The Positive Hip-Hop Podcast (PHHP) is a series of free "portable" hip-hop radio shows hosted by Furia. Each show has its own topic and features tracks with positive messages by a wide variety of hip-hop artists. Some shows also include exclusive artist interviews. The goal of this podcast is to expose people to a variety of hip-hop music that is currently absent from many major radio stations that predominantly play songs dominated by violence, mysogyny, and self-destructive materialism. Click here to Learn more about podcasts.

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11.19.06 • Episode 8: "Poetry & Lyricism " 52 min 36 sec I 48.2 MB

The topic for Episode 8 is "Poetry & Lyricism." Music from Zion I & The Grouch, Nas, Open Thought, Black Star, Lauryn Hill, Blackalicious, Casual, Dilated Peoples with Last Emperor & Maylay Sparks, SelfSuffice, and K-Otix.

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7.24.06 • Episode 7: "Money, Fame & Hip-Hop" 53 min 03 sec I 50.4 MB

The topic for Episode 7 is "Money, Fame & Hip-Hop." Music from K-OS, Blackalicious, Little Brother, Immortal Technique, Ricky Pharoe & Budo, Self-Suffice, KRS-One, The Sky Beneath ft Paul Mavi, De La Soul ft Common, Busta Rhymes ft Q-Tip & Chancy Black, and The Fugees.

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5.24.06 • Episode 6: "Social & Political Change" 40 min 22 sec I 38.2 MB

The topic for Episode 6 is "Social & Political Change." Music from KRS-One, Nas, Head-Roc, Gif, Asheru ft Ken Star & Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Blue Scholars, and Ozomatli ft Common.

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  • KRS-One - "Illegal Business”
  • "KRS, I speak when I must, This that official underground rap, this you can trust, I stand outside the industry and there's many of us... Reason I'm not on TV cause I'm not sellin you nothin, I'm not rhymin for a Bentley or a house this plush, I spit for the conscious, what about us?, Time's up, time to open that mind up, Temple of Hip-Hop sign up, devils we bind up, When I'm up rhymin cuts your spirit hear it and shines up, Climb up before you wind up takin."
  • Nas - "I Want to Talk to You"
  • "They try to buy us with doe, Fake black leaders of puppets always talking bout the city budget, The news got it all confused lyin to the public, They eyes watchin stay wise move above it, Water floods predicted hurricanes twisters, Its all signs of the Armageddon three sixes, People reverse the system politics verse religion
    Holy war muslim verse christians, Niggaz in high places they don't have the balls for this, People in power sit back and watch them slaughter us, Mr. President I assume it was negligence, The streets upside down, I'm here to represent this."
  • Head-Roc - "Chris Columbus" (Website)
  • "Funny how in the name of Jehova, you supposed to be the land-owner, more so than the first holder, ask them natives Plymouth about the caravan next to the boulder, from what they told you in high school about righteous conquests and brave explorers, little revealed about the millions killed, but the government will try to seal up the horror."
  • Head-Roc - "America!" (Website)
  • "America - y'all racist and complacent, America - you won't escape it 'til you face it."
  • Gif - "Change"
  • "So many rappers boasting how they let the gat spit/ take that projection perpetuate a perception/ that everybody dressing like them carries a weapon/ and everybody dressing like them, it’s just a style, but our style been turned into a criminal profile/ every movie we make bout capers for cash/ is turned into a free pass for the cops to harass, and when the pistol blast the answer when they get asked/ I thought he had a gun I was scared he would pop one/ so I popped one I’m sorry to his mother no she lost a son/ but we fear for our lives so we take theirs/ hear our music, see our movies, sympathize with their fears/ been fucking ourselves for years corrupting the mind of the youth and our peers/ sitting at chairs with beers and toasting cheers and it’s, such a disgrace/ on black walls might not see Martin and Malcolm but your sure to see Scar Face."
  • Asheru ft Ken Star & Talib Kweli - "If"
  • "If it wasn't for crooked cops that pop shots grazin' our wig, That sends slugs reckless, plus these thugs with a death wish, That take your life for the ice that flood in your necklace, The blood of the helpless and innocent (and innocent), If it wasn't for so-called friends that turned Benedict, Snakes in the grass and crabs in the lake
    Cuz I'm black and its late, getting' harassed by the Jake, Blasted with eight times five, plus one, Lethal deposit, reach for your wallet, they bust guns, That's why I trust none and I keep to myself, I can't blame cats that pack heat in they belt, And quick to clap, never givin' in, If it wasn't for this and that, It'd be a better world that we livin' in."
  • Nas - "Reason"
  • "I see people hating other people, Tell me what's the reason, That your kid is hungry, you ain't got no money
    What's the reason? For these wars we're fighting with each other, Season after season, When you're workin' hard, but there ain't nothing comin', What's the reason?"
  • Immortal Technique - "In The Club Freestyle + 4th Branch Verse"
  • "They bombed innocent people, tryin' to murder Saddam, When you gave him those chemical weapons to go to war with Iran, This is the information that they hold back from Peter Jennings, Cause Condoleeza Rice is just a new age Sally Hemmings, I break it down with critical language and spiritual anguish, The Judas I hang with, the guilt of betraying Christ, You murdered and stole his religion, and painting him white, Translated in psychologically tainted philosophy, Conservative political right wing, ideology, Glued together sloppily, the blasphemy of a nation, Got my back to the wall, cause I'm facin' assassination, Guantanamo Bay, federal incarceration, How could this be, the land of the free, home of the brave?, Indigenous holocaust, and the home of the slaves, Corporate America, dancin' offbeat to the rhythm, You really think this country, never sponsored terrorism?, Human rights violations, we continue the saga, El Savador and the contras in Nicaragua, And on top of that, you still wanna take me to prison, Just cause I won't trade humanity for patriotism."
  • Immortal Technique - "Harlem Streets"
  • "It's like Cambodia the killing fields uptown, We live in distress and hang the flag upside down, The sound of conservative politicians on television, People in the hood are blind so they tell us to listen, They vote for us to go to war instantly, But none of their kids serving the infantry, The odds are stacked against us like a casino
    Think about it, most of the army is black and latino, And if you can't acknowledge the reality of my words
    You just another stupid mother fucker out on the curb, Trying to escape from the ghetto with your ignorant ways
    But you can't read history at an illiterate stage, And you can't raise a family on minimum wage, Why the fuck you think most of us are locked in a cage, I give niggaz the truth, cause they pride is indigent, You better off rich and guilty than poor and innocent, But I'm sick of feeling impotent watching the world burn, In the era of apocalypse waiting my turn."
  • Blue Scholars - "Southside Revival"
  • "It's a southside revival - put ya hands high, let your arms be the pillars that be holdin up the sky, I heard a few heads say that Hip-Hop was dead - no it's not, it's just malnourished and underfed."
  • Ozomatli ft Common - "Embrace The Chaos"
  • "And stare at the emotions of those in the commotion, Hoping its the chaos that we grow from, Opened a cold one, build with warriors that hold gun, For the same prize, our souls run, From they window, they see no sun, I say "Revolution, when he gon' come?", Yes he came, in a way that may seem strange, Only through chaos will we ever see change."
5.18.06 • Episode 5: "Spirituality" 39 min 38 sec I 36.3 MB

The topic for Episode 5 is "Spirituality." Music from Common ft Vinia Mojica, Gift of Gab ft Vursatyl, Flo, Macklemore ft Step Cousins, Pharaoh Monch ft Talib Kweli & Common, Head-Roc, and Self-Suffice.

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  • Common ft Vinia Mojica - "The Sun God”
  • "I'm down to Earth, at times I feel closer to Mars, The world is yours, I'm hopin it's ours, Some say the Gods is crazy, I see God in our babies, Child of the sun, I allowed it to raise me."
  • Gift of Gab ft. Vursatyl - "Way of the Light"
  • "I put the pen to the paper and let the ink thin, Give what it's channeling through me without no thinking, About it, no doubt about it, part of my beating, Came into open the spirit and let you see in, It's time to let 'er off for now, no further seeking, I follow it as I hear about to begin, Follow the Light as I take you on a journey deep in, Sound of the side of the light you might just wanna be in."
  • Flo - "Nothing is for Granted" (MySpace)
  • "Nothing is for granted, so take some time to live, some time to love, don't take it lightly."
  • Macklemore ft Step Cousins - "As Soon As I Wake Up" (MySpace)
  • "As soon as I wake up, I'm gonna change my ways, instead of stayin the same, cause I see better days ahead of me, I paint em on the page, then I save em for the rainy ones, when anger and the anguish wanna hang around, I'll say em out loud and complain to them, figure I'm make to live, and havin gone that far, but I made it His, so if there is a God, then I give thanks to Him."
  • Pharoahe Monch ft Common and Talib Kweli - "The Truth" (Website)
  • "Truth had me up against the ropes, and semi-concious without no boxing skills, Fear of it makes hair on my neck grow like minoxodil, Watchin the clock is ill when, faced wit the truth, Parallels observing, amateur video tapes of, Twenty-one top notch NYPD cops get ill, Fill they minds not to kill still son, never revealed, True feelings, we speakin on the truth right now in itself is healing, See The Creator, created existence and balance, At right angles, unless it was conceived and stated, So whoever shall stray away from right lives wrong, The deliverance of the word false opposite of truth off course"
  • Head-Roc - "Lord God in Heaven (Revisited)" (Website)
  • "In the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, to survive by the lust in they eye, is how they cleared it, too much the Socialist teachings of Jesus, to do what they did they would need us the dirt cheapest to profit, and now they cheer it."
  • Self-Suffice - "So Close" (Website)
  • His dad's voice is taken from a tape that was exchanged between Self-Suffice and his dad, while he was away at school, and his dad was locked up in the slammer. instead of writing to each other, they recorded messages. Ironically, it was his dad's turn to send a message last, and the tape was discovered after he passed away. He says, "Don't take as long to get one back to me...I keep thinking of more things I want to say, but I'll save it for next time." This track was Selfsuffice's way of sending a recorded message back to his father.
  • Self-Suffice - "Breathe (LIVE) " (Website)
  • "I vote save the air, we could still take a breath in, no G-spot Bush infection, re-election for more misdirection, and real issue neglection, tellin em HOT90 bling stations, no claimin my culture while livin in this diversification, respect to next generations, what I said 'no taxation without reppin', sellin your jewelry for puttin out your CD release independent, for showin off the method when the mind and the body and the soul spiritually glisten."
  • Gift of Gab - "Evolution"
  • "Breakneck speed of thought / Adrenaline rushin', expandin' / Sendin' vibrations into the hollowness of canyons / Open and shallow, the blind and deaf is identity / Man, the plenty need healin' / You're focused on your credibility? / "Streetwise," okay, we believe you, now what? / Where do we go from here? / Fourth dimensional rocketships going up."
3.12.06 • Episode 4: "Dope Tracks Vol. I " 47 min 12 sec I 43.2 MB

The topic for Episode 4 is "Dope Tracks Vol. 1." Music from Lyrics Born, KRS-One, Dilated Peoples, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), E-40, Casual, The Sky Beneath, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, Damian Marley, Head-Roc, Pharaoh Monch, Nate Dogg, De La Soul, Butta Verses, Common, and Kanye West.

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  • Lyrics Born - "Pack Up ft Dilated Peoples & KRS-One”
  • "All you iced-out rappers, y’all just ain’t hot to me. See the Hip-Hop in me, it’s authentic. We at the birth of a nation, and y’all don’t get it. All that kiddie, titty talk, yo I ain’t wit it. If you ain’t ready to die, then don’t spit it… Knowledge does reign supreme, when you sittin in a cell, then you’ll see what it mean. When you livin in hell, you can count ya C.R.E.A.M. Does this ring a bell? I have a dream!”
  • Dilated Peoples - "Back Again"
  • "Stay awake and out of the federal state traps. (Yo we back again!) Kinda like Bush and Blair, Some were scared, some would just wish they cared. Never too late to prepare, Cause many things you fear have been in place for years."
  • Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) - "Definition"
  • "One two three, Mos def and talib kweli, We came to rock it on to the tip-top, Best alliance in hip-hop, wyohhh.
    I said one two three, It’s kind of dangerous to be a emcee, They shot tupac and biggie, Too much violence in hip-hop, wyohhh.
  • Lyrics Born ft E-40 & Casual - "Callin Out REMIX"
  • "I don't need no ridiculous dough, you cats tickle me so, I'm kickin this flow, so niggaz'll know. Cats roll, wear a suit to confuse the cops, who bring gun shots to ya beautiful blocks.
  • The Sky Beneath - "Cubano"
  • "There ain’t a box to contain us, out on a plain like Co-bain, no aim to be famous. Just got a lot a words for the shameless, think we’re fightin for freedom, big Bush got you brainless."
  • Mos Def ft Busta Rhymes - "Do It Now"
  • "Hay dios mio, me and Bustarimo, The hottest negroes en Los Estados Unidos. Hotter than Reno when discovered by Bugsy Siegal, I'm black like Don Cheadle shoutin power to the people...If you in a Benzito or your mother's Buick Regal, I get up like Chino shoutin power to the people!!"
  • Damian Marley - "The Master Has Come Back"
  • "I know you're loving the goods that i'm delivering, Up in your neck of the woods so you can live again. Who is the cock in the coupe which part the chicken in, And dem copy the books that I have written in... A few coil must pop off for di charities, Cause politician a palave' pon dem promises, A new face will fulfill the prophecies, It's too late for two faced apologies.
  • Head-Roc - "(202)SKIL(L)S-4U" (Website)
  • "For the honor of Hip-Hop, I won't stop, and let em pop us like they did, R&B, jazz and rock. This shit has to stop, bullshit that they drop, (they) swear to God it's hot, when Lord knows it's really not."
  • Lyricist Lounge (Nate Dogg, Mos Def, Pharaoh Monch) - "Oh No!"
  • "I'm intellectual, pass more essays (ese's), than motorcade police parades through East L.A.. More beef then deli's, thus what I vent is just What you lust to vent is irrele'. Huh, hallelujah, Pharoahe Monch'll do ya, Maintain the same frame of mind - screw ya! Get the picture, sit ya, seat ya, preacher with scriptures, I'm equipped to rip ya, reach ya. Pharoahe and Mos is verbal osmosis, Coast to coast, we boast to be the most explosive here."
  • De La Soul ft Butta Verses - "No"
  • "What you write's not the least bit hot, maybe because ya wrists is so cold from all that ice ya copped."
  • Common ft Kanye West - "The Food"
  • "Clench my fists tight, holdin' it right up. Freedom fight in dark gear for the years to get brighter. Situations, the jaws get tighter, my man trying to get his way to higher."
2.20.06 • Episode 3: "Race & Racism / Black History Month" 39 min 33 sec I 37.5 MB

The topic for Episode 3 is "Race and Racism (Black History Month)." Music from Head-Roc, Zion I, Mos Def, Nas, The Sky Beneath (Self-Suffice and Furia), and Macklemore. Exclusive interviews with Head-Roc and Sagacity.

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  • Head-Roc - "These Motherfuckers!”
  • "Motherfuckas don't want me, black skin never win in this motherfuckin country. Motherfuckas act like it's cool - what's cool - racism - you's a motherfuckin fool."
  • Head-Roc - "Speak To Us”
  • "They don't speak to us, unless it's to sweepin dust. They don't speak to us, unless it's police with cuffs. They don't believe what you say, unless of course you see it they way... "
  • Zion I - "Soo Tall”
  • "When you're young and Black and proud like me, Black and proud stop crowdin me. Proud and got clouds over me, one day we'll be so tall. Move back, move back that mornin sun. Shine this light for everyone. That light gone shine them clouds is done, one day we'll be soo tall."
  • Mos Def - "Mr. Nigga”
  • "If white boys doing it, well, it's success. When I start doing it, well, it's suspect. Don't hate me, my folks is poor, I just got money. America's five centuries deep in cotton money."
  • Head-Roc - "Enough!”
  • "Learn your history, the reason for your misery is no mystery. Lift ya head up, open ya eyes, Black man and get fed up. 500 years is enough!"
  • Nas - "Coon Picnic (These Are Our Heroes)"
  • "Let's hear it, one for the coons on UPN-9 and WB, who 'yes massa' on TV. What ever happened to Weezy? The Red Foxes? Never got Emmy's but were real to me. Let's hear it, two for the spooks, who do cartwheels, cuz they say they played they parts well."
  • The Sky Beneath - "MLK Day”
  • "For many years it felt wrong to be blamed, tried to explain, It wasn't me who linked up the chains. My brother listened, shook his head and then laughed, said 'if you're white and got cash, you've benefited from this system's past."
  • Macklemore - "White Priviledge"
  • "Hip-Hop started off on a block that I've never been to, to counteract a struggle that I've never even been through. If I think I understand, just because I flow too, means I'm not keepin it true.”
  • Head-Roc - "BudgetBooth Freestyle”
  • "To put a ball through a hoop, they pay a Black man a million dollars, cuz they'd rather see that than to witness a million scholars, all holler for freedom and justice in the streets with a black fist thrusted."
2.11.06 • Episode 2: "Life's A Gift" 39 min 27 sec I 37.4 MB

The topic for Episode 2 is "Life's A Gift." Music from Final Outlaw ft. Mez & Self-Suffice, De La Soul ft. Common, 2Pac, Nas, Macklemore, Lauryn Hill, Sagacity and Pep Love. Exclusive interview with Sagacity.

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  • Final Outlaw ft. Mez & Self-Suffice - "Life's A Gift”
  • "Suffice be about raps in abundance, too many of my loved ones are dead, who wanted me to rise above it. I just can't follow hollow-headed idiots wishin me sorrow, buckin to prove they hard with no regard for kids' tomorrows."
  • De La Soul ft. Common - "Days Of Our Lives”
  • "Watch the problems of the world go by like balloons, if tomorrow comes now it might be too soon."
  • 2Pac - "Baby Don't Cry”
  • "Baby please don't cry, you got to keep your head up. Even when the road is hard, never give up."
  • Nas - "Just A Moment"
  • "As day comes and nights falls, for the rest of our life we'll miss y'all. And even though life must go on, we'll still mourn, while wishin' y'all were home."
  • Macklemore - "Hold Your Head Up"
  • "Hold ya head up, there's a light in the sky, I know you're fed up, but you must try to survive. Each moment's precious, don't let life pass you by. Keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.”
  • Lauryn Hill - "To Zion"
  • "And I thank you for choosing me, To come through unto life to be. A beautiful reflection of his grace, See I know that a gift so great, Is only one God could create, And I'm reminded every time I see your face."
  • Pep Love - "Living is Beautiful"
  • "The jewel of existence, you'll love it - listen. Everybody shine, man, everybody glisten. From the projects to the suburbs, strugglin or bubblin, we jugglin our duties for the beauty that is above."
1.23.06 • Episode 1: "Love" 30 min 53 sec I 29.2 MB
The topic for Episode 1 is "Love." Music from Zion I, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Blackalicious, Mos Def, and Jin. Exclusive interview with Monsta Island Czars emcee, Self-Suffice.
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  • Zion I - “Luv”
  • "To the shorties on the avenues, who wanna battle crews, use ya tools cause you blessed with jewels. Life’s a school from the hardknocks when the bars locked, experience speaks out of the depths of my heart."
  • Common - “Love is”
  • "How beautiful love can be, on the streets love is hard to see, it’s a place I got to be, love in you is love in me. How beautiful love can be, on the streets love is hard to see, gotta reach that frequency, love in you is love in me."
  • Common - “I used to love H.E.R.” (not available)
  • "Slim was fresh yo, when she was underground. Original, pure, untapped, but a down sista, boy I tell ya, I miss her."
  • A Tribe Called Quest - “The Love”
  • "We do it all for the love, y’all, we get the paper but it’s still for the love y’all, from the heart inside of the heart y’all"
    Blackalicious - “Make You Feel That Way”
  • "A bad day'll make you really notice ones that's good, and that'll make things a little better understood. Times I feel I wanna shout, man it's real that way, When I think of things that make you feel that way."
  • Mos Def - “Love”
  • "My folks said they was in love when they had me, I take they love they made me wit to make rhymes and beats. (Can you feel?) The raw deal, it's all wheel-driven, Contemplate the essence of beats, rhymes and living."
  • Jin - “My First Time”
  • "The climax, was more than sensation, She surprised me with the oral presentation. To say the least, it was damn good, Brought me one stop closer to manhood. So I vowed never to forget my first time, I’m talkin’ about that night I wrote my first rhyme."

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