This Love is past, future and is always present
This Love transcends the limitations of space/time
This Love is knowledge applied with grace
So it is the light that gives birth to wisdom
This Love is focused like a surgeon in the midst of an operation
With the heart of all humanity held in the palms
Tasked with infusing it with the blood of the cosmos
The breath of infinity
And colors from a spectrum our eyes are still too toddler to perceive
This Love will not look away
It will not become distracted
This Love does not have Attention Deficit Disorder
This Love is the highest honor
It would never deny itself and so would never deny me nor you
Fuck just killing
This Love will obliterate you softly, loudly, firmly, sharply, subtly
Until the puzzle pieces of your being are defragmented
And you will no longer pack Love like luggage
Folding and stuffing it in containers to be lugged around or forgotten, lost or stolen
This Love is not to be put on and taken off as the weather shifts
In this Love there are no clothes to wear, thus no additional weight to carry
Weightless we takeoff
In this Love
Eagles become envious of how we fly
Planes divert their flight paths
And UFO’s hover beside us with their hyperdimensional pilots staring at us like,
“What the fuck is that?!?!”
This Love obstructs injustice
This Love acts
This Love is not silent when shouts are needed
It’s not shouting when silence is needed
It’s high discerning senses what’s needed
And this Love acts
In service to others, the whole
In oneness for real
This Love is passionate for truth
Ecstatic to reveal and
Revolutionary to reclaim what was lost in the search
No matter where we stand
We are the heavens
We are the dirt
If you hold fear of the dirt you will not rebirth
You cannot stick your head in the sand and say you’re connected to the earth
This Love is an eye opener
It expands vision to see in the dark
Unafraid of the dark
Spark radiate from within
A new path to embark
This is my Love
I am this Love
My Love is this
If you put this Love in a cup
The cup becomes this Love
Put this Love in a bottle
The bottle becomes this Love
Put it in a teapot
The teapot becomes this Love
Now this Love can flow
Or it can crash
Be this Love my friend
Be this Love my lover
I am this Love
Infinite in treasures to discover/remember
I like the way this turned out. Please view and if you do, please click the “like button” ( even if you don’t like it, you can also click it just to show support). That small little button is funny. It has A LOT of influence on taking an artist to another level in terms of booking shows and paying rent. If wack thug-drug-hip-pop artist makes bad song and dumb video, but has 100,000 views and 1000 “likes”, wack thug-drug-hip-pop artist will get booked for shows and eat good. If dope talented-soulful-honest-socially-aware artist makes good song and cool video, but only 300 views and 11 “likes”, dope talented-soulful-honest-socially-aware artist must sometimes borrow money to pay rent because he had to pay for a tooth extraction or something, and artists are not insured. When recording artists are doing their promo thing and are in communication to book performances, the promoters and event organizers always do Youtube searches. They look at the number of views and the “likes” and can greatly influence their decision to book an artist or not.
I’m doing my part to bring awareness to the state of our world and it’s direction and how to recognize and own our true power. To hopefully inspire and offer a person the opportunity to shift their perception and grow into greater states of awareness of what’s happening around us, and who we choose to be in relation to it. It’s a difficult path on it’s own, triply difficult to do it through the lane of rap music in 2012.
I create music to be of benefit to people and I would love to dedicate 100% of my time to creating music with that purpose. To do this on a grand level, I need your assistance….WE need your assistance. I’m not asking you to buy anything. I’m only asking you to support by viewing, clicking that little “like” button, and sharing with your friends. By doing this you are assisting in balancing out the bullshit music that feeds our descent into corporate sanctioned madness. You are also supporting the progress of music that cares about the future of the planet life and the life that resides on it.
This has been a public service announcement provided to you by your PitchBlackGold. Thank you. Peace
Free Download: PitchBlackGold – No More Lies
PitchBlackGold – No More Lies (LYRICS)
Liberation from the hands of the masons
The plans that we facin’
Will make the earth into a planet plantation
I stand in amazement
Will humanity wake up?
Get its shit together before the land starts to shake up
Trying to cling to a system that was bound to self destruct
Many holla “revolution” but who down to back it up?
The government officials call it a bluff
Now what we gon’ do?
They on you and me
Claiming “All Eye See”
Turning citizens to cattle under Homeland Security
I hear the tails rattled with the sounds of impurity
Now echoes of an Adolf can be heard in this century
No more lies from pulpits
We See through your bullshit.
Will history repeat itself?
Health deleted by missles?
Or will the whole planet blow the whistle?
Cuz the people united will never be defeated
The people united will never be defeated
The people united will never be defeated
It sounds good to say but will we ever achieve it?
The point of no return is no here
Best believe it
Who’s plottin’ on the right course of action when they weeded?
Indeed it takes the holistic moves to be completed
The truest revolution has the soul deeply seeded
And we need it in ever sequence
Frequently come anew
Be it and see the reaches
Far from plain view
We came through the gates with the traits to create schools
Anybody try to stop us we must break them lame dudes
The same dudes making new rules to enslave crews
And use network news to spread their fascist views
He refuse to accept it
Never walk the blocks all confused and dejected
See the propaganda fuel the fear
Bring the ruckus
Strings on the dummy
The big puppet
Oppression since day one
Ain’t it time we said “fuck it”
Stop giving ’em our taxes
Look how they use our duckets
The bald eagle is hungry
It’s feathers better pluck it
If it soars full speed
Ain’t no future for the seeds
The prophecies of chiefs
Steady muted by thieves
Open up your ears
And these words just take heed
Equals intuitive movements
Know exactly what you doing
Exactly what you saying
Who you praying to in toil?
This is spiritual warfare
It’s much much bigger than oil
It’s much bigger than oil
It’s much much bigger than oil
There have been ZERO rappers in the mainstream to come anywhere near this close to the passion and fire for the people:
Cats nowadays get passionate about Beyonce not winning video awards and shit. Anyways, this is Pac’s first recorded speech. Schooling adults:
Makeveli – Hold Ya Head
Hold Ya Head off Makeveli 7 Day Theory album is my personal favorite Pac song. It possesses everything that was great about Pac and amidst a sea of Death Row required shit talking, this gem of a song jumps way out. 7 Day Theory also is my fav album and I remember at the time, that i just could not stop playing this song. Listening to it again now, it just shits on the retardedity (my word) of these thug rappers of today. The one thing that i really love about the legacy of Pac, was that his greatest songs, the ones that we remember him for, were NOT club hits. They were great songs that spoke from and to heart of Black people.
Who remembers when “Brenda’s got A Baby” owned “The Box” (For you youngins, there used to be a channel in Oakland, back in the early 90’s, where you could call in and order videos) I used to get sick of it cuz i would ALWAYS make me all emotional. The song and the video was just hella intense. With “Dear Mama”, “Shed So Many Tears, “Temptations”, he was even in the videos, but we felt him. Everyone knew his situation and was ridin’ with him. Until T.I. or Lil Wayne or any other millionare rapper can make singles like the aforementioned, I DONT GIVE A FUCK if them niggaz get locked up. As dope, clever and a better lyricist B.I.G. was, he never made songs that spoke to hopes, dreams, inner fears, vulnerabilities, strengths and empowerment of Black people. He never moved anyone to shed so many tears and neither has Jay-Z or Nas (though Nas has many great songs of substance). Pac got a catalog of spirit touching songs and for that reason he is still the Greatest Rapper Of All Time.
Hold Ya Head:
[prison in the background while ‘Pac speaks]
Yo Jackson! (8231549)
Yes (?), come on down
Hold the doors – let’s go!
8599 (?) close it tight
Lock it down
My homeboys in Clinton and Rikers Island
All the penitentiaries
Mumia, Mutulu, Geronimo, Sekon
All the political prisoners
San Quentin (Can you see him? I see him).. all the jailhouses
One thug, one thug (How do we keep the music playing)
You’re listenin to the sounds of one, thuuug
One thug, one thug (How do we get ahead)
I wake up early in the mornin, mindstate so military
Suckers fantasizin pictures of a young brother buried
Was it me, the weed, or this life I lead
If daytime is for suckers then tonight we bleed
Out for all that, knowin that this world bring drawbacks
Look how this shit bump once I deliver these raw raps
Meet me at the cemetery dressed in black
Tonight we, honor the dead, those who won’t be back
So if I die, do the same for me, shed no tears
An Outlaw, thug livin in this game for years
Why worry, hope to God, get me high when I’m buried
Knowin deep inside only a few love me
Come rush me to the gates of heaven, let me picture for a while
How I lived for my days as a child; I wonder now
How do we outlast, always get cash
Stay strong if we all mash, hold ya head
[Chorus: sung + 2Pac]
How do we keep the music playing (yes, you got to hold ya head)
How do we get ahead.. (hold your head!)
Too many young black brothers are dying (yes, you got to hold ya head)
Livin fast, too fast..
These felonies be like prophecies beggin me to stop
Cause these lawyers gettin money everytime they knock us
Snatchin pockets lyrically, suckers flea when they notice
Switched my name to Makaveli, half the rap game closed
Exposed foes with my hocus pocus flows they froze
Now suckers idolize my, chosen blows
And mo’ money mean litigatin, mo’ playa hatin
Got a cell at the pen for me waitin – is this my fate?
Miss me with that misdemeanor thinkin, me fall back?
Never that, too much tequila drinkin, we all that
Make them understand me, if not I slang my posse
Everyone with me is family, cause everybody’s got me
Watch me paint a perfect vision, this life we livin
got us all meetin up in prison..
Last week I got a letter from my road dog, written in blood
Saying, “Please show a playa love” – hold ya head!
The weed got me tweakin in my mind, I’m thinkin..
God bless the child that can hold his own
Indeed, enemies bleed when I hold my chrome
Let these words be the last to my unborn seeds
Hope to raise my young nation in this world of greed
Currency means nothin if you still ain’t free
Money breeds jealousy, take the game from me
I hope for better days, trouble comes naturally
Running from authorities ’til they capture me
And my, aim is to spread mo’ smiles than tears
Utilalize lessons learned from my childhood years
Maybe Mama had it all right, rest yo’ head
Tradin converstion all night, bless the dead
To my homies that I used to have that no longer roll
Catch a brother at the crossroads..
Plus nobody knows my soul, watchin time pass
Through the glass of my drop-top Rolls, hold ya head!
[2Pac over Chorus]
No matter how hard it get, feel me
Get the weed, drink a drink, read a book
Watch the stars, get some pussy, whatever..
[Chorus repeats to fade]
Travel In Power
Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16th, 1971 – September 13th, 1996)
Bali Hiphop Arts Center, Hiphop Activism, Indonesian Hiphop Center, Social Entrepreneur, Tru Karya Cipta, True Creative Activity, US-Indonesian Cultural Exchange, Youth Arts and Activism, Youth Cultural Exchange
Peace Family, Friends & Community,
Most of you know for the last 5 years I’ve been living in Asia, based in Bali, Indonesia. I’ve continued my work as an evolving artist with the goal of shifting minds, progressing spirit and motivating action, especially in youth. As one of 6 Black men living in Bali (yes..6), and 3 from the US, I’ve been a direct contact for a people whose only reference point has been through movies, music videos and televised soccer games. Because I’ve grown up in Oakland, amongst a culturally, socially and spiritually aware community of artists/teachers/activists, I’ve been able to correct many of these false assumptions and negative stereotypes for many Indonesian people.
I came home to The Bay, for the first time in 5 years, back in February. Since I’ve been back, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my 5 years of experience in Bali and how it connects with the arts and activist community here in The Bay. In that reflection and I’ve become clear in my vision of making official the work i’ve been doing over the last 5 years, specifically and the work i’ve been doing since I was 18 year old newborn in knowledge of self and community.
Here in the Bay, there are organizations and centers left & right that are dedicated to youth development in every way, and we’ve always had them. In Bali there are organizations dedicated to young children, but there are much fewer dedicated to teens and young adults and none dedicated to young urban performance artists, and nothing close to a center or organization dedicated to connecting arts and activism and social entrepreneurship. There has never been a Live Lyricist Society, Upper Room, Black Dot Cafe or Leadership Excellence, organizations which guided my artistic development. There is no Youth Speaks, Youth Uprising, Green Arts Center or DJ Project, where youth have consistent access to top tier music production equipment, dance studios, practice and performance spaces and more than a few professional mentors to guide their growth process. Bali does not have those youth centers, but Bali has hundreds of youth who desire it and would directly and immediately benefit from it. My goal is assist, full-time, the young urban arts community in Bali, in resolving this issue. To do that, I need your assistance.
I have founded Tru Karya Cipta (True Creative activity), a youth performance arts, education and social entrepreneurship organization in Bali, Indonesia. It will be the first organization in Indonesia to train young artists, not only in developing their talents, but also how to use their talents to benefit their communities. The organization will inform them of the social, ecological and economic issues facing Bali, and guide them in the process of becoming socially aware and responsible artists and entrepreneurs, to better address and aid in the solution to these problems. The long term goal is to establish a facility in Bali, that will serve as an international center for young artists who are dedicated to solving the many issues facing humanity and the Earth. With the establishment of a facility, international cultural exchange can take place. Every year young artists and professional artists, from organizations or solo, in the Bay and other parts of the world, can come out to Bali for a few weeks and do their creative work in a beautiful and natural environment, also collaborating with Balinese performance artists in using art to engage, enlighten, inspire and ignite action for the benefit of our global village. Imagine young artists from East Oakland collaborating with young artists from Denpasar, Bali in a project addressing issues affecting both of their communities. This uniting of cultures through the arts, with the goal of real change, is the vision.
Here is the link to the blog site where all of our goals and objectives are posted: http://truecreativeactivity.wordpress.com/donate-to-the-cause/
I’m asking for your assistance in raising $3400. This funding cost will cover:
– One airline flight to Indonesia ($1600) – One work permit for one year ($1800)
With this covered, I can devote attention to the development of the organization, without having issues with immigration. This will also allow this project to be rooted in community funding and from that root grows a tree with fruit that nourishes across international borders.
Right now, I have 800 friends on Facebook. If only 170 of those friends would contribute $20 (which is about the cost of a movie ticket and a drink), then it would allow the project to move to next step, which will be obtaining non-profit status with the Indonesian government, acquiring funding to secure land and building to establish our Pura Tru Karya Cipta or True Creative Arts Temple.
I have already did the groundwork and have gathered support from professional local and international artists and organizations in Bali, now I need your support. If you are able to donate $20…or $10….or $5, just click the “Donate” button below. I only need 170 people to invest $20 in this project and the next steps forward will be taken immediately.
Please forward this to any of your friends who you think would be interested and ask them to make a donation to this project.
I thank you very much for your supporting the global youth arts and activist movement.
Peace, Kamau Bakari Abayomi (PitchBlackGold) firstname.lastname@example.org
After all of the public out cry & protests over the last couple weeks, the millions of dollars in lost revenue to Arizona and future losses to major events and businesses pulling out of Arizona, the wicked witch of the west still doesn’t get it. Last night, Gov Jan Brewer signed the bill, HB 2281 into law. This law bans ethic studies classes throughout Arizona, with the exception of Native American studies, which if not for federal law protecting it, would be out on its ass also. This bill is the brainless child of Arizona School Superintendent Tom Horne who has been pushing for this for a year now. Horne called ethnic studies “harmful and dysfunctional” and had tried for nearly two years to persuade Tucson voters to bounce the local school board members who supported ethnic studies. His strategy failed and so this is his solution to the problem of brownie and blackie ethnic knowledge and empowerment.
Not surprising at all that he would find success in the Phoenix capital. Small minded, racist, scapegoating, stereotyping, generalizing, egocentric, white supremacists gravitate towards each other. It’s one thing if they do it in their barns in the backwoods, but it’s an entire new ball game when they are allowed to hold positions of power, especially public office and law enforcement. All those disgusting traits take on a psychopathic nature. (Read Part 1 of this article for more on psychopaths)
Needless to say, these individuals would not like to have a population of Brown and Black people united and energized with the same luminous brillance as The Phoenix. In fact, they really don’t want anyone unified and energized other than their own, small minded, racist, scapegoating, stereotyping, generalizing, egocentric, fear-mongering, white supremacists-who-aren’t-racist-because-they-have-a-Black friend……or not, colleagues and families. But all they have done is just that, unite Black and Brown and Asian and Whites-with-sense and charge up the Phoenix bird spirit within the nation. As they stroke their pens to burn the rights of individuals to be secure in their own persons and have proper cultural education, non-Latino folks are remembering the words of Dr. King, “An injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Will Arizona politicians fold to the pressure or will they stand firm on their racists fears? The signing of HR 2281 last night, is a heavy lean towards the latter…
…….but i have hope that The Phoenix will rise.
So after performing poetry for the last 10 years, in numerous cities in this country and others, i have finally released a book. I should have long ago dropped something but, i just never could just sit down and transfer to a computer what was written in notebooks or what was in my head. Well one thing about being broke, it’ll kick your ass into getting shit done. So i knocked this out and thanx to the homie Eesuu, i found a great site to host it.
The book is a series of poems of varying length. The title poem is the final poem i committed to heart before i moved to Bali in 2004. It is a poem that aptly expresses where i was before my departure. This poem became a personal prayer and affirmation that i would recite to myself in times where i was dealing with inner conflict. It became a reminder of who i am and what i do, in the face of much that was attempting to convince me to be who i’m not. The photos in the book were taken by the homie Jack Wyllie .
I would very much appreciate your support with this project. It is a project connected to the greater project of raising the spiritual awareness of communities through raising the spiritual awareness of individuals. I hope that you are able to gain as much from the poems in this book, as i have gained from writing them. Thank you.
Peace & Love,
Kamau Bakari Abayomi (PitchBlackGold)
It’s a sad irony that whenever an economy goes bad, the very things that would serve to improve the situation, are the very first things to get cut out. The arts and education component of a community and society has been consistently undermined and devalued by big corporations who would rather assembly line all art for mass consumption and by too many bought-off elected officials who actually fear a knowledgeable and socio-politically active population. When it’s these big out of reach cats, it’s easy to call them out on their bullshit, but do we ourselves actually aid and abet the bullshit as well? Do we stagnate and contribute to the demise of our own independent/underground scene. Let us see…
“Aww man, I ain’t even got it right now…” – Random cat at the bar ordering a 3rd drink
1. Wanting Music For Free – This has gotten so bad, that now dope ass artists feel forced to give away their heart and hard labor for free, lest they not even be heard. Avatar has made a BILLION dollars in the box office. Everybody, they grandma and the house pets, paid minimum of 15 dollars to sit for 2+ hours wit funny glasses on, then go home. Many folks did this 2 or 3 times giving about 45 dollars to James Cameron and a host of folks they do not know and this doesn’t included popcorn and soda and such. Many will give more money for the dvd…. Now your local neighborhood singer/rapper/musician has put in many hours and hours of writing and production and recording and mixing and designing graphics and packaging and self critiquing and more, so that YOU can have new music to experience and potentially connect with and appreciate. Next He/she hopes that you might be generous and supportive enough to contribute at least 5 bucks, 1/3 the cost of a 3D flick, so that he/she can pay bills, eat food, take the bus, get better equipment to make better music for YOU, etc. When you pass on giving 5 bucks to support an artist, you pass on contributing to the health of an independent/underground music scene and culture. I’m in no way saying you need to buy music from everyone, but what I am saying is that you should add supporting a few local artists to your list of monthly leisure expenses. When you do not, you inadvertently assist in the stagnation and possible death of the music scene, because those artists are then forced to seek other means of earning paper instead of cultivating their craft to provide a quality soundtrack to the community.
1+ Buy The Music – I’ll restate it, add supporting a few local artists to your list of monthly leisure expenses. If you contributed just $25 dollars a month to supporting local musicians through purchasing music, you would be doing your part to keep YOUR local music scene moving. If you honestly don’t have an extra $25, chances are you are an artist and are therefore excused……I know the economy is shit, but in this shit economy a movie made over billion dollars and became the highest grossing film ever, so…
“I gotta ask… So if I don’t put u on the guest list, does that mean u won’t come to my show?” – Kween
2. Not Supporting Local Live Performances – Since music is now being given away for free, it is even more important that you come out AND PAY to support the artist and the scene. I emphasize “AND PAY” because just being there (often via guest list) is only half of the equation. A party promoter and venue will gauge a truly successful night by how many paid the cover charge and by how many drinks were sold. It is the business of entertainment. In order to provide quality entertainment, a lot of time, energy and money goes into negotiations, flyers/posters, band rehearsals,etc. You could have the most crackin’ party filled with people, dope performances and good vibes, but if no one paid to enter the venue and drink sales were low, then from a business viewpoint it was not a successful event. Doubly so, if people do not even show up. Unless it’s a charity event or a strictly-for-the-love type of venue/event, profits are the goal. If the venue and promoter do not make much or any profit, the artists performing get paid very little for their efforts, if they get paid at all. This leads to venues not supporting local performers (up and coming especially), which means local artists (whom, if you forgot, are now giving their music away for free) do not have any means of earning a living as a recording/performance artist in their own area. This leads to dope local artists moving to New York, LA or Atlanta or wherever else, in search of a way to get their food, clothing, shelter, etc. taking care of through their creativity.
2+ Pay The Cover Charge – Add investing in a few local live performers to your list of monthly leisure expenses. By contributing just $25 dollars a month to supporting, through attending live performances, you would be doing your part to keep YOUR local music scene moving. If you honestly don’t have an extra $25 (yes, it is rough right now), you can try to get on the guest list. If you have the ability to pay, you should do it. When you do, venues and promoters are happy because they have covered their costs of providing you with entertainment and they made a good profit. They then can pay performers better fees and invite them to return because the artist has a crowd that pays, allowing money to circulate. This also helps to generate “buzz” for the artist, which then translates in to more media exposure for the artist, which leads to more shows for the artist, which leads to a bigger “buzz”, now attracting non-local interest in the local artist, which leads to….. You get the point.
Choose at least 2 live performance artists, especially your friends and invest in them, not just by finding your way in for free, but by paying the cost of admission. Underground/independent music scenes thrive and grow through a strong interdependency. Artists will always give, if the community gives back then the cycle will always flow.
If 100 people invested $50 a month to a local entertainment scene of their choice, that’s $5000 dollars being put into that scene in one month. If the organizers and entertainers within that scene have the support and investment of a community, then that support and investment will translate into a better livelihood for artists, leading to better music and performances that keep the everyone energized as the energy flow multiples.
(Shout out to Sake 1, Kween and Marty for the inspiration)