Japanese Funk Edition

Funk U Cafe Ep. 9 – Funky Samurai Did you know there was a thing called Japanese Funk? Well, in the World of breakbeat funk, Japanese cinema of the 1970’s was a gold mine of funky grooves. This show features some dope tracks from that wave as well as some…

Funk U Cafe 3

Episode #3 – Kurt Nice Bornday Show featuring Black Moon, Artifacts, Noreaga, Slum Village and Common. Funk U Cafe is a Show With DJ SonSu and Kurt Nice. Rare Grooves, Break Beats, Classic Rhythm and Blues ,Hip Hop , Disco, Jazz, and coffee talk! Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson…

What’s the best thing about Hip Hop?

When people think of the benefits of Hip Hop as a culture, what comes to mind? Number one for many is economic. Hip Hop created a lane for many to thrive in that uses their innate creative and entrepreneurial skills for financial gain. Before Hip Hop became popular in the…

HipHop_Business_Daily

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…

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…

Mainstream ideology is why Hip Hop began

More correctly, the opposition to mainstream ideology is why Hip Hop evolved into a culture. At its inception Hiphop (consciousness), was the way normal people in the urban parts of America were able to maintain sanity in the face of the hypocrisy of mainstream life. Mainstream life told you that…

The beat is better than the lyrics

I wrote in a recent blog that the state of rap music’s beats are much better than lyrics (ORIGINAL POST JAN – 2013). I joked that since this isn’t the new age of the instrumental, rap lyrics still mean something. However, it could be the new age of the instrumental…

Where Did Dr Dre Get the G-Funk Sound?

As I watched the Straight Outta Compton movie, I couldn’t help but notice the amount Funk music filling the sound track. Rather than a mix of early 90’s hip-hop music, there was an abundance of P-Funk vibes popular in Southern California at the time. Part of what defined NWA as…

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,…

Some Examples of Golden Era Video Remixes

As I explained in the last post about DJ Cheese, the remixes we collaborated on were done on analog equipment. I remember spending hours fast-forwarding and rewinding through numerous tapes to overdub specific frames of video into a particular piece. The process was not only time-consuming but tedious, meticulous and…

Who is the 1st World Champion Deejay?

DJ Cheese from Plainfield, New Jersey, my hometown. The remixes DJ Cheese and I worked on for Shades of Hip Hop volume 5: CDS, and Shades of Hip Hop volume 6: Da Goodness were done in a unique way for remixes. Since Shades of Hip Hop is a video mixtape,…

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…

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…

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,…

Lincoln Park Hip Hop Fest 2014

A couple of random shots of the 2014 Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark NJ. 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…

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…

Bingewatch Real Hip Hop May 18th on HipHopLives.net

Have you ever sat and watched a marathon of back to back episodes of your favorite TV show on DVR or during a special airing? If you have, then you’re a bingewatcher. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just a new phenomenon provided to us more readily in the age…

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…

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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