Ferguson | Sunday August 17, 2014

Sunday morning we got on a plane and went out to Ferguson. We spent the day talking to the people. Hearing their stories. Feeling their pain. There was an almost festive vibe at the QT. People all of ages and races grilling food, talking about the future of their community. People coming together asking for justice. It truly saddens us that two hours later, the people we shared a day with were dodging canisters of Tear Gas fired on them by the people they pay to serve and protect their town.

The most disturbing realization I had is that the militarized police roped off a huge mall as their home base. Protecting Target and Wendys and the other corporations that could potentially lose money from both angry protestors and opportunists from surrounding areas. It was from that mall this militarized force advanced towards a community and fired Tear Gas and used Sound Cannons to disperse civilians.

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Be Free – @JColeNC

There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.

I made a song. This is how we feel.
– Cole

Some musicians have the responsibility to speak for their culture, for their generation, for their people.

@oakshades

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99 Locations of New York

99 Locations of New York from Menzkie on Vimeo.

This shit is cool.

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St. Louis Police Kill Unarmed Teenager

Lesley McSpadden and her husband, Louis Head, mourning for her son, Michael Brown, who died in the street on Saturday. Credit Huy Mach/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Associated Press

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Saturday by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb came after a struggle for the officer’s gun, police officials said Sunday, in an explanation that met with outrage and skepticism in the largely African-American community.

The killing of the youth, Michael Brown, 18, ignited protests on Saturday and Sunday in Ferguson, Mo., a working-class suburb of about 20,000 residents. Hundreds of people gathered at the scene of the shooting to question the police and to light candles for Mr. Brown, who was planning to begin college classes on Monday.

Mr. Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, held a cardboard sign that said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son.”

At a news conference on Sunday morning, the St. Louis County police chief, Jon Belmar, said that a man had been shot and killed after he had assaulted a police officer and the two had struggled over the officer’s gun inside his patrol car. At least one shot was fired from inside the car, Chief Belmar said.

I’m 26 years years old and I’d say I’ve been fairly cognizant of what is going in the world for the last 15 years or so. This shit is getting old man. I’ve been afraid of getting murked by the cops since I realized that as a young black man that there’s a pretty decent chance that I could get bodied by the cops.

It’s gotta stop.

It’s really terrible.

What’s crazy to me, is that every time something like this happens, a person loses their life in a situation that obviously needs to be scrutinized under the most objective microscope ever, the exact opposite happens.

We just watch cover up after cover up. Chavis Carter gets arrested and hand cuffed in the back seat of a cop car. Then he gets shot in the head and the cops say he committed suicide. With his hands cuffed behind his back?

Eric Garner gets choked out on camera, and the NYPD holds a press conference and tells the world that the man we watched says he was not put in a choke hold and promptly arrests the dude that filmed them MURDERING Eric Garner. It never stops. No accountability at all. Fuck accountability, no honesty at all.

And honestly it’s a pretty simple fix. Instead of giving NBA rookies Google Glass to wear to the NBA Draft … MAKE EVERY FUCKING COP IN THE LINE OF DUTY WEAR GOOGLE GLASS. Stop fucking protecting terrible humans. For every good cop there’s gotta be 32 dirtbags who figured the pension and power that comes with a handgun would be better then sitting at a desk.

We need higher standards for those whose job is to Serve and Protect. We need to hire a higher caliber of HUMAN to be police.

If our society doesn’t fix this issue, it’s only gonna get worse.

@oakshades

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#FESTIVALFIENDS | @Osheaga 2014

One of the best weekends we’ve ever had.

Montreal is like a Parisian Chicago.

Amazing city.

Amazing festival.

#FIENDS

@oakshades

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Last Winter Tour Toronto x Pregame With @FiendBassy + @Dreamville + @hustleGRL + @SMFiends

TORONTO

TDOT!!!!!

We fucking love Toronto and what better way to get this weekend started then by hitting NYC’s Canadian cousin for the Last Winter Tour.

Shit you already know the deal.

Bas on stage performing the shit out of a little bit of Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. II and a bunch of Last Winter.

But we decided to make today a little special.

FIENDS PREGAME

POW!

Our first ever Pregame before a show. Some of the Dreamville fam will be there. A few of the FIENDS will be there. HUSTLEGRL providing the music. Some fiend providing drinks … and prolly someother fiend providing mook.

Come fuck with us around 7pm and then mob to the show at 9.

@oakshades

PS. You know we brought that #FIENDS merch out to TDot for the low low.

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Yo @NFL What’s Really Good?

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Last year I picked up Josh Gordon on my big money Fantasy Football team and real shit… dude is a fucking BOSS out there on the turf. Fast forward to the Championship Game of our league and my WRs put up no numbers and we lose by 30. Where was Josh Gordon? Suspended for testing positive for Codeine. Really let the squad down man. Fast forward to last week and Josh gets suspended for mook AGAIN. This time cooking Money Manziel and company EARLY in the year.

Rewind to earlier this past offseason where Ray Rice, RB for the Baltimore Ravens gets caught on security camera knocking out his wife and dragging her limp body out an elevator. Him and his wife get on TV and talk about what happened Fast forward to this past week where the NFL hands him a 2 game suspension.

I’ve been thinking bout this shit for a minute now. NFL players are allowed to drink alcohol in excess, they are allowed to get prescribed pain killers, say what you want but they pretty much are able to take an enhancement supplement on the face of the earth … but Weed? Nah you can’t smoke weed. Peep this excerpt from Mike Florio’s article about Josh Gordon’s suspension. He gives some insight into the whole process and this is the crux of Gordon’s appeal:

Urine samples routinely are split into two bottles, the “A” bottle and the “B” bottle. If the “A” bottle generates a positive result, the “B” bottle is tested. Amazingly, the “B” bottle doesn’t have to independently show a violation. Instead, the substance abuse policy states that the “‘B’ bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the ‘A’ bottle Test, is evident to the ‘limits of detection’ to confirm the results of the ‘A’ bottle Test.”

[…]

For Gordon, the “A” bottle showed a concentration of 16 ng/ml, only one nanogram per milliliter above the limits of 15. The “B” bottle showed a concentration of 13.6 ng/ml — less than the threshold.

Just to make sure you got that. Two samples. A and B. You test A then you follow up with a test on B. A was 16 ng/ml and B as 13.6 ng/ml. So if B was A, Josh would be catching fly routes from Johnny Football. But it wasn’t.

You know what’s crazier? This mug Josh Gordon has passed 70 drug tests in the last year.

YOU KNOW WHAT’S EVEN CRAZIER?

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THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY ALLOWS FOR 150 NG/ML????? and we’re busting homies for 15 ng/ml? Come on man.

YOU KNOW WHAT’S EVEN CRAZIER?????

THIS NIGGA RAY RICE BEAT HIS WIFE ON CAMERA AND GOT TWO GAMES AND THE RAVENS ARE RUNNING THE WEIRDEST PR CAMPAIGN ACTING LIKE THIS SHIT NEVER HAPPENED!!!!!!

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I’m not one to like OD comment on someone’s personal relationship with their girl but goddamn what the fuck man? Like I hope Ray Rice and his wife figured out what the fuck is wrong with their relationship but come on man. I can’t sit here while dudes are losing full years of their prime cause they got mooked and we got homies beating women’s faces in and suiting up for Game 3.

What kind of messaging is that for young meathead RBs all over the country? I don’t get it. Shit is fucked. What up NFL? It’s cool to beat up women but not get high and listen to Last Winter?

BULLSHIT.

@oakshades

PS. STOP FINING FIENDS FOR CELEBRATION DANCES. THAT’S LIKE %32 THE BEST PART ABOUT A TD BEING SCORED.

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JIBO

Cannot decide if Jibo is

a. Going to turn into an evil robot and murder us all in our sleep.
b. Built by the NSA to track all of us.
c. Dope.
d. Officially ends the past and propels the present into “THE FUTURE”.
e. SERIOUSLY BEING BUILT BY THE NSA TO KEEP TABS ON ALL OF US.

How you fiends feel bout this?

@oakshades

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“Repeal Prohibition, Again” via @NYTimes

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BOOM!

Pretty cool that The New York Times is being proactive in this mook debate.

Also pretty obvious that there is too much money being made in Denver and Washington for other states to be sitting by doing nothing.

War on Drugs is failing every fucking day.

Legalizing marijuana is gonna change America in a very good way.

@oakshades

PS. CLICK THE PICTURE TO CHECK OUT THE INTERACTIVE EDITORIAL PIECE

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Pallet Surfing

Yo this is genius man.

This shit is also like 6 years old and I just came across it today.

I also think someone is gonna now die trying to mimic this shit.

How mooked was dude when he thought of this?

This is definitely a highdea.

My favorite part of this video is the reaction of all of the Bratislavan fiends watching this fiend fly by them.

@oakshades

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