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K'naan Vs. Mitt Romney


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been using K'naan's global hit "Wavin' Flag" (above) throughout his campaign tour, seemingly in honor of the ol' red white and blue. The incidence prompted K'naan to release a statement yesterday saying:

"I have not been asked for permission by Mitt Romney's campaign for the use of my song. If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it. I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice."

Romney's camp claim the song was used through the campaign's regular blanket license but, out of respect for K'Naan's statement, won't be used again. Chapter closed. Still not as bad as Ronald Reagan's complete misinterpretation of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."

Below, watch Jon Stewart's breakdown of the staggering (nauseating) wealth of Mitt Romney. Clue: he paid $6 million in taxes last year.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

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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