Unsigned Artist Review (S2 E5)

Each week I try to go through as many post from the HipHopLives.net Group on Facebook and review what people have submitted. I can’t guarantee that I will be in a good mood all the time, and I won’t be as sympathetic then. For now I will only thumbs up…

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…

R.I.P. PH aka Pumpkinhead an Emcee

PH aka Pumpkinhead, reminds me of what real Hip Hop emcees used to be. He was a lyricist and speaker of refined, well thought out verses of rhythmic poetry. He could also use those words well in an Emcee Challenge or battle rap scenario. If you were ever able to…

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…

Less rappers more emcees

No more rappers We don’t need more rappers. Hip Hop is bigger than rap. There are too many rappers in general, but especially in America. We don’t need any more rappers. We need more million-dollar graffiti artists. We need more B-boys and B-girls to blow up and more real deejays…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Some interesting pics, enjoy

These pictures are completely random and have nothing to do with each other or some greater meaning than what you derive from them… 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…

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…

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…

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…

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Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2013

Happy Hip Hop Appreciation Week! Take time to observe the principles of True Hip Hop Kulture; Peace, Love, Unity and Safely Having Fun. Watch an old-school movie like Beat Street, Wildstyle, or Krush Groove. Check out a classic episode of Shades of Hip Hop or research an artist or pioneer…

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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….

Who’s the best Emcee of All Times?

The question comes up over and again. Who is the best emcee of all time? Is it Tupac, or Eminem, or Jay-Z or maybe someone else? What does it mean to be an emcee or a rapper? Is there a difference? In private conversation across the World, people love hip-hop…

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The Lies Hip Hop Told Me pt.1

There are a number of myths and outright lies that have been perpetuated in Hip Hop Kulture that poison the minds of novices and old-timers alike. Some of these lies have mistakenly become part of the false identity ascribed to Hiphoppas. Lie #1 Rappers Speak for Hip Hop As many…

Critique My Craft Showcase Jan 26th

  CALLING ALL SERIOUS ARTISTS & PRODUCERS ARE YOU READY TO BE JUDGED & VERBALLY CRITIQUED BY MY INDUSTRY JUDGES   SAT. Jan. 26th 2013 FROM 10PM-1AM AT EL HABANERO RESTAURANT 43 BRUCKNER BLVD.  BRONX,NY 10454           JUDGES INCLUDE THE WORLD FAMOUS THE HATER HIMSELF STAR…

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