Putting Hip Hop in Perspective via Plainfield

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The digital publication below is an example of several principles. Firstly, the format itself is an innovative use of modern technology to relay a story. I have used the digital magazine format for several years in experimentation, but I predict a new wave of inspiration flowing for 2015. I expect a lot more people finally begin to see how a Hip Hop perspective can encourage new uses for everyday things like technology.

Secondly, the idea of connecting oneself to history is another important principle of the piece. When people connect themselves to a lineage and a history, they see themselves as part of the story rather than the central character. The perspective of historical context allows one to think about a bigger picture of life; one that includes not just the individual but the many other supporting characters that made the individual’s role possible. In the end, we are all supporting actors in a much grander play than the one which illustrates our own life. The star of our life, is not even us in reality, but the talent, skill or contribution we make to the World. That contribution is what people will ultimately remember and use in the future. No matter how important, a name can be forgotten, though the contribution remains. I mean, whoever invented the refrigerator was probably a brilliant person, but do you know their name?

Lastly, the story illustrates the idea that even though people generally go through life doing them, one’s actions have repercussions beyond what one could possibly imagine. Each interaction we have, each day, sets off a series of events that continue long past our ability to give a fuck about it anymore. But that does not mean they are meaningless to everyone else. Those actions or in-actions you delivered to the World are the contributions which are picked up by other people and ran with.


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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 info@hiphoplives.net

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