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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

Video by bcydevideo7

 

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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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11 Years Running! The Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2015

Photos and Article by Tyrone Z. McCants / Zire Photography

July 11th, 2016 marked the 11th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival—a celebration of not only music but the progress of the culture in entirety. I had the honor of being present at the event, which for me is another box checked on the list. The festival was birthed in 2005, integrating some of the most revered names with a background in hip-hop.  It is vital to understand that this gathering is not merely artists gracing a stage.  This year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival include the first Hip-Hop Institution conference, the Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition, the Dummy Clap Film Festival, Beats and Eats and the Big Show. The number of attendees increases every year, and the energy of the events reaches immense levels.

For those of you who have never had the privilege of attending BHF, allow me to recreate the scene.  If ever you have dreamt of a fantastical realm in which conscious hip-hop rules, let it be known that this dream exists in BHF.  The headliner was none other than Common—the renaissance man himself.  Other appearances on the set list included Mobb Deep, Freeway, John Robinson, Brooklyn natives Stro, Skyzoo, Rob Swift, and video pioneer Ralph McDaniels.  You simply cannot err with such a cast of greats.  Each performer contributed to the colorful atmosphere of the occasion. From Torae freestyling about What is Hip-Hop, to Lion Babe kicking it with the crowd, to live instrumental by the PVD band and Sean Taylor, every time the stage was blessed, the festival-goers showed nothing but admiration and respect. It was a musical love fest to the fullest.

The highlight of the 2015 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, for me, was Foxy Brown as a surprise performer.  Foxy remains to be one of the most respected contenders in the game. Common brought out the reigning rapper himself, which he explained to AllHipHop:

“I feel like its fly to bring her [Foxy] out because she’s fly. You can picture certain people that Common may bring out but, Foxy Brown is no another level, it’s like something unique and fresh and different.”

I concur, Common.  Known for her great panache, Fox Boogie put it down for us with “Oh yeah”, a favorite of mine.  Imagine the tide of nostalgia that descended the crowd (definitely over myself) at the commencement of that unforeseen bestowal.

Besides Foxy Brown, other surprise happenings included Consequence, large professor (another favorite of mine), and Sean Taylor taking the stage.  BHF 2015 embodied the true essence of “Hip-Hop’s Birthday in July”.  Overall, the event has become a benchmark for the continuation of striving for a cultural celebration.

The founder, Wes Jackson, received a proclamation from the Borough President of Brooklyn, Eric Adams presented by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.  What better testament to progression? I’d give this year’s gathering a solid “Starquake” on the Richter scale.

Photography by Tyrone Z. McCants / Zire Photography

23 Years Anniversary – The Birth Of Jeru The Damaja’s 1st Solo Album

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GMD – Grandmaster Dee

A photo posted by What Is Hip-Hop? (@thewhatishiphopproject) on Dec 13, 2016 at 5:40pm PST

Along with being an active member of Whodini, Grandmaster Dee has also made a name for himself as a DJ. He is internationally renowned for being able to scratch with almost every conceivable part of his anatomy. He has also been praised for his ability to access all genres of music reaching many different demographics. He is a featured artist by Stanton Magnetics, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products. 

 

Arizona Celebrates Its 3rd Annual Hip-Hop Festival

November 14, 2016, Respect The Underground showed their contribution to the hip-hop culture by hosting their 3rd Annual Arizona Hip-Hop festival at the  Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.  When I got to the downtown Phoenix area, I was not sure if I was in the right place.

Being a New york native that recently covered the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festivals and the Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, I was used to being backed up in traffic for 5 blocks before reaching the venues.

I found parking about a block away and the moment I turned off the car engine, I heard the music’s Base. The sound of hip-hop was in the air from a couple of blocks away and I was excited to be there. It’s amazing how you can walk a radius of 3 blocks in some communities and the entire culture can change.

Behind the ticket gate was a live stage performance right outside with hundreds of Hiphoppas everywhere. Young and old, artists and fans mixing up at what seemed to be the hip-hop heartbeat of Phoenix Arizona.

The Lineup for the 2016 AZ Hip Hop Festival was estimated to present 245  local artists.

Walking in the venues, there were music artists signing autographs, with 50  vendors from clothing designer, tattoo artist,  creating designs, food trucks, and another stage with another set of local artists moving the crowd.

There was a deejays and producers section at the event were Arizona’s premier and upcoming music makers played new music and original beats. All that was just in the lobby of the Comerica Theatre.

Entering the arena, on the balcony right above the stage lined a collection of 25 local graffiti artists, visual artists, and painters.

The Stage… What a show. Every show, every stage, every artist represented to the fulliest… The emcees had Delivery, Flow and Stage Presence, each artist gave an energy filled show.

Shout out to the Hiphoppas who showed up and supported the event, the artists and the culture.

To learn more about “Respect The Underground – visit them here ->
www.respecttheunderground.com

Check out these artists

Beats – @WIFyeBeats

Digital Art – www.tkart.co

Engineering – Facebook.com/CharlieBlaze

Tattoo Artist – Facebook.com/hanaleikialoa

Radio – EylRadio.com

Artist / Designer / Painter – Art By Porgia

Headphones – www.exeoent.com

Photography – www.ZirePhotography.com

 

 

 

 

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RECAP: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Summer 2014

PHOTOS by ZIREPHOTOS / Words BY SENORKAOS – THURS, JULY 24, 2014 

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DJ Rob Swift on the 1s and 2s at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

2 weekends ago I was honored with the chance to attend the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Tickets were provided, so I had to make the pilgrimage to NYC to check it out.

The festival similar to the A3C Fest in ATL is celebrating it’s 10th year in operation this year.

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The Legendary Brand Nubian at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

Hosted in a vacant lot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (right off the East River) it was a beautiful sunny day for an outside concert for sure. When I arrived Tanya Morgan joined by Spec Boogie were getting on stage. I dipped out and missed a few acts including Brand Nubian, Beatnuts, and who knows who else. Luckily I looked at the BKHHF website that morning and noticed that Jay Electronica’s set time had been moved up to an earlier time. The post mentioned his set would be epic, and there would be special guests you didn’t want to miss. 

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Video Music Box, VJ Ralph McDaniels at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

30 minutes after his initial set time though, his DJ was still spinning his actual songs to the crowd. The host Uncle Ralph McDaniels and other staff looked like they were stalling, the sound engineer kept checking mics (as if the mics weren’t crispy already from the last performance). I started thinking to myself did this just turn into a Jay Elec listening party? Is he here? Will there be a show? 

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Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

And FINALLY… Jay graced the stage flanked by a crew of brothers dressed in F.O.I (Fruit Of Islam) garb. Once he appeared, I must say he definitely gave the crowd a show.

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Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Jay Electronica, Talib Kwali, and Mac Miller perform at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Jay Electronica and Mac Miller at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Talib Kwali, Jay Cole and Jay Electronica at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

The hour-long set featured all the joints you would probably expect to hear in a Jay Elect set: “Eternal Sunshine,” “Exhibit A (Transformations)”, “Exhibit C,” etc. Special guests included Mac Miller (who straight forgot whatever verse he was supposed to be spitting) which turned into freestyle session between the two. There was also Talib Kweli and J-Cole who seemed to appear and disappear rather quickly. The show was going great and had no one else appeared on stage with Jay, I would have been perfectly fine with that.   But being the magician Jay Elect is, of course he had a trick up his sleeve and that was none other than Jay-Z himself.

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“It Feels Good To Be Home!” Jay-Z says to the crowd at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

Hov didn’t just pop up to rock the couple cuts he has with Jay Elect, he set it off by his rendition of “Young, Gifted, and Black,” and even gave the crowd a treat of “P.S.A.” as well as his joints with Jay Elect including the latest “We Made It.”

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Jay Electronica and Jay-Z perform live at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX
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Spike Lee talks to the community at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

I took a bunch of camera phone pics and even got some video. Then I saw all these fly pictures and HD video, and put my stuff in the archives. HA. 
Oh… and before you see these videos, I must mention I ran into Spike Lee who had a 40 Acres Pop Up Shop set up at the fest. I treated myself to a T-shirt and a “Do The Right Thing” behind the scenes book which Spike actually signed… Not too bad considering where we were a few years back! HA.

Jay Z Joins Jay Electronica For “Young Gifted… by BKHipHopFestival

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Raekwon The Chef performs live at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

After this… CJ Pro Era rocked, and Raekwon did his thing with a few Brooklyn guest including AZ, Masta Killa, Troy Ave, and Papoose. But to be honest, nothing quite surpassed the energy of the moment seen above.

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Masta Killa joins the stage with Raekwon The Chef at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival BHFX

Pics courtesy of Tyrone Z. McCants of Zire Photography. See Full Gallery Here

Shouts to the homie Navani, Suce, Dillon, E Holla, and everybody else I got a chance to connect with during my brief stay in NYC.

Until next time… 

via: http://www.thekaoseffect.com/recap-brooklyn-hip-hop-festival-summer-2014

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Best Dance Moments | Breaking Forever 2015

Photos by ZirePhotosNYC

Featured images from the Breakin at the Bk Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition and Whodini and UTFO share the Stage at RSC38 galleries.

Video by ProDance TV

The Original Hip-Hop Photographer, Joe Conzo at The Revolution of Hip-Hop Exhibition

Revisit the Golden Age of Hip-Hop at New Photo Exhibit

Joe Conzo, “Almighty KG of the Cold Crush Brothers at Harlem World,” 1981. Courtesy of the photographer

Rewinding to the days of gold chains, hoop earrings, and sneakers with no laces, a new hip-hop photography exhibition is on its way to Museum of the City of New York. HIP-HOP REVOLUTION: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper presents the work of three photographers who were paramount in proliferating the look and feel of hip-hop in its infancy. “In New York’s long history, the creativity born of the city’s density and diversity has brought enormous riches to the world,” says Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “Hip-hop is yet another incredibly vibrant example of how the world has been shaped by what started in New York. You can see this dynamic and influential music and culture come to life in this exhibition through the powerful photographs of three wonderful photographers.”

HIP-HOP REVOLUTION, which follows the museum’s 2014 graffiti art exhibition, features over 100 original photographs taken between 1977 and 1990, starring the likes of Afrika Bambaata, Queen Latifah, Run DMC, and a very skinny Busta Rhymes. The shutterbugs themselves run the gamut, from “the man who took hip-hop’s baby pictures,” Joe Conzo, to Kodakgirl, a.k.a. documentarian Martha Coooper, to iconic music photographer Janette Beckman, who is credited for helping create “the public face of hip-hop,” according to Museum of the City of New York.

(L to R) Martha Cooper, “Little Crazy Legs strikes an impromptu pose during Wild Style shoot, Riverside Park, Manhattan,” 1983. Courtesy of the Photographer. Janette Beckman, “Afrika Bambaataa,” 1983. Courtesy of the Photographer

“We’re seeing in these photographs the foundation of what many people consider a way of life today,” explains Curator of Prints & Photographs for the Museum, and HIP-HOP REVOLUTION producer, Sean Corcoran. Beckman, Conzo, and Cooper’s works “show the development of a culture from the grassroots, and these photographers were part of propagating the culture to ever expanding audiences,” he continues. “This is really a New York story.”

Janette Beckman, “Eric B & Rakim” NYC, 1987. Courtesy of the Photographer

Designed by Marissa Martonyi, the exhibition also contains newspaper clippings, music listening stations, books, flyers, and other artifacts of the era, and even offers special programs for students and teachers.

Check out some of the awesome images in the show below, and visit Museum of the City of New York to learn more.

Janette Beckman, “LL Cool J with Cut Creator, E-Love, and B-Rock,” 1986. Courtesy of the Photographer

(L to R) Janette Beckman, “Salt-N-Pepa,” “Busta Rhymes (Leaders of the New School).” Courtesy of the Photographer

Joe Conzo, “JDL at Skatin’ Palace,” 1981. Courtesy of the photographer 

Martha Cooper, “High Times Crew breaking outside transit police station, Washington Heights, Manhattan,” 1980. Courtesy of the Photographer

Joe Conzo, “Tony Tone and Kool Herc Backstage at T-Connection,” 1979. Courtesy of the Photographer 

HIP-HOP REVOLUTION: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper was held on April 1, 2015 through September 13, 2015 at Museum of the City of New York.

Honor and Respect to Joe Conzo for his accomplishments and contribution to Hip-Hop!!! Here are some images from the event.

Video – News1 – Hip-Hop’s Roots Traced in New East Harlem Exhibit