Check out the Hip Hop Lives Archive

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Thanks to the Plainfield Public Library in New Jersey for providing such a beautiful facility to house our Hip Hop Archive. To celebrate the donation of my Shades of Hip Hop catalog, we will display photos, prints and items that document our collective contemporary history. The goal is to inspire creative expression through the application of originality, concept and skillz. Our creative abilities enable us to transform the environment in our own design whether it be for positive or negative. As humans, we can choose to build positivity and add on to the cypher. At the same time, we can destroy the urge for negativity and subtract the pettiness from our lives as we become more focused on what’s important. The legacy we leave behind should speak volumes about our character as people. This collection documents a personal path behind the scenes of Hip Hop Kulture. It also shows mainstream society that as Hiphoppas, we must self-create and tell our own story…


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The exhibit will be open to the public starting Saturday May 21st in honor of Hip Hop Appreciation Week and run through July.

Kurt Nice

Kurt 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 as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at

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