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Unity Through Music

Just an excuse to post some quality music really. But it wouldn’t be me without a predictable pro-unity slant!

Brother Ali – Muslim

Ill Bill – Jewish & Vinnie Paz – Muslim

MC Paul Barman – Jewish

Mos Def – Muslim

Reverend Run – Christian

The Awkward Introduction – My Definition

This is my very first post, on my very first blog. Where to start? The name is a (fairly schoolboy) play on the title of A Tribe Called Quest’s 1996 album ‘Beats, Rhymes and Life’ (see what I did?). The name also hints at what has inspired my foray into the world of blogging. Despite my recently acquired addiction to Twitter, a mere 140 characters is fairly restrictive, and especially frustrating when it comes to emotive subjects. So this blog will act as a kind of release valve for all the words and emotions that are impossible to convey in a 2cm x 12cm box (yes I actually measured it).

If it wasn’t already apparent, one of my other passions is Hip-Hop music and culture. Not the polished, auto-tuned, soul less drivel that infests the mainstream airwaves. The real stuff, from the ‘Golden Era’ of the late 80’s to the mid 90’s, and the artists that have bottled the essence, added liberal amounts to their creative juices and carry the torch for the ‘true school’s’ current generation. Not forgetting the other four elements that make up hip-hop culture, DJing/Turntablism, Beatboxing, Breakdancing and Graffiti Art. 

My Twitter name, bboyblue, also pays homage to the rap subculture (a B-Boy being a practitioner of breakdancing, but in broader terms a fan of the culture as a whole). The colour blue indicates my football allegiance. My hometown club Cardiff City, also known as the Bluebirds, who play in, erm, blue. I’m also a keen student of football tactics, and have an insatiable appetite for knowledge regarding all aspects world football.

Politically, I lean to the left. I oppose discrimination, injustice, bigotry and ignorance. I’m anti-racism, anti-fascism, anti-nazism and anti any other -ism or -phobia that cause divisions, mistrust and hate in our communities. This is the subject that has driven me more than any other to put this blog together. In particular the emergence of the English Defence League, the Tea Party movement and the rise of Islamophobia in Western society.

I foresee that most of my blogging will revolve around the latter subject, but hopefully will be interspersed with a bit of music, football and anything else I get moved enough to write about. Some of it will be serious, some will be light-hearted, hopefully interesting and occasionally insightful, thought-provoking and informative. Though I’ll happily settle for ‘not shit’. If anyone is bored enough to read my humble blog, feel free to leave a comment, feedback or tips, and if you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it, share it via your networking medium of choice. To kick things off I’ll finish my first post with a piece of music that encapsulates the spirit and sound of hip-hop as it should be.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – T.R.O.Y (1992)

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