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…

Thanks President Obama!

No longer will we have a classy, intelligent, articulate mature adult in the White House because President Barack Obama’s second term is over. History will smile on his legacy unlike many who don’t see it now. Here are the numbers. Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the…

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…

Bernie was never as popular as Hillary

Once again, we have proof that the ALT-Left’s claim that Hillary Clinton was the WORST choice for POTUS was full of holes. The so-called progressive left said that Hillary didn’t resonate as much with the American people as their hero Bernie Sanders. Well, first, Hillary beat Bernie Sanders by over…

Mainstream rappers don’t care about you

If you observe what’s ‘poppin’ with today’s popular rappers, you won’t find much that should concern you. You aren’t missing anything by not listening to them. They aren’t making any big strides artistically or conceptually. Their songs are the same warmed-over, R&B inspired, auto-tuned trap music that was spilled in…

Young Rappers Don’t Love Hip Hop

Most times, I stay in the background of these topical rap conversations and gossip because its pointless. I’m glad on one level not to associate with too many insiders because then you lose perspective. It’s hard to be an honest judge of character when you find out that some whack…

This July at the Hip Hop Archive

We will open the floor Wednesdays nights to Hip Hop discussions and LIVE performances! Stay tuned for more details on how to be involved. Special guest speakers and performers TBA. Contact me for speaking/performing slots info@hiphoplives.net Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the…

Exhibition Open

We made it! The brand new Hip Hop Archive at Plainfield Public Library @800 Park Ave is finally open! On display for the collective is my personal collection of artworks depicting some contemporary Hip Hop history. This material illustrates how we can all participate in the preservation of Hip Hop…

Exhibition set up, come visit us!

On display for the collective are some of my favorite moments from the Shades of Hip Hop Archive. Although the full video and audio catalog has yet to be uploaded to the database, you will find digital reproductions from some of that same footage on display. There is also a…

My Life in Hip Hop

Although my time on this planet has been brief in the grand scheme of things, it has been longer than some who I traveled with before. My adult life has been a mix of highs and lows, like anyone else, more or less. I’ve had successes and failures both of…

18 Years ago this month

Do you remember the days before the internet? There was a time when communication between people took much longer. Information took days, weeks, and months to circulate sometimes before ‘everybody’ knew what was going on. The only viral videos of the day were bootleg movies, and not Hollywood blockbuster movies,…

Remembering the Moments

In my photo journal, Shades of Hip Hop: Undaground Seen, I talk about the importance of cherishing the moments in life which change and inspire us. In a song recently released by Noreaga called, Moments, he deftly weaves a laid back reflection on the past ups and downs of life….

Preserving Hip Hop for Future Generations

Stay tuned for more details to be announced… 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…

24 Years Ago in Hip Hop

It was 1992, and Hip Hop was my life. At the same time, life was changing. It wasn’t just technology and the advancements in video production, but the feeling of growth and innovation that was in the air. Back then, there were still such things as video stores and record…

What’s in a leap year?

The year is based on approximately how long it takes for our planet to revolve around the Sun. It takes about 365.25 days to make the journey and that .25 days is made up every 4 years with a “leap year”. The extra time that has accumulated is equal to…

A View from the underground

(Introduction from my photo journal – Shades of Hip Hop: Undaground Seen NY/NJ 2008) In the depths of the premium grade underground market, there is supreme talent. There is more creativity and originality than you would ever find in the mainstream. The talent is always more raw and unique when…

That’s What I do…I Sell Drugs!

Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli was arrested on securities fraud by the FBI just one day after it was learned that he was the sole buyer of a $2 million single copy of the special edition Wu-Tang album, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin. In an interesting piece by Jake Paine…

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 was called Shades of Hip Hop video mixtape documentaries. It…

Hip Hop: Stupidity is the real enemy

(VIDEO BELOW) In a recent song created by rapper Saigon and producer DJ Premiere called, Let’s Get Smart, Saigon says… Nah Preem, I ain’t come around to dumb It down. I done started a revolution, I ain’t running now. ‘Cause I don’t rap about having fun, I’m underground? ‘Cause the…

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