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#WhatIsHipHop gives props to Kid Capri

Kid Capri Biography

The room begins to shake. It starts as a low vibration and builds. Something big is coming as the floor emits quiet anticipation. In the midst of the crowd sits a strange sort of silence. And then an ear-shattering, slightly defiant yell fills the void: KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID CAPRIIIII! It rattles the walls. Kid’s voice enters the space before he does and all at once, the audience knows what it’s …in for. “I am unlike rap acts that just walk from one side of the stage to the other in concert. I’m a total crowd-hyping entertainer. That means doing it 110% every time I hit the stage. I want the people out of their seats, feeling me, feeling the music. That’s the only way I do it.” This energy is what has earned Kid Capri his title, as the most relentless, most relied upon to rock a party, most dynamic and larger-than-life DJ in the history of hip-hop. He has survived every era of hip-hop and emerged each time with a renewed sense of purpose and something new to contribute to the culture. From the very beginning, Kid studied a craft that had never before been given recognition or even considered a legitimate skill. Yet Kid Capri’s skills go far beyond the spinning wheel of the turntable.
For years he’s been able to tour in parts of the country other artists were afraid to touch. Unafraid to try out new markets, anyone not into hip-hop before surely was after his show. This revolutionary talent began on the turntable, which ultimately gained him the status of a hip-hop phenomenon; however, Kid is a multi-faceted talent using his craft to create new trends in music that shatter the limitations so often placed on hip-hop artists. From his innovative style, to his second-to-none knack for choosing just the right crowd-pleasing sound, to his unparalleled mixtapes, Kid exemplifies the spirit of the entrepreneurial-minded musician.

Born David Anthony Love in the Bronx, New York, Kid Capri was born creatively ambitious, scaling his family’s old Zenith stereo system in an attempt to scratch records before he was even ten years old. Kid first inched his way onto the hip-hop scene with the grass-roots approach of club gigs and creating mixtapes. Kid is, in fact, the Prime Minister of mixtapes, as he saw their profit potential early in his career. He managed to turn a small business venture into a $2,000 a night underground empire! Once others caught on to the economic benefits of mixtapes, they soon followed in Kid’s footsteps and thus began the Kid Capri bandwagon.

Currently, there are no other DJs on Earth more recognizable to both hip-hop followers and the general public, largely due to Kid’s media sense. His face first became a part of the cultural landscape on the wildly popular Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam where he gave much of the world its first taste of live-performance hip-hop, as the first ever to perform live on TV as a DJ. From that, Kid became the most heavily demanded entertainment personality by many of the industry’s most respected and successful performers. Kid has toured extensively with multi-platinum artists such as Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, NAS, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Jay-Z, Usher, R-Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Dru Hill, Ginuwine and Aaliyah.

Beyond Kid’s renown as a show-stopping performer sits another side of him: the meticulous studio-scientist working behind the scenes to lend that extra wisdom to some of Hip Hop’s hottest-turned-classic records. He revels in the challenge of the ever-changing nature that defines the world of rap music. Prime examples of Kid’s versatility are his production credits. He has produced music for power players like Madonna, Jay-Z, Heavy D, and 50 Cent. His studio precision and artistry have made him a Grammy-award winning producer.

Kid continues to expand on his formula for success. In 2010, he produced and co-directed Loaded Lux’s Lionz Den, a film that focuses on the gritty, no holds barred lyrical battle between some of today’s most promising rappers. The battleground consists of a live audience including numerous Hip-Hop heavyweights and is set at BlackStar Video in Harlem. Loaded was a part of the 2010 Urban World Film Festival in New York City.
Kid has also been featured as lead judge on Smirnoff’s “Master of the Mix”, the hit reality TV competition in search of the country’s hottest DJ. Seasons 1 and 2 aired on BET in 2011 and 2012 and featured Kid, host Just Blaze and fellow judges Amber Rose and Vikter Duplaix.
In March 2012 Kid was commissioned to remix “Masterpiece”, an exclusive track featured on the special Smirnoff Nightlife Edition of Madonna’s album, MDNA. He joined her for the album release party in Miami as a part of Winter Music Conference, and the album was released on March 26, 2012.

In the fall of 2012, Master of the Mix made a bold move from BET to VH1. Kid was again featured as a judge alongside Mia Moretti and Ben Maddahi. Season 3 premiered April 1, 2013, airing Mondays at midnight on VH1. 2013 also saw Kid touring extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan.

In November 2013, Kid Capri was honored at the Global Spin Awards. Russell Simmons along with Just Blaze presented Kid with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the New York Times Center.
Kid Capri expanded his brand again in 2014 with the creation of Kid Capri Enterprises, a premiere DJ management firm. 2013 Master of the Mix finalist DJ Incrediboi is one of the first DJs to sign with Capri’s boutique label.

Currently, Kid Capri is working on “Top Tier”, the forthcoming mixtape/album. “Top Tier” features today’s hottest battle rappers and will release later this year.
Kid has far exceeded the expectations of his peers, critics and fans. His love for and careful nurturing of his immense talents has enabled him to represent hip-hop with class, individuality and intensity unmatched in the music industry. The impact Kid Capri has had, and will continue to have, is immeasurable. With cameos and features in many of today’s urban music videos there is a steadily increasing demand by many of the industry’s top performers for Kid’s guidance and expertise. Kid is steadily touring, selling out shows and balancing his heavy production schedule. Check him out at a city near you!

article source: http://gotthatknock.com/2014/09/26/audio-kid-capri-stephanie-millsimpeach-president-blend/

Kid Capri – Stephanie Mills/Impeach the President Blend

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. 

 

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

Hip Hop + Veganism = Earth Day Wknd [HHIG]

FIRST EVER! HIP HOP HEALTH & WELLNESS TOUR HEADS TO NEW YORK CITY FOREARTH DAY WEEKEND:

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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NYC’s legendary DJ Big Kap has reportedly passed away.

Dj Big Kap mixing on the turn tables at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival after party. 2013 in Brooklyn NY
Dj Big Kap mixing on the turn tables at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival after party. 2013 in Brooklyn NY. Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / Zire Photography
By Rose LilahAs hip-hop’s birthplace, New York definitely has more than its fair share of rappers and DJs we consider legendary. Today it’s being reported we’ve lost one of them– DJ Big Kap– according to an early morning post from DJ Funk Flex. The details surrounding his death are unclear at this moment. He was 45 years old.DJ Big Kap and Funkmaster Flex have history together, the two released an album in 1999, The Tunnel, which featured a who’s who of iconic rappers– Biggie, Tupac, Eminem, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nas and more. Since news of Kap’s passing hit the web this morning, members of the hip-hop community have been showing love and paying their respects online.

Take a look at a few of those posts below.

R.I.P. DJ Kap.

Article source: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/nyc-dj-big-kap-reportedly-passed-away-news.19949.html

The Power of Broke by Daymond John

“This year I’m releasing to you the greatest weapon I have used in business. It is called The Power of Broke and is the reason why I am in the position I am in today,” says Daymond John in a New Year message on his Facebook page. Daymond is the founder of hip hop apparel brand Fubu which has over a quarter of a billion dollars in annual revenue. The story goes that he started out selling home-sewn T-shirts in Queens, New York, and later mortgaged his home to start Fubu. Today, he’s also the co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch for investment.

Daymond draws from his own startup experience, behind-the-scenes Shark Tank tales, and interviews with entrepreneurs for his book: The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage. With forecasts of a tighter investment scene this year, and a slowdown in the global economy, the practical advice in this book, which is due out on January 19, may be useful.

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Source: 24 books on startups and entrepreneurs that I must read in 2016 – Tech in Asia

Lupe Fiasco Co-Founds Neighborhood Start Fund

by DANIELLE HARLING

A non-profit organization co-founded by Lupe Fiasco to help entrepreneurs and start-ups in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

In a tweet sent over the weekend, Chicago, Illinois rapper Lupe Fiasco shared the link to the Neighborhood Start Fund, a non-profit he co-founded with Di-Ann Eisnor to help “turn ideas into start-ups.”

A website for the non-profit offers a detailed description of the organization.

According to the Neighborhood Start Fund website, they’ve “created a neighborhood-specific fund to support entrepreneurs and start-ups from underserved areas and of course so the best new ideas won’t go wasted. We provide access, network, workshops, mentoring and of course funding.”

The first neighborhood fund will be granted to entrepreneurs and start-ups in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Those interested in receiving funds must first pitch their idea(s) during a live pitch event that will take place next month on November 13.

“Our first neighborhood is Brownsville Brooklyn. We’ve just opened the idea competition and the first live pitch event will be November 13, 2015. We will be housed at the Dream Big Foundation’s new entrepreneurship center and cafe opening in January 2015,” a description on the Neighborhood Start Fund reads.

Source: http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.35845/title.lupe-fiasco-co-founds-neighborhood-start-fund

Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Birdman and Damon Dash team up for BET reality show

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Hip-Hop fans will be happy to hear a reality show featuring some of the industry’s biggest names is on its way. BET has announced plans to bring Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Birdman and Damon Dash to the small screen.

The yet-to-be-named series is expected to focus on the stars as they juggle family life and business. Spanning eight episodes, fans will be given a glimpse into their personal lives. Lemuel Plummer, whose credits include Preachers Of Atlanta and Preachers Of LA, has been listed as the executive producer.

Although all four have previously forayed into reality TV, Snoop, real name is Calvin Broadus, had a reality series on E! channel called Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood from 2007 to 2008. Entrepreneur Dash also had a show on BET called Ultimate Hustler. Shooting for the show is expected to start in November for a 2016 air date.

Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg is working on a project of his own. The 43-year-old rapper is creating a reality show with AOL about his Snoop Youth Football League, a not-for-profit organization launched in 2005 in Los Angeles.

“Mentoring kids through SYFL means more to me than anything else I do,” he said. “It’s my way of continuing to connect with the communities that move me. I get to know kids and parents with great spirits from all over, and it becomes something far beyond football.

“It is important to not only be a football coach to these kids, but to be a life coach as well. It’s our way of sharing a life together. This series will finally give the world a chance to witness the stories, talent, and commitment SYFL represents in the same way I do.”

Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/hip-hop-stars-snoop-dogg-jermaine-dupri-birdman-damon-dash-team-bet-reality-show-1523667