BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters

I originally posted the following video and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters:

My Commentary: This could be one of the most important videos you ever watch, so please make sure to add it to your YouTube favorites, study it often, and pass it along to your friends and family!

Rayn’s Interview on “Ghosts of the Republic” Internet Radio Show

Ghosts of the Republic

Ghosts of the Republic

On September 2, 2009, Rayn was the featured musical guest on the live-aired internet radio program, “Ghosts of the Republic,” presented by BlogTalkRadio. She engaged in a live, hour-long phone-in interview with the show’s hosts, GhostDawg and Paranoid!

Listen to the audio stream here:
GhostsoftheRepublic internet radio with with guest: Rayn on Blog Talk Radio

Download the mp3 here:
Rayn’s Interview

Hip-Hop, Commercialism and the Female Emcee

The following post was originally published by fellow emcee, AtLas’, in the forum section of HipHopSisters.com

The rare and deadly female emcee

The rare and deadly female emcee

“Why is there a perceived lack of female emcees in Hip-Hop? People are always asking where the ladies are in Hip Hop. I happen to know of a few places where you can find us. However, when the question is posed, I have to wonder, do they only mean the female emcees? There doesn’t seem to be a lack of female dj’s or b-girls, so why emcees? I have my own thoughts, but I’m interested to know yours.”

In response to AtLas’ questions, I wrote the following elaborate reply. However, I chose not to publish it at HipHopSisters.com because I determined it to be inappropriately lengthy…

In response to your first question, asking why there is a “perceived” lack of female emcees in the game right now, especially when compared with DJs and B-Girls, the answer is complex. We must start, first, by realizing (and admitting) that today’s Hip-Hop music has been completely compromised by the corrupted Corporate oligarchy known as the “Music Industry.” In essence, Hip-Hop is a vehicle, driven by struggle, towards empowerment, using the fuel of expression. And, though the genre began underground, it was not until it was picked up by the mainstream that it became a worldwide sensation. And, as the gatekeepers of all radio play, and the holders of all major record labels, for many years, the Music Industry has usurped authority over the entire Hip-Hop music scene. Record executives have worked hard to convert the emcee into a “product,” to be sold in a commercially-driven market. The Industry has, in effect, removed most of the heart and soul from Hip-Hop music, and replaced it with the sort of shallow, fickle, fad-based, formula-dependent “pop” culture that draws teenyboppers to the market en mass, eager to purchase the latest, most popular album available. Where Hip-Hop once had substance, it now has image. The content and message of lyrics have taken a backseat to swag, flow and “a good beat.” Most of today’s radio emcees no longer represent the streets, or the struggle. Instead, they simply represent the Corporate interests of their record label masters. These types of sellout emcees – motivated primarily by money – serve as “useful idiots” to the Industry, because they are ready, willing and able to completely, hypocritically “brand” themselves to fans in order to increase sales. From where I stand, today’s mainstream Hip-Hop music more resembles a high school popularity contest than an actual form of art.

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Individual Sovereignty is the Only True Freedom!

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of an ex-acquaintance…

"Liberty is the sovereignty of the Individual." - Josiah Warren

“Liberty is the sovereignty of the Individual.” – Josiah Warren

Carlos G.: Sovereignty is something serious… like breath

Rayn: Individual Sovereignty is the only way to truly live! It is the only true freedom!

Nicole S.: Tru

Jamilah I.: Yeah man, but unfortunately its madd hard to live that way unless you know exactly how to operate in this land of commerce. Trust me, I know..

Reconsider Use of These Dangerous Household Products

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

Plastic water bottles

Plastic water bottles

10 Dangerous Household Products You Should Never Use Again:

(SustainLane Staff) – You would never cross the street without looking both ways, walk alone down a dark alley alone at three AM, or tell your child to accept rides from strangers. So why let hazardous, toxic, and even carcinogenic chemicals into your home everyday?

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My Commentary: For years now, I have been warning my family and friends about the dangers of certain household products. From non-stick cookware, to plastic bottles, to antibacterial hand cleaners, to compact fluorescent bulbs, the list of everyday items that contain toxic chemicals is surisingly long, and the array of hazardous ingredients they harbor not only have the ability to make you very sick, but also poison the environment, as well!