For many years now, the media, it seems, has imposed a narrow, black-or-white, racial categorization system on Hip Hop artists, denying those with multiracial and multicultural roots the opportunity to celebrate all aspects of their heritage. As a result, unless artists have waved the flag corresponding to the Latin American country from which their families hailed or rhymed at length using Spanglish lingo, their Latino roots remained hidden to mass audiences, furthering the notion that Latino rappers are somehow a novelty. Perhaps the most vocal representative of the Latino community has been Joseph "Fat Joe" Cartagena, who is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. Through his 1993 album, "Represent," and his sophomore platter, "Jealous One's Envy," were dubbed cult classics by underground Hip Hop enthusiasts, he didn't truly cross over to the mainstream until 2001, when his forth studio album, 'Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.), attained platinum status thanks to radio-friendly R&B-infused cuts like the Ashanti-assisted "What's luv?" and "We Thuggin'," a collaboration with R. Kelly. Fat Joe has built a loyal fan base that respects him as both a lyricist and a symbol of cultural pride for the Latino community. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#mc#emcee#music#fatjoe#terrorsquad#puertorican#90shiphop#realhiphop
Go watch my brother @Diddy film #cantstopwontstop My @Diddy story started when I was just a dreamer in a small town Radford, VA where my father lived... seeing that funny dancing dude on BET RapCity saying "I thought I told you we won't stop...Eh eh Eh eh!" To Biggie's videos when I was 14 to seeing that funny dude saying #cantstopwontstop with Ma$E in shiny suits when I was 17. Suffering through the deaths of Pac and Biggie. By 21 I had a dream that "Our Love Of Rap Unites Nations" not the corrupted rap shit, but the real good Emcees and rappers, people united in this world to make it better. The people who want to live their dreams! We grew up in Hip Hop with Diddy's dreams, comedies, horror stories, redemptions, failures and successes! One day I had a crazy dream to help my cousin get out of A Gang, I told him since he wasn't going to college and come stay with me in D.C. "I'll be Your college!" So we can write this Hip Hop book "The Hip Hop Driven Life: A Genius Liberation Handbook, everyone thought I was crazy too, but i got him out of trouble and it made us grow as men. Then through All that I had more dreams and more visions... ...Even winning Diddy's "I Am King" Challenge... I Did my cameo at Diddy's White Party.... and kicked it with Curtis The Barber and @xoticsproducts and thanks to Diddy's influence in my life and business philosophy... I have learned no dream is unobtainable... working or sacrificing for a true vision is worth it ...and that haters and naysayers will always be on the sidelines...And I don't give a fuck how crazy they think I am "I can make anything happen!!!!!!" Including Movimento Int'L Gente @intlgente #imcrazy#thecrazyones#ceelogreen#goingcrazy#crazy#declarationofpeace#djkoolherc#oldschool#muchrespect#downbylaw#hiphopscholar#hiphopclass#hiphopbooks#gospelofhiphop#realhiphop#grandmasterKaz#busybee#spooniegee#krsone#marleymarl#bigdaddykane#hiphoppurist#realrecognizereal#andyadontstop#cAntstopwontstop
Hip Hop, the greatest story ever told, was beginning another chapter. After a long glorious reign, rap music in New York City hit a wall at the start of the '90s. There were, of course plenty of dope jams still being served, but many of the golden ages's giants were no longer the exciting new jacks on the block. Hip Hop banked on being fresh both figuratively and literally and the boastful Big Apple was fiending for that next superstar to revitalize the Yankees-sized pride it had for its homegrown product. There was also the matter of the West Cost creepin' on a come-up; gansgta rap was taking over blocks from state to state. As competitive creators of the art form, NYC tried to act like it wasn't impressed, but deep down inside it wanted its bragging rights back. Nas, the man who would be King, first, entered public consciousness in the spring of '91. His rise to the throne began wth the most humble of origins: an inspired cameo on a B-side cut, Main Source's "Live At The Barbeque." Whereas his predecessors had grown up on their parents' soul, funk, and disco vinyl, here was a young rhyme-slayer bred on Hip Hop. It was evident in his ferocious flow and cocky presence; he carried himself like he cold eat up 21 MCs at the same time. He didn't rush stages; he stamped them. Microphone melted in his grip. Happy Bday to the greatest Emcee of all time. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#mc#emcee#lyricist#music#storyteller#poet#nas#illmatic#itwaswritten
@officialjdilla @james_dewitt_yancey_foundation 11 years ago today this album dropped! So many hits on here Love featuring @warmonkey Emc*featuring @common Baby ft @quaslib @guiltysimpson 🙌🏾 What's your favorite track on "The Shinning"#jdilla#dilladawg#theshinning#hiphopscholar
I fell in love with hip hop the first time I heard Roxanne, Roxanne by UTFO. Growing up on a military base I had the opportunity to experience all of these different races of kids walking around with their boom box and a cardboard box breakdancing and battling each other or just reciting "Kangol Kid "verse over and over again especially because he had them cuts in the background of his verse. The pumas and windbreakers with the zipper pants. The good old days, indeed!!@yokangol🤴🏿🙌🏾#utfo#hiphop#hiphopscholar 🎧📕🖋🎤
Hip Hop had been no stranger to street moguls before Suge Knight founded Death Row in 1991. Luther Campbell of The 2 Live Crew and Luke Records amassed a fortune off sex raps and Miami bass. In Houston J. Prince built Rap-A-Lot into a Southern dynasty. The most infamous was Eazy-E, the Napoleon behind Ruthless Records and N.W.A. But he was cuddly compared to Knight, a former lineman who, legend has it, wrangled Dr. Dre and The D.O.C.'s contract releases by showing up at Eazy's house with a crew brandishing baseball bats and lead pipes. The stories of widespread intimidation conjured scenes from GoodFellas. Death Row's offices were flooded by Blood gang members with rivals reportedly trapped in storage rooms if they needed a warning. There was the infamous tale of Knight and his men dangling Vanilla Ice over a balcony to hijack his publishing. Writers from The New Yorker were supposedly threatened with death by piranha. But in its four years extant, Death Row racked up numbers worthy of NASDAQ, grossing approximately $325 million. The label broke Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, and turned Dr. Dre and 2Pac into deities. The Death Row brand existed alongside the pulp fiction of the American outlaw. They were rap's Hells Angels, a syndicate stalking their turf with bloodshot eyes and heavy munitions. And in a control room clotted with Cohiba smoke loomed Suge Knight an entrepreneur worthy of the robber barons of the late 19th century. But a business downturn was inevitable, especially when the company's most valuable asset, 2Pac, was ambushed and murdered in Las Vegas in 1996. A probation violation soon landed Knight in prison. His remaining stars left Death Row, and it was soon revealed that a shady accountant had embezzled millions. A barrage of lawsuits ensued, and the label's profits slowed. Yet Knights most damning mistake was committing the cardinal sin of rap moguldom his only extra-musical revenue stream came from the "Let Me Ride" car customization shop. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#music#deathrowrecords#drdre#2pac#snoopdogg#sugeknight#westcoast
Eve represented women being empowered and empowering themselves, and not being viewed upon as a sidekick to men. In 1999, the same year that the "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" picked up an Album of the Year statue at the GRAMMY Awards and Foxy Brown's "Chyna Doll" debuted at the top of the Billboard charts, Philly MC Eve also bowed at #1 with "Let There Be Eve... Ruff Ryders' First Lady." The last of the female MCs to be introduced before the dawn of illegal Internet file sharing, she blended sexiness with hardcore rap skills, all the while hiding a trick you her sleeve. After charting hits like "Gotta Man" and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with pop singer Gwen Stefani, Eve revealed that she could also act. Starting with the 2002 comedy "Barbershop," she worked hard to earn her own sitcom the next year, on UPN (theme music by Missy Elliott). #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#mc#emcee#lyricist#music#eve#ruffryders
How does a female MC operate in the 21st century? With social networking, severely reduced sales and Hip Hop culture's midlife crisis, things are understandably a bit different. The go-go '90s might've been the last decade of routine multiplatiinum sales; no more smashes like Very Necessary, Hard Core, or The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill seem likely. Nicki Minaj, who according to Kanye West, had "the most potential to be the #2 rapper of all time," second only to Eminem. Building her reputation on the mixtape circuit starting with 2007's Playtime Is Over a de rigueur move for MCs in the new millennium, Nicki was snapped up by Lil Wayne's Dirty Money label way back in '04 after flaunting her musical goods on MySpace. "Your Love" ruled the Billboard's Rap Songs chart for several weeks, building rabid anticipation for her major-label debut album, Pink Friday. Standing on the shoulders of Lil' Kim and Lauryn Hill, Minaj had more than enough brains and body to excel at Hip Hop, 21st-century style. And she could rhyme. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#mc#rapper#music#nickiminaj#cashmoney#youngmoney
Rap royalty has found its fun in south Florida's city of vice for a long time. Some have bought property, even if only for seasonal stays. Raekwon, Ghostface, Fat Joe, Scott Storch, Baby, and Wayne. You go for the weather. They have studios there; what's the rush to leave? Over the past years, though, Miami has developed a stronger hometown scene and sound than it has ever enjoyed before. It started with "Hustlin'," in the prime of the "coke rap" era. Rick Ross, a rotund rapper who'd worked in the Dade County correctional system before being discovered at the dawn of the decade by Houston's Tony Draper who'd launched the career of Eightball & MJG seven years prior, had spent years behind the scenes, writing rhymes for Trick Daddy's femme sidekick, Trina, at Miami's Slip-N-Slide Records. When he came out he, he came out big. Heralded by the opulent organ and thwomping 808s that local production team the Runners provided for his first single, boasting of cutting fat lines of blow and knowing "the real Noriega," Ross brought a sonic version of the Scarface fantasy to living room speakers and iPod earbuds across the country. The timing was perfect, coinciding with a revival of synth pop, Day-Glo '80s fashion, and Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx portraying Crockett and Tubbs in a major motion picture version of Miami Vice. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#rapper#music#mmg#rickross#stalley#wale#meekmill#miami#florida
For the next two weeks I'll be teaching "Remixing Fairytales" and "Performance Poetry: From Shakespeare to Tupac" at Duke University for their Young Writers Camp. #scholar#academichustler#hiphopscholar
The Civil Rights Movement came about out of legalized racial segregation, containment, and economic/social/political oppression. The Black Power Movement, welling from the sluggish results of civil rights legislation, sprang from a mixture of Black impatience, anger, optimism, and self-discovery. A response to urban neglect and political abandonment in the wake of these struggles, Hip Hop is a cultural movement endowed with the understanding that its Black and Brown congregations exist in a society that doesn't want us, has made no place for us, and hopes to keep any sign that we exist or the decrepit places in which we live invisible and forcefully contained. That is, until the ghetto residents either push back or self-destruct. Which is where the consciousness of Hip Hop began out of the raging gang culture that overtook the Bronx and much of New York City in the early to mid-'70s. While the four corners of Hip Hop graffiti, DJing, B-boying/girling, and MCing developed as separate subcultures inspired by the aggression of gang life, it was former gang member Afrika Bambaataa, wishing to counteract street violence, who injected consciousness within the these "elements," bringing them together as a revolutionary cultural movement. Inspired by the prideful teachings of groups like the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam, Bambaataa founded the Zulu Nation, the culture's first organization/cultural awareness institution, in 1973. In contrast to the brutality of the gangs, the Zulu's B-boys, graffiti writers, DJs, MCs did battle within their respective art forms. And their mantra of togetherness and having fun didn't apply only to members; it also extended outward to the community, where drugs, crime, despair, and death overwhelmingly colored much of the burned-out landscape. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#mc#emcee#dj#afrikabambaataa#zulunation#thecivilrightsmovement
@queenbahamadia @bgirlrecords Late night digging through the crates and I found these two CDs that I've been looking for a long time. So many great memories here. I never heard of Dwele or Slum Village until I listened to this. I hear people discuss about the best female emcees of all times if your name is not mentioned I don't even acknowledge their status. My advice to anyone who loves authentic hip hop music no doubt Bahamadia is one of the best storytellers in hip hop history. If she's in your city performing do yourself a favor and check her out you won't be disappointed. Addition, she has merchandise and beats for sale too. Thank you Queen for sharing your talents with the world!!#iconfess#truehoneybuns#3thehardway 👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾 #wcw#bahamadia#realhiphop#hiphopscholar
While 50 Cent and G Unit were sinisterly plotting a world takeover, an exuberant, gold-toothed industry vet had simpler ambitions in Atlanta. Lil Jon basically wanted to party. Loudly. Having worked at Jermaine Dupri's SoSo Def Records for almost ten years and made a name for himself locally with a shouty, call-and-response style of club music, Jon got with the East Side Boyz and brought his "crunk" to the masses via a contract with TVT Records and a single, "Bia' Bia'," that featured Ludacris and Too $hort. Crunk is basically heavy metal rap raucous aggressive music to which young males and females, but mostly males can jump around and break stuff. Needless to say, it became very popular. Similar fare worked for Three 6 Mafia and Project Pat in Memphis. Calling himself The King of Crunk. Lil Jon came to rule a vast Atlantan realm from 2002 to 2005 smash hits like his "Get Low," Bone Crusher's "Never Scared," Ying Yang Twins "Salt Shaker," and Lil Scrappy's "No Problem" defined the sound of the city. Crunk reached well into mainstream pop, too, with Lil Jon's production and Ludacris' raps boosting R&B singer Usher's 2004 "Yeah!" into one of the biggest hits of the decade, propelling the album Confessions to a phenomenal ten million in sales earning it the rare diamond certification plaque from the RIAA. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#music#liljon#crunkmusic#ludacris#three6mafia#jermainedupri
When Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, a drug dealer-turned-aspiring music mogul, had begun scouting talent at Eve's After Dark, a nightclub in South Central, he had no intention of ever being a rap star. All he wanted to do was put out some music, make a little money, and get out of the narco-biz once and for all. To do so, he recruited Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, a DJ known as much for his membership in The World Class Wreckin' Cru as for his appearances on all-rap radio station KDAY, who'd started dabbling in production along with Wreckin' Cru bandmate and Eve's After Dark proprietor Alonzo "Lonzo" Willams. He also lined up one of Dre's friends, a younger kid from the same neighborhood born O'Shea Jackson but calling himself Ice Cube, who'd been tearing down the house with explicit tales of his sexual conquests. Eazy hired them to write and produce music for a group of expatriated East Coasters he'd recently signed, but when the group reneged dismissing Cube's rhyme as "some West Coast shit," Dre convinced a reluctant Eazy to record it himself, since Cube had gone on to college in Arizona not long after penning the song. Released in 1987, the first track, "Boyz-N-The Hood," and its subsequent album, but it was Eazy's next project that forever altered the course of Hip Hop history. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#eazye#nwa#westcoast#music#drdre#icecube
The West continued to rise way out in California with N.W.A., Ice-T, $hort, MC Hammer, and others starting to steal New York's thunder in the early '90s. After the flash-in-the-pan success of JJ Fad's "Supersonic" in 1990, all eyes turned to Yo-Yo, the hazel-eyed guest MC on Ice Cube's seminal "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted." On an album soaked in misogyny, she went blow-for-blow against Cube on "It's A Man's World," and made the most waves her career a year later with "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" "Don't try to play me out," she warned. Her positivist rhymes and self-empowered image landed her memorable cameo roles in "Boyz N The Hood," Menace II Society," and the Fox sitcom "Martin." But she stopped releasing albums in 1998. The Lady of Rage reached a similar stillborn end to her career after 1994's "Afro Puffs" raised sky-high anticipation for her first album. A native Virginian, Rage made her mark with California's own Dr. Dre "Stranded On Death Row" and Snoop Dogg "G Funk Intro," as the "Above The Rim" soundtrack's "Afro Puffs" produced by Dre whet appetites for her debut, "Eargasm." An MC with top-notch roughneck rhyme schemas, Rage suffered from the notorious mid-'90s label shakeup at Death Row Records; the fallout between CEO Suge Knight and the departed Dr. Dre left her retitled "Necessary Roughness " severely neglected after its delayed appearance in 1997. A flurry of small acting roles followed, but no more noteworthy music. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#mc#emcee#lyricist#music#theladyofrage#yoyo
Go watch my brother @Diddy film #cantstopwontstop My @Diddy story started when I was just a dreamer in a small town Radford, VA where my father lived... seeing that funny dancing dude on BET RapCity saying "I thought I told you we won't stop...Eh eh Eh eh!" To Biggie's videos when I was 14 to seeing that funny dude saying #cantstopwontstop with Ma$E in shiny suits when I was 17. Suffering through the deaths of Pac and Biggie. By 21 I had a dream that "Our Love Of Rap Unites Nations" not the corrupted rap shit, but the real good Emcees and rappers, people united in this world to make it better. The people who want to live their dreams! We grew up in Hip Hop with Diddy's dreams, comedies, horror stories, redemptions, failures and successes! One day I had a crazy dream to help my cousin get out of A Gang, I told him since he wasn't going to college and come stay with me in D.C. "I'll be Your college!" So we can write this Hip Hop book "The Hip Hop Driven Life: A Genius Liberation Handbook, everyone thought I was crazy too, but i got him out of trouble and it made us grow as men. Then through All that I had more dreams and more visions... ...Even winning Diddy's "I Am King" Challenge... I Did my cameo at Diddy's White Party.... and kicked it with Curtis The Barber and @xoticsproducts and thanks to Diddy's influence in my life and business philosophy... I have learned no dream is unobtainable... working or sacrificing for a true vision is worth it ...and that haters and naysayers will always be on the sidelines...And I don't give a fuck how crazy they think I am "I can make anything happen!!!!!!" #imcrazy#thecrazyones#ceelogreen#goingcrazy#crazy#declarationofpeace#djkoolherc#oldschool#muchrespect#downbylaw#hiphopscholar#hiphopclass#hiphopbooks#gospelofhiphop#realhiphop#grandmasterKaz#busybee#spooniegee#krsone#marleymarl#bigdaddykane#hiphoppurist#realrecognizereal#andyadontstop#cAntstopwontstop
No other MC would do more to define New York's version of gangsta-isms than Kool G Rap. Known as much for his machine-gunned delivery as for his trademark lisp, the Queens emcee had been flirting with the sound since his earliest recordings: "Rikers Island," a survey of life in New York City's notorious jail, and "Road To The Riches," a hard-as-Kevlar cautionary tale about the life of a drug dealer. On 1990's "Wanted Dead Or Alive," from the album of the same name, he finally went all-out gangsta mode. Following it with classics like "Ill Street Blues" and "On The Run" from his third LP, "Live And Let Die, G Rap spun crime tales that would've given Scorsese a run for his money and almost single-handedly spawned a sub-subgenre called "Mafioso" rap. #hiphop#hiphopculture#hiphophead#hiphopscholar#hiphoppa#rap#mc#emcee#lyricist#music#storyteller#koolgrap
You see, the Hip-Hop MC came into existence because of the need to entertain. Why do you think some rappers are considered to be a Master of Ceremony? House-rocking was a fundamental behavior during the brewing days of Hip-Hop Culture. If you were incapable of making the crowd get live with your riddles, phrases, tone, and persona, the microphone was not your friend.
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In Hip-Hop, house-rocking started off at playgrounds and landed into arenas. Hip-Hop's evolution challenged the lyrical MC. How did a rapper successfully conserve his elite lyricism, while keeping the crowd hype and entertained? In order to post longevity to the Master of Ceremony identity, the live performance of the Hip-Hop MC must have a lingering effect on their audience. Such mastery is what makes a Hip-Hop MC not only a spitter, but an entertainer.
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These individuals are not only rappers, but they are b-boys/dancers, DJs, singers, or instrumentalists-overall making them, a Showman. This ability to express a multitude of creative pursuits, has created the most iconic Hip-Hop acts of all time.
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Let me test your hip-hopness once again. Below, drop the name a rapper who is skilled at showmanship!