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Society, culture and the media that it operates through, can be studied and predicted. That type of stuff is what I’ve been interested in my whole life. The workings of the media and its impact on society has always seemed

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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

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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

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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

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A Superhero in Harlem

The new NetFlix/Marvel TV series, Luke Cage, debuted today and the instant reviews are in! The series kickoff with episode 1 introduces us to a collection of characters with complex stories and circumstances which place them on collision course in

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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WTF is a Poverty Rate?

Just a few short months away from another decisive, World-changing election, the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump finally decided to address the need for African-American voter support. Many, including myself, were offended by his depiction of an impoverished, crime-ridden

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Luke Cage infused with 90s Hip Hop

Word has come down that the new superhero Marvel/NetFlix series Luke Cage, will be composed by a super duo of 90’s inspired Hiphoppas. The duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad recently worked together on Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled 06”

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HipHopLives FB UAR (S2 E4)

From the Facebook group page for HipHopLives.net we check out some of the latest submissions from members in the Unsigned Artist Review. Dope tracks and whack rappers will be defined and singled out in my completely biased True School Hip

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Real poverty numbers and how cynics hate progress

This article may not seem to relate to Hip Hop Kulture, but it does. In this post, I will set up the first part of a larger argument that includes a discussion of Hip Hop. That subsequent post will be

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Pop Rap versus Hip Hop

Rap music of today, filled with the newest trendy sound and contemporary mindset, is a far cry from what the seasoned Hiphoppa would prefer, content-wise. Today’s music is the reflection of a fantasy world that exists mainly in songs or

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Mainstream rappers don’t care about you

If you observe what’s ‘poppin’ with today’s popular rappers, you won’t find much that should concern you. You aren’t missing anything by not listening to them. They aren’t making any big strides artistically or conceptually. Their songs are the same

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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

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Young Rappers Don’t Love Hip Hop

Most times, I stay in the background of these topical rap conversations and gossip because its pointless. I’m glad on one level not to associate with too many insiders because then you lose perspective. It’s hard to be an honest

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