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…

Watch This Space

Society, culture and the media that it operates through, can be studied and predicted. That type of stuff is what I’ve been interested in my whole life. The workings of the media and its impact on society has always seemed like the most influential force on modern life to me….

Mainstream rappers don’t care about you

If you observe what’s ‘poppin’ with today’s popular rappers, you won’t find much that should concern you. You aren’t missing anything by not listening to them. They aren’t making any big strides artistically or conceptually. Their songs are the same warmed-over, R&B inspired, auto-tuned trap music that was spilled in…

After this, do you still love Hip Hop?

The last 4 months to many may have been very depressing when it comes to Hip Hop as a culture. Specifically, Hip Hop has been rocked by scandals of the most repugnant kind related to Bam and his legacy to the culture. That wave sent ripples felt by the Zulu…

Fame and fortune versus making a living: 1000 True Fans

The following is an essay from the book, Hip Hop Know What I’m Sayin, available on Amazon.com   At the presentation of a Proclamation to the founders of Hip Hop Education Week in Newark City Hall in NJ, Vinnie Brown from Hip Hop group Naughty By Nature spoke to those…

Hip Hop and Adult Learning

As I study Adult Learning, I see more and more how it relates to my life in Hip Hop and how the culture itself, in its True School aspect, is a blueprint of learning. Hip Hop in its best aspects as a cultural expression of Hip Hop elements like Breakin,…

Have Black Men Advanced?

In 2014, an article by  Dr. Boyce Watkins, outlined 5 reasons why he felt “black” men haven’t advanced over the last 40 years. Watkins states, “We are fragmented, distracted, materialistic, and ultimately weak.  We are not men…. we are just a bunch of ‘niggaz in Paris.’ (Watkins, 2014)” That is…

Know what I’m saying?

Who are you really? Who do you model yourself after? Are you a product and accumulation of the behaviors you mimic from television, movies, music and religion? Are you the stereotype characterized in a file cabinet in a county courthouse, or some marketing research firm? Who gives meaning to your…

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…

How did Hip Hop end up here?

Over the past few years, I was forced to re-evaluate my feelings about Hip Hop Kulture because of the state of hip-hop music. It’s not just that rap has declined over the past 10 years, but the lack of originality, concept and skills, has made the culture itself look bad….

Picking the right thumbnail and song title

A lot of work may have gone in to your last music project. You may have taken time to come up with concepts and constructed a well put-together song. It may have taken numerous hours in the studio to get the right sound on the track. Now when everything is…

Business Law Basics

This report is comprised of a set of briefs discussing the basic principles of law any business will confront in their operation. For small business owners and students, this will serve as a quick study guide and overview of standard practices associated with owning a business or property. Business Law…

Your best promotional tool is more you

If you ever wondered how to get a person more interested in your music look no further than this post. Here is the answer. Give the listener more you. That’s right, give them more of who you are, if you want them to “buy in” to what ever it is…

How do you get someone to check out your new music?

Today, a thousand more songs were added to the internet by independent artists all over the World. With so much music being posted, how do you get someone to check out your tunes as opposed to all the others? Unless the person knows you or has heard of you, they…

The next level of mixtape promotion

What are the challenges you face as an artist trying to live through your art? Whatever you think they may be, most of those challenges aren’t new. There is no question that the internet has made it much easier for creatives to promote their music, artwork, beats, manuscripts etc. This…

Get Healthy Hip Hop initiative

In a recent article on Hip Hop DX, Masta Ace revealed he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Article Link – HIPHOPDX As Hip Hop gets older and more of the First Generation of Hip Hop succumbs to natural causes of death and the backlash from unhealthy lifestyles, we must start…

Jay-Z reactive PR fails to boost sales

A November 20th launch party for the new Jay-Z line at Barney’s New York was cancelled for undisclosed reasons, even though they still went ahead with the deal. To be clear, it is not technically the new Jay-Z line. In fact, the brand is the second time Sean Corey Carter…

Hip Hop Lives at Hip Hop Think Tank 2013 Conference

Distinguished guests from the World of Hip Hop education and Hip Hop music shared their feelings about the future of education. 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…

Hip Hop Think Tank 3

Hip Hop Education conference today in Harlem 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…

P. Diddy gives group $250k to promote entrepreneurship

“Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks.” – Puff Daddy In an shining example of putting your money where your mouth is, Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy, aka P Diddy or just Diddy, used his vast material influence to give back. In an effort to promote the Temple…

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