Illusory Protection: Chess & The Prison Industrial Complex

He confused science fiction with science facts, He couldn’t separate the block, from recorded tracks – GZA, Illusory Protection

In 2006, I created the Hip-Hop Chess Federation to teach kids chess and correlating life skills. A few years ago, a young Black female student tried to sneak past me in the lobby at John O’Connell High School where I worked as a security guard. She was late. Being the ever inquisitive security guard, I slipped into stealth mode. It was a hot morning. As she tried to skip through the lobby entrance I playfully popped outta the shadows and said “What time is it?!”

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Stereo Assault Presents: Courtnie Live!

College radio show and culture curator Stereo Assault concludes their 2015 concert series with rising R&B recording artist Courtnie at The Demo on December 23rd; doors open at 7:00 p.m, show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Courtnie

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Interview: P.L Talks Inspiration, Ann Arbor, New Music & More

We were able to catch up with Ann Arbor’s P.L to talk about some of the new things going on his career. P.L is most notably known for working with Grammy winning producers Needlz, and the J.U.S.T.I.C.E League and appearing on MTV & BET. As P.L ventures to the next stage of his career, we were able to talk with him about his upcoming plans and new music.

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On the Front Lines of the War Machine with Tef Poe

In 2011, Mitt Romney announced to the United States that he was uniquely qualified to run for president because of his business background of turning things around. The country was several years removed from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and still facing many obstacles on the road to recovery. Romney saw himself as the right person for the right time to drive American forward. Unfortunately for him, the economy, by and large, operates independently from the executive branch of government, so as well-intentioned as he may have (or may not have) been, he was wrong, or at least misguided, and the economy continued as did the Obama presidency, making Mitt a mere footnote in American election history.

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Album Review: JP One – Fire & Brimstone II

“I deserve an encore, y’all should welcome me back…”

Those are the first words that you hear on the opening track “Encore”. This serves to be a fitting title and the perfect introduction to the second installment of JP One’s Fire & Brimstone mixtape series.

JP One, aka Jackpot The Chosen One, hails from Detroit, MI and grew up in Benton Harbor. JP One had a rough childhood, but throughout all the trials and tribulations, one thing that has remained the same is JP One himself.
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Spycc Releases New EP, “Wuavé Season”

New Zealand emcee Spycc releases his latest project, a 6 track EP titled Wuavé Season. The EP features singles “Ain’t A Phase” featuring David Dallas and “ØTHER LØVER” featuring HIGH HØØPS. The album credits SmokeyGotBeatz, JAMAL, and AZA as the main producers. I believe it’s an album worth dropping some change on because it’s really good music but if you want, Spycc wont trip if you get it for free off his bandcamp. Check out the project and vibe to it. Tell us what you think below.


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Yung Reno Releases New Project, “Crown Royal”

Queens, New York emcee Yung Reno releases his most recent project today “Crown Royal.” Reno takes aim at a bigger stage featuring production from DH The Composer and Young Shun. If you haven’t heard his single “Erase You” on Stereo Assault Radio, it’s apart of this project. Check it out below and tell us what you think.

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St. Louis’ New Summer Concert Series “7 Nights of Summer (#7NOS)” Starts June 3

College radio show and culture curator Stereo Assault have partnered with Blank Space on 2847 Cherokee St. St. Louis Mo, 63118, to present a seven night concert series this summer titled “7 Nights of Summer” (#7NOS). This show will feature national touring and local musicians. The concert series will start June 3rd, 2015 and end on August 25th, 2015. Each event doors will open at 8:00 p.m. and the show will start at 9:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through St. Louis event listing site Do314.com for a cheaper rate of $7.

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CIEJ’S DBS HEAVEN IS FUCKING GOOD

Hip-hop and weed go hand-in-hand, but ciej‘s “dbs heaven” proves rappers should pass on the blunt and chug a tallboy. The influence of alcohol on the EP reeks like a drunkard’s breath to a cop at 3AM on a Saturday. Pent up on the second floor of blank space and powered by the buzz of beer, ciej strings together pages of thoughts onto six tracks that borderline incoherent, but remain strikingly honest. Like a drunk conversation, “dbs heaven” has the brazen confidence of giving no fucks, the freedom to say whatever is on one’s mind without the filter of expectation or the fear of external perception. Though the themes of the EP are very ciejy — women, money, life — the glossy delivery and convoluted production create a unique context that mitigates any thematic cliche.

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