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    Sep 12, 2006
    Oh Baltimore!

    I often feel that Baltimore gets a bad rap. Sure, there is crime here, but if you don't travel in those types of circles you can pretty much lead a quiet existence (28+ years with only 1 misdemeanor on my jacket). I scour the paper and net daily looking for stories related to Baltimore (music related news for the most part) and every so often (nah...LOL! pretty much everyday unless they are talking about the new darling of Bawlmer "club music") I come across a personal account or memoir from a person that used to live here and ran like a BAT OUT OF HELL the first chance they got. Today's discovery was a real hoot. Girl friend...is P.O.'ed!
    Hip Hop Club Destroys Neighborhood
    "I am not from Baltimore. I moved here in the late 80's. I moved here from a small, friendly New England town, to attend college here in Baltimore. If I had any idea what kind of racially tense area Baltimore was before I moved here, I never would have come here. I would'e gone to college elsewhere. I am now currently making plans to move elsewhere. Somewhere nice and safe, far away from angry violent black men and wild unruly hip hop clubs. Far away from crime-ridden Baltimore City and it's angry "Mob Town" mentality. I long for a nice community where I can live in peace, free from fear. I don't know where I will find it, but I can assure you, it's not here. There are insurmountable violent racial tensions and racial double standards here. Baltimore City is not a place you want to live in, especially if you are a European-American."
    Funny thing is.....I live in this neighborhood and aside from the transsexual hookers that often take up residence in the vestibule of the house next to me, the $200 or $300 a year I give the city in parking ticket fines (meters are on a 8:00 AM whether I am awake or not), meth patients posting up on the front steps of buildings they obviously don't live, the occasional tree falling in the middle of the street (the city really needs to come and investigate why trees seem to fall on Charles Street every time we have a hard rain)...Oh yeah and the fact that every Friday and Saturday night my suspicion that Baltimore is the DL capitol of the world is confirmed....I think the neighborhood is pretty groovy. Its a real melting pot of cultures with ethnic restaurants, ecclectic boutiques, attractive brownstones and your occasional booster coming through selling deodorant, bootlegged mixtapes and Nam Champa incense. Where else can you get this much LIFE? This is why people choose to live in the city in the first place...the noise, the people, the culture, the concrete, the annoyances....the spirit.....
    side note: What is the "mob town" mentality. I heard someone use that recently?
    I think the most poignant statement lady made was her last......

    "Baltimore City is not a place you want to live in, especially if you are a European-American."
    That very well may be true. LOL! I can't argue with her. But as with everything else in life...PERCEPTION is a mutha. This city is what you make it. I've been cussed because I didn't give money to the stranger that identified them self as "homeless"...I've had my change put on the counter when I know that I handed them the moneyin their hand (this is so very disrespectful), I've been "stuck up" in broad daylight around the corner from my house (several years ago), I've been treated differently because people made assumptions about my ability to pay, converse intelligently or background.....and I still think this is a great place. Its just a place that you always have to be on point and you always have to walk around with the assumption that most people have mental problems.
    IMO, if you can make it here you can truly make it anywhere (I think probably more so than NYC). At least in NYC....the progressive thinkers out number the "drones" and people know that there is a BIG world out there. In B'more...people moan about driving from East Baltimore to West (yeah its that bad).
    I wish I could meet this woman...let her know that its not Baltimore that has soured her opinion...she just ran across one to many N*s....LOL! Then again....perhaps she needs to move to Eastern Europe where maybe she'll feel safer. But that one sounds crazy to me. It looks like life in Eastern Europe is pretty gangsta too. I'd be scared as hell to live there!

    Baltimore Book Festival
    The 11th annual Baltimore Book Festival features over 200 authors, cooking demonstrations, children's writers, live music, food and over 75 exhibits and vendors. Includes Hill Harper from the CBS series "CSI: NY," actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee, Kevin Clash (the voice behind the "Sesame Street" character Elmo), international best-seller Sebastian Junger and Black Playwright of the Year winner J. California Cooper. The Walters Art Museum will host many of the talks and readings advertised. The music stage will feature regional bands ranging from Afro-funk to blues to indie rock. The festival is held in Mount Vernon Square from on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2006, Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This event is FREE. Visit www.baltimorebookfestival.com for more information.


    Sent to Kenya to save them from Baltimore's streets, kids blossom, then must deal with their school's unexpected closure and a return home in the documentary
    The Boys of Baraka (10 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67)
    PLEASE DON'T MISS IT! Ammo is featured a little (in passing), but the story focuses primarily on the stories of Trey and Richard (and his brother)...two boys that I have met in person and like very much. Trey not only attends my al ma mater (St. Frances Academy - GO PANTHERS!!!), but he is also an aspiring rap artist. Matter of fact ...he is one of my MYSPACE friends. This story touched me so much that I'm sure it will move you too. Finally something ghood on TV!
    People haved called me the Baltimore Wendy Williams...LOL! That is comical if you really think about it. Just imagine if I took a page out of her book and really talked about all the "devilish ish" that goes down with the Hip Hop scene alone - MAN! Maybe my site hits would go up a lil...LOL! Controversy always sells (ask 50). But seriously...if you want to compare me to anyone and stroke my ego in a major way....compare to my idol, OPRAH.
    Can you believe its been 10 years since Tupac's alleged death (September 9)? 10 years later, some still feel impact of Tupac's legacy ....well, I saw him in Senegal in 01. That is my story and I am sticking to it!
    Tupac Shakur: On The Line With Tupac
    By Davey D.
    (originally published by allhiphop.com)
    This season the Wire will tackle story lines that involve Baltimore City Public Schools. This meant that they had to find lots of child actors that could handle the job of conveying all of emotion, disappointment, confusion, joy, sorrow and regret experienced by youth coming of age in Baltimore. From what I've heard thus far....they've done a phenomenal job. Check out this story......

    'The Wire': Finding Teen Actors
    Monday, September 11, 2006
    By Lynn Smith Los Angeles Times

    I really thought I was in the know, but maybe I'm wrong......

    "Although it is very early in RMD's radio campaign for his upcoming album "Diamond In The Rough," Roc Monee has instantly been embraced by cities like Jacksonville, Baltimore, Little Rock, Shreveport, Philadelphia and Houston to name a few."
    Who are these people? LOL! Why they name droppin like that! Out of the million or so cities they could have named...they say B'More. WOW!
    What does that say about us?
    A. We are doing it and people are taking notice
    B. We are doing nothing and they can say our name because no one will ever check. mmmmmmmmmmmmmh!
    A sneaker head's heaven ....just down Route 70! Check out this story....
    "If the shoe fits, collect them" ...........& if you love Sneakers.....Sunday 9.17.06 ....you need to get you body down to SONAR! SNEAKER PIMPS IS COMIN!


    Hip Hop Task Force
    Chicago Detective, Kahill Jones is faced with the toughest challenge of his career when he is summoned to Baltimore by the FBI to assist them on their infamous Hip Hop Task Force unit. His assignment, go undercover into a Hip Hop record company as a music producer, to find and identify a highly sought after crime lord that is rumored to frequent the label.
    During the assignment, Jones develops a close relationship with the CEO of the label Dajuan Manning. At the same time he falls in love with Manning's daughter only to discover that the criminal is someone closer then he was led to believe. This sudden twist in events begins to complicate his mission as these new found relationships are put into question. How do you betray a close friend and the woman you now love? Do you choose your badge or your heart?

    Not sure about the officialness of this flick (I haven't heard anybody mention it), but I am curious as to how they portray Baltimore.

    Check out this profile of one of this month's Its Baltimore Baby! LIVE featured acts:
    UBL: artist profile - The Foundation

    Have you ever heard of Native Deen? Muslim Hip Hop - what's that all about?

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/12/2006 06:06:00 PM   5 comments
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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/12/2006 09:06:00 AM   0 comments
    Sep 11, 2006
    Saturday (9.9.06)

    I want to thank E the poet-emcee & the entire Torchlight Entertainment family for inviting me to September 9, 2006's Hip Hop / Spoken Word Sound Clash @ The Baltimore Theater Project. I HAD A GREAT EVENING!!!
    The show was given in celebration of the release of "The E-mmaculate Perception", a new CD from E the poet emcee and featured performance from many of the area's premier Spoken Word and Hip Hop performers. The Theater Project is such a nice venue. The seats are kinda close together and I always need an aisle seat, but all in all...it's really comfy. The lighting was wonderful.....I don't know WHAT was up with the sound. That was DEAD WRONG!!! ......My hat TRULY goes off to all of the artists for keeping their cool and not lashing out at the sound man. I would imagine that this show posed new and intersting challenges. They are not use to this type of show...LOL!
    Hosted by Archie the Messenger (GREAT host - full of energy and good humor!), performers included AB Rock, Rhonda L. Taylor, Ogun, Messiah, B-Fly (introducing her new band, "TRIBE OF JUDAH"), LOVE, Jamma Wun, Naima, Golden Seal, Bomani "D" Mite Armah, Swan Grace, E the poet-emcee and quite a few others (not listed on the program). They were giving out free "EP" cds, but OF COURSE I forgot to grab one.
    Special shoutout to the ladies or Rah Energy!!! These ladies always do a phenominal job of keeping all of the Torchlight Events running smoothly. Plus...they made sure my glass stayed full last night too...LOL! I admire these dynamic ladies staying power tremendously!!!
    Unfortunatley, I didnt get any pics....BUMMER!!! but Kelly of Music Monthly sat right behind all night....flickin it up!!! I know she got some....prolly got the back of my head in a few too.....so check back often...maybe I'll have a few to post later on.
    Side note:
    Speaking of K- Con and MM, check out this month's Street Beat! (Sorry avail. in the print version of Music Monthly ONLY). It was a great read! - fo sho! Plus, she has a pic from the first IBB show which features Wylie Mc Croy looking very passionate...LOL! I love it.
    Shout outs to:
    Crooked Streetz Fam
    Brown F.I.S.H.
    Femi the Dri Fish (& son)
    Ike from MYSPACE/Head Nod Ent
    Ebony Elle
    GS so Fresh!
    B. Flizzy
    Swan Grace
    Kelly - sorry for rollin out without saying bye!
    Jabari (Solvivaz - make sure you all attend the RBG party)
    &...........erebody else that I spoke to, winked my eye @ or shared a piece of gum!
    After the show....a good number of us checked out Cut Man Lord Kaseem's new Saturday jump off at Joe's Pizza Squared (North Ave. & Howard St.). Reflect Son (Golden Seal) was up in that joint cuttin a serious rug....LOL! Please don't tell her I told you. The price is right - FREE......the Atmosphere is great (real dim and chill)...the food was great (we had a meat lovers pizza. It needed a lil salt, but over all really good. You can tell they make their own pizza sauce) & the music was off the chains. This DJ rocks!!! I can't really speak on the drink prices (or specials)...a sistah is broke so I drank water with lemon all night.
    See yall next week! Come and check it out for yourself.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/11/2006 04:47:00 PM   2 comments
    9/11/06 (A Day of Remembrance)
    On this anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history....I would like you all to join me in a moment of silence.....
    Thank you!
    May God continue to watch over us all and take away the pain that makes others want to hurt Americans simply because of how we live.
    Related stories.....
    Its so easy to forget that many in DC lost their lives as well.
    Five years of heartache: Pentagon victim's family mourns loss as anniversary nears
    Do you feel any safer?
    Congrats to Darkroom Productions, Diablo and Mully Man for being featured in a recent NY TIMES article on the WIRE. To be honest with you.....I think I was the most excited to see Baltimore in a Nah Right Headline!! LOL! WHooooo hooooo! Now we are playin in the big leagues. Baltimore's music is really starting to generate a buzz outside of here...who is REALLY ready?
    Nah Right's comments are always the best! Here are a few of personal favorites (as they relate to Bmore):
    President Carter Says:
    September 11th, 2006 at 11:08 am
    GRIP Says:
    September 11th, 2006 at 11:26 am
    The Wire was dope last night....Baltimore is crazy down there.....they need some mc's to come out.....somehow I think they will be more believable with their lyrics than alot of cats that's out these days.
    coldplayReggaetonslasher Says:
    September 11th, 2006 at 11:32 am
    the wire was dope I agree, but bmore niggas don't know if they should rap or snap, they suffer from an identity crisis. Plus them Philly cats too hungry to let bmore niggas get any shine.
    *awaits billz response with ether soaked projectiles*
    September 11th, 2006 at 11:52 am
    @ Coldplay Philly
    already has mc's in the game (Cassidy, Beans, Free, etc.), and they don't have enough power and sucess in the game to determine if B-more gets shine or not. How Philly gonna stop another city from shining??? Ya'll don't even support your own (i.e. THE ROOTS), and as far as the identity crisis, I think that being in between NY and The South creates a distinct sound that is missing from hip-hop right now.
    LOL! We have defenders! I love it!

    Wade Waters: Insightful Rhymes
    I checked out these guys music this weekend on MYSPACE and can honestly say I was feeling it. I'm very familiar with Soulstice (having seen him perform before and using his website as an example of a GREAT ONE!!! - no surprises there), but the other guy (D.C.-artist Haysoos) impressed me as well. These two guys compliment each other well. According to a recent press release, the duo have begun recording an entire album as Wade Waters, which is due out on Wandering Soul in the fall of 2006 with distribution through Raptivism/Ryko. That is phenominal. I will be looking out for the moves these guys make.

    Steve Rouse To Be Back On The Air In Maryland

    Did you know that ELMO is really a 6ft black man from Baltimore? LOL! I bet its fun growing up in his house. Check out the recent NPR interview (I LOVE NPR) with Tavis Smiley.


    Sen. Obama finally gets his Grammy for his 2005 recording of "Dreams From My Father,"


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    Another group with Grammy aspirations is in the NEWS.....check out this recent Hoodstars interview with Baltimore's own G.E.M. (formally known as Tha Plague). Get Em Mamis!

    Check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/11/2006 12:17:00 PM   0 comments
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