Monday, 22 December 2008

Fuck The Police

You may have heard, we're not big on The Police at the best of times, but I have just witnessed the most shocking act of violence I've ever seen in my life and it came at the hands of the Police on Brixton high-street.

Brixton is about as depressing as a place can be this Christmas. Woolworths is haunted. The two high street clothing shops have become a Poundland and a 99p shop respectively. FADS has been replaced by a Pawn shop with a sexy poster on the door that reads "Jewelery? Pawn it!". The local DIY shop of 20 something years 4orce Homecare is now a gutted rug shop until the lease runs its course. H.Samuel has been replaced with a shop that has no doors but the keys to the shutters so sells recession clothing at £1 an item. The legendary sports shop Frank Johnson and neighbouring Jimmy's Cafe have been abandoned next to the new similarly vacant penthouses across the road. Brixton Express hasn't been touched since it burned down in the summer and if the reports are to be believed than I would assume three of our remaining chain shops at least will suffer bankruptcy in the new year. Christmas 2008 in Brixton is a very, very depressing place.

On my way through this afternoon I saw what appeared to be the aftermath of a car crash of some kind. A black Range Rover was pulled over the left of the street opposite the Job Centre Plus behind which were an ambulance and a Police van. As I passed the motorcade I saw what was causing minimal fuss on the high street, a black man in his early to late 30s talking to a Policeman with a woman in her early to late 30s holding crutches watching on. I naturally assumed this had something to do with the incident a couple of yards up the street. I kept my eye on the situation because I've always been fascinated with how people react to the Police and how the Police react to people, especially black people, especially in Brixton. Not much was happening as the young white officer in all blue with a blue Bullet Proof vest talked quietly with the man. I should stress at this point that I do not know why the man had been pulled over or why he was talking to the officer at all. It could have been for any number of reasons. Reasonable deduction would tell you that a traffic violation or a crash of some kind would make the most sense though (it's a very tight street that the Police couldn't be stupid enough to pull somebody over on and it was just beyond a traffic light). With that said, out of nowhere (and I really mean nowhere, no voices were raised, on arms raised, no threatening language was used) the Policeman raised both his palms and exerted a mighty, full-pressure shove to the man's chest (this was not a disabling push, this was a full impact shove). The man took a step back and responded by shouting "Why the fuck did you just push me?" at which point the officer proceeded to repeat the action "What the fuck? Don't touch me" the man shouts, this time with his arms raised above his head in a gesture which could only be interpreted as one of confusion. But with this man's protestation came a (failed) attempt at a grapple, which of course led to the officer kicking the man's shins twice, which again failed to bring the man down, naturally the officer then moved onto the man's groin, which he proceeded to punt as hard as he could; as he kicked, two other officers revealed themselves from inside the parked van to support. By the time they reached the incident the accused man had been pushed twice, kicked in the shins at least twice, kicked in the groin at least twice and had finally had his coat pulled over his head rendering him defenseless. During the three to four second gap in which it becomes apparent to me, those three officers and everybody else who saw (naturally at this point there are 40-50 onlookers all increasingly worried) that this man is now completely harmless (that is to assume he was at any point capable of harm) the original officer wields a small hand held plastic object aloft and charges the man, a loud rattle and a large blue flash shock the man into a crumpled heap on the floor, the two back-up officers cuff and surround the man's body. The original officer then raises up and turns to face his audience, a look of terror strikes his face as he sees what has now become a road full of people upset, outraged and terrified by this incident. Every impulse in my body screamed for me to attack that officer, I had three shopping bags in my hand and put them down twice as I attempted to control my emotions. As the audience increased, the tempers grew (this is Brixton after all, we know what Police brutality looks like), for the good of all those people but mainly for the good of that officer (the other two didn't partake in as much offense as the original Policeman) three Panda cars sped around the corner (this incident literally took place 30 seconds from the Police Station and disbursement commenced). Knowing my own mind and my own frustration at that time I decided it would be best to leave the situation as was.

I'll keep a look out for any mention of the incident in the South London Press, The Evening Standard, The Voice or The Nation because I can't imagine that was a regular incident. It's certainly not something I've ever witnessed, especially not on a high street at Christmas.

I've seen some violence in my time, I think we all have, so for me to say that what I saw today was as disturbing and violent as anything I've ever seen actually does mean something. For those of you who think the Police should not be held accountable by public vote for their actions I say you haven't felt the full force of the law's long arm in Brown's Britain. We were on tour last year with Bizzle when we were told a friend of the group had been savagely attacked in Brixton for filming an over the top arrest, we dedicated our shows in Brighton and Islington to him.

We have to have a Police force we can trust, a Police force we can rely on, not this politicised gang of wide boy career thugs. I am about to make a formal complaint, whatever good that will do.

- Tego

Thursday, 18 December 2008

UFO's in Pecknarm

You won't beat this video for Youtube comments.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

On The Roads w/ Akira The Don & Littles


I wanted to drop this last week but I'm pretty much following Akira's lead with it. This is 'On The Roads' an Akira The Don song featuring Littles and myself produced by the talented Joey2Tits. You can download it below by right-clicking and saving as. You can then play it at your Christmas parties and such as the like, you can also email all of your favourite radio shows and say "Have you got 'On The Roads' by Akira, Littles and Marvin? Because that's what I want to hear!". You should do that.

On The Roads w/ Akira The Don & Littles Produced by Joey2Tits [Right Click and Save as]

Thursday, 11 December 2008

First look at Franz Ferdinand's third album


Artrocker.TV have the first review of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. Man I love me some Franz Ferdinand.

German finance minister spoils Gordon Brown's bid to save the world...


This is hilarious. He runs around talking about leading the way here and there and how everybody in the world is following him, not Germany. Why was he allowed to run around like the Christ of economics so long when it's clear he's absolutely flapping in the wind with his bullshit policies? Expect 7 days of liberal media discrediting Peer Steinbr├╝ck and his criticism. Luckily Gordon's got Alistair Darling and Peter Mandelson by his side so mud doesn't get much stickier.

I'm going to Woolworths.

Government claim credit for winter...


So we've got Gordon Brown claiming credit for saving the world...genius. Now we've got "Government figures" claiming that tougher measures have reduced the number of knives on the streets by half. Over which period did this miraculous change take place I hear you ask? Why 4 months. Damn that's amazing. Which 4 months? January through May? February through June? Well...no. June through October. Does it take a rocket scientist to figure out that the height of summer will naturally see the amount of knives on the street rise? The number of people on the street rise, the number of pretty much everything rises. Ho hum. Without dealing in specifics, GUNS get realer as the days go on, last night for instance...like I said, no specifics.

Knife carrying down in 'hotspots' BBC.co.uk

Monday, 8 December 2008

Marvin The Martian Feat. Young Jeezy- Vacation [MP3]


So the story goes, I spent a long weekend in Monaco getting my head straight. On the Sunday Richard Branson invited me onto his yacht, his yacht almost dinged Jay-Z's yacht, on which Young Jeezy was a guest. Me and Jeezy got to talking and we decided to remix 'Vacation' from his latest album. He really wanted me on it, Jay's yacht has a studio downstairs so we hooked it up*. As a christmas present I thought I'd give it to you. I've got another couple of presents lined-up for December but this will get the ball rolling.**

Marvin The Martian Feat. Young Jeezy- Vacation Remix [zShare]

*Story may not be completely accurate.
**Check the top of the page, they still can't ban the Snowman.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

December 4th


Happy Jay-day!

Bustin' makes me feel good!

This game has been in development for years now. It looks like it was worth the wait.

Spotted on Semtex's blog where he's also got a new Bizzle Freestyle

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

They didn't have a warrant


Michael Martin says there was no warrant for the search of Damian Green's office at Westminster and actually he's a complete fuck-up that got completely fucked up by the useless fuck-ups in the Police. I've never made any secret at my lack of love for the Police. Fuck the Police. But this is absolutely disgusting. Watch Michael Martin's pathetic apology on BBC.co.uk.

MIXTAPE: A Hard Toke In- The Remix Tape Featuring Me


Check it here. The Rowdy Road Running Remix of Bladed is crazy. You'll notice I'm on there a couple of times.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

VIDEO: Freeway & Cory Gunz Freestyle

Not many can do what these two can do.

Rocafella on Hot97 Part 5

Memphis Bleek gets a hard time these days, he kinda doesn't deserve it.

Ooohhhh

God damn. I know nothing but what I've just seen.

VIDEO: D.O.E- Streets Been Watchin'

I like D.O.E. Ever since he bodied Scott Storch last year.

VIDEO: EPMD- Listen Up

I wouldn't normally go for an EPMD reunion but I thought I'd give it a go in the name of fairness and the shit is nice. Listen to it. Maybe more of a summer record but it's clean.

Glam Chops- Countdown To Christmas + Baby Jesus Was The First Glam Rocker


Eddie Argos' new band Glam Chops were going to guarantee themselves Christmas Number 1 this year but with Top Of The Pops still warm in it's grave they didn't see the point. So instead they've released their double-A side 'Countdown To Christmas' and 'Baby Jesus Was The First Glam Rocker' for free! Yey! I have them both! They're available to download below. Enjoy genius. ENJOY.
Glam Chops- Countdown To Christmas [zShare]
Glam Chops- Baby Jesus Was The First Glam Rocker [zShare]

Check Glam Chops out on ReverbNation

VIDEO: Wale- Nike Boots

This is pretty cool. Those Nike boots are always on the shelf at Foot Locker but nobody ever buys them. I guess they do in DC.

VIDEO: Tinchy Stryder Feat. Taio Cruz- Take Me Back

Monday, 1 December 2008

VIDEO: Freeway- Month Of Madness


This shit is nice. I've thought about doing a "Month of madness" type thing before but I don't think the end result is worth it. I'm almost gonna have my own month of madness type thing this month though.

Jay-Z Feat. Santogold- Brooklyn (Go Hard)


Jay-Z Feat. Santogold- Brooklyn (Go Hard) Does Kanye sample hipsters as a rule now?

Greengate, Orange Vests and the Euro?

Okay the next post will be happy posts I promise...I hope.

These are a few choice cuts from the BBC website this morning [Monday mornings are always pretty fantastic].

Straw 'surprised' by Green Arrest: This is a great article for a few reasons. The main reason would be Jacqui Smith. She is awesome. I can't wait to read her book, what a complete waste of flesh, oxygen and organs, can we give her body to Stephen Hawing or something? This Greengate story will not go away, there's way more to it than she's leading on. The fact that the Labour Party considered the arrest of Damian Green a PR coup on Thursday evening is incredible. Now Jacqui Smith wants to "Be sure that, whilst MPs are not above the law, that actually they are able to get on with their job without unwarranted interference by the law," which sounds to me like "If one of my rivals does something legal ever again I want to know that I'm not going to get in trouble for sending the police in". Do you know why nobody has dubbed this event "Greengate" yet by the way? It's because like Watergate, it is expected that illegal surveillance was used by the government. My favourite aspect to this story has to be that a Civil Servant turned on the government and this is how Labour acted. Genius.

Offenders to wear community vests: Wow. I want one. I think...they're really going to work.

UK 'closer' to adopting the Euro: The UK is "closer than ever before" to joining the euro, according to the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Really? Because as this article mentions, the Euro hasn't been an issue in this country for a minute. Fuck the Euro, that shit is a joke. Don't get me wrong, so is the Pound right now but that's by choice pretty much. I love this "I know that the majority in Britain are still opposed, but there is a period of consideration under way and the people who matter in Britain are currently thinking about it" doesn't that sum up Europe in a way that no book or war ever could? "The people who matter in Britain are currently thinking about it". Incredible.

Ray Winstone: "This country isn't going to the dogs. It's gone to the dogs."


Ray Winstone says he can't stand the thought of living in the UK anymore. I expect quite a few high profile wealthy Brits to leave over the next 12 months because Alistair Darling has pretty much got his eye on their pockets. Is he forcing out the rich so the Conservatives have no Private industry with which to rebuild the country after the next election? A cynical man would say maybe. While I could argue with all of Ray Winstone's points [raised here] there wouldn't be much point would there? It's easy to look at your situation and say "I am in the persecuted class" but under this government, who isn't in the persecuted class? Apart from civil servants and members of the Labour Party? I've never known morale to be this low in Britain, never. Who is happy right now? I actually asked this yesterday. Who is happy? It's not just the economy either, it's everything. We're trapped, we're going around in circles, every day it seems our life gets smaller, I'm not depressed, but I can see why some people would be.

Happy December everybody! Woop!

Next up...happy posts!