2014 was the BIGGEST year for the sub culture that is battle rap. Once only in the far reaches of the basketball court or local park or dank nightclub battle rap has come to the MainStage. Huge million dollar grossing pay per view events and die hard fans have propelled battle rap into the main conversation. 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards featured battle rappers in their cypher segment and Snoop Dogg revealed he has even started a battle rap league. Below are the 3 moments of last year that helped battle rap finally become part of the mainstream conversation.
Murda Mook Vs Loaded Lux
Murda Mook Vs Loaded Lux was a grudge match that has been brewing for a decade. Eminem finally got these 2 in the ring at his Total Slaughter PPV event. During the epic battle Murda Mook reminded the world why we call him murder. He was voted the winner by the judges at the event as well as by the entire battle rap community.
Cassidy Vs Dizaster
Cassidy Vs Dizaster wasn’t the best battle to watch of the year. There are a few more entertaining battles out there (Daylyt Vs Arsonal, Math Hoffa Vs Dizaster to name a few) but this battle was the biggest rap battle pay day to date, Cassidy made around a quarter million dollars for the battle. Dizaster is a battle rapper most known for officially ending Canibus’ career and Cassidy is an established star and the first notable rapper to battle on camera essentially birthing modern day battle rap. Mainstream rap fans and battle fans all rushed to LA and ordered the pay per view showing of this battle. After a few mishaps the battle happened in a small room setting and Cassidy reminded the world why you should NEVER wake a sleeping giant.
Hollow Da Don Vs Loaded Lux
Hollow Da Don Vs Loaded Lux was a special battle. It set off 2014 right. Hollow went on to battle Joe Budden (the biggest battle of both of their careers so far). Loaded Lux was already a huge name but he solidified why he is one of the deadliest battlers of all time. This battle at best is debatable which always makes a classic battle. If you haven’t followed battle rap since Murda Mook battled Serious Jones on Smack DVD years ago, starting with this battle will bring you up to speed on where battle rap has come. It was a lot of great battles last year but these 3 were the most impactful.
In addition to our seasonal reading list we also have Da Chicken Shack’s 1st Book of the Year. For 2015 we have chosen Needles For Free by Ryan K Smith. This is a very unique story based on true events and written from a manic perspective, inspired by Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Aglernod”. The best book of 2015 hands down. We look forward to works by Ryan K. Smith.
Ryan K Smith, grew up in Chester, PA and is staff writer for various newspapers and magazines and a contributing writer to Complex, Ebony and Don Diva.
NEEDLES FOR FREE BOOK DESCRIPTION
Have you ever asked yourself, “What is bipolar disorder?” The term “bipolar” gets thrown around haphazardly, but it is a real disorder that effects everyday people. It is also known as manic depression.
‘Needles For Free’ is a journey through an experience bipolar people know all too well: the manic episode, displaying many of the symptoms of bipolar disorder. The writer takes the reader through mania after a wild incident at a trying time during the main character, Free’s life. He has found himself in the mental ward yet again and keeps a journal. But, is has he really lost it or is actually living in a new reality?
B. Real’s finally got the Taylor Gang chief himself in the infamous SmokeBox. In this episode Wiz and B Real discuss life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Spoiler alert, Berner starts complaining about the smoke from the backseat and Wiz Khalifa co signs and says he’s never smokes like this causing B Real to kinda end the interview prematurely. Thanks Berner. Also although Wiz smokes 2 joints at once he still has a way to go before he can be etched in stone on Mt. Kushmore with the forefathers. Enjoy!
DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS by Walter Mosley
A mystery about a unwilling Texas native day laborer forced to become a Los Angeles detective. Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley’s bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse.
ADDICTED by Zane
For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex. The book was made into a movie starring Tyson Beckford, Boris Kodjoe and Sharon Leal as Zoe.
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F.—”After Ford”—in the book), the novel anticipates developments in drug abuse, reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine to profoundly change society.
ASSATA by Assata Shakur
With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.
NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS by Frederick Douglass
In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an astounding life.
B.G. which traditionally means Baby Gangsta in black communities is the moniker donned by down south rap vet Christopher Dorsey. B.G. best friends with fallen soldier Soulja Slim and the first artist signed to Cash Money Records at 13 in the 90s made his name writing hood classics for years. B.G. even scored a gold plaque from his revered Chopper City In The Ghetto. B.G.’s album had the single Bling, Bling which changed popular culture forever. After years of being signed to Birdman at Cash Money Records B.G. finally left the label angry and accused Baby of stealing money from him and he went on to start his on imprint. After a few successful releases B.G. found himself in hot water and caught a gun charge landing him 14 years in federal prison. Regardless B.G. is responsible for the music scene shifting the way it has over the past decade and he is not only one of the rawest MCs he’s one of the smoothest and most lyrical MCs as well. His discography is bound to turn any situation into a gangsta party. Artists like Lil Wayne looked up to B.G. and modeled themselves musically after him. Here at Da Chicken Shack we must acknowledge B. Gizzle for the contributions he’s given hip hop. FREE BG! For any supporters who feel how we feel about B.G. we found his prison addy for you. In the words of the late great Pimp C “If your homie locked up you should send him some shit, cause it’s never too late to quit being a bitch.”
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First of all the DisneyWorld theme park has had countless tragedies and is shrouded in mystery. Here are a few facts about DisneyWorld that this kid in the video clearly knows.
1. Employees at DisneyWorld refer to it as a concentration camp
Although described by many visitors as “the happiest place on earth,” Disney parks often prove just the opposite to their employees. The staff at Disneyland Paris seem particularly hard-hit; in 2010, after a shift in management that increased their workload, two park employees committed suicide. One, a chef named Frank, scratched a message into his wall before hanging himself: “Je ne veux pas retourner chez Mickey” (I don’t want to go back to Mickey’s house). Employees (many of whom make just over minimum wage), complain of exhausting six-day workweeks, and claim there is little chance for advancement. When management got wind that their disgruntled staff was referring to the park as “Mousewitz” after concentration camp Auschwitz, they urged them to stop.
2. Human remains are left all over DisneyWorld
In November of 2007, security cameras caught a woman dumping an unknown substance during the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disneyland. Security arrived after the woman left, and Anaheim police identified the substance as cremated human remains. The ride was shut down, and it took over an hour to clean up the mess. Strangely enough, this is not an isolated occurrence. Perhaps not coincidentally, Disney insiders have asserted that the most common ride for mourners to pour ashes from is the “Haunted Mansion.”
3. Feral cats run DisneyWorld
Keeping up the illusion of a pristine, child-friendly utopia on Disneyland’s sprawling 85 acres is no easy task. After the park closes, an army of workers descend on its streets, sweeping and blasting away gum stuck to the sidewalk. There are even divers that collect the garbage that is dropped in water rides. But Disney has even more unorthodox “employees,” a legion of some 200 feral cats that roam the grounds. While it might seem to behoove the park to rid itself of the cats, they serve an important purpose: keeping the rodent population in check. For their part, the cats behave themselves, lying low during daylight hours. And should a kitty peek out at you from behind the Matterhorn, Disney management seems convinced it would be far less traumatizing than seeing a rat scamper across Main Street, USA.
4. The Beatles disbanded at DisneyWorld
Unfortunately, they were nearly as well-known for dissension in their ranks as they were for their hits. They squabbled over financial advisors, George Harrison slept with Ringo’s wife, John Lennon sought a singles career alongside paramour Yoko Ono: the list spiraled out of control. It was all over by 1970, but litigation continued until 1974. On December 29, 1974, while vacationing at Walt Disney World with his family, John Lennon finally signed the paperwork that broke up The Beatles forever.
5. North Korean leaders love DisneyWorld
For decades, North Korea has been known as something of an “evil empire,” and its leaders have been recognized for cartoonish excesses. There seemed no limit to the superhuman extravagance of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il; he reportedly consumed $750,000 worth of Hennessey cognac every year, owned over 17 mansions, and (according to the North Korean state website) never pooped. Once, he kidnapped a pair of directors to make him his very own Godzilla knock-off movie. It should not seem so very strange that his sons would have similar fixations. Using false identities, both current ruler Kim Jong-Un and his brother, Kim Jong-Chul, visited Tokyo Disneyland as children. In 2001, eldest son Kim Jong-Nam brought shame on the family (and dashed his hopes of becoming the heir to the rule of North Korea) when he was caught using a forged Dominican Republic passport trying to sneak into Japan so he could visit Tokyo Disneyland himself.
6. Richard Nixon loves DisneyWorld
Although every commander in chief from George Washington to Barack Obama is represented with an individual animatronic figure in Walt Disney World’s “Hall of Presidents,” few have been as deeply tied to Disney as Richard Nixon. A very frequent visitor to Disneyland, his most epic moment at Disney would be held in Florida, at Walt Disney World, on November 17, 1973. Facing down hundreds of reporters in the midst of the Watergate scandal, he delivered his famous “I am not a crook” speech. But of course he was a crook, and nine months later, he delivered a somewhat less-vehement speech announcing his resignation from the Presidency.
7. Mickey Mouse and his co-horts are molesters
Perhaps the most bizarre tale to emerge from Disney parks is the prevalence of lewd cartoon characters. In 1976, a woman filed a lawsuit claiming one of the Three Little Pigs grabbed her inappropriately. In 2004, a Tigger actor was accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl and her mother. In 2011, Disney paid a woman off who claims a man in a Donald Duck costume grabbed her breasts.
Next time your son cries when you tell him your taking him to DisneyWorld you’ll know why.