Historic Cypher on the Border.. Rappers Come Togther to Make a Profound Statement

This is what Hip Hop is ideally about..People coming together, building community and making a strong statement in the name of humanity..

With global trade destroying communities and families world-wide by slashing wages and moving factories to the next hungry communities migration of people has become both a necessity and an inevitability. The US/Mexico border has become a human rights crisis as US border vigilance has become both militarized and also funneled migrants into the unforgiving Arizona desert.

Hip Hop Artists Jasiri X, Invincible, and Paradise Gray of the mighty, mighty X Clan join local artists Amy Juan, Shinning Soul, and Dirty Verbs to rock DJ Sloe Poke‘s border spin for the first ever “Border Cypher.”


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Video by Jason Michael Aragon. Audio by Javier Gonzalez. Great audio work, really, really great audio work. LOL



HKR Intv w/ Invincible… Holding it Down in Detroit & Being Part of a Queendom

It’s always a pleasure to chop it up with one of our favorite emcees who hails from the Motorcity, Detroit, Michigan.. Invincible is not only someone who will hurt your feelings on the mic, with her wicked flows and willingness to speak truth to power, but she’ll hurt you on the activism tip..

Invincible is more likely to be found at a youth center or on the block working with youth throughout Detroit, make sense of an increasing repressive world.. Her solution is figure out ways to be self-sufficient. While she and others clearly understand the importance of holding folks in power accountable, she’s also crystal clear that those with means and resources, don’t particularly care about the folks they oppress, hence, folks have got to make sure they find ways to survive, with or without their help..

In our interview Invincible breaks down a lot of the innovative ways folks in her city are problem solving systemic issues. She talks about Michigan’s policy of having emergency corporate managers, appointed by the Governor who usurp the power of elected officials and how folks are making things happen in spite of the limitations. She talks about the response youth in her city had when they got suspended for walking out of school to protest sub par education. They started freedom schools and held classes outside the school.. She talked about the media work and new curriculum folks are embracing as well as the Food Justice Movement which in full steam in Detroit..

Lastly we talked about her music, and true to form, Invincible is on some next level ‘ish , as she’s building a Music Box and redefining how music and art is to be distributed..

Invincible will be in town this Saturday for an annual event called Queendom which will also include local female emcees and deejays like DJ Zita, Aima The Dreamer, Persia and a host of others..


You can peep our interview w/ Invincible below



4 Hip Hop Videos You Need to Watch on a Nice Summer Day in August…

Mistah Fab hits us across the dome with one of the better videos that speak to our conditions in 2010

This is one of my favorite videos for 2010.. Props to Oakland rapper Mistah FAB for spitting truth to power and putting this out. We need more videos and songs that speak to the conditions of the masses


I love this video from Bay Area rapper Paris featuring T-Kash. I don’t think it got the shine it truly deserves and yet it really captures and energy that was and still is here in the Bay.  Don’t Stop the Movement is energetic  and sadly fortlls the riots that broke out in the streets of Oakland around the killing of Oscar Grant


Invincible has been on fire with her videos and her songs.. Here she teams up with Waajeed to capture grittiness of Detroit. This cut Detroit Summer is on point. I like how she captures footage from the recent US Social Forum that was held there. Give this sista deserves our support and props.


This is a classic throwback that I almost forgot about.. Chuck D and Public Enemy cover a lot of ground in this video.. It ranges from Clarence Thomas confirmation to the Supreme Court to Mike Tyson being sentenced to prison to the riots at Virginia Beach during Spring Break and the riots and in South Central LA after the Rodney King verdict


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Hip Hop is Worldwide-Meet Chilean Emcee Anita Tijoux


We caught up with Chilean emcee Anita Tijoux who made lots of waves during SXSW 2010. It was her first trip to the US as she celebrated the release of her new album 1977. The title represents the year she was born along the pioneering days of Hip Hop in the Bronx.

Anita who is an astute student of Hip Hop music and culture noted that its important to reference and pay tribute to the foundation. Anita through her flows, subject matter and study of other emcees has managed to do just that-pay homage.

For many here in the states Anita Tijoux is a new face in an already packed scene. In Chile she’s abig deal-a superstar. She was born in France to a French mother and Chilean father who was in political exile during the Pinochet dictatorship. She first started to get known in 1997 when she was part of a group called Makiza which featured Seo2, Cenzi and DJ Squat. She later left the group and attempted to go solo and for a while hooked up with Julieta Venagas  a popular pop singer. She later reunited with members of Makiza and then left again to do her solo album 1977

We started off our interview by getting an update on the situation in Chile. She explained that many people in her country are suspicious after the 8.8 earthquake and they fear another shoe is going to drop. Many believe that the shaking was man-made-caused by HAARP… Others are saying, the earth-shaking so violently was God’s way of saying get rid of the president and the fascist regime he represents…Anita noted that while her family is doing ok, many people are not. Chile has privatized everything from water to medical help, hence only those with money are faring well. Others are suffering.

We spoke to Anita about her music and whats influenced her. She says that she mixes traditional folkloric music with Hip Hop. She says she rhymes in Spanish although many insist it’s easier to do it in English.  She says her biggest influence were artist like Bahamadia. She also notes that if she had a magic wand she would love to do a song with KRS-One, Flying Lotus, Peanut Butter Wolf and Madlib.

Anita laced us up on the Hip Hop scene throughout Latin America. She said things are in full gear in places like Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru. Brazil things are really large to the point its an entity on to itself.  She noted how MTV has ‘MTV Latin America’ and ‘MTV Brazil’. She noted that Hip Hop has widespread appeal because it gives voice to the voiceless especially in poorer communities.

We conclude by speaking with Detroit rapper Invincible who is featured on the song Sube which talks about upliftment and using Hip Hop as a tool. Invincible had nothing but praise for Anita who she said she met online and began the process that led to them recording the song which they performed several times during SXSW.

-Davey D-

Here’s the Breakdown FM podcast to our interview w/ Anita Tijoux

Click HERE to Here Full Breakdown FM podcast featuring Anita Tijoux

Anita Tijoux SXSW Intv



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Davey D’s Adventures at SXSW#3 Invincible, Homeboy Sandman & King Asoka

More adventures at SXSW with Davey D.  This time it’s a nice freestyle session w/ NY, Detroit & Dallas representing. Big shout oyt to Homeboy Sandman, Invincible and King Ashoka who all did their thing.