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By Akira The Don on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Awesome new shit from my raging partner WHITEY, co-produced by my dear pal Stephen “STEVE G” Hague. Album’s coming and I have heard it and it SHREDS SOULS.

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— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

By Robert Core on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

colorado-cannabis

On November 6th 2012, the U.S. state of Colorado voted in favor of total cannabis legalization; both medicinal and recreational use are now authorized within the state’s borders, for citizens and visitors aged 18 or more. The law took effect on January 1st 2014, the date on which licensed dispensaries started selling hundreds of different cannabis strains, edibles, and more.

Outside of the cannabis community, reactions to this tremendous step forward ranged from vague concern to complete hysteria, but all predicted the same thing: legalization would surely result in an unavoidable increase in all sorts of criminal behaviors, especially in large cities in which most marijuana business would take place.

Needless to say, a few months into this new statewide situation the supposedly unavoidable disasters predicted by detractors remain to be seen. On the contrary, some of the communicated statistics actually work in favor of cannabis legalization. Back in June 2014, the authorities of the city of Denver, Colorado, released information in regards to their crime rates, and the numbers were rather impressive, compared to the same period of the previous year, 2013:

-        Homicides reduced by  53%

-        Sex crimes reduced by  13.6%

-        Robberies reduced by  4.8%

-        Assaults reduced by  3.7%

Besides, the budding business of legal cannabis is bringing a tremendous amount in tax money to the state of Colorado. This amount measured at $12 million in June 2014, and is expected to reach around $30 million by the end of the year.

But beyond these figures, the cultural impact that this legalization has had, together with the Uruguay initiative of nationwide, total legalization, is prodigious. The fact is that a U.S. state such as Colorado, cradle of a massive tourism-based economy, originally completely unrelated to cannabis, is it a perfect spot to develop local cannabis business as well as cross-cultural awareness.

Source: SensiSeeds.com

— By Robert Core on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I first came across Alabama legend G-Mane in 2010, which seems like another era already. I connected with the sound instantly. Somewhere between Nate Dogg and Pimp C, it had style, soul, substance, swag, swang and superior storytelling in abundance. I made me want to learn to drive again so I could cruise around in some great boat of  a vehicle banging it. It was his Sex, Drugs And Money tape, on which he hit a beat that sampled Tom Petty, same song I sampled on Show The Joint.

So, despite coming from entirely different places, we were already united by music. That is the power of recorded sound, brothers and sisters. And a few years later, he hit me up on twitter for some beats, and I sent him some, and he liked the one that sampled Mercury Rev, and asked me to rap on it with him, and lo, there it was, Anglesey to Alabama, united in sound for eternity.

Splash.

And now its been released, as part of his brand new album In God We Trust, which you can stream above, and purchase here. Its G Mane, so you already know its another beautiful collection of timeless rap music. Dude is as consistent as consistent comes. I’m working on some new shit for him right now, so you can look forward to more cross cultural country classics. Amen.

MEANWHILE IN WALES!

I have been continuing to run on my beach, go for walks every morning, and spend happy, happy times with my girl and my son. I’ve also been drawing more one off albums sleeves for people, so get yours while you still can. Oh, and I do believe MIDNITEMEN just got their first official remix commission from a legendary artist. Can’t wait for you to hear it.

Speaking of which, I do believe there’ll be a new transmission today…

OVER AND OUT.

SPLASH!

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— Thursday, July 10th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Saturday, January 4th, 2014

SPLASH MOTHERFUCKERS! SPLASSSSSSSH!

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— By Akira The Don on Saturday, January 4th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

From the nypost.com

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden invoked George Orwell and warned of the dangers of unchecked government surveillance Wednesday in a televised Christmas message to the British people that reflected his growing willingness to take a public role in the debate he ignited.

Speaking directly into the camera from Moscow, where he took refuge after leaking vast troves of information on NSA spying, Snowden said government surveillance methods far surpass those described in Orwell’s dystopic novel “1984.”

“The types of collection in the book — microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us — are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go,” he said. “Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.”

The brief video marked Snowden’s first television appearance since he fled possible prosecution in the United States and arrived in Moscow in June. It came days after The Washington Post published an extensive account of Snowden’s comments during more than 14 hours of interviews.

Revelations from documents leaked by Snowden first appeared in June in The Post and in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, and have continued to emerge in the months since.

In The Post interview, Snowden said he had succeeded in spawning the debate he sought by bringing the extent of surveillance by the US and British governments to light.

“The mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

Read full article at nypost.com

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— By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

By Akira The Don on Saturday, September 14th, 2013

SAFETY SUE POINTS OUT THE DANGERS OF SWIMMING IN COLD WATER. SUDDEN IMMERSION CAN SHOCK THE BODY AND CAUSE QUICK DROWNING.

“Come on boys, let’s go have some fun!”

Hold tight the SS bikini top.

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— By Akira The Don on Saturday, September 14th, 2013