April 14, 2000 |
Each of these guys has a twisted sense of humor and a taste for the good groove. And together, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and Prince Paul Houston have fused a dense opera of despair, doofishness, dub and decadence in its beat surrender: So . . . How's Your Girl? (Tommy Boy). The hip-hop hucksters call themselves the Handsome Boy Modeling School. Nakamura is "Nathaniel Merriweather" and Prince Paul is "Chest Rockwell. " Nakamura is a San Franciscan producer whose creepy music blends low-beat hip-hop with lush orchestration.
October 5, 2010 |
HIS STAGE name, Random, was no random choice for triple-threat hip-hop artist Raheem Jarbo. The Philadelphia native's inspiration was the X-Factor comic-book character who shape-shifts to meet the challenges that come his way. Jarbo certainly has a willingness and ability to adapt, whether he's teaching middle-school English or straddling the hip-hop and video-game music genres on stage, as a conscious underground MC and nerdcore superstar, and as...
March 23, 2004
VANESSA E. Jones' piece, "A Novel Approach to Urban Culture," caught my eye for a number of reasons. As an African-American, any news items about African-American books grab my attention. But as an African-American author and youth educator, some of the implications of this story's description of current literary trends concern me. I grew up on hip-hop, or more accurately, am growing up with hip-hop. As Jay-Z states, "I don't wear jerseys, I'm thirty plus. " I too have entered my thirties and have matured, but still keep my foundation hip-hop-based.
May 12, 2000 |
DILATED PEOPLES, TALIB QWELI, 8 p.m. Monday, Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. Tickets: $15 ($17 day of show). Info: 215-922-1011. If the rap purist inhales hard enough, it won't be hard to pick up the enticing aroma of the emerging hip-hop renaissance. With solid recent releases by Eve, Beenie Seigel, Most Wanted and the Roots coupled with the return of the actual hip-hop house show, it seems that hip-hop is enjoying a healthy dose of overall good fortune. Hopefully continuing this upward trend of incident-free house shows is the upcoming twin bill featuring hip-hop three-member Dilated Peoples and one- half of Black Star, the veteran lyricist Talib Qweli.
April 12, 2006
RE JOHN A. SMITH'S letter, "Hip-hop termites undermining our kids": So, Mr. Smith doesn't favor hip-hop? Terrific. It's not for everyone. It's his right to listen to what he chooses. And it's apparent that he's listened to very little hip-hop. Probably only that which is played on the radio, especially within the last few years. That's the only explanation as to why he'd form such a sweeping, unbelievably stereotypical view of what hip-hop is. Sure, there are videos with guns and gold teeth (although I fail to see how gold teeth are "killing our children")
December 20, 2012 |
Fashion insiders smiled and hip-hop purists gritted their grills last week when Kanye West performed in a pleated, plaid leather Givenchy skirt and "meggings" during the Sandy relief concert. The controversial rapper may have paired the womenswear with a Pyrex Religion sweatshirt and white sneakers. But the rugged accessories didn't matter. The reaction was swift and definitive. High-fashion folks cheered at the Rick Owens-meets-Alexander Wang-meets Betsey Johnson look, especially the small segment of the industry championing self-expression through gender-bending.
August 1, 2011 |
GLENN HOLSTEN and Lisa Marie Russo, then producers at WHYY, missed their appointment to interview burgeoning hip-hop act DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Their cornerstone interview was now en route via limo from the duo's Wynnefield home base to Manhattan. So Holsten and Russo hopped in their van and headed for the turnpike, holding up signs to every limousine they saw, pleading with hip-hop's newly anointed royalty for an interview. But the young directors didn't get a roadside sit-down, settling instead for a chat at the Spectrum.
March 28, 2002 |
Here on the outskirts of this industrial southern coastal city, a thousand excited youths gather in the November darkness of a community center turned concert venue. Bicycles are hoisted off an outdoor stage the length of a '57 Chrysler as rappers crowd onto the platform. As he awaits his debut entrance, Carlos Diaz, of the rap trio Concepto Cuba, whispers a rapid-fire rhyme while a handyman checks the sound system. Then poof! A circuit blows, leaving the sea of Nike caps and halter tops fidgeting in street-lamp shadows.
January 21, 2001 |
It was a long, hard day by almost anyone's standards, but Hip-Hop's ears were still perky. The plucky rabbit mascot of the 76ers was pumped. The Sixers were up by five, having erased a Charlotte Hornets lead with one of their now-typical 17-to-5 fourth-quarter scoring runs. The sellout crowd was full of kids, there for a rare Monday afternoon game during Martin Luther King's Birthday. And nothing pumps up Hip-Hop like kids. "Everyone in my family works with kids. They're coaches and teachers.
July 2, 2001 |
The fireworks popping in the sky Saturday were matched by the incendiary flying bodies on the stage of Annenberg's Prince Theater, in a display of hip-hop dance virtuosity. Illadelph Legends, organized by Rennie Harris Puremovement, offered a showcase for legendary groups such as the Electric Boogaloos, as well as dance groups now making their mark nationwide. Harris, well known for his boundary-pushing synthesis of hip-hop and modern dance, is also committed to treating the vital, evolving hip-hop dance scene as a serious tradition, deserving of documentation.