Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kingdom of Fear, Chima Anya and Dee-1 Video Roll

My man Chima Anya drops some brilliant visuals to track 'Astro Thoughts' from brand new album (for more check here)while YNR's Kingdom of Fear go into drunken comic book mode with 'Sir Digny Chicken Caeser' a great take on the gonzo stylings of Hunter S Thompson....both UK videos styalsiticly pushing the boundaries, a very good look for these shores; from over the pond comes slightly more rough and ready new video from New Orleans Dee-1, however (sorry to be all redblooded ladies but) it wins in the smoking hot girl stakes and Dee-1 comes over pretty nicely in the story based track so I've thrown in into this little mid-winter video reel selection. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stop the War Coalition - Gaza Protest

Sometimes the political rhetoric present in many hip hop tracks and statements may be somewhat unsubstantiated; for those of you interested in making more of an impact please check the following information. The Stop the War coalition is unapologetically pro-Gaza; and from my understanding of the disproportionate use of force, my sympathies also lie primarily with Gaza, whilst also holding thoughts for those killed and injured on the Israeli side; support for Gaza is a position which for me has been generated by comparing statistics of civilian deaths on both sides; and re-confirmed after hearing talks from Israeli academics who vehemently oppose the aggressive actions of the Israeli state. Loss of life from any side is in my view always a calamity, and many of the actions of Hamas I also abhor; but still feel the plight of civilian Gazan's still needs to be presented much more prominantly.  I do not wish to be antagonistic; but this statisitc taken from the fact sheet included in the newsletter below illustrates my view starkly Total number of Israelis killed by rocket, mortar or anti-tank fire from Gaza since 2006- 47(Source: Wikipedia. This is disputed; another  Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire from April 1st 2006 to July 21st 2012 - 2,879:  please contact/comment below if necessary.

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Newsletter #1261. 21 November 2012 | | 020 7561 |

1) Campaign for Gaza: We need your help urgently2) Gaza: as the carnage escalates so do the protests
3) Gaza demo 24 November: Transport from across UK

4) Volunteers needed for Gaza campaign
5) Grotesque inversion of reality that makes Israel the victim

1) Campaign for Gaza: We need your help

Stop the war is stretching its resources to the limit in the build-up to Saturday's national demonstration for Gaza. Many thanks to everyone who has donated to our Campaign for Gaza Emergency Appeal. The response has been magnificent. But we still urgently need funding to ensure that we can meet the challenge of mobilising for Gaza and sustain all our anti-war work. If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so now. We appreciate contributions of any size, big or small. GO HERE TO DONATE:

2) Gaza: as the carnage escalates so do the protestsAt the time of writing the death toll in Gaza from Israel' brual assault was approaching 140, with at least 30 of them children. Close to 1000 people have been injured and hospitals are running out space and supplies. 1500 buildings have been hit by Israeli airstrikes. (See Fact Sheet: Grim statistics behind Gaza grief:

The global protests against Israel's endless barbarity has spread to hundreds of towns and cities, with many planning major demonstrations this weekend, like the national demonstration in London on Saturday 24 November (See: 

In Britain, emergency meetings have been held across the country and plans made for transport to bring protesters from outside London to Saturday's demonstration (see

Examples of spontaneous action in solidarity with Gaza has seen students walk out of a Leeds school and students at SOAS in London occupy their university (see .

The need for the national demonstration in London to be as large as possible was never clearer. First, to join the worldwide demand that Israel stop its war on Gaza and end its five year siege, which has brought such suffering to 1.7 million people. Second, to show the UK government that its support for Israel's assault on Gaza is not in our name. And most importantly, alongside all the other protests this weekend, to send a message to the people of Gaza under such horrific attack, that they are not alone.
5) Grotesque inversion of reality that makes Israel the victim

The media coverage of Gaza has been an outrage -- with the BBC most supine -- for the most part acting as a stenographer for the Israeli propaganda machine. One columnist in the mainstream media who can be relied on to portray reality is The Guardian's Seumas Milne. His latest article is a must-read. SEE It's Palestinians who have have the right to defend themselves:

The Stop the War website, which is getting tens of thousands of visitors every day, is updated regularly with news and comment about Gaza. For alerts when we post new articles on the website, join us on Twitter ( or Facebook (

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bump Casts, Videos, and New tracks from Associated Minds, 7even Thirty, Oddisee, Dag Sav

The crew at Associated Minds have been exceptionally busy as ever, thier latest newsletter is packed with illness including Ralph Ripshit Lemonface's Album release and this excellent 'Bump Cast' featuring some of raps current hardest hitters such as Action Bronsen on a Metabeats production, Kendrick Lamar, Reks, Nas, Homeboy Sandman, EL-P and many more. Very tasty and packaged with some mind bending artwork    from Hopfences (check the eyeball above!). DagSav has released a free mixtape for ya to download, and judging by the flows on this video should be worth checking out here.
7even Thirty has had album track 'Nightmare' remixed by Oddisee and has put the track up for free download. To be honest its a bit to glitchy sounding for me but the lyrics are pretty interesting, check the Mello Music Group pages for more.

Havent really got to grips with Soundcloud yet but DMH certainly has; his solid Westcoast sounds has got gangs of people commenting on the tracks he's uploaded.....anyways all pretty rugged and 'Who takes the Blame' is pretty soulful with some thoughtful lines....though not much other information; go make up your own minds at Here. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dr Chima Anya - The Doctor's Note

Dear Vocalswordians; I have recently been delighted to receive some good news from my good friend the good doctor Chima; so without further-ado in his own words he will tell you the.... GOOD NEWS! The album has landed! You can get copies direct from me by PayPal ing £10 to (as a gift!) and I'll send you the above gift. Email me your address seperately and I'll send it next working day.
For those that are more than happy with the MP3 version, it is available at all online spots, it's even on Spotify so you can try before you buy. Here is the itunes link for your convenience! iTunes Album Download Link Many thanks to all who made this possible, click here for the direct link to the website with more details re. the album. Love yo. If the album cover pique's your interest make sure you chack out this interview Chima did recently with Public Description, Thought Process Blog.

Monday, November 12, 2012

WhoIsParadise featuring MCD and J The Exodus

‘Two4Se7en / 365’ marks a return to collaborative Hip-Hop for WhoIsParadise. The British born, NY raised MC and protege of the late Black Panther/ Black Liberation Army soldier, Teddy Jah Heath has demonstrated incredible talent and business acumen since his forced exile from the USA. Co-founder and frontman to the acclaimed 57th Dynasty, the MOBO Nominated, UK Hip-Hop Award winner is again at the forefront crafting the controversial themed, Anti-Black History Month single, ‘Two4Se7en / 365’ featuring J The Exodus and MCD. The proposition, Ban Black History Month in favour of celebrating the culture 24/7/365. ‘Two4Se7en / 365’ is an unapologetic, jazz-tinged Hip-Hop anthem equivalent to the visionary pairing of Steven Beko, Malcolm X and Martin L King Jr stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the podium. The accompanying graphic novel styled edutainment video is crafted to insure the past has a future. “How can you celebrate the rich and beautifully diverse nature of a culture within the confines of a 30 or 31 day time constraint?” asks WhoIsParadise over producer, Baptist C Parker’s jazz horn intro. ‘Two4Se7en / 365’ sits purposefully juxtaposed between the BHM’s of both North America and the UK and is released on the commemorative birthday of Dr. MLK, Jr.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Benny Diction - Over Here

Filmed right in the heart of Vocalswords territory, the man making big moves as part of Punning Clan and Fat Gold Chain, Bennydiction teams up with incredible Aussie beatsmith Able for this party rocker 'Over Here' Benny as always comes mad clever with the lyrics so tune in closely!

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