ness-solo1 NESS of A-ALIKES (RBG)

H.I.: The fight between good and evil just got interesting. What does Obama mean?

NESS: Ok, Ok, Ok… what can we say. In brooklyn people went crazy just like they did all over the country and around the world. Barack Hussein Obama is the president of the United States of America. What does this really mean? Already I been hit with a thousand text messages. Black people are excited and feel that this election is a step in the right direction in our struggle for freedom, justicde, and equality in America.
We not here to be naysayers but in the same token we aint here to except just any ole’ bullshit this system going to throw at us.

A-ALIKES L. Ness aka P-Red  R. K aka A-Black

When will black and brown people be repaid for the atrocities of slavery and beyond. Obama is not repirations. They have now put a black face on imperialism. great! The political system that is in place here in the U.S. is not the only option. In the same breath its going to take way more than just “the bullet” for us to get true freedom, justice and equality but understand that without the bullet we will not get free. The powers that be will never just hand over the reigns of power to the poor and oppressed working class. We will have to rip it out of there hands.

Our people might not be organized enough to have a successful armed rebellion but we sure are ready to be free from this oppressive system that sucks our community dry, sends our people to jail at a disporportionate rate, and exploits us to death. So thats where Obama comes in and gives our people a false sense of hope, pacifies us, and keeps us believing in the idea of “The American Dream”. THE AMERICAN DREAM IS THE OKIE DOKE. People in this country and around the world have suffered and continue to suffer to keep that idea going. AMERICAN DREAM = OPPRESSION.


 Please dont get distracted by the distractions. Stay focused. The president of America is still the president of America. Until America addresses the fundamental problem of white supremacy and at least attempts to repay the debt of slavery (which is the capital which this entire country was founded on) we still dealing with the same shit, no matter whose president. Even if it was my mama. So until further notice Obama is the Enemy. how bout that? We bout to see what side you really on. Us or Them. Who’s us and who’s them? Thats the question. What side you on? The poor and oppressed African working class or the powers that be that keep their foot on everybody’s neck. the People versus the Pigs.It aint a easy pill to swallow but this is the reality of what we dealing with. Its like the Matrix except this aint no movie. RED pill or BLUE pill. Blind fold or no blindfold.

 as told to Bunchy of Hood Intelligence

(L to R)Bunchy of H.I. & NESS of A-ALIKES

(L to R)Bunchy of H.I. & NESS of A-ALIKES

Ness is a 1/2 of Revolutionary/Reality Rap Duo A-Alikes (RBG)

A-Alikes film “The Ballot or the Bullet” produced by Paul Biedrzycki is set to release on October 30th. The film follows the NY rap group A-Alikes over the course of the three months leading up to the 2008 Presidential Election. While each political party has built their platform on the theme of “change”, A-Alikes specifically address what type of change individuals want to see in America. A-Alikes speak with figures such as Chuck D, Joy Bryant, Rosa Clemente, M1, Umi, and Immortal Technique, asking the question, “How do oppressed people gain freedom: through participation in the political system or through armed rebellion?
It offers an unbiased look at BOTH sides of the issue
View the Trailer here






As Told to Hood Intelligence’s Bunchy.

 So I got this mixtape with my boy LEGEND from Cali called “The Present and the Future” which is real hot. He put it together himself and I don’t even know how he got some of the records he has. It feels good to know a DJ thinks you’re worthy of his time to not just let you host his CD but do a whole mixtape of your joints. He did sneak on a song that I originally did for The Official Boondocks mixtape for the cartoon with DJ Wally Sparks.

I didn’t mean to leak that one until I got word from the show if they’re going to use it somehow and of course I wanted Wally to have the exclusive. But due to powers beyond my control The N Word done over The Roots It Don’t Feel Right is on the net. It’s sparked a lot of convo and I’ve gotten mad feedback from it. I hear the name of Nas’ album is Nigga so I guess my joint was right on time. The idea of this song came when my homie Angie had me speak at a panel for racism at St. Vincent Youth services for young black males in foster care. I didn’t have much to offer other than a story about my experience playing ball in junior college in Iowa for a year and growing up being a black male harassed by the police. Although the young dudes listened I felt like with a little more popularity I could’ve really touched a life or two.
Anyway the N-word came up and I heard different ideas about the word. One kid said we took the offense and negative connotation out of the word. Sort of like “queen bitch” or “superho,” we turned “nigger” into “nigga.” I get that one. And we really did. We made “nigga” a cool word that replaces “friend,” “guy,” “dude” etc. Another person said he uses it and when he’s around other people of different ethnic backgrounds they use it and it’s ok. My Spanish nigga, my Chinese nigga. We’re all minorities. I get that.

Then another man said he didn’t use the word at all because he grew up during the civil rights movement and the word still stings so there’s no way to take the negativity out of it. He was there during segregation and Jim Crow. His parents cleaned houses for white folks. “Nigga” was always poisoning to his ears. I couldn’t argue with that. Then there was a question that made me think of myself.


  I play ball with Caucasian dudes every week and when me and my boys toss around the N word I cringe a little because I know one day one of my Caucasoid boys may slip and use the word and of course we would all want to fight. Is that justifiable? Maybe but who’s to say? I actually have some Blanco friends that admit to dropping the N-bomb as they like to call it, of course in jest which is where my line about Brad and Steve come in (listen to the song/shameless plug). So like I was saying the question arose would you be upset if a Caucasian used the word. Everyone said yes and it kind of amazed me.Well not really but I didn’t hear anyone defend our stupidity with intelligence enough to say that if we made the word cool then why can’t they. We all know it’s the fact that that white person could be a racist just waiting for the chance to show it in the sneakiest of ways. It’s the same reason we can get away with calling them crackers or why comedians can base their careers off of Black/White stereotypes and have either be the butt of the joke.  It’s why George Jefferson can call Willis a honkey and why Chris Rock can say he hates niggas.

 We somehow feel like “the white man” owes us for slavery and segregation and racism. And now it’s ok to berate them publicly on their speech pattern, lack of rhythm, good credit, whatever. The N Word song just talks about all this shit in a clever way and is an attempt to get myself to stop using the word. Hoping that as I repeated the word in the hook that artistically it would irk me so much that I wouldn’t want to do another take in the booth. I hoped that hearing the truth in the verses would spark me to make a change somehow. It didn’t really work and it’s a shame I called out Jay-Z to help me out (see 3rd verse).             But its real, Jay is a major trendsetter that waves his hand and makes throwbacks go away, has all of us checking the back of Range rovers and now Cristal isn’t even in the clubs anymore.

I don’t know what Nas album is about but I got a verse for it. By the way the song he’s on on Jay’s album is crazy. Where was I? Oh yea nigga. I hear there are more nooses popping up and more racial inspired beatings on tape. We think we’ve come along way and then one day you realize people will always hate. This country was built on it. It just surprises us at times I guess.