Hong Kong in SHAMBLES

There have been protests in Hong Kong almost everyday since I arrived… and I’ve been here for two weeks .. 

Two days ago the protest was happening at the airport, last night the protest was in Tai Po and Tsim Sa Shui.

Ive never seen Tsim Tsa Tsui, at a stand still as Nathan Rd is like the main vein through HK’s ‘central nervous system’ (in other words, its always busy as fuck..)

Double deca busses coming through! EVERY 5 seconds NO SHIT! its that busy!  

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swarm.. Only someone who has seen Hong Kong can really understand the magnitude of that road… and today it was blocked…

Traffic was at a stand still on Nathan RD at 4.50pm ….. I got out of the cab and followed the MARCH….

I pulled out my camera… it really was a spectacle to see, a swarm coming towards me… a beautiful swarm.

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Thousands, from all walks of life ,marching together in unity for what might be their last chance at democracy for Hong Kong… 

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as far as I could see…

I could feel the vibe had changed… It was a lot different to the vibe of the Umbrella Movement in 2014.. Thats right I was there…

I was there till the end actually, when 6000 police stormed the Student Protest Base at CENTRAL HK, I was there.. There WERE 300 brave protesters WHO STAYED TO THE END AND ALL WERE ARRESTED..

And it was done and dusted.. Shit went back to normal, quick.

THE VIBE in August 2019… WELL… IT feels like you can cut the tension with a knife.. Like I’m standing there taking pictures on Nathan Rd and copping major greasy stares … 

I was told numerous times not to film, or take pictures… like wtf? It was getting to serious. Like ‘CUNT! Let me take a picture!’ Something doesn’t seem right ? I’mean you’re wearing a fucking mask and goggles and a fucking Scarf and a helmet!!! WHOSE GONNA RECOGNISE YOU ??

I didn’t like the hostility too …

it was like the Hong Kong protesters didn’t know who was on their side..

I thought the journalists were given a pass… But now the stakes have changed . Other players  have emerged… including Lawyers, Families, Bankers, Workers, The elderly ! Secret Police! Triads! Beijing undercover dressing like protesters… protesters dressing like they are about to do a break and enter .. 

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revolution… really wish I had a spray can that day… haha

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defiant anti-government protesters have adopted a “flash mob” strategy, as evidenced in their hit-and-run rampage against police across several districts over the weekend.

The protest was pretty chill.. a bit of a march , a couple barricades, a road or two blocked, a bin or two on fire, people were very respectful to each other and the streets.. AND THEN THE POLICE ARRIVED, they stormed the barricades, firing tear gas into the streets. 

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calm before the storm..

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I stood behind a mob of young Hong Kongers in an alleyway off Nathan RD, tear gas in my eyes and mouth. I ducked out of harms way….I saw police smashing/arresting anyone who stood in their path….

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BE WATER! IS THE SLGOAN… MEANING: DISAPPEAR WHEN THE POLICE COME .

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They came forward, we went back… and it went on like this FOR HOURS..

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the fight for HK continues..

 

After hour’s of cat and mouse, I took off into the night…. saddened by the current situation in this beautiful city.. I pray a resolution comes soon, before the BEIJING ARMY STORM THROUGH..

BRING IT ON

let the dogs bark , the lion is king.

In 2019, music videos can still be the most powerful way for an artist to introduce us to their creative world, unveil a new aesthetic, or offer an emotional short story. This year saw true heads like XIAHBU astound with their ambitious visions, making bold political statements and banging beats. This beautifully shot and acted mini-movie will not disappoint.  These bursts of sound and image are readily accessible, mercifully brief, and, at their best, a lot more fulfilling than mindlessly scrolling through Instagram.

Enter “BRING IT ON” from XIAHBU


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Inside the Philippines’ Quezon City jail

Eye-opening images reveal the daily life of 3,800 inmates serving time behind the crowded walls of a notorious Philippines prison built for just 800.

Prisoners search for a corner of damp floor to squat against as they sleep, pick rusty nails and dead cockroaches out of their rations of food and suffer rashes and boils caused by the lack of ventilation and water. Inside Quezon City jail in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, there is a relentless and constant battle for space, water, food in an unhygienic facility. With 160 to 200 inmates crammed into a cell built for 20, men take turns to sleep on the cracked cement floor of an open-air basketball court, the steps of staircases, underneath beds and hammocks made out of old blankets. The prison was built six decades ago and houses prisoners whose cases are pending, according to the Inquirer. The images show the men in their day-to-day life, from bathing themselves to cooking their food and exercising in close, cramped conditions. Wearing their regulation yellow shirts, they also participate in group dancing contests, taking over the concrete basketball court and the walkway above. One former inmate at the Quezon City jail returned to the prison after studying criminal justice at the Southern Illinois University in the United States.

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Raymund Narag says he was 20 when he was accused of a crime he did not commit, the murder of a young man in the Philippines, according to the GMA Network. Mr Narag served seven years, where he said he stayed in a cell with 30 other men instead of the intended five and lived off a diet of dried fish that he says barely sustained him. In his book ‘Freedom and Death Inside the Jail’, Dr Narag details the horrendous living conditions the inmates are subjected to and the fear that consumed him. ‘For almost seven years, I experienced death every waking moment of my life inside the jail,’ he said. Men are forced to sleep on any damp floor space they can find or in a squatted position – which causes some inmates to have a stroke – because of the severe overcrowding, he said. Inmates have deemed the food rations served at unusual hours throughout the day and night as ‘fit for pigs.’ Dr Narag said food rations are so small, and often can contain rusty nails and cockroaches, forcing the men to go hungry or steal other inmates food..

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The dirty conditions, lack of food, sweltering heat and no ventilation within the cells causes numerous inmates to become ill or develop rashes and boils, he said. ‘Inmates are prone to contagious diseases because of the poor living conditions in their cells. They sleep in overcrowded, poorly ventilated cells. The supply of potable water is very limited. Food rations have inadequate nutritional content. Sick and healthy inmates are grouped in the same cells.’ ‘Every month in Quezon City Jail, around two to five inmates die of illness,’ he said. Severe boredom also causes the men to become depressed and heightens mental health issues.

 

 

Dr Narag describes an inmate called Francis in his book, saying that his story is just one of thousands of similar tales from within the jail. Francis was accused of molesting a girl but claimed his innocence and was sent to Quezon while awaiting trial. ‘…He found himself in a 30-square meter cell,m which he was to share with 180 inmates. The airless room reeked of stink – a heady mix of sweat, garbage, unwashed clothes. No bed or sleeping mat was in sight, only a small, vacant corner offering him two options so he could get some sleep – stand against the wall or squat on the damp floor.’ Dr Narag said he left the jail in 2002 after seven years, determined to talk about the horrors he had seen. ‘A walk through the cells in Quezon City Jail makes one realize how far behind the normal jail standards the penal institution lags.’

 

XIAHBU “FOE AND ARROW” MIXTAPE

2018 has been a dreadful year… Sadly Dad passed away in March.. And Ive had mixed emotions about everything in life..

Anyways… this mixtape is just a bit of fun … freestyles and beats are all on that analogue tip, CUT AJENT DOES A COUPLE CUTS HERE AND THERE.. … BE SURE TO COP THE ALBUM “FEED THE CHILDREN” DROPPIN LATE 2018

 

 

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droppin soon

The Album “Feed the children” will be available christmas . Please support.

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feed the children mixtape

2018

BACK FROM THE TRAP

AFTER 3 1/2 YEARS INCARCERATED

C-REKS IS BACK ! AND ‘H.B’ (HOME BREW) IS ONCE AGAIN REUNITED!

So i met C.REKS in 2012. I was living in a share house in New Farm. My room was tiny, but the location was central so i was ok with the living situation. My room mates included 3 Korean students, 2 Japanese students, and a fella from Iraq. 

At the time i was flying low under the radar, making beats and slinging treats .

So one day my cousin ‘IDROE’ wants to meet up.. Tells me he’s with his homie C-REKS a rapper from the South Side. I said ‘sweet, lets meet up’. 

So IDROE and C.REKS rock up to the Valley and we came back to my little studio in New Farm. IDROE left early but C.REKS stayed till around 12pm. I remember we were getting loose and listening to beats and then he cruised into the night……

That would be the last time I’d see him for 6 years. 

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C.Reks and Noonie at Eatons Hill 2018

After his 3 year bid in a Brisbane correctional facility, C-REKS was transported to the infamous Christmas Island Detention centre...

His future was uncertain.. 

And then a mircale happened.

The case was thrown out!

Come 2017, I get a phone  call from IDROE saying C.REKS is coming back !  I was like ‘SWEET AS’ lets murder these faggot mc’s that have been plaguing the scene.

 

(HOME BREW PLAYLIST ABOVE)

First day in the studio we recorded 3 songs . “once again”, “the rising” and “the illest”. 3 classics ..

The next time we linked up, we produced the street anthem “FRIENDS OF MINE”. The beat i actually produced in that share house in 2012, it was inevitable that C-Reks would add the bars. Stay tuned for some bangers dropping soon.

 

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Eatons Hill

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this was the small room in the share house where i first jammed with C-REKS.. In the picture we see Dj Cuttin Ajent and Upwrite.  Cutting Ajent helped mould the ‘Friends of Mine’ beat and has helped add scratches on countless instrumentals.

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the future is looking good

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What happened to the Aboriginees In Tasmania?

The terms “Black War” and “Black Line” were coined by journalist Henry Melville in 1835,[4][5] but historian Lyndall Ryan has argued that it should be known as the Tasmanian War.

She has also called for the erection of a public memorial to the fallen from both sides of the war.[6]

The escalation of violence in the late 1820s prompted Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur to declare martial law—effectively providing legal immunity for killing Aboriginal people—and in late 1830 to order a massive six-week military offensive known as the Black Line, in which 2200 civilians and soldiers formed a series of moving cordons stretching hundreds of kilometres across the island in order to drive Aboriginal people from the colony’s settled districts to the Tasman Peninsula in the southeast, where it was intended they would remain permanently confined.

The Black War was prompted by the rapid spread of British settlers and agricultural livestock throughout areas of Tasmania that had been traditional Aboriginal hunting grounds. Historian Nicholas Clements has described the Aboriginal violence as a resistance movement—the use of force against an invading or occupying enemy. He said the Aboriginal attacks were motivated by revenge for European atrocities and the widespread kidnapping, rape and murder of Aboriginal women and girls by convicts, settlers and soldiers, but particularly from the late 1820s the Aboriginal people were also driven by hunger to plunder settlers’ homes for food as their hunting grounds shrank, native game disappeared and the dangers of hunting on open ground grew.[11]European violence, meanwhile, was motivated by mounting terror of Aboriginal attacks and a conviction that extermination of the Aboriginal population was the only means by which peace could be secured. Clements noted: “As black violence grew in intensity, so too did the frequency of revenge attacks and pre-emptive strikes by the frontiers.