Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Doc Luben - "14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes"

Subscribe to Button! New video daily:
If you loved this poem, check out Ken Arkind:
Performing during the Last Chance Slam at the Individual World Poetry Slam.

Follow Button on Facebook:

About Button:

Button Poetry is committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for spoken word and performance poetry.

We seek to showcase the power and diversity of voices in our community. By encouraging and broadcasting the best and brightest performance poets of today, we hope to broaden poetry's audience, to expand its reach and develop a greater level of cultural appreciation for the art form.

Doc Luben - "14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes"

The True Story Behind (Mac Dre) Bay Area Rap Legend

This is the true story of Bay Area Legend, Emcee and Entertainment Icon, Mac Dre.

The True Story Behind (Mac Dre) Bay Area Rap Legend

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Saul Williams - Ashes / Think Like They Book Say - 2/3/2016 - Paste Studios, New York, NY

Saul Williams - Ashes / Think Like They Book SayRecorded Live: 2/3/2016 - Paste Studios - New York, NYMore Saul Williams in the Paste Cloud: Williams&m=VideoVisit Paste Magazine:

Saul Williams - Ashes / Think Like They Book Say - 2/3/2016 - Paste Studios, New York, NY

The Simple Explanation of Karma

The Simple Explanation of Karma



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lex One - Walk Alone

Real Lyrics + Real Instruments = Hip Hop at its finest.Over 2 years in the making and across 2 countries,"Walk Alone" is by far the most important track I've created to this very day and has become the intro song to my new album "Gold Plaque" available now . Directed by Jorden Kieffer & David Sakolsky. Produced by Lloyd Perin and Lex One

Lex One - Walk Alone

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mobb Deep 24 Hours In The Life Of Mobb Deep DVD

Janelle Abraham's inspiring look into the world of the infamous Mobb Deep!!

Director Janelle Abraham takes us through a day in the life of The Infamous Mobb Deep. Legendary Rap collective Mobb Deep opened their doors for us to see what their life is like. We get a glimpse of 40 Glocc and Big Noyd spitting verses in the studio as well as a cameo from the legendary Alchemist. We also get a behind the scenes look at what a radio interview(s) look like for Havoc and Prodigy.

Mobb Deep 24 Hours In The Life Of Mobb Deep DVD

Guante - "REACH"

Guante - "REACH"

Buy more work from Guante and other viral poets in VIRAL, an eBook anthology by Button Poetry:

Guante, performing at the December 2013 Saint Paul Soap Boxing Poetry Slam at the Artists' Quarter.

Like Guante on Facebook:

Rest In Power Bill Nunn aka Radio Raheem!

Today a great actor and human being has passed away. Bill Nunn, better known as Radio Raheem (for his role in Spike Lee's 1989 film, Do The Right Thing), has passed away.

Radio Raheem was a crowd favorite when the film first appeared in theatres and in homes across the Globe. Personally, my favorite character was the DJ, but Nunn's role as Radio Raheem was clearly the stand out performance given he didn't have as heavy of a role as some of the other major and minor characters.

Today i'd like to celebrate the Life and Career of Bill Nunn and say that the Spirit of Radio Raheem, a character he filled with unflinching power and Life, lives On.

Rest In Power, Bill Nunn!

Raashan Ahmad / DJ Kayote "Mary and James" 12" Mix Serpent City Records 2017

Published on Sep 23, 2016Now based in New Mexico, Internationally known lyricist Raashan Ahmad and Albuquerque Attorney Joseph "DJ Kayote" Sullivan commemorate the trial for James Boyd and question the lack of a trial for Mary Hawkes, both killed by members of the Albuquerque Police Dept. This is not a push to convict, but rather for transparency and justice. DA Kari Brandenburg once held "Special Grand Jury" proceedings in all police shooting cases. No officer was ever indicted in any of these secret hearings which clearly violated Due Process for everyone else. Chief Judge at the time, Ted Baca, wrote a letter to Brandenburg asking what authority allowed these "special" proceedings. Finally the practice was suspended, and these days, following indictments of two APD officers in the Boyd case by Brandenburg, she openly states she is in fear for her safety. Hip Hop has lost a majority of its' social activism component over the years, but this song brings it all back; heavy baseline, drums, and social consciousness; influenced by Public Enemy, Paris, MF Doom, M. Franti, KRS One, Rakim, among many others. 12" vinyl due to be released in Nov 2016. 7" 45rpm to follow.

Raashan Ahmad / DJ Kayote "Mary and James" 12" Mix Serpent City Records 2017

Live a life of Love.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Noble Eightfold Path

"All beings by nature are Buddha, as ice by nature is water. How sad that people ignore the near and search for truth afar like someone in the midst of water crying out for thirst...Truly, is anything missing now? Nirvana is right here, before our eyes; this very place is pure Lotus Land; this very body, the Buddha." - Hakuin Zenji

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Between Two Ferns: Hillary Clinton and Zach Galifianakis

Between Two Ferns: Hillary Clinton and Zach Galifianakis

Great Waves

In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves.
O-nami was immensely strong and knew the art of wrestling. In his private bouts he defeated even his teacher, but in public he was so bashful that his own pupils threw him.

O-nami felt he should go to a Zen master for help. Hakuju, a wandering teacher, was stopping in a little temple nearby, so O-nami went to see him and told him of his trouble.

"Great Waves is your name," the teacher advised, "so stay in this temple tonight. Imagine that you are those billows. You are no longer a wrestler who is afraid. You are those huge waves sweeping everything before them, swallowing all in their path. Do this and you will be the greatest wrestler in the land."

The teacher retired. O-nami sat in meditation trying to imagine himself as waves. He thought of many different things. Then gradually he turned more and more to the feeling of the waves. As the night advanced the waves became larger and larger. They swept away the flowers in their vases. Even the Buddha in the shrine was inundated. Before dawn the temple was nothing but the ebb and flow of an immense sea.

In the morning the teacher found O-nami meditating, a faint smile on his face. He patted the wrestler's shoulder. "Now nothing can disturb you," he said. "You are those waves. You will sweep everything before you."

The same day O-nami entered the wrestling contests and won. After that, no one in Japan was able to defeat him.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Willie Hen - Cannons []


NEW 2016 || Willie Hen - Cannons []

@Willie_Hen delivers his new single "Cannons". The rising Bay Area artist is a protege of Houston emcee Scarface and brings a current flow and sound with an underground message that is often lacking in modern rap. Check out the new single above. (Promoted) 

The latest Bay Area slaps & Hip Hop heat @, updated every day with new music, videos, interviews and more! Bay Area music ONLY!


Willie Hen - Cannons []

E. E. Cummings: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings | Read more about this recording from A. L. Kennedy, part of our 75 at 75 series:

E. E. Cummings: Selected Poems | 92Y Readings

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Poet Aziza Barnes reads "Why Can't Black People Just Write About Flowers?"

Poet Aziza Barnes reads her poem My Dad Asks "How Come Black People Can't Just Write About Flowers?" at Poets House, the public poetry library which hosts 60,000 poetry titles. See more of our poetry coverage at

Poet Aziza Barnes reads "Why Can't Black People Just Write About Flowers?"

A Buddha

In Tokyo in the Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics. One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha's precepts scrupulously. He never drank intoxicants, nor did he eat after eleven o'clock in the morning. The other teacher, Tanzan, a professor of philosophy at the Imperial University, never observed the precepts. Whenever he felt like eating, he ate, and when he felt like sleeping in the daytime he slept.

One day Unsho visited Tanzan, who was drinking wine at the time, not even a drop of which is suppposed to touch the tongue of a Buddhist.

"Hello, brother," Tanzan greeted him. "Won't you have a drink?"

"I never drink!" exclaimed Unsho solemnly.

"One who does not drink is not even human," said Tanzan.

"Do you mean to call me inhuman just because I do not indulge in intoxicating liquids!" exclaimed Unsho in anger. "Then if I am not human, what am I?"

"A Buddha," answered Tanzan.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Urban Rashomon / Directed by Khalik Allah

Urban Rashomon / Directed by Khalik Allah

Khalik Allah
Urban Rashomon ©2013

Photographer Khalik Allah
Harlem, NYC
Filmed Winter 2012-2013

Tina and David Meltzer-Let the door stay open-1971(San Francisco,Ca,U.S.A.)

Singer Tina Meltzer and her husband, poet/singer/songwriter David Meltzer, were the main creative forces in the Serpent Power, a minor late-'60s San Francisco Bay Area psychedelic band that did one album for Vanguard Records. In 1969, the duo cut a record on their own for Vanguard, Poet Song, mixing David Meltzer's spoken poems with gentle, bittersweet psychedelic-tinged folk-rock tunes, usually sung by Tina Meltzer. Although not a major find, the album's nice enough. It's more assured -- and less derivative -- than the David Meltzer-penned folk-rock-psychedelic music on the Serpent Power's LP. Poet Song, now a rare LP, was reissued on a single-disc CD by Akarma Records that also includes the Serpent Power's self-titled album. Another Tina & David Meltzer album, Faces, came out in 1984 on Folkways.

Tina and David Meltzer-Let the door stay open-1971(San Francisco,Ca,U.S.A.)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Not Far from Buddhahood

A university student while visiting Gasan asked him: "Have you ever read the Christian Bible?"
"No, read it to me," said Gasan.

The student opened the Bible and read from St. Matthew: "And why take ye thought for rainment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these... Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself."

Gasan said: "Whoever uttered those words I consider an enlightened man."

The student continued reading: "Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."

Gasan remarked: "That is excellent. Whoever said that is not far from Buddhahood."

Affection - Cigarettes After Sex

Affection - Cigarettes After Sex

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Looking For Good Fish by Hafiz

Looking For Good Fish
By Hafiz

Why complain about life
If you are looking for good fish
And have followed some idiot
Into the middle of the copper market?

Why go crazy
If you are looking for fine silk
And you keep rubbing your hands against
Burlap and hemp sacks?

If your heart needs to touch a face
That is filled with abundance
Then why didn't you come to this
Old Man sooner?

For my cheek is the universe's cloister
And if you can make your prayers sweet enough

Then Hafiz will lean over and offer you
All the warmth in my body
In case God is busy
Doing something else

Why complain if you are looking
To quence your spirit's longing
And have followed a rat into a desert.

If your soul really needs to touch a face
That is always filled with compassion

And tenderness
Then why,

Why my dear
Did yo not come to your friend Hafiz

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib - "The Crown Ain't Worth Much"

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib - "The Crown Ain't Worth Much"

Oscar Peterson ‎– Oscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Songbook 1959(Full Album)

Oscar Peterson ‎– Oscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Songbook 1959(Full Album)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Czeslaw Milosz - A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto

Poem by Czeslaw Milosz titled, A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto.

i used to read it as "looks at his Ghetto" but perhaps that is the romantic in me.


A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto

Bees build around red liver,
Ants build around black bone.
It has begun: the tearing, the trampling on silks,
It has begun: the breaking of glass, wood, copper, nickel, silver, foam
Of gypsum, iron sheets, violin strings, trumpets, leaves, balls, crystals.
Poof! Phosphorescent fire from yellow walls
Engulfs animal and human hair.

Bees build around the honeycomb of lungs,
Ants build around white bone.
Torn is paper, rubber, linen, leather, flax,
Fiber, fabrics, cellulose, snakeskin, wire.
The roof and the wall collapse in flame and heat seizes the foundations.
Now there is only the earth, sandy, trodden down,
With one leafless tree.

Slowly, boring a tunnel, a guardian mole makes his way,
With a small red lamp fastened to his forehead.
He touches buried bodies, counts them, pushes on,
He distinguishes human ashes by their luminous vapor,
The ashes of each man by a different part of the spectrum.
Bees build around a red trace.
Ants build around the place left by my body.

I am afraid, so afraid of the guardian mole.
He has swollen eyelids, like a Patriarch
Who has sat much in the light of candles
Reading the great book of the species.

What will I tell him, I, a Jew of the New Testament,
Waiting two thousand years for the second coming of Jesus?
My broken body will deliver me to his sight
And he will count me among the helpers of death:
The uncircumcised.

Warsaw, 1943
By Czeslaw Milosz from "Selected Poems", 1973
Translated by Czeslaw Milosz
Copyright © Czeslaw Milosz

i'm back, baby!

Let me tell you what happened:

Before i went to jail, then the hospital, i deleted more than 75% of this beautiful blog.

i actually tried to delete the entire thing but it is a good thing i wasn't able to do that.

in my timid and very hurt state-of-mind, i deleted all of my posts from 2009, 2015 and 2016.

Whoops and big whoops!

Anyways, i'm back baby and how you like me now! Lol.

i promise to keep this ship running smoothly for now and into the future and if i lost any readers i do apologize.

To those who have found this blog (again) THANK YOU for your patience and i really hope you will enjoy the next chapters
of the blogging i'm about to do.

i promise to not let any other ice bergs tank this thing into the future.

your captain