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…

Media Proves They’re Stuck on Stupid pt 1: Politics

In a recent blog I discussed the media’s role in keeping the spotlight on unqualified dummies to get clicks. My opinion is that those who claim to cover hip-hop and mainstream political media, have allowed frauds to occupy positions of national influence. These media outlets instigate an atmosphere of stupidity…

Fame Over Respect?

My goal ever since I began creating Hip Hop material in the 1990’s was to increase the status and acceptance of the culture that we were developing. Embedded in the First Generation of Hiphoppas was the universal desire to be recognized and respected. Each generation has that. However, at that…

Unsigned Artist Review (Parts 6 & 7)

It’s hard not to diss whack music but I try to be as constructive as I can in criticizing some of the weaker submissions. I don’t know if I was successful, but you be the judge. Most of the reviews are positive and we got some unique posts to react…

Hip Hop and U.S. Politics Have a Similar Problem: The Media

With a little insight and knowledge one can see parallels in the state of American politics and Hip Hop music (hip-hop music). What has become popular and mainstreamed is a dumbed-down, pre-school level of intelligence and discourse. The traditionally accepted qualifications for excellence in either category, has been shitted on…

People Lie about the 1990’s

Right now, we’re in the midst of a Presidential election in America. The sides have been drawn and a referendum is about to be made. In part, the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has not only made this totally about himself but the character he represents and epitomizes to the rest…

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