Zeitgeist #5: Affirmative Action

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The Firm baby

Talking about the greatness of Nas and his illmatic album has now become a banal cliché. People’s thick skulls and intransigence of Insisting on Hov just because he made it big as a mogul. SMH. A poet and a mogul walk into a bar. Jay Z vs Nas. The cliché is as worn out as a tyre retread down to its canvas, we only do it because of people like Charlemagne Tha god, Dj Akademiks and Miss Mandii who have the nerve of thinking that BluePrint the album by Jay Z is better than Nas’ It was written. Fucking red herrings. Always bringing up RocNation, Beyonce and TIDAL.

Introspection my nigga. Younaaimean. Introspection. How’d they miss Take it in blood and Affirmative Action. Just because of these two tracks .. It Was Written makes you wonder What did we ever do to deserve Nas. Nigga waxing poetical and philosophical like it’s his first language. How does it feel to be Nas. Without Nas, Oldskool hip hop is nothing.

Though a short lived group, word to Nas for forming The Firm. Matching AZ, Cormega and Foxy Brown, Sensei nigga; something close to this matching in this age would be if Anderson Paak, Quavo and Travis Scott formed a collective. How eccentric would that be, Perhaps more eccentric than if 21 Pilots and Daft Punk ever collaborated.
Even after being in existence for only a year, The Firm are immortalized by their song Affirmative Action. Everything about this jam strikes a note of creepy realism in any true hip hop buff.

Track: Affirmative Action
Genre: Posse-cut Hip Hop
Writters: AZ, Cormega, Nas, Foxy Brown
Production: The Trackmasters

The jam is 21 years old and I’ll say with my chest that this is the most Arresting Hip Hop Classic. This track is going to last forever. You can take that to the bank.

From AZ’s accent, Cormega sounding like Nas, Nas sounding better than Nas you feel me, to the Guitar beat and the beat Climax in Foxy Brown’s verse &; to the Eccentric lyrics; to Foxy Brown stating “They Praise Allah with visions of Gandhi” …. This will be the most remembered Hip Hop track generations to come.

Talk about lyrical maturity that makes the already potent beats and rhymes all the more compelling. I don’t care if its trashy tough-guy talk, what matters is that it strikes a note of creepy realism. Especially its beat.

The song’s beat is extremely mafioso, sounding straight out of Narcos or American Gangster with strings and crescendos, i love it.. It makes my heart sing.
Its a guitar and its impeccable. Its like the Flute in Mask off or The Piano in STILL D.R.E. Word to the Trackmasters mahn. Great beat. Guitars in Hip Hop are so against the grain.. That’s what makes them so eccentric, especially when you find a good rapper to flow with them. Nas for instance.. How he bodied and owned the beat in The Message. But that’s another story. Stringed instruments.. Guitar/ Ukelele/ Nyatiti/ Harps  Anything guitar-like really touches my soul. The Roots could perform this track live on stage very easily.

Nuff said. This is one of the best posse tracks of all time. Its like a baton race from AZ to Cormega to Nas and finally the baddest bitch Foxy Brown.

Foxy Brown’s verse on the jam is the greatest rap verse ever performed by a woman. Puts Eve, Missy Elliot, Lady of Rage and Nicki in introspect. The Bravado and surety in her voice, Damn she’s bad.

She’s bad milk. Milk with pubic hair in it. More than 14 incarcerations. Damn she’s bad. We really gonna act like Foxy’s box wasn’t eaten by Jay Z. So sus to even think about it. Fat lips and everything.

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Nas literally having Jay Z for dinner in Ether

Foxy Brown brushing shoulders with Prodigy and Ll Cool J and wanting an equal piece. This is a bad m’fer we’re looking at here. Close to the end of Affirmative Action she says in her refined menacing voice :
THEY PRAISE ALLAH WITH VISIONS OF GANDHI. For a first time listener of the track, this will be the most vivid line you’ll get from the track.

“They praise Allah with visions of Gandhi”. This phrase has stuck in my head even though I can’t seem to assign meaning to it. Its eccentric AF. This just shows you how much Nas’ wisdom was rubbing off on Foxy Brown.

The line inspired an album title. VISIONS OF GANDHI. Visions of Gandhi is the 3rd album from underground hip hop group Jedi Mind Tricks, Greatest form of flattery to Foxy Brown.

The Firm baby.
AZ is not mentioned as one of the big names.. The next guy doesn’t know who AZ is. This nigga has the finest hip hop accent. You should hear him saying “Fettuccine Capone”. You’ll think it some diamond coated punany yet he’s just talking about pasta.

Cormega was in the wrong side of history for falling out with Nas and leaving The Firm. Swept under the rag like the Based curse.

Nuff said. Affirmative Action; Just for this track, The Firm deserve all the gassing. It cuts across everywhere.

Coz of QuietStorm, Mobb Deep are the best rap duo.
Saigon ~ Enemies
Dilated People’s ~ Worst to Worst
Cypress Hill ~ Rap Superstars

Any Hip Hop group but not Wu Tang. Wu Tang clan are overrated. Nothing magical about them. Don’t get me wrong.. Raekwon is great no problem, but Wu Tang Clan is overrated. Rapping well is one thing but choosing beats is another thing that seals. Anyone in this new age who claims to like Wu Tang is a fraud… Anybody who even likes C.R.E.A.M their magnum opus. Trash is a strong word. Let’s just say they chose shitty painful instrumentals.
The best thing that happened to C.R.E.A.M was Boi-1-da.

Boi-1-da really sampled C.R.E.A.M’s chorus like a pro and incorporated it into Pound Cake. The chorus is chopped throughout the song to make a  neither rueful nor celebratory beat. Drake did some poetic justice to the beat considering Jay Z featured on the track. “Cash Flows Everything Around me cream get the money dollar dollar bill yo.” Most sampled line ever.

And you know what, Drake stuck with Boi-1-da ever since. Vultural traits aside, the nigga knows loyalty. That’s a bop.

New Age Rappers. Stick With Your initial Producers. At least make 90% of your music with them.

Trying new sounds… Switched producers. Therein lies the problem. Hopping from producer to producer is Hip Hop harlotry.

Joey Badass couldn’t make his 1999 magic with All Amerikkkan Badass because he kinda abandoned Statik Selektah. Making one track with him. Funny thing, this was the best track on the album. Legendary featuring J. Cole.

Ace Tha Don & Shukid

These guys used to have that ripe demand for respect. Going hard on the beat and everything. I donno where that fire went to.
A hunch would be, they abandoned their producers. Kina Odie on the track na Kevin Grands. You should’ve stuck with ’em mahn. These niggas made underground rap radioworthy.

The thrill of underground rap. You’ll have the most loyal fans.

Shukid & Ace Tha Don had the firmest grip in the kenyan underground rap scene. Filling in big shoes once wore by kina Ukoo Flani Mau Mau & Kalamashaka.
What’s going on niggas.
Savvy choruses, Trashy pop beats, Trappy rap styles is all I’ve been seeing lately.  mainstream, R&B and pop-leaning sounds. Its phony as shit

These niggas sold out bad. I really believed in these niggas. Mahn. The audacity of comparing Ace Tha Don to Royce da 5’9 then the nigga turns around and makes a song like Banana. This ain’t even Hip Hop. Its Kapuka. Sema Homerun ya kusell out. Remember how hurt Rick Ross was when he found out that Birdman’s was fake? Am that hurt.

Grainy, pop-savvy choruses. What’s happening Shukid?
Come on my nigga. crossover sensibilities and radio-friendly hits that’ll be gone tomorrow. Choosing mainstream makes you bottom feeders. How could you trade being underground kings. I still jam to One Day// Say What You Want// Alpha & Light Work by Ace Tha Don. Real music lasts. All that other bullshit is here today and gone tomorrow.

Your departure from the raw, underground tone of your debuts towards mainstream is a faulty gambit. Now look. Barrak Jacuzzi and Steph Kapela bypassing you niggas.

Y’all played around Now Steph Kapela, Anje, Barrak Jacuzzi and Asum Garvey are out to dethrone you.

STEPH KAPELA, SON THESE NIGGAS

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Steph. Tell your homie on the right (Shukid) to stop selling out

Groovy Hip Hop finally made it to Kenya. The edge that Steph Kapela brings with his original diversity is refreshing asf. Its like balancing R&B and Hip Hop ile style ya Anderson Paak. Its groovy am telling you. Just check out the Nigga’s YouTube. I fancy that Steph Kapela has the freshest Serenades.

I needed something new apart from the usual Ndugu Omolo na Kina Pizzo.
A new rapper. Someone to gas up. Someone to SON these niggas.

Enter Steph Kapela, out all of you other niggas.
All of you other niggas apart from Poppa Don. Poppa Don is the only rapper who stuck to the roots.

Big up to Benady and his Flag 42 cohorts. Keep up the hunger.

Juu ya Hiyo story Wacha niende  nikaone American gods.

Twitter: @mighty_leny

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Zeitgeist #3: High as a Mufucka on Street Rap

2 months later and am still high on schoolboy Q’s Blankface LP tape. Mahn according to me that tape was Gold,. It was groovy done by the Groovy Tony himself. Telling someone what a painting means is like telling them how a song should make them feel—it is different for all people. All I can tell you is that Blank Face is the album an artist like Schoolboy Q was born to make.

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If you don’t listen to Nipsey Hussle, Curren$y, Stalley, Mac Miller, Marsha Ambrosius and to some extent Boosie Badass and YG.. Just don’t listen to the album.

Schoolboy Q is like the weeknd. At one time He could get nasty then later get serious. He could talk about seriously eating pussy so nastily that when you hear a chilled song like By Any Means you just have to appreciate.

Kid Cudi ain’t the ultimate hippie.. Q is.
I feel like schoolboy Q is my doppelganger.

Blank Face LP isn’t Schoolboy Q’s first great album, but it’s the first one where he lives up to his utmost potential. He can be smooth, he can be hard as nails, but whatever he is, the MC does it with greatness. Q can talk about his violent, drug-dealing past and almost celebrate it in one moment and decry the ever-present dangers of hood life in the next. Blank Face is the album an artist like Schoolboy Q was born to make. Writing for Exclaim! A. Harmony praised the album’s “heterogenous collection of styles.

This sounds like an album review. Actually if I was to review the tape; now would be the perfect period to do it (2 months before its release or 2 months later). Well according to Jay Z-

Jay: Yeah, I think reviews, I think reviews have lost a lot of their importance now because of the internet. Like everyone is experiencing things at the same time. Like you can write a review like, uh, the guy from USA Today, tomorrow. You both can write the review at the same time. Before you used to give albums out, like that’s what happened, that’s why the critic became important in the music space because they got the music first, they would get the music 2 months early, because you know the magazine had a long lead time. They get it, they sit with it, they review it, they send it out a month ahead of time. You reading it, you looking like ‘oh this albums gonna be dope’ you don’t have the music. So you’re reading reviews for a month, right now the music comes out like this. People are writing the review in a day. First of all you can’t listen to an album and rate it in a day. It’s just impossible

Jay: The nuances, the all the instrumentation, all the words, what is being said in the music, what is it about? It’s impossible to do that in 24 hours. When I see that I’m like ‘oh so this is all just bullshit’. Ok so I can’t put any weight in it. It’s good, you reviewed the album, it’s great, you like it, fantastic, you don’t like it? That’s good too. But it doesn’t mean anything, because, you know

AY: We can all stream it and listen to it and form our own opinion

Jay: That’s right. You can have a better review than the guy from the NY Times. Like I read 2 reviews, I read the guy from the NY Times and I read the kid from allhiphop. They both had interesting points of views. The guy from allhiphop was talking about purgatory which I feel like sometimes, you know it’s like, when you walk that line it’s like you can’t do too much for this side, and you do too much for this side, it’s a weird thing, I’m in a weird space, which you know I enjoy. I felt like his review was just as great as the NY Times writers review and this is supposed to the the NY Times, you know what I’m saying? Same thing to me

AY: Ye

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most of the beats, which are plush with sumptuous, weed-hazy pleasures but steeped in a dank, justifiable paranoia. Nearly every element of the sound – the mean breakbeat from an old Christine McVie tune that Tae Beast loops beneath lead single “Groovy Tony,” R&B visionary Anderson .Paak sweetening the mood without lightening it, guest rhymes from Kanye and Jadakiss and Vince Staples – adds an ominous undertone.

All that shit above is what a review does. They tell you crap that ain’t important while all I came for was to see which track was lit.

The best songs on Blank Face LP are
1. Blankface with a Anderson Paak feature which fucking makes it the smoothest track on earth. In this song, Anderson Paak beats Frank Ocean/ Jeremih and Bryson Tiller combined and I ain’t shitting you.
2. By Any Means
3. TorcH another groovy jam.
4. Neva CHange Q goes his deepest in this jam.

Again If you don’t listen to Nipsey Hussle, Curren$y, Stalley, Mac Miller, Marsha Ambrosius and to some extent Boosie Badass and YG.. Just don’t listen to the album

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Nipsey the best street rapper

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Speaking of Nipsey Hussle the tall muthafucka. Mahn the nigga is 6’3. Nipsey will smoke a joint and the effects will get to you through the jams. Nipsey Hussle takes the word groovy to a whole new level. He raps groovily hard on a hard beat mahn this nigga is the best street rapper there is. Jay Z attested to it. HOV bought 100 copies of his Crenshaw mixtape. Game recognizes game. Upon its release in a limited edition of 1,000 copies for $100 he reportedly sold over 1,000 copies in less than 24 hours, effectively making 100,000 dollars. Notably, Roc Nation the label founded and owned by Jay-Z bought 100 physical copies at the $100 each price tag ($10,000 total). Game recognizes game.

Am a fucking Dilated Peoples’ Nostalgic so excuse my music genre. I won’t rant on how painful to the ears today’s music is. Actually if these lil Yachty Kodaks and boats put in effort they can be lit.

Buzzin is the only Lil Yachty song I bump to. Which is technically filled with Party Next Door gold vocals.

I.M.Y, Like DAT & Lockjaw are songs that Kodak needs to be putting out not that other trash.

I came to fuck this shit up. Oh immah break it the fuck down.

There are the popular culture jocks and the slept on Gold. Nipsey Hussle is slept on gold.

I personally would not put pop music on my phone. Why the fuck should I put that stupid song by G Eazy “Me myself and I” on my phone while I know damn well that every other radio station will be playing it, every matatu will have the jam. I mean; why waste my phone space on popular culture trash.

Letting popular culture dictate your tastes makes you a parochial humdrum.

Groovy hip hop and street rap is the best, purest form of Hip Hop, yet the most slept on. With Boosie Badass, Nipsey Hussle,e40 the contagion, Curren$y, YG, Schoolboy Q, Sha Mula and Chase Benji, Voodooseller. These are the oxtail, lamb chops, the ham, the best sweetest meat. The rest are all eucalyptus rappers. Uploading their controversies in order to make more money out of everyone. (The Game is a bitch).

Jay Z’s unapologetic braggadocio prevalences are well deserved. Head honcho, Basquiat
Diablo, Sergio Tachini inside this flesh
Al Pachino
Only Jay is allowed to say that shit. He earned the honours. You first feed the cow then you milk it.

How can a punk that simps over punk pussy ever turn into Jay. (In T.I’s voice), this shit don’t add up. Fuck Drake and all his stans. Drake needs a lesson from Canibus before calling himself top 5 or claiming to be Jay Z.

Canibus took the word finesse to a whole other level in his jam poet laureate II. The nigga knows what a bonsai is. If there is a song on a Godly level it is Canibus’ Poet Laureate II. First things first it is 7 minutes of pure hard lyrics.

Watch out lil bitch. There are up coming niggas out here who are lit as fuck but they ain’t mainstream. Everyone has a certain homie, cuz or just knows of some straight flames underground rappers whose songs you keep telling people to bump on. I have a list of such rappers.

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A Double M. Chase Benji Left, Sha Mula right. These niggas will blow up. These are the fucking future. At 17 years and rapping like nobody's business

But mahn I just like Sha Mula and Chase Benji. These 17 year old niggas literally eat the beats. Whoa, Say Less, these niggas are purely the best freestylers.

Sha mula finds his match in Voodoo seller the grim reaper mganga na mahirizi. The second best Kenyan rapper. https://youtu.be/8J1XE7QVu3A

Watch out for that nigga Oksyde. Am Kenyan mahn I have to rep where am from. https://youtu.be/ej2d6wVRdZA

Shout out to Shinski. Glad to have him back.
Pass Moi the blunt
Or maybe he should pass us what he smokes. But on a serious note. Respect.

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Moi my nigga

Respect. Living to see 96 years means that your karma is right.

Art & Hip Hop buff | Society Rabbi with a Pundit prerogative
Its a cruel world and I’m king. Nigga word to Selassie. Connoisseur Lenny Montana all I have in this world are my balls and my words so salute the plug for me.

Twitter: @mighty_leny

Zeitgeist #2: Am Reading The Codex Gigas: The Devil’s Bible

I never went to the National Library of Sweden where it is held, even if I did, the book is not on display, every page from the Codex Gigas is available as high-res scans online,

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the digital restoration of many of Codex Gigas’s pages – an antithetical treatment that surely conflicts with the esoteric vibe of the “Devil’s Bible”.

but the Codex is not exhibited likely due to its sheer size and out of a desire to preserve the text.

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The real Codex preserved

The entire document is written in Latin; in addition, it contains Hebrew, Greek, and Slavic alphabets (Cyrillic and Glagolitic). But I have it in English in PDF version in my phone. And I have read it. The book is absolutely perfect with no flaws of any kind. It is beautiful and exquisite, frightening and alluring.

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This massive and mysterious text from the Middle Ages is believed by many to have been conjured by the Devil himself.

So I don’t know if I just infringed on the Devil’s copyright by reading it on PDF.

Once, the Codex Gigas was the eighth wonder of the world; the book weighs a hundred and sixty five pounds, that’s around 78.4 kgs. At 92 cm (36 in) tall, 50 cm (20 in) wide and 22 cm (8.7 in) thick,
The pages from the largest and most mysterious medieval manuscript are made from the skins of 160 donkeys. The Codex Gigas (Latin for “Giant Book”) is the largest existing text in the world. It is so large that two librarians are needed to lift it all 165 pounds its leather binding, metal trim and vellum pages.

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The codex is contained in a wooden folder, covered with leather and ornamented with metal

If anything, it’s a Swiss army knife of texts for monks living within the monastery at Podlazice. One of the mysteries of the Codex Gigas legend is who wrote it. Many would say that it is impossible that one man could have written the complete text alone. Yet, recently an investigation team of scholars, sponsored by National Geographic, findings support the story that the Codex is the work of one man.

What The Experts Found

During the study, of the manuscript’s text, invetigators noted that the book uses only one type of ink; which was made from crushed insect nests. The style and font of the calligraphy is consistent throughout, leading the investigators to believe that the manuscript is the work of one scribe rather than many and only written in a short time. The experts estimate that “The Devil’s Bible” would have taken a minimum of 25-30 years to complete if written continuously including the drawings. Which only makes the Legend behind the book to be true. That it was in fact written by the Devil.

Its not that I love Satan, but mystique and alchemy intrigue me, so I don’t care if anyone thinks that the Codex and its Faustian lore is a farce or a mislabeled text.
I hate spoilers, people who will watch a movie, let’s say finding Dory before you then come start telling you the core snippets.
I just love the thrill, you know, the mystery, the forbidden.
I don’t wanna know the actor’s personal life beyond the movie cast, it’s like the way Chris Pratt acted so Badass in Jurassic world, that perception of him in one’s head stuck, controlling the raptors, running with them in the Costa Rican jungle at night like they are puppies, I wouldn’t want to know any other version of him. Like to know that he is just a normal vegan jamaa who fears spiders, come on, haven’t all my childhood icons been iconoclasted enough already? The Santa Claus, tooth fairy myth busting?

Let the Codex Gigas legend flow as it is.

The people who found it believed that it was written by a condemned monk who had sold his soul to the devil. The monk was said to have been from a monastery in Bohemia. They said the monk was in jail and sentenced to death. The monk pleaded for his life and attempted to bargain with those who wished to put him to death. Monks lived by very strict codes of conduct. They practiced horrible self abusive activities and would often deprive themselves of food or sleep. Punishments were even worse. A guilty monk could be placed in solitary confinement and starved to death. Herman did not want to die, so he negotiated a deal with the elders. He promised that he would write a book. A book that contained the entire Bible and the whole of Human knowledge. He swore he would do it in just one night and if not successful they could kill him. The elders thought this would be impossible so they accepted the deal, allowing Herman to live another day. According to the legend, Herman was set to be walled up, meaning buried alive inside a wall, if he did not complete his task. He worked feverishly until his hands were bleeding and it was becoming late into the night. He believed that he could not carry on. He gave up, could not do it and asked for help from none other than Satan. Satan answered by guiding Herman’s hand leading to the completion of the Devil’s Bible, by just one man in just one night. Making this the only book in history written by the devil. This is the legend of how the Codex came to be.

According to the National Geographic , it would take one person working continuously, day and night, for five years to recreate the contents of Codex Gigas by hand (excluding the illustrations). Therefore, realistically it would have taken at least 25 years for the scribe to create the codex from scratch. Yet, all this time, the writing retained an incredible uniformity from start to finish. This may be the source of the legend which says that the monk wrote it in just one day.

The ancient tale tells of a monk from the Middle Ages who, after breaking his monastic vows, was sentenced to the particularly cruel death of being walled up alive. In a desperate attempt to avoid his harsh punishment, the monk promised to write – in a single night – a book that glorified the monastery and contained all human knowledge.
The monastic order agreed to his plea. Yet as midnight approached, the doomed monk knew he would not be able to complete the book unaided. So he bowed in prayer and begged for help.
Instead of addressing God, however, he turned his eyes downward to fallen angel Lucifer, offering his soul in exchange for a finished book.
The dark prince heard the monk’s prayer and gladly accepted his offer; with a snap of his clawed fingers, the massive text was done. The monk added the full-page portrait of the Devil as a token of his gratitude – other versions suggest that Lucifer himself signed his work by adding the self-portrait.
Extensive handwriting analysis indicates that one scribe did indeed compose the entire manuscript. Historians point to a signature within the text – “hermann inclusis” (“Herman the Recluse”) – as evidence of its solitary author. Tests to recreate the calligraphy of the Devil’s Bible suggest it would take five years of nonstop writing to create it – and that’s not including the intricate illustrations and ornate illuminations found throughout its pages.
Clearly, the author of this massive tome was possessed by something to create such a masterwork. Whether it was the power of light or darkness, is lost to time.

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An artist's perception

Stories and legends say that the Codex Gigas brought disaster or illness on whoever possessed it during its history. Fortunately, the National Library in Stockholm, where it is currently housed, appears immune to the curse of the codex!
Codex Gigas contains a complete vulgate Latin translation of the Bible as well as five other major texts. It begins with the Old Testament and continues with ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ by Flavius Josephus (1 st century AD; ‘ two works of Josephus Flavius, Isidore of Seville´s Etymologies , the standard textbook for teaching medicine in the Middle Ages known as
Ars medicinae (The art of medicine)
Encyclopedia Etymologiae ’ by Isidore of Seville (6 th century AD); a collection of medical works of Hippocrates, Theophilus, Philaretus, and Constantinus. ; the New Testament; and ‘The Chronicle of Bohemia’ by Cosmas of Prague (1050 AD), and a calendar.
Smaller texts are also included in the manuscript with the most famous ones including: text on exorcism, magic formulas, a picture of the Heavenly City, and a full page illustration of the Devil. The illustration is the reason why legend says the codex was written with the devil’s help.

It has a Penitential – a manual for  priests with a list of sins and appropriate ways of atonement.

Of special interest are the sections that testify to the Bohemian origin of the manuscript and its eventful history. At the end of the 16th century, the Codex was incorporated into the collections of Habsburg ruler Rudolph II. During the Swedish siege of Prague at the end of the Thirty Years’ War (1648), the manuscript was taken as war booty and transferred to Stockholm

It has the full Latin Vulgate Bible; They are in the order: Genesis–Ruth; Isaiah–Daniel; Hosea–Malachi; Job; Samuel and Kings; Psalms–Song of Solomon; Wisdom of Solomon; Wisdom of Jesus; Esdras; Tobit; Judith; Esther; and Maccabees. The entire New and Old Testament of the Holy Bible are contained in the pages of this book along with all manner of incantations, spells and many other things that would otherwise never appear in the same text as the Holy Bible. This is quite an amazing book that has brought forth so many questions and much mystery.
Passages in the book contain herbals, history books, cures for dangerous illnesses, texts regarding caring for the soul, medical formulas for treating illnesses and diseases, spells, and even solutions to problems (such as finding a thief).

It initially contained 320 sheets, though some of these were subsequently removed. It is unknown who removed the pages or for what purpose but it seems likely that they contained the monastic rules of the Benedictines.

On Friday, 7 May 1697, a fierce fire broke out at the royal castle in Stockholm, and the Royal Library suffered very badly. The codex was rescued from the flames by being thrown out of a window. The codex apparently injured a bystander and some of its leaves fluttered away. the twelve missing pages of the Codex Gigas are rumoured to contain an apocalyptic text called “The Devil’s Prayer”.

The book’s most intriguing entry, however, is a menacing full-page color illustration of the Devil. It is this drawing that earned the text its nickname of the Devil’s Bible – and convinced many that its pages are cursed by the sinister power of the dark prince.

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Folio 290 recto

It obvious now, how the text got its nickname. It is the only bible to have a large image of the devil. A devil that is pictured half-clothed in royal ermine; he is half man, half beast; with claws, cloven hooves, and a huge snake-like red tongue. The drawing shows Satan walled up in a cell alone rather than with his subjects in Hell. The page directly across from the devil’s image is a portrait of the Kingdom of Heaven, creating a possible message.

After the image of the Devil is a page devoted to warding off evil spirits and sickness. On this page are three conjurations and two spells, likely intended as protection from the devil and not an invocation due to their juxtapositioning with the previous page. There is an image of the Heavenly City placed before the demon and the spells.

Twitter: @mighty_leny

Zeitgeist #1: Seeking Ironic Fulfillment in Trash

People fuck with Kodak Black, Lil Yatchy, and Lil Uzi because everyone else does, its the hype.. The wave LMAO! These cats have no bars you can’t tell me otherwise. Same goes with G Herbo, 21 Savage, Madeintyo, Gucci Mane, Zack Farlow, Chief Keef, Young Dolph and Lil B the Based God. All poopoo water. Listened to them and my life slowed down. Like why y’all boosting these fakes?
All I see is people tweeting,:
  
      “Kodak’s in this Bih never gets old,
      “I got Yatchy on repeat,
      “Lil Uzi is straight flames,

When you call them out, the excuses they make.:,

      “you guys don’t understand their music
       “You can’t be seriously hating on Dicky
       “Lil Uzi and Yatchy do not claim to be rappers, so do not expect bars just enjoy the vibe of their music. Or that
       “Lil Uzi > Kodak Black

First of all if you say Kodak Black is trash but you like Lil Uzi you need to sleep and never wake up.

Don’t make people jump on this Lil Uzi wave, don’t lie to them. Lil Uzi Vert is sewage water.

Don’t you fucking compare Kodak Black to Boosie Badass or Prodigy.
Kodak = Garbage
Desiigner = Garbage

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Dicky the only one trying tbh

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All are trash

You really think we are gonna be sixty showing our kids Lil Yatchy. I don’t know about y’all but I’m not.
Wait, Lil Yatchy and Lil Boat are the same person? I can’t fucking keep up with you kids man. “They’re alter egos, Lil Boat raps and Lil Yatchy sings.” I can’t.

All I can say is that Lil Yatchy is flaming trash.

If she still listens to Chief Keef she a hoe.

Gucci Mane has been garbage since 2005 and he still is. He is that guy who failed to further develop his career from his 1017 Brick Squad street cred, his ice cream face tattoo and many incarcerations Cult of Personality.

Lil B the Base God is not creative. You call it Based to make it look cool But it is shit. All fecal matter is summed up to one thing. Its all called shit.

Either the kids listening to these rappers are on some puberty rebellion shit or they think that these rappers are gonna turn out like young thugga. So everybody wants that “I told you these rappers were lit” moment. You are dreaming son. Soulja boy is still trash to date.

Don’t bob your head to the beat, peep the game. Listen to what they are saying
-2Pac Shakur

KRIT, YG, Kendrick, Mac, somehow in 5 years is now Lil Yatchy, G Herbo, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi, just ponder on that.

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The rest of the world is taking over rap.

Nigerian Sarkodie
German – USO – LOC from Denmark
Flyvende by USO #NowPlaying
Just listen to this isht. now those are flames Flyvende

Kenyan –  Khaligraph Jones
Khaligraph
French rappers PNL

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PNL MUSIC are the French rappers you need to know

And they are all beasts am telling you.

But if it is ironic fulfilment you seek, the highjabi Groovy Tonys come in handy bruh,
  Curren$y, Nipsey Hussle, School Boy Q,
  Marsha Ambrosius & Boosie.

Curren$y- I love this nigga – The New Orleans weed-rap king Curren$y radiates a supreme sense of chill every time he touches a microphone, but he’s also one of the hardest-working most prolific big-name rappers out there right now. He always delivers neat, groovy beautiful sounds with the sunny calm and cinematic old school soul samples that we’very come to expect from the man.

Marsha Ambrosius is this new interwoven Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu that gives you nostalgia. Neo soul isn’t dead. She is too groovy on hooks mahn.

Scholboy Q’s new tape – Blank Face LP should save us from all the trash that’s been circulating i.e. Lil Uzi

Have a good day, except Lil Uzi fans cuz y’all retarded.

Twitter: @mighty_leny