The Self-Destruction Video

The Self-Destruction Video
The Power Of Hip-Hop Unity
From AmbrosiaforHeads - In the late 1980s, Rap music had a problem. At the time the genre was exploding with national and overseas tours, incidents were taking place at some of those concerts that were smearing the reputation of the Hip-Hop culture. As the safety of show-goers was a significant concern, [...]

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Steinski: Lesson #1

Steinski: Lesson #1
Hip Hop History Month
Io e il mio amico Double Dee andavamo da mesi ogni weekend in un club chiamato The Roxy dove ci divertivamo un mondo. Nello stesso periodo promuovevo serate reggae dance hall, a Brooklyn. Double Dee lavorava in uno studio di registrazione dove si producevano spot pubblicitari per etichette discografiche. Un [...]

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THE ORIGINS OF WALL WRITING

THE ORIGINS OF WALL WRITING
Debunking the historical Hype
Hip-hop is plagued by mythology. Whether it is the idea that Brooklyn disco DJ’s invented the music, or that breaking comes from capoeira, or that a short-lived gang truce is what gave the culture life, there seems to be no shortage of people eager to take credit for one or another aspect of hip-hop. What’s worse, [...]

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The History of the Fade

The History of the Fade
Detailing Black Roots
Ebony.com series detailing the origins of black roots - If there was ever a haircut that exemplified coolness, it has to be none other than the fade. The hairstyle originated in the U.S. military around the ‘40s and ‘50s. Since the military is known for having strict grooming standards, it’s no [...]

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No HalfSteppin, the NYTimes Review !

No HalfSteppin, the NYTimes Review !
by jon caramanica
The most valuable and also vexing thing about nightclubs is that you can’t get in. Not to the good ones, at least. Not unless you are in the know, or in good standing with people who are, or are diligent and passionate and perhaps willing to part with a bit [...]

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No Halfsteppin

No Halfsteppin
Here you can read some Reviews
My first ever book in english it's out: No HalfSteppin. Published by Wax Poetics and co-authored with Paradise Gray aka the Architek from the mighty X Clan, the book an oral and pictorial history on the legendary NY city club The Latin Quarter and the birth of the Golden Age. [...]

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The Other Side(s) Of Hip-Hop

The Other Side(s) Of Hip-Hop
It's being documented more&more
For a very long time now, when it comes to representations in popular culture, “hip-hop” has been synonymous with “rap music.” Whether it’s documentaries, books, awards shows, television appearances – whatever it is, rap is there and the other aspects of the culture are, with a few notable exceptions, hardly [...]

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A Latino History of Hip-Hop

A Latino History of Hip-Hop
To Air on NPR’s LATINO USA
So our friends at NPR’s Latino USA will be broadcasting a special two-part podcast series about the influence of Latinos on the history of hip-hop. Part 1 premieres on March 20 and Part 2 will air later in April. Here is a sneak “listen” of the first episode. You can catch more [...]

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The Alliance Between Blue Note & Hip-Hop

The Alliance Between Blue Note & Hip-Hop
Jazz meets HipHop
“It started out as a beat thing,” explains Mr. Walt, one half of the veteran hip-hop production crew Da Beatminerz along with his brother Evil Dee. “When I first took production seriously, I was working at Music Factory in Jamaica, Queens. That line Q-Tip says on ‘What’ off Low End [...]

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Travel Back To 1983

Travel Back To 1983
When Hip-Hop Was Played On Radio
Thirty-two years ago, Hip-Hop was emerging on a host of record labels large and small. However, while these 12″ singles and pioneering albums may have been party highlights, and closely examined in the clubs, the bedrooms, and the subsequent tapes made, they were not often heard on radio—especially at daytime. The [...]

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