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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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Free Ideas vs Pay to Play

Background At issue in the twenty-first century is the trade-off between the necessity of writers, musicians, artists, and movie studios to profit from their work and the free flow of ideas for the public benefit. Movie (and music) industry participants claim that encryption programs are necessary to prevent piracy. Others,…


Less rappers more emcees

No more rappers We don’t need more rappers. Hip Hop is bigger than rap. There are too many rappers in general, but especially in America. We don’t need any more rappers. We need more million-dollar graffiti artists. We need more B-boys and B-girls to blow up and more real deejays…


Black Moon before their first album in 1992

Here’s another classic Shades of Hip Hop clip to post for #TBT. It features Buckshot Shorty, the 5ft Accelerator and DJ Evil Dee just before their album dropped in 1992. This is when rappers could do in-store promotions at record stores. Sadly, there are no more record stores in most…


When Conscious Women in Hip Hop were Respected

During the  Golden Era of rap in the 90’s , which is a little different than the Golden Era of Hip Hop during the 80’s, conscious women in Hip Hop were respected. In the beginning, rappers whether male or female, were given props for their skills on the mic and…


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…


Mainstream ideology is why Hip Hop began

More correctly, the opposition to mainstream ideology is why Hip Hop evolved into a culture. At its inception Hiphop (consciousness), was the way normal people in the urban parts of America were able to maintain sanity in the face of the hypocrisy of mainstream life. Mainstream life told you that…


Putting Hip Hop in Perspective via Plainfield

The digital publication below is an example of several principles. Firstly, the format itself is an innovative use of modern technology to relay a story. I have used the digital magazine format for several years in experimentation, but I predict a new wave of inspiration flowing for 2015. I expect…


My theme song from the Golden Era

Over the last year, I have reconciled myself to the idea that in order to move forward we must continuously look back to the past as our guide. We must constantly discover where we went wrong, and where we went right. I think its also important to celebrate the victories…

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Have Black Men Advanced?

In 2014, an article by  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 is…


Rappers just look like emcees

Rapper Mac Miller was quoted on Vlad TV as having said Golden era music is similar to 2013. His full quote from stated; “Artists right now are making some of my favorite music in Hip Hop that’s ever been made, I think that in many years this year will be…


What I learned about free speech

The Charlie Hebdo situation has given me some valuable insight over the last week. It inspired me to produce my first ever cartoon for to illustrate what I learned. Like Charlie Hebdo, it’s immature and offensive, so enjoy… This diversion into comedy is not my  forte obviously, but it…


8 other things Hip Hop added to American culture

…And no I’m not talking about twerking! When we think of the cultural influence that Hip Hop has on American society and even the World, we think mostly in terms of the elements; Emceein, Deejayin, Graffiti Art, Breakin etc. In fact, True Schoolers tend to think of Hip Hop Kulture…


Blame Hip Hop and protect the real criminal

I read an interesting article by Manny Faces of the NY Hip Hop Report and Birthplace Magazine about a report by CNN anchor Don Lemon. The problem with the main stream media is that they are not competent enough to discuss a topic as intricate as race on TV. Forget…

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