Japanese Funk Edition

Funk U Cafe Ep. 9 – Funky Samurai Did you know there was a thing called Japanese Funk? Well, in the World of breakbeat funk, Japanese cinema of the 1970’s was a gold mine of funky grooves. This show features some dope tracks from that wave as well as some…

Funk U Cafe 3

Episode #3 – Kurt Nice Bornday Show featuring Black Moon, Artifacts, Noreaga, Slum Village and Common. Funk U Cafe is a Show With DJ SonSu and Kurt Nice. Rare Grooves, Break Beats, Classic Rhythm and Blues ,Hip Hop , Disco, Jazz, and coffee talk! Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson…

What’s the best thing about Hip Hop?

When people think of the benefits of Hip Hop as a culture, what comes to mind? Number one for many is economic. Hip Hop created a lane for many to thrive in that uses their innate creative and entrepreneurial skills for financial gain. Before Hip Hop became popular in the…

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Creating the Message – an interview with Duke Bootee

One of the many things I agree wholeheartedly with KRS about, is the importance of self-creation to the foundation of Hip Hop Kulture. The idea of self-creation is, at least in part, a product of the concept of “knowledge of self”, from the 5% ideology. The search for knowledge of…

The Birth of Hip Hop Music

On August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell aka Kool DJ Herc told me that his sister, Cindy aka Queen Pep, asked him to deejay a party for their apartment building on Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx. This jam came to be known as the galvanizing event that led to the Hip-Hop…

Politics and Hip Hop

From the book – Hip Hop… Know What I’m Sayin by Kurt Nice (Amazon.com) This piece was published in the above book, in 2012, but notice how relevant it is today. What has the present day political culture taught us about society? In America, the political discourse is a direct…

What’s the Best Cypher in Hip Hop History?

What’s the best rhyme cypher in Hip Hop history? Is it Shades of Hip Hop’s Cypher featuring Big Pun, Canibus, Mos Def, DMX, John Forte and Mic Geronimo? You tell me…

What did we learn in 2016?

Well, the dummies have come home to roost! Years of media manipulation and dumbing down of America has resulted in a society-wide cynicism and willful ignorance unmatched by modern generations. Even outside the U.S., the Brexit vote both surprised and confused the World community at the seemingly backward drift of…

My Thoughts on Hip Hop History Month

The concept of Hip Hop History Month is lost on today’s society. There is not enough appreciation for the rich culture and economic opportunities afforded by the existence of Hip Hop to properly celebrate its success or awareness. At this point, modern-day mainstreamers think it’s OK to confuse music taste…

Make Hip Hop Great Again

Let me remind you that Hip Hop created a multi-billion-dollar industry of products, services and techniques out of blood, sweat, tears, garbage and concrete.

Integration is the problem

I was reading a text book on global marketing the other day and I realized that integration is the problem in society. Not the black and white integration that comes to mind so quickly in a race conscious society like America, but another kind. I’m talking about the mix and…

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…

Why the Mainstream Prefers Suckers, Clowns and Cynics

One thing that became clear to me when formally studying marketing was that marketing controls people’s lives a lot more than they might think. People think the illuminati or the government controls them, but it is only through marketing, media and public relations that anyone follows a command. People of…

How Hip Hop Business Creates Shared Value pt 2

New Model vs. Old Model Old Model The traditional model of calculating the value of entrepreneurship is by its economic impact. In a research paper titled, What is the Value of Entrepreneurship; A Review of Recent Research, by C. Mirjam van Pragg and Peter H. Versloot (Pragg and Versloot), data…

How Hip Hop Business Creates Shared Value pt 1

Even though many won’t understand the  level of analysis required to make the following assumptions, I submit this information as an example. This paper was part of a business marketing discussion for a course taken about 3 years ago. This first part introduces the topic of how a business creates…

Rappers Love to Talk About Money Not Business

Yes, I mean most rappers, not all, whether they are Hip Hop or Pop, love to talk about what money buys. And yes, they do like to talk about business, but only in relation to the dead-end trap of drug business. In that, we can hear discussions about prices and…

New Episode: What about non-English Rap?

Ep. 10 In this week’s episode, we look at some new artist submissions from the HipHopLives.net group on Facebook. A few submissions are non-Engish language tracks which beg the question: Can we like a song if we don’t understand the word? That answer should be obvious. Of course we can….

Donald Trump and P*ssygate 2016

The pundits in the mainstream media (MSM) are finally realizing the monster they propped up as equal to the most qualified candidate for POTUS (Hillary Clinton), is actually just a SELF-ADMITTED SEXUAL PREDATOR! Yes, Donald J Trump admitted to using his star power to harass women with unwanted kisses and…

How many Hip Hop References are in Luke Cage?

That is the question. There are so many that we’ll be dissecting this answer for weeks. This series can be a sociological study on so many levels and if you know me, I will end up exploring them. We can discuss the use of the word nigga as a topic….

Luke Cage NetFlix Series On Deck: Cue Primo

The new NetFlix/Marvel series Luke Cage promises to showcase a new Hip Hop infused superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Critics and fans all anticipate a spectacular addition to the epic stories which will now include a look at Harlem’s underground crime fighter. The final trailer even includes a cameo…

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