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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…


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…

Ken With Gun

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…


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…


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…


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…


Admit it Charlie Hebdo was pretty stupid

Not even two weeks into the new year and already there has been a World-shattering terrorist event that captured the attention of everyone, or so it seems. Some fundamentalist Muslim radicals in France decided to seek vengeance on a group of satirical cartoonists who depicted offensive religious caricatures of the…


Good Riddance 2014!

Goodbye to another mediocre year of popular rap music featuring Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda and Looking-ass Nigga, or Bobby Shmurda’s Hot Nigga. Then you have Iggy Azalea’s Fancy…MIley Cyrus twerking, Beyonce twerking, Rihanna twerking and whatever, good riddance. Here’s to a more productive 2015!   2015! Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss…


Nature Edition pt5: Reality and Perception

It’s True! You don’t always see what you think you see Stare at the center. How many dots? Are the faces distorted or is your perception? Is she moving to the left or right?     Stare at the center. Dots disappear. Are the dots black or white?    …


To be or nah?

If any of these topics interest you, consider picking up a copy of Hip Hop Know What I’m Sayin by Kurt Nice in paperback or as a digital download. 1. Introduction – Who are you really? 2. Why call me a Hiphoppa?  3. Shades of Hip Hop Biography (Abbr.)  4….


NYPD officers killed in response to Eric Garner and Michael Brown

A lone gunman originally from Brooklyn NY, came back to Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant area to exact his revenge on police officers for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY in the summer of 2014. The gunman approached two officers sitting a patrol…

dogs know

Know what I’m saying?

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…


Throwback Thursday is a nod to the past

Before the internet age when everything was still analog, and before the era of POV video, Hip Hop existed in the Golden Age. The time of originality, concept and skill is captured in some of these clips from Shades of Hip Hop video mixtapes. This footage is part of the…


Why is “White on Black crime” perceived differently among “Blacks”

Some people in the community have wondered why people in the so-called Black community seem more outraged by the Zimmerman acquittal Wilson non-indictment (or Garner choke-hold non-indictment), when in places like Chicago, young teens are murdered more often. That is not an outrageous question first off. It is natural to…


Nature Edition 4: Liquid

LIQUID High Speed Photography 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…

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