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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#FiendFriday

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Raunchy. But fuck it, it’s #FiendFriday.

It’s been a fucking crazy week. Let’s make this a good one.

I NEED THAT.

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NYC for Mike Brown & #Ferguson

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We stand for Mike Brown and Ferguson.

Last night in Union Square and Times Square, NYC got together to show love and support for Mike Brown and Ferguson. Our SMF brother @RDrakeford was on scene and took these awesome photos to share.

Absolutely amazing to see all these different people come together. It was truly a beautiful thing, if you can find anything positive at all in this situation. Very powerful to see.

But coming together is only the first step. Now we need to make change happen.

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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.

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#Ferguson

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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST.

Whenever one of these shootings occurs (it’s wild that I can describe this so generically and yet you know exactly what I’m talking about) I always feel terrible for the families of course. But to be completely honest, I also feel bad for the Police. This is because there are a lot of great cops out there that truly want to protect and serve. I think there are some horrible cops that give the entire force a bad name. It’s not right how we describe all cops when we are really talking about a few.

That being said, this is disgusting what is happening in Ferguson. You can not cover up for a motherfucker that fucked up this bad. You can’t shoot innocent kids. You should honestly take a beat down and let a dude escape before you shoot someone. That’s how I feel. But I wasn’t there, I don’t know exactly what went down so it’s not completely fair for me to talk about it. But here’s what I can say:

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST.

Let me say that again. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTEST.

It is absolutely terrifying how quickly they were able to mobilize and turn Ferguson into a Police State. This is fucking St. Louis!!! They have the same military equipment they have in Iraq. They are arresting reporters and the media for trying to cover this. Tear gas? Fucking rubber bullets? This is truly unbelievable. If you want to see something wild, Mashable took photos of Ferguson and compared them to Iraq: LINK

PROTECT AND SERVE. That is their job and nothing else. Worst part is, the media coverage is garbage. RIP Robin Williams, I do love you, but we have a war on US soil and I can’t get a decent piece of news coverage. So I collected all the photos I possibly could so we can see the TRUTH:

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Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

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This Fiend Plays EDM Songs Using Only Flip Flops and PVC Pipes

I feel like there are 2 types of people that appreciate this shit. Musicians and mook heads.

I am not a musician, but I am incredibly mooked right now and I thought this shit was dope.

I mean this dude has clearly been to one too many festivals. This is exactly how @Oakshades and Ron gonna look in 10 more years of tour life and festivals.

But I am always amazed by the awesome shit humans come up with. Like how did this fiend even think of this shit? How the fuck did he make the equation PVC Pipes + Flip Flops = EDM. Did he start with the pipes or the shoes? Like I don’t even know how these fiends do this shit. But it’s absolutely awesome and certainly worth sharing with the world.

Keep exploring the world and making dope shit, fiends.

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Is the @NBA Smoking Crack With This Drake Shit?

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Plenty of big stars were at Drake’s OVO Fest including NBA superstar Kevin Durant.  During the concert Drake used the opportunity to “recruit” Durant to the Toronto Raptors saying:

“You know, my brother [Oklahoma City Thunder star] Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us,” Drake said. “I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”

The problem with the seemingly harmless gesture is that Drake is the Global Brand Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and since Durant will not be a free agent until 2016, Drake’s recruitment is considered tampering under the league’s rules.  The result was a $25,000 fine levied against the Raptors but according to this source, the NBA was willing to drop the fine if the Raptors dropped Drake.

[Raptors officials] refused to address a key detail – that the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused.

What? Wait hold up.

What?

I’m like legitimately speechless and confused here. The fine for tampering makes sense. I know it was harmless but that’s the rule and plenty of people have been fined for this before. Nothing new. But why in God’s name would the NBA want the Raptors to break apart from one of the biggest stars in the world?

Drake was the first person to make the Raptors cool again since Vince Carter in 2000. And that motherfucker had to literally put on the best dunk contest of all time for that shit. But since then, you could argue that was the least popular franchise in the NBA. Do you remember just like 2 years ago when players were visibly upset when they got drafted to Toronto?

I’m just baffled by this. It seems like a perfect relationship. The NBA has always struggled with building a US audience and interest for their Canadian franchises. Now everything is finally coming together. They have Drizzy, the team is actually decent, and Toronto is a hot city. We fucking love Toronto and Canada. We were just talking about how we can’t wait for the next Bas show in Toronto.

I don’t know what the fuck the NBA is smoking. It’s not like Drake is bad for business or has any down side at all. He’s not knocking chicks out and dragging their bodies through Atlantic City and shit like that. The NBA is one of my favorite companies in the world. They are branding geniuses, absolutely love what they have done with the league. And while many sports leagues (eh-hem, NFL) have tried really hard over the years to break away from the hip-hop and urban culture association, the NBA has always embraced it. I haven’t been confused like this in a long time, would really love to know if anyone can make sense of why they would ruin a really great thing for the NBA.

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PS - Can’t wait for the Knicks to holler at Bas. I’m gonna be blogging these shits from courtside.

PPS – This shit never gets old:

That video just changed my whole day.

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99 Locations of New York

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This shit is cool.

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Building Blocks | Bas

Building Blocks till the ceiling pops…

The Dub has never looked so fucking fire.

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Lit | Official Video

Las Vegas is prolly the most fiended place in the world. And it’s ALWAYS Lit.

Went out there for Born Sinner Weekend/ my Fiend Day and let the camera run.

Make a movie out the b-roll.

Dreamville x SMF

It’s Lit.

- Bas

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