1. THE FORBIDDEN SHORE

    Politics silenced Cuban voices beyond its shores, but within, music is its very heartbeat. For the first time ever, through over 40 concerts and intimate conversations, the full spectrum of Cuban music is brought to life in all its extraordinary diversity. Nowhere else has there been such an inextricable relationship between political realities and the unquenchable desire to express freely through music and voice. Through the music, and filmmaker Ron Chapman’s unique access to Cuba’s streets, people, musicians’ lives and personal stories, a compelling and poignant vision emerges of a people shrouded from the view of nearby shores.

    The stories told are cultural, artistic, and political; stories of oppression and artistic freedom; of poverty and unique richness of experience; revealing a nation’s struggles, triumphs, visions and dreams. Told in voices both young and old guard – all on the verge of change that for so long has only been dreamed of - voices that when the embargo ends will ring out from the isolated island of Cuba clear across the oceans of the world.

    A stunning journey to the heart and soul of Cuba and its people through Cuba’s incredible variety of musical expressions, from classic Son and Salsa to Trova, Nueva Trova, Reggaton, Rock, Jazz, Metal, Rap. DJ, Hip-Hop, Classical, Choral, Pop, Changu, Danzon, Rumba, Yoruba, Bolero, Conga, Timba, Mambo, Jazz Cubano, and more.

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  2. The official music video for Substantial's "My Favorite Things (f/ Steph)" taken from his album, Sacrifice (Available now from QN5 Music). Directed by: Matt Hobbs (VitalFilms.net) // For more info: QN5.com // Tamashie.com. ©2009 QN5 Inc. & Tamashie Creations

    Lyrics:

    Steph
    MCs kick rhymes to beats or acapella
    Graf artists tagging year round through all weather
    Our cultures evolving what next will it bring
    Hip-hop is one of my favorite things
    DJs b-boys and b-girls are so clever
    They called it a fad but were hip-hop forever
    We love our culture to it we shall cling
    Hip-hop is one of my favorite things

    Substantial
    Hip-Hop culture a way of life thats preyed on by vultures
    To fatten up their pockets some really thought theyd stop it
    And called it a fad all to the bad when you dissing theyre way of life
    Son is a trip button your lip peep what I say tonight
    See it started in the South Bronx but this brother heres from Maryland
    Home of Mambo sauce and emcees who be shining like sterling
    Thats a whole nother song moving along back to the subject
    H-I-P to the H-O-P man I love it
    It consist of four elements some say five or more
    If you didnt know that until now what the hell you rhyming for
    Theres breaking & rhyming, deejaying & graf
    I add on beatboxing because I practice that craft
    Like (beatbox) its crucial
    When you aint got a beat in the cipher its quite useful
    Then there was breaking see I stopped that quite early
    Didnt like the idea that some dance moves could hurt me
    But still find popping and locking to be mad nice
    Just now all my energy is used only to grab mics
    And rock rock on to the dawn of early morning
    Still do graffiti just took my moms warning
    And kept it on the paper to avoid central booking
    But to hell with jail I was more scared of butt whuppings
    Now Im a grown man with hip-hop still way up in me
    And Ill love it for life even if I never see one penny

    Steph
    MCs kick rhymes to beats or acapella
    Graf artists tagging year round through all weather
    Our cultures evolving what next will it bring
    Hip-hop is one of my favorite things
    DJs b-boys and b-girls are so clever
    They called it a fad but were hip-hop forever
    We love our culture to it we shall cling
    Hip-hop is one of my favorite things

    Substantial
    See an ignorant man made a statement thats so wrong
    When he said rap music is an oxymoron
    True most of us dont sing some curse when theyre rapping
    Some of us use sample and others utilize scratching
    But its still all music stop judging and listen
    Some of the joints you dont like were the best songs ever written
    No genre that was conjured has accomplished what rap has
    Filled with brilliant poets who you thought just rap fast
    And thats sad, only heard when using curse words
    Racial slurs and calling women out of their name
    And they claim that our graffiti isnt real art
    Like they rule the art world please tell me when did this start
    See art is opinion only techniques have guidelines
    Smarter than what yall think and I havent even reached my prime
    Dont try to diss breaking see I find that quite funny
    I peeped yall in time square giving breakers yall money
    Cause you know you love it from our clothes to our lingo
    Thats why most trends start with us blacks and latinos
    Dont take that as a diss cause Im telling you that its not
    All kinds of people have contributed to hip-hop
    Making my culture more beautiful than its ever been
    Hip-hop heads worldwide from Japanese to Mexican
    Taking me places Ive never been, peace to the veterans
    Swear on my life it will never end

    Steph
    MCs kick rhymes to beats or acapella
    Graf artists tagging year round through all weather
    Our cultures evolving what next will it bring
    Hip-hop is one of my favorite things
    DJs b-boys and b-girls are so clever
    They called it a fad but were hip-hop forever
    We love our culture to it we shall cling
    Hip-hop is one of my favorite things

    Whether I rock mics in the spotlight
    Or remain underground
    Hip-hop will still be my favorite thing
    As long as the earth's still round

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  3. Produced by City Lore, directed by Henry Chalfant

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  4. From the award-winning documentary film, "P.A.T.H.", here's bonus footage featuring DJ Immortal, Director of Scratch Academy in Miami Beach.

    Produced & Directed by Dan Perez DanPerezFilms.com

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