The Return of Dirty Harriet-Album Review: Rah Digga’s Classic

“They say I’m what the game been missing/ tell em rhymes do matter but they ain’t listenin” -Rah Digga Rah Digga is back on the scene. After a 10 year gap between this album and her debut project Dirty Harriet, Classic is a welcome return to form for the former Flipmode affiliate. Coming in at 11 tracks with minimal features, the New Jersey based emcee showcases the lyrical talent hip hop heads have come to know and love over Nottz production. The Virginia based producer worked with Digga on her first album, so it comes as no surprise that the...

Mid-Term Elections Commentary

The midterm elections of 2010 represent defeat for the Democrats in particular and a blow to the progressive agenda in general. With Republicans now solidly in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democrats across the board have lost their mandate. In New York State, there were few upsets.  Andrew Cuomo handily defeated Republican candidate Carl Paladino with 61 percent of the vote. The Democratic candidates for Senator Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand also bested their GOP contenders, sailing into their U.S. senate seats with 65 and 61 percent of the vote, respectively.  Around the country however, it’s a...

Black in America 3: Almighty Debt Commentary

Yesterday, we learned from the “Almighty Debt” a couple of key things about being Black in America. We learned that debt is worse than racism, and had the point driven home by a reference to the Bible. Nevermind the false separation of racism from economic practices. Us Black people need to realize that racism is just words, not structural realities, not payday loans, not sub-prime mortgages.You can throw that stuff out the window. Stop making excuses! We also learned that every Black person in America has connections to a church. Yes, every last one of us. All of our problems...

C of Tranquility: Album Review

“I saw a world in deluge, fighting over fossil fuels and food like a bunch of goddamn fools” -Canibus C of Tranquility is the latest album by hip-hop artist and conspiratorial emcee extraordinaire Canibus. His tenth album, and this being the second one released this year,  the “lyrical analyst” has been hitting the booth hard. But often, that admirable work ethic can lead to a weaker product at the end of the day. Don’t get me wrong. There are some good tracks on this album. In particular, “Captain Cold Crush” “Lunar Deluge” “Golden Terra of Rap” and “Cingularity Point” amongst...

Student Profile: Nyia Gore

Here at the Polite Society, we talk about social issues affecting the Black community and work to raise awareness of things that need to be discussed. It is equally important to acknowledge and support individuals who are moving in a positive direction, and taking steps to improve themselves and their community. I would like to take this opportunity to shine some light on a high achieving, college bound young woman. Allow me to introduce you to Ms. Nyia Marikka Gore of Snellville, Georgia. A senior from South Gwinnett High School, Nyia is an involved student. While maintaining a GPA of...