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Song of the Week (9) Respiration………………..BlackStar

Black Star is a hip hop group formed by MCs Mos Def and Talib Kweli.  Black Star arose from the underground movement of the late 1990s, which was in large part due to Rawkus Records, an independent record label stationed in New York City. They released one self titled album. Though the record achieved little commercial success, they (and other members of the Native Tongues Posse) helped shape underground alternative rap and helped bring it further into the mainstream eye. Both have gone on to greater commercial and critical success in separate solo careers.

Black Star’s emergence into the hip-hop scene came at a crucial point in music history. Following the deaths of both Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, hip-hop was consumed in a world of chaos. Black Star attempted to bring reconciliation in the wake of these violent deaths. The self titled album contains various references to Biggie and Tupac, and attempts to create reconciliation in the hip-hop world: “I said one, two, three. It’s kinda dangerous to be an M.C. They shot Tupac and Biggie. Too much violence in hip-hop.”  BlackStar has been an inspiration for the BLL family.  They exemplify what our movement is about………….showing the positive aspects of Hip-Hop music. This doesn’t mean we will  shy away from discussing and showing the negative aspects of the music either.  They are both important.  Our goal  is to enlighten Asian people and educate them on the different types of Hip-Hop music. It’s not only negative.  Everybody Shines!

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Song of the Week (7) Tupac……………….Keep ya Head up

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), known by his stage names 2Pac (or simply Pac) and Makaveli,  was an American rapper. Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.   Rolling Stone Magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. In addition to his career as a rap artist, he was also an actor.[3] The themes of most of Tupac’s songs are the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, other social problems, and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur began his career as a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.


美国说唱歌手Tupac Amaru Shakur ( 1971.6.16-1996.9.13), 曾以艺名“2Pac”(Pac)和 Makaveli闻名于世。 Shakur到2007年为止已经卖出750万张专辑。这也使得他成为历史上最畅销的艺术家之一。 ”滚石“杂志将他评为历史上最伟大的第86位艺术家。Shakur不仅是一个说唱歌手,而且是一个演员。Tupac的音乐主题多为暴力,种族主义和其他的社会问题。在东西海岸的Hip-pop对立的时期, Tupac和其他的说唱歌手有很大的冲突。Tupac的职业生涯源于他”巡回乐队管理员“和地下hip-pop乐队的替补舞者的经历。

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Suma Beach………….Kobe, Japan

If you are ever in Kobe I insist that you don’t pass the opportunity to visit Suma Beach. Its one of the best beaches in the Kansai region of Japan. Suma Beach is a 40 minute train ride from Umeda Station in Osaka on the JR Line. The train actually stops at the (SUMA BEACH STATION) so you don’t need to worry about getting lost. Every summer they host various outdoor beach parties where foreigners and Japanese people mingle freely. Sundays nights are the best time to go in my opinion. Japanese people love Reggae music and they cater to that crowd on Sundays. If you’re not a fan of reggae they have techno/dance/pop music to fill your musical desires. The beach parties start in June and stop around mid September so make sure you make it there before then.

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Suma-ku (須磨区; Suma-ku) is one of 9 wards of Kobe City in Japan. It has an area of 30.0 km², and a population of 168,400 (2008).There is a white sandy beach in this ward, which attracts tourists to the Kansai region for sun bathing and popular events during the summer season. The same beach has appeared in the classic epics Genji monogatari, Heike monogatari, and Ise monogatari. Thus Suma is often referred as an utamakura or meisho, referenced frequently in waka poetry, Noh theatre, kabuki and jōruri.

The Beach Boys made a song titled “Sumahama” after this beach in 1970s.

如果你有机会去神户的话,那么我建议你一定不要错过去Suma 海滩的机会。Suma 海滩是 日本关西地区最好的海滩之一。 如果你乘坐新干线,Suma 海滩距大阪的Umeda车站只有四十分钟的路程。列车将在“Suma 海滩”站停车,所以你根本不用担心找不到目的地。每年夏天在Suma 海滩有各种各样的户外沙滩派对, 这也是外国人和日本人交流和认识的好机会。 在我看来,周日的晚上是去Suma 海滩的最佳时机。 日本人很喜欢加勒比风格的音乐, 所以每个周日Suma 海滩上都会聚集大批的此类音乐发烧友。 如果您不是加勒比风格音乐的发烧友的话也没有关系, 他们也有 电子乐, 舞曲和流行乐等其他风格的音乐来满足您对音乐的要求。这些沙滩派对一般会从6月开始,一直持续到9月中旬。所以您一定要在这些派对开始之前赶到Suma 海滩。

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Club Pure: Osaka, Japan

One of my favourite places to hit when Im in Osaka. Its all you can drink, all night. Its a little more expensive than other all you can drink spots in Asia but this place actually serves real alcohol. Some of the best Hip-Hop you can hear in Osaka is at Pure and the people are friendly. I had some of my best nights in Japan in this Club. Friday nights are a little more chill if you dont wanna fight a crowd. Saturday night is when everybody comes out. If you hit Osaka and like hip-hop I definitely recommend reaching this spot until the a.m. It right off of Shinsaibashi Street in Namba.

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Song of the Week (3) In my lifetime…………………Jay-z


Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, businessman and occasional actor. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2010. He has sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide, while receiving thirteen Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.

Jay-Z co-owns the 40/40 Club, is part-owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation.As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200. Jay-Z also has had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist.

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Shisaibashi & Dotonbori………….Osaka, Japan

Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) is a district in the Chūō-ku ward of Osaka, Japan and the city’s main shopping area. It centers around Shinsaibashi-suji, a covered shopping street, that is north of Dōtonbori and parallel and east of Mido-suji street. Associated with Shinsaibashi, and west of Mido-suji street, is Amerika-mura, an American-themed shopping area and center of Osaka’s youth culture. Major stores and boutiques concentrates are found around the area. Shinsaibashi is easily accessed via the subway.

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