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Celebrate the release of illmatic XX, the 20th anniversary edition of Nas’ album, illmatic by creating your own Illmatic XX cover art.http://illmaticxx.nasirjones.com/
Apr 15, 2014

Celebrate the release of illmatic XX, the 20th anniversary edition of Nas’ album, illmatic by creating your own Illmatic XX cover art.http://illmaticxx.nasirjones.com/

10 Short Stories Inspired by Nas’ ‘Illmatic’
For the 20th anniversary of Nas’ iconic debut album, 10 writers reimagined the album tracks as short stories.
Apr 15, 2014

10 Short Stories Inspired by Nas’ ‘Illmatic’

For the 20th anniversary of Nas’ iconic debut album, 10 writers reimagined the album tracks as short stories.

Tonight 9pm EST #HipHopEd “Illmatic XX” http://youtu.be/dhPigi-5ZPA  Lyrics, Lessons & Life
Apr 15, 2014

Tonight 9pm EST “Illmatic XX” Lyrics, Lessons & Life

SALON SERIES: THE BLOC PARTY: JONZI D’S FREESTYLE PROJECT
Friday, April 18 | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 | 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Time for Hip Hop Dance on the Apollo Soundstage!
 Think of it as a “party” performed by luminaries from the New York Dance “BLOC,” under the inspired direction of London’s Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Jonzi D, who last year blew us away with his critically acclaimed U.S. premiere of Breakin’ Convention.  This new show, which runs roughly one-hour, takes audiences on an immersive, interactive journey with award-winning alto-saxophonist, Soweto Kinch, as Master of Ceremonies. No sitting allowed. Come prepared to move about.
 Choreographed and Directed by Jonzi D. Performed by Soweto Kinch, James “Cricket” Colter, David “B-Boy Vybe” Giles, Honomi Kuwana, Inyoung “Dassy” Lee and Ryota “Riceball” Yamasaki. Music by DJ DP One.
 GET TICKETS!*
($10)
 *Running Time: 60 Minutes. Audience stands for duration of performance.
Apr 14, 2014 / 2 notes

SALON SERIES: THE BLOC PARTY: JONZI D’S FREESTYLE PROJECT

Friday, April 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 | 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Time for Hip Hop Dance on the Apollo Soundstage!


Think of it as a “party” performed by luminaries from the New York Dance “BLOC,” under the inspired direction of London’s Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Jonzi D, who last year blew us away with his critically acclaimed U.S. premiere of Breakin’ Convention.
This new show, which runs roughly one-hour, takes audiences on an immersive, interactive journey with award-winning alto-saxophonist, Soweto Kinch, as Master of Ceremonies. No sitting allowed. Come prepared to move about.


Choreographed and Directed by Jonzi D. Performed by Soweto Kinch, James “Cricket” Colter, David “B-Boy Vybe” Giles, Honomi Kuwana, Inyoung “Dassy” Lee and Ryota “Riceball” Yamasaki. Music by DJ DP One.


GET TICKETS!*

($10)


*Running Time:
60 Minutes. Audience stands for duration of performance.

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST BEAT BATTLE IN LOS ANGELES, CA
phillipdrummond:

@tfs_beats #todaysfuturesound Peace in the Middle East (PITME) #BeatBattle fri apr 18: https://www.facebook.com/events/269043453273373/ hosted by @AspectOne w/ guest judges/performers @egadz @tritonxbloom @asterix @durazzobeats plus @phillipdrummond @lihaiart @flstudioofficial @wearefocusrite @wearenovation prizes! and more!
Apr 14, 2014 / 1 note

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST BEAT BATTLE IN LOS ANGELES, CA

phillipdrummond:

@tfs_beats #todaysfuturesound Peace in the Middle East (PITME) #BeatBattle fri apr 18: https://www.facebook.com/events/269043453273373/ hosted by @AspectOne w/ guest judges/performers @egadz @tritonxbloom @asterix @durazzobeats plus @phillipdrummond @lihaiart @flstudioofficial @wearefocusrite @wearenovation prizes! and more!

rapcoloringbook:

Well, can you? Listen to this while you try. Download the activity here.
Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book is in stores now. Please go buy one. There are lots of wonderful activities like this in there. Thanks. Someone should make a movie about your amazingness.
Rap Coloring Book on Twitter
Apr 13, 2014 / 133 notes

rapcoloringbook:

Well, can you? Listen to this while you try. Download the activity here.

Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book is in stores now. Please go buy one. There are lots of wonderful activities like this in there. Thanks. Someone should make a movie about your amazingness.

Rap Coloring Book on Twitter

Pharoahe Monch Reveals Previous Bouts With Depression & Suicidal Thoughts
Exclusive: Pharoahe Monch chronicles his experiences performing in Europe and details how art imitated life in a medical bout leading up to his “P.T.S.D.” album.
Ancient Pharaohs of old were worshiped as direct descendants of the Sun God although, in reality, they were just flesh and bones. And while Pharoahe Monch might not be considered a God, there’s no doubt he is a man held in high regard by many fans and peers for his superior lyrical prowess. On his upcoming album P.T.S.D., he reveals his struggles with his own mortality, especially a glimpse into his battles with prescription drugs and subsequent bouts with depression. Although the album is being marketed as the dark turns of an independent artist, Pharoahe Monch makes it clear in this exclusive interview that this album is indeed his own troubling story.
“I was able to write this experience down and express it all from my point of view,” Pharoahe explained. “It’s something that I wanted to talk about on the record in order for people to get the feel of what that type of depression and anxiety can feel like.”
While most artists would be content to hide their demons and continue the illusion of being larger than life, Pharoahe Monch has no problem coming clean about the issues that have plagued his dazzling career. Honesty and vulnerability aside, P.T.S.D is lyrically loaded with dizzying rhymes in true Pharoahe Monch fashion. Long live the Pharoahe!
Read More: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2338/title.pharoahe-monch-reveals-previous-bouts-with-depression-suicidal-thoughts
Apr 8, 2014 / 1 note

Pharoahe Monch Reveals Previous Bouts With Depression & Suicidal Thoughts

Exclusive: Pharoahe Monch chronicles his experiences performing in Europe and details how art imitated life in a medical bout leading up to his “P.T.S.D.” album.

Ancient Pharaohs of old were worshiped as direct descendants of the Sun God although, in reality, they were just flesh and bones. And while Pharoahe Monch might not be considered a God, there’s no doubt he is a man held in high regard by many fans and peers for his superior lyrical prowess. On his upcoming album P.T.S.D., he reveals his struggles with his own mortality, especially a glimpse into his battles with prescription drugs and subsequent bouts with depression. Although the album is being marketed as the dark turns of an independent artist, Pharoahe Monch makes it clear in this exclusive interview that this album is indeed his own troubling story.

“I was able to write this experience down and express it all from my point of view,” Pharoahe explained. “It’s something that I wanted to talk about on the record in order for people to get the feel of what that type of depression and anxiety can feel like.”

While most artists would be content to hide their demons and continue the illusion of being larger than life, Pharoahe Monch has no problem coming clean about the issues that have plagued his dazzling career. Honesty and vulnerability aside, P.T.S.D is lyrically loaded with dizzying rhymes in true Pharoahe Monch fashion. Long live the Pharoahe!

Read More: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2338/title.pharoahe-monch-reveals-previous-bouts-with-depression-suicidal-thoughts

America’s Most Wanted: Hip-Hop, Media & the Prison Industrial Complex
Saturday, April 12, 20142:00 PM
Location: International House, Assembly Hall, University of Chicago
America’s Most Wanted: Hip-hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. From exploring trends in national news coverage to debating narratives that dominate hip-hop music and popular culture, a provocative panel of scholars, activists and artists will consider the ways these industries reinforce the status quo of mass incarceration. This forum will also scrutinize how various corporations beyond media and entertainment fuel what activists deem “the prison industrial complex.”
Speakers:
Beth Elaine Richie (scholar & author of “Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation”);
Amanda Klonsky (founder of Free Write Jail Arts Literacy Program);
Marc Lamont Hill (scholar & co-author of “From the Classroom to the Cell” with Mumia Abu Jamal);
Silky Slim (hip-hop artist & founder of Stop The Killing Inc.);
Niaz Kasravi (NAACP Director of Criminal Justice Program);
Che Rhymefest Smith (hip-hop artist, activist and co-founder of Donda’s House, Inc.);
Jasiri X (Moderator, Hip-hop artist, activist, and founder of 1Hood).
Presented by Rap Sessions Presents, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and International House Global Voices Series.
Free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.
http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/americas-most-wanted-hip-hop-media-prison-industrial-complex
Apr 8, 2014 / 2 notes

America’s Most Wanted: Hip-Hop, Media & the Prison Industrial Complex

Saturday, April 12, 2014
2:00 PM

Location: International House, Assembly Hall, University of Chicago

America’s Most Wanted: Hip-hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. From exploring trends in national news coverage to debating narratives that dominate hip-hop music and popular culture, a provocative panel of scholars, activists and artists will consider the ways these industries reinforce the status quo of mass incarceration. This forum will also scrutinize how various corporations beyond media and entertainment fuel what activists deem “the prison industrial complex.”

Speakers:

Beth Elaine Richie (scholar & author of “Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation”);

Amanda Klonsky (founder of Free Write Jail Arts Literacy Program);

Marc Lamont Hill (scholar & co-author of “From the Classroom to the Cell” with Mumia Abu Jamal);

Silky Slim (hip-hop artist & founder of Stop The Killing Inc.);

Niaz Kasravi (NAACP Director of Criminal Justice Program);

Che Rhymefest Smith (hip-hop artist, activist and co-founder of Donda’s House, Inc.);

Jasiri X (Moderator, Hip-hop artist, activist, and founder of 1Hood).

Presented by Rap Sessions Presents, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and International House Global Voices Series.

Free and open to the public.
Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/americas-most-wanted-hip-hop-media-prison-industrial-complex

The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Queens’ Camp for Leadership & Excellence is a two week immersion program for girls from around the world! Past participants have traveled from Liberia, Jamaica, Japan, South Africa and various states across the US. Each year, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! invites dynamic young women with leadership potential to participate in this intensive program, which offers lectures and workshops lead by world-class professors and other professionals across sectors.
EXPOSURE 
2 weeks of intensive instruction in over 10 different courses including Innovation &Technology, Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, Civic Engagement, DJ Turntablism, Musicology, Film, Literature, Creative Writing and more!
ENRICHMENT
20+ speakers, demos, presentations and workshops led by professionals and entrepreneurs; team building challenges; field trips to museums, academic institutions and more.
ENLIGHTENMENT
Group mentoring discussions with leading members of the community, scholars, top female executives and influential women from diverse industries who will provide the socio-emotional support and guidance needed for positive development.
The 2014 BLACK GIRLS ROCK Queens’ Camp for Leadership & Excellence will take place in New York City.
2014 Camp Application: http://www.blackgirlsrockinc.com/programs/queens-camp-for-leadership-and-excellence/#.U0LkuMfTzx4
Apr 7, 2014 / 7 notes

The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Queens’ Camp for Leadership & Excellence is a two week immersion program for girls from around the world! Past participants have traveled from Liberia, Jamaica, Japan, South Africa and various states across the US. Each year, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! invites dynamic young women with leadership potential to participate in this intensive program, which offers lectures and workshops lead by world-class professors and other professionals across sectors.

EXPOSURE 

2 weeks of intensive instruction in over 10 different courses including Innovation &TechnologyEntrepreneurship, Service Learning, Civic Engagement, DJ Turntablism, MusicologyFilm, Literature, Creative Writing and more!

ENRICHMENT

20+ speakers, demos, presentations and workshops led by professionals and entrepreneurs; team building challenges; field trips to museums, academic institutions and more.

ENLIGHTENMENT

Group mentoring discussions with leading members of the community, scholars, top female executives and influential women from diverse industries who will provide the socio-emotional support and guidance needed for positive development.

The 2014 BLACK GIRLS ROCK Queens’ Camp for Leadership & Excellence will take place in New York City.

2014 Camp Application: http://www.blackgirlsrockinc.com/programs/queens-camp-for-leadership-and-excellence/#.U0LkuMfTzx4

Hartford, Conn. – The 9th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 3 to April 5, 2014, and will be headlined by Talib Kweli, an internationally acclaimed lyricist and hip-hop artist.  The 2014 event will feature two nights of concerts, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films.  The event, free and open to the public, will feature performances from artists around the globe.  
Dubbed “hip-hop’s cerebral emcee” by Pitchfork in 2004, the Brooklyn-born Kweli was raised in a family of educators.  His mother is an English professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and his father is an administrator at Adelphi University on Long Island.  Kweli attended Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut, and he later studied experimental theater at New York Universitybefore pursuing his career.
http://trinityhiphop.com/
Apr 4, 2014 / 1 note

Hartford, Conn. – The 9th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns this spring from April 3 to April 5, 2014, and will be headlined by Talib Kweli, an internationally acclaimed lyricist and hip-hop artist.  The 2014 event will feature two nights of concerts, plus an extensive lineup of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and films.  The event, free and open to the public, will feature performances from artists around the globe. 

Dubbed “hip-hop’s cerebral emcee” by Pitchfork in 2004, the Brooklyn-born Kweli was raised in a family of educators.  His mother is an English professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and his father is an administrator at Adelphi University on Long Island.  Kweli attended Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut, and he later studied experimental theater at New York Universitybefore pursuing his career.

http://trinityhiphop.com/

HIP-HOP FEMINISM – THE REMIX is a panel discussion that will bring together a dynamic group of artists, scholars, journalists and activists to lead a conversation examining the intersection of gender and power in hip-hop music. The conversation will focus on hip-hop’s impact on the creative integrity of women artists, the unique boundaries women encounter in this male dominated industry, hip-hop’s effect on the identity development of the next generation of girls and the ways that hip-hop can be used as a tool to elevate women’s voices, frame feminist thought and shape women’s empowerment.  Panelists:Martha Diaz - Moderator (Prof NYU, Founder/Director of the Hip-Hop Education Center)Imani Perry (Scholar/Professor of African American Studies, Law, and Public Affairs; Princeton)Rahiel Tesfamariam (Scholar/
Journalist, Washington Post, founder of Urban Cusp)MC Lyte (Artist)Ana Tijoux (Artist)Jean Grae (Artist) Rapsody (Artist)   **THIS EVENT MAY CONTAIN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE THAT MAY BE UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13.  PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED.  Click here for ticket information: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140314005544/en#.UycJuXBvYeN  
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ and BONDVISION MEDIA Partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to launch ROCK! LIKE A GIRL at the One Mic Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday, April 5, 2014. This event will feature Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, Rapsody, Ana Tijoux, Be’la Dona, DJ Beverly Bond and more!
Apr 1, 2014 / 8 notes

HIP-HOP FEMINISM – THE REMIX is a panel discussion that will bring together a dynamic group of artists, scholars, journalists and activists to lead a conversation examining the intersection of gender and power in hip-hop music. The conversation will focus on hip-hop’s impact on the creative integrity of women artists, the unique boundaries women encounter in this male dominated industry, hip-hop’s effect on the identity development of the next generation of girls and the ways that hip-hop can be used as a tool to elevate women’s voices, frame feminist thought and shape women’s empowerment.
 
Panelists:
Martha Diaz - Moderator
(Prof NYU, Founder/Director of the Hip-Hop Education Center)
Imani Perry (Scholar/Professor of African American Studies, Law, and Public Affairs; Princeton)
Rahiel Tesfamariam (Scholar/

Journalist, Washington Post, founder of Urban Cusp)
MC Lyte (Artist)
Ana Tijoux (Artist)
Jean Grae (Artist) 
Rapsody (Artist)
 
**THIS EVENT MAY CONTAIN EXPLICIT LANGUAGE THAT MAY BE UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13.  PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
 
Click here for ticket information: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140314005544/en#.UycJuXBvYeN
 

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ and BONDVISION MEDIA Partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to launch ROCK! LIKE A GIRL at the One Mic Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday, April 5, 2014. This event will feature Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, Rapsody, Ana Tijoux, Be’la Dona, DJ Beverly Bond and more!

Calling all REAL hip hop heads! You think you have what it takes to conquer Hip Hop Trivia? Well then lay it down on the line and show everyone your skills. The show is hosted by rap legend; MURS and he’ll be your MC and get the party started by guiding Players into the world and history of Hip Hop. The FREE version of the game gives you a taste of of Hip Hop Trivia: Starring Murs.
… https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hip-hop-trivia-starring-murs/id842939331?mt=8
Apr 1, 2014 / 1 note

Calling all REAL hip hop heads! You think you have what it takes to conquer Hip Hop Trivia? Well then lay it down on the line and show everyone your skills. The show is hosted by rap legend; MURS and he’ll be your MC and get the party started by guiding Players into the world and history of Hip Hop.

The FREE version of the game gives you a taste of of Hip Hop Trivia: Starring Murs.

… https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hip-hop-trivia-starring-murs/id842939331?mt=8

Mar 31, 2014 / 5 notes

Nas, James Peterson & Michael Eric Dyson Discuss The Current State Of Hip-Hop At Georgetown University

courtesy of Okayplayer:

Conversation with Kevin Powell and DJ Kool Herc, The Father of Hip Hop @ The Schomburg Center
April 2, 2014 at 7pm
FREE! RSVP: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/252006?lref=64
Mar 31, 2014 / 1 note

Conversation with Kevin Powell and DJ Kool Herc, The Father of Hip Hop @ The Schomburg Center

April 2, 2014 at 7pm

FREE! RSVP: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/252006?lref=64

University of Missouri Now Has a Class on Jay Z and Kanye West’s Relationship
Best friends so hard, academics wanna study them.
Friendships have nurtured great art: Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald championed each other’s literature in post-war Paris; Paul Gaugin and Vincent van Gogh pushed each other to new heights of Post-Impressionistic mastery; John Lennon and Paul McCartney blended their talents into songwriting classics; and Jay and Ye have established a hip-hop empire.
By Jay and Ye, I’m referring to hip-hop’s reigning kings, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West. West and Carter’s relationship is the subject of a University of Missouri class, “Jay-Z and Kanye West.”
The course is taught through the English department, and the instructor Andrew Hoberek compared the periphrastic rappers to poets in an interview with music blog Consequence of Sound: “I really do think that these guys are warming up to the level of major poets, and not many people think of it in those terms,” he said. “They’re very much like painters and novelists in the 20th century, moving beyond the confines of the art form’s boundaries.”
For people who aren’t rap fans, this may seem crazy (or, rather, cray), an example of the academy kowtowing to student demand for fluffier classes. But Hoberek makes a valid point. Jay Z and Kanye’s projects are now multidisciplinary, mingling visual and performance arts as integral elements of their albums and concerts, to a greater extent than their predecessors. And their collaborations inform their solo projects. All of this is worth exploring in an academic setting, even if it’ll make Harold Bloom hyperventilate over the ruination of the academy
Courtesy of Time: http://time.com/1801/kanye-west-jay-z-class-missouri/
Mar 31, 2014 / 2 notes

University of Missouri Now Has a Class on Jay Z and Kanye West’s Relationship

Best friends so hard, academics wanna study them.

Friendships have nurtured great art: Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald championed each other’s literature in post-war Paris; Paul Gaugin and Vincent van Gogh pushed each other to new heights of Post-Impressionistic mastery; John Lennon and Paul McCartney blended their talents into songwriting classics; and Jay and Ye have established a hip-hop empire.

By Jay and Ye, I’m referring to hip-hop’s reigning kings, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West. West and Carter’s relationship is the subject of a University of Missouri class, “Jay-Z and Kanye West.”

The course is taught through the English department, and the instructor Andrew Hoberek compared the periphrastic rappers to poets in an interview with music blog Consequence of Sound: “I really do think that these guys are warming up to the level of major poets, and not many people think of it in those terms,” he said. “They’re very much like painters and novelists in the 20th century, moving beyond the confines of the art form’s boundaries.”

For people who aren’t rap fans, this may seem crazy (or, rather, cray), an example of the academy kowtowing to student demand for fluffier classes. But Hoberek makes a valid point. Jay Z and Kanye’s projects are now multidisciplinary, mingling visual and performance arts as integral elements of their albums and concerts, to a greater extent than their predecessors. And their collaborations inform their solo projects. All of this is worth exploring in an academic setting, even if it’ll make Harold Bloom hyperventilate over the ruination of the academy

Courtesy of Time: http://time.com/1801/kanye-west-jay-z-class-missouri/