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…

There and Back Again: A Hip Hop Journey

    (originally published in 2008 for KRSONE.biz) On our last leg of the Stop The Violence Movement Pre-Tour 2008, we went to California in preparation for the full 20th year anniversary commemoration in 2009.  Rather than fly over the country by airplane, we decided to meet KRS ONE and…

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…

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…

Blame Hip Hop and protect the real criminal

I read an interesting article by Manny Faces of the NY Hip Hop Report and Birthplace Magazine about a report by CNN anchor Don Lemon. The problem with the main stream media is that they are not competent enough to discuss a topic as intricate as race on TV. Forget…

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…

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…

Why did KOTD use Canibus in their commercial?

In a shadesradio.com commentary I talked about how most Hiphoppas don’t watch battles of any kind, whether its emceein, deejayin, bboyin, or whatever. Why is that? Isn’t Hip Hop Kulture losing out on what could be well-regulated, profit generating business? In discussing this, I sidetracked on the fact that in…

Business Law Basics

This report is comprised of a set of briefs discussing the basic principles of law any business will confront in their operation. For small business owners and students, this will serve as a quick study guide and overview of standard practices associated with owning a business or property. Business Law…

How do you get someone to check out your new music?

Today, a thousand more songs were added to the internet by independent artists all over the World. With so much music being posted, how do you get someone to check out your tunes as opposed to all the others? Unless the person knows you or has heard of you, they…

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…

Onyx back with the raw on WakeDaFucup

It seems that as I dig thru the archives of video footage from Shades of Hip Hop video mixtapes, I find all sorts of gems relevant to the conversations of today. Back in 1998, Shades caught up with Onyx for our first interview. Although we didn’t know what to expect…

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…

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…

The Grammys were never relevant to Hip Hop but Macklemore should have won anyway

While some have feigned outrage at the Grammy’s for honoring Macklemore for best song, album etc at the 2014 Grammy awards, underground Hip Hop should not even feed into it. The Grammys have never honored the days best emcees as long as there has been Hip Hop. They have always…

Jay-Z reactive PR fails to boost sales

A November 20th launch party for the new Jay-Z line at Barney’s New York was cancelled for undisclosed reasons, even though they still went ahead with the deal. To be clear, it is not technically the new Jay-Z line. In fact, the brand is the second time Sean Corey Carter…

Is Miley Cyrus Hip Hop?

If you ever doubted the influence of Hip Hop Kulture and hip-hop music after seeing how it’s spread over the entire globe, stop it. Hip Hop for better or worse has gone from an exclusive culture practiced by inner-city youth and their suburban contemporaries, to a Worldwide phenomenon, lived by…

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…

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