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the production of means

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So, how's your recession going?  Yeah, mine too.  Being an old school head, I preferred the first depression when the bankers and stockbrokers threw their monkey asses out the window instead of giving themselves huge bonuses.  And inventing the Commodity Index to make my groceries more expensive.

In honor of how much things are sucking, and this article about rappers' worst-ever jobs, here's the recession mixtape.

I Get Money (Goldman Sachs Remix) - Apex / I Ain't With Being Broke - Geto Boys / It All Comes Down To The Money - Whodini & Terminator X / Fuckajob - Soul Position (Blueprint & RJD2) / 9-5ers Anthem - Aesop Rock / Lunch Money - Qwel & Maker / Clockers - M.A.D. (Dr. Monokrome, Thrill Gates & Billy Woods) / Money - KRS-One (feat. MC Lyte) / The Ka$H - Malcolm & Martin / Funds - Blockhead / Get Rich or Try Dying - Despot / Valet at the Players Ball - Kentucky Prophet / $ (aka Cash Rule) - Bronze Nazareth / Pimps (Free Stylin' At The Fortune 500 Club) - The Coup / The Financial Crisis Song - Open Mike Eagle / Money (Dollar Bill Y'all) - Jimmy Spicer / Get Rich Quick (Marmaduke Remix) - Super Chron Flight Brothers (feat. Tom Vu) / Outro (feat. Patrick Bateman)

libertad

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"Whether the ideal society patterns itself upon the family, church, school or army it tends to approach the model of a prison. Thus the quest for individual freedom may figure as an escape from a realized ideal."

-Eric Hoffer

Parole - Immortal Technique / Escapism - Qwel & Mike Gao / Escapism (Instrumental) - Pete Rock / Freedom - Jurassic 5 / Release (Parts 1, 2, 3) - Blackalicious (feat. Saul Williams & Zack de la Rocha) / First Day of Freedom - The Psycho Realm / Freedumb - Orko Eloheem / Escapee - DJ Krush (feat. asa) / Freedom - Lexbeats (feat. Mumia Abu Jamal) / Way To Freedom - Die Young / Price Of Freedom - Dday One / Liberation - Outkast (feat. Cee-Lo)

black iron prison

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The US has the largest prison population in the world, with 1 in 31 adults in the corrections system--double 25 years ago, and the largest prison population per capita. Eight hundred and forty-six thousand--40% of prisoners--are Black men.

Court is Now in Session - Chill Rob G / Locked in Spofford - Mobb Deep / Handle Your Time - Prince Paul, Sadat X, Xzibit & Kid Creole / Jail Saga - T.H.U.G. Angelz / Lick a Shot - Super Chron Flight Brothers & Hi-Coup / Prison - X-Clan (feat. Christian Scott) / The Rage Of Angels - Jedi Mind Tricks / Lil Ass Gee - Ice Cube / The Phone Tap (Welcome to State Prison) - Prodigy & Sid Roams / The Tower - Ice-T / Incarcerated Scarfaces - Raekwon, El Michels Affair / Another Day In The Beast - Brand Nubian / Claimin' I'm A Criminal - Brand Nubian / Behind Enemy Lines - Dead Prez / Nathaniel - Supa Nate / Lock Down - DJ Muggs / Cell Therapy - Goodie Mob / One Love - Nas / Attica Blues (The Chief Xcel Remix) - Archie Shepp / Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos - Public Enemy

he do the police in different voices

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It's not that I don't like cops, I just feel a lot better when they're not around.  As I'm sure Professor Gates would agree.

Cop Killin' - Looptroop / Pigs - Cypress Hill / Fuck The Police - Jay Dee, Bone Thugs N Harmony, N.W.A. / Coffee, Donuts & Death - Paris / Sound Of Da Police - KRS-One / F.T.P. - X-Clan / The Beast - The Fugees / The Men In Blue - Everlast & Prince Paul / U Ain't Gonna Take My Life - Ice Cube / From the Files of Police Squad - Black Tobacco / Crooked Officer - Geto Boys / Another Friendly Game Of Baseball...Xtra Innings - Main Source / 41 Bullets - Rob Swift / 41:19 - Public Enemy / Fuck Officer Wahl & The SDPD #1 - Tenshun / Kill Me First - Blueprint (feat. CJ The Cynic) / The Other White Meat - Immortal Technique (feat. Soul Purpose)

the expiration date

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I feel that artists' responses to 9/11--in film, music, literature--that I've seen haven't really been able to successfully interpret it, or bend its resonance into something else. I think the only way to get at its impact is to stick with the thing itself, confront it in all its raw emotion. So that's what I tried to do here.

my pet goat

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the expiration tape

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Discoverlude - Twilight Of The Idols / It's Over - Killah Priest / Boxcutter Emporium, Pt. 1 - Sixtoo / The Violence Of The Lambs - Paris / Bin Laden - Immortal Technique, Mos Def & Eminem / Makeshift Patriot - Sage Francis / America's Fallen Heroes - The Lost Children of Babylon / Profiled - Abu Nurah / Jihad Remix - Badawi & DJ Spooky / WMD - Jel (feat. Wise Intelligent) / Jihad (Edit) - Slayer / Shock & Awe - Z-Trip (feat. Chuck D) / Guy Fawkes - Super Chron Flight Brothers

amerikkkan who?

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Picture me cooling out on the 4th of July, and if you heard I was celebrating that's a worldwide lie...

Amerintro / The Pledge (of Resistance) to Patriotism - Saul Williams vs. Rob Swift & DJ Quest vs. Beat Junkies & Company Flow / Om Nia Merican - Saul Williams / Cause of Death Freestyle - Immortal Technique vs. Saul Williams / Hitler Day - Public Enemy / White America - Eminem / Gasoline Dreams - Outkast / Piss On Your Grave - The Coup / Amerilude - Steinski / Uncle Sam Goddamn - Brother Ali / Typical American - The Goats / America (Remix) - Allen Ginsburg vs. Company Flow vs. Kurtis Blow / Scar Spattered Blather - Hendrix vs. RATM vs. Minor Threat vs. a nation of millions / Thanksgiving Prayer - William S. Burroughs / The End of an American Dream - Lee "Scratch" Perry / Dead Flag Blues - godspeed! you black emperor / Who's America?