Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferguson...Through Our Eyes

Tune in to the 12 Radio Show tonight at 9pm est to 11 pm est

Topic - Ferguson...Through Our Eyes

Don't miss this show. It will be raw and uncut!!!

More will be the TRUTH

co-hosted by Krishna


Sunday, November 23, 2014

just my 12 cents (vol 1)

12kyle is back with the first of many editions of the segment...just my .12

On this episode, he questions those "who keep it real". He also talks about voting, poetry, Jay Z & Beyoncé, cold & flu season, the Blacklist, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Top 5 NBA Power Forwards & Centers of 2014

The Dead End Sports Crew is back to discuss/argue the Top 5 Power Forwards and Centers in the NBA this season. Let us know what you think!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

who's the BEST hip hop group ever???

Group- any collection or assemblage of persons or things

That is the definition of a group...according to the dictionary.

As we celebrate hip hop week, I am reminded that we've seen our share of great groups. I have always had a great deal of respect for hip hop duos/groups. They have helped mold and shape the hip hop culture. You gotta respect them even more. I imagine that it's hard to stand out as an MC when you're in a group. Sometimes your skills can be overlooked when you're in a group.

Over the years, we've seen some great groups...










Just to name a few!

But if I had to pick ONE group as the best of all time...I'd say...


And that's hard to say because the groups that I just mentioned are great groups. But when I measure their impact on the culture, lyrics, and album content. I gotta say PE.

What about you?

Who is the best hip hop group of all time?

*repost from Dec '09*

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jay Z vs NaS

It's hip hop week on the 12th Planet!!

Check out the 12 Radio Show tonight! We will break down one of the biggest battles in hip hop history...

Jay Z vs NaS

You don't want to miss it!!

The show starts at 9pm EST but will only be a 45 minute show

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ronald Reagan’s hip-hop nightmare

Since it's inception, one of the first things that hip hop exposed was the problems of it's communities. The infestation of drugs in communities has always been an issue that has been rapped about. I found this article and wanted to share it since we're talking about hip hop this week.

The hip-hop community is convinced Reagan oversaw a vast trafficking network during the crack epidemic. Is it true? You be the judge

Ronald Reagan’s hip-hop nightmare: How an ugly cocaine controversy reignited 30 years later

Two recent films are reigniting a debate that was never really settled, not for everyone: Did President Ronald Reagan permit (or even facilitate) the sale of tons of cocaine into the American inner city during the height of the crack crisis? It’s likely that audiences of “Kill the Messenger” and “Freeway: Crack in the System” will be shocked to hear the allegations. The reverence shown Reagan, much of it bipartisan, shields the late president’s legacy from the Iran-Contra affair’s web of gun-running, terror support and narcotrafficking. Reagan, so grandfatherly, so esteemed, couldn’t have possibly presided over such criminality, right?


There’s a good chance your favorite rapper indicted Reagan long before these new films. That Reagan permitted or actively facilitated a massive influx of cocaine during the 1980s is not even an allegation in the hip-hop community — it’s accepted fact, political bedrock. And it’s not underground agitprop artists no one’s ever heard of making the claims; it’s household names, legends, global superstars.

Jay-Z has made the allegation multiple times, both on records and in print. On 2007’s “Blue Magic,” Hova, a former crack dealer, raps:

Blame Reagan for making me into a monster

Blame Oliver North and Iran-Contra

I ran contraband that they sponsored

Before this rhymin stuff we was in concert

Jay even flirts with American sacrilege and makes a faint equation with Osama bin Laden on his 2003 remix of Punjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys”:

It’s international Hov, been having a flow

Before Bin Laden got Manhattan to blow

Before Ronald Reagan got Manhattan the blow

Long before al Qaeda’s attack on the World Trade Center, Hov says, Reagan had already decimated the city (or parts of the city) with his “blow.” The parallel construction of the lines likens the two figures in a way. Jay repeats the accusation in his 2010 autobiography “Decoded,” in which he expands the indictment to involve Reagan’s simultaneous escalation and racialization of the “War on Drugs.” Platinum-selling artist Pusha T, signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, echoes Jay-Z’s dual indictment in his music, considering both the alleged narcotrafficking and the concurrent drug war. Pusha also delivers nice wordplay on “Along in Vegas,” with the line “Reagan era I ran contraband,” which embeds the phrase “Iran Contra” in the lyric about Pusha’s former life as a dealer.

Kanye West, arguably the heir to Jay-Z’s throne, makes the claim as well on his 2005 “Crack Music”:

How we stop the Black Panthers?

Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer

Kanye nudges the allegation into conspiracy theory territory, as many do, suggesting that the trafficking was expressly intended to quell black radicalism brewing in the increasingly desperate inner city during the 1970s and ’80s. 2Pac offered a similar theory on his much-beloved “Changes”:

First ship ‘em dope and let ‘em deal to brothers

Give ‘em guns, step back, watch ‘em kill each other

No evidence exists to support these claims, and the overblown propositions potentially distract from the ample available evidence pointing to criminality on all three fronts of Iran-Contra: arms sales to Iran, support for Contra guerillas, and the bringing of Contra-based cocaine into the country. The single surviving memo from Colonel Oliver North’s infamous “shredding party” reveals the administration’s arms sales to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism according to the Reagan State Department. The 1989 Kerry Committee report found that “[i]t is clear that individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking” and that “[i]n each case, one or another agency of the U.S. government had information regarding the involvement either while it was occurring, or immediately thereafter.” The report goes on to detail how U.S. officials “failed to address the drug issue for fear of jeopardizing the war efforts against Nicaragua.”

So while a sturdy case can be made for willful negligence on the part of the Reagan White House to stem the flow of cocaine, the less defensible cocaine-as-social-control theory remains a popular one. Yasiin Bey (BKA actor/rapper Mos Def) offered his version on his 1999 classic “Mathematics”:

Nearly half of America’s largest cities is one-quarter black

That’s why they gave Ricky Ross all the crack

Bey refers to “Freeway” Ricky Ross, the subject of “Freeway: Crack in the System,” allegedly the primary conduit through which the Contras’ cocaine flowed into the American inner city. Two rappers, former Jay-Z labelmate Freeway and superstar Rick Ross, both derive their stage names from the Los Angeles kingpin. At its height, Ross’ coast-to-coast coke empire was selling half a million crack rocks per day. The LA Times reported on the infamous crime boss in 1996, finding that “if there was one outlaw capitalist most responsible for flooding Los Angeles’ streets with mass-marketed cocaine, his name was ‘Freeway’ Rick.” Ross himself claims that his connection was a CIA agent, and the CIA itself admitted to turning a blind eye to Contra cocaine traffickers in the 1998 report from the agency’s Inspector General, but theories based on a master plan to chemically subdue black Americans are too outlandish to be considered.

Before Jay, Kanye and Yasiin Bey were Golden Era icon KRS-One and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, whose 1998 “CIA (Criminals In Action)” took aim at the intelligence agency’s involvement in the affair. Forming a trio with The Last Emperor, the rappers offer a critique in the vein of Kanye and Yasiin Bey’s, but both broadened and more substantive than the latter’s accusatory couplets. The song weaves together postcolonial theory and critiques of neoliberalism, imperialism and the surveillance state to situate alleged government narcotrafficking in a wider web of power. KRS and de la Rocha exchange lines in the song’s hook:

You claim I’m sellin crack, but you be doin’ that!

You know the cops, they got a network for the toxic rock!

“CIA (Criminals In Action)” was perhaps the first substantial accusation of Washington’s narcotrafficking. Nearly 15 years later, the most recent lyrical assault of note, Atlanta rapper Killer Mike’s 2012 “Reagan,” echoes the song’s expansive critique and demonstrates that the anger felt toward Reagan has both intensified and spread in the intervening years. The song interrogates the national security apparatus, the prison industrial complex and racism from Reagan to the present, which, by including President Obama in the indictment, presents persistent Reaganism as the real danger.

“Reagan” is a fan favorite from Mike’s album “R.A.P. Music,” a collaboration with Brooklyn producer El-P that made the rapper the new darling of Pitchfork and other indie tastemakers. On Rap Genius, the song’s lyrics have been viewed nearly twice as often the next-most-popular song on the album. While the early anti-Reagan songs communicated the message among the rap underground and traditional hip-hop audiences, Killer Mike’s angry anthem is a favorite to a largely white listenership. In live performances, Killer Mike often recites the song a capella, despite the track’s bombastic production, in an attempt to drive the lyrics home to white, middle-class audiences. Mike concludes the song in concert by rousing the audience to join him in repeating the song’s last line: “I’m glad Reagan dead!” The crowd, a sea of raised middle fingers during the explosive coda, screams in unison this American heresy. Something is changing.

As Tea Party canonization brightens the aura around the late president for the right, Killer Mike’s “Reagan” reveals a contrapuntal, inverse reaction on the left and among many youth. In the age of Occupy and the Tea Party, diverging attitudes toward Reagan represent a widening gulf between political poles, between generations, between holders of privilege and those without. The anger of those left behind during the Reagan era is perhaps now an anger shared by younger Americans whose futures feel sacrificed to the prerogatives of those with their hands on the levers of power, whether in legislative houses or boardrooms.

The sea change may not be apparent to some observers of Washington politics. While Reagan’s legacy suffers rot and corrosion among black Americans and an increasing number of white youth, he remains unchallengeable in Washington. Even President Obama, the socialist bogeyman to conservatives, cites Reagan to justify policy propositions and endear himself to conservative audiences. Obama acknowledges that Reagan altered the course of history in a way that no one since Lyndon Johnson has matched. Some critics contend that the change promised with the election of Obama has done little to sway the general direction charted by Reagan.

Ultimately, as anti-Reaganism solidifies and spreads, the argument is not only about whether cocaine was allowed to be dumped into black neighborhoods; it is about who gets sacrificed in the service of power. To some degree, and we’ll likely never know the extent, black Americans were seen as expendable in the mad dash to illegally fund pro-capitalist guerrillas in Central America. The documented arm sales to Iran to fund the Contras made expendable an unknown number of Iraqis during the two nations’ bloody eight-year war. Reagan is not, in hip-hop parlance, merely a “dead president,” but a national metonym for power, privilege and a particularly brutal means of its defense. “They only love the rich, and how they loathe the poor,” raps Killer Mike in “Reagan,” a song that ultimately aligns a global myriad of the relatively powerless against the elite, symbolized by Reagan.

Monday, November 17, 2014

hip hop vs rap

This is HIP HOP week on the 12th Planet. All of the posts this week will be about hip hop. Make sure that you check out Wednesday night's 12 Radio show. I will break down the battle between Jay Z and NaS.

Somebody asked me what's the difference between rap and hip hop

Hip hop is something that you feel.
Rap is something that you do.

Hip hop is born within's something that you live
Rap is a vehicle

Hip hoppers are authentic and genuine
Rappers are created and packaged to be marked to the masses

Hip hop has been around for 40 yrs times...can be a passing fad

Hip hop embraces a culture that expresses individualism and unity.
Rap tends to embrace everything, copy it, then try to be something different

Hip hop is a Mercedes Benz
Rap is a Toyota Camry

Most good hip hop won't make the radio in 2014
Most bad rap will make the radio in 2014

Hip hop artists will respectfully "battle" or "beef" for lyrical supremacy
Rappers will "battle" or "beef" just for entertainment

Somebody asked me what's the difference between rap and hip hop

That's like asking me the difference between loving someone and being in love with that person. It's not the same

Friday, November 14, 2014

Freestyle Friday (Step Into A World)


Step Into A World

Verse 1

I'm bout to hit you wit that traditional style of cold rockin
Givin options for head knockin non stoppin
Tip-toppin lyrics we droppin but styles can be forgotten
so we bring back the raw hip-hoppin
Just like the records and tapes you be coppin
Cop some breakdancin, boogie poppin, and lockin
Tic tockin, guaranteed to have you clockin
We only get better and only better we have gotten
This type of flow don't even think about stoppin
Beware, the length of the rhyme flow can be shockin
All music lovers in the place right now
That never understood the way that KRS got down
Yo I'm strictly about skills and dope lyrical coastin
Relying on talent, not marketing and promotion
If a dope lyrical flow is a must
You gots to go with a name you can quickly trust
I'm not sayin I'm number one, uhh I'm sorry, I lied
I'm number one, two, three, four and five
Stop wastin your money on marketing schemes
and pretty packages pushin dreams to the beams
A dope MC is a dope MC
With or witout a record deal, all can see
And that's who KRS be son
I'm not the run of mill, cause for the mill I don't run

the full song can be heard here...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Top 5 NBA Shooting Guards & Small Forwards of 2014-15

As the NBA season kicks off, the Dead End Sports crew gets together to discuss/argue about the top 5 Shooting Guards and Small Forwards  in the NBA heading into the 2014-15.

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Let us know what you think

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Top 5 NBA Point Guards of 2014-15

As the NBA season kicks off, the Dead End Sports crew gets together to discuss/argue about the top 5 Point Guards in the NBA heading into the 2014-15.

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Let us know what you think

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Friday, November 7, 2014

unanswered hip hop questions

Why did Biggie's career take off and Craig Mack's didn't?

Do you know the difference between rap and hip hop?

What happened to BET's Hitz from the Streets and Prince DeJour?

Did Gangsta Boo ever find out "where them dollars was at"?

Do you know anybody who DID NOT like Heavy D?

Which New York City borough produced the best MCs?

Did anybody do a better hip hop hook than Nate Dogg?

How many kids does Trick Daddy love?

Why does Andre 3000 want to stop rhyming?

Why do you jump up when you hear the following..."Engine, Engine number 9, on the New York Transit Line"?

Why don't female MCs rhyme like these ladies anymore?

How long can you listen to rap on the radio these days... A) few minutes B) few hours C) Not at all

Why don't DJs scratch in songs anymore?

What is in Funky Cold Medina?

What was the last hip hop album that you purchased?

How many No Limit albums do you own?

Has there ever been a better diss song than No Vaseline?

If you were a rapper, what would be your name?

How dope would the D.O.C have been if he had never been in that accident?

What is your all time favorite hip hop song?

Is Jay Z too old to be rapping?

Why are the BET Hip Hop Awards on a one month tape delay?

Did we ever find out why people don't like the way that Sally walked?

What's the worst hip hop album you've ever purchased?

Remember when DMX was bigger in hip hop?

How important is freestyling to you?

Why have they NEVER found the people who killed Jam Master Jay, Tupac, and Biggie?

Do you still love hip hop?

Has there been anybody to be in hip hop and achieve the success that LL has?

Who is your favorite member of the Wu Tang Clan?

Why don't hip hop videos match the songs?

Can you vote Eric B for President?

Did A Tribe Called Quest ever tell us WHERE to kick it? They said we could kick it but didn't tell us where...

Did anybody have a cooler hip hop "reality show" than Rev Run (Run's House)

Do you still have your Flavor Flav clock?

Did you ever think Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Ice T, and Ice Cube would be this big in Hollywood?

Is there anybody doper than MC Lyte?

Is Kanye West crazy?

Which decade had the best hip hop?

Is hip hop dead?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sex 1000

WHO: 12 Radio Show with ShellyShell & Diggame

WHAT: Talking about Sex (episode 1000)

WHERE: or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host.

WHEN: Tonight from 9pm - 11pm EST

WHY: Because WE SAID SO...that's why!!!

You got questions?? We got the answers!! Join 12kyle and co-hosts ShellyShell and Diggame as we have a sensual and comical look at sex. Don't miss it!

Follow the show on twitter: @12RadioShow. Also follow the host 12kyle on twitter: @12kyle