The Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, NJ accepted an archive of photos, ephemera and memorabilia from the Shades of Hip Hop video days and produced a 3-month exhibition in 2016, to commemorate the donation. In 2017, Kurt Nice became the Hip Hop Kultural Specialist for the Asbury Park School system which was kicked off by a summer learning program for youth headed by Kurt Nice and rapper Special Ed.

Koll Herc & Kurt Nice


HipHopLives.net is a collection of blog posts written by long-time video producer and Hip Hop Archivist, Kurt Nice. The articles cover over 30 years of lived Hip Hop experiences.


In 2008, Kurt Nice encountered KRS ONE for an in-depth conversation for the first time since 1995 (@D&D Studios). That led him to playing a key role in promoting the most important book ever written about Hip Hop consciousness thus far, The Gospel of Hip Hop by KRS ONE (2009). His travels promoting the Gospel of Hip Hop and The Stop the Violence Movement across the United States lead to Kurt’s role originally as Marketing Director for the Temple of Hip Hop and then Exec Archivist for the on-line gallery of Hip Hop Kulture (hiphoplives.net). From 2011 to 2013, Kurt designed, edited and wrote 13 issues of 9 Elements Magazine (HipHopLives.net Magazine) that included self-produced video and audio as well. He also wrote and compiled Blood Oaths to the Secret Covenant: Unraveling the Mystery of Mitt Romney’s Lineage (pub. 2012) and Shades of Hip Hop: Undaground Seen 2008 (pub. 2013). In addition, he published a book of essays called Hip Hop Know What I’m Sayin (2013).




Kurtiss Jackson, also known as Kurt Nice, nurtured a love for Hip Hop music and culture as a youth growing up in New Jersey during the 1970’s. Through dancing, and graffiti art, he first participated in what later became a multi-billion-dollar industry of hip-hop products. While in college studying psychology at Rutgers University, internship at …


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