Thursday, January 22, 2009

//From a Rebel It's Final/On Black Vinyl..

//One of my own heroes, Chuck D writes his thoughts on the inauguration, "sleep rapnea", and of Barack Obama entering the terrordome...

Chuck D - "I Got A Letter for the Government" (

Pharoahe Monch - "Welcome to the Terrordome" (SRC,2007)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

//Happy 30th Aaliyah!

//Staying home sick was a blessing in disguise. Much needed rest and a chance to go through some records for this Saturday's Z&D Midnight Mix in honor of AALIYAH, whose 30th birthday would be tomorrow! From Berkeley to Chicago to Tokyo, whenever I see an Aaliyah record I buy it everytime. Looking at the R&B singers of today, not a single one of 'em has filled the void Aaliyah left when she perished suddenly 7 years ago. My middle school students, 5 years old when she passed, know her music well. She is kinda to R&B what 2Pac is to hip hop.

At the same time, I believe that through and with Aaliyah, producer Timbaland created his best, genre/radio-defying work (Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake? Sike). Their concoctions were far ahead of their time, off-kilter and spacey and beautiful at the same time. She didn't have the greatest vocal range or voice like Alicia Keys, and wasn't as strong a dancer as Beyonce, but she still surpasses them all somehow.

Thank you for your music, Aaliyah. We dedicate this Saturday's Midnite Mix to all those we lost in the past year: Alton Ellis, Bo Diddly, Miriam Makeba, Eartha Kitt, Isaac Hayes, Freddie Hubbard, Oscar Grant, the 1000+ in Gaza, my moms, Romeo's Uncle Mangi and any others you wanna light a candle for. Your love is a one in a million/it goes on and on and on...1neLuv.

Digital Black f/Aaliyah - "Don't Think They Know"

Aaliyah - "If Your Girl Only Knew (Siik Remix)"

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

//Home Sick Mini-Mix..

//Day 2 home sick with the flu...but can't help jumping on the turntables! Mos Def's new single dropping sparked me to put these songs together. When you hear the percussion it'll make sense. First, a slept-on DJ Spinna production, second a slept-on J.Dilla production. Third, a good sign for Mos' album The Ecstatic, which is titled after a really dope novel by Victor Lavalle, who also has a awesome collection of short stories called Slapboxing With Jesus. I'll never be mad when an mc or rap group references literature.

Jigmastas f/Sadat X "Don't Get It Twisted"
J.Dilla f/Black Thought "Love Moving"
Mos Def "Quiet Dog"

Now back to bed..1neluv

Saturday, January 10, 2009

//January Morning..

Jah Cure - "January Morning" (Free Willy,2006)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

//Fruitvale BART Station, 3PM-7PM TODAY...

BART officer has yet to give account in shooting 01.05.09 SF Chronicle

Obama 'deeply concerned' over Gaza 01.05.09 Al-Jazeera

Monday, January 5, 2009

//Dear President-Elect Obama..

January 5, 2009

Dear President-Elect Obama:

I am a public middle school teacher, dj and writer based in Oakland, California. I proudly and passionately voted for you on November 4, 2008 and actively campaigned for others to do the same. I was strongly drawn to your message of Hope and Change, as clearly were millions of other Americans. I was especially impressed with your condemnations of “politics as usual” and “politics of division” and in my heart hoped and believed that your rhetoric would have meaning and action behind it. On Election Day I read about and witnessed the reaction of the entire world, as people not only in the United States, but in all continents seemed emboldened by a new hope, including immigrants, Muslims and Arabs here in the U.S., in the Middle East and worldwide. I felt that the world could be a safer place.

Mr. President-Elect, as I write this Israeli F-16s and Apaches continue to light up the Gaza Strip for the 10th consecutive day of “softening” the ground, as Israeli tanks and infantry march into the territory adding to the toll of 548 known Palestinian deaths, many of them women and children. But you know this already. Your astute observations of world politics, race, religion and conflict are well-documented, from the experiences in your memoir Dreams of My Father to your acceptance speech on Election Night when you made the striking announcement, “I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.” You are a student of the world and surely are knowledgeable of such weighty times as these. At the same time, as shown in your rejection of “politics of fear,” you know that Israel’s campaign is not a “war against terrorism” but an extreme injustice.

Mr. President-Elect, it is far overdue for you to offer your voice concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and your vision for U.S. foreign policy. Tell us, will it be “politics as usual” for the U.S. to support Israel’s campaign under your leadership? Will the U.S. under your administration continue Bush's policy of blaming Hamas or will there be Change? The world knows that the U.S. has considerable weight with the Israeli leaders, and considerable capacity to provide humanitarian aid to the people of the Gaza Strip. We cannot wait for your inauguration to hear what your administration plans to do. If anything, your election began the process of restoring our country’s stature as the “beacon of light” that it was for your father and my Filipino grandfathers and grandmothers. Will your administration show this with your decisions and actions regarding the continuing assault on the Gaza Strip?
The Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak is determined to keep pushing to “reach all the goals that we have set for ourselves.” Mr. President-Elect, the slaughter must be stopped now! Your hands are not tied, your eloquent words--startlingly absent this past week--can make an enormous difference. Your weight as soon-to-be President of the United States must be used. The U.S. must apply resources and political capital to press Israel to immediately cease its campaign and allow humanitarian aid to be provided in the strip. In the long term, your administration must adopt a policy that provides safety and justice for the Palestinian people.

I know that you must be saddened and angered by the events unfolding before us as I am. People across the globe are in the streets. Even French president Sarkozy is in the Middle East as Israel has rejected the European Union’s call for ceasefire. Speak now. The people of the Gaza Strip cannot wait. The world cannot wait.


David S. Maduli
Oakland, CA
sent to the Office of the President-Elect via