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Make sure you check out the VIDEO section for exclusive content from the Hip Hop Lives.net : ARCHIVE. Premium content from the Golden Era of Hip Hop and beyond.

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Mainstream rappers don’t care about you

If you observe what’s ‘poppin’ with today’s popular rappers, you won’t find much that should concern you. You aren’t missing anything by not listening to them. They aren’t making any big strides artistically or conceptually. Their songs are the same warmed-over, R&B inspired, auto-tuned trap music that was spilled in…

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A new look at the Hip Hop Elements

We all talk about Hip Hop; what it is, when it started, who is Hip Hop and who isn’t. But do we even all agree on that first part? What is Hip Hop? We all say it’s more than just music and entertainment. It’s a culture and a lifestyle. Most…

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Special Discount: Selected 12×18 RIP Portraits

This week, expand your Hip Hop memorabilia collection with these quality portraits I drew for the Plainfield Public Library Hip Hop Archive. Each piece was designed with a UGEE graphic tablet and finished with a uniform background pattern for this exhibition. To get your collection started, I’m offering a special…

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Young Rappers Don’t Love Hip Hop

Most times, I stay in the background of these topical rap conversations and gossip because its pointless. I’m glad on one level not to associate with too many insiders because then you lose perspective. It’s hard to be an honest judge of character when you find out that some whack…

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COLLECTOR’S LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

If you can’t make it to the debut exhibition this month, please consider supporting my efforts to preserve real Hip Hop Kulture by purchasing an original print. Your support helps build collections for displays in new locations. These presentations and public displays can provide unique inspiration for aspiring artists, producers,…

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This Wednesday Join Us For Real Hip Hop

At the Plainfield Public Library, 800 Park Avenue, underground, authentic Hip Hop will be on display for all True Hiphoppas. Wednesday night used to be a great day to celebrate the True School. Like the legendary Black Galaxy Network parties during the 1990’s at the Pipeline in Newark, the middle…

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After this, do you still love Hip Hop?

The last 4 months to many may have been very depressing when it comes to Hip Hop as a culture. Specifically, Hip Hop has been rocked by scandals of the most repugnant kind related to Bam and his legacy to the culture. That wave sent ripples felt by the Zulu…

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This July at the Hip Hop Archive

We will open the floor Wednesdays nights to Hip Hop discussions and LIVE performances! Stay tuned for more details on how to be involved. Special guest speakers and performers TBA. Contact me for speaking/performing slots info@hiphoplives.net Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the…

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Elizabeth NJ – A Place in Hip Hop History

Last year when I began to contemplate the ripple effect on the vast culture of Hip Hop, I singled out my small town of Plainfield NJ. In that piece, I had only just begun to reveal the puzzle that makes up our collective Hip Hop experience. Initially, I also wanted…

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Exhibition Open

We made it! The brand new Hip Hop Archive at Plainfield Public Library @800 Park Ave is finally open! On display for the collective is my personal collection of artworks depicting some contemporary Hip Hop history. This material illustrates how we can all participate in the preservation of Hip Hop…

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Check out the Hip Hop Lives Archive

Thanks to the Plainfield Public Library in New Jersey for providing such a beautiful facility to house our Hip Hop Archive. To celebrate the donation of my Shades of Hip Hop catalog, we will display photos, prints and items that document our collective contemporary history. The goal is to inspire…

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The Hip Hop Declaration of Peace

For many years, people inside and outside of the culture, have speculated on the importance and impact of Hip Hop on society. Has it been a benefit to have Hip Hop Kulture transmitted to the masses through hip-hop music around the World? What has been the impact of individuals adopting…

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It’s All About the Hamiltons

If you asked the average rap fan what the biggest story in Hip Hop (culture) or hip-hop music for the past 12 months was, what would they say? They might mention Drake and Meek Mill. They might talk about Future’s status as the ‘trap-music king’. Maybe they would talk about…

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Exhibition set up, come visit us!

On display for the collective are some of my favorite moments from the Shades of Hip Hop Archive. Although the full video and audio catalog has yet to be uploaded to the database, you will find digital reproductions from some of that same footage on display. There is also a…

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Archive Update: Hip Hop Posters

Please take a look at these one of a kind prints personally crafted by myself, to pay tribute to some icons of hip-hop music. While you do, I hope you would consider supporting my efforts to bring Hip Hop Kulture to future generations with the new Hip Hop Archive on…

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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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What have you learned from Hip Hop?

Since conscious rap music became a recognized force in the American culture, many jewels have been ‘dropped’, so to speak. Many ‘pearls of wisdom’ have educated those who would have otherwise never considered the info being presented. That knowledge has translated many street lessons from the days of the Message…

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My Life in Hip Hop

Although my time on this planet has been brief in the grand scheme of things, it has been longer than some who I traveled with before. My adult life has been a mix of highs and lows, like anyone else, more or less. I’ve had successes and failures both of…

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Some fools don’t need a special day

Although it’s said that the history of April Fool’s Day became popular in the 1700’s among English pranksters, the origins seems to go back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Previously the beginning of the year would be celebrated in the last week…

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18 Years ago this month

Do you remember the days before the internet? There was a time when communication between people took much longer. Information took days, weeks, and months to circulate sometimes before ‘everybody’ knew what was going on. The only viral videos of the day were bootleg movies, and not Hollywood blockbuster movies,…

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