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Lincoln Park Hip Hop Fest 2014

A couple of random shots of the 2014 Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark NJ. 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…


5 Reasons Black Men Among Most Influential on Earth

Just recently an article by our brother Dr. Boyce Watkins, outlined 5 reasons why he felt “black” men haven’t advanced over the last 40 years. Watkins states, “We are fragmented, distracted, materialistic, and ultimately weak.  We are not men….we are just a bunch of ‘niggaz in Paris.’ (Watkins, 2014)” That…


What about Bobby Shmurda?

Check out the best Hip Hop talk on a Sunday night, the NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz. As the conversation turns to Bobby Shmurda, I questioned why it is as adults, that we follow the trends of children with no life experience. When we were…


Tupac speaks about economics

In this clip which is the first MTV interview with Pac as a solo artist, he talks about society and the idea of giving. He also touches on his perception of how Americans should act toward each other. During the interaction he states unequivocally that he considers himself an American…


Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival_Total Slaughter Battle_Harlem Book Fair

On this week’s episode of the NY Hip Hop Report (Sundays 9pm est) hosts Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz discussed the 2014 Brooklyn Hip Hop festival, the results and impact of the Total Slaughter Battle featuring Joe Buddens and Hollw da Don plus a recap of the Harlem Book Fair…


How my suburban town changed Hip Hop forvever

Introduction In this essay, the importance of our action or inaction as human beings in society, is discussed to remind us that even if we think that we are insignificant, the things we do or don’t do in life have ramifications that we can’t possibly foresee. In this discussion, we…

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Portable Hip Hop Gallery

What is a portable Hip Hop gallery? Well, this is an example based on the Shades of Hip Hop collection. The following is an example of a set-up I am working on that goes beyond the normal table display of artifacts. This system is more of a mobile museum design,…


Star is done with male battle rap

After the latest scandal surrounding battle rap and the latest altercation during an event, Star of Shot 97 internet radio and long-time radio host, says he’s finished with the genre. On his daily internet show on from 12 – 2pm, Star cited the incident of Dizaster punching Math Hoffa…


Dizaster punches Math Hoffa at KOTD

Young boy bravado overtook the King of the Dot battle in Los Angeles on June 28. After what some said was a good three-round battle, Diz threatened to punch Math Hoffa in the face. Math dared him to do it, so he did. From the video, it looks like Math…


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…


RAW Natural Born Artists

At the Paranorma show put on by RAW in Hoboken on June 19, there was another shining example of creative artistry put on exhibition. RAW has redefined the gallery experience with a luxurious mix of fine art and contemporary club atmosphere. The pulsating lights and sound of a live DJ…


Check out the Photo Gallery

Finally got a chance to redo the gallery. Still under construction but you know how I do. The archives are what they are. Little bits of time recorded on electro-magnetic chips. Enjoy!   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop…


Nature Edition p2: Weird Science

How do things work? Science is all around us in nature. Everyday physics impacts the way we live without even knowing it. Did you know that when volcanoes erupt, sometimes a lightning storm is generated? The purple dots disappear if you stare at the center…. How a chain is made….


More interesting pics

  What is beauty? What is art? Art and beauty are everywhere… 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…


Hip Hop and Andragogy

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,…


Time to Shine just added to Video: Archive

In 1997, Shades of Hip Hop released it’s 3rd video mixtape during the summer. Unlike R.I.P.- Tupac and B.I.G., released in April 1997, this tape was not all videos. Like the first video mixtape, Trains to Newark.NYC, this was chock full of original content. What was different about Time to…


Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014

We enjoyed a special marathon of Hip Hop discussion on Sunday to kick off Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014 right here on That’s right Hip Hop! We shared a lively conversation on the conference call to start things off with Crystal Colon, Frank Nesbit and Michael Walsh of Operation…


Thirteen years since the Declaration of Peace

At the time when this was going on, there was not much hype about it in the Hip Hop press, if at all. On May 16th 2001, Hip Hop Kulture made a transition into World status. With this document, Hip Hop was officially recognized as an international community by the…


Who are you?

Who are you really? Who do you model yourself after? Are you a product and accumulation of the behaviors you mimic from television, movies, music and religion? Are you the stereotype characterized in a file cabinet in a county courthouse, or some marketing research firm? Who gives meaning to your…


Bingewatch Real Hip Hop May 18th on

Have you ever sat and watched a marathon of back to back episodes of your favorite TV show on DVR or during a special airing? If you have, then you’re a bingewatcher. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just a new phenomenon provided to us more readily in the age…