Breaking Down Ah Yeah with KRSONE (1995)

Speaking of #TBT Throwbacks, here’s a gem from 20 years ago. This is how I spent my time in the days before the digital revolution, social media and YouTube. We used to track down Hip Hip wherever it was at, and record until our battery-powered light died. Sometimes we kept…

#TBT Blackout Session feat Hussein Fatal (R.I.P.)

In 1999, we used to frequent the grimy streets of Newark to highlight some of the rawest emcees we knew. In this session, with no lights left after taping all day, we caught a nice cypher that was edited down for Shades of Hip Hop #6: Da Goodness. It featured…

Celebrating the Worldwide Cypher

In common usage, a cypher is equated with a rhyme session of emcees. The word stems from the term for a ‘building session’ amongst 5 percenters who would gather in a small circle and speak or “build” on certain topics of the day. The Worldwide Cypher I’m speaking of is…

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Sci-Fi Theater Presents The Crystal Egg

The owner of a London curiosity shop delivers a mysterious crystal egg to a university professor for the scientist’s opinion on its worth and its properties. The ‘egg’ proves to be a window to Mars. TALES OF TOMORROW Tales of Tomorrow is an American anthology science fiction series that was…

Hip Hop Appreciation Week Mix 3

Preserving Hip Hop means preserving the Hiphoppa. That includes the everyday Hiphoppa like you and me. Our survival is the survival of Hip Hop. All of us together make Hip Hop what it is. Without the people who embrace and perpetuate the culture, there is only a memory of what…

Hip Hop Appreciation Week Mix 1

Here’s a musical collage celebrating Hip Hop Appreciation Week with some pics from the Worldwide Cypher. If you see yourself or someone you know tag the post.   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed…

What Hip Hop Appreciation Week means to me

What is Hip Hop? I know I’ve asked that question before, but during Hip Hop Appreciation Week, it’s good to revisit that topic. To be realistic, there is no real consensus or generally accepted answer to that question. For the most part, Hip Hop as a culture is stuck in…

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…

Black Moon before their first album in 1992

Here’s another classic Shades of Hip Hop clip to post for #TBT. It features Buckshot Shorty, the 5ft Accelerator and DJ Evil Dee just before their album dropped in 1992. This is when rappers could do in-store promotions at record stores. Sadly, there are no more record stores in most…

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…

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…

Tupac speaks about economics

In this clip which is the first MTV interview with Pac as a solo artist, he talks about society and the idea of giving. He also touches on his perception of how Americans should act toward each other. During the interaction he states unequivocally that he considers himself an American…

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…

What about Bobby Shmurda?

Check out the best Hip Hop talk on a Sunday night, the NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz. As the conversation turns to Bobby Shmurda, I questioned why it is as adults, that we follow the trends of children with no life experience. When we were…

Portable Hip Hop Gallery

What is a portable Hip Hop gallery? Well, this is an example based on the Shades of Hip Hop collection. The following is an example of a set-up I am working on that goes beyond the normal table display of artifacts. This system is more of a mobile museum design,…

Star is done with male battle rap

After the latest scandal surrounding battle rap and the latest altercation during an event, Star of Shot 97 internet radio and long-time radio host, says he’s finished with the genre. On his daily internet show on shot97.com from 12 – 2pm, Star cited the incident of Dizaster punching Math Hoffa…

Dizaster punches Math Hoffa at KOTD

Young boy bravado overtook the King of the Dot battle in Los Angeles on June 28. After what some said was a good three-round battle, Diz threatened to punch Math Hoffa in the face. Math dared him to do it, so he did. From the video, it looks like Math…

Time to Shine just added to Video: Archive

In 1997, Shades of Hip Hop released it’s 3rd video mixtape during the summer. Unlike R.I.P.- Tupac and B.I.G., released in April 1997, this tape was not all videos. Like the first video mixtape, Trains to Newark.NYC, this was chock full of original content. What was different about Time to…

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