Another way to see how media manipulates you

The World is a harsh place it seems and there are plenty of statistics to prove it. Death seems to follow us around any given corner. Whether through natural means, accidents or intentionally, it can strike at any moment. Even while you sit here reading this, someone is passing over…

The Homicide Hoax vs the Suicide Reality

We are constantly reminded to fear the crumbling of inner cities and the dangers which lurk in their crime-ridden streets by conservative news outlets like nj.com and the Star Ledger here in NJ. They sensationalize murder because the “if it bleeds, it leads” motto supposedly gets better ratings. An article…

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 thestar.com 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

I like GIFs do you?

It’s real simple. I’m a visual person and moving GIF files are cool. They’re sometimes the perfect eye-candy. If you’ve been reading some of the more recent posts, you will have seen a clever usage of these amazing little mini-movies. In the future expect to see more, and know that…

Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014

This year, we have an interesting dilemma regarding Hip Hop Appreciation Week. Traditionally, HHAW is held every third week in May. Now I’ve heard the Teacha say that week should always include May 16th, the anniversary of the signing of the Hip Hop Declaration of Peace, at the United Nations…

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…

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…

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…

Mos Def wears skirt but here’s two other things

You may have seen the picture of Mos Def (Yasin Bey) wearing what appears to be a skirt, although he prefers to call it a wrap from Ghana. In American Hip Hop Fashion sense, it’s not a good look. I’m sure the skirt is from Ghana and since the picture…

New uploads this week

Here are some new uploads to the Shadesradio YouTube channel this week. I went back on Spreaker.com to do some commentary on the Hip Hop Business course that I have been putting off for a long time. I still have much more detail to talk about but this is a…

Your best promotional tool is more you

If you ever wondered how to get a person more interested in your music look no further than this post. Here is the answer. Give the listener more you. That’s right, give them more of who you are, if you want them to “buy in” to what ever it is…

The next level of mixtape promotion

What are the challenges you face as an artist trying to live through your art? Whatever you think they may be, most of those challenges aren’t new. There is no question that the internet has made it much easier for creatives to promote their music, artwork, beats, manuscripts etc. This…

Onyx back with the raw on WakeDaFucup

It seems that as I dig thru the archives of video footage from Shades of Hip Hop video mixtapes, I find all sorts of gems relevant to the conversations of today. Back in 1998, Shades caught up with Onyx for our first interview. Although we didn’t know what to expect…

Kool Herc and Queen Pep join Get Healthy Hip Hop

The Positive Community joined with True School University to initiate an awareness campaign focused on educating the aging Hip Hop generation to get healthy.  Organizer Jah Jah Shakur also spoke about the necessity of preventive care provided by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and healthcare insurance in general. The program…

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