We traveled to Mexico City, Mexico to learn about the struggles happening with our Brown family, to stand in solidarity in the fight against the War on Drugs, to build with Mexican students working to bring back the Ayotiznapa 43. We did not expect to experience as much as we did for the amount of time we were there.
We quickly learned we were in Mexico on a very special day, the anniversary of the creation of their constitution. The powerful organizers we built with are pushing a new constitution in Mexico. They, like us, are challenging an oppressive state which is willing to allow 43 students to be abducted by the police. But more on the that later.
We left Mexico City at 4:30 am the next morning and headed for Guerrero. Before we accepted the invitation we were warned by everyone not to go to Guerrero. We were told that it was too dangerous, but we always felt that if you can’t stand with the people you are fighting for, why fight. Besides, for the last 6 months we’ve dealt with the most powerful military on this earth. We were not afraid and accepted the invitation with great anticipation to go stand with our brown brothers and sisters.
Fergusons Tdubb meets Mexican Revolutionaries
We embarked on a 3 and half hour car ride to Guerrero. Once we arrived, we were stopped by military armed with high-powered rifles and removed from the vehicle. The vehicle was searched, our Mexican sisters were questioned about our presence in Mexico, and then we were allowed to leave.
Arriving in Chilpancingo, which is a city in Guerrero, we were welcomed with open arms by a loving woman who lives in a solar-powered ranch in which we would be staying . The hospitality was amazing, and we learned about tons of the foods and culture of Mexicans. We even made tea, on a clay stove, and sat outside at a table with our new family as we ate a “mid day feast", as they called it.
They were so excited to have us in Mexico, they had heard a lot about Ferguson but never really got to talk to people who actually experienced everything. So the barrier between our different language ceased and were able to discuss our struggles with each other.
Guerrero, Mexico is 1 of the 3 states in Mexico that has the poorest population. We marched with over 20 thousand people on 5 de Febrero, which is the anniversary of the birth of Mexico’s constitution. The experience marching and rallying with our brown brothers and sisters was beyond powerful; it made us feel like we were back home. It was also a very emotional experience to see how similar our fights are and how similar the police were there to the police here in the United States.
Nationale Politecnic Universidad _(UPN) students were amazed that we were in Mexico all the way from Missouri, everyone had so many questions and just wanted to stand with us along the march. They were also amazed at how knowledgable we were on what was happening to them daily in Mexico.
From Ferguson to Mexico Rika and T-Dubb-o travel to build solidarity
We have never witnessed so much raw emotion and frustration besides the first few months of our fight back home in St. Louis, MO. We literally saw thousands of unarmed people make the heavily police force and military stand down. We marched 10-15 miles down the interstate from Chilpancingo to Petaquillas and occupied both sides of it. The government issued a statement a couple days before that the interstate we were on will no longer be able to be occupied without heavy consequences. So on the anniversary of the Mexican Constitution the people of Guerrero decided to show the government that the people still have the power if they stand up, and the government stood down. It was an amazing experience.
T-dubb-o and rika travel to mexico
We were never afraid and prepared for the worst. It reminded us of home and what we went through with police and military so we were fully prepared for it all. After the action was over, we traveled to a family owned restaurant for an early dinner. We then met a local revolutionary journalist by the name of Vladamir. Once he found out who we were and where we were from he paid for our dinner and offered us drink after drink. We had the opportunity to taste authentic Mexican dishes as well as drink home-made Tequila and smoke freshly grown tobacco. We couldn’t see the danger that everyone warned us about. From Mexico City to Guerrero we received nothing but hospitality and love.
After dinner, we traveled back to Chilpancingo and got the opportunity to walk the streets and shop with the local vendors. Fresh fruits and hand made goods were in abundance as well as popular American fashion which was shocking for us to see outside of Mexico City. After about an hour of walking the night streets of Chilpancingo we hopped on the back of a pick-up truck and went up the mountainside to Ayotzinapa.
We traveled to the University that the missing 43 students attended. We soon learned that this University breeds revolutionaries. It breeds young men who only have the intention of changing the world for the greater good. The tuition is free. If you get accepted you never have to spend a dime for your education. The walls of the campus were covered in inspirational art.
Once we arrived we were immediately the focus. Most of the people there never seen black people besides on TV. Especially black people that look like us. Rika with her bright red afro and nose-ring, and T-Dubb-O full of tattoos wearing a snap back hat.
We spoke with the organizers of the march and established a relationship for future building and education. Education that will enlighten us on their struggles and hopes, and enlighten them on ours. After receiving a lot of education on Guerrero and the history of the university we took a tour of the campus. While touring the campus we had the opportunity to meet 2 of the students who survived the attack by police on the students when the Ayotzinapa 43 were kidnapped. We informed them that we stood with them and will continue to stand with them.
T-dubb-o and rika travel to build with the comrades of the 43 Mexican students
The rooms that these students live in are concrete boxes. No windows, no electricity , no plumbing. Just concrete and a doors, and it’s normally up to 8 students in 1 room. School has been closed for the year and the entire campus is focused on fighting for liberacion! It was amazing.
After leaving Ayotzinapa, we had life on the ranch for the remainder of the evening. We had a bunch of laughter with our new profound family, ate Mexican junk food and crashed. We took a hike in the mountains the next morning before we had to depart back to Mexico City.
Upon our arrival in Mexico City, we were stopped yet again by the Military, they searched the car, and got a little aggressive at the fact T-Dubb was documenting their tactics with his phone. He was even asked by the armed Military to remove the video from his device. This is everyday life for the people that live in Mexico.
We arrived in Mexico City in the evening time, and we spent the rest of the evening building and having dinner and a night out in Mexico City with the organizers of the Constiuente and the organizers from Dream Defenders. We were asked to come back as soon as possible to help spread our knowledge and continue to build with our international allies.
RIkah and Mexico City
I know when people hear of us visiting Mexico it sounds like a vacation. People think of Cancun, spring break and bottomless cups of Tequila. But that's a stereotype. We were there to work and learn, and that’s what we did. We had a memorable and radicalized experience that we shall never forget. Honestly, our lives were in danger every where we went. But we were not afraid. We were dedicated to walking in their shoes. From sleeping in a solar powered ranch, to marching 15 miles against military when we had every opportunity to stay in the comfort of the hotel in Mexico City. We learned a lot and experienced so much in such a short time. We bring back REVOLUTION and KNOWLEDGE. Now let’s get free!
Rika & T-Dubb-O
First video release off the Bruce vs Bane album shows live footage from protest, the Million Mask March and other events where people take a stand. in Missouri after the August 9th tragedy.
Download the new album Bruce vs Bane @
Directed & Shot by: Front N Center
Edited by: Front N Center & NSP Visuals
Song Written & Performed by: T Dubb O & Bo Dean
New music from St.Louis native KAY-GEE produced by Tezzy Beats featuring another up and coming artists from ST.LOUIS named WOODZ..click the link and get a sneak peek at what's to come on his new project "NICE GUY BAD WAYS"
Nomination process of the 2015 SLUMFEST HIP HOP AWARDS should be based upon the body of work from artists between December 2013 through November 2014. Voting for the 2015 SLUMFEST HIP HOP AWARDS will run from Tuesday September 2, 2014 through Friday November 14, 2014.Please vote for your favorite Doorway members Rt-faq, Nick Menn, L-Gifted, S.d.Thedizzleman, Monkh, Heirjordin http://slumfest.com/voting/
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
T-DUBB-O: I am from St. Louis, MO. The Northside of St. Louis, MO to be exact.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
T-DUBB-O: My musical beginnings were extremely humble. I was introduced to hip-hop as a toddler by my Mom and fell in love with it. In the 90’s my family would gather for holidays and my older male cousins would go into the basement and freestyle all night. I was about 4 years old watching this and thinking it was the most exciting thing I have ever seen. Since that moment, I knew I wanted to rap.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
T-DUBB-O: I love music. I will always write and be involved with music for the rest of my life. I enjoy touching people and influencing the young boys out here to be better than we were. It makes me the happiest person in the world when someone tweets or sends me a Facebook message saying one of my songs helped them get through something. The world will enjoy the music from T-Dubb-O.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
T-Dubb-O: My songs come from life, experiences, and anything that inspires me. They are deeply rooted from the streets because that was my past, but also never lacks creativity. I give you the view on the world from a young man from St.Louis, MO where there is no way out. There is no way to be special.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
T-DUBB-O: A fan of T-Dubb-O can be anyone from a 14 year old kid to a 45 year old man who loves hip-hop. I have been told I am one of the only rappers who can reach the backpackers and the streets simultaneously.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
T-DUBB-O: I listen to the greats. People like 2pac, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne from the squad days, Scarface, UGK, NWA, Ball and G, Dipset, G-Unit, etc. I like the music from the time where it still mattered what you said.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
T-DUBB-O: My music is that feeling you get when you’ve gone without eating for two days. My music is the motivation that makes a single mother or father work 2-3 jobs to make sure her children never experience the hardships they have. My music is the struggle. Its pain and triumph.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
T-DUBB-O: What separates me is the passion. You can feel it when you hear my voice. I am a complete MC. Battling, lyricism, substance, catchy hooks, dope concepts, stories, believability, etc. What separates me is completeness.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
T-DUBB-O: Currently I have a project out entitled “Mobstar Maniac 3″. I have a collaboration project dropping next month with another artist here from St.Louis named Bo dean entitled “Bruce Vs. Bane”. I am also dropping another mixtape in October titled “3.6”. From there I will start on my first officially released album.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
T-DUBB-O: In ten years I plan to be a dominant figure in hip-hop. I will be one of those names. I plan to bring the light back to St. Louis and capitalize on the billion dollar market that is being overlooked. I will be known as one of the greatest that ever did it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
T-DUBB-O: Fans can access my music on www.T-Dubb-O.com. If you want to contact me reach me on twitter twitter.comTDUBBOHMYGOD, IG instagram.com/TDUBBOHMYGOD, and facebook.com/TDUBBOHMYGOD
T-Dubb-O releases a Deluxe version of MM3 entitled MM3.6 which features material from all 3 Mobstar Maniacs as well as new solo material and a sneak preview from the collaboration project with him and Bo Dean entitled Bruce Vs. Bane scheduled for release in October 2k14. Follow on twitter http://www.twitter.com/TDUBBOHMYGOD
Mobstar Maniac 3.6
"Is it Open Season On a Nigga's Ass?" is one sign that asked a harsh but real question one protester carried during the march to get justice for Mike Browns execution. August 9th, 2014 was basically the straw that broke the camel's back. Here in St. Louis we have felt the oppression of our "protectors" for far too long. Just last year St. Louis City police shot Cary Ball over 25 times while being unarmed, Jayson Moore was another unarmed victim murdered by Ferguson PD, and countless others not just in our city but across the nation. This has been an issue in the black community since the beginning of black communities in America. For some strange reason America seems to over look the harsh reality of growing up with this target painted on our skin. Let's put all our cards on the table here. I have no idea what the words protect and serve mean when it comes to the police force. Every encounter I have had with police officers from a child into my adult years have been negative experiences. I have once yet to be asked by a police officer patrolling MY NEIGHBORHOOD how I am doing, or shook my hand like a man. I have never had a police officer stop and say hello to my sons. The first thing people tend to say is that all police are not bad, and I agree to an extent. In the words of my friend Tef Poe, "All crack dealers are not bad either". I am just asking that you all take a look at the circumstances of our communities to understand our plight. Journalist tend to say that if we don't want police attention don't dress how we dress, don't talk how we talk, basically we should take the black off. My response to that is how many popes, bishops, ministers, reverends, etc have been accused of child molestation? We don't automatically assume every one of them are sex offenders, but every young black male with tattoos and a hat on is a criminal or needs to be "checked out". As kids we can't even stand on our streets without police asking us what we are doing, what are our names, where do we live, do we have any drugs or weapons on us. When I am stopped by police for no reason at all while driving, before the officer ask fro my license the first two questions are; Do I have any weapons and Are there any drugs in the car? But while I am being unjustly stopped and harass "Zack" rides pass me with a loaded AR-15 in his car headed to the nearest school to let off his frustration. Excuse my passion, but I must speak the truth. There is a serious problem with Law Enforcement in this city and across the nation. Black people are murdered without a second thought by the police force, but whites are spared. Here are a few examples; 2012 James Holmes shot over 70 people and killed 12 in a Colorado movie theatre he was arrested, Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people and injured over 600 in the bombing of Oklahoma City, 2009 Nidal Malik Hasan an Army psychiatrist and Medical Corp officer fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others in the Fort Hood mass shooting (he was an US Army officer someone we put trust in to protect this country did this) he was arrested. Quick pause, these are all white people armed and dangerous with no respect for anyone's life who were detained alive. In 2011 Jared Lee Loughner shot 19 people and murdered 6 and yes he was arrested alive, Ron Lee Haskell 2014 shoots 7 people and murders 6 in Texas but again arrested alive. I could go on forever, but this next instance is hilarious and shows how much of a joke these cops really are. I know you all heard about the Bundy Ranch. If not, here's the scenario. A large group of armed white men marched in a line of battle while at least one civilian rifleman in a sniper’s perch trained his weapon at Bureau of Land Management officials. In reaction, the government didn’t fire a single round or canister of tear gas, and eventually retreated, conceding the disputed ground to the Bundy militias. It’s important to note that the protesters turned out in support of a man who refused to pay his taxes and grazed his cattle without paying the accompanying fees. This man, Cliven Bundy, and his supporters threatened secession and armed revolt against the United States government. Now compare this instance to the peaceful protest that took place in St. Louis County of Ferguson where peaceful unarmed protestors exorcising their first amendment right were tear gassed, chased with dogs, shot with rubber bullets, shot with live ammo, and unlawfully arrested. You still think it is not a race issue? Mike Brown unarmed teenager murdered by a Ferguson Police officer because he was in fear for his life. How is my question? When none of the men mentioned above were shot. Kajieme Powell shot 12 times by 2 Stl city police officers 5 days after Mike Brown's murder. Cary Ball shot over 25 times by Stl city police while unarmed. It's too many of us to name that were murdered in cold blood while unarmed. So it looks as if we arm ourselves and shoot back we will be arrested and not murdered. I am writing this to speak the truth. We must take our communities back. Police are here to serve us. We should not have to fear them. They work for us. The people are in control not them. Government officials work for us, we don't work for them. Governments are supposed to fear their people not the other way around. We have sat by idle for far too long. We as a people must stand united or be eliminated. The targeting of black males is real, the feminization of black males is real, keeping us in a fetal position is real! Let's stand up! Thank you for reading. Follow me on twitter http://www.twitter.com/TDUBBOHMYGOD and visit my website T-Dubb-O.com
Step Or Get Left continues the SOGL Cypher series, this time with Slaughterhouses own Crooked I. Bo Dean and Hystory also brings out the Legion of Lyricist to join the barmageddon including Tdubb-O, Haiku, Stoogie LaRusa and Nate Moore. One of the dopest SOGL Cyphers yet.
Bo Dean x TDubb O 's "Bruce vs Bane" drops in October
Prod by @CrisisKent (Space Council)
Video Shot by Matt Goodman
Song of the Day: Devil or Angel – Kay Gee (Feat. Tru $$)
Today’s song is Devil or Angel by hip-hop artist KAY GEE. The single is coming from his 15-track album, Masters of Ceremonies.
This hot property from Missouri, St. Louis is known for causing riots (in a positive way of course) on the dance floor by mixing classic soulful beats with that modern hip-hop drive…just have a listen to Devil or Angel - too good to miss.
…And there’s plenty more where that came from – head over to SoundCloud and check out Masters of Ceremonies
3 of st.Louis finest going in bar for bar verse for verse over a troupe a loop production..click the link and check it out
Troupe-A-Loop - I Got Flow feat Kay Gee and Drazt…: http://youtu.be/YYndoAfOUZs
for fans at the Vatterott Summer Concert Series. Also take a look at his youtube video for "Proud History" at www.heirjordin.com
DOORWAY 3 Years in a row, 2012,13,14 Also, Nick Menn of Doorway wins the 2014 Best Hip Hop Solo Artist!
Former Rocafella artist Philadelphia Freeway stopped through in St Louis to hit up the studio with two of Missouri’s rising star’s, Bo Dean and Tdubb O to lay down a classic single “Wadup” S/O to Basement Beats for the production. #BruceAndBane project coming soon!!