November: Hip Hop History Month

Since November is Hip Hop History month, a time in the folklore of Hip Hop when we celebrate the intricate history of the culture we all dwell in, let us reflect on the past. Many Hiphoppas talk about old-school vs new school and tradition vs evolution, but it is not…

My Philosophy is more typical than you might remember

A particular classic hip-hop song starts out with a ‘sample’, which is an audio clip borrowed from an unrelated source: “So you’re a philosopher? Yes (deejay scratching). Yes. I think very deeply.”1 Judging from a superficial perspective of mainstream music today, you wouldn’t think the song relates much in modern…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How do you get someone to check out your new music?

Today, a thousand more songs were added to the internet by independent artists all over the World. With so much music being posted, how do you get someone to check out your tunes as opposed to all the others? Unless the person knows you or has heard of you, they…

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…

Classic video from the Golden era of Hip Hop just added

The Shades of Hip Hop video archive just added some more classic Hip Hop video to the 24/7 livestream feed on shadesradio.com These behind the scenes clips feature the Boot Camp Clik members, OGC, Heltah Skeltah and the Coco Brovas (aka Smif n Wessun) from a show in NJ circa…

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…

Get Healthy Hip Hop initiative

In a recent article on Hip Hop DX, Masta Ace revealed he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Article Link – HIPHOPDX As Hip Hop gets older and more of the First Generation of Hip Hop succumbs to natural causes of death and the backlash from unhealthy lifestyles, we must start…

Jay-Z reactive PR fails to boost sales

A November 20th launch party for the new Jay-Z line at Barney’s New York was cancelled for undisclosed reasons, even though they still went ahead with the deal. To be clear, it is not technically the new Jay-Z line. In fact, the brand is the second time Sean Corey Carter…

How much money iTunes makes in one day

1 dollar (or 75p) per song – that’s 116 dollars (or 72.09 pounds) a second, 6,945 dollars (or 4316.61 pounds) per minute, 416,700 dollars (or 258,996.83 pounds) per hour, and 10 million dollars (or 6.21542669 million pounds) a day. So in 3 minutes, they would earn what some people would…

Highest paid Deejays in the World

Where is the art of deejayin today. There’s turntablists who have deejay skills and can perform tricks and professional transitions. Then you have mixtape deejays who promote unsigned rappers. Next you have radio deejays who play popular music. But most importantly you have club deejays who make all the money….

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The Biz

by J. Michael Dolan Just finished reading Peter Gubers book “Tell To Win” for the second time. It’s that good. Reminded me why  I love the entertainment biz so much, probably because I’ve never worked in any other industry in my life—sawdust is in my DNA. Music, movies, radio, theater,…

Support Real Hip Hop!

Please support the HipHopLives.net movement for positive cultural awareness and Hip Hop preservation for future generations. Our sponsor site Instant Payday, will credit our account $20 for each new subscriber who  supports with at least $3 for a trial of a video game download on their site. Supporting real Hip…

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During the Poison Pen interview a scuffle broke out

Here’s a clip from the upcoming photo journal called Undaground Seen. The full color book is filled with quick captures from the Hip Hop underground in NY and NJ in 2008. One of the times discussed, is when we recorded the interview with Poison Pen at the Bowery Poetry Club….

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