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…

This Week on shadesradio.com – The 80’s pt. 1

In Hip Hop we trace a lot of history through the music we listened to at the time. The music which surrounds the scene acts as a soundtrack to life in that era. Music can sometimes be an interpretation of how people were living at the time. So what was…

Breaking Down Ah Yeah with KRSONE (1995)

Speaking of #TBT Throwbacks, here’s a gem from 20 years ago. This is how I spent my time in the days before the digital revolution, social media and YouTube. We used to track down Hip Hip wherever it was at, and record until our battery-powered light died. Sometimes we kept…

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