Category Archives: Emceein

The study and application of rhythmic talk, poetry and divine speech. Commonly referred to as rappin or Rap, its practitioners are known as emcees or rappers. The emcee is a Hip Hop poet who directs and moves the crowd by rhythmically rhyming in spoken word. The emcee is a cultural spokesperson. Technically, the emcee is a creation of one’s community whereas the rapper is a creation of corporate interests.

The word emcee comes from the abbreviated form of Master of Ceremonies (M.C.). In its traditional sense M.C. referred to the hosting of an event—the master of a ceremony or an event.

The emcee expresses through rhyme what is already on your mind, whereas the rapper tells you all about his or her self. True Hiphoppas are encouraged to study both styles for maximum success.

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When Rap music became popular in 1979 many Breakers, Poppers and Lockers (as well as Graffiti writers) became Emcees and Deejays, bringing their bboy / bgirl terminologies with them. When these ex-Breakers and Graffiti writers performed their unwritten, unrehearsed, off-the-top-of-the-head rhymes, they called it freestyling because the same rules that were applied to the bboys and bgirls of the past were now applied to the Emcees and Deejays of the present.

Today freestyling is mostly an Emcee affair. Those Emcees who spontaneously create and perform unrehearsed and unwritten rhymes can be said to be freestyling.

Prodigy, was one of the illest storytellers to ever grace the culture.

Article via OkayPlayer.com

Extremely sad news, rap fans, as the legendary Mobb Deep lyricist Prodigy has passed away. According to his fellow Queensbridge rap savant, Nasir Jones, the man born Albert Johnson has shed his mortal coil. No other details have been offered and we will continue to follow along with the story as it develops.

Born in Hempstead, New York, raised in Queens, Prodigy became a member of the street-wise duo Mobb Deep. His grandfather, Budd Johnson, and his great-uncle Keg Johnson were strong contributors to the Bebop era of jazz, making Prodigy just that for music at a young age. Nas helped to raise public consciousness about Prodigy and Havoc, as the single, “Shook Ones Pt. 2,” raced up the hip-hop charts.

An album fueled by the inner city experiences of the then-young lyricists, The Infamous and Hell on Earth became hip-hop classics, studied by the likes of EminemCapone-N-Noreaga and more.

The group’s publicist issued a statement confirming the news stating:

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

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

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A Sucker EMCEE, a one-man show from Craig “Mums” Grant | OkayPlayer

a sucker emcee

Article source: http://www.okayplayer.com/news/a-sucker-emcee-craig-mums-grant.html

In 2014, the LAByrinth Theater Company produced A Sucker EMCEE, a one-man show from Craig “Mums” Grant. Grant, a poet and actor, used hip-hop and rhymes to tell his life story, from a young boy in the Bronx to a great success in the acting field — he appeared on HBO’s OZ — to back to the Bronx again.

Three and a half years after the play’s initial run, the show is coming back, this time at the National Black Theatre in Harlem.

The show will have a limited six-show engagement. The original production team, which included director Jenny KoonsDJ Rich Medina and set designer David Meyer, are all returning, so expect the same quality as the initial show.

Tickets for A Sucker EMCEE are on sale now and cost $25 in advance and $35 at the door. The show will run from April 26 through April 30, 2017, so jump on this quickly.

April 26 through April 30th
Nationalblacktheatre.org

Black Moon Returns To The Studio 2016

Video by  Duck Down Music

To celebrate the rare occurrence of the Black Moon, Buckshot & DJ Evil Dee went to the studio and worked on some new music. Stay tuned.

Video by @dlpivmusic (Instagram)

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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

 

 

 

 

FOUNDING FATHERS narrated by Chuck D

Video presented by Founding Fathers

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A factual report about unsung DJ’s who contributed to the foundational principals of the music known today as Hip Hop. This documentary transports you to a journey back to the early underground disco days of the streets and parks throughout New York City.
-In memory of the late great Pete “DJ” Jones, Rest in Peace

The Wreck – DjJasonD

1. DJ Jason D – The Wreck Intro 
2. DJ Skizz – Listen To Jazz feat Your Old Droog
3. Craig G – Make Your Arrangements feat Kool Keith
4. Edo G – Just Talking To ‘Em
5. G8abak – Gladiator
6. Ra Beats – Wit No Pressure feat Roc Marciano
7. J Dilla – Fight Club feat Nottz & Boogie
8. Exit Prose – Rap Singer
9. Crazy Ups – Mecca (INST)
10. Apathy – Run For Your Life feat O.C. 
11. Royce Da 5’9” – Wait
12. Craig G – Long Time
13. D.I.T.C. Studios – Not 4 Nothing feat O.C., A.G., & Tay Bell
14. Prince Po – Here We Go
15. Reks – Jump Shots prod Buckwild
16. Clev Speech – The Cha$e
17. Crazy Ups – Metaphors (INST)
18. Axiom Tha Wyze – Snakes In The Grass feat Yung Verb
19. Crazy Ups – Smoke (INST)
20. Axiom Tha Wyze – Production Design
21. Crazy Ups – Mobb (INST)
22. Marty B – Wild Horses
23. D.I.T.C. Studios – Diggin’ Numbers feat A.G., O.C., & Fat Joe
24. MCMD – Land Before Rhyme
25. Blu & Nottz – Atlantis
26. Homeboy Sandman – Eyes
27. Ras Beats – Knowledge Of Self feat O.C. & Elzhi
28. Pete Rock – One, Two, A Few More (INST)
29. Apathy – Amon Raw feat Celph Titled & Pumpkinhead
30. MindsOne & DJ Iron – Follow The Light
31. Poisonous Diggs – Vagabond Rappers
32. World N San – Crush
33. Royce Da 5’9” – Pray
34. Clev Speech – It’s Over
35. Akbar – MC Search
36. Crazy Ups – Capricorn

De La Soul Is Dead – 25 Year Album Anniversary

Hey Y’all,

You’ve helped De La Soul reach another milestone.  On 5/13/2016, (Friday the 13th) marks the 25th anniversary of the “De La Soul Is Dead” album.  This album was released May 13, 1991 (insert old joke here).

De La Soul Is Dead Cover

To celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary, we’ve assembled memorials in NYC at two locations that are very meaningful to the creation of this historic album.  The first location is 298 Elizabeth Street where Russell Simmons (our old manager) had his Rush Management office.  That’s where the album title De La Soul Is Dead came to life.  The second location, 37th Street & 8th Avenue, is where Calliope Recording Studios once thrived and where most of the Dead album was mixed & recorded.

Street Memorial

We welcome you to visit these locations and contribute a candle, card, flower, balloon, etc. or you can also simply post this pic on your social media outlets with hashtag #delasoulisdead.

This album brings back so many good memories for us, we hope these songs provided a good soundtrack for your life as well. Show your appreciation and support the life of the culture and it’s classic albums.

Please visit the memorial website we’ve created and relive this album with us.  Sign our memorial, then listen to the album on the site.  Let us know that Hip Hop will not be not forgotten!

http://www.delasoulisdead.com/

Be a part of the legacy.

DLS… Remain In Peace.

PS

There’s a unreleased song produced by Posdnous from the “Dead” sessions of 1991.  You can get the song here:http://www.delasoulisdead.com/.

PSS

Incase you missed it.

“For Your Pain & Suffering EP” (Released 4/29/2016)

http://smarturl.it/dls_sc

“Trainwreck” off the “and the Anonymous Nobody” album (Released 5/6/2016)

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_itunes

Spotify: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_spotify

Google Play: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_gplay

Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/dls_train_apple

PSSS

Our new album “and the Anonymous Nobody” by De La Soul will be available for pre-order on iTunes 5/20/2016.

Peace!

De La Soul Heads