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Fanning Flames :: SWAB X EVOLVE Connect For ‘Phoenix’ Single

When it comes to Texas emcees, EVOLVE is always going to get props in my book.  His work ethic puts many other peers to shame, his willingness to collaborate is inspirational, and his approach to the bars makes him stand out in an otherwise congested scene.  His latest collaborative effort is with producer SWAB, which is (ironically?) titled Out for Self.  The first single, the driving and powerful Phoenix, finds EVOLVE covering a topic that he knows quite well : rising above doubters and naysayers by staying true to yourself… a truly inspirational message that we can all use in these trying times.  Dig it, share it around and definitely support your local creators!

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Worldly Views :: Evan Moran Rises With ‘Phoenix’

Man… the end of 2016 seems to have a common theme, and that theme is awakening.  Artist after artist that I come across this winter seems to have a prime directive of opening the eyes, ears and minds of any listener they are able to reach.  Evan Moran, who normally is already pushing boundaries, just so happens to be another example of someone practicing this awakening principle.  Phoenix finds him on a sparse (but suprisingly heavy) beat produced by UMRU, and with a little help from Ascendant Apaulo, they proceed to tear into the concepts of closed-minds, witch hunts and other human injustices in some of the most captivating ways possible.  Think music indeed.  I am very much looking forward to the release of Faulty Intercessor, and with a little luck (and hard work on my part), you may even see a familiar name pop up on future Evan Moran material.

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Brown and Black

Normally, I keep this blog based strictly on entertainment, not on issues.  This morning, however, I learned about the incident between Katt Williams and a Phoenix heckler.  For those who do not know what I am talking about:

At first glance, for any fan of comedy, this would seem normal fare both for a comedian dealing with a heckler, and Katt Williams specifically.  Anyone who has ever seen a Katt Williams performance knows that: A) he is extremely unapologetic about the stances he takes, B) he is extremely quick witted, and C) he will take his thoughts to an extreme degree.

What I find ridiculous is how this has become a racial issue.  Arizona’s recent history of anti-brown laws is wrong, but it is completely non-relevant to a Katt Williams stand-up show.  To call Katt Williams anti-Mexican is to create a scapegoat for a bigger issue.  To call him xenophobic completely overlooks the fact that he defended his country towards someone who claims that Phoenix is Mexico because of its overwhelmingly large brown population.

I have been caught up all day in the response via the YouTube nation… here are some of the ones I found intriguing.

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