Integration is the problem

I was reading a text book on global marketing the other day and I realized that integration is the problem in society. Not the black and white integration that comes to mind so quickly in a race conscious society like America, but another kind. I’m talking about the mix and…

Pop Rap versus Hip Hop

Rap music of today, filled with the newest trendy sound and contemporary mindset, is a far cry from what the seasoned Hiphoppa would prefer, content-wise. Today’s music is the reflection of a fantasy world that exists mainly in songs or music videos, not in reality. When that reality does cross…

A new look at the Hip Hop Elements

We all talk about Hip Hop; what it is, when it started, who is Hip Hop and who isn’t. But do we even all agree on that first part? What is Hip Hop? We all say it’s more than just music and entertainment. It’s a culture and a lifestyle. Most…

Check out the Hip Hop Lives Archive

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…

The Hip Hop Declaration of Peace

For many years, people inside and outside of the culture, have speculated on the importance and impact of Hip Hop on society. Has it been a benefit to have Hip Hop Kulture transmitted to the masses through hip-hop music around the World? What has been the impact of individuals adopting…

What have you learned from Hip Hop?

Since conscious rap music became a recognized force in the American culture, many jewels have been ‘dropped’, so to speak. Many ‘pearls of wisdom’ have educated those who would have otherwise never considered the info being presented. That knowledge has translated many street lessons from the days of the Message…

Hip Hop is a seed

In the Gospel of Hip Hop, The Teacha breaks down many important subjects and life affirming topics which focus Hiphoppas on substantive aspects of life. A full range of introspection from materialism to spirituality is contained in the over 800 page tome. The Gospel is more of a reference resource…

Hip Hop Revolution

This is what comes up when you search for pictures related to the words “Hip Hop Revolution” on Google Images   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…

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…

Hip Hop Lives on Earth

(Originally published Feb. 28, 2013) I just started taking some formal classes that might be informative to share with you from time to time. If I come across any relevant information that concerns the everyday life of a Hiphoppa, I will be sure to drop a new post. One of…

How Hip Hop entered the Global Economy

The question of international appeal and market segmentation makes me automatically want to examine Hip Hop as a culture. It’s interesting to note how, without marketing specialists and advertising executive’s influence, Hip Hop spread around the World. Still, it speaks to some of the same characteristics needed to define market…

To be or nah?

If any of these topics interest you, consider picking up a copy of Hip Hop Know What I’m Sayin by Kurt Nice in paperback or as a digital download. 1. Introduction – Who are you really? 2. Why call me a Hiphoppa?  3. Shades of Hip Hop Biography (Abbr.)  4….

Language, perception and Hip Hop

Language is ambiguous, arbitrary and abstract.1 It’s symbolic and historical and yet, intrinsically devoid of real meaning. Words have the ability to define ideas and objects and allow for communication between individuals to take place, but maybe even more importantly, enable the individual to hold thoughts in their own mind…

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…

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…

The ethics of bootlegging

Bootleg –1. (verb) Make, distribute, or sell (illicit goods, esp. liquor, computer software, or recordings) illegally 2. (noun) An illegal musical recording, esp. one made at a concert. When cowboys roamed the land, most of them wore tall boots that, as the name suggests, came equipped with ample bootlegs. Because…

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…

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…

What has Deejayin come to?

Is this what some deejays will do to get attention? Who knew that the professions of deejayin had gotten so theatrical. It’s one thing for deejays to be talentless, no skill-having, top 20 playing sell-outs. We don’t even expect deejays to break new music anymore. But this is kinda ridiculous,…

A Hip Hop Pilgrimage to the Mother Land

There is such a thing as Hip Hop Tourism. And that’s the practical business approach to looking at the recent trip by Switzerland born and raised Hiphoppas from Winterthur. On the other hand this was more like a Hip Hop pilgrimage to the birthplace of Hip Hop, NYC, New York…

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