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Hip-Hop's Swag
Focus on the sound, not the bling: Bay Area rappers need to stop with the swag swag [status symbols] stuff; that will come ["Insurgent Hip-Hop," Ian S. Port, Feature, 8/3]. Give us complete albums. Something that I will knock [play] in the car and listen to on my headphones and just stare into space.


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Rhymes circumvent larger issues: For the people reading this article, upset by the unbalanced perspective presented regarding Bay Area hip-hop, you shouldn't be surprised. When is the last time they heard an anti-drug in-the-community song on corporate radio and backed in print? When is the last time they heard a song dealing with the unjust wars that are still going on? When is the last time they heard any hip-hop pioneers in rotation on corporate radio? I'll tell them when: Never.

There has to be a balance. I believe there is room for everyone in the game, but a balanced perspective when it comes to Bay Area hip-hop is rarely seen, read, or heard. I'm in the streets, not industry, and real black people, not "niggas," have serious issues with our culture, music, and images being pimped out to the highest bidder.


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Tapped Out
Really can taste the difference: I use a [water] filter at home; I had no idea how unsafe it could be to drink from the tap ["S.F.'s Drinking Water May Be Unsafe for Those with HIV/AIDS," Chris Roberts, Sucka Free City, 8/3]. Now that I have a water filter I definitely taste the difference.


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Coffee on Steroids
Might as well hook up an IV: Sounds more like coffee with the absence of flavor ["40x Coffee: Drugs for Breakfast," W. Blake Gray, Fresh Eats, 8/3]. Why even bother with the coffee at that point? It seems superfluous for drug delivery purposes. If someone is going to make something 190 proof, why keep up the malt liquor pretense?


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Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about abuse in the BDSM world: Seriously, we have to drag this stuff out into the light ["BDSM Duo Speaks Out Against Abuse Within the Kinky Community," Chris Hall, the Exhibitionist, 8/2]. Silence perpetuates the cycle if there is no deterrent to inappropriate behavior. Speak up, and speak out. It's a person's right and duty to the community, submissive or not. But for heaven's sake tell someone, right then when it happens and while direct action can be taken — not two weeks later on a blog.


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In response to a blog post about the imbalance of STD prevention efforts: What the good people at the San Francisco Department of Health fail to understand is that communities don't need, or want, cookie-cutter approaches to dealing with issues ["Asians Attack City for Lack of HIV Prevention Programs," Lauren Smiley, the Snitch, 8/1]. Women, youth, and people of color can't simply go into the Castro and find it to be the same neighborhood experience affluent gay white men experience. The same holds true for HIV prevention and social services. Asians and Pacific Islanders have always had to create their own unique spaces to congregate and thrive in since the Gold Rush days, because of institutionalized racism and outside hostility. Just because someone says an organization that has never served Asian and Pacific Islanders nor is an expert at serving them "now serves Asians and Pacific Islanders" doesn't make it so.

Estée Longah

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