Secrett- Melanin

A friend told me about this female rapper Secrett. He told me about this catchy song she had called Melanin.  I must admit it is pretty catchy.  And of course on this blog we support all things that are pro-melanin.  Here’s a little biography from her website:

Whether she is lyrically lashing out on society and politics over soulful hip hop instrumentals, or keeping it simple and carefree over a hard hitting trap beat – Secrett is sure to move the mind and the crowd.  Though she was born in Chicago, she was raised all over the world due to her father serving in the U.S. Army.  This “military brat” represents the unique community that struggles to call one place “home” – essentially from everywhere… and no where.  Hence, her brand, “BraTT Rap”.

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Secrett currently resides in New York City, where she began recording, and continues to earn respect as a serious up and coming independent artist.  In June 2014 she released her first project – My S.T.U.P.I.D. Mixtape.   Hot 97’s Dj Enuff and Thisis50’s funnyman, Jack Thriller, hosted the tape and release event respectively.  With co-signs from two of NYC’s most respected entertainers under her belt, Secrett gained momentum as a new artist and hasn’t turned back.

Since her debut, Secrett has remained consistent through releasing singles & remixes, self-directed music videos, and mixtapes – Picture Day (2015), Clock Out (2016), and Verbal Warning (2016) – on hubs such as Spinrilla.com. Social media power blogs BallerAlert (@balleralert) and The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc), as well as Vlad TV, are among several media outlets that have featured Secrett’s work.  You may catch Secrett performing live at local open mics, or bigger venues such as NYC’s legendary S.O.B.’s and BlackThorn 51.  Stream & download Secrett’s top singles on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, & Tidal.  Secrett is currently working on her EP, set to release in 2017.

http://www.secrettisout.com/

Dynasty

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Queens-bred hip-hop/soul artist, Dynasty, has the soul of a dreamer and the fearless determination to follow that dream wherever it might lead. DY has lit up stages alongside some of your favorite artists including Erykah Badu, The Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli and KRS One who proclaimed “THIS is a real emcee!” after catching her set.

Her performance on records and on the stage truly sets her apart. Dynasty writes from the heart yet at the same time, remains a beast on the mic. She has collaborated with legendary, world renowned artists such as Talib Kweli and DJ Premier who labeled her a “spit queen” based on her lyrical prowess. Influenced by gritty northern sounds and life’s adventures, she brings us a perfectly balanced raw and real experience through her music. She has toured internationally from Germany to Romania and beyond, performing and connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds.

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After spending a little more than a year working on other artistic endeavors (she is an actress and also runs an arts-based empowerment program, The PUSH Project) she is back to her first love, her music, which she refers to as hip hop/ soul. There is no “set demographic” for D.Y., no gimmick, no crafted agenda aside from making beautifully raw music. Her authentic mass appeal transcends all boundaries.

Rightfully so, soul music touches the world.

Sa-Roc & David Banner-The Who

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I love this rap song!  It’s by David Banner and Sa Roc.  It was actually recorded back in 2014.  I meant to post it back then and never got around to it.  It’s a song dedicated to African hero Patrice Lumumba.  I love the lyrics and the powerful statement being made.  More hip hop artists should be doing this.  We don’t want our great heroes and sheroes to be forgotten.  Black children should know the names of the people who fought for their freedom and liberation.

Today’s Rap music makes me miss Tupac

Young Thug...

This is rapper Young Thug wearing a dress.  He says he’s not gay.  I have my doubts about that.

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Rapper Camron looking pretty in pink. I’m glad that trend of brothers wearing pink didn’t catch on.

Siya..

Rapper/actress Siya is considered one of the hottest up and coming rappers.  Yep..she’s a lesbian.

Cee Lo...

Rapper Cee Lo Green used to drop some good lyrics back in the day.  Now he’s a complete sellout!  He knows he looks ridiculous in that dress!

Rapper Dphil...

Rapper DPhil is making quite the statement wearing lipstick.  This homo-thug culture is killing the mind of black youth.  Notice the all seeing eye in the background?  I guess he’s down with the agenda right?

Angel Haze..

Rapper Angel Haze(on the right) doesn’t hide her sexuality.  She is very open about being a lesbian.  The girl next to her is her girlfriend  model Ireland Baldwin. So even the gay black women hook up with white girls??  God help us!!

Rapper Kaoz...

Rapper Kaoz is trying to be a crusader for gay rappers.  I’m sure you notice his rainbow beanie.  Is this the type of rap music we need right now?  The sad part is a homosexual/lesbian rapper can get more acceptance by mainstream media than a pro-black rapper.  This shows you want the media wants for our people.  Tupac wasn’t perfect,he had his faults.  But at least he tried to speak to the plight of his people.  He gave us songs like Dear Mama,Brenda’s Got a Baby,Changes and White Man’s World.  I don’t think any of these talentless clowns will be inspiring our people anytime soon.  Hip hop is in a really bad state.  I know the future looks bleak  but…Keep your head up.

Nae Ankh

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Nae Ankh formally known as Naeink is what we call a Psycho-spiritual Activist/ Emcee who dedicates her time to raising the consciousness and reconnecting with her African heritage. NaeAnkh evolved from Naeink, which was an extension of her lifelong nickname, Nae, to make a statement of her commitment to documenting her own journey as an emcee, and permanently etching the truth. Nae Ankh represents eternal life, all that she was and is to become as an artist and divine expression.

Nae Ankh hails from South Side Chicago and has experienced a life that has trapped most and inspired many. Shuttled between various impoverished parts of the city and a small town in Muskegon, Michigan, where she currently resides, Nae Ankh took the knowledge from her studies of African history and started doing work in the community. She is well-known in the streets for coordinating community projects and rallies, visiting the prisons to speak with inmates during Kwanzaa, and representing the new resurgence of Black empowerment energy.

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Her style is reminiscent of Lauryn Hill with the politics of Public Enemy and her Jazz-harmonic flow mellows her wordplay.  She has been a popular host and performer at many events in Grand Rapids and has done a few local commercials. Nae Ankh’s work as a community organizer and thought provoking Emcee opened the way for her to perform and connect with the community in Accra, Ghana Africa, performed spoken-word before renowned scholar Ashra Kwesi, shared the stage with renowned spoken-word artist/award-winning screenwriter/actor, Saul Williams, and performed with many underground artists.

Kendrick Lamar and Rapsody- Complexion(A Zulu Love)

Rapsody

Dark as the midnight hour or bright as the mornin’ sun
Give a fuck about your complexion, I know what the Germans done

Sneak (dissin’)
Sneak me through the back window, I’m a good field nigga
I made a flower for you outta cotton just to chill with you

You know I’d go the distance, you know I’m ten toes down
Even if master listenin’, cover your ears, he ’bout to mention

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
Dark as the midnight hour, I’m bright as the mornin’ sun
Brown skinned, but your blue eyes tell me your mama can’t run
Sneak (dissin’)
Sneak me through the back window, I’m a good field nigga
I made a flower for you outta cotton just to chill with you

You know I’d go the distance, you know I’m ten toes down
Even if master’s listenin’, I got the world’s attention

So I’mma say somethin’ that’s vital and critical for survival
Of mankind, if he lyin’, color should never rival
Beauty is what you make it, I used to be so mistaken
By different shades of faces

Then Whit told me, “A woman is woman, love the creation”
It all came from God then you was my confirmation
I came to where you reside
And looked around to see more sights for sore eyes

Let the Willie Lynch theory reverse a million times with…

[Hook]

[Interlude]
You like it, I love it (x8)
(Where the homegirl Rapsody at?
I need you to speak your mind real quick loved one!)

[Verse 3: Rapsody]
Let me talk my Stu Scott, ‘scuse me on my 2Pac
Keep your head up, when did you stop loving thy

Color of your skin, color of your eyes
That’s the real blues, baby, like you met Jay’s baby
You blew me away, you think more beauty in blue, green and grey

All my solemn men up north, 12 years a slave
12 years of age, thinkin’ my shade too dark
I love myself, I no longer need Cupid

Enforcin’ my dark side like a young George Lucas
Light don’t mean you smart, bein’ dark don’t make you stupid
And frame of mind for them bustas, ain’t talkin’ “Woohah!”

Need a paradox for the pair of daughters they tutored
Like two ties, L-L, you lose two times

If you don’t see you beautiful in your complexion
It ain’t complex to put it in context
Find the air beneath the kite, that’s the context
Yeah, baby, I’m conscious, ain’t no contest
If you like it, I love it, all your earth tones been blessed

Ain’t no stress, jigga boos wanna be
I ain’t talkin’ Jay, I ain’t talkin’ B
I’m talkin’ days we got school watchin’ movie screens
And spike your self esteem
The new James Bond gon’ be black as me

Black as brown, hazelnut, cinnamon, black tea
And it’s all beautiful to me

Call your brothers magnificent, call all the sisters queens
We all on the same team, blues and pirus, no colors ain’t a thing

[Outro: Kendrick Lamar]
Barefoot babies with no cares
Teenage gun toters that don’t play fair, should I get out the car?
I don’t see Compton, I see something much worse
The land of the landmines, the hell that’s on earth