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What’s the Best Cypher in Hip Hop History?

What’s the best rhyme cypher in Hip Hop history? Is it Shades of Hip Hop’s Cypher featuring Big Pun, Canibus, Mos Def, DMX, John Forte and Mic Geronimo? You tell me…

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Posted in Hip Hop, hiphoplives.net, kurt nice, Recent Posts, shadesradio.com

My Thoughts on Hip Hop History Month

The concept of Hip Hop History Month is lost on today’s society. There is not enough appreciation for the rich culture and economic opportunities afforded by the existence of Hip Hop to properly celebrate its success or awareness. At this

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Posted in big pun, canibus, cypher, dmx, Hip Hop, hiphoplives.net, john forte, kurt nice, mic geronimo, mos def, Recent Posts, shadesradio.com

How my landline contributed to Hip Hop History

About 18 years ago, in December of 1997, I had a conversation on my ‘land-line’ (phone) that led to something epic in the history of Hip Hop. At the time, I was the cameraman, host, producer and editor of what

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Posted in big pun, canibus, Hip Hop, hiphoplives.net, kurt nice, Recent Posts

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?

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Posted in 9 Elements, After Pac, After Tupac, b-boy, bboy, canibus, freestyle, Hip Hop, hiphoplives.net, kurt nice, Latest Issue, magazine, Recent Posts, shadesradio.com

The Best Hip Hop Convo

After returning from participating in a panel discussion for Hip Hop Education Week at Essex County College in Newark, NJ today, I started to think. Some of the best conversations about Hip Hop have already happened. They happen in schools,

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Posted in After Pac, After Tupac, ARTISTS, big pun, canibus, dmx, Hip Hop, hiphoplives.net, industry, john forte, kurt nice, mic geronimo, mos def, new york, remember, truth, wisdom, World

Remember Me?

Do you recognize any of these Hiphoppas from Rock Steady Crew’s 34th anniversary? Leave a comment and test your knowledge…   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the

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King of the Dot Show a Disaster for Hip Hop

On June 9, 2012, Hip Hop turned another corner. This night, an incident with far reaching implications, stained the memories of  many Hiphoppas in a way they will never forget. Some moments in Hip Hop are looked on with fondness

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Posted in 9 Elements, Recent Posts

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