The reason why I love hip-hop is because it speaks to me.
I grew up in a tough world and hip-hop knows what that means. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always identified with the underprivileged, the underdog, the under-every thing. It’s just what I’ve known and what I will always know.
People like to say they know what it means to be grounded, but let me tell you, I once lived in a house where we had to keep the lights on at night to keep the roaches from crawling across our bodies. That’s grounded. I didn’t have anything when I was growing up, and more than any kind of music, hip-hop artists know what that means.
But it’s more than that. It’s the words. I’m a writer and to me, there’s nothing more intense than words. Nothing. I’m not trying to say that hip-hop is the only music that possesses moving lyrics, because that’s obviously not the case. But for some reason, it’s the voices of Biggie, Kweli and J. Cole that resonate with me.
I don’t even know what I’m going on about. I just wanted to say that hip-hop is special to me. It makes me think, it makes me feel and it makes me happy.
"This goes out to dirty dancing cursing back masking backslidden pastor’s kids."
Why? is an American hip hop and indie rock band. Originally the moniker of Berkeley, California artist Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf, Why? became a full band before their 2005 release Elephant Eyelash with Doug McDiarmid and Matt Meldon, as well as Yoni’s older brother, Josiah Wolf.
The lie: The United States has the best health care in the world.
The liars: A slew of U.S. presidents, politicians, journalists, commentators, and everyday citizens
On virtually every other broad metric, the claim that U.S. health care stands for global excellence is demonstrably false. The United States doesn’t take a top spot in either the World Health Organization or nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund rankings. The American health-care system is not best in terms of coverage, access, patient safety, efficiency, or cost-effectiveness. It does not produce the best outcomes for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes; for the elderly, the middle-aged, or the young; or in terms of life expectancy, rates of chronic diseases, or obesity.
In the South, 26 percent of the public said they believed the health care reform plan being considered by President Obama and Congress requires elderly patients to meet with government officials to discuss “end of life” options, including euthanasia.
I hate the people in this country sometimes. Also, I still want on one of those panels.
The Cave Singers played at Easy Street Records in Seattle, WA on the day of the release of their new Matador Records release Welcome Joy. It is all here and pretty decent sound quality. Love these dudes.