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Sin and Juice: Is Hip-Hop Responsible For Society’s Ills?

Sin and Juice: Is Hip-Hop Responsible For Society’s Ills? Usually these blogs (or what some call really long rants) come from a conversation or some type of real life inspiration, and this one is no different. This one, in fact, sprang from two separate happenings. The first, interestingly enough, came courtesy of Harvey Levin and …


The Historic Cause And Effect Of The Wu Tang Clan

The Historic Cause And Effect Of The Wu Tang Clan The year was 1992. Rap music had become transcendent. We were all under the influence of G-thang. While the New York rap scene was in the midst of churning out artistic and critical gems, the Dr. Dre/Ice Cube/Snoop Doggy Dogg led California sector of hip-hop …


Hip-Hop And The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Hip-Hop And The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The 1990’s saw a major evolution of hip-hop and the film industry took full advantage of the booming music and culture trend. Many young, urban filmmakers like Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing), John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious) and Matty Rich (The Inkwell) were revolutionizing Hollywood in …


Kanye West SUCKS?

Kanye West SUCKS? or: The Miseducation Of The Public About Kanye West No, I didn’t get the punctuation wrong in the title. I meant to put a question mark and not an exclamation point. Those who know me know that I was never a huge fan of Kanye West as an emcee (as a producer…that’s …


Will Hip-Hop Survive Its 40th?

Will Hip-Hop Survive Its 40th? They called it a fad. They said that it would never prove to be a viable business. They said that all it would be good for is to corrupt the youth. Hip-hop celebrated it’s 40th birthday on August 11th of this year and if you look back at the accomplishments …


September 29, 1998: Hip-Hop’s Greatest Day

September 29, 1998: Hip-Hop’s Greatest Day” As if the summit in New York wasn’t enough, several game changing hip-hop albums were released for public consumption on this day 15 years ago. Jay Z’s third album “Hard Knock Life,” is his highest selling album to date and made him an international superstar. Outkast’s third album “Aquemini” …


Will Outkast Release Another Album?

Will Outkast Ever Release Another Album or How Outkast Changed My Life Hip-hop has seen its fair share of rap duos come and go. I make the “rap” distinction because for the purposes of the next few following sentences, I will only be talking about duos comprised of two lead rappers and not a rapper/DJ …


Three Hip-Hop Classics Turn 20

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Souls of Mischief’s “93 ’til Infinity”, Digable Planets’ “Reachin’” and De La Soul’s “Buhloone Mindstate” The year was 1993. The genre was hip hop. Competition was at a historic fever pitch in an art form otherwise known as Rap Music. The “golden age” was alive and well and powerhouse acts …