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Try to Imagine…

I am white. My wife is black. I have black in-laws, black nephews, black nieces and black cousins. I quietly fear for them every day. I’ve seen FIRST HAND how drastically different an encounter with police can be when I am in the company of black people, versus by myself or with other white people. I’ve been pulled out of a car with my black friends and asked if I was there, “against my will.” I’ve had officers look me in the face and say, “so you think you’re black huh?” As a teenager, I was pulled over while with my black friends and photographed and strip searched next to our car because they said we “looked like gang members.” I’ve had an officer go through my bag, find my lyric book and then demand that I rap for him – “you’re a rapper so rap for me!” I’ve felt the fear, anger and humiliation. For all I know, me being white and being present in those situations may have been the only reason things didn’t turn out much worse for my companions.

Later in life, I moved to a jurisdiction with a well-respected, well-funded, well-trained and professional police department; and for the most part, my encounters with those officers have been very positive (although they did have my studio under surveillance for quite some time until one day they entered my premises without a warrant and discovered it was operated by a white guy with a business license and a firm understanding of the law. No problems since.)

I say all of that to say this…

If you are white, try to imagine being rightfully told all your life by the people you love, that the people supposedly there to protect you, could very well be a threat to you. Imagine hearing the stories of police brutality from friends, family, parents and grandparents. Imagine being told that it doesn’t matter if you did anything wrong. Imagine being expected, without training or experience in such matters, to behave and manage an encounter BETTER than those confronting you who have been trained to do so. Imagine “the talk” – not the one you got about the birds and bees, but the one about what you should do when you run into a prejudiced hothead wearing a badge and gun with an axe to grind. Try to imagine this in your culture. Try to imagine seeing the police as an occupying force in your community as opposed to “heroes” and “first responders.” This is the reality in places all across the United States.

I am a rational, reasonable man with an above average IQ. When I try to imagine getting THAT phone call from one of my family members… When I try to imagine the total grief and unabashed anger I would have towards the police officers who decided it was better to shoot and kill my loved one rather than respect his or her life and liberty as they do their own, I literally shudder. It would take every fiber within my rational mind to restrain myself from picking up my pistol and heading out to find the sons of bitches who murdered my family member. I’m not sure I would be capable of restraining myself.

So as we all watch the footage of yet another unarmed father, gun downed for apparently no other reason than looking “scary,” resist the urge to defend the police from your place of privilege. Resist the urge to tell us that “all lives matter” in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Just shut the fuck up, close your eyes, and try to imagine. Try to imagine you got that phone call. Try to imagine you just watched someone you love get shot to death on Facebook. Try to imagine the people who did it are now being paid to sit at home for a while. Then try to imagine countless people who know NOTHING of the experiences I outlined above, playing Monday morning quarterback with the murder of your family member. Still want to weigh in? I hope not. #blacklivesmatter


Please Support and Share the Mister Wise “I Can’t Figure You Out” Video

My music video for “I Can’t Figure You Out,” from my EP, “The Way of the Doh Doh,” has been spreading  around the web.  Despite a minor hiccup last week when one of our promoters apparently used a bot to add views (prompting YouTube to pull the link,) promotion and support for the video have continued to be awesome!  It has now been exactly one month since the debut of the video and I need an additional push from my supporters, fans and friends more than ever. Here is a simple thing you can do to help.

Below is a list of public web sites where the video has been featured. There have been quite a few private networks as well, but we can let them talk amongst themselves :-)  Please show support for these sites that have supported me by visiting the respective video pages.  Visit as many as you can (it won’t take long.) Once you are there, give the video a view but more importantly, use the “share” links on each page to share/ like the video on your Twitter, Facebook, Email and other social media sites you frequent.  This publicizes my video, but also the web sites who have supported it.  You probably won’t be able to leave any comments or ratings on the video without joining the sites themselves (which you are welcome to do if you are so inclined,) but we would certainly be grateful for comments and “likes” on the video’s YouTube Page, which pretty much anyone can do.  Thank you in advance, and remember, the EP is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and dozens of other sites where quality funky music can be purchased and/or streamed.

Video Links:

I’m sure I’m missing a few so if you have posted my video on your site and you don’t see it on the list, shoot me a message and I will add you.  As for the rest of you, click click click.  Many thanks!!


Thoughts on the Government Shut Down

First and foremost… This is NOT one of those cases where we should be assigning blame to both parties equally.  The issue of the Affordable Care Act was settled four years ago when it was thoroughly debated and passed into law.  The president who supported it, was then convincingly re-elected.  No where in the Constitution does it say it is prudent for one party to shut down the government and use it as bargaining chip to repeal a law they don’t like.  If you don’t like a law, you repeal it through legislation…. Oh that’s right, you can’t because you don’t have adequate support to do so.  Funny how that works! The President SHOULD NOT negotiate with the Republican Party on this!  Doing so would validate this reckless and irresponsible tactic as legitimate.  The United States does not negotiate with terrorists, nor should it do so with people willing to risk our country’s well-being and good standing with our neighbors because they don’t like health care. Those who place political affiliation over country, are not patriots.

suicide elephantThe Republican Party is fond of drawing analogies between the budget and economy of the United States and household finance.  These analogies do not follow because the American family does not collect taxes or print its own money.  The analogy is a red herring that ignores the realities of macro-economics and geo-politics.  However, just for fun, let’s use the GOP’s favorite comparison to demonstrate how asinine their entire shutdown tactic is.

Let’s say that we are a fine upstanding family in the community.  We are trusted by our neighbors and are seen as the perfect modern household.  Our credit rating is over 800.  Banks and lenders will give us whatever we need because we always pay them back.  In fact, they are willing to lend us money at such low-interest rates they are practically paying us to take it.  All because we are the safest bet in the neighborhood.  Sure we have plenty of debt, but we use it as leverage for growth and have an abundance of assets.

But then, times get a little tougher.  The twins are going off to college at the same time and Becky needs braces.  The mother has a splendid idea!  Let’s have a family discussion to determine how we handle the finances!  But instead of keeping it private, let’s open up the doors and windows and let all of the neighbors watch!  We will invite our creditors, the mortgage lenders, everyone!  Then we will openly discuss which bills we will pay on time and which ones we will stiff.  We will openly admit that we don’t have Becky’s allowance at the moment and in mid discussion, Dad will get drunk and give one of the boys a black eye, Mom will pull out a bag of cocaine and snort it in front of everyone, and Uncle Jerry will fondle Becky on the couch.

This is what we are doing as a country right now.  We are broadcasting to the world that we are a mess and should not be trusted.


As if the Republican Party’s hypocrisy knew any bounds, they overwhelmingly passed a bill in the House a few days ago that would guarantee all furloughed Federal employees receive the back pay from the time they were out of work during the shut down (once the government has re-opened.)  Pretty nice of them huh?  Until you consider that this is the party obsessed with the size of government and what they see as reckless spending, yet they are willing to shut down the government, send thousands of workers home and then STILL pay them what they would have been paid had the government been open and they had been working.  The party of “fiscal responsibility,” is willing to pay thousands of people to sit at home and get NO PRODUCTIVITY in return for the money, just so they can have a temper tantrum.  What a crock of shit! Let them stew in it.


Pre-Order “The Way of the Doh Doh” EP by Mister Wise

Mister Wise, Team Demo, Depth Charge Studios, Zechariah Wise, Team DemolitionMy new single, “I Can’t Figure You Out,” is now making its way through promotional circulation, but you can get it now by pre-ordering the EP from our label store page.  Just put down the $4 for the EP, and you can immediately download, “I Can’t Figure You Out.” Then, when “The Way of the Doh Doh” EP drops on September 17th, you will receive an e-mail to download the full project.  Many thanks and enjoy!


Preview the New Single from Mister Wise – “I Can’t Figure You Out”


Check Out Harmony Muzik’s New Project – “Conflict of Interest”

Check out the new release from Harmony Muzik – “Conflict of Interest.” It was recorded and mixed at Depth Charge Studios by yours truly and features two tracks I produced for Team Demo Productions. Click on the link below for the download page.

Harmony Muzik – “Conflict of Interest”

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Two Theories as to Why Mitt Won’t Show us His 2009 Tax Returns

1.) In 2009, the Internal Revenue Service instituted an amnesty program for individuals maintaining overseas accounts for the purposes of avoiding taxes. We already know that Romney has accounts overseas, but if any of these were illegal, and he took advantage of the amnesty program with the IRS, that information would be contained in that return. This would be an admittance of felony tax evasion and would be a death-blow to his hopes of becoming President.

2.) Mitt has made it a point that while he still owned interest in Bain Capital, he was not actively participating in its recent politically untenable practice of buying companies, laying off the employees and chopping up the assets for a profit. When one receives money from a pass-through entity (like Bain) one must declare if the income was passive, or non-passive. (Passive meaning one was merely an investor and not actively involved in the day-to-day activities of the enterprise. Non-passive meaning the opposite.) Non-passive income is taxed at a lower rate than passive income (I know this because I’m the majority shareholder of an “S” corporation.) If Mitt declared his income from Bain as non-passive to take the lower tax rate, it would demonstrate that he was in fact actively involved in the company’s activities or that he lied about it. Either way, it is political suicide.

This is all speculation of course, but it wouldn’t be necessary if Romney simply released his 2009 returns.

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