Category Archives: HipHop

Casual of The Hieroglyphics Publishes Academic Work On Egypt and the Hieroglyphs


Rapper and The Hieroglyphics co-founder, Jonathan Owens, aka Casual, has published his first book, entitled, Madjai, A Handbook for the Conscious Community. The self-trained scholar translated ancient Egyptian texts and addressed historical misconceptions of the region surrounding the Nile River.

Madjai is a collection of articles and analyses of ancient Egyptian text, offering new interpretations to some of the worlds oldest manuscripts. With over a decade of independent studies under his belt, Casual has published well received articles online as he specializes in the Egyptian language Medu Netcher. “The process involved a lot of research and new translations of ancient Egyptian texts,” he explains. “I consider myself an Egyptian grammarian. I study the ancient Egyptian language and address misinterpretations.” The book follows a recent debate Casual won in New York City between the Black Hebrew Israelites and Kemet on Trial. “I was giving valid, accurate answers to the opposing side who were challenging the info of kemetology. It was wonderful for me, and we won.” Casual also started a Facebook study group, Madjai – Vanguards of Kemet, available as a resource to those interested in the subject.

Speaking on how his research and ideas have influenced him over the years, Casual explained, “Actually, it’s the other way around. My music has influenced these ideas. I’m 40 years old, at this age I’m most inspired by just sitting down and writing,” he says. “At this point of my career, I always want to do more. Researching and writing is helping me stay amongst the people. I’m working on the second book for Hiero, which is in the works to come out later this year. This is gonna help sustain my legacy in hip-hop and help present myself as multi-faceted writer and artist.”

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Das Racist alum Heems just released the video for “Sometimes” which is the first one from his debut solo album, Eat Pray Thug. Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress have funny cameos in the storyline about who gets the girl.


Zion I & Locksmith-Culture Freedom

Zion I and Locksmith wax poetic about the lack of balance in hip-hop’s commercial sphere on their first collaboration, “Culture Freedom.”


Rapsody Interviewed By Hot97

Rapsody is interviewed for Hot97’s Ladies First series and she talks about how she became a hip-hop fan, her music, Kendrick Lamar and racism.


Rapsody-Don’t Need It Feat. Merna

Rapsody is riding off her raised profile from her appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” and today she released the deluxe version of Beauty and the Beast. “Don’t Need It” featuring Merna and produced by Young Guru is one of three extra songs on the deluxe album.


Kendrick Lamar’s Reebok Commercial

Kendrick Lamar commodifies dissent in his commercial for Reebok by converting marchers into consumers. To Pimp A Butterfly’s pulse continues to move over the industry and culture vying for rap album of the year.



“CounterClockwise” is from Oddisee’s upcoming The Good Fight and he describes the album as dealing with the way people challenge your personal strength. The Good Fight comes out May 5th and Oddisee goes on tour April 11th.

Oddisee Tour Dates:

April 11 – Hartford, CT @ Trinity College
April 23 – Flagstaff, AZ @ NA University Castro Auditorium
April 24 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
April 25 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground at Evangelo’s
April 26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Stereo Bar
April 27 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes Other Side
April 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
April 30 – Oakland, CA @ Leo’s Music Club
May 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
May 5 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 6 – Washington, DC @ TBC
May 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
May 8 – Narragansett, RI @ Wheelhouse
May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBC
May 13 – Toronto, ON @ TBA
May 14 – Ottawa, ON @ The Ritual
May 15 – Quebec City @ Le Cercle
May 16 – Burlington, VT @ TBC
May 17 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
July 2 – Vienne, FR @ Jazz a Vienne Festival
July 3 – Nice, FR @ Nuits Carrees Festival
July 5 – Brussels, BE @ Couleur Cafe Festival


Media Questions Of The Week

Will Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming service rival Spotify?

Is Isaiah Washington’s advice to Chris Rock about adapting to racism by driving a less expensive car a suitable way to avoid racial profiling?


Will Trevor Noah become a substantial successor to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show?


The Black Opera-Talking Revolution

The Black Opera’s video for “Talking Revolution” comes from a live performance in Poland. They question the concept of revolution in a digital world and encourage the shutting down of popular sites like Twitter and diss Michigan governor Rick Snyder.


Kendrick Lamar & Reebok Full Mobile Concert

Reebok presented a Kendrick Lamar concert on a mobile truck as part of their #GETPUMPED campaign supporting the new ZPump Fusion shoe. Lamar performed music from his new album To Pimp A Butterfly for Reebok’s guests while moving through the streets of West Hollywood.