Cognito - the 'visionist'

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  • Ajamalb

    commented on January 26, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Please, brothers, please…I love you, my brothers….but please, brothers, please stop saying “nigga” so much. Many of us hate that f….n word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Respect our ancestors. Love, Your Brother, Ali.

  • mo stef!

    commented on January 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    First off, that event with Blackthought and the J. period was prolly…mmmhmm…extra lovely. It’s annoying to say wish i had been there or i missed out, but I wish I had been there, cuz I missed out.
    Dear bro Ali and others who agree, I understand the ugliness of the word “nigga”, but there’s also a twisted beauty attached to it, which is why I chose to use it. No one in my life ever broke it down how you did with that comment. I mean, of course I knew many didn’t like the word, but i took it as them misunderstanding my twisted attachment to the word. The point is no one ever asked me to stop saying it. (I respect my elders enough not to say it around them cuz I know they don’t like me talking like that, so why add to the strain of their stress. verdad?) Matter fact brother, you didn’t say stop, you said as much… I could go on and on but I’m getting rushed out the library…point is…Even if I never meet you, I might come across beautiful people like you that loathe the word cuz it flippn hurts…ooo that hoyts me too. To think a word i use could harm my beautiful beloveds is disgusting and i humbly will comply with your request, especially in public, or around our children…but you did say as much… I love to love you with a passion FROLAB! God bless yall, love mo, steF! peace plz. 1!

  • Air Wreck

    commented on January 31, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Lol here in NZ a white guy called a maori a nigga and got his teeth knocked in, because maori are the blacks in my country, me being maori I understand. I guess the name has a universal stigma. If your brought up around that kind of slang it becomes the norm and not taken offensively, I’m just saying I understand both sides. Any way the real reason I’m writing this comment is to ask Mos, when your coming to Aotearoa? New Zealand. You should jump the ditch with MF Doom, us fullaz here in New Zealand are always the last to know about underground hip hop. And in we’re probably some of your biggest fans outside of America. Be good to hear from you, best of luck for your music carrier, your one of the the last real hip hop artists that I know who seems to be holding it down. “Habitat” is the Jam by the way.

    Peace Harty Maori Syde Rydaz out!!!

  • Ajamalb

    commented on February 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Mo Stef! Thanks for the words… I did indeed say “as much”. Ironically, I am a librarian. But, “I’m not your mother’s librarian” as they say. In other words, I don’t quite come across that way in a traditional sense. I work with young brothers and sisters everyday, and that’s exactly what I tell them, please stop using that word so much. I honestly was not feeling the “burial” of the word a few years ago…ineffective. For me, it’s not completely about just a hatred for the word, but the misunderstanding and the guilt that it carries and represents on both sides of the spectrum. I was also a history major in college and that’s when I forced myself to stop using the word. All in all, it’s hard for me to see my brothers (like Mos Def and Black Thought) using it so profoundly, so often. I truly believe that they can use it like any curse/cursed word, for emphasis perhaps, or in the proper context. An occasional slip is somewhat understandable, even tolerable. But it is what it is. I really appreciate you sounding off, and I feel what you’re saying as well. Much respect. Much love. peace

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