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Immortal Technique: Revolutionary Vol. 2: Viper Records
Growing up on the streets of New York, the young man became enamored with Hip Hop culture, writing graffiti and starting to rhyme at an early age. Although he frequently cut school and ended up being arrested time and time again for his wild behavior, the kid still managed to finish high school and got accepted to a state university....

One of the rites of passage in establishing oneself in the Hip Hop community is following in the steps of those who made their name in lyrical warfare before you. Immortal Technique quickly became known throughout the underground. His brutally disrespectful style was trademark, and it was not long until he had won countless battles not just on stage and in clubs, but on the streets whenever a random cipher would pop up. From Rocksteady Anniversary, to Braggin Rites, SLAM DVD's and's infamous battles, he established himself as someone who could captivate a crowd and who people looked forward to seeing. But it was then that Technique realized what every battle champion had come to terms with before him, battles was just that, battling, and not synonymous with success at making music. 

Turning his eye to production and touching up some of the songs he had written in prison he now focused on trying to get an album together, but major labels wanted a more pop friendly image and were uncomfortable with his hardcore street style that was complemented by his political views. In response to their lack of vision, Immortal Technique left the battle circuit and released his critically acclaimed Revolutionary Vol.1, which at first moved 3000 copies, but to date has moved more than 12,000. This earned him Unsigned Hype in the Source (11/02) and numerous articles in Elemental & Mass Appeal.

Preview sample Audio Clips Immortal Technique: Revolutionary Vol. 2--Immortal Techniques' Website

Review of  Immortal Techique's CD: Revolutionary Vol. 2
by Steve Greaves

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Toons, Toons and more Animated Toons
Review of "Ravishing Raspberry" and "Adopted by Aliens"
by Jennifer Narod

"Adopted By Aliens" is Shawnee and Shawnelle's Gibb's current animation project. It's an original animated web cartoon series that follows the adventures of a 12 year-old adoptee girl Whitney Ward and her new extraterrestrial family is a web cartoon geared for younger audiences. Join Whitney, The Aliens, and a cast of memorable characters as they all try to co-exist in the same unpredictable world!  "Adopted By Aliens"  promises to entertain audience of all ages and tickle your funny bone--unless, of course, you're an alien and you don't have one!

"We became very interested in Flash animation in 2001. I had taken an Interactive Cinema class at San Francisco State which taught me some of the basics of using flash for video. I read books and taught myself how to use Flash for cartoons and not long after, Shawnelle followed suit."  Shawnee Gibbs works collaboratively with her twin sister, Shawnelle Gibbs, on small video and animation projects. They have always loved to draw, ever since they were little ones (they're in their 20s now).

They are pursuing film-making as a career. Although they graduated with degrees in Cinema, their focus was strictly traditional film production. "So, much of what we know about animation, we've taught ourselves," says Shawnee. And if proof was needed of their self-taught 'Tooning skills,' there's a site about their imaginative web series; Adopted By Aliens. Doesn't the cool title just make you want to visit it?

"Our 2003 mixed media animation 'Ravishing Raspberry' has won several awards at film festivals in the U.S.A. The piece uses some of the our original artwork, combined with photos and videos to tell a story about the pitfalls of materialism. "Ravishing Raspberry," is about the adventures of 19-year-old Nyesha, the ultimate hip-hop material girl, who decides her life isn't complete until she gets the latest, hot lipstick shade.
Some text & photos were retrieved fom ToonTalents
Preview Clips of the Gibbs Sisters' work   (Reel Republic: Film & Video Projects)

Review of Ravishing Raspberry and Abducted by Aliens
by Jennifer Narod

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THE FREQUENCY: "The Five Percenters...They Exist!" a film by glenn towery
Ray Mercy a middle aged African American male has been suffering with severe migraine headaches for the last 6 months. The migraines are always accompanied by a high-pitched frequency sound that seems to make them even more painful. He has been to scores of traditional doctors; none have been able to cure him.
His fiancé’ Shante’, fearing that Ray is desperate enough to take his own life, insists that he tries a non-traditional Metaphysician named Fayabo. Although Ray does not want to go he relents and Fayabo is able to cure him almost immediately, however the cure brings strange powers to Ray that he cannot explain, which casts him into another type of confusion until he learns the true source of all his power.


"The Frequency" Movie Review by Scott Woods

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Graffiti Art / Stencil Art / Urban Hieroglyphics

(The School of Blek le Rat / Die Schule von Blek le Rat / L'école de Blek le Rat)
Le Monde,November 7th 1986, covering the stencil graffiti mouvement (Pochoir )under the leadership of Blek le Rat, who birthed the mouvement by painting his first black rats in 1981 in Paris with a stencil.
7.11. 1986, bespricht in einem Leitartikel die Pochoirbewegung, die von Blek le Rat angeführt und 1981 in Paris ins Leben gerufen wurde, als er seine ersten schwarzen Ratten mit Hilfe einer Schablone auf Pariser Mauern malte.
le 7 novembre 1986," Le Monde" consacre un article en première page à "L'école de Blek le Rat", le mouvement du pochoir initié par Blek le Rat en 1981 quand il peignait ses premiers rats noirs à Paris à l'aide d'un pochoir.

(The School of Blek the Rat/Die Schule von Blek the Rat/the school of Blek the Rat) the World, November 7th 1986, covering the stencil graffiti movement (Stencil key set)under the leadership of Blek the Rat, who birthed the movement by painting his first black rats in 1981 in Paris with has stencil.  7.11. 1986,  bespricht in einem Leitartikel die Pochoirbewegung, die von Blek the Rat angeführt und 1981 in Paris ins Leben gerufen wurde, als er the Seine ersten schwarzen Ratten put Hilfe einer Schablone auf Pariser Mauern Malta. November 7, 1986, "the World" devotes an article on first page to "the school of Blek the Rat", the movement of the stencil key set initiated by Blek the Rat in 1981 when it combed its first black rats to Paris using a stencil key set.

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Educational CD Music

One-man crusade to excite students / Richmond VA truancy officer produces albums with inspirational themes

In Richmond, Virginia  Public Schools, a district with about 25,000 students and a truancy rate of 26 percent, an attendance officer like Ronald Robinson has a lot of kids to keep up with. Robinson said he treats all of them just like he treats his own school-age daughters. It's what he would expect if another authority figure dealt with his girls. Nobody has a guarantee that their children won't someday do wrong, Robinson said. "You hope that when it happens, somebody is in the position to counsel them."

Robinson is on his own one-man crusade to get kids more enthused about school. When he's not on the job, he runs a side business, Ronald Robinson Entertainment, producing albums with hip-hop and rap rhythms and positive messages. He doesn't perform on the albums, but he does write songs. "Read, Children, Read" includes the lyrics, "Anything you want in life, it's yours for the takin', the more you learn, the more ya earn, come on turn the page."

Robinson said that when he's writing songs, he gets the beat down first because he knows a young person will choose music for the beat and that the messages will sink in sooner or later. "If you listen to something positive, eventually it's going to have some kind of effect on you," he said. He feels similarly about a lot of the music with negative lyrics on the market today but said, "Whenever you take something away from a kid, you have to have an alternative."  (Continued)

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Knock The Hustle by Hadji WilliamsPimps, hustlers, whores, crooks, addicts, suckers… Welcome to Corporate America.
What happens when you spend a lifetime dodging pimps, hustlers, drug dealers and crooks in grimy urban neighborhoods? What happens when you make it thru school and into Corporate America only to discover that many of The Street’s corrosive characters, temptations and pitfalls have infiltrated Madison Avenue, Silicon Valley, Wall Street and just about all points in-between? What happens when you realize that professionalism, common sense, decency, and good business sense have replaced by constructs, hidden agendas, schemes, and unchecked greed? What happens when you realize that the only way to get out from under is to fight back?

You get Knock The Hustle by author Hadji Williams.
KNOCK THE HUSTLE: How to save your job and your life from Corporate America brings the insights of the streets to the office suites. The result is an explosive book that dishes dirt and shines light on the marketing and advertising industries, hip-hop culture and pop culture, workplace dynamics, consumerism and modern race relations like never before. With its smart yet conversational flow, KNOCK THE HUSTLE brings more truth, knowledge and insight than FORBES, CNBC, ADWEEK and FAST COMPANY combined. KNOCK THE HUSTLE is packed with enough case studies, stories, common sense, street smarts, genuine creativity and faith to help everyone from CEOs to secretaries get out from under and excel like never before.   Coming  Late Spring 2005.
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Music CD

Cassandra's new EP, "The 2004 Singles" is now available! This EP features Cassandra's new smash hits What U Want, How Many Timez? (featuring the rapper QNA), and Dragonfly, along with 9 minutes of bonus video footage which will take you on stage, in the studio, and behind the scenes into Cassandra's world. Please help support independent artists and musical variety by ordering your copy today.

Cassandra's first U.S. release, "The 2004 Singles" EP is available in stores Now, thanks to a new distribution deal between S-Beat Records and Hit Media, the parent company of CD Baby. Hit Media will handle distribution to all major retail chains, while CD Baby will make the individual tracks available for download on all the major music download sites, including: iTunes, Rhapsody, AOL Music, and others.

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Music CD

Romantic CD by Sage-El
The long awaited CD, featuring the ever popular "Kings Ridge and Skillets" and "Still Standing", ROMANTIC is certain to entertain and provoke sincerity from hip hop enthusiasts and fans alike.


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Music CD

PRIEST FOREVER: "Live and Let Die" - The Mixtape...Born in NYC and raised in Harlem, the Hip Hop Artist / D.J. / Producer known as “Priest” has had a multitude of experiences within the music industry....  He has even toured with Hip Hop legend, “KRS ONE,” performing along with him on stage and appearing on several cuts from his album “Tha Kristyle”

After testing the waters on the Mixtape circuit and moving two thousand copies of his independent release “Priest Revolutions, Tha Mixtape Has You...,” Priest is excited about the opportunity to take his career to a higher level. The first single off the new project “Dreams of Smacking an Entertainer,” is already enjoying a strong buzz on college radio and quickly becoming a daily request from listeners in the NYC area. Priest Says, “I took the song “Dreams” by the late great “Notorious B.I.G.” and flipped it to make a commentary on the state of the music industry. I decided to just have fun with it.” Priest is especially optimistic about the future. . And to think, he's just getting started. “I’m gonna keep working hard until reach the top. Failure is not an option.”

CD Review by Dr. Nathan Abrams, Lecturer in History (School of Divinity, History & Philiosophy)

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DJ Services / Engineering / Producer

is your one stop shop for ALL your music needs.

DJ Slice first began in the music industry back in 1983 where he DJ'd at parties and clubs in Houston, Texas.  In the early 90's, DJ Slice moved back to CALI to continue DJ'ing at various clubs and parties. DJ Slice soon began to do studio work and tour with bands from different genres of music.  In the late 90's, DJ Slice began producing Hip Hop for local artists.  He now professionally produces/engineers/remixes full-time.  Due to working with many genres of music, DJ Slice has a pioneering, adaptable, original sound that meets the needs of ANY artist he works with.  DJ Slice is interested in working with individuals from all genre's of music.  He enjoys a challenge and bringing something different and original to the music.

Any artist interested in working with DJ Slice should contact him at: 213/864-9884 or visit his site:

CD Review by Akil, the hiphopscholar

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TURNTABLE TIMMY:  Award Winning Children’s Book Author Michael Perry Releases “Turntable Timmy” feat. DJ QBert for the Hip Hop Generation and their Children

San Francisco, CA. Free Will Press is proud to announce the release of Turntable Timmy, written by Award winning children’s book author Michael Perry and legendary artist Doug Cunningham. Included with the book is a rap along CD with scratching by world-renowned turntablist DJ Qbert. It is the first-ever children’s book to incorporate the four pillars of Hip-Hop culture (dj‘ing, rapping, b-boy‘ing, and graf). Turntable Timmy answers the call for teachers and parents alike for books written in a Hip Hop format. “In 2002 urban youth, regardless of race have no frame of reference for ’Spot, Jane and Dick’ “ says author Michael Perry. Turntable Timmy speaks to them in a language and visual medium they understand and embrace as their own.

Turntable Timmy is the story of a boy determined to Hip-Hop his way into becoming the world’s youngest turntable Deejay champion. He realizes, in order to achieve his dream he must first… "Puts in work, day and night, practice makes perfect, gotta get it right. Hard work and dedication— perfection takes practice, now he’s quick like a fox, sharp as a cactus."

Book Review by Cristina Melendez

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Music CD Review

P Wonda: Middle East Stand Up!
By Seleah Bussey
Complete interview on

The Middle East is popping right now and we ain’t talking about Iraq. The Middle East according to rapper P-Wonda can be better classified as the land that lies in the center of the east coast of the United States. This land is the state known as North Carolina where P-Wonda and his main man, as well as sole producer, Waleed Coyote are from. These two men are just small entities of the larger movement of Othaz Records.(Interview of P Wonda continued)

CD Review By Glenn Towery, Filmmaker

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Music CD Review

D'MAC (2 Qrazi Entertainment) ...has earned praises from his critics.  Fort Worth Weekly states: "The Fort Worthian honors the not milking it." His style has been called "different," by his peers.  The critics are not alone noticing that D'Mac a "breath of fresh air" on the hip-hop scene today.

D'Mac formerly lead of his local quartet Marion Block Gangtaz, has emerged dramatically as a solo rapper / songwriter / producer.  In 2000 - 2002 the group completed an album together and performed a number of shows in the Dallas / Fort Worth Area.  They opened for such regioanal acts as Interscope's Slim Thug, Lil' Keke, Lil' O, also working with some radio personalities at KKDA (K104). (continued)

CD Review by Daniel Garrett, Journalist

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Interview with Bob Bryan

The star of the show here at the LIBRadio Network is our talk radio. We proudly proclaim that our format permits us to produce the most comprehensive interviews with the most serious scholars and covering the most relevant issues of the day.

                     Interview with Filmmaker and founder of the Hip-hop Review
Bob Bryan
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Hip Hop Church
Every Thursday 6 to 9pm
146th Street between 7th and Lenox Avenue
The Greater Hood Memorial AME Zion Church

Don't forget about Friday Night Flayva at The Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place,  Harlem (NYC)
Luke 4:18
John 3:16-21
"Don't get it twisted God has always existed!"
 --Kurtis Blow


Alphabet City - Out On the Streets --Published by Gingko Press, December, 2004
Street Art Alphabet Invades Manhattan--- Artist Michael De Feo (aka The Flower Guy) has plastered his painted flowers in cities all over the world, 15,000 in the streets of Manhattan alone. Alphabet City - Out On the Streets is his first book. It's a vibrant body of work inspired by the acute observational skills of children who would stop on the street and point out De Feo's art to their parents, while he was in the act of installing it. Ten years of witnessing this phenomenon, the arrival of his first child Marianna, and the fact that many of his street artist friends were also having children were the drivers behind this unique publication: De Feo's alphabet presented in the context of the streets of Manhattan, a book for both adults and children.

Hand painted, made of paper and glue this work examines the concept of street art spawned by childhood memories. It is friendly, approachable and ephemeral all at once. In the real world De Feo's fleeting images invite interaction simply because they won't exist for much longer than a month - in this book they will. Bound as a kiddie's "board book", Alphabet City - Out On the Streets is guaranteed to appeal to children, and there's absolutely no doubt that it will appeal to adults, particularly those who are established and budding fans of Michael De Feo. His work first appeared in books such as The Art of Rebellion, I NY, Stick'em Up, Street Logos and Graffiti World, and it has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles around the world. (continued)

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Television Appearance DVD
A Very Special Holiday Offering to our "National Treasure"
Ray Charles
"America the Beautiful"
CONCERT FILM (1963) O-Genio: Ray Charles Live In Brazil 1963
Recorded one day before Ray's 33rd birthday, this rare performance finds the Genius at his absolute best, serving up such staples as "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny" and "Hit The Road Jack." Features two concerts, studio rehearsals, and original Brazilian commercials. [COLOR; NOT RATED]
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Education Classes
Hip-hop Classes at MIT?  Check it out!
21M.775 Hip Hop, Spring 2003
A break dancer does a backflip in front of a crowd in Harvard Square.

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive readings section with links to websites and music by featured artists.

Course Description

This course explores the political and aesthetic foundations of hip hop. It traces the musical, corporeal, visual, spoken word, and literary manifestations of hip hop over its thirty-five year presence in the American cultural imaginary. It also investigates specific black cultural practices that have given rise to its various idioms. Hip hop has invigorated the academy, inspiring scholarship rooted in black musical and literary traditions. This course assesses these sharp breaks and flamboyant versionings of hip hop that have occurred within the academy.

For a specific description of the course breakdown

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ANC: Hip Hop Revolucion - Cuba/Austria/France, 2004, 67 min, doc., Spanish w/ English subtitles, dQueen, dir.
ANC: Hip Hop Revolucion by dQueen is a fascinating documentary about the Hip Hop scene in Cuba that focuses on Anónimo Consejo (ANC), a popular Afro-Cuban rap group with a humanistic ideology expressed through lyrics against racism, Cuba's social problems and globalization.... This gritty and fascinating documentary, accentuated by a vibrantly pulsating soundtrack, provides a first-hand look at the rise of hip-hop in Cuba. Over the last decade hip-hop has gained major currency as an increasing number of artists have used it to explore racial tension and inequality, Director, dQueen, follows
Anónimo Consejo (Anonymous Advice) or ANC, through their real life schedule of rehearsing, writing songs, and defending their passion for social change through rap to their families and the community at large. This affecting film shows how spoken word rituals, from ancient African cultures, find their way into the hearts of their displaced descendants, not only in the U.S., but in Cuba. The film also reminds us that the roots of hip-hop are deeply entrenched in the desire for expression and not in the love of money.

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Article / Paper
Flawed Philosophy
KRS ONE and the Weakness of "Being Hip Hop"
By Adisa "The Bishop of Hip-hop" Banjoko, Author of Lyrical Swords
Legendary battle emcee, recording artist and lecturer Kris "KRS ONE" Parker.
Blastmaster KRS ONE,
"For the last few years I have watched you write or speak about the merits of "being Hip Hop" and alluding to some spiritual core power within Hip Hop itself.

While Hip Hop does indeed command more power than any other musical art form before it, too much weight is being put on its true power and potential. I believe that your idea on "being Hip Hop" while sounding and feeling good, is in truth weak. I think it is dangerous for those who truly love Hip Hop culture authentically. Following this concept gives the illusion that Hip Hop can and should be equal to other cultures and faiths like African, Latino, Japanese, Buddhist, Judaic, Islamic, or Christian.

The sub-culture of Hip Hop is not built to support people in the manner that one can "BE" of other dominant cultures or faiths. The richness of the contributions of other faiths and cultures to Hip Hop are what MAKE Hip Hop great. I submit that Hip Hop is a subculture. Being a sub-culture, Hip Hop is not meant to facilitate such things. It is meant to absorb things that exist already and re-frame them in a contemporary urban environment.

To not realize this point, is to mistake the scaffolding of a building for the actual foundation. I love Hip Hop! But I will not pile cultural and spiritual bricks to its structure (especially when I KNOW it was not meant to support such weight)." (continued)
--By Adisa "The Bishop of Hip-hop" Banjoko, Author of Lyrical Swords

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Music CD

Artist: raTino - King raTino lead man, born raTino Moore, began his impact on his local community of Muskegon, Michigan as a D.J. at the age of thirteen. Doing local parties and selling mixtapes for just two dollars each in junior high. Into that, began to mix with the poetry he was writing to girlfriends over 12inch instrumentals. You be the Judge.

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Wacky Woody by Tamy Hopkins
The World CAN be a better place!
Wacky Woody, with the help of the all-wise Chief Whatchawanaknow, travels through time righting wrongs and helping people with bad attitudes see the error of their ways!

Wacky Woody – a young boy who hails from the late 1800s – gains a new superhero identity by drinking Miracle Water from the mythical “Horses Revenge” on the Rio Grande. The water transforms Woody into an avenging spirit who travels through time to the 1990s where he helps people who struggle with negative choices they make which sabotage their lives and bring unhappiness to themselves and those around them.

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Article / Paper
White Like Me
By J-love
" This is written by a white person, intended for white people who are engaged in the culture of Hip-Hop. It is created in the spirit of personal and collective growth and development for white people who choose to live by the cultural standards of Hip-Hop. White people are talked about a lot within Hip-Hop in terms of who buys the most records, who owns and controls most of the industry, the white kids in the burbs who go crazy over it, even white artists who have made it despite their whiteness. But rarely is there any talk of how white people affect Hip-Hop, and how Hip-Hop affects us. What are the roles and responsibilities of whites involved in this cultural movement? How can we become partners in the struggle for a more just and conscious industry? How can we use our skin power to benefit the communities from which Hip-Hop was derived? Have we merely self-imposed ourselves into a culture which doesn't want or need us?

It is time for white folks to stand up and be bold in the dialogue of race and culture, to push the relatively mild interpretations on how and in which way we fit or don't fit. As difficult as it may be, we must challenge each other to go on an inward journey of self-discovery, in order to understand the true desires and motivations behind our involvement in the Hip-Hop community. Check this 10 point code of ethics for white Hip-Hop heads and see if you can get down." (continued)

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HIP-HOP POETRY JAM Volume 1: Directed by Rhonda Thompson
Live from the Ivar Theater in Hollywood. Touchstar Media Presents the "Hip-hop Poetry Jam." Featuring some of today's hottest spoken word artists, including Bridget Gray (2001 Grand Slam Champion), Gaknew, Miss Kimm, Joy Jones, Gina Loring, Jahaira and many more. These gifted and talented poets speak on topics from racism to politics in a way that all can relate.  This is one of the most significant spoken word performances of our time. One that's  guaranteed to inspire and lift you to a higher level of consciousness.  Each performance is incredibly emancipating and liberating.  Representing a movement that's guaranteed to make history.  So sit back, relax...and be entertained.

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by Stacey Miller, Doctorial Candidate, The University of New Mexico

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HIP-HOP CUBANO: Directed by Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi
Cuban Hip Hop provides a unique insight into the realities and politics of contemporary Cuba. Experience this as Inventos follows some of the pioneers of this musical movement to their homes, the stage and as they travel abroad for the first time. Inventos embodies the true spirit of Hip-Hop, which is to build something that is powerful and useful out of what is seemingly impossible. Just as Hip-Hop in the U.S. began as a form of creative self expression bringing awareness to oppressive social conditions, Cuban Hip-Hop demonstrates the innovative and indestructible spirit born from a people suppressed by the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Inventos, serves as a reminder of the political consciousness through which this music was created. Thirty years after its conception, and in spite of commercialisation, Hip-Hop culture continues to give voice to people who refuse to be silenced, ignored and cut off from the larger society. The film Hip-Hop Cubano shows how both cultures reflect similar social struggles and if brought together, could transcend cultural barriers and build a collective community dedicated to spreading messages of truth and empowerment globally. Jacobs-Fantauzzi's film Hip-Hop Cubano  rekindles an essence of the old school, which will inspire and reawaken the eyes of our present generations.

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Article / Paper
Why Us? Politics and the Hiphop Community
By Akil, "the hiphopscholar"
" The summer of 2004 will be remembered for many reasons.  Among those in the Hiphop community it will be remembered as the summer of a series of courtships between Hiphop and the political machine in the United States.  Prior to 2004 it wasn’t uncommon to see a few Hiphop and hip-pop artists show their political leanings with a spot in a rock the vote commercial, even if it was more so a request by the powers that be to reach the Hiphop demographic.

However this period prior to the upcoming U.S elections represents the first time Hiphoppas at large have been targeted as a significant block of voters. Many organizations are working to educate and create greater participation in the electoral process among hiphoppas all over the United States.  The National Hiphop Political Convention convened this past July in an effort to galvanize support for an agenda that represents the needs of the Hiphop population, the majority of which are still people of color.  The Hip-Hop Congress held its annual gathering in the spring and Russell Simmons' Hiphop Action Summit is continuing to solicit activists.  While many of these organizations, and many more such as the Temple of Hiphop(, The and to name a few are working on various levels and as many different agendas one question remains.  Why Us?     (continued)

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HIP-HOP POETRY AND THE CLASSICS-by Alan Sitomer & Michael Cirelli
Connecting our classic curriculum to Hip-hop Poetry through standards-based, language arts instruction. With Academic Material for...

"Those who doubt the power of using Hip-Hop in the realm of education to advance literacy, empower youths to make wiser choices and encourage students to reach for their innermost best are not recognizing the significant opportunities we, as teachers, have right now sitting at our feet. Our nation's youth needs intelligent, respectable, savvy voices to stand up and validate the undeniable literary merit of these new artists so that relevance and accessibility once again become part of the contemporary academic curriculum."
--Alan Sitomer, Educator

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by Danette Tiffany Sokacich

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Article / Paper
Hip-Hop, Hoops, and Homies
By Lisa Hronjak, Educator

     The pulsating rhythm of the beat causes our bodies to freely wriggle, dance and move about within the great circle of drums.  I close my eyes trying to envision what it must be like in the faraway land of Africa with its natives dancing to heartfelt beats as they echo towards the sky.  The pounding of the drums puts me in a trance.  I am lost in my own world until the  session comes to an end and a new silence fills the room.  “The roots of hip hop come straight out of Africa,” I hear the lead drummer saying. Through his teachings, he fills my head with a new awareness and I am so thrilled to learn that this controversial type of music has much more to it than what is often negatively portrayed through mainstream media sources.

     The week-long seminar at the Florida Center for Teachers is more informative and invigorating than I ever imagined. It is an honor to be selected to attend because the finalists are chosen from many dedicated and talented teachers found throughout the state of Florida. Although there are many interesting courses of study to choose from, I take a risk and decide upon a topic that I am least familiar with "Hip Hop, Hoops and Homies."  The fabulous leader of our group is an outgoing, vivacious, and extremely talented African American Poet named Phyllis.  Throughout the voyage, she takes a fellow group of teachers and me on a journey to worlds I never knew existed.

          Following the mesmerizing performances of the drummers, we travel to a tiny hall where expert players reveal to us the secrets of scratching.  This amazing experience sheds a new light on what I previously thought were a few random wiggles of record making contact with the needle.  Never did I consider the dexterity that goes into the orchestration of those sounds which accompany a rapper’s repertoire of rhymes and phrases--together creating a message mixed with music (continued).

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GHETTOHEAT™ presents:
"GHETTOHEAT", the debut book by HICKSON. A collection of thought-provoking poetry and prose that focuses on the inner-city voices of Ghetto-America. Exploring everyday people experiencing trials and tribulations of life in "da streetz", "GHETTOHEAT" takes its readers on an emotional roller-coaster; revealing the joys, pains, economic pressures and spiritual struggles many endure within urban communities. With a multitude of complex characters and controversial issues, "GHETTOHEAT" is street-poetry in motion. It's raw, real and riveting! GHETTOHEAT™:
Do you feel it? "S-S-S-S-S-S-S!"

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by Paul Porter

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Music Video

Academy Award Winner Eminem's Mosh - the New Ending (Quicktime)
" The Moshe Continues "
Eminem's Controversial New Animated Music Video

What's it all about?
What are the filmmaker's trying to say?
Are they successful in communicating their themes or messages?
Who is the message directed at?
What do you think about the message?
Do you like the music video?
What do you think of the animation?
Do you want to see more animation like this?

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Article / Paper

Are you aware of the history and roots of the N word?
Dr. David Pilgrim, Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Phillip Middleton, Professor of Languages and Literature, Ferris State University have compiled an intriguing and informative history illustrating the etymology, usage and graphic depictions of this pejorative and insulting term which is unfortunately still in use today by some people.

***Take a look if you dare, but please be warned that these words and images may be found to be very disturbing to you, as they are an emotional reminder of  ignorance, prejudice and "man's inhumanity to man".***

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Street Level: Director Madeleine Hetherton

"These are real songs about who we are and where we come from."
- Johnno

"I've always known that everyone has a story to tell... and lucky for me I've got all these experiences to put down on paper and make music out of..."
- Tanya

Through the Hip-Hop rhymes of Johnno and Tanya, we enter the world of inner Sydney (Australia) streets and kids who have lived on them. The streets are frequently a dark world - and one hard to leave.

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Article / Paper
Hip-Hop Problems? Who's Responsible?
  By Paul Porter
" Hip Hop problems?  Who’s responsible? Do we continue to point the finger? After twenty five years of broadcasting for the nation’s finest Radio and TV outlets, the answers have hit me. I am responsible for the allowing the lack of balance in entertainment. That’s right, I tuned out while the corporate dollar slowly closed the door. The variety of the messages are few but the mediums for the messages constantly grow. The days of AM or the lonely Black FM are long gone.  MTV then BET you can’t count the outlets that dominate broadcast media but you are well aware of the messages. The constant barrage of  bling, sex and drugs are prevalent. Many blame big business and the corporate take over. I don't, because I made the choice to turn while our children listen intently. We wonder why the messages have groomed today’s youth to their current state of mess. I lost my mind while collecting six digit salaries for NBC and BET. My bling turned into a house, luxury ride and a occasional mind altering package. I escaped unlike many of today’s young hip hop generation because I was blessed by balance. I understood the difference in music and reality. Balance is hearing songs of struggle mixed with uplifting reality.  Unfortunately we hear only one voice now the usual where we came from but never where we are at. Head bobbing, brainwashing, bitch slapping lyrics and videos. Have you complained or simply changed the channel?  The sad thing is I have realized the next generation is locked in living it daily. Blunt smoking, forty ounce drinking, radio and TV is the only option for many of today’s Urban youth.  Yes, I am well aware that the masses create the platinum artist, but statistics prove that income and education provides values.  How do we change the message from the messenger? (continued)
--Paul Porter

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Music CD

Vin Tha Chin & Scram Jones

Vin Tha Chin and Scram Jones are two talented DJ’s/Producer’s. Both born in New Rochelle, NY. They started DJ’ing at early ages, and then branched into production. They incorporate their DJ’ing skillz and there ill self produced joints on all their mixtapes. Not even a year in the mixtape game, they were already nominated at the 2004 Justo Mixtape Awards for Best Mixtape Producers Of The Year. They were up against Green Lantern, Clinton Sparks, and Cocoa Chanel. Vin and Scram have done production for many artist; such as Lloyd Banks, Mariah Carey, Nature, Sadat X, Jae Millz, Saigon, Fat Joe & The Terror Squad, N.O.R.E, Peedi Crack, Brand Nubian, Lil Kim, and the list goes on…

Even though these two are behind the scenes, they are a threat to the industry for years to come. Keep your ears to the street and you’ll be sure to hear from Vin Tha Chin and Scram Jones

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Music CD

FAM 1ST...a rap group of emcees out of step with the times...
To begin with, they have the audacity to NOT rap about violence in the clubs, cars, rims, and all the other excesses that can be seen on any given episode of MTV Cribs..Instead these North Carolina natives decided to write about real love, the dangers of the streets, shady associates, hood drama and of course the superfluous battle raps.

On the intro to this superb debut, "FOR THE FAM," they reveal the pain of growing up with the weighty pressures from the street into a limitless cache of rhyme jewels. But those gems don't involve flossing per se 'edu-tainment.'

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--Sarah Bentley, UK

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HIP-HOP RESURRECTION: From NY to New Zealand: Produced & Directed by Michael Deet
is a feature film documenting the history of hip-hop music & culture in the Pacific Island country of New Zealand. Produced by Midastouch Productions International, HIP-HOP RESURRECTION is a colorful and visual exploration into the unique individual lifestyles of the country's best urban musical artists, performers and professionals. Uncovered is the hottest new sound in the world of hip-hop!

These talented artists display a hard-core dedication to the craft, promoting their own history and heritage through the outlets of the hip-hop culture. All while distinct parallels exist between these remote island communities and the diverse inner-city cultures of the USA. This film showcases a successful rebirth of the American-born and globally adopted form of alternative urban culture (music, traditions, lifestyles, and personalities) well known as "Hip-Hop."

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by Orisanmi, educator in the New York Public School System and  freelance journalist


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WU-TANG CLAN  (Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 2 (Concert DVD)
DVD Liner notes by Jon Caramanica, August 2004

Wu-Tang is a milestone, a trainwreck, a pure black whirlwind.  The iconic rap group of the '90's, they provided a template for practically everyone to follow.  Before Wu, the idea of extended crew was a novelty.  Before Wu, the idea of a rap group as a brand was non existent.  Before Wu, New York had lost its shine and the group realized the only way to restore it was to turn grime into an art.

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by Francis Faye Worthy

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EXPLICIT CONTENT a novel  by Black Artemis (see picture below)
When Keepin' It Real Means Getting Dirty
Cassandra Rivers and Leila Aponte have been puttin' it down as Sabrina Steelo and Fatal Beaty on the underground hip-hop scene.  Even though Cassie dreams of working it like WU Tang while Leila fantasizes about becoming the Latina Big Bun, it's all good because they're as tight in life as they are on the mic.  But when G Double G, founder of gangsta rap label Explicit Content, seduces Leila with peomises of solo stardom, she falls for his rap hook, verse, and sample.  Burned by Leila's betrayal, Cassie must forge ahead alone, driven to beat her partner turned rival to the streets. (Continued)
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by Audrey Borus

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Music CD

VALID ENTRIES - Mic Hand Recordings -Cedar Rapids, Iowa Hip-hop Group featured in the 5th installment of Filmmaker's Bob Bryan Graffiti Verite' Documentary Video Series- GV5: The Sacred Elements of Hip-Hop Documentary .

Former students from Metro High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa these artists represent  a fresh approach to Hip-hop emerging from the heartland of America. They understand that Hip-hop is much more than just "Hoes, money, sex, bling-bling and fast cars." They step to the mic and spit out knowledge in an attempt to decipher and decode the more complicated  realities of what's really happening in their lives,  keepin' it real, in an insightful and positive way.

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by Jim Jacobmeyer, Art Educator 

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Music CD

LAUROG / GUILLOTINE (Zakari Muzik & Muzik Management)
LauRog/Guillotine Production Company was formed in August 2003 to help reinstate prominence into the Memphis Music scene. Mr. Jerroll T. Christopher (a.k.a. J. Chris) is the founder and CEO whose mission is to provide a forum for artists who may otherwise not have an opportunity to display their talents. J. Chris is an accomplished music engineer and has produced well known artists such as Skinny Pimp, LaChat, Playa Fly and Aqua Blaq whose current hit “Shake It” can be heard on WHRK 97.1 FM.(continued)

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by Tammara D. Williams, educator at the University of Oklahoma (African American Studies and teacher education courses)

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LYRICAL SWORDS:  Vol 1: Hip Hop and Politics in the Mix

"Why did it change my life? Because I wrote it. What's more important is that I wrote it on something many of us love: Hip-Hop Culture. I wrote this book during the down times of my life and it became my therapy. What did I write about? Well I turned and asked myself a serious question. This is the question all serious fans ask ourselves at some point. Why do I love Hip-Hop? I think I love Hip Hop because it was the first music to really speak to me. Made by people I knew, or could relate to. When most kids were out trying to be professional football players or street ball kings, I was in my room, with a $69.00 mixer and two mis-matched turntables being hypnotized by the Cold Crush Bros., Egyptian Lover, Soul Sonic Force, Wreckin' Cru, Too Short, Cybotron, Run DMC, Mantronix and Just Ice."
-by Author Adisa "The Bishop of Hip- Hop" Banjoko

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Music CD

MINUS P: Welcome to the Heights
So what makes Minus P different from the other rap artist you have heard ?
Is it the Latin flavor he adds to his music? Is it the catchy hooks he puts in his songs? His distinctive voice? Maybe is the fact that his personality shines through his music? Is it a combination of all those things? Maybe, I am not sure, but what ever you think it is, you would not think it if not for the fact that he put his music in your face to hear.
Very few people are able to do what the rapper known as Minus can do, From writing his own lyrics, to producing his own beats, to being his own manager, Manuel has, as he stated on one of his tracks, develop into “a one man record label”.

Manuel puts 110% into everything he sets out to accomplish, he lives by the words “failure is not part of my vocabulary, only success is“. He is a talented and persistent artist who believes in his craft, and will not stop until he leaves his mark on the hip-hop generation.

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by Jonathan Osler, the Avenue Magazine

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Music CD

KOOL & THE GANG - The Hits: Reloaded
Kool & The Gang featuring:

CD Courtesy of Special Ops Media

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--Sarah Bentley, UK

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QUALITY OF LIFE: The Movie   (Directed by Benjamin Morgan)
Meet Michael "Heir" Rosario and Curtis "Vain" Smith, the most prolific and talented graffiti writers from the Mission District in San Francisco. At age ten, in a desperate search for fame and identity, the young friends began writing their names on surrounding urban landscapes. More than a decade later, the duo have evolved into a brilliant team of street artists. The two have covertly decorated the canvases of concrete and steel throughout the Bay Area. However, when Heir and Vain are arrested for painting, their secret identities are revealed and creative outlets are abruptly severed.

Faced with restitution and the prospect of serving hard time, Heir and Vain struggle to maintain their creative passion. The paths they choose threaten to unravel their lifelong friendship and, ultimately, their lives.

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by Adisa "The Bishop of Hip- Hop" Banjoko

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(More Material to be Reviewed on the way!)


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