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A Tribe Called X – Mission Statement

May 6, 2014

A Tribe Called X started out as The Swag Express in 2008; it served as a personal blog of an artist and college student covering politics, social issues, subcultures, music, film, art, and more. It was inspired by underground DIY music blogs that were growing in popularity from 2004-2008. The second name of the blog is an allusion to the legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest.

In its focus on music, it served as an archive for the music the blog owner was interested in. As time passed it grew to become a platform for other DIY underground artists who wanted to build a grassroots network. The Swag Express also became the home for the music of Griff X, becoming the web site all of his material would be released through (including remixes, sound collages, mixtapes, and original compositions).

In its focus on culture and politics, it served as a voice for progressive issues and causes. When the website launched, Proposition 8 in California was a hot-button issue. This site unapologetically stands by the LGBTQ community and all marginalized oppressed people around the world. It stands against racism, homophobia, police brutality, militarism, capitalism, patriarchy- all forms of fascism. A Tribe Called X is primarily from an anarchist perspective. Not every artist or figure covered on this site may share the same views or politics.

In its focus on news, it aims to speak on issues often ignored by the mainstream media or ignored by society at large. The blog is a unique blend of entertainment, journalism, activism, and political commentary.

A Tribe Called X aims to be a progressive blog in every way, celebrating art and the limitless creativity of people around the world.

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