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Portland Public Schools Accused Of Being Racist For Banning Rap Music


Portland, OR – Several outraged parents lashed out at Portland Public Schools officials once they got a whiff of the policy put into place to silence all rap music on their children’s buses.

They allege it was a measure of racism, used to stifle music favorable to black people. It’s not exactly the type of stigma one wants to see attached in what is reportedly the whitest major city in the United States.

Back in March of this year, Teri Brady, senior director of transportation at Portland Public Schools, sent a memorandum to all bus drivers in the district, officially forbidding them to play “religious, rap music, or talk show programs” while practically deeming pop, country and jazz stations God’s gift to sound.

A copy of the memo only begun to circulate parents’ radar this week and it immediately spelled controversy for the school board.

“I think it’s overtly racist and leaves out two of our major communities in our music choices,” said Colleen Ryan-Onken, a white parent, told The Oregonian.

Ryan-Onken also took great exception to the notion that Latin music was completely omitted from the conversation and country music was being classified as a safe choice for students.

“Country music is offensive. It’s about date rape, liquor and drugs — all kinds of things!” she exclaimed. “It’s just as offensive as rap music can be.”

Another white parent, Kim Sordyl, wrote a concerned letter to school board vice chairwoman Amy Kohnstamm, expressing how she too, felt the rap music ban was racist.

“PPS has a spent a lot of taxpayer dollars on a PR show of equity. It has a ‘Racial Equity Policy,’ ‘equity lens’ table tents & posters, $9 million/year is spent on no-bid equity contractors (who donated to your campaign),” she wrote.

Backlash typically breeds buckling and The Oregonian reported yesterday (August 25) that the school board was going back to the drawing board on its playlist options.

“We regret the way this was communicated. Our intent is to limit student exposure to religious teachings, profanity and violent lyrics,” Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Courtney Westling said, citing that her district had been privy to several complaints. “The transportation department will be revising its guidance to bus drivers shortly to be more inclusive of different genres of music.”

In the legendary words of the honorable Marshall Bruce Mathers III, “Get aware, wake up, get a sense of humor/Quit tryin’ to censor music, this is for your kid’s amusement.”


Back in January, Torae released his Entitled album. One of the focal points to that self-released LP was “Get Down.” First unveiled almost a year ago, the song is the latest run-in the Brooklyn, New York MC had with producer Pete Rock. A lot was at play in the beat, a great way for the MC/radio host/actor to slam his day-in-the-life bars, as he has for more than a decade.

In the dog days of summer, it’s the perfect time for the remix. Here, Torae recruits The LOX’s Styles P and State Property’s Freeway to call back to the mid-2000s feel that aligns with his message in the music. Torae redid his whole verse to update fans on his career (appearing in VH1’s The Breaks), allude to the importance of P.R. remixes, and mention DJ Clue and LOX tapes of old. Fans looking for exciting music in Rap get this remix, with three MCs out to show their best stuff on one of Pete’s best beats.

Torae’s Pete Rock-Produced Single Is A Testimony To His Paid Dues (Video)

The only time I took an L VH1 cut a check.” – Torae

Alan the Chemist and Roc Marciano have been frequent collaborators since the latter dropped his 2010 debut album, Marcberg. The Hempstead, New York MC is now the latest to hop on Alchemist’s Craft Singles series, in which the famed producer drops a loosie featuring different rappers with each installment. Thus far, he’s dropped joints with a list of varying talent including ScHoolboy Q, MC Eiht & Spice One, Blu, Migos and Mac Miller. But there’s an undeniable symbiosis in ALC’s work with Roc that continues to inspire high-quality Hip-Hop, and today’s release is no exception.

Prodigy & AlcKhemist Unlock Mystical Jewels For Those Who Can Crack The Code (Audio)

“All For It” pits the longtime duo right in the pocket where they’ve found much success. The production is plush in parts and less adorned in others, and features a piano riff that haunts in the best kind of way. Rapping about “putting a new hole in your culo,” Roc Marci makes the grim pleasurable and with an unimposing hook, there’s no frilly fanfare to take away from the bars.

“All For It” – and all of Alchemist’s Craft Singles releases – are available for sale in 45-inch vinyl format from his website. This particular collab is available for pre-order ahead of its September 23 arrival.



On March 17th, Gang Starr Foundation’s Big Shug will release his sixth studio album, Triple OGzuz on Brick Records. The Boston O.G. has tapped DJ Premier for production on three cuts off the album, while Kidd Called Quest, MoSS, Reel Drama and Shug himself fill in the rest of the gaps.

The homie M-Dot, who appears on the upcoming LP, has shared snippets of the three Premo-produced cuts with us, which you can stream below. Pre-order the album here.

01. I Am Somebody (prod. DJ Premier)
02. I Bleed For This (prod. DJ Premier)
03. The Reason (prod. Gem Crates)
04. Days Go By (prod. Big Shug)
05. Never Change (prod. Reel Drama)
06. Not A Fan f. Reks & Termanology (prod. Kidd Called Quest)
07. Triple OGzus (prod. Kidd Called Quest)
08. Make That Body Do (prod. Reel Drama)
09. Off Rip f. Termanology & Singapore Kane (prod. DJ Premier)
10. 2 Good f. Trumayne (prod. Kidd Called Quest)
11. All In (prod. Kidd Called Quest)
12. Showtime f. M-Dot & DJ Djaz (prod. DJ Brans)
13. Make Moves, Get Money (prod. MoSS)
14. Get It f. Singapore Kane (prod. Reel Drama)
15. Relationships (prod. Reel Drama)
16. Chase Then Ball (prod. Kidd Called Quest)
17. Soldiers It’s War Out Here (prod. Kidd Called Quest)
18. In The Rain (prod. Charles Roane)


Monch is stepping in the arena of love today.

Releasing a new mixtape called Lost In Translation, Pharoahe Monch has carefully compiled a set list of twelve cuts, both from his past and present discography whose themes revolve around love. Just in time for Valentines Day.

From collaborations with Sa-Ra, to Robert Glasper, Mela Machinko and Sergio Mendes – the nearly 40 minute long mixtape is a journey through the language called “LOVE,” and in Monch’s words “is a retrospective of songs about the pursuit of love, love lost & regained & it’s beautiful emotional journey.”

Plus, we also get a brand new collaborative song called “Home (We Got This)” with Phonte! So stream it below, and cop it cause it’s damn sure worth it!!!



Check out the homie DJ JAYMOB doing his thing, and make sure you follow him and cop those funky boom bap beats the brother got!!!


The homie DJ DADDY DOG got a brand new mega mix you need to check out check out!!!!!

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DJ Premier Updates Nas Joint Album Status

DJ Premier promises album will come once Nas is independent.

DJ Premier discussed his upcoming album with Nas while sitting down with Royce Da 5’9” and Adrian Younge for an interview posted by VladTV.

“Nas has one more album to obligate to Def Jam,” DJ Premier says in the clip. “He said he didn’t really want to do [the joint album] there, he wanted to move on and do it independently, so we could do it how we want it. So I was like, ‘All right, when the time come just holler at me, I’m here.’”

DJ Premier says that his chemistry with Nas is very strong.

“Nas is another one that I have a cool relationship like I have with Royce,” DJ Premier says. “It’s kind of, we may not see each other everyday, or talk to each other all the time but it’s regular. Royce and I have a regular relationship. It’s no big deal, but when it goes down, it goes down. When we get in the lab we both really represent. Same thing with Nas. We pick it where we left out in conversation…If he says, ‘Let’s do it,’ I’m not like, ‘Oh, I’m tired of waiting.’ It’s like he could say I’m ready tomorrow and I’m with it. I’m in no rush. Right now we have PRhyme. Whenever it goes down, it’s going to be natural to do. It’s going to be special because it’s not like anything I’ve done in the history of my career.”

DJ Premier recalls an instance of chemistry with Jay Z.

“Jay Z is the same thing,” DJ Premier says. “I’ll just jump into a conversation that we talked about 20 years [ago] and you think that we just hit a pause button and released a conversation. I remember when he was doing his Reasonable Doubt anniversary documentary at my studio, and we were having an argument about some stuff. Jay waked in and jumps in like he was there the whole half hour. It’s funny because that how natural we picked up from being around each other.”

DJ Premier collaborated with Royce da 5’9” on the December release PRhyme. The joint album received four out of five from HipHopDX.

Royce also addressed the potential Slaughterhouse collaboration with TDE.

Just Blaze actually did a beat for the Slaughterhouse TDE song,” Royce Da 5’9” says. “It’s just hard to put together. Its something we pursued. Me, Q, Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick and Marshall actually sat at talked about the song. They came to Detroit one time and talked Em’s studio about to make the song. Just Blaze and JUSTICE league collaborated and made a crazy beat and it just hasn’t come together yet.”


March 24th is the date for Bam Bam’s highly-anticipated debut album, and earlier this morning he took to Instagram to unveil the project’s cover art.


Hilarious. Created by FRKO (who also drew the cover for Bronson’s “Actin’ Crazy“), it kind of reminds me of the episode of Lucas Bros. Moving Company that Bronson was in.

01 Brand New Car
02 When I Rise f. Big Body Bes
03 Terry
04 Actin’ Crazy
05 Falconry f. Meyhem Lauren & Big Body Bes
06 THUG LOVE STORY 2017 THE MUSICAL (Interlude)”
07 A. City Boy Blues f. Chauncy Sherod
08 B. A light in the Addict f. Party Supplies
09 C. Baby Blue f. Chance The Rapper
10 Only in America f. Party Supplies
11 Galactic Love
12 The Passage
13 Easy Rider

In related news, Mark Ronson was a guest deejay on Hot97 this morning. During his time there he premiered a remix to his own single “Uptown Funk” featuring Action Bronson. Peep the updated version here.