The Undergods Album: A Review

Canibus and Keith Murray have re-invaded the rap scene. After dropping an EP back in 2009, the underground duo known as “The Undergods” finally bring us a full-length album. The two 90’s era emcees bring us some of that traditional sound, replete with the kind of spitting that fans of both expect. On this project, they have a Redman/MethodMan type of chemistry, Murray bringing the off-kilt humor to counterbalance ‘Bis science-fiction/conspiracy laced lines. ¬†On the song, “Undergods Roll” Keith jokes about taking an axe to his lyrical opponents while Bis warns foes to “keep their proximity or get knocked into...

Pro-Labor Demonstration on June 14th

Good afternoon everyone. I just want to inform everyone briefly that there will be a pro-union rally at City Hall on Tuesday beginning at 4pm. In these times of a concerted effort against unions and collective bargaining, such efforts are necessary. I encourage my New York readers that are union members to spread the word. The flyer can be found here. Fightback Rally Stay awake, and stay alert. -Marc

Afro-Punk: Avant-Garde Music Making an Impact

Good evening all! It’s June, and as some of you know, that means its Black Music Appreciation Month. So it’s time to look at what is happening in music, the hot and new. Instead of kicking off this month with the typical review from yours truly, I have decided to dig a little to explore this sub-genre we call Afro-Punk. Some of you are going to look at me like: What on earth are you talking about? Well, I am referring to a particular type of alternative music, that really is pushing the bounds of what Black music is supposed...

When Reform Isn’t Progress: A Commentary via The Grape Soda Digest

Good evening everyone! It’s Saturday evening, and I got in from seeing X-men: First Class, which I really enjoyed. If you are a fan of that comic book kinda stuff, then I recommend you peep that. Obviously this ain’t the reason I opened up WordPress. I just want to give my peoples a heads up that I will now be a contributing writer for The Grape Soda Digest¬†This is a new venture, and I am really excited about working along with this new site. Some great things are about to jump off, best believe! Now for those of you who...

Color Struck: The Politics of Shade in The Black Community

The issue of colorism in the Black community is once again raised. This time, it is by the upcoming documentary “Dark Girls” by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry. This film deals with how dark-skinned women are at times less valued then lighter complected women, and how that can play itself out in various forms. Be it the latest music video, or what is considered beautiful, these sort of appraisals can shatter the self-esteem of those deemed “less than.” Though it is a difficult conversation to have, I look forward to seeing this documentary and how these intra-racial divisions will...