb fam!

Then we were invited to the Directors Guild to talk about our film and why it is important to use art and media for social change.

After that we were invited to meet with the God Father of Hip Hop Russell Simmons and we talked about everything from President Obama, Social Change, and the Oscars. He even announced the All Def Digital movie awards while we were there!

So if ur in LA today catch us tonight at the final screening of #Bars4Justice at 10:50PM at Rave Cinemas 15 in the Baldwin hills Plaza. See yall there!

Rave Cinemas 15
4020 Marlton Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Call (323) 296-1005 for directions

Peace Nation19
APDTA

Indigenous, Egypt, and HipHop !

What do these cultures all have in common? They all come from the same people, the original people that first inhabited this earth!  Not to mention each culture possesses some of the most beautifulest art in the world! Check out all these cultures in this short 40 sec commercial, and get your “Native Pharaoh” sweater today while supplies last! Represent your true culture!

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Watch the the Fall of America! issue #07

Indigenous cultures are ofttimes portrayed as a primitive people of the past, when in reality they are a people of pride, articulate manners, elaborate courtesy, and spirituality that had a love and respect for the land. There was no need to teach these people the importance of self sustainability, for that was the foundation of their well being. These people did not disappear, in fact each one of us represents in someway, shape or fashion an indigenous culture. Find out how you relate to these forgotten and sometimes belittled civilizations in the Nation19 Magazine Fall of America Issue #07. Watch and share our true history! #APDTA


 

 

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Nation19 x 1Hood Film Screening and Launch Party!

Tomorrow November 24th we will be screening our film “#Bars4Justice” in Pittsburg Pensilvania which will include a Q&A session with Nation19 award winning filmmakers Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali along with National hiphop Activist Jasiri X in association with 1Hood. He will also be debuting his new album “Black Liberation Theology” and discussing how hiphop can be used as a tool for Social Change.

If you are in Pittsburg or surrounding areas, come join us for an evening of informative entertainment, social upliftment and engaging dialogue! Doors open at 7:00 pm, and we will be showing the film soon thereafter so come early! This is a free event for all ages so bring your entire family! This film is not available online and is only being screened in selective private theaters and venues, so don’t miss out!!

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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.


About Black Liberation Theology:

Black Liberation Theology is an album that investigates what is the belief system that eventually will lead to Black Liberation. This long awaited release features David Banner, Rhymefest, Tef Poe, Jacquea Mae, and 1Hood. Stellar production by Akil Esoon, Idasa Tariq, Black Czer, Twilight Tone and RLGN lays the foundation for Black Liberation Theology!


The launch party film screening, album debut, and live Q&A discussion with Queen Muhammad Ali, Hakeem Khaaliq, and Jasiri X on Hip Hop’s roll in activism locally and nationally will take place on November 24th 2015 at:

Alloy Studios
5530 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
For more info on the event contact:
412.204.2347 (1Hood)
11-24-15 7pm
Location + Parking

Space is limited (so come early)
Free admission
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

#Bars4Justice Finals!

It has been a long judging weekend, and @Sefam is who the people voted for! Congrats to our last finalist for #bars4justice and all the runner ups! Now we will make the tough decision of who will be the king of #bars4justice and the Grand Prize winner! This is the #battle4justice !! All finalist must submit their dopest 4 #bars4justice ever!! Finalist must submit by Friday August 28th! Winners will be announced September 1st! Bring that heat!!
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Check out the last finalist @sefam below:

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.


 

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 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 .

Nation19 special announcement about #Bars4Justice !

Since the launch of #Bars4Justice, we have been getting a lot of really dope submissions! We want y’all to know that this competition is not just about winning a dope hotel room, but we need to see more MC’s addressing real issues going on in our communities, cuz’ y’all are the real news media! If you don’t let us know whats really going on in your neighborhood, no one else will. So keep posting your dope submissions for Bars4Justice and we’ll see y’all in DC !

See contest rules:

 So you Think you got Skillz?

#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 .

Officer Ray Tensing murderer of Sam Dubose released on bond…already…

 

Sam DuBose with his family. 

As you may already know, Samuel DuBose, 43, father of 10, was murdered on July 19th by a single shot to the head fired by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing during a routine traffic stop, in which DuBose was pulled over for not having a front license plate.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told the media that University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing will be charged with murder. In a frank assessment of the officer’s conduct, Deters said Tensing had “purposely killed” DuBose and that he “should never have been a police officer”.

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The suspect, officer Ray Tensing, claimed he was dragged by the car, when his body-cam video obviously shows otherwise. The video shows that Tensing, who stopped DuBose in Mount Auburn on July 19 for driving without a front license plate, speaks to him for a little less than two minutes before he fatally shot Dubose in the head.

Now, former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty Thursday July 30 to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting death of Samuel DuBose.

At the arraignment, the judge set Tensing’s bond at $1 million.

Some inside the courtroom applauded when Judge Megan Shanahan announced the bond, and she quickly admonished them and called for order in the court.

Tensing posted bond later in the day, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts’ website. His next court date is set for August 19. Really? Sandra Bland didn’t even get a release before she was mysteriously hung in her cell! Why is he even able to post bond after a cold blooded murder, and after blatantly lying in his report that he was dragged? Now that he has been released, he can flee to china for all we know! Let’s see what August 19th will reveal.

We need more than just prayers for Sam Dubose’s family! We need Justice Or Else! We don’t need a moment of silence either, because our Silence is killing us! Stand up! Rise up! APDTA!

NWA Tour with Eminem is coming straight outta somewhere in Europe?

Universal chief Donna Langley is trying to reunite N.W.A for a European tour to promote the group’s biopic with Eminem filling in as Eazy E, and sitting in as an honorary member according to the Langley. “We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” she says. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.”

After hearing this the crew over here at Nation19 came up with some ways the tour could go down with Eminem added. First thing is N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) may scare some, so we suggest renaming it N.W. E. (Niggaz Wit Eminem).

In order to seamlessly perform the songs that Eazy made famous we think its best to leave his legendary status in place and create new titles of his songs.

  • Instead of the crowd screaming We Want Eazy how about We Want Eminem. 
  • Calling black men Boyz is so 1940’s so Eminem can rework the old school classic into White Boyz in the Hood. 
  • Lastly in hopes of calming the racial tensions between blacks and the police they can replace F@^! the Police with a new tour version with Eminem called…My Uncle’s a Police.  JK…lol

APDTA

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..
rappers soda out to sprite_drake

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.
rappers soda out to sprite_nas


 

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).”
rappers soda out to sprite_rakim


 

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.
rappers soda out to sprite_BIG


 

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.