Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Street Knowledge

Check out Street Knowledge: Conscious Music Blog. The name comes from a line in the hip-hop classic "Straight Outta Compton" by NWA -- "You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge." The blog's introductory post, put up less than a week ago, reads in part:

Street Knowledge is a weblog featuring a variety of conscious music. Conscious music, broadly defined, is music that has an explicitly politically aware theme. Commercial radio and stores often marginalize artists who make conscious music. Music tastes that are cultivated to the apolitical often ignore conscious music. Street Knowledge was created to share information about artists, past and present, creating politically progressive expressions. At the same time, Street Knowledge is aimed at showcasing diverse cultural and ethnic sounds; sandal-wearing folkies will get their shine, but the overly and covertly subversive music by people of color also has its place here. Art is an expression of politics, in one way or another, and this music weblog is aimed at promoting the artists who make truly special sounds.

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