A new look at the Hip Hop Elements

We all talk about Hip Hop; what it is, when it started, who is Hip Hop and who isn’t. But do we even all agree on that first part? What is Hip Hop? We all say it’s more than just music and entertainment. It’s a culture and a lifestyle. Most…

Elizabeth NJ – A Place in Hip Hop History

Last year when I began to contemplate the ripple effect on the vast culture of Hip Hop, I singled out my small town of Plainfield NJ. In that piece, I had only just begun to reveal the puzzle that makes up our collective Hip Hop experience. Initially, I also wanted…

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…

How Hip Hop entered the Global Economy

The question of international appeal and market segmentation makes me automatically want to examine Hip Hop as a culture. It’s interesting to note how, without marketing specialists and advertising executive’s influence, Hip Hop spread around the World. Still, it speaks to some of the same characteristics needed to define market…

Language, perception and Hip Hop

Language is ambiguous, arbitrary and abstract.1 It’s symbolic and historical and yet, intrinsically devoid of real meaning. Words have the ability to define ideas and objects and allow for communication between individuals to take place, but maybe even more importantly, enable the individual to hold thoughts in their own mind…

The ethics of bootlegging

Bootleg –1. (verb) Make, distribute, or sell (illicit goods, esp. liquor, computer software, or recordings) illegally 2. (noun) An illegal musical recording, esp. one made at a concert. When cowboys roamed the land, most of them wore tall boots that, as the name suggests, came equipped with ample bootlegs. Because…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Remembering Shades of Hip Hop: CDS

For those unfamiliar with the Golden Era of Hip Hop in the 1990’s, here is some more background about that time period which fixates most Hiphoppas. One thing that really epitomized the time was something called Shades of Hip Hop video mixtapes. Now to some, that might sound self-serving, but…

Immortal Technique and Prodigy of Mobb Deep @Hip Hop Think Tank 3

A number of artists concerned with the future of Hip Hop educational curriculum shared their views at the Schomburg Center in Harlem NY on Saturday Nov. 9 2013 for the 3rd annual Hip Hop Think Tank Conference. The 2 day event kicked off on Saturday with in-depth panel discussions and…

#HipHopEd Using Hip Hop in the classroom conference

Interesting panels and breakout sessions discussing the importance of Hip Hop educational curriculum. Easy Ad and Professor Griff in the building with the luminaries in Hip Hop education. Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed…

Hip Hop Think Tank 3

Hip Hop Education conference today in Harlem 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 of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence…

Hip Hop Think Tank 3 @ the Schomburg Center

Talking about establishing Hip Hop curriculum across the U.S. and the World at the third annual Hip Hop Think Tank 3 conference at the Schomburg Center in Harlem NY. Chairman Casey Wong and moderated by Martha Diaz Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in…

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