Breaking Down Ah Yeah with KRSONE (1995)

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Speaking of #TBT Throwbacks, here’s a gem from 20 years ago. This is how I spent my time in the days before the digital revolution, social media and YouTube. We used to track down Hip Hip wherever it was at, and record until our battery-powered light died. Sometimes we kept taping even with no light, as in the case of this KRSONE footage from 1995. After a night of recording the album release press junket for the D&D Project, which included the collab single “1,2, Pass it”, our light was finished. We had also interviewed everyone who was in the mood for it and even some people who weren’t in the mood. We got interviews from Evil Dee, Funk Flex, Dougie Fresh, Willie Dee of BDP and a bunch or random emcees before we decided to rap it up. Heads had started playing pool while they drank and smoked and didn’t want the cameras in their face for the most part. It was the opposite of now when everybody records everything they do. Back then, a lot of famous rappers didn’t like to talk much on camera. Back then, artists were taking classes on how to do interviews because they were uncomfortable when they weren’t performing. Fast-forward to today, and rappers are the exact opposite; they live for social media and the life in between songs. Everyone’s ego has been affected by the presence of video cameras in 2015. 20 Years ago, most people didn’t see the value in recording random reality as much as we did…

Kurt Nice

Kurt 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 Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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