Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mmmmmm Food

Don't know if everyone is up on this, but in the words of Black n Guy trying to convince me to drink whole milk, "Get fat.":



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

i went out to philly for the first time. it was super good. it had a very west coast feel for me. i guess anywhere outside of nyc is going to feel west coastish at this point. people smile at you on the block. they break shoulder in order not to plow through you while in route. i like it. they have solar trash cans with build in compactors on almost every corner. mind you we didn't make it out to the hood, but the feel in the downtown and surrounding areas were very laid back. my old roommate dirdirt plugged us into some of the best pastrami in the world... the jewish kind. he also directed us to a dream indoor market. man, what a great break from the routine. i think now that atom is leaving boston, philly will be my daycay getaway spot. (philly destroys boston as far as culture goes by the way, and it's on a 2 hour bus ride away!!!)

speaking of home, i'll be making that trip for the first time this year in may. from what i hear i'll be able to attend the 415oul album release? i hope all of you can make it and we can celebrate together.

the last pic and the following pic were both taken on my ride home.. yeah, i can do that again because the snow is gone and the temps up a few. pretty nice not having to wear boots everyday.

summer is on it's way. i hope you guys are ready... i mean, i know sf doesn't really get summer till around october but you get the idea. gilas is about to get hella sweaty. dizzam. i'm pumped. seasons are the shit. we went for a short walk the other night with my thumper and it was just enough to wet the pallet.

after all the trouble i've been in this past year i think i need to reevaluate my moves. pretty much no more drinking in public. i now have a bell on my road bike. and i don't think i'll be running anymore red lights on said beast (Leya) anytime soon. shit man... nypd has become he thorn in my side. either way, fuck the bullshit.

i finally got in the lab so i could fix the cyph4 exclusive. (THANK YOU DIANA!!!!)
nothing new... just 2 tenths of a second on the hook n second verse. enjoy guys.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

for you.

sometimes the woes of the world start to get to me. i really question if this IS the world we live in? the way people treat each other can be disgusting at times. and even if it's not directed towards me it still makes me sick to my stomach. my heart is sooo torn at times. feeling like my actions don't matter and why even bother trying to take a stand or make a change? i've heard and read some very ignorant comments in the past few weeks and i think they're taking a toll on me. coming to terms with certain matters that are seemingly inescapable. it is what it is and who am i to try and call it anything else? just shut up, go to work, go home watch t.v. and repeat. but i don't think that would quiet the voice. the voice of angst that screams in my face every time i have a moment to myself. the voice that reminds me. we may not win the war in our lifetime, but we'll definitely win battles. each of which, will set the stage for our children.

this goes out to the families of everyone on the forefront... you know they jus tryin' ta make you proud, right?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Republicans attack the middle class: Time for a general strike in Wisconisn!

What up Focho nation, I apologize for my lack of bloggage in recent days, I'll try and get it moven. For now I need to vent a bit about about this Wisconsin situation, since all I do at work is listen to the radio all day and get pissed off about our shitty world..

In case you haven't been paying attention, republicans in Wisconsin today gained a major victory in their war against the middle class. Through a procedural maneuver they eliminated the bargaining rights of public employees. This came after public employee unions had agreed to all the demands of the government to help balance the state budget by taking an eight percent pay cut. Instead of accepting the unions concessions and balancing the budget the republicans decided to effectively bust the public unions in Wisconsin. Not surprising, these restrictions don't apply to the sheriff, police, or fire departments who every one knows make twice as much money as other public employees and who happen to be the only unions who supported this asshole governor in Wisconsin.

The discussion around the country regarding this situation has largely focused on the idea that some how public unions have too good of a situation and that there great benefits and pensions are crippling state budgets. And that their relationship with the democratic party is some how bad for democracy. The fact that many middle and working class people in our country agree with this analysis I think shows exactly how confused the declining middle class of this country is. The fact is that the middle class that developed in this country and which is now in decline was the direct outcome of a large labor movement over  decades that was able to little by little fight for better wages, job security, retirement plans and better workplace conditions. Since the 1980'showever  the elite of this country who do not want to pay taxes at all, and in who's interest it is to drive down wages, have been able to hijack the government agencies who were supposed to defend workers (i.e. NLRB) and have been largely successful in substantially reducing private sector unions, which has led to the continued decline in real wages for workers in this country.
Basically, private sector workers have been force to accept shittier wages, less job security and crappier retirements plans while public employees have been able to to, until now, maintain many of the benefits and wages they had fought for. Unlike private corporations and businesses the government until now, was not allowed to blatantly bust unions because unlike private employers, government officials cared about public opinion and attacking middle class jobs, until now, was not very popular.

Some how now days lower middle class people seeing their jobs/ benefits/ wages cut, have been tricked by the rich into supporting rich people's fight to destroy the last remaining good middle class jobs, instead of fighting for better conditions and pay at their own jobs. Since when has it been logical for middle class people to point to other middle class workers who have better benefits and pensions, and say "those people have it way to good and we need bring them down to our shitty level? this shows that in America there is now class consciousness or class loyalty.

I mean there is a reason why everyone wants to have a government job, because they are paid well and have good benefits...duh.. The reason why that is the case, is because they're the only ones left with strong unions! Not vary hard to understand. 

The facts are that the global economic crisis which was completely caused by stupid ass rich people on wall street along with the states unwillingness to fairly tax the rich people and corporations, coupled with the states willingness to subsidies rich people and spend hella money on stupid shit like more prisons are what is the root cause of these current massive budget deficit's, Not the middle class wages or benefits of public employees!

Along with the ongoing major attack on public education and anything public for that matter in this country, this sets up a pretty depressing situation for the next (our) generation. The future look pretty shitty for us 20 somethings, It seems to me that if people in this country want be able to live middle class lives again sometime in the future the workers of this country are gonna have to start basically all over again,  fighting for things like retirements, living wages, public education , transportation, housing ect..

The response by workers in Wisconsin I think is really interesting to watch and will show if people are fed up and ready to fight yet or not. I think now is when the labor movement really needs to start fighting. Workers fought for decades to gain bargaining rights before and hopefully in the coming weeks the protests will be able to maintain and grow. In the past things such as general strikes were used to force governments and employers to listen to workers, I think that is what is needed again. Since private sector Unions have already been diminished this is basically almost the last stand of the labor moment along with the hope of any future middle class. If their was ever a time for a general strike to be called by all public employees in Wisconsin, it is now.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

i'm sure you guys have all already seen this here joint i threw down today.. i've been meaning to do this since the Tiger Woods ordeal.. PUBLIC DEFENDER is basically my way of saying , stop fucking up celebrities. not that they don't deserve to get checked but every time a celeb gets into some shit no matter how big or small it turns into the only thing reporters want to cover. dude... leave the fucking guy alone and let them work it out like normal people. i'm not saying what he is doing is right nor am i saying what tiger did was cool by any means.. but how are they supposed to move on with their lives when the media keeps running that shit into the ground? now, i know that's what people what to hear... so straight up... i'ma do the same thing and try to get in where i fit in. my stencil game wont stop. and i just copped a tool that will allow me to make stencil in half the time. yeah...! i'm pumped.

last month was locs. all i did was sit in front of the mpc and bang shit out. although i feel like i've removed the huge weight from my shoulders i'm still on the grind. still out here trying to get it together so i can help put FOCHO on the map.

once again i just want everyone to know i got nothing but love for you to.

peace from the place where the sun rises.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

When o when...

..can this go down again?

Focho all day!!!! We need a return to the essence of Focho stat. Might have to happen in the origin of it all with some Gilas house party action. Guy... what up???!!!

Also, don't forget to peep game on Frank Black(Paisa 1er)'s latest Audio Scribble installment: Volume 4 Chaka, made entirely in the shortest month of the year, entirely with Chaka Kahn samples. YEE!!!!!!!

Audio Scribble Vol.4 Chaka by STUDIO FOCHO

Nuting but love!! FOCHO Y QUE?!!!! K I M