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Celebrating the Worldwide Cypher

In common usage, a cypher is equated with a rhyme session of emcees. The word stems from the term for a ‘building session’ amongst 5 percenters who would gather in a small circle and speak or “build” on certain topics of the day. The Worldwide Cypher I’m speaking of is…

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R.I.P. PH aka Pumpkinhead an Emcee

PH aka Pumpkinhead, reminds me of what real Hip Hop emcees used to be. He was a lyricist and speaker of refined, well thought out verses of rhythmic poetry. He could also use those words well in an Emcee Challenge or battle rap scenario. If you were ever able to…

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Sci-Fi Theater Presents The Crystal Egg

The owner of a London curiosity shop delivers a mysterious crystal egg to a university professor for the scientist’s opinion on its worth and its properties. The ‘egg’ proves to be a window to Mars. TALES OF TOMORROW Tales of Tomorrow is an American anthology science fiction series that was…

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who is the most violent?

The Worst American violence The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary since the end of the United States Civil War. During the 4 year period from 1861 to 1865, over 620,000 American citizens died, most of whom were killed by each other in a war over southern states desire to…

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Hip Hop and Adult Learning

As I study Adult Learning, I see more and more how it relates to my life in Hip Hop and how the culture itself, in its True School aspect, is a blueprint of learning. Hip Hop in its best aspects as a cultural expression of Hip Hop elements like Breakin,…

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Rap as Pop Music

The idealistic principles of Hip Hop at its core are Peace, Love, Unity and (safely) Having Fun (Afrika Bambaataa, KRS ONE). It is expressed most often thru other principles like Originality, Concept and Skills. Originality was the lynch pin distinguishing us from them, Hiphoppa from non-Hiphoppa, originators from biters. Originality…

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What is Hip Hop expression?

How deep is your understanding of Hip Hop? What is Hip Hop communication? Hip Hop influences many forms of freestyle communication between people. KRS says on one level, Hip Hop is an ability to transforms subjects (ideas, ways of doing things) and objects (tangible things) in an effort to express…

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Hip Hop Appreciation Week Mix 3

Preserving Hip Hop means preserving the Hiphoppa. That includes the everyday Hiphoppa like you and me. Our survival is the survival of Hip Hop. All of us together make Hip Hop what it is. Without the people who embrace and perpetuate the culture, there is only a memory of what…

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Hip Hop Appreciation Week Mix 2

Another musical collage of pictures from some friends in the Worldwide cypher of Hip Hop. The WWC was a Sunday session of True School Hip Hop video/on-line talk show/discussion about topics related to Hip Hop Kulture and the human condition. We talked about society, politics, science, meta-physics, religion, music and…

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Hip Hop Appreciation Week Mix 1

Here’s a musical collage celebrating Hip Hop Appreciation Week with some pics from the Worldwide Cypher. If you see yourself or someone you know tag the post.   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed…

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What Hip Hop Appreciation Week means to me

What is Hip Hop? I know I’ve asked that question before, but during Hip Hop Appreciation Week, it’s good to revisit that topic. To be realistic, there is no real consensus or generally accepted answer to that question. For the most part, Hip Hop as a culture is stuck in…

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Living in the Past?

Last year WorldStar posted the “Roundtable Cypher” from Shades of Hip Hop #10: The Cypher which featued Mos Def, DMX, John Forte, Mic Gernimo, Big Pun and Canibus spitting 2nd Round K.O. for the very first time anywhere in public. This footage was shot on December 18, 1997, and still…

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It’s 4:20 Everyday

    Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of…

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Some Examples of Golden Era Video Remixes

As I explained in the last post about DJ Cheese, the remixes we collaborated on were done on analog equipment. I remember spending hours fast-forwarding and rewinding through numerous tapes to overdub specific frames of video into a particular piece. The process was not only time-consuming but tedious, meticulous and…

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Who is the 1st World Champion Deejay?

DJ Cheese from Plainfield, New Jersey, my hometown. The remixes DJ Cheese and I worked on for Shades of Hip Hop volume 5: CDS, and Shades of Hip Hop volume 6: Da Goodness were done in a unique way for remixes. Since Shades of Hip Hop is a video mixtape,…

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Integration is the problem

I was reading a text book on global marketing the other day and I realized that integration is the problem in society. Not the black and white integration that comes to mind so quickly in a race conscious society like America, but another kind. I’m talking about the mix and…

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The ethics of bootlegging

Bootleg –1. (verb) Make, distribute, or sell (illicit goods, esp. liquor, computer software, or recordings) illegally 2. (noun) An illegal musical recording, esp. one made at a concert. When cowboys roamed the land, most of them wore tall boots that, as the name suggests, came equipped with ample bootlegs. Because…

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Language, perception and Hip Hop

Language is ambiguous, arbitrary and abstract.1 It’s symbolic and historical and yet, intrinsically devoid of real meaning. Words have the ability to define ideas and objects and allow for communication between individuals to take place, but maybe even more importantly, enable the individual to hold thoughts in their own mind…

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Hip Hop and cultural values

Culture is defined by some as, “the patterns of meaning acquired by members of society expressed in their knowledge, beliefs, art, laws, morals, customs, and habits (Kardes, 2011).” Geert Hofstede defined culture as, “the collective programming of the human mind that distinguishes the members of one group from those of…

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My Philosophy is more typical than you might remember

A particular classic hip-hop song starts out with a ‘sample’, which is an audio clip borrowed from an unrelated source: “So you’re a philosopher? Yes (deejay scratching). Yes. I think very deeply.”1 Judging from a superficial perspective of mainstream music today, you wouldn’t think the song relates much in modern…

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