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Creating the Message – an interview with Duke Bootee

One of the many things I agree wholeheartedly with KRS about, is the importance of self-creation to the foundation of Hip Hop Kulture. The idea of self-creation is, at least in part, a product of the concept of “knowledge of

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Fame and fortune versus making a living: 1000 True Fans

The following is an essay from the book, Hip Hop Know What I’m Sayin, available on   At the presentation of a Proclamation to the founders of Hip Hop Education Week in Newark City Hall in NJ, Vinnie Brown

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How much money iTunes makes in one day

1 dollar (or 75p) per song – that’s 116 dollars (or 72.09 pounds) a second, 6,945 dollars (or 4316.61 pounds) per minute, 416,700 dollars (or 258,996.83 pounds) per hour, and 10 million dollars (or 6.21542669 million pounds) a day. So

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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

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YouTube Guide for Musicians

Want to know how to turn YouTube views into sales? Start here. For today’s independent musician, having a strong video presence is practically a requirement for a successful DIY music career. This guide will show you how to convert YouTube

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Promote Your Self

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

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Music Connection Weekly Bulletin

“The secret to tuning vocals is not to go too far. Sometimes things aren’t tunable and believable. Most of the great records that we’ve grown up with have loads of tuning issues.”— Ian Shaw, producer. Interviewed in MC Feb. 2013

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Music Connection Weekly Bulletin

Quote of the Week: “A formal signed contract is not always needed, and many venue bookers won’t sign one anyway. However, an email that says, ‘Yes. We will pay you $300 for this gig’ will work. If you have a

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Music Connection magazine, which has for years reviewed unsigned bands performing in a club setting, is seeking a Live Reviewer with a passion for, and knowledge of, live hip-hop, particularly the current Los Angeles scene. If interested, email and

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