NUKOD has teamed up with Barcelona-based graffiti artist Pez to create the ‘Happy Fish’ toy. Jose Sabate, or Pez, has had his work showcased in the book Street Logos, and alongside The London Police and Flying Fortress in touring exhibitions across the United States. The ‘Happy Fish’ is one of Pez’s most enduring designs, a character that’s dotted the walls of Spain since 1999, and is now available as a limited edition vinyl toy. There are only 450 pieces available, with an additional 45 signed units available through the artist directly. Get your own Happy Fish here.
Don’t Shoot the Hostages is more than just another “conscious” or “radical” poetry book. It’s an outspoken contribution towards the clarification and understanding of: Race, White Guilt, Religion, Police Brutality, The Real Drug War, America the Plantation, 9/11, The Prison Industrial Complex and Local/International poverty issues from the perspective of the Revolutionary, The drug dealer/addict, and the common man and woman.
The foreword was written by Bruce George, co-creator of HBO’S Def Poetry Jam. Contributors for Don’t Shoot the Hostages were hand selected for their in your face approach to, “telling it like it is!”
The contributors are Carlos Andres Gomez (winner of the 2004 Red Bull Word Clash and recipient of the Best Spoken Word CD Award for 2006), J DEE (member of the militant west coast rap group, Da Lynch Mob), Nancy Winters (prison rights activist, advocate and friend of Mumia Abu Jamal), The Mad Rabbi (member of the prolific Rap group, Pens and Needles) and Abstract Rude (former member of the legendary Hip Hop groups, Freestyle Fellowship and Abstract Tribe Unique).
What Don’t Shoot the Hostages offers the reader is the opportunity to live out the following scenario: imagine walking into a heavily populated section of any major city and having the ability to read the minds of everyone you passed. You would quickly realize the masses are starving, doing dope to cope, and as a result, severely failing in personal and social relationships. Don’t Shoot the Hostages reminds the reader that the main problem poor, working class people face, are themselves. From beginning to end, Don’t Shoot the Hostages is an unflinching look into the minds of society’s forgotten.
The poetry, social commentary and contributions in this book are radical, angry, and at times, terrifying.
“Monte brings you fire and ice; the burning of his heart is his passion; the coolness, is his reason and insight. His poetry is a welcome ingredient in the mix of Hip Hop.”
MUMIA ABU-JAMAL – Author, Journalist, Unjustly incarcerated political prisoner
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Prodigy in front of a calendar counting down the days before he reports to prison shot by Chad Griffith, published by Village Voice and offered as an art print by Hideout Gallery
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