Archive for Hip-Hop


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 27, 2009 by kat3000

twitterHip-Hop as of late has embraced modern-day technology to the point where any new invention is subject to the “Hip-Hop Takeover.” Take Twitter for example. What started as a simple means of taking the guesswork out of Facebook statuses has now evolved into an all out basement party a la the Sugar Shack circa ’92. Everyone is invited to this party – artists, label executives, journalists, promoters, weed carriers, and even those people you bump into at parties and aren’t sure what they do for a living. A Twitter exchange usually happens in real time between any one of the aforementioned parties and goes something like this:

HalfofDasEFX: Hov is changing the game with that new track on @AllHipHop. You can tell I was a big influence on him.

DJDollarADay: @HalfofDasEFX You need a beat? Lemme break you off *pause* Send me your FB info.

HalfofDasEFX: @DJDollarADay Any samples? My publishing got jacked @ASCAPLuvah because I couldn’t pay some fees. All original?

MistaDobalina: @DJDollarADay Got that fire? Hit me with that goodness *pause*

IWrite4HipHop: @HalfofDasEFX @DJDollarADay Lemme know when that collab happens.

HalfofDasEFX: @IWrite4HipHop You do bios? Money is tight, but I could use the look with the projects I’m doing.

OtherHalfofDasEFX: @HalfofDasEFX Um, what projects?


Movies About Dancing

Posted in People, Places, Things with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by kat3000

2001_save_the_last_dance_007While breaking is one of the four elements of Hip-Hop and has had many movies like Breakin 1 and 2 and Beat Street honor its fluid legacy, there are several movies that have followed involving a brand new twist on Hip-Hop’s famed form of dance. Modern-day “Hip-Hop dance movies” must incorporate one or more of the following: 1. A girl from the suburbs who moves to the inner city with a desire to dance. 2. A crew of friends who all like to dance. 3. An adversarial crew that also likes to dance. 4. Someone has to die. 5. Someone has to fall in love. 6. Someone has to win a competition, get into a performing arts school through a recital and or talent show, or gain hood recognition by dancing in the street. Lastly, at least one person must emphasize that they are taking said dance routine “to the streets.” Once the streets have properly been identified, every cast member of the movie must dance on them. There must also be at least one known rapper or singer to provide the Hip-Hop stamp of approval by playing a role in the movie. No actual dance skills need apply. And finally, a valuable lesson must be learned by the close of the movie.

The Backpack

Posted in People, Things with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by kat3000

yeThe backpack holds a unique significance in Hip-Hop, as it is solely responsible for crafting an entire movement. The backpack is special, as it holds everything from a writer’s Krylon to a DJ’s vinyl. Rarely does it hold actual books (hence, the reason why it is called a backpack and not a bookbag in this instance). Sometimes a backpacker will carry hardly anything at all, but the presence of his mini hump over his jacket says “Hey. I carry a backpack.” The backpack is an avid supporter of “backpacker music,” music crafted by those who also carry a backpack. The backpack has attended many a concert, frequently attending without having to pay for a ticket, though sometimes large enough in size to fill an entire standing room space. Eventually the backpack fell into a negative light in Hip-Hop and briefly retired like most rappers do. Then Kanye West began the new movement of carrying a backpack…only this time it was a Louis Vuitton and not Northface or Jansport. Since coming back out, the backpack has went back into hiding, awaiting its next public appearance or signature sound on an album cut from a Hip-Hop group that probably met over the internet.

Off-Broadway Plays

Posted in People, Things with tags , , on November 19, 2008 by kat3000

jim-jones-playbillHip-Hop’s history has been vividly expressed through clever rap songs and Hype Williams videos. When an expression of self through song is not enough, an Off-Broadway play or musical will do just the trick. While some Hip-Hop inspired shows circle around a particular neighborhood [In the Heights] or overall history [Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk], others present monologues from rappers in rhinestone shirts [Inside the Life & Mind of Jim Jones]. Hip-Hop has made strides in being recognized as the viable art form that it is. It’s inevitable that a deep history has been rooted. And you can now hear all about it, one block away from Evita.

Retiring From “the game”

Posted in People with tags , , , , on November 13, 2008 by kat3000

too-hortOnce a Hip-Hop artist has reached an acceptable level of fame, the next appropriate step is threatening to retire. In interviews, the Hip-Hop artist will gush about retirement, mention the “next of kin” in songs, and even throw themselves a party. Then they pop up on some songs by other artists, show up at another artist’s concert, and before you know it are releasing another album. The champion of retirement/un-retirement is Too $hort. However, other culprits include Jay-Z and most recently, Lupe Fiasco.

The MacBook Pro

Posted in Things with tags , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2008 by kat3000

notebooks-apple-macbook-proWhile Apple computers are an essential component to the life of any creative individual due to their sophisticated sound and graphics, the MacBook Pro is the ultimate computer for Hip-Hop producers and DJs. Producers load their MacBook Pros with software such as Pro-Tools, while DJs enjoy the portability of the MacBook Pro and its ability to hold deejaying programs such as Final Scratch and Serato. A MacBook Pro also lacks flavor without its fair share of stickers.

Fat-Tip Markers

Posted in Things with tags , , on November 10, 2008 by kat3000

bill2markerThere is nothing a graffiti writer loves more than to leave their name on a window or wall in a matter of seconds. The fat-tip marker has become a mainstay for the street artist since the rise of Hip-Hop inspired graffiti in the late ’70s. The theory is that the more toxic the marker, the better, as toxic markers hold a higher chemical compound that withstands any conditions threatening a tag’s removal. Of course, the fatter the marker tip, the better as well. No one will remember a felt-tipped tag.