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KRS-One’s Book Signing Party: The Gospel of Hip Hop

November 10th, 2009, I was invited to shoot a book signing party for one of my childhood hero, KRS-One of B.D.P. KRS-One released a book titled, The Gospel of Hip Hop. I had the pleasure of shaking hands with the Legend. Amongst these legends, there were Hip Pioneers who came out to represent and show support, The Father of Hip Hop DJ Kool Herc, DJ Cool V, Freddie Fox, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Hakim of Channel Live and many others. The teacher it a moment and spoke to the crowd about what Hip-Hop really is to the founding generations, today’s generation and the generations to come.

Here is an excerpt from Kurt Nice about the event.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, the Temple of Hip Hop celebrated the release of the long-awaited book presented by KRS ONE, The Gospel of Hip Hop. The event took place at the elegant W Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York City, where a museum-like atmosphere was created adorned with some artifacts of the Hip Hop Kulture. On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, the Temple of Hip Hop celebrated the release of the long-awaited book presented by KRS ONE, The Gospel of Hip Hop. The event took place at the elegant W Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York City, where a museum-like atmosphere was created adorned with some artifacts of the Hip Hop Kulture.  On one side of the room was a prominent display of some of the audio devices used by the culture over the years from turntables to boom box radios and cassette walk-mans. Various colorful canvas art pieces accented the space along with some black and white reproductions created by Hip Hop graffiti artists Jason Lee. In a certain area near the entrance, Hiphoppas could reflect on the contribution of some of the many “risen heroes” pictured in frames hung on the wall behind a serene waterfall/ rock display.          In the place of honor, seated in two red velvet chairs on stage were Kool DJ Herc and his sister Cindy aka Pep who inspired the first Hip Hop Jam in 1973. On a huge video screen next to the stage was video documenting classic performances of artists like Busy Bee and KRS ONE on stage with Nas to the Meeting of the Minds Conference held in 1994 which details the first public call for a comprehensive book on Hip Hop to be written. In this video, KRS ONE, announces that he will be embarking on the mission of researching and uncovering the origins and description of the Hip Hop Kulture, which is transcribed in more detail in the 12th Overstanding of the Gospel of Hip Hop.         All who attended eagerly awaited the unveiling of the book, including guests like Sadat X of Brand Nubians, Charles Ahearn, director of Wildstyle, Lord Yoda X of the Zulu Nation, Bumpy Knuckles aka Freddie Foxxx, E Z AD of the Cold Crush Bros.,  Biz Markie’s deejay, Cutmaster Cool V, Black Dot, Dru Ha from Duck Down and many others.  After The Teacha addressed the crowd with a 45-minute speech, he took questions from the audience and then proceeded to sign copies of the book. Later, he attended the After Party hosted by Hip Hop legend Tony Touch at Sutra. More of the Duck Down family were in attendance including Smiff and Wesson, plus an anxious crowd of well-wishers and Uncle Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box.

There are several video clips as well as hundreds of pictures from the night to enjoy so look around.

Peace and Blessings, Kurt Nice, Temple of Hip Hop
Article source: http://www.krsone.biz/HHL_GOHH_BR09.html

Photos by @ZirePhotos

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Mickey Factz Releases New Mixtape And Announces He Will Drop 3 Projects In The Next 3 Months!

The What Is Hip-Hop Project connected with NYC’s Emcee and Artist, Mickey Factz and asked if he had any projects in the works. Being the busy multitasker and music producer he is, he not only has new projects in the works but also just dropped his new “Rare Freestyles and Unearthed Works Vol2 Mixtape just yesterday. The brother stays busy.

Factz told TWIHHP “Yes 3 new projects in the next 3 months. He plans to release an ep once again with Toronto producer, 100 bulletz, then another mixtape of his own, and then drop a third ep with Detroit emcee, Key Wane.

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Freestyle Friday! Aaron Cooks / @GodCooks – Yanadameen Godcast with Lord Jamar & Rah Digga

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As the Godcast continues to level up, Lord Jamar and Rah Digga break new ground and bring you the first freestyle session on the show with special guest Aaron Cooks serving up nothing but flame-grilled bars! Could there be more shows in future dedicated to just showcasing rapping??

0:000:44 Intro + Todays mathematics
0:45 Special Guest Intro: Aaron Cooks
4:45 Godcast Freestyle Session: Aaron Cooks
9:00 Digga thought Cooks can’t cook??
11:29 Upcoming music & collabs from Aaron Cooks
12:47 Godcast episode of NOTHING BUT RAPPING!!!
13:58 Rah Digga didn’t care who she went at
14:55 Outro
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Redman and Method Man Announce The Making Of How High 2

Article and Photography by Tyrone Z. McCants

If you consider yourself a hip-hop fan who enjoys going to live concerts then you had to have been to a Method Man and Redman performance at least once. If you have not yet seen their masterful stage show, follow them online and get a ticket to one of their many tour dates. Last month on April 22, also known as 4/20 weekend, Tucson held its first 420 Music Concert hosted by the Green Med Wellness Center and Hermes Delivery Center in Arizona.

The emcee duo began trading and dropping lyrical lines together in 1994. keeping each other’s skills sharp like neighboring verbal warriors from the hip-hop villages of Wakanda. They have developed an almost acrobatic stage performance where they bounce off each other’s energy both knowing what to expect from the other, resulting in legendary hip-hop shows.

April 22, 2018. Redman and Method Man, American hip-hop artists, actors, and music producers, perform their hip-hop classics at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos

Originally, John Blaze is one 10th of the Super Music Group – The Wu-Tang Clan.

April 22, 2018. Method Man, An American hip-hop emcee, music artist and one-tenth of the super music group, Wu-Tang Clan, receiving cheers fans at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos

And the Funk Doc is a part of another elite hip-hop music collective – The Def Squad.

Redman, American hip-hop artists, on stage rhyming at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos

The Within the 24 years of their numerous music chart-topping collaborations and features, the two did not only master the stage, they both went on to broaden their careers in the areas of acting and music production.

April 22, 2018. Redman and Method Man, American hip-hop artists, actors, and music producers, listen to fans recite hip-hop lyrics at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos

Every great concert performance is somewhat life-changing when you have the experience for the first time. It connects you to your favorite artist in a personal way. You learn that they {the artists} are really everyday people that enjoy putting on a great show just as much as fans enjoy going to them.

I will never forget my first concert. It was at the Appollo Theater in Harlem NY in 1990. The featured artists were a couple of young upcoming groups called Brand Nubian and A Tribe Called Quest, and a solo artist named D-Nice. The headlining artist was a growing hip-hop who went by the name of the Big Daddy Kane. I even kept the ticket.

Live at the Apollo / Harlem, New York: 1990 New Years Eve – Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, D-Nice, and Brand Nubian.

Make sure you check your local event listings and go see a show. For those hip-hop fans who get to watch these hip-hop brothers do their music live, it is gonna be a memorable experience. FYI, when you do get to go to your next Red and Meth concert and you notice their stage team bringing out loads of bottled water, be prepared for a wild show!

April 22, 2018. Redman and Method Man, American hip-hop artists, toss water on fans during hip-hop performance at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos

Here are 5 ways you will know that you are at a great hip-hop concert

  1. A talented artist or your favorite artist. If the music is good, you will be alright especially if the event is full of true to heart hip-hop fans.
  2. A safe location, an organized venue, helpful event staff, and an alert security presence.

    Event security staff hold barriers in place while excited hip-hop fans cheer for Method Man and Redman at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos
  3. Great merchandise, tees, clothing, posters, music, hats, anything the average fans can put on, eat, drink, or stuff in their pocket.

    April 22, 2018. T-shirts from the Green Med Wellness Center are tossed in the crowd during the 1st annual 420 Music Festival in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos
  4. The sounds system and deejay must be in working on point. Redman’s deejay, DJ Dice was on the 1s and 2s for the show.

    April 22, 2018. DJ Dice, An American deejay and music producer, does a music soundcheck for the upcoming performance by American emcees and artists, Redman and Method Man at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos
  5. A bunch of excited fans. It’s an amazing thing when an entire crowd recites the lyrics to a song. Believe it or not, the artists can tell if you into them and their music.

    April 22, 2018. Redman and Method Man, American hip-hop artists, actors, and music producers, announce to the fans they are working on their anticipated movie prequel, How High 2 at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos
  • Bonus. If you are lucky, some artists will present additional features to their show especially for their fans like a surprise guest artist, or new exclusive announcements about their music and special projects. Some may even toss out some gifts like free music, clothing, and other merchandise.

Method Man and Redman brought a guest emcee to the show. Staten Island’s own emcee, Streetlife joined them on stage to perform their 2015 collaboration, Straight Gutta.

April 22, 2018. Redman and Method Man surprise the hip-hop crowd by bringing out Staten Island’s Artist, Streetlife to the stage at the 1st annual 420 Music Festival at Green Med Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / @ZirePhotos
The music duo also announced the making of their longly awaited prequel to their four-and-a-half star 2001 movie – How High. They Redman told the crowd the project is now in development for part 2 – How How 2! Needless to say, the Tucson hip-hop fans at the 4/20 music concert were hype to get the news.

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After The People Get Over Their Emotions, Ye Will Have Them Thinking Deeper

TWIHHP is remixin some things and we are about to start blogging… Truthfully when I started this blog project, What Is Hip-Hop? and the name domain got swagger jacked and then diluted and polluted. So we changed the title to – The “What Is Hip-Hop?” Project… Then hip-hop started getting corny. Manufactured artists and tailored hyped radio. Labels bailing on artists, artists bailing on artists, and brothers like Mickey Factz had to school the game on what going independent was really about.

I’m talking about back between 2003 to 2008. After that came the rap drama and more promoted drama. I personally did not care for the tailored bullsh!t circulating in hip-hop media. It wasn’t long before the culture vultures flew in and builts large budgets and platforms to monopolize the new “we are so interested in hip-hop” movement. But if you pay attention to the discussions with these musical hip-hop greats, they only want to highlight the drama in their life and past. It’s really frustrating to get turned down for an interview to watch someone else waste a great opportunity with an artist I grew up listening too and respect.

Speaking of interviews and promoted drama, Kanye West had a sit-down and open discussion with folks of TMZ. The full overall discussion was enlightening and real. Ye and the team from the show laid their truths on the table and it appeared to be appreciated and respected. BUT instead of putting out the video explaining his objective with the whole hat thing, the editors decided to cookie cut the dog sh!t out of it in the hopes that the gullible sheeple were listening and ready to be steered into another form of confusion and self-hate.

By the time the people ingested the half-truths, the intoxication was in motion. Cyber threats started to circulate and a new black man in entertainment was labeled a villain.

To be honest, people are too sensitive to things they are told to be sensitive to, and numb to things they should be paying attention to. I would have like to have heard the full discussion instead of the precision-ly carved piece of content they baited people with. Now the truth is out there and people are still in their emotions. He could have worded it in a way that was sugar coated it or added some nasty ass cheese on it to make politically acceptable by the masses, but funk that. That is his truth. And I understand it. Alarm clocks are loud for a reason.

I guess in the mix of it all, Kanye decided to challenge his lyrical ability and expression of truth alongside a notable and of-the-people emcee, T.I. In this verbal back and forth – Ye vs. The People with T.I.P speaking as the people and Ye as himself addressing his recent actions. Take a listen to the track.

Man!!! Listen… Ye just moved up a notch on my list of emcees. NOW… if you listen to their parts, Ye is talking affirmatively and forward-thinking, and productively. And on the other end, T.I.P is talking with assumptions and doubt and what-ifs and spookism. Damn, he was supposed to be the “tough” or “real one” in the cypher,  ya’naw’mean? But in actuality, his voice of the people was real and exact. That is how many people think.

Brother Polight broke it down earlier today with his perspective on the whole thing…

“I would like to share my views on the Kanye West controversy however I am more perturbed at the type of responses and the people that are sharing them. Is supporting Trump worse than selling drugs to your own people or encouraging your race to disrespect their women. We are in an uproar about Kanye’s point of view which have been misconstrued for the purposes of media propaganda. I just ask myself is anyone in the black community mad at the messages that have been propagated by our entertainers or did we just wake up to our moral compass because it is more becoming to criticize Kanye” ~Bro Polight

#TheKanyeEffectThePOLIGHTresponse After a great build with @thatsvyk I would like to share my views on the Kanye West controversy however I am more perturbed at the type of responses and the people that are sharing them. Is supporting Trump worse than selling drugs to your own people or encouraging your race to disrespect their women. We are in an uproar about Kanye’s point of view which have been misconstrued for the purposes of media propaganda. I just ask myself is anyone in the black community mad at the messages that have been propagated by our entertainers or did we just wake up to our moral compass because it is more becoming to criticize Kanye 🤔🤔🤔 #BrotherPOLIGHT #CelebrityMentorConsciousAdvisor #iAmTheEvolutionOfTheRevolution

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TRB2HH Docuseries presents NoBody Beats the Biz Docu-series

In our first release we chronicle the early years of the Diabolical Biz Markie. This Artist has contributed so much in music, trend, sound, and help to evolve hiphop as a culture. This is a peak into his famous career as Cold chillin records go to guy. We love him for what he has done and honor him for what he gave us while doing it. EnJoy!!