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ZirZameen Showcases Local Giants

Persian TV show/English web show ZirZameen did a great piece on one of our brothers and two more highly talented artists, Brooklyn Shanti, Geko Jones (Que Bajo?!) and Jahdan Blakkamoore shared space as well as upcoming projects. Great to see more international love for our peeps, these are some guys you definitely want to keep up with! A Giant peace to ZirZameen for giving time and place for good music.

Forever (Not) Young/Foolish/21?

WGM_OlderThere he goes singing 'bout chains again... all they talking about is beating someone up... that guns n' hoes type of lyrics are null and void... must we talk about cocaine like a kid talks about chocolate? That Bruno Mars song doesn't sound that bad right? What's going on?! Oh shit did I just get old?

Well it's official I'm old. Few are the days where I can kick back and enjoy some ig'nant music on purpose, if the beat is good enough or groups old (Wu) enough then I'll stick around but rare is the case. I've come to this conclusion after a few listens (albeit not serious) of T.I, Big Boi and Wiz Khalifas new albums including a few other non mainstream acts, I just don't enjoy it or feel alienated when listening to this type of stuff. I don't see musical growth if what your rhyming about in your debut album is the same in your 3rd or 4th outing, it can be the same type of material I guess but if you're stuck like a broken record I'm out. Is this a sign of growing up and being some kind of adult or a lack lyrical substance now more than ever? I'm going to say it might be a little of both because I can still sit down and enjoy anything good thats put out, I'm enjoying Wu Block with no problem as I speak errr... type and we all know what Ghostface is about.

It can also be that there are some many acts now that their personalities are as strong as dollar store paper plates holding a big ass piece of pernil, many acts blend together and don't contribute nothing more than just a new hook for the radio or are too gimmicky. I tend to find myself keeping to my "oldies" and some truly fantastic music (read all of WGM) from more level-headed indie artists, I have also reconciled with pop music and have come to terms on its purpose in this world haha. Yeah I said it earlier I enjoyed Bruno Mars ('Locked Out Of Heaven') because his music is catchy and i think the guy actually has talent. You know what tho? He can sing, dance, has style (maybe not all him) and actually performs, yes the long-lost importance of musicians and artists performing and giving a show seems to live on somehow.

I can sit and have a conversation about different types of music and eras easy but one thing I can't talk or relate to is any of this Rick Ross type stuff or that Waka mess. When I take the time out to listen to an album and all I hear are things said years ago by better emcees it turns into a skip and what's next mood. While working I tried to listen to T.I.'s latest and was let down to hear the veteran rapper still talking about how much his chain costs, you're flying around in private jets and this is what ya got? Oh I hear you smoke... album progress lacks in weed raps already but if you must then I'm expecting some D12 Purple Hills type stuff, it seems like Wiz recorded these tracks when he was about to go to bed with a head full of 'Tussin.

Seriously folks it's all glory for ya when its great music but when you constantly feed your audience now the same shtick you did 5 years ago... you might lose some. Give it some heart, work on those lyrics and make it your own. I can respect an emcee tons more when they make up words and stories than when all they do is go small-minded literal on us and it doesn't even sound good. After all is said and done I know everything has its purpose but man are these chain/car/drug raps getting lame, it's been done to death but if you want to try then create something new around it.

Regardless of everything I said let's stay hopeful and maybe one day Pusha T stops rhyming about coke... Oh yeah get off my lawn you pesky kids!

Check out the cowlick! /Rant

Brooklyn Shanti x Jahdan Blakkamoore Acoustic 'Rani Rani'

Our brother Brooklyn Shanti made an acoustic version of the fantastic 'Rani Rani' track and now he got Jahdan Blakkamoore (recently did vocals on Snoop Lion's 'Lighters Up') flipping it on the reggae tip. This is what I want to see more of, different worlds and different people vibing together to create that good music. Big ups to the homie Shanti for making it real and stay global.

3 Years... Word Is Bond Indeed
3IAMNWIB
3IAMNWIB

Many sites are born yearly and some perish just as fast but a select few stand ground and flourish to become a positive addition to the purpose. My blogther Jose of Word Is Bond is celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a compilation ($3) of that good Hip-Hop, I remember the beginnings and they have grown plenty especially with new writers and features. Let's raise a glass and celebrate with them to wish the site many more years of growth and positivity, you've been blessed with loyalty and readers... your set. Keep it going and don't stop my brother cause the team holds it down proper, stay about the music and it'll always be heaven above hell. Let's show them some love and support the craft and site with good music by purchasing it below!

3 is definitely a magic number so live, love, life.

Now a few words from the celebrated...

All of the above has been fueled by your readership and, to show appreciation, we’re releasing “The Magic Number” a compilation featuring WIB’s editors top picks of music posted over the last 12 months. For next year, we have a lot planned out already. As you know we like to keep things under wraps here at WIB and show it off once it’s ready – but believe us when we tell you that you guys are in for a year full of the dopest underground music around. Stick with us, you are in good hands.

As much as we’d like to make the compilation free, with popularity comes the high running costs of the site, so we had to mark the album at the low price of $3 to help with the running costs. I hope that everyone can enjoy and help Word Is Bond with a little donation, and in return get an excellent compilation.

We truly appreciate your readership, love and support, and whenever you can please raise a glass and pour one down for us here at WIB and yourselves, as without your readership we wouldn’t be in this privileged position.

Thanks for everything and here’s to another year full of potential, here’s to 2013!

The Word Is Bond Team

What's Going On Dominican Republic?!

Image courtesy of WGMeetsToday is a bit saddening... I've been reading a good deal of DR news and media issues going around recently, unfortunately it seems that Dominican Republic is in need of some major society help and restructuring now more than ever. It doesn't help that there's a poverty issue as well, the youth concentrate on materialistic ideals and certain media personalities are acting a fool publicly. Couple these issues in with lack of knowledge in certain instances and you can have a major problem with delinquency, energy spent on the wrong things and shameful portrayals in the media. It truly makes me sad to see this unfolding because it's a beautiful country and I know my Dominicans are better than this. We tend to be a bit loud and usually ready to party but in the end you will find people who are kind, honest, family oriented and always willing to help someone. Certain family ideals are being tossed out the window because money is at dire need, dishonest (muggings, robbery, drugs) work is rampant at an alarming rate from what I keep seeing/reading... but where do you go and make things better? More and more kids are hitting the streets with horrible (if any) schooling and bad intentions, I think it might be wise to concentrate on getting thru to them before we try the adults. Corruption in government isn't new especially in the Dominican Republic but with strong young voices in positive action, I think things can start to turn around for the better and much of the crime can turn towards a productive future which can disseminate throughout the country. Yes the adults are the ones in positions to dictate but the youth can truly make a change as it seems they are in control of society right now, the problem is that the older folk (set in their ways) just wrap it up with "damn kids messing everything up" but don't help or see why they do it. I am vowing to do my part to help with what I can from the US to the country I love so much and care about, I will be looking up resources to get something started over there for a brighter day for kids as they are the ones that will govern in the future.

If anyone has any information that would prove beneficial to this cause, please email us with it and hopefully less misguided youths stay in the streets. If you are an organization or group interested in collaborating feel free to inform us about your company or movement.