What has Deejayin come to?

Is this what some deejays will do to get attention? Who knew that the professions of deejayin had gotten so theatrical. It’s one thing for deejays to be talentless, no skill-having, top 20 playing sell-outs. We don’t even expect deejays to break new music anymore. But this is kinda ridiculous,…

A Hip Hop Pilgrimage to the Mother Land

There is such a thing as Hip Hop Tourism. And that’s the practical business approach to looking at the recent trip by Switzerland born and raised Hiphoppas from Winterthur. On the other hand this was more like a Hip Hop pilgrimage to the birthplace of Hip Hop, NYC, New York…

Rare footage of KRSONE at Stonehenge

KRSONE at Stonehenge in 2007 with Mondo One backed by words from DJ Supreme and the Teacha speaking on Hip Hop. Are you swayed by the public portrayal of Hip Hop Kulture? Is what you see and hear on television and radio, an accurate portrayal of Hip Hop as a…

How my suburban town changed Hip Hop forvever

Introduction In this essay, the importance of our action or inaction as human beings in society, is discussed to remind us that even if we think that we are insignificant, the things we do or don’t do in life have ramifications that we can’t possibly foresee. In this discussion, we…

Lincoln Park Hip Hop Fest 2014

A couple of random shots of the 2014 Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark NJ. 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…

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival_Total Slaughter Battle_Harlem Book Fair

On this week’s episode of the NY Hip Hop Report (Sundays 9pm est) hosts Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz discussed the 2014 Brooklyn Hip Hop festival, the results and impact of the Total Slaughter Battle featuring Joe Buddens and Hollw da Don plus a recap of the Harlem Book Fair…

Star is done with male battle rap

After the latest scandal surrounding battle rap and the latest altercation during an event, Star of Shot 97 internet radio and long-time radio host, says he’s finished with the genre. On his daily internet show on shot97.com from 12 – 2pm, Star cited the incident of Dizaster punching Math Hoffa…

Dizaster punches Math Hoffa at KOTD

Young boy bravado overtook the King of the Dot battle in Los Angeles on June 28. After what some said was a good three-round battle, Diz threatened to punch Math Hoffa in the face. Math dared him to do it, so he did. From the video, it looks like Math…

RAW Natural Born Artists

At the Paranorma show put on by RAW in Hoboken on June 19, there was another shining example of creative artistry put on exhibition. RAW has redefined the gallery experience with a luxurious mix of fine art and contemporary club atmosphere. The pulsating lights and sound of a live DJ…

Check out the Photo Gallery

Finally got a chance to redo the gallery. Still under construction but you know how I do. The archives are what they are. Little bits of time recorded on electro-magnetic chips. Enjoy! http://hiphoplives.net/photo-gallery/   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop…

Time to Shine just added to Video: Archive

In 1997, Shades of Hip Hop released it’s 3rd video mixtape during the summer. Unlike R.I.P.- Tupac and B.I.G., released in April 1997, this tape was not all videos. Like the first video mixtape, Trains to Newark.NYC, this was chock full of original content. What was different about Time to…

Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014

We enjoyed a special marathon of Hip Hop discussion on Sunday to kick off Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014 right here on hiphoplives.net. That’s right Hip Hop! We shared a lively conversation on the conference call to start things off with Crystal Colon, Frank Nesbit and Michael Walsh of Operation…

Bingewatch Real Hip Hop May 18th on HipHopLives.net

Have you ever sat and watched a marathon of back to back episodes of your favorite TV show on DVR or during a special airing? If you have, then you’re a bingewatcher. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just a new phenomenon provided to us more readily in the age…

HipHopLives.net Sunday May 18th

Sunday May 18th is Hip Hop Appreciation Day, which is the first day of Hip Hop Appreciation Week during what is becoming known as Hip Hop Appreciation Month (not to be confused with Hip Hop History Month – November). Appreciation is something different even if it is just slightly. Appreciation…

How did Hip Hop end up here?

Over the past few years, I was forced to re-evaluate my feelings about Hip Hop Kulture because of the state of hip-hop music. It’s not just that rap has declined over the past 10 years, but the lack of originality, concept and skills, has made the culture itself look bad….

Picking the right thumbnail and song title

A lot of work may have gone in to your last music project. You may have taken time to come up with concepts and constructed a well put-together song. It may have taken numerous hours in the studio to get the right sound on the track. Now when everything is…

New video uploads

Just in case you missed it, here are some new uploads to the shadesradio channel on YouTube. To get notification in your email, please subscribe or connect with me on Twitter (@KurtNiceHHL) to receive updates from the blog.   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes…

Why did KOTD use Canibus in their commercial?

In a shadesradio.com commentary I talked about how most Hiphoppas don’t watch battles of any kind, whether its emceein, deejayin, bboyin, or whatever. Why is that? Isn’t Hip Hop Kulture losing out on what could be well-regulated, profit generating business? In discussing this, I sidetracked on the fact that in…

Everyday Hip Hop

Have you ever seen Shades of Hip Hop? Don’t know what that is? Well, for those that don’t know. Shades of Hip Hop is exclusive video birthed during the Golden Era of Hip Hop and the first national video mixtape distributed in the U.S. From concerts to interviews and rhyme…

The most popular Jay-Z interview on YouTube right now…

What does it mean when you have the most popular Jay-Z interview on YouTube right now? Nothing…because YouTube hits aren’t what they seem. This week on spreaker.com I broke down the significance of YouTube hits and likes on social media. On the one hand, they are good sources of advertising…

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