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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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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

Len Berzerk and The HanneBullz – Back 2 Da Bx!

Len Berzerk – Back 2 da Bx!
Artist: Len Berzerk
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bxbangaz

Director: Tyrone Z. McCants, Moves2Make Ent. / Visual Poetry Productions

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LEN BERZERK

Biography
Len Berzerk was born in Brooklyn but raised on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His passion for music developed early in life. When he heard the song “White Lines” he immediately began imitating the “Street DJ” and started scratching the record. He developed his ear for music with this simple gesture. Eventually, he began producing beats and started rapping over the tracks. His lyrical skills are diverse and he focuses on real-life situations. Len Berzerk has been recording since 1991 and received his first break into the industry in 1996. Len Berzerk is credited as a Producer, Video editor, and Rapper.
Len Berzerk continues to create beats and produces albums. His albums can be found on TheOrchard.com, Itunes.com, Amazon.com, Emusic.com, Rhapsody.com, Cdbaby.com, Discogs.com and Myspace.com/LenBerzerk. He plans on releasing more material in the near future, until then Google the name.
P.S. Streetz Pumpin…..
His albums can be found on TheOrchard.com, Itunes.com, Amazon.com, Emusic.com, Rhapsody.com, Cdbaby.com, Discogs.com and Myspace.com/LenBerzerk. He plans on releasing more material in the near future, until then Google the name. Len Berzerk Music.
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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. 

No Alcohol or Drugs. 
Still Photography is welcome but No Video/Filming. 
No Vending without permission. 
Do not go behind the ropes or on stage.

SPONSORS: 

RANE dj.rane.com] (presenting)

Friends of Crotona Park: https://www.facebook.com/groups/135902836436195/

FABEL: www.facebook.com/pages/POPMASTER-FABEL/103857113001011?fref=ts

CORNELL HIP HOP COLLECTION http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop

BETWEEN THE COVERS RARE BOOKS www.betweenthecovers.com

BORN IN THE BRONX www.amazon.com/Born-Bronx-Visual-Record-Early/dp/0789315408

12INCHSKINZ: www.12inchskinz.com

SHURE: www.shure.com

SONY: www.sony.com

SERATO: www.serato.com

ODYSSEY: www.odysseygear.com

PEAVEY: peavey.com

CREST AUDIO 
www.peaveycommercialaudio.com/products.cfm/cr

JOE CONZO: www.JoeConzo.com

FRANCISCO REYES: www.mamboso.net

IGNACIO SOLTERO: http://deejaysoul.com/

MING HAN www.facebook.com/ming.han.79?fref=ts

NOISEMAKER MEDIA: www.NoisemakerMedia.com]

UNUSUAL SUSPECTS: http://unusualsuspectsshop.com/

ORTOFON: www.ortofon.com

AIAIAI: http://aiaiai.dk/

HUSH TOURS www.hushtours.com

UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION: www.zulunation.com

DMC USA www.dmcdjchamps.com

GMC Entertainment www.facebook.com/GRANDMASTERCAZ

DJ JAZZY JAY: /www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Jazzy-Jay/374208923220?fref=ts 

More sponsors welcome – Trades in DJ Gear Possible! 
Contact toolsofwar@gmail.com

Boogie Mics in the Bx

I was amongst royalty last Friday Night when I visited my old stomping grounds in the Bronx. If you are a upcoming emcee in the Bx, you may know of an open mic series in hunts Point, BX called the Boogie Mics. This month event is presented by a new generation of hip-hop pioneers named The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, grand master emcee was John Mega of G.T.P. and Warren Britt and features DJ Illanoiz and DJ Charlie Hustle.

A wide collective young and aspiring emcees artists hit the stage with natural and radiant energy performing their original songs to a crowd of hip-hop heads and fellow artists. For some artists it was a first time experience performing in front a live audience. “We’re just gonna have fun and do what we love…” said a new upcoming duo.

The night was closed out by Bx’s lyrical Mike Tyson, Chris Rivers. The heir to the Hip-Hop’s P.R. Ambassador, Big Pun.

The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDAC-BX) is a group of Bronx based Hip-Hop artists and educators. Running a performance and multimedia space that aims to utilize Hip-Hop culture as a means for education and self-empowerment in our community. Check them and support!

Photos by Tyrone Z. McCants / Zire Photography

Videos by The Hip Hop Crib

SummerStage Presents D.I.T.C

One of the most beloved hip hop crews in rap music, D.I.T.C. (an acronym for “Diggin’ in the Crates”) consists of veteran rappers, DJs, and producers dedicated to the true essence of rap music: original lyrics and strong beat-savvy productions. With their dedication to hip-hop purity, members Showbiz & A.G. (Andre the Giant), Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, O.C., Buckwild, and the late Big L have at least one classic album under their belts. Although they never reached the success of their multiplatinum peers, individually they became successful by maintaining their integrity and earning major respect within the rap community. Lord Finesse (born Robert Hall) is a legendary MC-turned producer who has produced tracks for Notorious B.I.G. and Dr. Dre. He shopped his demo to various record labels and eventually dropped the first of several records, his 1990 classic Funky Technician. One of the oldest members in the D.I.T.C. crew, Diamond got his first whiff of hip hop DJing for Jazzy Jay of the Zulu Nation in 1979. In the mid-’80s, he was turntable scratching at late-night park parties, often competing with area top DJs. In 1992, this DJ, then a producer, showcased New York City’s underground talent and his rap skills on his classic debut Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop. Showbiz & A.G. were the first to adopt the do-it-yourself attitude by releasing their 1992 debut EP, Can I Get a Soul Clap, practically out of the trunk of their cars. Showbiz, a name he stolen from an old Richard Pryor record, pioneered taking an instrumental and looping voices over it. His partner A.G. was known as the Bronx’s “punchline” rapper. In 1999, A.G. restarted his rap career with his solo CD Dirty Version. Meanwhile, another Bronx native named Buckwild, started producing tracks around 1994. He later delivered melodic beats for rap heavyweights like Fat Joe, Notorious B.I.G., Big L, Mic Geronimo, and Big Pun. But it was his first at-bat, producing tracks for O.C.’s Word Life in 1994, that established him as a vital producer in the underground rap scene. O.C., one of hip hop’s most energetic lyricists, was an up-and-coming MC before Word Life. After the album’s release, he made numerous guest appearances on other D.I.T.C. members’ records while maintaining a low profile. The final member of D.I.T.C. was Big L, a lyrically ferocious MC with raps deadlier than a snakebite and mannerisms cooler than the uptown pimp he claimed to be on records. Calling himself the flamboyant (meaning “rich”) MC, he dropped his classic 1994 record Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous on Columbia. He was gearing up for a comeback, with a second CD due for release on Rawkus, when he was slain on February 15, 1999. The crew came together later that year for a memorial concert and recorded a self-titled group record in 2000. Today, their music still stands as a living legacy in hip hop, and will continue to do so for years to come.

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