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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 almost set up…

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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Remembering the Moments

In my photo journal, Shades of Hip Hop: Undaground Seen, I talk about the importance of cherishing the moments in life which change and inspire us. In a song recently released by Noreaga called, Moments, he deftly weaves a laid back reflection on the past ups and downs of life….

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Preserving Hip Hop for Future Generations

Stay tuned for more details to be announced… 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…

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24 Years Ago in Hip Hop

It was 1992, and Hip Hop was my life. At the same time, life was changing. It wasn’t just technology and the advancements in video production, but the feeling of growth and innovation that was in the air. Back then, there were still such things as video stores and record…

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Aren’t we all wrong sometimes?

I’ve been wrestling with this concept a lot since last year when it happened, but I haven’t been able to put it into words correctly. I feel that the subject is intrinsic to the essence of Hiphop consciousness, and while it was touched on, it wasn’t discussed in depth. You…

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What’s in a leap year?

The year is based on approximately how long it takes for our planet to revolve around the Sun. It takes about 365.25 days to make the journey and that .25 days is made up every 4 years with a “leap year”. The extra time that has accumulated is equal to…

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A View from the underground

(Introduction from my photo journal – Shades of Hip Hop: Undaground Seen NY/NJ 2008) In the depths of the premium grade underground market, there is supreme talent. There is more creativity and originality than you would ever find in the mainstream. The talent is always more raw and unique when…

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Where do we go from here?

Over the last several years, I’ve confronted the idea of whether or not my devotion to Hip Hop Kulture has been worth it, given the state of rap culture today. On one hand, I don’t feel like people, including myself, did enough to fight for the positive gains we made…

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Shout Out to Hip Hop Nerds

To be clear, rappers didn’t create Hip Hop. They used to speak for it though. Deejays didn’t create Hip Hop either; neither did B-Boys/Girls or Graf artists. Hip Hop was galvanized by all those groups together and also by some groups that have gone unnamed. To galvanize means, “to stimulate…

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What Happened to Skillz?

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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Hip Hop is a seed

In the Gospel of Hip Hop, The Teacha breaks down many important subjects and life affirming topics which focus Hiphoppas on substantive aspects of life. A full range of introspection from materialism to spirituality is contained in the over 800 page tome. The Gospel is more of a reference resource…

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What did we learn about Hip Hop in 2015?

They say the loudest voices get the most attention… Well, the loudest voices in rap music have made a complete cross-over into pop music with the new melody-rap; half-singing/half-rapping style being mimicked everywhere currently. The style is spearheaded by artists like Future and Young Thug who claim to be rappers…

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Here’s another Hip Hop Puzzle

A couple of months ago I shared some simple Hip Hop games to pass the time. Here is another one based on a drawing I did recently. You can also support the Hip Hop Lives Preservation Project by getting a real puzzle that was just added to Etsy. Shouts out…

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