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Chinese birth rate falls to its lowest in 70 years


China

China’s birth rate last year fell to its lowest since the founding of the People’s Republic of China more than 70 years ago, posing a long-term challenge for a government concerned by an ageing population.

Key points:

  • The number of babies born in China in 2019 dropped by about 580,000 to 14.65 million
  • The abolition of the One Child Policy has failed to lift the country’s birth rate
  • China’s population grew to 1.4 billion

The country’s birth rate in 2019 stood at 10.48 per thousand — the lowest since 1949 — data released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China showed on Friday.

The number of babies born in 2019 dropped by about 580,000 to 14.65 million.

The abolishment of the One-Child Policy at the end of 2015 has not provided much of a tangible boost to the country’s birth rate.

From 2017 to 2018, total births fell by nearly 2 million.

The One Child Policy — introduced in 1979 — was aimed to control the population explosion in the decades after the Communist Party came into power in 1949, when Chairman Mao Zedong encouraged large families and condemned birth control to boost manpower.

But many young couples in China are reluctant to have children because they cannot afford to pay for healthcare and education alongside expensive housing.

Concerns for ageing population

The One-Child Policy is also regarded as one of the driving forces behind the country’s ageing population.

China’s overall population totalled 1.4 billion as of the end of 2019, the data from the bureau showed, inching up from 1.39 billion a year earlier.



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China’s elderly population is expected to reach 400 million by the end of 2035. (ABC News: Bill Birtles)

But the country’s population is approaching what Chinese government scholars predict to be a peak of 1.44 billion in 2029, which is anticipated to be followed by “unstoppable” population decline.

Figures published by the China Association of Social Security in 2018 showed China’s elderly population is expected to reach 400 million by the end of 2035.

The US-China trade deal is more of a ceasefire
Questions remain as to how Donald Trump’s US-China trade deal will affect the global economy.

This rapid ageing is creating policy challenges for China’s leaders as they promise to guarantee healthcare and pension payments amid a slowing economy.

Figures from the bureau showed the world’s second-largest economy grew 6.1 per cent last year amid a bruising trade war with the US, down from 6.6 per cent in 2018.

Though still strong by global standards, and within the Government’s target range, it was the weakest expansion since 1990.

This week the US and China signed phase one of a new trade deal, defusing an 18-month conflict between the world’s two largest economies.

Meanwhile, as China’s birth rate falls, divorce rates in the country are hitting record highs.

In the first three quarters of 2019, about 3.1 million couples filed for divorce — compared with 7.1 million couples getting married — according to data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Reuters/ABC

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Global markets rally as US-Iran conflict avoids escalation, ASX follows


Australia

Global markets have rallied overnight, as fears of further escalation in the US-Iran conflict subsided for now. Wall Street rose and the Australian share market followed that positive lead.

Key points:

  • The ASX 200 closed 0.8 per cent higher at 6,874
  • Most major banks and mining stocks rose
  • The energy sector and gold miners lost ground

At the close of trade, the benchmark ASX 200 index was 0.8 per cent higher at 6,874.

Most blue chip stocks — such as three of the big four banks, BHP and Telstra — rose, while energy stocks lagged following a retreat in oil prices, with Brent crude falling as much as 4 per cent overnight.

During Australian and Asian trade yesterday, US stock market futures fell sharply, as Iran launched missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing US troops.

Stocks across the region fell, before recovering some of the losses after US President Donald Trump did not deliver an immediate response and tweeted “all is well”.

US futures recovered and Wall Street rose strongly during the session, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hitting fresh record highs, before paring gains into the close.

Market snapshot at 8:20am (AEDT):

  • ASX SPI futures +0.7pc at 6,798, ASX 200 (Wednesday’s close) -0.1pc at 6,817
  • AUD: 68.70 US cents, 52.45 British pence, 61.84 Euro cents, 74.98 Japanese yen, $NZ1.03
  • US: Dow Jones +0.6pc at 28,745, S&P 500 +0.5pc at 3,253, Nasdaq +0.7pc at 9,129
  • Europe: FTSE 100 flat at 7,574, DAX +0.7pc at 13,320, CAC +0.3pc at 6,031, Euro Stoxx 50 +0.1pc at 3,424
  • Commodities: Brent crude -3pc at $US66.20/barrel, spot gold -1.1pc at $US1,556.35/ounce

Shares in Boeing lost more than 1 per cent, after one of its planes crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

In European trade, stocks rebounded from early losses.

Airlines reroute flights in Middle East

The oil price pullback will be good news for the fuel costs of global airlines, if it lasts, however, higher fuel bills may still be in store.

Qantas, along with international airlines including Germany’s Lufthansa, Air France, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines have rerouted flights to avoid airspace over Iran and Iraq, due to the tensions with the US.

Airline analysts have told Reuters the longer journey times will increase fuel usage, throw off schedules and add to operating costs.

On Wednesday, Qantas said its Perth to London flight would have an increased flying time of 40 to 50 minutes due to its redirected flight path, and passenger numbers would need to be reduced in order to carry more fuel.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


As anti-Semitic attacks continue, US Jews turn to guns for protection


United States

Gripping a .44 Magnum inside a small New York State synagogue, 65-year-old Fay Ziegler wants to know if she’d be able to pull the trigger.

Key points

  • The number of attacks against Jews in the US has risen from 751 in 2013 to 1,879 acts in 2018.
  • Amid this increase, Jews are taking shooting lessons and arming themselves
  • But some in the Jewish community are uncomfortable with the number of citizens taking up arms

“I have arthritis,” she tells the tactical assault trainer, who recommends she try a Glock instead.

Next up, a young and heavily pregnant woman opts for the Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle.

She’s never owned a firearm before, but a recent spate of attacks against members of her community has convinced her of the need to be armed before the baby is born.

“A lot of Jews in America have been brought up, unfortunately, with the attitude: ‘Guns? That’s not us. That’s not what we do’,” trainer Yonatan Stern tells his class.

“We cannot allow ourselves to continue to be helpless victims.”



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Tactical trainer Yonatan Stern addresses his class of Jewish people intending to take up arms. (ABC News)

Mr Stern, a former Israeli Defence Force soldier who runs a tactical training business, says he’s been swamped by requests from fellow Jews who’ve had enough of the recent attacks against them.

The most recent incident happened a few kilometres down the road.

Just four days prior, a man armed with a machete burst into a rabbi’s home and started stabbing people at random.

Mr Stern says any Jewish leader who urges members of their community not to take up arms has “blood on their hands”.

“Of course, the murderer’s responsible. But just as much, that rabbi who told you not to get a gun because it’s not the Jewish way, he’s the murderer too.”

It’s a debate now raging inside this Jewish community.

Australian family represents the debate



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The Oliver family at their home in Monsey, New York. (ABC News: Niall Lenihan)

Melbourne-born rabbi Dov Oliver moved to Monsey, New York, 13 years ago with his wife, Shevy.

They’ve always agreed on the need to be security conscious, but when it comes to firearms, they don’t see eye-to-eye.

“I do see the merit and the value in being armed, but in a responsible way,” says the rabbi, as his wife squirms uncomfortably in the seat beside him.

“I have a different viewpoint,” she says firmly, but declines to expand any further.

They live in Rockland County, about an hour’s drive north of New York City.

The community has seen a rapid expansion in the Jewish population in recent decades, to the point where around a third of its residents today are Jews.

“Most of the people who live here were escaping the crime and noise of Brooklyn,” she says.

Now, violence has come here too.



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Research from the Anti-Defamation League shows attacks against Jews in the US have doubled since 2013. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Recent Hanukkah stabbing left five injured

A few streets away, news crews are still camped outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenberg.

He was hosting a Hanukkah party on the final Saturday night of the year when the attacker came through the front door, slashing and stabbing anyone within reach.

Five people were taken to hospital, including 72-year-old Josef Neumann, who remains in a coma and isn’t expected to walk or talk again.

It could have been much worse, if not for the actions of Josef Gluck.



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Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg was hosting a Hanukkah party on December 29 when an attacker burst through the front door and stabbed multiple people. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

After ushering children and others to safety, he returned and confronted the attacker, using the first thing he could get his hands on.

“I grabbed the coffee table and I picked it up and I smashed it into his face and I ran out,” he told the ABC.

Crucially, he also had the presence of mind to take a photo of the car number plate as the attacker fled.

It helped lead police directly to Grafton Thomas, who has been charged over the attack.

Anti-Semitic violence is on the rise in the US

Since 2013, there’s been a surge in the number of anti-Semitic acts across the United States, including vandalism, harassment and violence.



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Attacks against Jews in the US have risen, research shows. (Supplied: Anti-Defamation League)

Research compiled by the Anti-Defamation League, which tracks attacks against Jews in America, shows the number of incidents rose from 751 in 2013 to 1,879 acts in 2018.

That’s in line with the number of overall hate crimes reported in America.

Figures for 2019 haven’t yet been released, but authorities are expecting another increase.

Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder says the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in New York State has more than doubled in the past couple of months.

“What is driving those people to do this? We don’t have the answers,” he tells the ABC.

“And quite frankly, there’s no answer to hate.”

He says police resources are inadequate to deal with the violence, but he’s uncomfortable with the number of citizens taking up arms.



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Legislator Aron Wieder says he is uncomfortable with citizens taking matters into their own hands. (ABC News: Niall Lenihan)

“We don’t want to have a society where people are taking up arms to protect themselves when government failed them,” he says.

“That’s terribly wrong.”

Some are turning to private security

Former police officer Patrick Brosnan, who now runs a private security company employing more than 5,000 people, says his phones have been running “off the hook” since the Monsey stabbing.

He says people are more fearful now than during his time as a detective in the South Bronx in the 80s and 90s.

“There were 2,245 people murdered back in 1990,” he says.

“100,000 robberies. It was crazy. I see this as actually worse.

“There’s a complete randomness to it that I see as both baffling and terrifying.”



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Patrick Brosnan says he has observed heightened fear in the Jewish community. (ABC News: Niall Lenihan)

He blames social media and chatrooms for providing a haven for would-be attackers.

“In the darkness of [their] mother’s basement under the backlight of a laptop, where other individuals are across the world saying: ‘You got it right, mate. You’re right! Go light up the school. That’s what I want to do’.”

‘Spread light and goodness and kindness and love’

Rabbi Dov Oliver insists it’s “not all doom and gloom”, pointing to Rockland Community College where he works.

“There’s people there from Pakistani, Indian [and] Sri Lankan backgrounds,” he says.

“I play cricket with them and have a great time doing that.

“Unfortunately, the people who do these horrible things, they really make the press and spread the fear.”

He says the world is engaged in a battle between “good and evil”.

“We have to take it upon ourselves … to look to spread light and goodness and kindness and love,” he says.

“It’s our responsibility as people on the right side to do the right thing.”

Chloe Ross and Ryan Chatterjee contributed to this story.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Detroit firefighters investigated over NYE selfie in front of burning house


United States

A group of firefighters in the US city of Detroit who posed for a photo in front of a home engulfed in flames will face disciplinary action, the city’s Fire Commissioner said, labelling the stunt “inappropriate and unprofessional”.

Key points:

  • The firefighters were celebrating a colleague’s retirement
  • The photo was later removed from the Facebook page
  • The house was too dangerous to enter at the time the photo was taken

The photo was posted just before midnight on New Year’s Eve on a Facebook page for fire incidents in Detroit.

“Crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Years,” said a caption for the photo, which has since been taken down.

Firefighters were celebrating a retiring fire battalion chief, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said.

“There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement … Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them,” Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said in a statement.

“Behind every fire is a devastated family or property owner.”

Mr Fornell said the photo was taken outside a vacant house in the city’s west, where the fire was reported at 6:34pm.

The house was too dangerous to enter, he said.

In a later post on the Detroit Fire Incidents Page on Facebook, the page’s administrators said they were “asked to post it by a fire fighter [sic] for the city of Detroit.”

“The only reason [the photo] was removed is we received messages by guys on the job stating that they had been threatened for the photo being posted,” the administrators said.

They said the firefighter was likely being threatened with “punitive actions”.

AP

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


NBA legend Michael Jordan pays tribute to man who ‘allowed me to succeed’


United States

David Stern, the basketball-loving lawyer who took America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) around the world during 30 years as its longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global powerhouse, has died aged 77.

Key points:

  • Stern transformed the NBA from a struggling domestic league into a $US5 billion a year global sporting industry
  • He took over as commissioner in 1984 before leaving the position in 2014
  • NBA superstar Magic Johnson credited Stern with taking the NBA worldwide

Stern suffered a brain haemorrhage on December 12 and underwent emergency surgery. The league said he died on Wednesday with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside.

Taking over as the US professional basketball league’s fourth commissioner in 1984, Stern transformed the NBA from a domestic league that fought for a foothold in the US sports industry dominated by Major League Baseball and the National Football League into a $US5 billion ($7.13 billion) a year industry.

By the time he left his position in 2014 he had overseen NBA basketball’s rise to arguably the world’s most popular sport after soccer.

Only a few years before Stern took charge of the league, the NBA couldn’t even get its championship round on live network TV.

“Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand — making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time, but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation,” said Adam Silver, who followed Stern as commissioner.

“Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration.”



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Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan was one of the NBA superstars who helped Stern rocket the game to worldwide popularity. (AP Photo: Charles Bennett, file)

Superstars spark surge in popularity

During Stern’s three-decade run at the helm of the NBA he turned countless ballplayers into celebrities who were known around the globe by one name: such as Magic, Michael, Kobe and LeBron.

In the 1980s the NBA’s popularity would quickly surge thanks to the rebirth of the Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics rivalry behind Earvin Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, followed by the entrance of Michael Jordan just a few months after Stern became commissioner.

Under Stern, the NBA would play nearly 150 international games and be televised in more than 200 countries and territories, and in more than 40 languages, and the NBA Finals and All-Star weekend would grow into international spectacles.



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David Stern (second from left) backed Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson’s (second from right) return to the NBA after his HIV diagnosis. (Reuters: Jim Ruymen jr)

The 2010 All-Star game drew more than 108,000 fans to Dallas Cowboys Stadium, a record to watch a basketball game.

“It was David Stern being a marketing genius who turned the league around. That’s why our brand is so strong,” said Johnson, who announced he was retiring because of HIV in 1991 but returned the following year at the All-Star Game with Stern’s backing.

“It was David Stern who took this league worldwide.”

Johnson was among the NBA greats who responded to the news of Stern’s passing on social media:

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Twitter: Magic Johnson

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twitter: shaq

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twitter: michael jordan reaction via Shamscharania

Advocate and opponent for players

Stern would say one of his greatest achievements was guiding a league of mostly black players, and one plagued by drug problems in the 1970s, to popularity with mainstream America.

He had a hand in nearly every initiative, from the drug testing program to the implementation of the salary cap to the creation of a dress code.

Stern was fiercely protective of his players and referees when he felt they were unfairly criticised.

He would publicly rebuke media outlets, even individual writers, if he felt they had taken cheap shots.

But the league’s former general counsel and executive vice-president of business and legal affairs was also a relentless negotiator against those same employees in collective bargaining.

His loyalty to his owners and commitment to getting them favourable deals led to his greatest failures — lockouts in 1998 and 2011 that were the only times the NBA lost games to work stoppages.

Stern oversaw the birth of seven new franchises and the creation of the WNBA and NBA Development League, now the G League, providing countless opportunities to pursue careers playing basketball in the US that previously weren’t available.

Despite the league becoming synonymous with the high-profile athletes of the modern era, Stern credited the sport of basketball for the league’s continual success.

“The game is what brought us here. It’s always about the game and everything else we do is about making the stage or the presentation of the game even stronger, and the game itself is in the best shape that it’s ever been in,” he said on the eve of the 2009-10 season, calling it “a new golden age for the NBA.”

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


North Korea’s Kim Jong-un threatens ‘shocking action’ against US


Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has accused the Trump administration of dragging its feet in nuclear negotiations and warned that his country will soon show a new strategic weapon to the world as it bolsters its nuclear deterrent in the face of “gangster-like” US pressure.

Key points:

  • Kim said US was “abusing” dialogue for “sordid aims” and it will shift to “shocking action to make it pay”
  • Trump said he liked Kim and said he was “a man of his word” on denuclearisation
  • The prolonged standstill has dimmed hopes for achieving full denuclearisation

In a key ruling party conference, Mr Kim also threatened “shocking” action and said North Korea would no longer be obligated to maintain a self-imposed suspension on the testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, which US President Donald Trump has touted as a major diplomatic accomplishment.

But Mr Kim gave no clear indication that the restarting of such tests was imminent and seemed to leave the door open for eventual negotiations.

The developments come after North Korea threatened the US with a “Christmas gift” that security experts anticipated would be a long-range or nuclear missile launch, but Mr Trump reiterated he hoped instead for a “beautiful vase” from Mr Kim.

The prolonged standstill has dimmed hopes for achieving full denuclearisation of the country through diplomacy.

‘Make it pay’

Mr Kim’s comments were published by state media the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday and were made during a four-day meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee.

He declared that the North will never give up its security for economic benefits in the face of what he described as increasing US hostility and nuclear threats, KCNA said.



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The prolonged standstill has dimmed hopes for achieving full denuclearisation of the country through diplomacy. (AP: Lee Jin-man)

The remarks come as talks faltered between Washington and Pyongyang over disagreements involving disarmament steps and the removal of sanctions imposed on North Korea.

“[Mr Kim] said that we will never allow the impudent US to abuse the DPRK–US dialogue for meeting its sordid aim but will shift to a shocking actual action to make it pay for the pains sustained by our people so far and for the development so far restrained,” the agency said, referring to the North by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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Mr Kim added that, “if the US persists in its hostile policy toward the DPRK, there will never be the denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and the DPRK will steadily develop necessary and prerequisite strategic weapons for the security of the state until the US rolls back its hostile policy”.

“[Mr Kim] confirmed that the world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future, declaring that we cannot give up the security of our future just for the visible economic results and happiness and comfort in reality now that hostile acts and nuclear threat against us are increasing,” the report said.

Trump calls Kim ‘a man of his word’

In an interview with CBS News, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it would be “deeply disappointing” if Mr Kim reneges on his commitment to pause nuclear and long-range missile tests.

“He made those commitments to President Trump in exchange for President Trump agreeing not to conduct large-scale military exercises,” Mr Pompeo said.

“We’ve lived up to our commitments. We continue to hold out hope that he’ll live up to his as well.”



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American President Donald Trump says Mr Kim is “a man of his word”. (Reuters: KCNA)

Mr Trump told reporters on New Year’s Eve that he has “a very good relationship” with the North Korean leader.

“I know he’s sending out certain messages about Christmas presents, and I hope his Christmas present is a beautiful vase. That’s what I’d like, a vase, as opposed to something else,” he said.

“Look, he likes me, I like him, we get along … we have to do what we have to do.

“But he did sign a contract, he did sign an agreement talking about denuclearisation … that was done in Singapore.

“And I think he’s a man of his word.”

Rocky relationship between US and North Korea

The North Korean report was vague about the new strategic weapon the country would reveal soon.

It had announced in December that it performed two “crucial” tests at its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its nuclear deterrent, prompting speculation it was developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or planning a satellite launch that could help advance its missile technologies.



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Mr Trump and Mr Kim shared a historic handshake at the demilitarised zone in June 2019. (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque)

North Korea has held to its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and ICBM testing since 2018, though last year it ended a 17-month pause in ballistic activity by testing a slew of solid-fuel weapons that potentially expanded its capabilities to strike targets in South Korea and Japan, including US military bases there.

Hopes of South Korean families to be reunited dashed after summit
Many South Koreans separated from family members in the North fear time is running out to see their families again after the Vietnam summit ended abruptly.

While Mr Kim in his remarks at the party meeting gave no clear indication he was abandoning negotiations with the United States entirely or restarting the suspended tests, he said North Korea’s efforts to bolster its deterrent will be “properly coordinated” depending on future US attitudes.

He warned that the more Washington stalls, “the more helpless it will find itself before the might of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea getting stronger beyond prediction”.

Mr Kim and Mr Trump have met three times since June 2018, but the nuclear negotiations have faltered since the collapse of their second summit last February, when the Americans rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.



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North Korea had threatened the US with a “Christmas gift” last month. (Reuters: Damir Sagolj)

Following the collapse of the Hanoi summit, Kim demanded that Washington come up with new proposals by the end of 2019 to salvage the negotiations.

The Trump administration, which sees economic pressure as its main leverage with Pyongyang, rejected Mr Kim’s end-of-year deadline and urged the North to return to negotiations.

AP

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


KRS-One – You Like Me Lyrics


As long as I’m dancin
Actin or rappin
Walkin around like
I don’t know what’s happenin
You like me (x4)

If I’m talkin bout drinkin
And nothin bout thinkin
As long as I’m high
And I never ask why
You like me (x4)

But the second I start with the state of the economy
Black leadership, Black gods and Black sovereignty
That’s when you can’t seem to follow me, confusion
You feel like you losin, I’m no longer amusin
This song’s about choosin, choosin why you cruisin
Either Black entertainment or the Black Revolution
People love to see a young Black man rap
Until he wakes up and realize he’s caught in the trap

So as long as I’m dancin
Actin or rappin
Walkin around like
I don’t know what’s happenin
You like me (x4)

If I’m talking bout drinkin
And nothin bout thinkin
As long as I’m high
And I never ask why
You like me (x4)

But the minute I get in it bout the way these rappers spit it
The minute I start spittin that truth here comes a critic
I freestyle off the top like removin ya yankee fitted
But they not really checkin for skills, they want the gimmick
Many of the challenges we face, we could solve em
But there’s no trust, no unity, and that’s the problem
Black people fightin amongst themselves that’s the problem
White people fightin amongst themselves that’s the problem
US foreign policy is simply just bomb em
Rebels against they own government, the US arms em
Then when things get outta hand, yeah they try to calm em
More money, more diplomacy, just charm em
If that doesn’t work then they move to “Osama”
Turn him into a terrorist, so they can disarm em
Through the corporate media, we don’t stand a chance
But too many people wanna us to just stand and dance

So as long as I’m dancin
Actin or rappin
Walkin around like
I don’t know what’s happenin
You like me (x4)

If I’m talking bout drinkin
And nothin bout thinkin
As long as I’m high
And I never ask why
You like me (x4)

You like me, you like me, you like me
You like me, you like me, you like me


Kodak Black – Kicking In Lyrics


[Intro]
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
And twelve of us, recordin’ myself
Fuck it let the beat rock
Just please don’t let the beat stop
And you don’t even need to knock
I don’t care if it never drop

[Verse 1]
Just felt my heartbeat
Just felt my heartbeat
Just felt my heartbeat
Cause I’m heart of the projects
I was baptized on the block
No more orange pop, I’m drinkin’ holy water
I could’ve swore I felt somethin’ beatin’ me
I run away from love when it get too deep
I’m scared to love you back ’cause I might love too deep
I don’t wanna love you, girl, ’cause I won’t love you deep
Valentine, packin’ 9, my lady want a dinner day
I ain’t have no time so I just took the bitch to Steak ‘n Shake
The beat it got me in my feelings, vibin’ to the rhythm
My ears a symphony but I don’t show no sympathy
Don’t let ’em kill your self esteem, they tryna kill your dignity
Niggas out here gamblin’ wit they lives for some publicity
Damn, left my heart in these streets, I left the trick to treat
I’m scarred, lost my conscience to the block, it’s feelin’ good to sleep
And I don’t need no court sentence
I love this beat so much I hope the Lord in it
Dreads in my head and they look like Devil horns in it
All my niggas be up in the business like them dorks in it
Drippin’ on ’em, like a dinosaur I be so vintage
Drippin, you can’t get these in the store, yeah I’m so different
My clothes and my hoes different
These days I don’t know what I’m spendin’
These days I don’t know what I’m gettin’
I got blood on my Givenchy
Video vixen, so much bitches, these days I don’t know what I’m hittin’
I don’t even know what I’m sippin’, I just know it’s kickin’ in
Holler if you feelin’ it
Lovin’ and I’m thuggin’ ’cause they both go hand in hand
Thuggin’ cross the country, from the US to Switzerland
Booted like Shaquille O’Neal
You know the deal, I’m on the pill
I just tucked the .32 right in my Timberland
Holler if you feelin’ it
That jigga kickin’ in
Ain’t got no-kickin’ in
Ain’t got no-kickin’ in
Ain’t got no-kickin’ in
Holler if you feelin’ it
At the Last Supper got my plate first
At the Last Supper I got my plate first
I ain’t got no feelings


Russ Drops New Song “Some Time” [Listen]


Russ Drops new reflective single “Some Time”.

Early this morning Russ notified fans on Twitter that his new song was out, he also hinted that more is in the pipeline.

NEW SONG

SOME TIME

AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE pic.twitter.com/rQLeBs6dlP

— Russ (@russdiemon) January 25, 2018

THIS SONG IS OUT NOW. SHOUTOUT TO THE FANS. 2018 FOOT ON THE GAS AT ALL TIMES. https://t.co/7mamDxWeZs

— Russ (@russdiemon) January 25, 2018

It’s not surprising to see Russ releasing a new single. Since his last album “There’s Really a Wolf”, released back in May of last year fans have been railing for more jingle from the multitalented rapper/ singer /song writer/ producer. The rapper will be touring Europe in February through to March, afterwards he will be back in the US where he will perform at the The Governors Ball Music Festival 2018 at Randall’s Island, New York.

Below is the new music video, watch and leave your comments.

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Jahmiel Kicks Off US Tour Ahead Of Europe and Africa


Wrapping up 2017 with a growing catalog, Jahmiel delivered a solid body of work, which resulted in him being billed for some upcoming major festivals in Europe and Africa where he will perform for the first time.

Jahmiel, who is currently getting ready for his first U.S. tour, Strongest Soldier, is set to hit 15 cities over a 3-week time frame. The trek will take Jahmiel across some major US cities including Arizona, Kansas City, Oakland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Raleigh and Charlotte just to name a few. At the end of the US leg he will have little down time before he packs his bags and heads to Africa for the first time in his career. He has a highly anticipated performance at The Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia.

The trip to Gambia, will also give Jahmiel an opportunity to partake in some charitable work as well as connect with some of the youths who his songs has resonate with.

“Definitely pleased at the direction my career is going and the ability to show growth over the past two years. Going to Gambia is definitely something I have been looking forward to since we received the call last year and looking forward to delivering and greeting my fans” Jahmiel told Dancehall HipHop.

On January 13th Jahmiel will perform on the 25th anniversary of Rebel Salute, a show he says that he is looking forward to performing on since this will be the first time he is returning to the annual event since Mavado first introduced him a few years ago. The “Heaven” singer has had a phenomenal year last year with a slew of hits and some well received performances on some big shows. This year, he is certainly looking to repeat that success and broaden his international appeal. Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced by his team later this month.

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Strong Turnout For Shaggy & Friends Millions Raised For Kids


Shaggy and Friends saw a strong turnout from patrons on Saturday as the festival raises millions of dollars for kids.

The addition of several international acts to the lineup this year help drew more attention to the cause. Since it’s inception in 2009, Shaggy and Friends saw one of its biggest turnouts last night. The show’s organizers say they are currently doing the tally and will announce in a press conference just how much people were in attendance and how much funds were raised.

Artists like Wyclef Jean, Sting, and Doug E. Fresh all traveled from overseas to perform for the cause and let’s be clear, artists were not paid to perform, they all did it for free. The proceeds from the music festival will go towards the Bustamante Hospital for Children, which is the only children’s hospital in Jamaica serving kids from all over the Caribbean. Since 2009, Shaggy’s Make A Difference Foundation has raised over US$1.5 million for the hospital which has been used to expand the facility and purchase needed medical equipment.

Co-producer of the event, Rebecca Packer-Burrel, who is Shaggy’s wife, says they are aiming to raise US$1 million from this year’s show which will be used to expand the ICU section of the hospital. Shaggy noted that their plans could be hampered by land space so he is issuing a plea to the Jamaica Defense Force who owns a large parcel of land where the hospital is located to donate one acre. The dancehall legend says that the ICU only has five beds and is desperately in need of more space to serve the demand.

“We have five beds in the ICU for the whole of Jamaica,” Shaggy said. “So we have to expand the building, that’s where the challenge will be. We need more land, we’re on JDF land.”

Local artists like Ding Dong, Shenseea, Dexta Daps, and Aidonia all delivered solid sets. Watch a segment of Aidonia’s performance below.

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Khago Threatens To Box Sizzla and Do What With His Mother


Khago just elevate his beef with Sizzla to a whole new level.

The dancehall deejay posted a video on social media this week going in on the reggae icon over an old feud. Over the past two weeks we’ve seen Sizzla taking on LA Lewis and even sending his goons after the self-proclaimed 7-Star general. Lewis has since been pleading with Kalonji to called off his men and even suggested that a hit is out for his head and his kids are getting caught up in the melee.

Khago, on the other hand, is taking matters into his own hands and issued a threat to box Sizzla and didn’t mince words when he told the icon to do all sort of things to his mother. According to Khago, his beef with Kalonji stemmed from a female from Mandeville that he used to date. He revealed in his rant that Sizzla dated the same female before he hooked up with her and that’s what started their old feud from 2012.

The “Nah Sell Out” deejay is now living in the US so he will likely not received the same level of physical harassment as LA Lewis, but we’re told that Sizzla has goons all over the place and they have their eyes on Khago.

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Chris Brown Gets 40 RIAA Certifications This Year Alone


Chris Brown may not be the biggest selling artist this year but he is certainly the artist with the most RIAA plaques.

The R&B crooner received a whopping 40 certifications in 2017 from the Recording Industry Association of America, RIAA. The certifications and a mixture of gold and platinum plaques for some of his older music that were suppose to get certification but never did for some weird reasons. Among the plaques he received is one for a single that was certified 12 times platinum.

Chris Brown thanks his fans on Twitter for their support in making this happen and now he is on his way to being one of the greatest R&B artists of all-time. “40 PLAQUES THIS YEAR! Today the RIAA released 23 more certified platinum and gold plaques that included 12 x multi platinum singles. 74.5 million single and album sales just in the US. #TEAMBREEZY,” Brown tweeted.

On November 22, Chris Brown received 22 certifications from the RIAA including a four times platinum plaque for his single “Forever,” while his single “With You” gets a three times platinum certification. Two of his songs “Run It” and “I Can Transform Ya” received double platinum status while seven songs, “Next to You,” “Don’t Judge Me,” “Gimme That,” “Liquor,” “Grass Ain’t Greener,” “Wall To Wall,” and “Yo Excuse Me Miss,” all received one time platinum status. On top of that, he received ten gold certified songs.

Chris Brown is still putting out a ton of new music and scoring a lot of hits. His new album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon was released with 45 songs with majority of them being new music. The project debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and is currently at No. 11. The album has since been certified gold by the RIAA and is on its way to getting platinum status possibly before the year ends.

40 PLAQUES THIS YEAR! Today the RIAA released 23 more certified platinum and gold plaques that included 12 x multi platinum singles. 74.5 million single and album sales just in the US. #TEAMBREEZY ?? ???? pic.twitter.com/P6Lu9B58NG

— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) December 7, 2017


RICK ROSS – Apple Of My Eye lyrics


Just being somebody that the neighborhood respected
And my mama could be proud of, was the apple of my eye
That’s all I ever wanted, just to being something man
At that point what else can you ask for?

Tears running out of a nigga face
In a room full of failures I feel out of place
Still sleeping on the floor when you deserve better
Got you reeking through the cold even in warm weather
I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki, instead of beefing with your dog you just give him some distance
We all make mistakes, lets not be to specific
You rather be a killer than be statistic
An never fold no I never ran
On my soul I’ll roll like an avalanche
I thank the lord I got some great friends
That’s why every bottle I open I say amen
Just had seizure at the Super Bowl
Woke up in the third quarter looking for the smoke
If its more then a quarter million, Ill count it twice
Poochie broke my heart shit I call it life
An never will I call it rite
Not perfect but I’m the one you would call at night
Traveling the world, I’m just reppin’ my city
But rarely do I hear that this nigga done did it
When niggas in fatigues will keep you intrigued
Cause the loss of lifes the only thing that niggas believe
So I pray you listen carefully
Then I become another muthafuckin’ casualty

Always speak and say right
I just never ever walk on by
(never ever walk on by)
You even stop and put one in the sky
(the sky)
You do it for the love of you and I
(for the love of you and..)

Standin’ on your block but you so out of place
Uncle on the couch, momma running out of space
Lights off so you never tend to speak much
Go your separate ways every time the lease up
A fat ugly nigga thought I’d never be nothing
Another tree stump, happy with his free lunch
Duckin’ pigeons, I’m an eagle on a sunny day
Flap my wings once a week, pray I glide safe
I want fried chicken at my funeral
Rolls Royces, dope boys, Sway interviews
Everybody dying for the same things
Cop kill a nigga don’t nobody gangbang
I’m happy Donald Trump became the president
Because we gotta destroy, before we elevate
Real shit, look at me inside the white house
With a pocket full of weed inside the white house
Dead presidents tattooed on a nigga chest
U.S. treasury addressing me, mad at my address
Own the biggest residential pool is the US
Drake and Kanye can invite every bitch they ever met
Finger fuckin’ bitches in the holy water
Then I go an tell what happened to my only daughter
So her daddy told it to her firsthand
Never perfect but its not just bout them purses

Always speak and say right
I just never ever walk on by
(never ever walk on by)
You even stop and put one in the sky
(the sky)
You do it for the love of you and I
(yeah)

The streets could never teach me
All the things I got from you
I found myself in the wrong lane
And I ended up in pain (Pain)
I was strolling down a dark street
When this girl passed me by
She said you’ve always been a good friend
(Always been a good friend)
And you never never never let me down
I’ll just fall back never turn back
Let it go let it go
I’ll just fall back never turn back
Let it go let it go

Always speak and say right
I just never ever walk on by
(never ever walk on by)
You even stop and put one in the sky
(the sky)
You do it for the love of you and I
(for the love of you and I)


Pink Guy – Dog Festival Directions (Pink Season Album)


[Verse]
If you want to eat some dog
I have good news
There’s an annual dog festival
Where you can eat all the dog you want
And it’s located in Yulin Guangxi China
And the festival spans about ten days
With 15 thousand dogs consumed
And it goes from the 21st to the 30th of June
I just wanna let you know
I’m just tryna’ be a bro
So you first take a flight to Guangzhou China
Once you get off at that airport
You wanna ask around for the Guangxi provincial bus
And it costs 20 US dollars
And it’s a four and a half hour ride
And you get off at Maoming West
Just remember Maoming West
Now you might have to stay there a full night
Depending on the time you arrive
Because the next bus that goes to Yulin only runs like once a day
And you have to buy another ticket
It’s about another 22 bucks
But from there it goes straight to Yulin
Soon enough you’ll be eating some dog
Now there are about 8 available hotels in Yulin
I’m checking online now
I suggest the Yulin Lijing International Hotel
Offering a sauna, fitness center
Wow it’s not too bad at all
Nevermind, it’s 50 bucks a night
But with free complementary breakfast
And a free cancelation fee
So it’s not a bad as I thought
When you’re ready the concierge will know exactly which festival you’re talking about
And he or she will give you directions
So take a cab
But don’t get ripped off
If you’re white they’ll charge you double
I shit you not
I shit you not
But anyways enjoy your flight
Goodbye
Enjoy the dog festival


Run DMC – Jam-Master Jay (Run-Dmc Deluxe Reissue Album)


Kick off shoes, jump on the jock
Listen to the Jam Master as he starts to rock
His name is Jay and he’s on his way
To be the best DJ in the US of A

J-a-y are the letters of his name
Cutting and scratching are the aspects of his game
So check out the Master as he cuts these jams
And look at us with the mics in our hands
Then take a count, 1 2 3
Jam Master Jay, Run-D.M.C

He’s Jam Master Jay, the big beat blaster
He gets better cause he knows he has to
In ’84 he’ll be a little faster
And only practice makes a real Jam Master

We’re live as can be but we’re not singing the blues
We got to tell all y’all the good news
The good news is that there is a crew
Not 5, not 4, not 3, just 2
2 MC’s who are claiming the fame
And all other things won’t be the same
Beacause it’s about time for a brand new group
Run-D.M.C. to put you up on the scoop
We make the fly girls scream in ecstacy
We rock the freshest rhymes at a party
We put all the fellas in a daze
It’s everyone that we amaze
And we got the master of a disco scratch
There’s not a break that he can’t catch
Jam Master Jay that is his name
And all wild DJ’s he will tame
Behind the turntables is where he stands
Then there is the movement of his hands
So when asked who’s the best, y’all should say:
"Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay"

Jam Master Jay is the one in charge
It’s up to him to rock beats that are truly large
He is the master of the scratch and cut
So move your arms, so move your legs
So won’t you move your butt

We’re not talking ground, we’re not talking sky
We’re not talking low, we’re not talking high
We’re not talking big, we’re not talking small
We want all of the people on off the wall
We’re not talking night, we’re not talking day
But we’re talking bout Jam Master Jay


De La Soul – Memory Of… (US) (feat. Estelle & Pete Rock)


[Hook: Estelle]
And it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s easy to recall the good and fall into place
But you’re not easy to love
I love the memory of…
I remember your face, I remember your way

[Verse 1: Estelle]
I remember you now
Part of my existence
I remember your face
You came in and got me
All in a day
Yeah, all in a day
I remember your lips
Do you remember the taste?
Remember family names
Your child, my child, our child
Whitney and Dwayne
Different to my world now
Remember the way
You gripped my hips so tight now?
Slow up the pace
Maybe erase, don’t remember my words

[Hook: Estelle]
Cause it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s easy to recall the good and fall into place
But you’re not easy to love
I love the memory of…
I remember your face, I remember your way

[Verse 2: Posdnuos]
How could I forget?
A ballad was born upon a demo of a fly love song
Didn’t take long before the archer with the wings heard it
Shot us in the heart with a contract, he knew we were a hit
The right amount of soul with a parallel amount of grit
But the archer couldn’t see the target of departure
Gave in your pink slip and called it quits
It’s understood you would
Label me a mate who wronged you
Cause I kept wanting to feature
With them other females on they songs too
Your words spoken in mono for monogamy
Telling me I had to go cause I chose
Stereo for stereotypical male biology
And now I’m left setting traps
For you to fall in for me again
Who hates you to tell me
"Slow up the pace, maybe erase, don’t…"

[Bridge: Estelle]
Slow up the pace
Maybe erase, don’t remember my words

[Hook: Estelle]
Cause it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s easy to recall the good and fall into place
But you’re not easy to love
I love the memory of…

[Verse 3: Dave]
Our last trip to Vegas had me feeling like we had a chance
But chance just showed up at the wedding
I guess I didn’t read the heading
"Forgive and won’t erase the bitter past"
But I ain’t up for kissing ass
I bought you everything your pretty feet could fit in
Put you behind the finest steering wheels
Fearing you would drive a nigga crazy
Told you grow up, but shit, you was my baby
Bits and pieces never made nothing decent
When I accommodated you, you played me like a stranger

[Bridge: Estelle]
I remember you now (Accountability is major)
A part of what I did then
Remember your face
Just don’t let me trip over memory lane
Cause time can’t be replaced
And I don’t want to stay

[Hook: Estelle]
Cause, oh, it’s so easy to fall back to the memory of
And it’s so dah-dah-dee-dah
Dah-dah-dah-dah-dee-dah
It’s so easy to fall
In dah-dah-dah-dah-dee-dah
Remember your way
Remember your way

[Adlib: Posdnuos]
It’s De La featuring Estelle
With the Soul Brother Pete Rock


Popcaan – New Level

October 29, 2016

Lyrics

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[Intro]
New level
Why?!
New level
You know…

[Verse 1]
Mmmmm
You nuh haffi be my friend
Me nuh haffi be your friend
You nah buy me food
You nah take care of mi kids them
Me know them a pussy from long time
So, me nuh too believe inna mankind
Mi future brighter than sunshine
Plus mi granny tell me this one time
[Chorus]
Say..
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
A dem turn Tony inna Rebel (you know, you know)
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
Woii yoii

[Verse 2]
Some of them too easy fi switch, a mussi Digicel Play
Them have a bag of man a press up and play them
Do anything from another man pay them
Only mi press up a mi Matic and ‘K them

[Hook]
Prepare fi the fight when you gone pon a new height
Nooo
Because them nuh waan you fi “do it” like a new Nike
My style is….fat pussy gyal inna drop top, Rayce
My nine is….always there anytime when a road time
Notnice… (you know, you know, you know)

[Chorus]
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
A dem turn Tony inna Rebel
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil

[Verse 3]
Jamaica
New money, no problem
Money we a use solve them
Some bwoy make money put dem a friend inna problem
Watch your things like King Alarm them
Them a chat me, but a gyal me a chat ’bout
Pounds and US, Euros me nuh stop count
The gyal them pretty like the money weh inna mi account
Real thugs mi nuh forgot ’bout

[Hook]
Prepare fi the fight when you gone pon a new height
Man a god inna earth, god inna real life, real life
Work hard fi di glory, mi do wha’ mi feel like, feel like!
If you try stop mi food you will dead inna real life
You know, you know, you know
Mmm hmmm

[Chorus]
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
A dem turn Tony inna Rebel (you know)
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
New level, new devil
Woii yoii

[Interlude]
New level
Why?!
New level

[Hook]
Prepare fi the fight when you gone pon a new height
Nooo
Man a god inna earth, god inna real life
Work hard fi di glory, mi do wha’ mi feel like
If you try stop mi food you will dead inna real life
You know, you know, you know
Mmm hmmm

[Outro]
New level, new devil (you know, you know, you know)
New level, new devil
You know, you know, you know (4x)

You know, you know, you know…




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