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Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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4Play: Incognito, Kero One, Slum Village, Paul Wall

Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2010
Incognito - Transatlantic RPM - Shanachie
Best described as a modern day Earth, Wind and Fire with a dab of Stevie Wonder thrown in, Incognito’s acid funk/jazz sound has set the groundwork for plenty of imitators. But the legends know who to collaborate with, hence the appearances of Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, and Al McKay (of the aforementioned Earth, Wind and Fire) on this set. These tunes tool along with plenty of momentum, propelled by horns and strings while the drums keep the groovin’ beats on track; “Lowdown” throws Mario Biondi into the mix with Chaka Khan, “Put a Little Lovin’ in Your Heart” is five minutes of moving-your-feet music, and closer “Tell Me What to Do” wraps these jams up with soul.




Kero One - Kinetic World - Plug Label
There are few matters of questionable subjects within his tunes, but for the most part, Kero One achieves quite a lot on this album, on which he performs most of the vocals, beats, and scratching on his own. A mix of east coast-west coast rap beats seasoned with a few worldbeat sounds, Asian influences, and a variety of production styles, he addresses relationships on “On Bended Knee” and warns of too big of a lifestyle on “Fast Life”; guest artists include appearances from Tablo, Dminor, and The Tones, among others.




Slum Village - Villa Manifesto - E1 Entertainment
They may have had a tumultuous career to date since their industry beginnings in 2000, between the member switches and difficult times all around - but Slum Village is holding on, with the group’s T3 saying in a statement that he wanted to “pull the squad together” once again. Their sixth studio album shows a return to more of their earlier classic sound, with “Earl Flinn” roping in one of Madlib’s beats, “The Reunion Pt. 2” offering up more directed, emotional subject matter (as well as a few warnings), and “Dance” bringing in the - well, dance beats.




Paul Wall - Heart of a Champion - Asylum
Texas jeweler-slash-rapper Wall (and his diamond-encrusted teeth) release his fourth major label set through Asylum, where he’s teamed up with pal (and Blink-182 band member) Travis Barker on most of the production duties. In addition to Wall’s own confident, if self-absorbed, performances on songs like “Take Notes” (about his own bling-bedecked lifestyle) and “Live It,” he welcomes in the likes of
Beanz N’ Kornbread to add production where Barker didn’t, as well as guest performers Chamillionaire, Devin the Dude, and Slim Thug, among others.

 
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