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March 2, 2001 | Damon C. Williams, Daily News Staff Writer
Hip-hop basics Quick quiz: Who invented the cross fade? What is Philly known for in the hip-hop world? If you are grasping for answers, it's time to peep Hip-Hop 101 at Temple University. It's in this class, facilitated by Michael Coard, where you can learn the difference between rap and hip-hop; between commercial and underground; and between selling out shows and simply selling out. This class takes it there with hip-hop history, drawing a direct line between new-school urban expression and ancient African griots, while teaching the masses about the true essence of hip-hop.
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February 23, 2001 | by Damon C. Williams, Daily News Staff Writer
The weekend is upon all you Philly hip-hop heads, and if you're looking to shake off the wear and tear of a full workweek or school week (or both), check out the Wiggles Production Crew as they spin hip-hop, house, reggae and yes, even trance during their after-hours jams. This mixing crew also boasts DMC-style scratching, and those coming out should be prepared to choose their style of dance - be it break dancing or house - and exhibit their skills on the floor. You can catch Wiggle Productions and a slew of guest DJs every Friday and Saturday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wiggles holds it down at Club RIDM, 3583 Aramingo Ave. There's no cover, but it turns into a 21-and-older venue after 2 p.m. Call 215-535-2050.
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May 11, 2001 | by Damon C. Williams Daily News Staff Writer
This week's hip-hop and reggae lineup is just as hot as the pre-summer heat, and settin' things off is tonight's "Art of Noise" jam at Kill Time, 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue. This mega-set includes mike-wreckers Lost Children of Babylon, Moc 5 and Tangled Thoughts. The event also features B-Boy and graf battles, for those cats into the culture's head-to-head aspect. The show jumps off at 8; $10 gets you in the door. If you're looking for a place to cool out before or after the "Art of Noise" show, check out Fluid's (613 S. 4th St.)
SPORTS
November 23, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are creating a mascot to replace Hip-Hop after relieving him of his duties. Adam Aron, the Sixers' chief executive officer, said the team's next mascot almost certainly would have a colonial theme to reflect the city's heritage. The Sixers are working with Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Raymond Entertainment Group, whose founder, Dave Raymond, spent more than 15 years as the Phillie Phanatic. Aron said the new ownership group has evaluated a "number of drawings of possible successors" for Hip-Hop.
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February 10, 1998 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Sometime during the final piece of Kenny Garrett's second set Sunday, Zanzibar Blue morphed into a hip-hop club. Garrett and his awesome backing trio - pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Matt Reeves, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts - were playing a boogaloo backbeat. After he finished an inspired solo, saxophonist Garrett started a chant. "Go Jeff," he taunted, urging the crowd to chant along. As Watts drummed up a storm behind the vocals, Garrett offered simple, casually stated b-boy rhymes.
NEWS
April 27, 2007
YOU CAN'T BLAME hip-hop for the troubles in America today for this simple reason: When voices needed to be heard, hip-hop was only available underground. The voices of Public Enemy, KRS 1 and a list of others promoted peace and knowledge in the now black/white hip-hop community. What you can do is blame Radio One, Clear Channel, BET, MTV and a list of others for the exaggerated way that the media and politicians speak and act toward my music. Vernon Davidson, Philadelphia
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July 7, 2006 | By Monica Peters FOR THE INQUIRER
DJ Ross is providing something unique to Philadelphia during his weekly Friday night parties at Cafe Spice in Old City. Ross spins hip-hop with a twist of Indian music. "It's not just hip-hop or 50 Cent. I like the way he mixes the Indian music and plays the regular hit songs, and then mixes them with the Bollywood. It's a good mix of music," says 26-year-old Philadelphian Prashant Joshi. DJ Ross, a Philadelphian by way of New York, blends music from various styles including hip-hop, reggaeton, Indian pop, Bollywood and bhangra.
NEWS
October 3, 2006 | By China Okasi
Bona fide chroniclers of "real" hip-hop warn that hip-hop is getting so "high" in the commercial streets it might soon be pronounced dead. Pop-culture critics and hip-hop intellectuals complain about hip-hop's current bad grades as compared with the old school days, lamenting how it copies other people's homework - a la compulsive sampling and recycling of beats. Not so, if you looked through the eyes of "Daddy" or "Diddy" Combs, CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment. He's part of an elite group of male rappers and producers - or reproducers - who have gained unprecedented parental control over the development of hip-hop.
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July 13, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Lee Mazin never thought she'd be on a reality show, but on Tuesday night, she's going prime time. The South Philadelphia native (and 2015 Daily News Sexy Single) will join the cast of Oxygen's Sisterhood of Hip Hop , a show that follows five women making their mark on the male-dominant rap game. Each of the women has her own distinct musical style, but they work together to get past personal and professional obstacles. The ladies also receive guidance from renowned mentors like MC Lyte, Irv Gotti, and Trina.
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_ VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS. 9 p.m. Monday, VH1. Awards show returns after a six-year absence, with an emphasis this year on rap's female players. Philadelphia's Eve (above) hosts and honorees include Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim and Salt-N-Pepa. _ MAYA & MARTY. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. Maya & Marty. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. South Jersey's Kelly Ripa will be interviewed by Martin Short's Jiminy Glick in the season finale of the summer variety show. Other guests include Steve Martin, Emma Stone and Sean Hayes.
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July 2, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
Joseph "DJ Too Tuff" Hicks was spinning records under I-95 during a graffiti party at South Philadelphia's FDR Park in 2013, when he met the man who allegedly killed his own wife with a crossbow Sunday night. "The first thing he said to me was, 'I see something familiar when I look at you. It looks like you may be going through a bit of pain,' " Hicks recalled. "He said, 'If you want to learn a different way to live, I have something to offer you.' " Hicks, of the Philly hip-hop act Tuff Crew, said in an interview Thursday that Paul 'Ku Ku' Kuzan offered him a life of sobriety and a room to rent in his house on the 3100 block of Willits Road.
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April 23, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
A ntics Performance Group is a Los Angeles hip-hop company, founded by Artistic Director, Amy "Catfox" Campion in 2007. It wrapped up the dance performances of this year's PIFA festival at the Perelman Theater on Wednesday evening in a production titled Sneaker Suites . The genre of hip-hop dance has been evolving in Philly over the last 25 years under giants in the field like the imaginative Rennie Harris, the elegant and political D. Sabela...
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April 13, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For the Daily News
Gay rights have made some advances in recent years, but coming out still entails struggles, especially if you're an electronic rap artist, several of whom will perform in Philadelphia this month. Cakes da Killa, who has just reissued his 2015 Hunger Pangs with additional material, has his own strong theory about being a gay man in hip-hop, whether it's sensualized or electro-fied. "I just do me and walk in my truth," he says proudly. "How the public digests the content is their decision.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
IT WAS a busy day in hip hop yesterday. Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa got in a Twitter feud, in which both made comments about Philly girl Amber Rose and Amber responded with words NSFT (Not Suitable For Tattle). B.o.B. got in a Twitter argument with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about whether the earth was flat. Yes, flat. B.o.B. said yes. Tyson said no. We're siding with Tyson. And in sort of related news, Rob Kardashian is rumored to be dating Blac Chyna who was Tyga 's fiance before he started dating Kylie Jenner , and the whole Kardashian/Jenner clan is in a tizzy over Rob's betrayal.
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November 11, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
One of the much-felt but little-addressed hurdles for classical music's prospects is its glaring lack of cool. Black Violin is on the case, and if you saw the violin-viola duo's show Sunday afternoon at World Cafe Live, you probably left feeling that this big image problem had landed in good hands. Let me say straight off that the set of a dozen and a half songs blending hip-hop with classical string technique isn't a cup of tea likely to appeal to core classical fans. It's a highly amplified, electronically enhanced, drum-heavy and monotonous brew of songs exclusively four-four, with nearly all the pieces landing loudly on beats two and four.
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September 26, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Weeks after the hip-hop-heavy Made in America weekend, this year's most adventurous rap lineup sneaked into Philly while the rest of the world was concentrating on the pope's arrival: Wednesday's gig with A$AP Rocky, the madcap likes of Tyler, the Creator, and Danny Brown, and dread MC Vince Staples on Festival Pier. "We're not about fake pop [expletive]," yelled Rocky, the headliner, talking about the underground nature of the night's quartet of rappers (Rocky is signed to Sony/RCA for big money, but one man's underground is another's pocket change.)
NEWS
September 4, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 1993 film A Bronx Tale , Calagero asks Sonny: "Is it better to be loved or feared?" Taylor Swift manages both. Whether it's removing her entire catalogue of music from Spotify or gathering in four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (including a controversial Video of the Year), Swift is a formidable - and, yes, feared - force in music and the music industry. As for love, when Swift and Nicki Minaj embraced on the VMA stage on Sunday, it was just the latest of many intriguing public displays of affection between Swift and the hip-hop world.
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August 25, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News
Now that "Straight Outta Compton" has proven to be a bigger hit than anticipated, would it surprise anyone if there's a rush of hip-hop biopics? How about "Don't Believe the Hype," the Public Enemy story. What about " Biggie vs. Tupac ," or Run-DMC 's "Walk This Way. " There's nothing that Hollywood likes better than finding a new potential sweet spot of filmgoers where it had never looked previously. "Compton" is an unquestionable hit. The movie finished in the top spot for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday.
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