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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






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

a sucker emcee

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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

FOUNDING FATHERS narrated by Chuck D

Video presented by Founding Fathers

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

Hip Hop + Veganism = Earth Day Wknd [HHIG]


April 21 – 22, 2016! CONFIRMED: Hip Hop’s STIC of dead prez, FREE

Vegan Meals, and Much More! Sponsored by Vegan Outreach, The Tour Will Declare Health and Wellness as “10th Element of Hip Hop”

Brooklyn, New York – Today, Hip Hop Is Green, an organization and national tour founded by health activist Keith Tucker, made two major announcements: (1) That New York City will be an official leg of the tour and that, (2) “health and wellness” is now declared as the 10th element of Hip Hop (see the Hip Hop Declaration of Peace). The NYC kickoff, sponsored by Vegan Outreach, will take place at various venues in Harlem on Earth Day weekend

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Hip-Hop Vocab: The Lexicon Is In The Lyrics | KNAU Arizona Public Radio

Chris Kindred for NPR Listen Listening… 0:00 /

Originally published on December 23, 2015 4:35 pm

Austin Martin, a junior at Brown University, stands in front of an eighth-grade class at Community Preparatory School in Providence, R.I. He’s here to test out the website he developed, which he hopes will help junior and senior high school students learn the vocabulary they’ll need for their college entrance exams.

He starts the class by connecting his laptop to a projector, and then he veers off the traditional path, away from rote memorization — and toward rap music.

A short song clip plays over speakers: “So rude that your mentality is distorting your reality.”

Martin zeroes in on the word “distort.”

“OK, so in this example,” he says to the class, “When they say ‘so rude that your mentality is distorting this reality,’ what do you think he means?”

The program is called Rhymes with Reason. He’s using rap lyrics to teach vocabulary, in the hope that some will connect more to popular music than they do to static words on a page.

This undergrad isn’t the first to think of using hip-hop in the classroom to engage students. The Hip-Hop Education Center, founded by New York University professor Martha Diaz, lists hundreds of programs that use hip-hop culture as a teaching tool.

But Martin says aggregating his lessons on a website for kids to use anywhere — at home, on their phone — sets his program apart.

Hip-hop, Martin says, is full of words students might need to know for the SAT or ACT. He’s amassed more than 450 examples so far.

“I just got out of high school. My sister is in high school,” says the 20-year-old Martin. “I’m in tune with that climate.”

In the classroom, most of the kids seem to understand that “distort” means to alter or change.

And then, like many English teachers, he asks the class to use the word in context. But not in a sentence. He wants them to write it in their own rap lyrics.

Here’s what student Tiffanie Pichardo comes up with: “You’re always distorting my brain, making me insane, the way you cross your arms and give me attitude, why don’t you go somewhere and don’t be rude.”

Micah Walker takes a different approach: “I went to court, but my opponent started to distort what I was saying, in fact they started fraying, from what that was the truth, and as a result, I came out with a broken tooth, but it’s OK ’cause it’s my turn to step into the booth.”

Grace Jordan raises her hand with another rhyme: “People think that I’m no good but their views are distorted. I’m the best; they’re wrong is what I retorted. Their minds are warped; they’re not in their right mind, ’cause smart people know I am the best. I’m the best that people can find.”

After the exercise on “distort,” the class moves on to “meticulous,” “complex” and “domain.”

They keep rapping right up until the bell rings — some want to keep going.

Eddie Moyé, the teacher in this eighth-grade class, says this enthusiasm isn’t unusual; the kids took to Rhymes with Reason right away.

“They were saying, ‘This is so much fun!’ ” he says. “They were saying, ‘Not to dis you, Mr. Moyé, but we like what Austin is doing with us,’ and I said, ‘I don’t have a problem with that.’ ”

Although he’s in an Ivy League college now, Martin says that he struggled in school. He was smart, but he says the things he was really intellectually curious about weren’t valued in the classroom.

“I knew every last thing there was to know about hip-hop and basketball,” he says. He could tell you incredibly detailed facts about rappers and NBA players.

“My favorite NBA player was Allen Iverson,” says Martin. “I could tell you what points-per-game average he had in 2004.” (It was 30.7.)

So why not tap into that enthusiasm to help kids like him, who might be turned off by traditional schoolwork.

He’s hoping Rhymes with Reason will do the trick.

After the class, Martin says he’s happy with how it went, particularly the way the students responded to their everyone else’s lyrics — saying “ooh” and “aah” when they heard a good rhyme.

“It’s really good to have that validation in the classroom for something you generated from your own mind,” he says.

Martin says Rhymes with Reason is still in the testing phase. It’s used in only a handful of classes, and he doesn’t yet have reliable data to show that it actually improves test scores or vocabulary.

But if the kids in Eddie Moyé’s eighth-grade class are anything to go by, Austin Martin is on to something.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.



What motivates scientists and inventors? NPR’s Joe Palca has been exploring the power of the creative brain. And today, as part of his series Joe’s Big Idea, he has the story of a college student and entrepreneur. His online program uses hip-hop to teach vocabulary to teens.

JOE PALCA, BYLINE: The program is called Rhymes with Reason, and it’s the invention of Austin Martin. Martin is a junior at Brown University. He’s invited me to go with him to a class at Community Preparatory School in Providence, where he’s testing the software.

AUSTIN MARTIN: So guys, how are you guys doing?


MARTIN: Cool. So today, we’re going to get into another lesson with Rhymes with Reason.

PALCA: Martin has attached his laptop to a projector so the class can see what he’s doing.

MARTIN: I think we might jump around a little bit just to get some, like – some fun words in there. 

PALCA: Martin decides to start out with the word distorting. He calls up a webpage with a music clip. He clicks the link.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Rapping) Glue it, to my heart I do it huge. And your attitude just blew it. So rude, it’s your mentality; it’s distorting your reality. Actually, the more you speak make me think where I’d rather be.

MARTIN: OK, so in this example, when they say so rudely your mentality’s distorting this reality, what do you think it means?

PALCA: Most of the kids seem to get it means altering or changing. Then he asks the class to use the word in context. But not in a simple sentence like we used to do but in a rap lyric, and this is where things get interesting. In a few minutes, hands start to shoot up.

TIFFANIE PICHARDO: You’re always distorting my brain, making me insane, the way you cross your arms and give me attitude. Why don’t you go somewhere and don’t be rude?

MICAH WALKER: March 31 I went to court, but my opponent started to distort what I was saying. In fact, they started fraying…

GRACE JORDAN: People think that I’m no good but their views are distorted. I’m the best; they’re wrong is what I retorted. Their minds are warped. They’re not in their right minds because smart people know I’m the best that people can find.

PALCA: That was Tiffanie Pichardo, Micah Walker and Grace Jordan.

EDDIE MOYE: Great job.

PALCA: Eddie Moye is the regular teacher in this eighth grade class. He says the kids took to Rhymes with Reason right away.

MOYE: And they were saying oh, this is so much fun, this is so much fun. And they were saying well, not to diss you, Mr. Moye, but we like what Austin’s doing with us. And I said I don’t have a problem with that.

PALCA: Although Rhymes with Reason inventor Austin Martin is now in an Ivy League college, there was a time when he struggled in school. He did excel in two subjects – hip-hop and basketball. He says he could tell you every last fact about every rapper, every NBA player.

MARTIN: My favorite NBA player was Allen Iverson. I could tell you what points-per-game average he had in 2004.

PALCA: It was 30.7, in case you’re interested. Anyway, Martin figured he’d take that kind of passion and use it to good advantage.

MARTIN: I wanted to find a way to finally make it so the intellectual engagement in hip-hop was rewarded in academic setting.

PALCA: He’s hoping Rhymes with Reason will do the trick.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: Oh, I’m so excited.

PALCA: The class has moved on from distorting to other words. The students try making lyrics with meticulous…

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: When I spit my bars, people think I’m meticulous. It comes naturally – OK, I lied. It’s ridiculous.

PALCA: …Or complex…

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #3: Rapping is complex. For example, all I can think to rhyme with complex is the word Rex.

PALCA: …Or domain.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #4: I am sick of people coming at my domain. I’m from Pawtucket – yeah, I’m repping the name. Best city in Rhode Island. It puts the rest to shame. Better keep up ’cause I’m in the fast lane.


PALCA: The kids seem reluctant to stop when the period is over.

MOYE: OK, ladies and gentlemen, please collect home books. Put them back in the home book locker, please.

PALCA: After we leave the school, I asked Martin whether he thought the session went well. He said yes, particularly the way kids responded to each other’s lyrics.

MARTIN: Seeing them – like, everyone say ooh and ah when they come up with a good rhyme – it’s really good to have validation in the classroom for something that you generated from your mind.

PALCA: Martin says Rhymes with Reason is still very much in the testing phase. It’s only being used in a handful of classes, and he’s not got reliable data yet showing it actually improves test scores. But if the kids in Eddie Moye’s eighth grade class are anything to go by, it looks like Austin Martin is onto something. Joe Palca, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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Hidden Text: The Roots – What They Do w/ text

You have a message… beep…  date: 1996….

Peace Party People! Yo my dawg found this video. The videos show subtext stating that the video and the portrayals were not real. Big business removed the text to keep the illusion alive long enough for labels to get fat while having the common fan believe these artists were really living the lifestyles they showed in their videos. I think it was brilliant. But many people missed the full message and fell into the trap spawning the need for materialism and ignorance. Some believe that was a conscious time in hip-hop. Imagine were hip-hop would be if we got the message. Its been over 15 years since the video with text could be found online. The removing of the text was said to be because of a rap beef between the Roots and B.I.G… but don’t believe the hype.

Side note, I think there was more text. This could been done over.

Music video by The Roots performing What They Do. (C) 1996 Geffen Records. Director: Charles Stone III

Afrika Bambaataa: Punk Rockers Were 1st Euro-Americans to Accept Hip-Hop

Published on Mar 31, 2015

http://www.vladtv.com – The Godfather of Hip-Hop, Afrika Bambaataa, sat down with VladTV to discuss his various nicknames, the origins of the culture and when exactly white people begin embracing Hip-Hop.

The legend says that most of his nicknames were given to him by people who recognized his role in progressing the culture. He also spoke on his relationship with fellow Hip Hop great Kool Herc, saying they were both the hottest DJ’s within their respective neighborhoods in The Bronx. He also revealed the origins of the term “Hip-Hop” itself, saying it came from the raps of Keith Cowboy and Lovebug Starski.

Bambaataa also reveals when white people actually started to embrace the culture, saying the punk rockers of downtown Manhattan were the first to show love from outside of the movement. He disagrees with Lord Jamar’s statements that Whites are “guests in the house of Hip-Hop,” saying in the early years you could make that argument. Today, however, Hip-Hop is a global phenomenon that has branched out to all people, similarly to religions having roots within one culture and eventually branching out to others.

Get a history lesson from the great Afrika Bambaataa above.

2015 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams

Sept. 17: Crotona Park Jams feat. GrandWizzard Theodore, PopMaster Fabel & DJ Slyce! BRONX

2015 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams presented by Rane & Friends of Crotona Park! Dedicated to Flyer King Buddy Esquire, Lucky Strike, B-Boy Zip & Take One

Every Thursday in September: CROTONA PARK! 
It’s Always About the DJs! 

Sept. 17: GrandWizzard Theodore, PopMaster Fabel & Slyce
Sept. 24: GrandMaster Caz, Jazzy Jay & more! 

Host: GrandMaster Caz. Sound: DJ Jazzy Jay
4-7:30pm. Enter Crotona Park at Crotona Park East & Charlotte St. Bronx NYC. 2 or 5 Train to 174th. Bronx NYC or BX 11, 15, 17, or 55. 

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North America’s Finest Breakers on Sway in the Morning

Sway Calloway and Heather B interviews the bboy breakers of the Redbull BC 1 North America’s Finals.

Published on Aug 27, 2015