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Video: NahMean Episode 4: Hip-Hop Music vs. Hip-Hop Culture

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

For our 4th episode of the NahMean man-on-the-street interview series,  John Public talks to a wide range of Hip-Hop fans and participants in the culture about the day to day influence that rappers and their raps have on them and others as individuals. I would also like to take this opportunity to announce the upcoming NahMean series companion mixtape, John Says: NahMean, that Mr. Public is currently prepping and will be dropping right here in the coming weeks.

Says John:

Kids today are influenced by many different factors, with media, friends, parents and personal interest at the forefront. In our fourth episode, we wanted to look at the push and pull relationship music and culture share with each other and it’s ultimate influence on people (specifically today’s youth). We spoke with people entrenched in the genre of hip-hop, as well as some teens that offered their candid opinions on how music affects them. To offer your commentary, get over to NahRight.com or facebook.com/johnpublicmusic. Be on the look for the mixtape John Said: NahMean debuting with our fifth episode in late February 2010.

Oh, you didn’t know John rapped? Well,  he does and he’s got some spit with him. The project will consist of 5 pairs of cuts with each pair based on or inspired by a past episode, for 12 tracks total with an intro and outro. The first two tracks can be found below. Feedback is welcomed and encouraged.

John Public – Freedom People


John Public – Mos Definitely


Video: NahMean Episode 3: God & Hip-Hop

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Here’s episode 3 of and John Public and Nah Right’s NahMean man-on-the-street opinion series. In this segment we tackle a sensitive topic: God and Hip-Hop.

John explains:

God and Hip-Hop have always had a complicated relationship. We wanted to explore first whether fans of the music wanted to talk about God, but also if the two can successfully co-exist in a mainstream capacity. What we found was unexpected: people WANTED to talk about it and there were a wide-range of opinions on the topic from both artists and fans that raised the question of if the industry and pop culture are truly in touch with what people on the corner and in their homes are talking about. This episode features Skyzoo, stic.man of Dead Prez and a good number of opinionated music consumers talking back and revealing some surprisingly honest perspectives on a topic considered taboo.

To be honest with you, although I’m happy with how this episode turned out, I was initially hesitant when John suggested this topic. Whereas we usually flesh these things out in a couple of e-mails or over Gtalk, we actually had to jump on the phone in order to discuss and agree on how to approach this topic. As somebody with strong personal feelings about the concept of a higher power, religion and spirituality, there are a bunch of opinions set forth in this clip that I disagree with, or just straight up feel are horse shit. I guarantee that had I been the one walking around interviewing people, half of those interviews probably would’ve ended in screaming matches…ha ha.  So yeah, it’s probably better that John handles that portion of the series. I could probably argue talk about these topics for hours, but I learned a long time ago that it’s damn near pointless to argue with human beings about what they believe.

Previously: NahMean Episode 2: Sensationalist Journalism in Hip-Hop

Video: NahMean Episode 2: Sensationalist Journalism in Hip-Hop

Monday, June 1st, 2009

For episode #2 of John Public and Nah Right’s NahMean man-on-the-street opinion series, we tackle sensationalism in Hip-Hop journalism.

Previously: NahMean Episode 1 – Style Over Substance (The Radio Dilemma)