A Brief History of Hip-Hop – Part 5 Graffiti Art

February 21, 2008

Read The Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 To most people, graffiti has a negative connotation. It is often associated with vandalism and crime to those outside of hip-hop culture. It is probably the most misunderstood of the [Keep Reading]

Album Spotlight # 3

February 13, 2008

Huh!? Stiffenin’ Against The Wall by Organized Rhyme The year is 1991. I catch this strange music video called, “Check the OR.” I’m fixed to the television. The song and video are captivating. The old school vibe and sample have my head [Keep Reading]

Hip Hop Represents at The Grammy Awards

February 11, 2008

The Grammy Awards celebrated their 50th anniversary last night in style. While very few awards were given out, the show was a powerhouse of live performances. Alicia Keys opened the show with a duet with Frank Sinatra. He was shown on a black and [Keep Reading]

A Brief History of Hip-Hop – Part 2 Rap is Born

February 8, 2008

Read The Introduction and Part 1 Part 2 – Rap is Born In the mid 1970s, DJs still owned the parties and were held in reverence. DJs such as Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grand Master Flash quickly became legends. They all strove to improve [Keep Reading]

A Brief History of Hip-Hop – Part 1 The DJ

February 7, 2008

Read The Introduction It is hard to define the exact time that hip-hop was created. There are so many influences that came together to form the culture and many of them far pre-date hip-hop. Where did it come from? It was born out of dancing and the [Keep Reading]

Chase March – the rapper

February 6, 2008

I think when you love hip-hop as much as I do that you need to be involved in the culture actively somehow. I have written about it for years. I cover hip-hop topics in this blog often. I used to write record reviews, stories, and interviews for the [Keep Reading]

An Introduction to Hip-Hop Culture

January 31, 2008

Culture is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.” Hip-Hop is a way of life for a certain group of people. It has unique rules and customs that [Keep Reading]

Album Spotlight # 1

January 29, 2008

Raising Hell – Run-DMC This is the album that introduced me to rap music. I remember it quite well. I was at a family due and my cousin had the cassette tape. He made sure that the adults weren’t around and he played it for a few of his cousins. [Keep Reading]
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