Made in the aftermath of the unrest in Ferguson (Mike Brown), Baltimore (Freddie Gray), New York (Eric Gardner), & too many other police killings of unarmed African Americans prominent Memphis artist Miscellaneous steps in the booth to late his listeners know that Black Lives Matter, while insisting that if it doesn’t we need to come together and make them matter, and made the opposition respect it. Check Out the video above.
1 month after the fatal shooting of an unarmed African American teen Mike Brown by former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, metro-sexual rapper Young Thug made comments during an award show that united the St.Louis & cities across the Midwest, calling for a ban on the rapper promising violence and protest if he was to touch down in the St.Louis area.
Young Thugs last show in St.Louis prior to his comments was in March of 2014 at Klub Klymaxx less then 10 minutes from where Mike Brown Jr.was murdered months later. There were several attempts to bring Thugger to the city since then, which all fail short until Young Thug dropped a track hard enough for everyone to forgive him.
After a year of anger against Rich Hommie Quans Hubbie, reduced radio spins, and negative opinions Young Thug Dropped “Best Friend” a St.Louis anthem about bleeding bad, eating booty and other weird things.The song was so powerful & uplifting to St.Louis that Hot 104.1 began to play the song religiously as if it was a Drake, or Fetty Wap record. The city loved the record so much they almost forgot that up & coming St.Louis artist J.R. released a hot single with the same name similar concept in August of 2015 with Trey Songz, that’s currently creeping towards top 40 status.
The song was so hot that with out apologizing for his lack of empathy of Mike Browns murder, Young Thug was able to come back to the city that once “Banned” him, and the city gave him mad love in the form of a sold out show, no violence, no protest, and a few $1000 in his pocket and a possible yeast infection.
Young Thug was able to meet Mike Brown Sr. the father of the male who Young Thug gave 0 fucks about in 2014 & it was all good, they even took photos. S/o to everybody in St.Louis, St.Charles, and Metro East who put hot records over social issues,why stand for something when we can just turn up instead?
Tef Poe delivers a powerful recap of the turmoil that escalated on August 9th, entitled “Gas Mask.” Upon releasing this resistance anthem January 1st its been heard almost 1,000 times on soundcloud alone before January 3rd.
Gas Mask is also the 1st release from Tef Poe’s newly legalized Delmar Records.
Self proclaimed hip hop Mermaid, and sometimes thoting Justine Valentine has been dropping videos like crazy, 1 day after releasing a 1 scene video to her remake of Iluvmakingmoni’s “Tuesday” track she decides to drop something with more substance off her latest mixtape “Red Velvet, a song titled ‘Freedom’.
Released November 12th with over 2,000 views in its 1st 2 days the ‘Freedom’ video starts off with news clips of police brutality aftermath of the murders of Eric Garner in Long Island, NY (July 16th,2014), and Mike Brown in St.Louis,MO August 9th 2014, and shows clips through out the video of various acts against people including international injustice.
November 9th 2014 went down in history as Virdiko Global Music Promotion company launched its 1st Midwest Music conference in Cincinnati, Ohio with the help of Mic Check Radio, leaders of the Virdiko Midwest campaign.
The conference included djs, and artist from across the Midwest, and was headlined by Dallas artist Mr.Go Get it. Other cities represented included St.Louis, East Saint Louis, Chicago, Dayton, Cleveland, and Nyc, to name a few.
The event had a surprise host as Dj Whobeta took over, and broke the ice. Revealing how his name chose him, and why he’s no longer on 89.5 the Wave#Ferguson after 4 years, and urged all in attendance to finish school or get a trade to help further invest in their craft,like rappers Rick Rosswho was a corrections officer believe it or not, and Plies whos actually a nurse.
Other notable speakers included Dj Lavish of Strictly Hip Hop Fm Wazu of Peoria, Ill. Award winning Dj Ball of the Nerve djs, DJ Bruno, & Dj Ballard to name a few.
Performances included headliner Mr.Go Get it from Dallas, Texas St.Louis acts Hot Spitta and World Tremier, Deep Thawt of Cincinnati, and Mr.Brown Swagger who stole the show and the photo with his photo bomb performance.
Check out the rest of the photo’s of November 9th right here by clicking here.
Once all festivities were done most came together for one more photo, in remembrance of Mike Brown, who was murdered by a Ferguson Policeman August 9,2014.
Shout out to Mr.5th, Virdiko Global Music Promotion and Mic Check Radio / Magazine for putting together an event where the Midwest could come together under 1 roof.