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tonight's episode of DEER GOD RADIO at 6PM on MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC is dedicated to the BEASTIE BOYS, from their NYHC roots to their early involvement with DEF JAM and subsequent world domination. we will be paying our respects to a true NYC HIP HOP institution.
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tonight's episode of DEER GOD RADIO at 8PM on MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC is all about NYC HIP HOP. gonna be a fun show.
past episodes of DEER GOD RADIO as well as other MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC shows like MAKE HER SPACE, NOWHERE FAST and THE SYNTHESIZER SHOW are available here at the DEER GOD website.
i think for the public it can be difficult to witness public figures evolve over time, partly because their celebrity is some much a function of our collective mass projection. we see in them what we attribute to our better selves. if they change, what does that say about what we saw in them and by extension, what does that say about ourselves?
ADAM YAUCH of THE BEASTIE BOYS, much like ALDOUS HUXLEY, was a western public figure that explored eastern philosophies, namely MAHAYANA BUDDHISM. this fascination turned into a lifelong passion that redirected his life's trajectory in terms of his personal moral code, philanthropy, advocacy work and even his personal life.
his life is still interesting to me years after his death in 2012 from parotid cancer. this is in part because he seemed effortlessly authentic. you can listen to both the sexist attention-grabbing brat in "brass monkey" (licensed to ill, 1986) and the more thoughtful, reflective global musings on "bodhisattva vow" (ill communication, 1994) and come away with the full moral trajectory of a man and his evolution as a human being.
and i think that took courage. courage to counter your public image through action.
in our modern insatiably-manic digital click-bait culture where everyone has quick opinions and every discernible action seems to be part of a wider premeditated strategy with a future payoff in mind, it is hard to recognize humanity when we see it. it is hard to get past our jadedness. especially with public figures.
i dont see the life of ADAM YAUCH as something distinct and sanctified, this isnt a hagiography. i see him as a flawed human (like all of us are) that followed his path and used his platform to promote good will as he saw it and did what he could.
my hope is that i can see the same in others and not be so quick to question their motives, as i do whenever i hear of angelina jolie's UNICEF work or kanye giving his gaudy shoes to kids in uganda.
its a struggle. im working on it.
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check out this interview and performance of "Where I'm From" by local STATEN ISLAND rapper HOLY MOE that was created as part of MAKERPARKRADIO's OPEN AIRWAVES grant initiative to promote upcoming local hip hop talent.
we were lucky enough to spend some time with HOLY MOE and his crew recently at our last DEER GOD RADIO show this past sunday and he is definitely on the move. some announcements will be forthcoming regarding future activities with the man. until then enjoy this performance.
Watch as LJBEATS and PLAINTAIN SUPERNOVA talk shop about modern NYC Hip Hop heavyweights like A$AP ROCKY, MAX B and FRENCH MONTANA as well as the influence of past MCs like BIG L, MOBB DEEP, DIPSET and DMX on the current scene.
This as well as all past episodes of DEER GOD RADIO are available here.
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make sure to check out HERE house engineer LJ AVALOS and his friend JOSEPH ALEGRIA (a.k.a. PLAINTAIN SUPERNOVA) tonight as they take over DEER RADIO tonight at 8PM over at MAKERPARKRADIO.
They will dish on the current state of NYC HIP HOP.
past episodes of DEER GOD RADIO as well as other MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC shows like MAKE HER SPACE, NOWHERE FAST, and THE SYNTHESIZER SHOW are available here at the DEER GOD website.