The Birth of Hip Hop Music

On August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell aka Kool DJ Herc told me that his sister, Cindy aka Queen Pep, asked him to deejay a party for their apartment building on Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx. This jam came to be known as the galvanizing event that led to the Hip-Hop…

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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…

Politics and Hip Hop

From the book – Hip Hop… Know What I’m Sayin by Kurt Nice (Amazon.com) This piece was published in the above book, in 2012, but notice how relevant it is today. What has the present day political culture taught us about society? In America, the political discourse is a direct…

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…

The Media Meltdown of 2016

In no uncertain terms, we will long suffer the consequences of 2016. The decisions made on a global and national scale will surely affect us in the months and years to come. What we’ve realized this year is that the system is broken. That system, is our system of generating…

Shout Out to Hip Hop Nerds

(originally published Feb 2, 2016) To be clear, rappers didn’t create Hip Hop. They used to speak for it though. Deejays didn’t create Hip Hop either; neither did B-Boys/Girls or Graf artists. Hip Hop was galvanized by all those groups together and also by some groups that have gone unnamed….

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 point, modern-day mainstreamers think it’s OK to confuse music taste…

Make Hip Hop Great Again

Let me remind you that Hip Hop created a multi-billion-dollar industry of products, services and techniques out of blood, sweat, tears, garbage and concrete.

Why the Mainstream Prefers Suckers, Clowns and Cynics

One thing that became clear to me when formally studying marketing was that marketing controls people’s lives a lot more than they might think. People think the illuminati or the government controls them, but it is only through marketing, media and public relations that anyone follows a command. People of…

How Hip Hop Business Creates Shared Value pt 2

New Model vs. Old Model Old Model The traditional model of calculating the value of entrepreneurship is by its economic impact. In a research paper titled, What is the Value of Entrepreneurship; A Review of Recent Research, by C. Mirjam van Pragg and Peter H. Versloot (Pragg and Versloot), data…

Rappers Love to Talk About Money Not Business

Yes, I mean most rappers, not all, whether they are Hip Hop or Pop, love to talk about what money buys. And yes, they do like to talk about business, but only in relation to the dead-end trap of drug business. In that, we can hear discussions about prices and…

New Episode: What about non-English Rap?

Ep. 10 In this week’s episode, we look at some new artist submissions from the HipHopLives.net group on Facebook. A few submissions are non-Engish language tracks which beg the question: Can we like a song if we don’t understand the word? That answer should be obvious. Of course we can….

How many Hip Hop References are in Luke Cage?

That is the question. There are so many that we’ll be dissecting this answer for weeks. This series can be a sociological study on so many levels and if you know me, I will end up exploring them. We can discuss the use of the word nigga as a topic….

Luke Cage NetFlix Series On Deck: Cue Primo

The new NetFlix/Marvel series Luke Cage promises to showcase a new Hip Hop infused superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Critics and fans all anticipate a spectacular addition to the epic stories which will now include a look at Harlem’s underground crime fighter. The final trailer even includes a cameo…

Fame Over Respect?

My goal ever since I began creating Hip Hop material in the 1990’s was to increase the status and acceptance of the culture that we were developing. Embedded in the First Generation of Hiphoppas was the universal desire to be recognized and respected. Each generation has that. However, at that…

Unsigned Artist Review (Parts 6 & 7)

It’s hard not to diss whack music but I try to be as constructive as I can in criticizing some of the weaker submissions. I don’t know if I was successful, but you be the judge. Most of the reviews are positive and we got some unique posts to react…

Hip Hop and U.S. Politics Have a Similar Problem: The Media

With a little insight and knowledge one can see parallels in the state of American politics and Hip Hop music (hip-hop music). What has become popular and mainstreamed is a dumbed-down, pre-school level of intelligence and discourse. The traditionally accepted qualifications for excellence in either category, has been shitted on…

Unsigned Artist Review (S2 E5)

Each week I try to go through as many post from the HipHopLives.net Group on Facebook and review what people have submitted. I can’t guarantee that I will be in a good mood all the time, and I won’t be as sympathetic then. For now I will only thumbs up…

People Lie about the 1990’s

Right now, we’re in the midst of a Presidential election in America. The sides have been drawn and a referendum is about to be made. In part, the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has not only made this totally about himself but the character he represents and epitomizes to the rest…

Luke Cage infused with 90s Hip Hop

Word has come down that the new superhero Marvel/NetFlix series Luke Cage, will be composed by a super duo of 90’s inspired Hiphoppas. The duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad recently worked together on Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled 06” but  join forces here to fill the Harlem based action-adventure…

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