the woke diatribe — A LOADED ANTI BULLYING HIPHOP PSA FROM AN ARMENIAN in ORLANDO


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I speak for a lot of fearful people who are fed up with being bullied.
I’m back on my High School freshmen “French Classroom” aesthetics.
Real shit, local artists didn’t live up to the hype & should remain in their lane so intended destinies flourish & lead.
 
Theres poison among wanna be intellectuals, and also a new poison with these empty new wave of “TRAP RAP” — some is GENUINE but most not – especially the white boys.
 
Enough of the sub par.
Why do so many local immigrant cats,
share the mentality of white supremacy?
The self hate is that real?
 
Orlando needs it’s King.
 
It has been fun flirting with pop for a while but now it’s back to that gritty Loyd Banks era shit — fuck what you heard!
 
All the bullshit is why we now have the “lil uzi whatever’s” and “6xxxxxxx9xxxxxxxxxxxx’s”…
 
I come from that that mafioso Afro-Western-Asiatic background.
 
It’s why I have so much respect for Jay Z : a role model.
 
Em, BIG.
 
On that note…
 
Fuck Kanye West and anyone who thinks like him.
 
I still love Kim K & the fam tho.
 
Believe IN YOUR SELF.
 
I’ve realized some very specific local immigrant artists
share the mentality of white supremacists who hate freedom even for their fellow minorities.
 
#sorryronpaulisanazi
#randpaultoo
#fuckRTnews
#fuckPutin
#fuckTrump & #whitesupremacy
#fuckAssad
#FreePalestine
#FuckErdoganandAliyev
 
Fuck all authoritarians!
 
In the near future, inshallah, a Turkish-Armenian rapprochement will be possible through recognition & reparation. In our lifetime. It will help the whole region.
 
It will coincide with the end of the Israeli & Azeri occupations.
 
White America holds the “special privilege and luxury” of trying to confuse the shit out of everybody else.
You do not know the struggles my family experienced.
Having our resources deprived.
We have been conditioned, because of our Middle Eastern
background.
To believe and accept our sufferings as normal.
But you see over time wisdom and faith stood by us.
And now as I emerge like a stallion from the abyss,
I feel more inclined than ever to speak freely and truthfully.
That in these rough times we have faced many betrayals,
social, political and economic.
And all because of the color of our skin.
Because of the way we look and the way we speak.
So as you begin to understand my story and realize why I
am who I am
These truths will become self evident.
I am a dreamer.
But justice is over the horizon.
The noor (light) of my eye has returned.
Now let us bring each other joy.
God willing.
THE US GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE SUED FOR DEPRIVATION OF RESOURCES TO DREAMERS. REPARATIONS FOR ALL DISENFRANCHISED MINORITIES.
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Danny K Live at Austin’s Coffee


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Tickets: $10 at door
Special Guest: Mehsi Music
Time: 9-12PM
Location: Austin’s Coffee
Address: 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Orlando’s very own rising star, Danny K, hip-hop producer and MC is performing his debut show at Austin’s Coffee on Saturday, February 10th. Come out with friends & indulge this rhymefest boombap extravaganza.

Danny K is a “Dreamer”, one of the 800,000 being juggled back and forth by the current administration. Show support by coming out and listening to this journey through music.

Danny K will be showcasing his latest album put together using his new mini-MPC courtesy of AKAI, combined with Armenian/Middle Eastern samples/vinyls, laced with his own original lyricism. Let’s celebrate the night & human innovation! One love. One justice. One truth. We are one in the night.

New Music: Danny K – “A Country Called Home”


Danny Krikorian is an Armenian-Syrian immigrant who came to the US at the age of 7. He is now 28. A DACA recipient, he is threatened by the new presidency’s announcement of DACA’s repeal. Upon this revelation, Danny K prepared and has released a short & sweet lyrical ballad – a traditional Hip-Hop record, lacing a looped-sample with charged lyricism. This one, is dedicated to all #DREAMers.

PSA: My debut album is coming…soon!


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WORLD.

My debut Armenian anthemic album of masterful proportions is almost complete and will be dropping THIS November (date & title not yet revealed).

This will include show-dates in and outside of Orlando…

the music video for “Lavash”, the album’s single – and official “Lavash” merch (tees).

The album will be available via all streaming and purchasing outlets (not soundcloud – which means other than “Lavash” – the album won’t be free).

PEEP the single NOW – “Lavash”:

– Danny K

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Who Really is ‘Presidential’? Thoughts Ahead of Tonight’s Debate – #Election2016


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Bernie Sanders was not presidential [sadly to say – despite many of his ideals being great – if not the best compared to his counterparts].

That is something the American people are struggling to grasp – especially the youth.

What is – ‘presidential’?

Donald Trump – is not presidential. But for reasons different than Bernie. Bernie is, well, simply put, without any character, really. Despite all the slogans and witty catch phrases, Bernie is just another product of social trends. He isn’t Justin Trudeau. He isn’t Obama. He just doesn’t have any flair. Americans like intellect – but they equally value humor; athleticism; suaveness – or “swagger” in today’s terminology. None of these are characteristic of Sanders.

The same could be said of Donald Trump but for different reasons. He is too uneducated, vulgar, impolite, erratic & irresponsible for such leadership – if not to hold any post. He can barely manage his own funds – or his father’s, rather.

That isn’t to say that Hillary Clinton is ‘presidential’.

Back in ’08, I hadn’t heard of a guy named Barack Obama, but as the campaign progressed, I realized – I had just witnessed the rise of an extraordinary individual. This man is beyond brilliant – something that few people truly appreciate. I can say that the world appreciates Obama more than America – which is quite telling. That isn’t necessarily true – a lot of Americans love our current president. But the ‘other side’ is equally if not more bent on voicing their hatred – to put it ‘mildly’.

Ahead of tonight’s momentous occasion, the first live debate between Clinton & Trump – I share the following sentiment. People often expect too much. This is a sign of…a lack of experience maybe. But other forces play a role too. The world is suffering and yet, the average American struggles to understand the nooks and crannies of his or her own political system and culture.

As an Armenian-Syrian immigrant living in America – I must say that my perspective should be heeded. There are many causes which are directly connected to me that have yet to be addressed or have been horribly managed, by the US wholly but also precisely by US president Barack Obama, whom I continue to support. Why? Because I am not a perfectionist in the political sense – and expect some compromise – not always – but in times of necessity and urgency. There is much change, and much work to be done in the stride towards justice – but it is just that – a stride – a path. We cannot be held back by radical expectations which in themselves seek to paralyze our sense of progress. That being said it is clear to me there is only one candidate worthy of a vote in this election and that reasoning is from contrived a moral and practical logic – that candidate is Hillary Clinton.

So while she isn’t necessarily the perfect candidate – relative to America’s choices – she is definitely presidential.

The US president is a person of immense wisdom and discipline; responsibility and sacrifice; public service and family value. Which of the two candidates possesses these qualities? And if you have to think twice – think again.

What gets me is that Americans want to change parts of their system that are less relevant to domestic and global wellbeing while ignoring the more pressing issues. And then when a tragedy or crisis occurs, Americans are left wondering how or why. Instead of a Wall Street revolution there should be a minority rights and immigration reform revolution. Instead of a focus on spreading democracy abroad we should be seeking to reduce our arbitrary and partial political influence overseas. Issues like these are costing us – but instead Americans wish to focus on ideological ambiguities and polarized politics.

That is why the candidates have dwindled down to the current options available – one representing the so-called establishment while the other represents the ugliest part of the establishment disguised as anti-establishment.

It is undoubtable that America and the world must implement comprehensive political reform – but this is likely an impossible feat under the auspices of a hypothetical President Trump. On the contrary, Hillary, like Obama (but perhaps to a lesser degree since she is more hawkish) – will pave the road for future generations to at least further the cause of progressivism in its purest form.

Perhaps future generations will reflect a more balanced perspective on US politics – representing minorities; women; LGBTQ; etc. But this cannot be associated with any particular ideological strand or populist trend as it has been in this election. American individualism and personal responsibility, contrary to the ‘8th grader youtube conspiracy video viewer mentality’ – is not preserved or protected by the far left or right – but rather, by a careful, tolerant moderate centrist. So when I say that Hillary Clinton is in fact presidential – that is precisely why. She isn’t just the echo of our grievances – but also of our reason.

Soul Jazz & the Eastern Son


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New music OTW. More updates TBA. Stay tuned!

[New Music] “Sufi in the West” the complete album!


KRIKOS aka Danny Krikorian offers his latest album #SufiintheWest brought to you by @ColoursoftheCulture. Visit DannyKrikorian.com for updates!

Credits:

KRIKOS executive producer
Nirmine Hammam cover art
Colours of the Culture curator