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Progressives Hate NSA But Love Russian Hacks?

I parted ways with the hardcore progressive left when they started hugging Edward Snowden’s nuts a few years back. I still watch, but I started not to trust their instincts at that time in a big way. It continued when networks like The Young Turks (TYT) went hyperbolic at the…


Watch This Space

Society, culture and the media that it operates through, can be studied and predicted. That type of stuff is what I’ve been interested in my whole life. The workings of the media and its impact on society has always seemed like the most influential force on modern life to me….


New Episode: What about non-English Rap?

Ep. 10 In this week’s episode, we look at some new artist submissions from the group on Facebook. A few submissions are non-Engish language tracks which beg the question: Can we like a song if we don’t understand the word? That answer should be obvious. Of course we can….


Donald Trump and P*ssygate 2016

The pundits in the mainstream media (MSM) are finally realizing the monster they propped up as equal to the most qualified candidate for POTUS (Hillary Clinton), is actually just a SELF-ADMITTED SEXUAL PREDATOR! Yes, Donald J Trump admitted to using his star power to harass women with unwanted kisses and…


How many Hip Hop References are in Luke Cage?

That is the question. There are so many that we’ll be dissecting this answer for weeks. This series can be a sociological study on so many levels and if you know me, I will end up exploring them. We can discuss the use of the word nigga as a topic….


A Superhero in Harlem

The new NetFlix/Marvel TV series, Luke Cage, debuted today and the instant reviews are in! The series kickoff with episode 1 introduces us to a collection of characters with complex stories and circumstances which place them on collision course in the future. Right now, we are just scratching the surface…


Luke Cage NetFlix Series On Deck: Cue Primo

The new NetFlix/Marvel series Luke Cage promises to showcase a new Hip Hop infused superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Critics and fans all anticipate a spectacular addition to the epic stories which will now include a look at Harlem’s underground crime fighter. The final trailer even includes a cameo…


Media Proves They’re Stuck on Stupid pt 1: Politics

In a recent blog I discussed the media’s role in keeping the spotlight on unqualified dummies to get clicks. My opinion is that those who claim to cover hip-hop and mainstream political media, have allowed frauds to occupy positions of national influence. These media outlets instigate an atmosphere of stupidity…


Fame Over Respect?

My goal ever since I began creating Hip Hop material in the 1990’s was to increase the status and acceptance of the culture that we were developing. Embedded in the First Generation of Hiphoppas was the universal desire to be recognized and respected. Each generation has that. However, at that…


The Most Admired Woman in the World

Here’s the thing. Propaganda and media brain-washing are real! For about 18 months now, Hillary Clinton has been dragged through the mud and branded with a ‘scarlet letter’ signifying untrustworthy. She has been accused and paraded before the public in witch hunt after witch hunt. She’s been accused of consorting…


Unsigned Artist Review (Parts 6 & 7)

It’s hard not to diss whack music but I try to be as constructive as I can in criticizing some of the weaker submissions. I don’t know if I was successful, but you be the judge. Most of the reviews are positive and we got some unique posts to react…


Hip Hop and U.S. Politics Have a Similar Problem: The Media

With a little insight and knowledge one can see parallels in the state of American politics and Hip Hop music (hip-hop music). What has become popular and mainstreamed is a dumbed-down, pre-school level of intelligence and discourse. The traditionally accepted qualifications for excellence in either category, has been shitted on…


Unsigned Artist Review (S2 E5)

Each week I try to go through as many post from the Group on Facebook and review what people have submitted. I can’t guarantee that I will be in a good mood all the time, and I won’t be as sympathetic then. For now I will only thumbs up…


People Lie about the 1990’s

Right now, we’re in the midst of a Presidential election in America. The sides have been drawn and a referendum is about to be made. In part, the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has not only made this totally about himself but the character he represents and epitomizes to the rest…


WTF is a Poverty Rate?

Just a few short months away from another decisive, World-changing election, the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump finally decided to address the need for African-American voter support. Many, including myself, were offended by his depiction of an impoverished, crime-ridden Hellscape populated by “Black” people in America. He screeched about…


Why the Mainstream Prefers Suckers, Clowns and Cynics

One thing that became clear to me when formally studying marketing was that marketing controls people’s lives a lot more than they might think. People think the illuminati or the government controls them, but it is only through marketing, media and public relations that anyone follows a command. People of…


Luke Cage infused with 90s Hip Hop

Word has come down that the new superhero Marvel/NetFlix series Luke Cage, will be composed by a super duo of 90’s inspired Hiphoppas. The duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad recently worked together on Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled 06” but  join forces here to fill the Harlem based action-adventure…


HipHopLives FB UAR (S2 E4)

From the Facebook group page for we check out some of the latest submissions from members in the Unsigned Artist Review. Dope tracks and whack rappers will be defined and singled out in my completely biased True School Hip Hop discussion. Check it out below… Also if you missed…


Real poverty numbers and how cynics hate progress

This article may not seem to relate to Hip Hop Kulture, but it does. In this post, I will set up the first part of a larger argument that includes a discussion of Hip Hop. That subsequent post will be the conclusion to what’s introduced here. To understand Hip Hop’s…


Pop Rap versus Hip Hop

Rap music of today, filled with the newest trendy sound and contemporary mindset, is a far cry from what the seasoned Hiphoppa would prefer, content-wise. Today’s music is the reflection of a fantasy world that exists mainly in songs or music videos, not in reality. When that reality does cross…

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