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The study and application of street calligraphy, art and handwriting. Commonly called Aerosol Art, Writing, Piecing, Burning, Graff and Urban Murals. Other forms of this art include Bombin’ and Taggin’. Its practitioners are known as Writers, Bombers, Graffiti writers, Aerosol artists, Graffitists and Graffiti artists.

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.

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[FATHER/HOOD] Hip-Hop Parenting

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I’m powerfully aware that the entire notion of hip-hop being a frame for parenting can come across as corny. But all parents borrow from their cultural influences to make this journey more manageable and interesting.

Graf writing: This was how I introduced her to the visual arts. Her mother is much better versed than I am, so she took my introduction and amplified it to museum attendance and artistic production. It was a trip to see aimless scribbles turn into things that I could actually identify.

Deejaying: Music has power, I tell her. It can amp you up before dealing with a challenge, or it can be a friend to you when you’re feeing sad. It can move crowds to ecstasy, or it can signal war. It can be a biography of your life. I gave her a copy of her birth playlist (the list of songs I wanted my daughter to be born to, the first music I wanted her to hear). We’ve had long conversations about why I chose the songs I did.

B-boying/girling: I emphasize to her that her body is her body, and it can do amazing things. You can defy gravity for seconds at a time, or you can root yourself to the ground. She dances every single day, and her favorite movie is The Freshest Kids.

Emceeing: Language is powerful. We are teaching her that her word is bond, and if she gives her word, she should follow through with it. We also teach her not to privilege words all the time. Sometimes the story is in the silences.

As I review these words, I’m powerfully aware that the entire notion of hip-hop being a frame for parenting can come across as corny, or reaching, or “doin’ too much.” But all parents borrow from their cultural influences to make this journey more manageable and interesting. Hip-hop is as much a part of who I am as my tattoos. Its influence is permanent.

Recently talking to my homeboy (whom I look up to as a veteran parent), he admitted to watching all eight seasons of The Cosby Show, taking notes, and emulating the Cos while raising his twins.
We do what we gotta do. Word.

Author: Shawn Taylor @RealLovePunk

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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.

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Graffiti and Art at the Bk Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition

On July 20, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition at Littlefield in Brooklyn, New York

The event was organized by Juels Pierrot of Juice Inc. whose aim is to channel Hip-Hop culture into the future and at the same time maintain honesty. They organized this event in collaboration with Brooklyn Bodega to enhance this culture by bringing together the latest upcoming deejays, dancers, sneaker heads, emcees as well as visual artists under one roof.

We were treated to a variety of interesting presentations like Tidal Show and Prove Showcase, Dance Off, Salute the DJ, Beat Showcase, Art Gallery and Sneaker Gallery.

We all learnt a lot from this event such as the role of hip-hop ingredients in Hip-Hop culture, as illustrated below:

One of the Hip-Hop Ingredients was Graffiti and Art 

Graffiti and Art Gallery 

The role of art in Hip-Hop culture was emphasized to us by artists such as Rebecca Maria and Lavan Wright who displayed some of their great works. These individuals used art to express this culture. Initially, they used graffiti but this has transformed to painting, film making and photography. This ingredient is a representation of all that is vital to this culture; this can be touched and seen.

The initial presentation of the culture of hip hop was graffiti. The codes and messages portrayed via graffiti documented whatever was taking place at that particular time; it was a method of the youth expressing themselves via art. Today, graffiti remains our imaginative indication of our societies and of ourselves.

Art by Lavan Wright

Grafitti Art The JUICE Hip-Hop Exhibition

Art Rebecca Maria – Paid in Full themed

Photos by ZirePhotos – Replica of a Replica of a Replica

I left this hip-hop event more assured and appreciative about the evolution of the Hip-Hop culture, that the knowledge and legacy of this culture is in good hands with the new generation of hip-hop heads. The movement of love and vibration is only growing and gaining back its power and will continue expanding and evolving!

Hip-Hop History – the Rock Steady Crew celebrate their 37th Anniversary

1977 seems like ages ago. 37 years of relevancy in Hip Hop culture is definitely something to celebrate. This past Sunday, New York City’s Summer Stage presented Rock Steady Crew’s 37th Anniversary concert in Central Park. The Rock Steady Crew is a household name in Hip Hop. Culture connoisseurs of varying generations came together this past Sunday to pay homage and witness “Real Hip Hop.” While many debate what “real” Hip Hop is, every guest that hit the stage proudly boasted, “This is Real Hip Hop.”

For the sake of the culture, let us not forget the four elements. The b-boy has been a staple since the culture came into fruition. B-boys, Crazy Leg and Lenny Len, were put onto Rock Steady through Jimmy D as a way to preserve the art form of breakdance. Their mission was to take it to the next level while keeping the culture alive. By the early 1980s, the Rock Steady Crew was making a lot of noise in the Manhattan scene. Battling their rivals, the Dynamic Rockers, was a crucial point in the history of breakdancing and Hip Hop. Today, Rock Steady Crew has expanded and become a fusion of the old and new school.

On Sunday, July 27th, Rock Steady Crew added another chapter to its legacy.

As the show began, I looked out into the sea of faces and noticed the blend of races, genders and ages in the crowd. The crowd was proof of how far Hip Hop has come in truly reaching the masses while breaking through racial barriers, age gaps and gender roles. Hosting the anniversary event was the End of the Weak emcees. EOW, as many know it as, is NYC’s longest running Hip Hop open mic showcase and it was only fitting to let them host the monumental event. Being in the photo pit, I was able to witness not just the levels of greatness that touched the stage, but also see so many people still supporting “real Hip Hop.” It was a reassuring sign that Hip Hop will be well preserved throughout the years to come.

Hip-Hop History – the Rock Steady Crew celebrate their 37th Anniversary

The first half of the event was led by notable pioneers of the culture. Large Professor, Cormega and Das EFX all touched the stage and the crowd loved every minute of it. Considering that the majority of the crowd was made up of people in their 30′s, they grew up to these artists’ music and they were rapping along to every word to every song. Cormega took some time out in his set to address the crowd and see which age group was reaping the heaviest. “If you’re over 30 years old, make some noise,” he shouted and the crowd went berserk. There were kids looking at their parents with surprised faces, not being able to fathom at the fact that their parents grew up on Hip Hop as well.

Hip-Hop History – the Rock Steady Crew celebrate their 37th Anniversary

I ran into Onyx before they got on stage to perform, as well as Spliff Star, who was there to support his fellow Hip Hop veterans. The energy backstage was great as well. I saw the old school mingling with the new school and artists mingling with the people as they talked about “back in the day Hip Hop” and took photos. When Onyx came out, it felt like we were teleported back into the 90s. The grit and rawness that embodies both Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz was beyond apparent. Onyx never lost their street edge and their age never showed as the duo sustained a high-energy performance that was all a Hip Hop fan could ask for.

Hip-Hop History – the Rock Steady Crew celebrate their 37th Anniversary

The show was full of surprise guests as well. Beatbox legend Rahzel came out and proved to us, once again, why he is so great at what he does. Keith Murray also took it back with “Fatty Girl” and brought a big surprise guest of his own, the Ruler himself, Slick Rick. Decked out in chains, of course, Slick Rick had the crowd mesmerized.

Hip-Hop History – the Rock Steady Crew celebrate their 37th Anniversary

As the day winded down, DJ Tony Touch made an appearance before the final performance of the night took place. Rightfully introducing the crew, Rock Steady Crew originator Crazy Legs took to the mic and said a few words. Crazy Legs first thanked the crowd for the many years of support for the culture and keeping the Rock Steady name relevant after so many years. He also made a special announcement by presenting the newest Vice President of RSC: Y-Not. Adding to his own legacy, Crazy Legs also shared the news about his contribution to Cornell University. The prestigious school will be keeping all of Crazy Legs’ Hip Hop archives in their Hip Hop Collection. “We’re here to preserve Hip Hop and I’m glad to be able to donate everything I’ve collected over the years to Cornell University,” said Crazy Legs.

Hip-Hop History – the Rock Steady Crew celebrate their 37th Anniversary

After bearing the good news to the packed out Summer Stage audience, the newest members of Rock Steady Crew literally swept the floor clean with their mind-blowing foot work, leg swipes, flare kicks, chair freezes, pop locking and more. Y-NOT, Bonita, Bail Rok and more all took turns wowing the crowd with their skills. It was a refreshing sight to see, to be able to witness a new generation of b-boys and b-girls who will continue to carry the torch that Rock Steady Crew initially carried over 30 years ago.

Hip Hop isn’t dead. And this year’s Rock Steady Crew Anniversary was a friendly reminder of why it isn’t.

*** Article credited to @Maria “My-My” F. Yap  of – The Underground Hip Hop Authority

*** All photos credited to Tyrone Z. McCants of

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