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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Country Cousins

Country Cousins
On MLK, Southern Rap and Racism
Michael Gonzales - As a native New Yorker, “Down South” seemed like a scary place, until a visit to Mississippi forced me to confront my own prejudices.Northerners sometimes say the meanest things about folks from Down South. Some think that “their accents make them sound stupid” while others cite the [...]

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EXPLORE BAM’S COLLECTION

EXPLORE BAM’S COLLECTION
INSIDE CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Afrika Bambaataa is credited to be one of the earliest influencers of hip hop culture. The iconic DJ/producer has been a part of the scene for more than three decades. In their Hip Hop Collection library, Cornell University has collected historical artifacts from the scene with hundreds of party flyers, [...]

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