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…

A Special Night in Radio: October 31, 1973

There were game shows, back then called quiz shows, comedy shows, variety programs, interview shows, and a reality crime show called Night Beat which followed police on the street, similar to Cops today. These shows were new and innovative yet, the main thing this era was known for were radio…

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…

WTF Just Happened to Meek MIll?

At the beginning of last week I was not intrigued by the Meek Mill v Drake rap celebrity Twitter beef, but by the end of the week I was like WTF just happened? To me, rap celebrity beefs are not Hip Hop and therefore don’t really interest me. I’d rather…

Rap as Pop Music

The idealistic principles of Hip Hop at its core are Peace, Love, Unity and (safely) Having Fun (Afrika Bambaataa, KRS ONE). It is expressed most often thru other principles like Originality, Concept and Skills. Originality was the lynch pin distinguishing us from them, Hiphoppa from non-Hiphoppa, originators from biters. Originality…

The 100th episode of the NY Hip Hop Report

Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz celebrated the 100th episode of their weekly talk show on the NY Hip Hop Report. The show is a weekly discussion about topics relevant to the Hip Hop community from the perspective of the birth place of the culture. The NY Hip Hop Report looks…

What about Bobby Shmurda?

Check out the best Hip Hop talk on a Sunday night, the NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz. As the conversation turns to Bobby Shmurda, I questioned why it is as adults, that we follow the trends of children with no life experience. When we were…

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival_Total Slaughter Battle_Harlem Book Fair

On this week’s episode of the NY Hip Hop Report (Sundays 9pm est) hosts Manny Faces and Steve Ortiz discussed the 2014 Brooklyn Hip Hop festival, the results and impact of the Total Slaughter Battle featuring Joe Buddens and Hollw da Don plus a recap of the Harlem Book Fair…

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…

OOPS …Fail

There is something special about watching stupidity. It’s a great American past time. Americans love acting foolish to get a laugh. People also do a lot of things one would consider foolish, though to the person it may have seemed perfectly sensible at the time. There was even a radio…

New video uploads

Just in case you missed it, here are some new uploads to the shadesradio channel on YouTube. To get notification in your email, please subscribe or connect with me on Twitter (@KurtNiceHHL) to receive updates from the blog.   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes…

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…

Why is Rap Radio so bad in NYC?

Buckshot & Ebro Have Heated Debate About Hip Hop Radio, Battle Rap & “Minor Artists” KurtNiceHHL • 7 days ago Somebody gotta ask Ebro how it feels to preside over the decline of Hip Hop radio. What is there to be proud of in a job like that, a weekly check…

The Grammys were never relevant to Hip Hop but Macklemore should have won anyway

While some have feigned outrage at the Grammy’s for honoring Macklemore for best song, album etc at the 2014 Grammy awards, underground Hip Hop should not even feed into it. The Grammys have never honored the days best emcees as long as there has been Hip Hop. They have always…

Kanye West ain’t rich enough to be free?

Today,95% of the interviews and discussion on these radio morning shows are just barely relevant to the growth of the average listener. It’s mostly clowning around, speaking on subjects that don’t enhance your understanding of reality. For many of us, it’s unlistenable. There are shocking gossip stories that pop up…

Jay-Z reactive PR fails to boost sales

A November 20th launch party for the new Jay-Z line at Barney’s New York was cancelled for undisclosed reasons, even though they still went ahead with the deal. To be clear, it is not technically the new Jay-Z line. In fact, the brand is the second time Sean Corey Carter…

Is Miley Cyrus Hip Hop?

If you ever doubted the influence of Hip Hop Kulture and hip-hop music after seeing how it’s spread over the entire globe, stop it. Hip Hop for better or worse has gone from an exclusive culture practiced by inner-city youth and their suburban contemporaries, to a Worldwide phenomenon, lived by…

Recent tweets and re-tweets…Prison Beauty Pagent

  Here are some recent tweets and re-tweets from this week and last week… From Stephanie Miller regular and recent host on Current TV, comedian…. John Fugelsang        ✔ @JohnFugelsang The Heidelberg Project has turned several Detroit blocks into an amazing art installation. pic.twitter.com/MZf6Rso7no Retweeted by KurtNiceHHL This is a great idea….

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Chris Kelly Dead at 34

  Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images By ANTHONY CASTELLANO May 2, 2013 Chris Kelly, one half of the ’90s rap duo Kris Kross, has died of a possible drug overdose, Georgia authorities said. Kelly, 34, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at the Atlanta Medical Center, Clint Harbin, an investigator with the Fulton…

Who’s the best Emcee of All Times?

The question comes up over and again. Who is the best emcee of all time? Is it Tupac, or Eminem, or Jay-Z or maybe someone else? What does it mean to be an emcee or a rapper? Is there a difference? In private conversation across the World, people love hip-hop…

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