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…

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…

Watch This Space

Society, culture and the media that it operates through, can be studied and predicted. That type of stuff is what I’ve been interested in my whole life. The workings of the media and its impact on society has always seemed like the most influential force on modern life to me….

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….

Donald Trump and P*ssygate 2016

The pundits in the mainstream media (MSM) are finally realizing the monster they propped up as equal to the most qualified candidate for POTUS (Hillary Clinton), is actually just a SELF-ADMITTED SEXUAL PREDATOR! Yes, Donald J Trump admitted to using his star power to harass women with unwanted kisses and…

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….

A Superhero in Harlem

The new NetFlix/Marvel TV series, Luke Cage, debuted today and the instant reviews are in! The series kickoff with episode 1 introduces us to a collection of characters with complex stories and circumstances which place them on collision course in the future. Right now, we are just scratching the surface…

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…

Media Proves They’re Stuck on Stupid pt 1: Politics

In a recent blog I discussed the media’s role in keeping the spotlight on unqualified dummies to get clicks. My opinion is that those who claim to cover hip-hop and mainstream political media, have allowed frauds to occupy positions of national influence. These media outlets instigate an atmosphere of stupidity…

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…

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…

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…

HipHopLives FB UAR (S2 E4)

From the Facebook group page for HipHopLives.net we check out some of the latest submissions from members in the Unsigned Artist Review. Dope tracks and whack rappers will be defined and singled out in my completely biased True School Hip Hop discussion. Check it out below… Also if you missed…

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…

It’s 4:20 Everyday

    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…

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….

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…

Aren’t we all wrong sometimes?

I’ve been wrestling with this concept a lot since last year when it happened, but I haven’t been able to put it into words correctly. I feel that the subject is intrinsic to the essence of Hiphop consciousness, and while it was touched on, it wasn’t discussed in depth. You…

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