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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Remembering Shades of Hip Hop: CDS

For those unfamiliar with the Golden Era of Hip Hop in the 1990’s, here is some more background about that time period which fixates most Hiphoppas. One thing that really epitomized the time was something called Shades of Hip Hop video mixtapes. Now to some, that might sound self-serving, but…

Highest paid Deejays in the World

Where is the art of deejayin today. There’s turntablists who have deejay skills and can perform tricks and professional transitions. Then you have mixtape deejays who promote unsigned rappers. Next you have radio deejays who play popular music. But most importantly you have club deejays who make all the money….

Adrian Younge: The Concept Art of Beat-Making

Over the past two years, hip-hop music has become an ever-increasing wasteland of desolation, lacking originality, concept and skillfully crafted lyrics or soulful beat production. Not only is the lyrical prowess as low as it has ever been in Hip Hop Kulture, but the beats too are dry, robotic and…

Audio-Technica’s premier studio vocal microphone

Introducing Audio-Technica’s premier studio vocal microphone, the AT5040 cardioid condenser. The debut of our flagship 50 Series, the AT5040 represents a milestone in condenser design, offering remarkably musical high-fidelity performance, with profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. Listen for more: purity, presence, depth & detail. Designed as…

Do you consider Trinidad James Hip Hop?

Artists like Trinidad James aren’t the real problem at all. It’s program directors who play his music as if it is comparable to real Hip Hop, that are the problem. The confusion about whether his lack of mic skillz or questionable talent in general, should get airtime, is part of…

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…

Music Connection Weekly Bulletin

Quote of the Week: “A formal signed contract is not always needed, and many venue bookers won’t sign one anyway. However, an email that says, ‘Yes. We will pay you $300 for this gig’ will work. If you have a contract and the venue still refuses to pay, you may…

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…

Blackout Radio 2012 Playlist

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…

URBAN iNDIE SPOTLITE is looking for HEY DJ of the week

URBAN iNDIE SPOTLITE is looking for HEY DJ of the week. This is a great opportunity for aspiring, and established urban DJs to gain free exposure. If selected HEY DJ of the week would be able to take advantage of various services: FREE eblast to over 17,000 entertainment insiders, and…

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INTERNET MEETS MUSIC BUSINESS

INTERNET MEETS MUSIC BUSINESS You are invited to attend: The Internet Meets Music Business Workshop 101 Friday, February 22, 2013 9:00 AM until Sunday, February 24, 2013 4:00 PM Calling ALL Independent Artist, Independent Record Labels, Producers, Entrepreneurs, Physical and Internet Business Owners, Product Representatives, Services Representatives, and General Public……

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…

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