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thank you for over 100,000 hits. a song and film for you, in gratitude.

dear readers,

a couple years ago i guided a latina student into do her hip hop politics midterm paper on chicano rap. she ended up winning a university wide award for that shit. via her momentum, she took flight, now you might see her on univision talking about a protest she organized. im so proud of her. alejandra, she reminds me why i love so much to teach and encourage scholarship in young women.

today im leaving south india to head due north to bombay. my blood is cien por ciento indian, but i grew up in san diego (we call it dego, without knowing the racial implications), my hood we called mecca, also known as mira mesa. and that southern cali childhood wasn’t always so sunny, but you know whats funny, i wouldnt trade it. because its mine. chicano rap and r&b was all around, this here’s a remix of a song we used to chill to, by lighter shade of brown. the song and short film goes out to the sixoneNINE/even suburbs can’t take what’s mine/gonna create all down my life line/gods bless this path the girl she too fine/evil eye off, bring on the sunshine.

peace,
prof. singh

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say something baby: hip hop and telling our stories

it’s time to say something.

there are signs on the new york city subways that read: if you see something, say something. drake’s new timbaland produced release, is called, say something baby. “precious,” a soon to be released movie outing a story of incest and illiteracy (based on “push”) recently blew audiences away at cannes film festival.

whether you the type to pay attention to signs or not. i think it is time to say something. time to tell your story.

seven years ago in october, i shrugged the chains of sex based slavery and said something. i said no. i said stop. i said i can be more free and more safe than this. i said this to my family, who i still love dearly (with the help of healthy boundaries) and sometimes hate. i did not know how to put an end to patterns of family based sexual violence, but i did it anyway. because it was time to say something. you can too.

say something baby.

i respect drake’s flow. video choices not so much. why was “you da best,” such a good, courageous, women loving song and such a same ol’ same ol’ objectifying video? someone needs to do a remix of that missed opportunity. but on the flow tip, drake is a writer’s rapper. with his lyrics and sound, drake is able to pull recognition, alignment, allegiance from our ears which are our eyes when it comes to music.

“say something baby,” is a message women usually don’t get. often we’re told to be quiet, explicitly or implicitly (you know when you get that look? or when you hear that dismissive tone in how they address you?). so i’m digging the message from jump, plus i’m drawn in by the opening strains of timabaland’s juice laden synth and drake’s sexy-smart-boy next door flow. there are only a couple thousand hits on the youtube of this song, but i imagine that won’t last long. especially when they release the full version. till then, ima be playing the two minute version. music is definitely my drug of choice.

here’s to saying something.

peace,

roopstar

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