Album Spotlight # 6

March 4, 2008

Word…Life by O.C. The year is 1994. I faithfully tune into the Mastermind Street Jam on Energy 108 every Saturday afternoon from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. It’s about the only time that real hip-hop music makes it to the commercial airwaves in Hamilton. [Keep Reading]

Blame The Art

February 28, 2008

There was violence beforeThere was jewelry before ithip-hop did nothing but reportthe reality we saw everywhere so, Blame the Art You’re outside the cultureso point your fingerit’s the easiest thing to doBlame the Art It makes you feel goodit [Keep Reading]

Need Something to Blame, Why Not Hip-hop?

February 27, 2008

A speaker at last week’s teaching conference blamed the erosion of values on “Chuck E. Cheese” and “hip-hop culture.” Those were his exact words. Now I know that he was trying to make a point and while I agree with him that values do seem [Keep Reading]

Album Spotlight # 5

February 26, 2008

Coast II Coast by Tha Alkaholiks I’ve known alcoholics and it is not a cool thing. That’s why when this rap group first came out I shunned them. I didn’t want to hear a group that just talked about getting drunk all the time. Their first album [Keep Reading]

A Brief History of Hip-Hop – Part 6 A Piece

February 22, 2008

Read The Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 Graffiti rose in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s in New York. It went from simply writing a name on the wall or subway car, to painting larger, more complicated designs. This new [Keep Reading]

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]
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