Krip-Hop Nation Three Best Albums by Disabled Musicians of 2016 & Two Music Video
1) Fantastic Negrito (OMG This what I’m been waiting for, gutbucket Blues with a pop sound.) This man has nine lives in and out of the music scene and from his website it says the following: “in 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Though he rehabbed intensely for several years, the damage was permanent. In 2008, he returned home to Oakland. Now he is back with The Last Days Of Oakland dealing with Black Panthers to gentrification.” Please I got to interview this man in 2017.
2) Wheelchair Sports Camp (Kalyn Heffernan & Krew) Finally did it, their first full album, No Big Deal, with the banger, Hard Out There For A Gimp, that should be the theme song of people with disabilities and a political slap to non-disabled people. I met Kalyn Heffernan when she first started to upload her music online since that time she has been a part oof Krip-Hop Nation and our college events from UCB to NYU. Wait for her interview on Krip-Hop Nation.
3) Warren Snipe akak WAWA makes us see Hip-Hop through DEAF eyes that’s one reason he is known in the US as The Father of DIP-Hop, Deaf Hip-Hop. After 2009 Krip-Hop event in London, England seeing the huge Deaf Hip-Hop movement I reconnected to WAWA and he told me DIP-HOP in the USA with artists like Princz-D & Sho Roc. My favorite song from his album, Deaf: So What?! is Plantation, the last song of the album. Stay tune for his interview on Krip-Hop Nation.
Three Music videos that hit Krip-Hop Nation are:
1) Fantastic Negrito’s In The Pines is a remake but he made it all his with hunting message of killings of mothers’ sons. Please see this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp_rRCNnUkk
2) Prinz-D The First Deaf Rapper’s This Can’t Be Life, must go down in history of being a Hip-Hop story that the main character is a Deaf woman who is trying to make it in the underground Hip-Hop scene facing ableism because she is Deaf. You see a White Deaf woman spitting in the mirror getting ready for a cypher but runs into discrimation in the cypher. Go to he facebook to watch the video.
3) Joy Elán’s Old Oakland Vs New Oakland spoken word video brings me back when the spoke word sceen was hot and jumping in the Bay in th late 90’s all the up to 2004. This poem/video not only put genterification on trail with visuals of Oakland, CA scenery. As a Deaf poet she also sign the poem. Joy has burnt up the local poetry scene and has won awards for her books. Read my interview with her and watch her video.
Read our Top Ten Best & Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016 Amoeba site