The genius, artist, philosopher, scientist, dumpster-diver, Joe Davis started making crystal radios as a child, nurturing a lifelong fascination with electro-magnetics, DNA and the nature of the universe. Art and science fuse in his work; whether creating a genetically modified apple designed to tempt the Devil, recording the sounds of micro-organisms or encoding Greek philosophy into fly DNA.
It took me a number of times listening to Lauryn Hill’s ‘Mystery of Iniquity’ before the profoundness of what she sings about became clear. The message Lauryn portrays highlights the iniquity, contradictions, and inconsistencies that permeate American society. To me, the song displays just how knowledgable Lauryn is of American society and her extraordinary talent as a poet and musical artist. Her album Unplugged No. 2, which interestingly received mixed reviews and was considered controversial, is full of songs that put American society into focus while also providing listeners with hope for creating a better world.
Rap Genius is your guide to the meaning of rap lyrics. You can listen to songs, read their lyrics, and click the lines that interest you for pop-up explanations. Our aim is not to translate rap into “nerdspeak”, but rather to critique rap as poetry. Anyone can create an account and start explaining rap. Highlight any line to explain it yourself, suggest changes to existing explanations, and put up your favorite new songs. If you make good contributions you’ll earn Rap IQ™, and if you spit true knowledge, eventually you’ll be able to edit anything on the site.. just like a hip-hop Wikipedia..
Tha Truth is a conscious/political underground hip hop artist and “rap-tivist” (rapper/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for battling inequality, poverty, discrimination, and injustice. He has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, marches, conferences, and benefits. Since 2006 Tha Truth has released four underground political rap albums that attack the forces that maintain the status quo.
Many folks have written in and suggested to me that there isn’t any “great music” being made anymore and that they wish that things could be “the way they used to be.” I completely disagree with that line of thinking. Time does move forward. And we have to move forward with it, else we can cease to exist. Right now there is probably more great music available, than at any point in my lifetime.
Mosstika Urban Greenery is a NYC based collective of eco-minded street artists, using gorilla tactics to evoke the call of man back to nature. We believe that if everyone had a garden of their own to cultivate, we would have a much more balanced relation to our territories. It is with this notion in mind, that we at Mosstika, aim to collide the worlds of art and nature, creating havens of unexpected greenery, within the colder harsher environment. Together we aim to give green guerrilla tactics a new twist by creating works meant to be touched, in turn aiming to touch the souls of all that pass by. We strive to call back to mind a more playful existence, returning man to nature, even among the barren patches of urban existence.
Growing up, I looked at street art almost unconsciously, paying more attention to it visually than conceptually. Now, after years of seeing thousands of misleading corporate ads with the sole intent of collecting money from me, it has become both relieving and exciting to find imaginative public exhibitions of art scattered throughout cities … The website Street Art Utopia posts photos of street art collections, videos on street art, and the most beloved street art photos from its Street Art Utopia on Facebook page.
Alexandra Silverthorne uses the camera as a means to understand and explore spatial environments and encounters. As projects evolve, her photographs often move beyond the mat and the frame to become sculptural objects, projections, and installations. Current projects include the examination of conceived, perceived, and lived space, instinctual explorations of architectural structures, and nocturnal documentation of unfamiliar landscapes.