Friday, September 03, 2004

Music is important -- but out of bounds

Music has a great place and role in all cultures, and one day I'll put more muscle into the S6 efforts. But is Slam out of bounds?

Personally, I don't think it is wise to be so "negative" and "slam Bush." -- But I am all in favor of dissent and am also all in favor of good humor. We need to all 'lighten up.' So, in some ways, this is good. See the comment section for the details of an event in Pittsburgh with Sala Udin and Bill Peduto.

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Media Advisory 09/02/04 Contact: Khari Mosley (412) 403-2762 or (412) 951-7189



Local Area Winner Will Compete for $5000 at Slam Bush National Rhyme Contest on the Eve of Presidential Debates in Miami

On Sunday, September 5th, politics and hip-hop will collide in Pittsburgh, as MCs and slam poets from across southwestern Pennsylvania perform at the Slam Bush Rhyme Contest. The competition will be used as a forum to call out the President on the shortcomings and misrepresentations of his administration, and to give the hip-hop generation a political voice in the upcoming election.

The winner will join other victors from battleground states across the country at the National Slam Bush Championship in late September, where they will perform in front of some of hip-hopís most respected names, including Chuck D and Supernatural. The Slam Bush champion will be awarded a grand prize of $5000 and emerge as the voice of the hip-hop voters just in time for the first presidential debates in Miami, FL.

The Pittsburgh Slam Bush Rhyme Contest will take place Sunday, September 5th, at the Garfield Artworks, located at 4931 Penn Avenue in the East End of Pittsburgh. Doors will open at 7 PM. The event features DJ Selecta of 720 Records on the turntables and is hosted by spoken-word pioneer and community activist Luqman Salaam. There will also be a special performance by Khari Mosley, local MC and Chairman of the 22nd Ward.

Judges for the contest will include Paradise Gray of the groundbreaking hip-hop group X-Clan, Pittsburgh School Board Director Alex Matthews, as well as Pittsburgh City Council members Sala Udin and Bill Peduto. Contestants include a diverse array of hardcore rappers, backpackers, conscious MCs and poets, including Omar Abdul, Brother Sultaun, The Lioness, Two-Face, and Julian Nicholas.

Slam Bush organizer Khari Mosley gives his take on the hip-hop generationís involvement in politics this year:

ìThis year the hip-hop generation will be the defining voice of the political discussion. Hip-hop culture has always been politically oriented; historically MCís have been political figures within the community. We are not only taking the initiative to speak for our generation, we are speaking on behalf of our parents, grandparents and all the people across the globe that oppose the current administration. I feel we have an obligation to take a leadership role, being here in Pittsburgh, the swing city of the swing state. Here is where the election will be won or lost. Itís time for Pittsburgh to stand up!