To be or nah?

If any of these topics interest you, consider picking up a copy of Hip Hop Know What I’m Sayin by Kurt Nice in paperback or as a digital download.

1. Introduction – Who are you really?

2. Why call me a Hiphoppa? 

3. Shades of Hip Hop Biography (Abbr.) 

4. The Cypher 

5. Reflections of the Round Table 

6. What’s Beef for You? 

7. Hip Hop is a seed 

8. What aspect of Hip Hop came first?

9. The end of winter 

10. Hip Hop in 2012 

11. Hip Hop music or business? 

12. The lost art of originality 

13. More random babbling? 

14. Fame and Fortune v. making a living 

15. Is Black August racist against White people? 

16. Cymatics: Becoming in tune with real Hip Hop 

17. Bronx only Hip Hop? 

18. MLK prophesized the coming of Hip Hop 

19. The stolen legacy of Hip Hop 

20. Hip Hop and the Illuminati summed up 

21. No more rappers 

22. The reason you think it’s hot 

23. What if White rappers spit conscious rhymes? 

24. Is conscious rap viable as an art form? 

25. RE: Iron Solomon vs. E-Ness rap battle 

26. Hip Hop Lives: The Rock Steady Crew Anniversary 

27. What is Hip Hop? 

28. Are we there yet? 

29. KRSONE talks about Hip Hop at NYU 

30. Hip Hop needs you! 

31. The dumbing down of Hip Hop music 

32. Meth on swag 

33. Music is like fast food 

34. FB conversation about the Gospel

35. No account rap bastards 

36. Politics and Hip Hop 

37. The Civil War/Bloods and Crips 

38. The end of racial identity 

39. Nigga vs. Black 

40. A person is not their race 

41. Brother from another mother 

42. 2012: Year of the follower 

43. Is Trinidad James Hip Hop? 

44. Trinidad James: Comedy or Cooning? 

45. The Lies Hip Hop told me (part 1):Rappers speak for Hip Hop 

46. The Lies Hip Hop told me (part 2):Ignorance is cool 

47. Meteorite explodes in the sky over Russia 

48. Hip Hop lives on Earth 

49. Adrian Younge: The concept art of beat making 

50. Finding the right answers 

51. My Philosophy is more typical than you remember 

52. Language, perception and Hip Hop 

53. What is Hip Hop Expression? 

54. NSA scandal nothing compared to Stop-and-Frisk 

55. Zimmerman creepy-ass cracker 

56. Another way mass media manipulates you 

57. Why is “White on Black crime” different? 

58. Blame Hip Hop and protect the real criminal

59. How Hip Hop entered the global economy 

60. Judge rules stop-and-frisk unconstitutional 

61. Jay-Z as the shareholder model

62. A Hip Hop pilgrimage to the Mother Land 

One good thing about this subject matter is that it’s pretty much timeless. Although there are some references to specific events, the underlying context is as relevant today as it was when it was written. People sometimes think the past is outdated and irrelevant. But that is merely a marketing device employed to keep consumers in a perpetual race for need satisfaction. The desire to want something new all the time is not so much natural as it is programed by businesses and the ones who guide their decision-making process. Everything about the human race is in the past. Now is always just a fading memory and tomorrow never really comes. The past is what we are really made of. Every yesterday that has been spent leads to today. The past is what we have to thank for everything we have. Even all the new freshly packaged things you buy  had been planned and processed long before you walked through the door with your money.

The most important decisions about basic life have been solved thanks to those in the past. The comfort and luxury many of us enjoy is due to the efforts of those long dead and decayed in the ground. Who do we thank for roads and running water, and traffic lights or TV dinners and libraries. Even the microchip might not be as new as one would think. Outside of Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and 3D printers, we have to look to the 20th century and earlier for how we got to where we are now. Also, the knowledge and wisdom from the past is priceless. Most of the deepest questions concerning the human spirit have already been asked. Different levels of the answers may be revealed over time, but without the past, many wouldn’t even know what questions to ask.

With this book, I hope you are inspired to seek the answers to questions which give you a deeper insight to the life around you in society and your perception of it. As Hiphoppas or those influenced by Hip Hop, we are bombarded with ideology from the mainstream that makes us question reality. This books offers a perspective on reality that may remind you of something. There are others, who see the reality you see. There are others like you, who aren’t completely brainwashed by the mainstream culture, and use Hip Hop as means to escape from some of the bullshit.

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Kurt 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 Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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Kurt 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 Hip Hop as KRS-ONE's National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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