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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Atheists start a Megachurch

These people decided to get together on Sundays just like some of used to do in something we called the Worldwide Cypher. Our mission was to learn about the World around us through a Hip Hop perspective. It was also a celebration of all things positive and constructive. Similarly atheists…

Jay-Z as the shareholder model

  Jay-Z is a brand. Jay-Z is a business model owned by Shawn Carter and probably some others, maybe even Beyonce’ and Blue Ivy when it’s all said and done. Still, some dispute exists as to whether or not Jay-Z should give back, as a responsible business that supposedly satisfies…

Judge Rules Stop-and-frisk Unconstitutional

In a ruling on Monday August 12, NY Supreme Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, ruled that NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy was being implemented in manner that infringed on people’s right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures and that all warrants must be accompanied by judicially recognized probable cause. The judge…

Music Connection Weekly Bulletin

Quote of the Week: “A formal signed contract is not always needed, and many venue bookers won’t sign one anyway. However, an email that says, ‘Yes. We will pay you $300 for this gig’ will work. If you have a contract and the venue still refuses to pay, you may…

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9 Elements Issue #4

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 Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop…

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Hip Hop History Month Special Edition

Hip Hop Lives Commemorative 2011 Publish at Calaméo or browse others. 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…

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ISSUE # 5 OF 9 ELEMENTS MAGAZINE

9 Elements Magazine issue#5 Publish at Calaméo or browse others. 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…

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