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.
For the 20th anniversary of Nas’ iconic debut album, 10 writers reimagined the album tracks as short stories.
Almost a decade after Nas made “U.B.R.” (the unauthorized biography of Rakim), Rakim raps the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela. The song is called “Madiba,” (Mandela’s nickname, in part, meaning “father”) and is said to appear on the upcoming film soundtrack, Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, starring Idris Elba. The song is released just weeks after President Mandela’s death. Heads know that Rakim verses are extremely rare these days, suggesting just how moved he was by the storied emancipator, and pillar of kindness, patience, and determination.
HIP-HOP AND YOUNG AMERICA: A TRUTH SEARCH FORUM
The Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers, an initiative of The Franklin Center of Beaver County, will host Hip Hop and Young America: Media Images & Community Impact on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Aliquippa High School. The forum will feature an intellectual discussion on the images and messages in Hip Hop and their effect on youth and community. Three of the featured panelists for the evening include Pittsburgh rapper/emcee and community activist Jasiri X, music executive Lee Davis, and Educator/#HipHopEd Amil Cook. Social critic, science advocate and public intellectual Christopher Emdin, who is an associate professor at Columbia University, will join the discussion via Skype. Event coordinator Patrick Pettis will moderate. People of all ages are invited to attend the event and to participate in this lively, scholarly conversation. Hip Hop and Young America is the second of two hip hop forums hosted by the Franklin Center of Beaver County.
2014 CALL FOR AMBASSADORS FOR SCIENCE GENIUS
Tonight 9pm EST “Creating a Hip-Hop Health Curriculum”
Celebrating 3 years of #HipHopEd. There is gonna be reflection, planning for where to next and a chat cypher for those with bars! Hope to see y’all there!
HIP-HOP EDUCATION THINK TANK III PROGRAM
LEGACY BUILDING! CULTIVATING A GLOBAL CIPHER FROM THE STREETS TO THE CLASSROOM
Presented by the Hip-Hop Education Center, Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development - New York University, and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College - Columbia University
Location: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Dates: All-Day November 9th and 10th, 2013
Pop-Up Exhibit: The Black History 101 Mobile Museum | Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection | Shaolin Jazz Project
LIMITED SEATS - PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: http://www.showclix.com/event/3777745
HIP HOP REMIXES SCIENCE
You’re invited inside Bronx Compass High School to witness the first day of Science Genius, a revolutionary pilot program which uses hip hop culture to teach science.
Guided by hip hop educator Dr. Chris Emdin and his team, these ninth grader write raps based on their current science lesson. Will the marriage between hip hop and science be a success? Find out!
PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them.
Created and produced by @radical.media, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, places and thinking that will change your mind.
BY ERIK NIELSON
In an interview with Fuse last year, Kendrick Lamar—who just took the top spot in MTV’s annual “Hottest MCs in the Game" list—revealed that his greatest regret in life was that he never attended college when he was younger. "Now all these years have passed, and I done got deep into a career, a music career," he said. "It’s gonna be hard to find time unless I really put my focus into it."
It might seem strange that a rapper at the top of his game would place such importance on going to college, especially coming from a genre that prizes street knowledge over formal education. And yet a glance just a bit further down the “Hottest MCs” list reveals that the ivory tower has been a stop along the path to stardom for some of today’s biggest names, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Kanye West.
In fact, this has been true throughout most of hip hop’s 40 year history. While traditional narratives tend to present early hip hop solely as the product of marginalized urban youth, cut off from elite social institutions, it’s hard to deny that colleges and universities have played a critical role in the early formation, and continued evolution, of hip hop as well.
Perhaps the most obvious illustration can be found in the formation of Def Jam Recordings. In 1983, Rick Rubin, an NYU student at the time, aspired to break into the burgeoning hip hop industry, so he borrowed $5000 from his parents and recorded “It’s Yours” by T La Rock and Jazzy Jay. When the song became a dance hit, he came up with the Def Jam label and began running it out of his dorm room. Shortly thereafter, he teamed up with Russell Simmons—himself a former college student—who had already begun signing the big names in hip hop that would eventually put Def Jam on the map. Among them were Kurtis Blow, rap’s first major-label artist, and Run DMC, easily one of the most influential groups in rap history. Like Def Jam’s founders, these artists also attended college, something D.M.C. (Darryl McDaniels) explicitly brags about on the 1984 song “Sucker MCs”: “I’m D.M.C. in the place to be. / I go to St. John’s University. / And since kindergarten I acquired the knowledge, / and after 12th grade I went straight to college.”
On its way to becoming the premier hip hop label in the business, Def Jam went on to sign more successful college-student-turned-rappers, including the Beastie Boys (two of whom attended college) and Public Enemy. In the case of Public Enemy, college turned out to be more than just a stop on the way to a hip hop career—Adelphi University in Long Island provided the creative environment that brought together Chuck D and Flavor Flav, as well as producers Hank Shocklee and Bill Stephney. And since then, the genesis of groups like dead prez, Blue Scholars, Kidz in the Hall, and Das Racist can also be traced to college campuses, where group members met one another as students.
These examples are hardly isolated. Indeed, over the decades a long list of hip hop’s biggest and most respected names can also claim ties to the academy, including …
READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erik-nielson/post_4633_b_3064824.html
ArtistWorks, DJ Times and Thudrumble Present “Skratch Theory Live”
Skratch and turntablism pioneer to perform, teach and discuss the history of the craft.
DJ Times, the USA’s 1st and industry-leading magazine for DJs and producers, in conjunction with ArtistWorks and Thud Rumble, is proud to present a free online workshop featuring 2010America’s Best DJ winner DJ Qbert.
Viewers will be treated to a workshop on “Skratch Theory,” featuring DJ Qbert teaching some of the principles that are fundamental to Qbert Skratch University, DJ Qbert’s online Skratch School. There will be live skratching from Qbert and special guests, as well as a discussion with Qbert and Yogafrog on the history of turntablism and their involvement in the booming Bay Area DJ scene.
Justin Bua, visual artist and creator of “The DJ,” and other iconic urban paintings, will join the discussion as a special guest.
The workshop will take place online on Thursday, April 25th, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. EST, and will be moderated by Thud Rumble co-founder Yogafrog.
“Skratch Theory Live” will stream live viaDJTimes.com.
Sign up for our DJ Insider email newsletter to get an email reminder, or alternatively, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter, where we will send out the live-stream link the day of the event.
The live-stream will also be available for viewing onArtistWorks’ Google+ page and atQbertSkratchUniversity.com.
PAC’S KIDS LEADERSHIP & ARTS SUMMER CAMP
Registration is now open for the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation’s Leadership & Arts Summer Camp. Applications must be received by May 18. Spaces are limited. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since 1999, the PAC’s Kids Leadership & Arts Summer Camp has provided training and support for youth who aspire to enhance their creative talents. During camp, participants build on a variety of creative abilities through classes in Creative Writing, Acting, Dance, Vocal Training, Set and Stage Design, Visual Arts, and the Recording Arts. The skills acquired during the Camp culminate with a Closing Ceremony Production where camp participants showcase their learning experience to parents and friends.
Camp dates for ages 7-11 July 8-July 26, 2013, M-F, Doors open at 7:30am, Camp Hours 8:30am-4pm, Pick up 4pm-5pm Pac’s Kids Recital-July 27, 2013 Tuition: $215 fee for a new student: $175 fee for a returning student; multi-student discount is $50 off for each additional student. Tuition is a one-time fee and is due once the student has been interviewed and accepted into the camp. Parents will be notified of their child’s acceptance into the camp or placement on the waiting list. Tuition assistance is available. Phone interviews will be conducted separately for students that attend school outside of Georgia.
DOWNLOAD YOUR SUMMER CAMP APPLICATION http://www.tasf.org/programs/leadership-arts/
FRESH, BOLD, AND SO DEF WOMEN IN HIP-HOP
Presented in conjunction with the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York University’s Metro Hip-Hop Education center, and Breaking Silence: Passing the Mic To our Daughters Project
4 p.m.–7 p.m.
RECEPTION FROM 4-5 PM
Langston Hughes Auditorium
The Schomburg Center
All Public Library Programs are free of charge. Please RSVP at:
In this episode of Classic Recipes, the legendary producer Marley Marl explains and demonstrates how he created the beat for MC Shan’s “The Bridge,” one of the most memorable beats in hip hop history. As always, along with the beat programming tips and composition/production techniques he also gives us the lowdown on where and when the music was originally created.
Marl recalls the moment he first met MC Shan and recorded “Marley Marl Scratch,” and also remembers when legendary rap radio personality Mr. Magic rejected a Boogie Down Productions record that was submitted for airplay on WBLS-FM, later resulting in the feud between the South Bronx crew and Marl’s Juice Crew.
"The Bridge" was originally created using the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer and the Korg SDD-2000 Sampling Digital Delay. Marley Marl programmed the beat by triggering drum sounds (the kick and snare) from the TR-808 into the SDD-2000, giving the track a unique sound and feel.
In this video he recreates the beat using the Akai MPC Renaissance; instead of just sampling The Honey Drippers’ track “Impeach The President” intro drum beat, Marley completely reprogrammed the beat from the kick and snare right down to the “Ladies and gentlemen” voice intro. Along with adding some ghost notes, he reversed The Magic Disco Machine’s “Scratching’” record to create the stabs and gritty noises you hear at the beginning of “The Bridge.” (Check out the last episode of Classic Recipes for more on ghost notes and how Marl used them in Eric B. & Rakim’s “Eric B. Is President.” http://bit.ly/Toe3tt)
GETTING REAL III SERIES: HIP-HOP DEBATE: REMIXING LITERACIES AND TEXTUAL POSSIBILITIES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM
Getting Real III: Hip Hop Pedagogy, Performance and Culture in the Classroom and Beyond!
There are only three Mondays left!
WHERE: UW-Madison Pyle Center Room 235 & Columbia 144 Horace Mann
TIME: 6:30 pm Central Standard Time / 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
COST: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! No Registration Needed.