As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following captioned photo here, being shared by the page, “Ms. Lauryn Hill,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…

Consumerism is a track coming out on the eve of Ms. Hill’s release. She wanted to get this music out while she was incarcerated, as it is a product of the space she was in while she was going through some of the challenges she has been faced with recently.
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“Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side. Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level.”
– Ms. Lauryn Hill

My Commentary: New song from Ms. Hill!

Watching MF Doom’s “Elder Blossoms” Video

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Rebekah P…

Rebekah P.: Enjoy!

MF Doom – Elder Blossoms ( HD VJ Mix ):

Rayn: Cool video. 🙂

Rebekah P.: I love this whole LP, this track is beautiful! Even the elders can appreciate Elder Blossoms, this is Hip-Hop baby! I recommend mass-consumption of mass-produced mess for the masses while watching this vid 🙂

Feedback on “I Thirst,” by Damion Sanders!

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

I Thirst:

My Commentary: Awesome work, by my friend, Damion Sanders! A powerful song, and a great video! Very touching and moving! Check it out! 🙂

Remembering the Inspirational Hip-Hop Legacy of Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of fellow emcee, Tru Leo, after he shared a captioned photo from here

Tru Leo:

Hold Up! Lil' Mama Will Never Match Up To Left Eye's Legacy!

Hold Up! Lil’ Mama Will Never Match Up To Left Eye’s Legacy!

Rayn: Word! Lil’ Mama couldn’t hold a candle to her! Left-Eye will always remain my original inspiration to rhyme – even before Lauryn Hill, who actually contributed to it, later, by virtue of her skills on the Fugees album, “The Score.” And, it was Left-Eye’s verse on “Waterfalls,” alone, that actually did it for me! 🙂 I played that portion of the song so very many times that my damn “CrazySexyCool” album stopped working properly SOLELY on that part – skipping it’s way through, instead!