The Westside Connection power trio, featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10, and WC, are photographed above in the 1990's promo pic along with Jamie Foxx during a 1997 shoot for The Jamie Foxx Show television show. On that episode, that first aired on the WB network February 12th, 1997, the LA rap supergroup did a four minute acting scene plus performed their (then current) single "Gangstas Make The World Go Round." That track was culled from their 1996 released album Bow Down whose other popular tracks included the funk-fueled title track hit single.
The Westside Connection promo pic is just one of three featuring Ice Cube in this latest 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The other two below are both from the artist's two-part War & Peace Pt. I + War & Peace Pt 2 album (also avail on vinyl/LP Vol 1 and vinyl/LP Vol 2) promo package in this latest series installment. Also featured below is Cube's famous pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A but after he had left the group to pursue his successful solo career and their membership was pared-down to the core quartet of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" - MLK
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." - MLK
These two above famous American history quotes, each from the same speech from 54 years ago, take on a renewed relevancy in January 2017 on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the current uncertain political climate. No doubt the 1963 March On Washington, at which MLK gave his famous speech to a sea of peaceful protesters, will be in the minds of those participating in this weeks Women's March on Washington.
Taking place on Saturday January 21st 2017, the post inauguration day protest organizers announced that, due to the swelling number of confirmed participants, that they are now expecting 200,000 people at this weekend's march which is the same number that marched back in 1963 when MLK spoke. Similarly with the 1963 March on Washington, which King stressed was about equality for all, the message of the Women's March is about rights for all with the motto is "The RIse of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation."
At Amoeba's three stores you'll find various collections of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. And / or visit the online store's Martin Luther King Jr. section where you'll find such collections as In Search Of Freedom (9 track CD includes "I Have A Dream" and "Police Brutality Will Backfire"), the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr. 2 CD set, and The Martin Luther King Jr Tapes that is another collection that includes the historic "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28th, 1963. Also found at Amoeba are artists who either dedicated music to the legacy of MLK or artists who sampled his speeches in their music. Besides the content of his speeches, as a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm, makes for a perfect speechmaker to sample over beats.
The excellent star-studded The Art of Rap Tour hits the road again this summer with two California dates, returning to the Bay Area (Warfied July 24th) and Los Angeles (Hollywood Palladium July 22). A revamped line-up from last summer, the 2016 tour features Public Enemy headlining along with many others including of course Ice-T who curated the acclaimed 2012 documentary Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap that inspired this tour. The hip-hop documentary itself focuses on the rap/rhyme element of hip-hop with the tour's acts all subjects of the film. The documentary Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap is available from Amoeba in DVD. Additionally available is the recommended accompanying The Art of Rap soundtrack (also in LP) that features lots of the freestyle and live versions of songs featured throughout the documentary). Executive produced by British filmmakers and curated/directed by Ice T, the film won rave reviews in both the UK and USA. The long list of artists featured in the documentary include Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, and the Cold Crush Brothers featuring Grandmaster Caz.
In 1989 Public Enemy's raw rebellious rap anthem "Fight The Power" reigned supreme. An across the board hit, it was the theme driving the soundtrack of Spike Lee's classic movie Do The Right Thing. Public Enemy performing live and the striking imagery of an emotionally charged political rally set the tone for the accompanying music video. Spike Lee directed the music video, which included clips from his film Do The Right Thing. Perfect and perfectly complimentary, the Brooklyn set video captured both PE and Spike Lee at their respective creative peaks. Each used their art to reflect life in a pitch-perfect way.
Meanwhile, in real life Brooklyn of 1989, thousands of agitated protesters took to the Brooklyn Bridge. The September protest that upset traffic and authorities ended in riot cops going against protesters. "A mile-long protest march against racism and the recent killing of a black youth…a predominantly black crowd of 7,500 demonstrators breached the police lines in an attempt to cross the bridge and carry the protest into Manhattan," reported the New York Times on this "Day Of Outrage" protest. Led in part by the late X-Clan member Professor X under his Blackwatch political organization, the protest was designed to bring the city to a halt and bring attention to injustices. As well as protesting the August 23rd murder of 16-year-old Bensonhurst resident Yusef Hawkins by a gang of white youths, the protest was also about the August 22nd slaying of Huey P. Newton. The shooting of the 47-year-old former Black Panther leader occurred in Oakland, CA. Hawkins was shot and killed near his home by a bat-wielding white mob who believed he was dating a local white girl.