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…

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…

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…

Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014

We enjoyed a special marathon of Hip Hop discussion on Sunday to kick off Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014 right here on hiphoplives.net. That’s right Hip Hop! We shared a lively conversation on the conference call to start things off with Crystal Colon, Frank Nesbit and Michael Walsh of Operation…

HipHopLives.net Sunday May 18th

Sunday May 18th is Hip Hop Appreciation Day, which is the first day of Hip Hop Appreciation Week during what is becoming known as Hip Hop Appreciation Month (not to be confused with Hip Hop History Month – November). Appreciation is something different even if it is just slightly. Appreciation…

Some interesting pics, enjoy

These pictures are completely random and have nothing to do with each other or some greater meaning than what you derive from them… 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…

Why did KOTD use Canibus in their commercial?

In a shadesradio.com commentary I talked about how most Hiphoppas don’t watch battles of any kind, whether its emceein, deejayin, bboyin, or whatever. Why is that? Isn’t Hip Hop Kulture losing out on what could be well-regulated, profit generating business? In discussing this, I sidetracked on the fact that in…

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Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2013

Happy Hip Hop Appreciation Week! Take time to observe the principles of True Hip Hop Kulture; Peace, Love, Unity and Safely Having Fun. Watch an old-school movie like Beat Street, Wildstyle, or Krush Groove. Check out a classic episode of Shades of Hip Hop or research an artist or pioneer…

Classic BBoy Track – Davy DMX

When I was young, this track used to get all the bboys and bgirls amped. This was one of the tracks made specifically for the breakers and up-rockers. The cuts are sharp like a Samurai sword. Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the…

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The Lies Hip Hop Told Me pt.1

There are a number of myths and outright lies that have been perpetuated in Hip Hop Kulture that poison the minds of novices and old-timers alike. Some of these lies have mistakenly become part of the false identity ascribed to Hiphoppas. Lie #1 Rappers Speak for Hip Hop As many…

BBoying is So Beautiful

The international Hip Hop Family definitely has bboyin on lock. Why the art form is not a bigger part of the culture in the states is a mystery. Maybe now that the rapper and even the deejay to some degree, have diminished in skill level as a popular entertainment, other…

Where is Hip Hop on Guns?

In the wake of the horrific school massacre in Sandy Hook Connecticut, what is the rap community’s response to gun violence? So far, the most prominent advocates of gun-laced “trap” music have been quiet as church mice. On occasion, while working with KRSONE and the Stop the Violence Movement, I…

Chuck D: We got Everything

It’s simple, sparse, slow,  blues inspired, Hiphop consciousness by Chuck D. The Public Enemy Founder, released the video in a tweet today, saying. “This RAP record will Move YOU! PublicEnemy presents .Everything to the Planet Earth. Now on VIDEO!” The video does move you, if you long for the days…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop…

New Covers for the next issue of HHL Magazine

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 Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop…

7-Ways To Make 2013 Better

1. Forget New Years Resolutions! Instead make intelligent choices. You already have a mission, your impossible dream, commit to that for 2013. 2. Don’t Worry About The Economy. It’s out of your control. Just make intelligent choices regarding your money, whether you have a lot or a little. Be smart…

Industry Melt Down

Back in the day, my employees & staffers would always remind me: “The industry slows down this time of year, Michael.” “No one is taking calls or meetings, Michael.” “Budgets are maxed out, Michael.” “We should think about taking time off too, Michael.” I went along with it, but I…

South Bronx Hip Hop Festival

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 Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop…

Which aspect of Hip Hop came first?

Which element of Hip Hop Kulture was expressed first in this modern incarnation? Since, there have always been poets and dancers and painters etc., we understand that Hip Hop expressions are just their modern forms. Superhistorically, Hip Hop cultural elements have always been present in our various cultures, but the…

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