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On the most recent episode of TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio, D.D. Turner and C. Stats kick it Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University – Los Angeles and Organizer of the Black Lives Matter movement. During our time spent with Dr. Abdullah, we discuss her formative years in Oakland, education, her involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement as an Organizer, and her support of Jasmine Abdullah – The #BlackLivesMatter Organizer [and Founder of Black Lives Matter – Pasadena] that was falsely convicted and incarcerated [for Felony Lynching] after coming to the aid of a fellow peaceful protester that was being arrested by Police.

Felony Lynching – “A rarely used statute in California law… Under California’s penal code, “felony lynching” was defined as attempting to take a person out of police custody. Jasmine was arrested and charged with felony lynching last September, after police accused her of trying to de-arrest someone during a peace march at La Pintoresca Park in Pasadena on August 29, 2015.”  Democracy Now, 2016

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As usual, the TCOHHL Team takes you on a journey of Hip Hop’s glorious history; past and present all the while bringing recognition to the noble efforts and courageousness of Dr. Melina Abdullah, Jasmine Abdullah, Nana Gyamfi, and the countless others that work tirelessly for Black liberation and equality. Click the link below to listen to the episode.

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the beginning, Hip Hop culture has always rested firmly upon the premise of education and the need thereof.  Submitting to the idea of education serving as the basis of honing a discipline was always integral to the success of Breakers, Graffiti Artists, Lyricists, and DJs/Producers/Beat Makers alike. The idea was simple – without a devotion to learning the craft, one would likely be considered a fraud; a Half-Stepper according to the assertion of the legendary Big Daddy Kane.

But as Hip Hop progressed, these skilled and educated Hip Hop Artists began to gain more monetary success for their talents, creating some extremely comfortable lifestyles in the process. But when the money comes in fast and regularly, the pace of the financial education needed to act responsibly with it is often not commensurate.

As minorities, we generally lack education in personal finance.  From Vehicles to Homes, we often make purchase decisions using the desires of the heart and ego and not the pragmatism and rationale of the mind, thereby resulting in the stress heavy experience of living beyond our means; a problem that also confronts our White counterparts but often goes undiscussed and unconsidered within the confines of Black and Brown communities. And why should it? The responsibility of rectifying instances of educational and financial disparities should never rest with those that cause the disparity, but instead, those that are disparaged, for the purpose of fulfilling the desire to be better and tapping into the inherent greatness that resides within begins with introspection and self-initiative, resulting in self-betterment or perhaps even, the realization of self-purpose.

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So, being devoted to Hip Hop and also having a genuine concern for the education of our people, we found it necessary to leverage the culture’s 5th and perhaps most unexplored element of ‘Knowledge/Education’ as a tool to impart some enlightenment on the matter of Personal Finance. To facilitate this, on our next episode of TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio, we’ll be speaking with the wonderful, LaShonda Johnson of the Houston Housewives of Finance; a national organization [with a growing list of chapters] that successfully empowers individuals with the tools necessary to arrive at a place of effective financial literacy. From credit cards to the dreadful Student loan(s) to the selection of the appropriate life insurance policy, LaShonda graciously schools us on various aspects of personal finance while dispelling some of the long-standing misconceptions and circumstances of financial miseducation that so many of us have fell victim to – like my severely misguided and uninformed decision to purchase a $600.00 leather Avirex jacket [back in 1997] while being a full time College Student with part-time employment.

Taking notes while listening to this episode is recommended – Class will be in session!

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By: D.D. Turner, Founder/Executive Producer/Host
TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio
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Kendrick ‘K-Dot’ Lamar!

With 11 nominations, it was inevitable. But it’s no secret; Kendrick’s journey to this prestigious moment has been long, steady, and consistent. For those of us that have been fortunate enough to follow his exciting career, collectively we have bore witness to the maturation of a man; a man that overtly proclaims his love for the culture of Hip Hop while remaining aligned with its core principle of bringing awareness to social inequality and disparity. And never has he missed a step while engaging in the discipline of Emceeing.

So, to our revered and celebrated, Kendrick Lamar, The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend (#TCOHHL) congratulates you on your amazing accomplishment. Not only is it well deserved, it serves as a worthy testament of Hip Hop’s power and its ability to transcend cultural and socio-economic differences.

Kendrick ‘K-Dot’ Lamar, standing resolute in the shadow of the legendary, N.W.A., you are an appropriate victor.  Compton, California…Stand the f$@k up!! This is your moment.

– D.D. Turner, Purveyor of Hip Hop Culture
TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) Radio
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Tomorrow on The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend (#TCOHHL) Radio, the dynamic duo, D.D. Turner and C. Stats, will discuss the blockbuster N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The playlist you ask? It’s ALL about N.W.A. and Compton, California!

So tune in tomorrow (Wednesday) from 8-10pm est on tenacityradio.com.

Call yourself a Hip Hop Head/Historian? Then you’re going to love this episode!

Don’t fake jacks by being a #TurdBird. Tune in and officially be Down By Law with #TCOHHL and #Compton. #WordBorn!

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Visualize this: A high risk surgical procedure that can either reinforce or destroy a reputation. The Surgeon leading the procedure works methodically, allowing his knowledge and experience to guide the delicate execution of his hands. The objective is implicit; don’t fuck this up! The intent of the procedure is to correct a problem, and above all else, restore some sense of hope and self-sustainability back to the life of the patient. The task is finally nearing completion. Regarding the Surgeon’s willingness to perform a corrective procedure, the past 16 years, according to his supporters, have been a period of assumed obsessiveness. The opportunity to experience his skill in an extensive capacity was thought to have been a thing of the past. But right when the fans of the Surgeon arrive at the edge of despair, prepared to release their hopes and dreams [of him showcasing his skills] into the darkened chasm of never-no-more, the Surgeon announces his completion. And the result? The long-awaited successful completion of a major surgery, proving that he hasn’t lost not even an ounce of skill.

More than restore quality of life, the good Doctor has rendered something masterful; his work somehow transcends the notion of individualized impact and provides healing unto several generations and perhaps, even insight unto those not privy to the significance of what he has achieved. This Surgeon is Compton, California and Hip Hop’s very own, Dr. Dre and the result of his execution is his latest release, Compton; an appropriate accompaniment to the feature film release, Straight Outta Compton.

“What the FUCK is going on with Detox?!” Albeit inarticulate, this was surely the collective sentiment of those of us yearning to recapture the moment when we first experienced Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut solo release, The Chronic. While the follow-up release, [Chronic] 2001, proved to deliver a satisfying schedule of bangers, it fell short of capturing the resonant impact of its predecessor. And while we managed to get a dose of the Doctor’s prescription over the years through his work with Eminem, 50 Cent, The Firm, Knoc-Turn’Al, Xzibit, Game, Snoop, and a host of others, none of this proved to be as potent of an elixir as hearing Dre over his own concoctions on a full-length project. And now that the day has arrived, those of us that found ourselves obsessing over this day, can now indulge in the experience that audible overdosing has to offer. And undoubtedly, this offers a formidable fix. No Detox needed!

Compton effectively syncs with the feel and tone of Kendrick Lamar’s recent release, To Pimp A Butterfly. It opens with an overview of Compton’s cultural history and offers transparency into the historical occurrence of the White-Flight phenomenon and the subsequent rise of deteriorated conditions following the influx of Black and Brown folks into the City. Following the intro, the album proceeds to convey a message; one that highlights the plight of Black and Brown existence in the inner-city and the assumptions that are perpetuated by the perspective of White Supremacy/Privilege ideology. But conversely, supported by its progressive sound, it imparts a sense of hope through Dre’s vulnerability; he offers full disclosure about the struggles of his life before success but without departing from the hardcore content that his fans have come to appreciate.

Ultimately, the project provides balance and confirms itself to not just be the continuation of Compton’s new sound, but more appropriately, the realization of an archetype that began more than 30 years prior as a result of the vision of the beloved Surgeon. That be Andre “Dr. Dre” Young. This shit knocks!!

By: D.D. Turner, #TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) / Chief Turd-Bird Annihilator

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I am a certified, bonified, and qualified East New York – Brooklyn, New York City representative. Hell, without ever appearing obsessive and overbearing, I make it known whenever appropriate. And concerning my birthplace, I’ve never pulled any punches while amidst any conversations that call for the recognition of my hometown. I am exceedingly proud!

But at some point, we all perhaps find ourselves confronted with the wonderment of being from elsewhere; a rightful representative of a place that brimms with an undeniable flyness,  mystique, and culture. Offering full disclosure of my own wonderment of elsewhere, California, Los Angeles’, City of Compton, has always been on my list. And after seeing the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, it has absolutely become my #1 pick.

I am an inner-city born and bred child of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. Hip Hop culture is undoubtedly 1 of the 4 vertices on the principled square upon which I firmly plant my B-boy stance; right over left.  Being in tune with the culture has afforded me several realizations, one being Hip Hop’s viability as a form of social activism and awareness.

Coming of age in Brooklyn during the Crack Era, and experiencing instances of police brutality and profiling, Niggaz Wit Attitudes’ (#NWA), Fuck The [Mother Fucking] Police, song was pivotal, and poignant to boot. This song [as well as other NWA songs], along with the group’s mere presence, reflected the sentiments of many and reasserted Hip Hop’s power while establishing the West Coast’s position amongst the culture’s collective of pioneering Emcees. The daftness of the group was remarkable and if you’ve ever questioned the group’s street creditability, the biopic, Straight Outta Compton, provides an exciting portrayal for that ass.

While the persona depictions primarily focus on the lives of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, and O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, it doesn’t miss a beat with the cleverly interwoven yet less explored contributions of Lorenzo “MC Ren” Patterson, Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby, and the arguably infamous, Jerry Heller; with strong respresentations of Suge Knight, Tupac, The D.O.C., and Snoop Dogg.

To the credit of the actors, their ability to capture and convey the qualities of the portrayed personas proved satisfying and informing. More than an entertaining undertaking, the project provided a history lesson that often goes untold and unexplored by those Hip Hop enthusiasts that were not raised on the West Coast. Suge Knight starting out as a bodyguard for the D.O.C; Dr. Dre relinquishing his publishing rights to make his exit from Deathrow Records; Ice Cube’s issues with Priority Records, and the fearlessness of Eazy-E, represent just a few widely known and speculated topics that the work explores.

In the end, I left the movie feeling both satisfied and proud. The pre-release hype of those of us that revelled in the idea of there being a cinematic depiction of one of Hip Hop’s most pivotal and courageous groups was well justified. This is a #TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend) classic and comes highly recommended as an addition to your Hip Hop film library. -DDTurner, #TCOHHL