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 as sympathetic then. For now I will only thumbs up…

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…

Less rappers more emcees

No more rappers We don’t need more rappers. Hip Hop is bigger than rap. There are too many rappers in general, but especially in America. We don’t need any more rappers. We need more million-dollar graffiti artists. We need more B-boys and B-girls to blow up and more real deejays…

When Conscious Women in Hip Hop were Respected

During the  Golden Era of rap in the 90’s , which is a little different than the Golden Era of Hip Hop during the 80’s, conscious women in Hip Hop were respected. In the beginning, rappers whether male or female, were given props for their skills on the mic and…

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…

Mos Def wears skirt but here’s two other things

You may have seen the picture of Mos Def (Yasin Bey) wearing what appears to be a skirt, although he prefers to call it a wrap from Ghana. In American Hip Hop Fashion sense, it’s not a good look. I’m sure the skirt is from Ghana and since the picture…

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…

Kanye West ain’t rich enough to be free?

Today,95% of the interviews and discussion on these radio morning shows are just barely relevant to the growth of the average listener. It’s mostly clowning around, speaking on subjects that don’t enhance your understanding of reality. For many of us, it’s unlistenable. There are shocking gossip stories that pop up…

Is Jay-Z losing credibility because of Barney’s?

Recently, a teenager’s run-in with the law made news. Hmmm, that sounds sort of typical but it happens to be stranger than it sounds because the teen was not only “black” but happened to purchase the item he was accused of stealing. It seems that in April of 2013, the…

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Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2013

Happy Hip Hop Appreciation Week! Take time to observe the principles of True Hip Hop Kulture; Peace, Love, Unity and Safely Having Fun. Watch an old-school movie like Beat Street, Wildstyle, or Krush Groove. Check out a classic episode of Shades of Hip Hop or research an artist or pioneer…

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Why Macklemore is more Hip Hop than 2 Chainz

Who would you say is more Hip Hop? This guy…. or this guy… Well, if you judged them off their music and video, as it relates to Originality, Concept and Skill. There is really no comparison. One has music acceptable to a normal True School Hiphoppa. The others skill level…

The Lies Hip Hop Told Me pt. 2 Ignorance is Cool

There are a number of myths and outright lies that have been perpetuated in Hip Hop Kulture that poison the minds of novices and old-timers alike. Some of these lies have mistakenly become part of the false identity ascribed to Hiphoppas. Lie #2 Ignorance is Cool Rap music, video and…

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The Lies Hip Hop Told Me pt.1

There are a number of myths and outright lies that have been perpetuated in Hip Hop Kulture that poison the minds of novices and old-timers alike. Some of these lies have mistakenly become part of the false identity ascribed to Hiphoppas. Lie #1 Rappers Speak for Hip Hop As many…

Music Connection Weekly Bulletin

“The secret to tuning vocals is not to go too far. Sometimes things aren’t tunable and believable. Most of the great records that we’ve grown up with have loads of tuning issues.”— Ian Shaw, producer. Interviewed in MC Feb. 2013 MC Home Join The List AMP Social Space Unsubscribe  …

Remember Me?

Lil Kim pioneered the SEXY FEMALE EMCEE in the mid 1990s. Until Kim’s debut, no woman had successfully portrayed herself as both a “sex symbol” and hardcore rapper to the extreme level she did. Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop…

BBoying is So Beautiful

The international Hip Hop Family definitely has bboyin on lock. Why the art form is not a bigger part of the culture in the states is a mystery. Maybe now that the rapper and even the deejay to some degree, have diminished in skill level as a popular entertainment, other…

Do you consider Trinidad James Hip Hop?

Artists like Trinidad James aren’t the real problem at all. It’s program directors who play his music as if it is comparable to real Hip Hop, that are the problem. The confusion about whether his lack of mic skillz or questionable talent in general, should get airtime, is part of…

Social Media Promotion

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…

Critique My Craft Showcase Jan 26th

  CALLING ALL SERIOUS ARTISTS & PRODUCERS ARE YOU READY TO BE JUDGED & VERBALLY CRITIQUED BY MY INDUSTRY JUDGES   SAT. Jan. 26th 2013 FROM 10PM-1AM AT EL HABANERO RESTAURANT 43 BRUCKNER BLVD.  BRONX,NY 10454           JUDGES INCLUDE THE WORLD FAMOUS THE HATER HIMSELF STAR…

Where is Hip Hop on Guns?

In the wake of the horrific school massacre in Sandy Hook Connecticut, what is the rap community’s response to gun violence? So far, the most prominent advocates of gun-laced “trap” music have been quiet as church mice. On occasion, while working with KRSONE and the Stop the Violence Movement, I…

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