Blame Hip Hop and protect the real criminal

I read an interesting article by Manny Faces of the NY Hip Hop Report and Birthplace Magazine about a report by CNN anchor Don Lemon. The problem with the main stream media is that they are not competent enough to discuss a topic as intricate as race on TV. Forget…

Throwback Thursday is a nod to the past

Before the internet age when everything was still analog, and before the era of POV video, Hip Hop existed in the Golden Age. The time of originality, concept and skill is captured in some of these clips from Shades of Hip Hop video mixtapes. This footage is part of the…

Tupac speaks about economics

In this clip which is the first MTV interview with Pac as a solo artist, he talks about society and the idea of giving. He also touches on his perception of how Americans should act toward each other. During the interaction he states unequivocally that he considers himself an American…

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,…

A Hip Hop Pilgrimage to the Mother Land

There is such a thing as Hip Hop Tourism. And that’s the practical business approach to looking at the recent trip by Switzerland born and raised Hiphoppas from Winterthur. On the other hand this was more like a Hip Hop pilgrimage to the birthplace of Hip Hop, NYC, New York…

Rare footage of KRSONE at Stonehenge

KRSONE at Stonehenge in 2007 with Mondo One backed by words from DJ Supreme and the Teacha speaking on Hip Hop. Are you swayed by the public portrayal of Hip Hop Kulture? Is what you see and hear on television and radio, an accurate portrayal of Hip Hop as a…

How my suburban town changed Hip Hop forvever

Introduction In this essay, the importance of our action or inaction as human beings in society, is discussed to remind us that even if we think that we are insignificant, the things we do or don’t do in life have ramifications that we can’t possibly foresee. In this discussion, we…

Lincoln Park Hip Hop Fest 2014

A couple of random shots of the 2014 Lincoln Park Music Festival in Newark NJ. 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…

Portable Hip Hop Gallery

What is a portable Hip Hop gallery? Well, this is an example based on the Shades of Hip Hop collection. The following is an example of a set-up I am working on that goes beyond the normal table display of artifacts. This system is more of a mobile museum design,…

Star is done with male battle rap

After the latest scandal surrounding battle rap and the latest altercation during an event, Star of Shot 97 internet radio and long-time radio host, says he’s finished with the genre. On his daily internet show on shot97.com from 12 – 2pm, Star cited the incident of Dizaster punching Math Hoffa…

Dizaster punches Math Hoffa at KOTD

Young boy bravado overtook the King of the Dot battle in Los Angeles on June 28. After what some said was a good three-round battle, Diz threatened to punch Math Hoffa in the face. Math dared him to do it, so he did. From the video, it looks like Math…

Check out the Photo Gallery

Finally got a chance to redo the gallery. Still under construction but you know how I do. The archives are what they are. Little bits of time recorded on electro-magnetic chips. Enjoy! http://hiphoplives.net/photo-gallery/   Kurt NiceKurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop…

Time to Shine just added to Video: Archive

In 1997, Shades of Hip Hop released it’s 3rd video mixtape during the summer. Unlike R.I.P.- Tupac and B.I.G., released in April 1997, this tape was not all videos. Like the first video mixtape, Trains to Newark.NYC, this was chock full of original content. What was different about Time to…

Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014

We enjoyed a special marathon of Hip Hop discussion on Sunday to kick off Hip Hop Appreciation Week 2014 right here on hiphoplives.net. That’s right Hip Hop! We shared a lively conversation on the conference call to start things off with Crystal Colon, Frank Nesbit and Michael Walsh of Operation…

HipHopLives.net Sunday May 18th

Sunday May 18th is Hip Hop Appreciation Day, which is the first day of Hip Hop Appreciation Week during what is becoming known as Hip Hop Appreciation Month (not to be confused with Hip Hop History Month – November). Appreciation is something different even if it is just slightly. Appreciation…

Lil Kim pioneered Hip Hop sex appeal for women

There is really no dispute to who pioneered the sexy image for female rappers. No one before her did it better or as hard core as she did. A live show we captured in 1996 is proof positive that Lil Kim put it all out there on the stage. However,…

Some interesting pics, enjoy

These pictures are completely random and have nothing to do with each other or some greater meaning than what you derive from them… 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…

Shadesradio Nature Edition ep. 1

  Observing nature can be very interesting because, nature is weird… And because animals act like humans sometimes…. Animals are so much smarter than they look… and sometimes they’re downright creepy. You’ve got respect animals, especially when you’re in nature or natural environments. Because animals can be scary. and dangerous,…

How did Hip Hop end up here?

Over the past few years, I was forced to re-evaluate my feelings about Hip Hop Kulture because of the state of hip-hop music. It’s not just that rap has declined over the past 10 years, but the lack of originality, concept and skills, has made the culture itself look bad….

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…

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