Editorial, Feature, News

When an entire state’s minority have to deal with a Police state so bad an innocent boy is shot while his arms are in the air, riots should be expected.

Photo Credit: Whitney Curtis for the New York Times

Photo Credit: Whitney Curtis for the New York Times.

Tracy Chapman sung about the little girl that caused a fuss and Tupac warned everyone that for people without much hope left, it’s the last resort.

Malcolm X stood for it. The Panthers used it to make a difference. It’s called Protest. Making a noise. Challenging authorities who clearly function under a corrupt law is the only way some regions get change.

It takes one soul, brave enough to drive their stake in and go, “NO! I won’t live for this”.

That’s what’s happening in St Louis, Missouri; which has a Police state so bad – black council men are being arrested for “not listening”.

God only knows what’s happening to those less educated and less fortunate in times of such unrest.

All the way in Wellington, New Zealand one can only observe by following social media and news stories. Although I’m also numbed by proximity and lack of understanding, or relation to the situation, it still poses the question:

How are Americans still going through this?

Still. When their President is paid a $400,000 base salary (plus $150,000 for expenses) and their celebrities are paid a lot more for “art” — how are there such minimal resources available, that they’re still fighting for basic civil rights.

It’s the example of why New Zealand should halt all privatisation endeavours for the country.

An area like Ferguson is 67 per cent African American according to the 2010 census — even more frightening are new reports emerging that the KKK are soliciting funds for the police officer who shot Michael Brown (while his hands were raised).

Last year “Racial profiling statistics in Ferguson show” of 5,384 stops made by Police in 2013, 686 of them were white and 4,632 were black. Of 611 searches, 47 were white and 562 black. Of 521 arrests, 36 were white and 483 were black.


Is it Nelly’s job to put St Louis on his back? Or Jeezy’s? I don’t know. Maybe the St Lunatics know? For WDYFILWHH, which focusses on entertainment and hip hop, old and new; it must be stressed that social and political consciousness can’t be forgotten in the music. Ferguson is one of a million reasons why.

But entertainment has to have a line drawn somewhere. If we were less obsessed with it then maybe some healing and growing for everyone’s social consciousness could do some necessary saving…

…That is a saving of face —  arresting Alderman (council workers) for making a stand is kind of embarrassing right? Saving of money — how much extra resource was put into sending police from surrounding states to St Louis. ..

But let’s not forget the main saving — the saving of grace — cause no matter who you are, where you come from or what your neighbour did to you; young coloured men are not animals to be shot at.

**  This article was written with help from HellV from Harlem, New York.

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Review: Rick Ross — Mastermind Is Gangsta Chic

Music, News, Review

By Kassie Junkeer

Most famous for his smash hit single ‘Hustlin’, Rick Ross’s name and all associated connotations are iconic in music culture. William Leonard Roberts II takes his name after ‘Freeway Rick Ross’, who is known to be a notorious drug-lord. With this acquired street credibility, Rick Ross entered the music scene in 2006 with his début album ‘Port of Miami’, after being signed to Slip-n-Slide Records (closely affiliated with Def Jam), Robert’s pursuit of success has been maintained since his first albums; taking him through to the birth of his own label, Maybach Music Group; founded in 2009 and home to artists like Wale and French Montana. Since then, Ross was given the 2012 ‘Hottest MC In The Game’ title by MTV, right before his release of ‘God Forgives, I Don’t’. In this time, he consistently met the high expectations of his fans and critics; his dominant quality being his idiosyncrasies that have lead him through his career and subsequent success to date. On top of that, he maintains the ability to mould his own dynamics over hip hop’s undulating trends, without sacrificing his individuality.

In 2013, however, following the release of the track ‘U.O.E.N.O’, Ross’s lyrical content crossed boundaries in a negative sense. His rhymes, which seemed to celebrate rape culture, were not received well by fans, understandably. He issued an apology for the lyrics after he was swiftly removed from his endorsement deal with Reebok. If that was not enough, the lines were also removed from the track. Ross, confident that this controversy will not leave a mark on what was so far a successful track record, bounces back with his latest album Mastermind.

Working on this sixth studio album since late 2012, Mastermind meets its triumphant expectations; it’s the Maybach CEO’s fifth #1 on the Billboard charts also. The introduction to the album features conversational samples of what sound like two Australian/New Zealand girls discussing “Maybach Music” (Ross’s label). The actual music starts in ‘Rich As Gangsta’; its cymbals and victorious brass features on beat make for a luxurious and almost celebratory opening track. Having said this, the overall tone of the album does not necessarily reflect this first song, given the variety of themes explored in the album; varying flavours from artists like Big Sean, The Weeknd, Meek Mill, Jay Z and more enhances the diversity of the album; considering this, Mastermind is palatable to an array of hip-hop lovers.

‘Sanctified’ has that jubilant use of filtered gospel vocals and biblical-imagery characteristics of Kanye West, who of course features on the song. Similarly, ‘In Vein’ features The Weeknd, who adds a chill-wave/trip-hop air to the track, as well as a nice mixture to the album. Ross also pays homage to the hip-hop classics whilst maintaining his modern sound. ‘Thug Cry’ samples the nostalgic ’93 til Infinity’ by Souls of Mischief but also includes trendy 808 percussion. ‘What A Shame’ also covers the timeless and recognizable Wu Tang hook; ‘shame on a n*gga, who try to run game on a n*gga.’

The 808 percussion, recurs in a majority of tracks and gives the album that catchy southern feel. After two years of hard work, Rick Ross’s return to the music scene is enjoyable; Mastermind is an album to throw bows and get turnt up to!

Tune In! Mad Handsome Release Slippery Slope On Radio Active

Feature, News


This evening on Radio Active’s 7-9 pm show named ‘The Garden Shed’, Wellington Hip Hop duo Mad Handsome will début their song titled ‘Slippery Slope’.

Chris Payton and  Kaivai Andrews make up the duo and say the song, which will be premiered at 8pm tonight, is to be the first in a series of which a new track will be released every Monday on their SoundCloud page.

Stream RADIO ACTIVE HERE and check out their SoundCloud page HERE.


Events, Gigs, News

50 inch screen, money green leather sofa 
Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur 
Phone bill about two G’s flat 
No need to worry, my accountant handles that 
And my whole crew is loungin’ 
Celebratin’ every day, no more public housin

— Christopher Wallace

Tomorrow Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, the guy that acted as Christopher Wallace in the biographical film Notorious, will be in Wellington. Also a rapper, Woolard aka Gravy will be throwing a party ” in the style that Biggie would have wanted it, with all the greatest hits, crowd interaction, and vibe.” Local acts Times x Two, Imagine This and D-Rail are set to open, so party times are definitely expected. Tickets can be purchased from DASH TICKETS.

Show is Tuesday October 15th at Bodega.