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Chris Brown in Ghana: 'Kiss Kiss' Ghana Goodbye

Chris Brown while in Ghana made Ghanaians made last week when he smoked weed while on stage. Watch the video here.

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"Bad boy" singer Chris Brown supposedly made Ghanaians mad last week when he lit up a joint on stage at a concert for the launch of a Technology City Project called Hope City. Let's be clear from the start that we are NOT Chris Brown fans. Dude is an idiot. However, executive director of Perfector of SentimentsJonathan Osei-Owusu's petition for prosecution is a little lame — we searched but couldn't find an online copy of it. Osei-Owusu went on to say that Brown "is on video to have encouraged the audience to take up arms against people who stand in their way to smoking weed." We watched the video (above) and Chris definitely wasn't on the militant tip.

Webehigh.org seems to think that Ghana, Accra in particular, is a fine spot to light up. Based on their scale of 1-5 (1 = very legal, 5 = virtually legal) Accra ranks 3.5 - virtually very legal in clubs, bars, and beaches. Cops focus more on "traffic management and not security." We'd say the only mistake made in this story was letting Chris Brown in Ghana. Garbage in, garbage out.

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The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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