Archive for April, 2007
“Militant rap-rock group Rage Against the Machine reunited after a seven-year absence during a California music festival over the weekend, offering a sharpened version of their old message: fight the power. Rage, which broke up when singer Zack de la Rocha left to begin an uneventful solo career, topped the U.S. pop album charts twice in the 1990s with releases steeped in leftist politics and anti-corporate tirades”.
I don’t like hip-hop no more,” says Pusha T, half of the rap duo Clipse. “And I don’t like the music business.” It’s a common enough complaint from musicians, but it usually comes from callow youths who have never worked a day in their life. Clipse have worked, and their former working lives are the subject of most of their music. Clipse, you see, used to sell crack.Pusha T, however, is still griping about his current workplace. “No ethics, no code, no morals,” he says. “It’s worse than drug dealing. No one works on principles. At least in the crack trade, there’s a code of honour. The music business is the worst. You turn into a number as soon as you sign the papers.”
“More than a fifth of the approximately 385 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been cleared for release but may have to wait months or years for their freedom because U.S. officials are finding it increasingly difficult to line up places to send them, according to Bush administration officials and defense lawyers”.