Tuesday, November 06, 2012
When this is posted, it will be the day of the 2012 election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. While I think this election is of utmost importance, I will refrain from spewing my political views on this post. I will just leave it at, we are very fortunate to be in America and have the ability to express our political views freely and exercise our right to vote for those who govern us, so don't take it for granted.
I also want to impart on you the importance of the AHHS Monthly Mixtape Showcase Party on November 8th (this Thursday) at Red 7 presented by p-teK (who's done most of the leg work for the party) and myself. This show is not just any show, it is a celebration of the diverse Hip Hop landscape here in Austin. It is a chance for us to shine. It is a chance for the venues in town to take a second look at hosting local Hip Hop shows. The success of this show will mean that the culture we love and support can coexist and thrive in a city populated by indie rock and country.
And for the cynics out there, I want you to know that I am making nothing off the show. All the money from the show is going to the artists themselves. So this election year, join me and vote for local Hip Hop with your presence at the AHHS Monthly Mixtape Showcase Party!
Monday, October 01, 2012
Austin Hip-Hop artist, Kato Dox, is hoping for a shot to be on Season 2 of Myx TV's Press Play. Myx TV is an Asian-American music entertainment and lifestyle network. The winners of Press Play will be flown to the Myx TV headquarters to record their music in their state-of-the-art studios. And will also get to work with award-winning producers, directors, and crew who will produce a music video of the artists.
You can help Kato Dox out by going over to http://myx.tv/shows/press-play/season_2/ and voting for Kato Dox - "Dreamers". You can vote once per day starting Oct. 1st though Oct. 8th.
Here is the video "Dreamers" by Kato Dox:
If you're interested in hearing more music from Kato before voting, you can visit http://www.facebook.com/katodoxmusic
Monday, July 23, 2012
Boy this summer's been hot! Well just when you thought it couldn't get much hotter, I'm about to put out the first of a monthly installment of mix tapes featuring only Austin hip hop artists. Every month I will be scouring and collecting music from artists in the Live Music Capital of the World and bringing them to you.
The purpose of the project, AHHS Monthly, is to bring awareness about the hip hop scene here in town. Austin is known for it's plentiful and abundant music scene. The city is dominated by great indie rock and country music that often eclipses all other music genres. Unbeknownst to many, the city does in fact have a very lively and beautiful hip hop scene. Just under the surface, you can see great DJ's on their turntables, break dancers in their bboy stance, artists decorating drab concrete canvases, and MC's rhyming about the human spirit. All touching the soul in the most powerful way.
With the AHHS Monthly Mixtape, I would like to change the awareness deficiency and what better way than to show people through music. Every month, I will be bundling together 10 songs from Austin hip hop artists, both established and up and coming. The mix tape will be given away for free and will contain mp3's and an html that detail the songs and the artists.
The first volume called simply "Blue" will drop in the last week of the month on Monday, July 30th through the AHHS Monthly Newsletter.
Enjoy your scalding summer!
Monday, January 16, 2012
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
“Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
~Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963, Washington, DC