#WEEDREVIEWS

#WEEDREVIEWS
#EASYREADING #CANNABISCULTURE
#WEEDREVIEWS è il titolo di una serie di 9 articoli dedicati ad altrettante canzoni rap, ispirate o dedicate alla marijuana. Sono articoli che mi piace definire #EEEEASYREADING: brevi, leggeri, divertenti ma anche informativi. La selezione delle canzoni proposte è del tutto soggettiva; non segue alcun ordine temporale né si sofferma sulla notorietà [...]

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DO THE RIGHT THING

DO THE RIGHT THING
THE ENDURING URGENCY AT 30
Spike Lee’s third feature, “Do the Right Thing,” returns to movie theatres this weekend in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of its release. Lee dedicated the movie, in the end credits, to the families of Eleanor Bumpurs, Michael Griffith, Arthur Miller, Edmund Perry, Yvonne Smallwood, and Michael Stewart—six black people, five [...]

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PROJECT SURREALISM

PROJECT SURREALISM
THE URBAN SPACES OF LA HAINE
As a season of 1990s cinema kicks off at BFI Southbank, we look back at the suburban landscapes of Mathieu Kassovitz’s vital portrait of the Paris suburbs Mathieu Kassovitz’s award-winning drama, La Haine (1995), follows a day in the life of three young men from immigrant families in a poverty-stricken Paris suburb. Fizzing [...]

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FIGHT THE POWER

FIGHT THE POWER
THE MOST PROVOCATIVE SONG EVER !
In the first episode of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix drama When They See Us, a couple of dozen black teenagers pour into Central Park on the night of 19 April, 1989. Five of them will end up spending years in jail for a rape they didn’t commit, but for now they’re [...]

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How Gil Scott-Heron made way for a generation of rap revolutionaries

How Gil Scott-Heron made way for a generation of rap revolutionaries
On what would have been his 70th birthday, we look back at the exceptional legacy of the poet, musician, and novelist
Even if you’re not familiar with Gil Scott-Heron, it’s likely you’ve unknowingly encountered his work in some form. The late artist’s poeticisms have taken on a life beyond their architect, from his extensive sampling in hip hop music, to cover versions like soul singer Leon Bridges’ recent resurrection of “Whitey On The Moon” [...]

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Kurt Cobain’s Undying Influence on modern Hip Hop

Kurt Cobain’s Undying Influence on modern Hip Hop
Kurt Cobain's influence on hip-hop past and present
In 2019, rappers idolize Kurt Cobain more than they idolize rap legends. The art form has been heavily influenced by SoundCloud rap; a subgenre which makes use of DIY aesthetics and shrill vocals—decades after Nirvana mastered those qualities without really caring to. Many of its stars see Cobain as an [...]

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YOUNG WILD N FREE – SNOOP & WIZ

YOUNG WILD N FREE – SNOOP & WIZ
WEEDREVIEWS #9
So what we get drunk / So what we smoke weed / We’re just having fun / We don’t care who sees So what we go out / That’s how it's supposed to be / Living young and wild and free. Esser giovani, liberi da qualsiasi vincolo e senza pensieri, così [...]

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The Self-Destruction Video

The Self-Destruction Video
The Power Of Hip-Hop Unity
From AmbrosiaforHeads - In the late 1980s, Rap music had a problem. At the time the genre was exploding with national and overseas tours, incidents were taking place at some of those concerts that were smearing the reputation of the Hip-Hop culture. As the safety of show-goers was a significant concern, [...]

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IN PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS – KID CUDI

IN PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS – KID CUDI
WEEDREVIEWS #8
Crush a bit, little bit / Roll it up, take a hit / Feeling lit, feeling right. Inizia così In Pursuit of Happyness, terzo singolo estratto dall’album Man on the Moon: The End of Day di Kid Cudi, prodotto dal duo elettronico Ratatat con il featuring di MGMT. Kid Cudi [...]

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STILL BLAZIN – WIZ KHALIFA

STILL BLAZIN – WIZ KHALIFA
WEEDREVIEWS #7
Marijuana minutes, nigga time slow / On a kush clock, there's always time to smoke. In una dimensione temporale alterata dal tetraidrocannabinolo, il tempo si dilata e se l’orologio è a base di Kush (una tipologia di marijuana), c’è sempre tempo per fumare. Why can't everyone just smoke like me? [...]

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Angela Davis Speaks Out

Angela Davis Speaks Out
After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks out after the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinded a human rights award for her, reportedly due to her activism for Palestinian rights. In September, the institute announced that it would award Davis the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights [...]

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