Monday, December 29, 2008


Peace and Blessings Fam,
God willing as we embark upon the new year, we find ourselves giving thanks for all we accomplished this year! We are truly thankful for all of the love S.O.S. RADIO / Trickle Down Entertainment has received from our supporters and fans.
A new edition to the Trickle Down Ent. family took place while finishing up the ZIN/Mental Graffiti album. Meet Andre Hutchins a young, dynamic,soulfully skilled trumpet player, which has the ability to from Classical to Hip-Hop and back to Jazz. The first single from his debut album "Tales of a Gentleman" (2009) on T.D.E. "After Hang" was produced by ZIN. Check out the video and post a comment let us know what you think! Blessings, love, and light!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Miriam Makeba a.k.a. Mama Africa transitions 11-9-09

Early years

Zenzile Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932. Her mother was a Swazi sangoma and her father, who died when she was six, was a Xhosa. As a child, she sang at the Kilmerton Training Institute in Pretoria, which she attended for eight years.

Makeba first toured with an amateur group. Her professional career began in the 1950s with the Manhattan Brothers, before she formed her own group, The Skylarks, singing a blend of jazz and traditional melodies of South Africa.

In 1959, she performed in the musical King Kong alongside Hugh Masekela, her future husband. Though she was a successful recording artist, she was only receiving a few dollars for each recording session and no provisional royalties, and was keen to go to the US. Her break came when she starred in the anti-apartheid documentary Come Back, Africa in 1959 by independent filmmaker Lionel Rogosin. She attended the premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival.


Makeba then travelled to London where she met Harry Belafonte, who assisted her in gaining entry to and fame in the United States. She released many of her most famous hits there including "Pata Pata", "The Click Song" ("Qongqothwane" in Xhosa), and "Malaika". In 1966, Makeba received the Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording together with Harry Belafonte for An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba. The album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under apartheid.

She discovered that her South African passport was revoked when she tried to return there in 1960 for her mother's funeral. In 1963, after testifying against apartheid before the United Nations, her South African citizenship and her right to return to the country were revoked. She has had nine passports, and was granted honorary citizenship of ten countries.

Her marriage to Trinidadian civil rights activist and Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee leader Stokely Carmichael in 1968 caused controversy in the United States, and her record deals and tours were cancelled. As a result of this, the couple moved to Guinea, where they became close with President Ahmed Sékou Touré and his wife. Makeba separated from Carmichael in 1973, and continued to perform primarily in Africa, South America and Europe. She was one of the African and Afro-American entertainers at the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held in Zaïre. Makeba also served as a Guinean delegate to the United Nations, for which she won the Dag Hammarskjöld Peace Prize in 1986.

After the death of her only daughter Bongi Makeba in 1985, she moved to Brussels. In 1987, she appeared in Paul Simon's Graceland tour. Shortly thereafter she published her autobiography Makeba: My Story (ISBN 0-453-00561-6).

Return to South Africa

Nelson Mandela persuaded her to return to South Africa in 1990. In November 1991, she made a guest appearance in an episode of The Cosby Show, in the episode "Olivia Comes Out Of The Closet". In 1992 she starred in the film Sarafina!, about the 1976 Soweto youth uprisings, as the title character's mother, "Angelina." She also took part in the 2002 documentary Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony where she and others recalled the days of apartheid.

In January 2000, her album, Homeland, produced by Cedric Samson and Michael Levinsohn[5] was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best World Music" category[6]. In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Otto Hahn Peace Medal by the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) in Berlin, "for outstanding services to peace and international understanding". In 2002, she shared the Polar Music Prize with Sofia Gubaidulina. In 2004, Makeba was voted 38th in the Top 100 Great South Africans. Makeba started a worldwide farewell tour in 2005, holding concerts in all of those countries that she had visited during her working life.

Her publicist notes that Makeba had suffered "severe arthritis" for some time.


On 9 November 2008, she became ill while taking part in a concert organized to support writer Roberto Saviano in his stand against the Camorra a mafia-like organisation local to the Region of Campania. The concert was being held in Castel Volturno, near Caserta, Italy.[8] Perhaps angry about immigrant drug dealers cutting in on their turf in general, members of the local Camorra shot and killed six immigrants of African descent who were working in a store selling ethnic products in Castel Volturno on September 18, 2008.[9] Violent riots erupted among immigrants and locals prompting Italy's Minister of the Interior to dispatch 400 law enforcement agents to help keep the peace in Castelvolturno as well as other affected areas in the province of Caserta.[10][11] Organizers and construction workers working on Miriam Makeba's last concert in Castel Volturno were threatened by members of the Camorra to pay 2000 euros for the anti-Camorra concert to go on without incident;Carabinieri police officers were called to ensure safety during the concert.[12] Makeba suffered a heart attack after singing her hit song "Pata Pata"[13], and was taken to the "Pineta Grande" hospital. Doctors were unable to revive her.[2][14][15][13] When Miriam Makeba arrived at Pineta Grande Clinic she was surrounded by her entourage. She seemed to be feeling better, however, after drinking some cognac she suffered a second heart attack.[16] In his condolence message, former South African president Nelson Mandela said it was “fitting that her last moments were spent on a stage, enriching the hearts and lives of others - and again in support of a good cause.
Below is a video of "Pata Pata" Blessings and light to her and her family!

Z-Blog #1

Here is the first of my Video blogs entitled "Z-Blog" I'm a little under the weather and looking kinda ruff, lol! Anyway blessup to all my fam! S.O.S.!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


SoulMixout.mp3 - by ZIN


1. Erykah Badu - Soldier
2. Stacy Epps - Floating
3. Conya Doss - Ride
4. Ledisi - Alright
5. Bilal Salaam - Blah
6. Dwele & Leon Ware - Rockin' you eternally
7. Amp Fiddler - You
8. Choklate - Bigger than you
9. Platinum Pied Pipers - Open Your Eyes
10. Pete Rock feat. Leela James - No Tears
11. Joy Denalane feat. Lupe Fiasco - Change
12. Anthony Hamilton - Struggle no more
13. David Sha - Clap Clap
14. Anthony David - Krooked Kop
15. Amel Larrieux - Get up
16. Bobby Caldwell - What you won't do for love
17. Roy Ayers - Everybody loves the sunshine
18. Soul II Soul - Back to life

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MURS - Can it be - VIDEO

New video from Mur to support the "Murs for President" Album, check out his myspace for more music and info.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - Hip-Hop the vote!

Blessings of love and light to all my Fam! You know it's getting close to the time where you get to make a difference through making your vote count. I had written on the "Texas Is In" movement last week. Now their site is up and it's a very informative and entertaining approach to mobilizing youth to get out and vote. The site his comprised of different interviews by national/international Hip-Hop artists, political figures, and citizens. There are also locations for early voting, voting facts, and voting news in Houston sections. Go check the page and watch the doc! Below is an excerpt from Killa Mike at the Ozone Awards held in Houston this summer. It's good to see the Hip-Hop community STANDING UP! GO VOTE! In Sound...The 1 like Z to the I N

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

R.I.P. Rudy Ray Moore 3-17-27 to 10-19-08

On Sunday October 19, 2008 Rudy Ray Moore made his transition into the ancestor realm in Toledo, Ohio from diabetes complications. Although he may not have received as much mainstream acclaim as his comedic counterparts Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor, he was a king in the underground circuit.
The character Dolemite was the creation of a wino named Rico that Rudy Ray Moore observed telling foul mouth jokes and rhymes at a record shop Moore managed in Los Angeles. He then one day recorded Rico's stories and Moore himself became Dolemite. Because of the explicit lyrics and racy album covers Rudy Ray Moore albums could not be on display in stores, which made him take it to the streets.
"I put records in my car and traveled and walked across the U.S. I walked to the ghetto communities and told people to take the record home and let their friends hear it. And before I left the city, my record would be a hit. This is how it started for me," he told the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2001. So that means that Dolemite not Master P was the pioneer of "Out the trunk sales". I once had the honor of sitting and talking to Rudy Ray Moore which was truly an experience. He told me "Soul Brotha" I'm so thankful to you Goddamn Rappers for sampling my work. As a lyricist and fan of Black Exploitation films I was truly honored. He left an extensive body of work and influenced many generations of comedians, hip-hop artists, and filmmakers. Check out the youtube clips of his different movies and interviews also browse his website. I believe we must truly study our elder and ancestor artists of all disciplines to learn better what, when,where, and how we can better leave our mark on the world. The "Godfather of Rap" as he and many have coined him, comedian Rudy Ray Moore a.k.a. Dolemite a.k.a. Petey Wheatstraw: The Devils Son-in-law was and is still the true nasty rapper!
Here is a clip from Dolemite! The Signified Monkey please be advised it does contain

In truth and sound,
The 1 like Z to the I N

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


ZIN - BE FREE - (C)2008 Trickle Down Entertainment

Be Free - ZIN

Here is the latest single release by ZIN from the highly anticipated album Mental Graffiti Coming Jan 2009!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Re: TexasIsInPlay - Zin Interview

This is a series of interviews on voting conducted by Davey D It was regarding Texas becoming a Blue state. There are more interviews by other artists and political figures such as: David Banner, Killer Mike, K-Rino, Big Boi of Outkast, Congress Woman Sheila Jackson Lee, and more!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Blessup! Today was a pretty music filled episode of S.O.S. RADIO. After doing pledge drives I strive to make up for it the following week by giving you more music. Thank you to everyone who made a pledge last week. I cannot express the importance of the S.O.S. family's support enough. I through some new Large Professor and Paris in there. So much new music and not enough time! If anybody has suggestions on making S.O.S. an everyday motion...i'm open! I pray that you all enjoy my shows and tell someone new every week to tune in. I do it for the love of the people and music, I'm what you would call a musical fiend! Enjoy! Blessup!
The 1 like Z to the I N

NAS - Sly Fox , and are you a NIGGA?

Peace Family,
Once again a classic album has been created and slept on! Nas just dropped his "Untitled" album which was supposed to be name the "Nigga" album. Now some people are truly vexed by the title and many fans have issues with him doing this project. We have tried to bury the "N" word and have even written doctrines around banishing it from the English language, but we have yet to banish the conditions that created it. With all the real issues in the world poverty, crime, racism, classism, and all the other isms that plague our society, come on! Yes it can and has been used as a crutch with a million and one justifications as to why it is used. On this album Nas covered alot of them with artistic flare. Yes there is vulgarity, profanity, and truth in dealing with honest perspectives of where we are as a human race. You got white, mexican, asian, and of course black youth all calling themselves "Niggas". The ironic thing about it is that so many people do act "Niggardly" but if you ask me it's one of the repercussions of living in America...home of the slaves!
Please lighten up a bit and refocus your energy and time on finding a cause to live for! Check out the project and if you dig it cool, if not keep it moving! I am a child of Hip-Hop culture and Thankful to be alive to see the paradigm shift coming back to reality in sound and artistry. Just be patient and watch how the tide is continuing to turn toward conciousness! Trust me on this one! Anyway check this "Sly Fox" video and go to the Nas myspace to preview some of the songs from his latest album "Untitled". Hands down Nas is one of the top Hip-Hop lyricist of all time...yeah I said it! Blessings thru and in Sound! The 1 Like Z to the I N

NAS Myspace ->

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bernie Mac Remembered

Bernie Mac - 10-5-1957 to 8-9-2008

The comic, the actor , and one of the true Kings of Comedy; has made his transition but before doing so he made us laugh until we cried. Now crying for the loss of a young gifted African man who didn't give a damn about what you thought about him. He dealt with the issues of race, family, work , and even sex. Leaving a body of work to be studied and admired for artists of all disciplines. Many people say God takes the good young. I truly believe God makes no mistakes and we must pay attention to the signs. We've lost two greats in one week! Life is not to be taken for granted and once again I ask you "What and how will I be remembered"? They say that a person doesn't die until the last person utters their name. With the commentary and comic relief Bernie Mac left, we will be able to laugh and reflect on life from the angle of Comedic Sage for a long time... Therefore I've upload a clip from his standup at Kings of Comedy "My sisters kids". Please enjoy, love, and live your life to the fullest! YOU KNOW HIS IS CUSSING....SO PARENTS BEWARE!
Blessings, light, and laughter!
The 1 like Z to the I to the N

Isaac Hayes - Soulville

Isaac Hayes 8-20-1942 to 8-10-2008

To remember one of the greatest artists, composers, and lyricists... Words cannot explain the void that Isaac Hayes filled in the music industry. Dealing with love, poverty, and revolution he did it with the style grace and pure soul. As we all know energy is never destroyed just transformed. With that being said we must lift the ancestor energy of Isaac Hayes up! I pray that we review his highlight reels and ask what can we do to put an impact on generations to come? I uploaded the video for Soulville because it is such a heart felt record with imagery that everyone can relate to. I challenge you music lovers, artists, and revolutionaries to stop and ask yourself "What and how will I be remembered"?
Blessings, light, and Sound!
The 1 like Z to the I to the N

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Big Boi & UNN Present - The Big Picture Webisode One

Big Boi was in Houston over the weekend for the Ozone Music Conference and Awards. Give thanks for the regeneration of artistic imagination and positive voice! Go Vote! For somebody damn!

Kanye West - Champion - Video

This is a really dope video...enjoy! Parental Discretion Advisory...

Monday, August 04, 2008

New Break Recordz Sound Post!

Go over there and get yourself laced up with some new music!

New Big Boi ft. Mary J. Blige Video!

This is a hot joint...check the video out!

Tired of the fake Roger Troutman voice MC!

How many people are gonna use the fake Roger Troutman via Lil Wayne voice affect. The game is getting a bit out of hand with the effects! I'm not a Hip-Hop Hater, but Damn these Rap monsters are getting away with murder! If your a rapper using this effect, please pay homage to the father of it! Can I get a witness?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Brother's gonna work it out!

Work with your Brother, this blogging thing is new to me as it takes time. However I plan on making this a fully functional blog with updates, interviews and pictures! If anyone is interested
in writing for the blog let me know. Also check my other blog