August 1, 2003 |
Philly native Sat-One wanted to make an album that captured his city's classic hip-hop roots. "[Jazzy] Jeff, Cash [Money], [DJ] Miz ... that's all I heard," Sat-One, 28, said. The former graffiti writer has dubbed the record Aftermidnite, in honor of an '80s hip-hop club located off Spring Garden. The title track and first single feature skilled MCs Paul Yamz and Last Emperor. So we had to ask the DJ if he would ever decline working with an MC who had no rhyming ability - such as P-Diddy.
April 9, 1998 |
Linda Wilson said her husband, Jim, made her do it. Made her enter the contest sponsored by the Daily News to name the 76ers' rabbit-garbed mascot. "We were reading the Daily News, joking about it," said Linda, a first-grade teacher from Sicklerville, N.J. "He made me enter, really dogged. " Linda was one of about 100 of the 2,000-plus entrants to come up with "Hip-Hop," now officially the mascot's name. "That was the name entered most often," said Lara White, the Sixers' director of marketing and communications.
September 13, 2002 |
The state of hip-hop is perplexing. What to make of the lyrics and the videos? Ozzie Jones, dramaturge of the hip-hop-influenced Rome and Jewels, has an interesting perspective on where it should go next. "[Hip-hop] hasn't moved from being club music," he said. We need "to bring it to the theater. " On Saturday, Jones will do just that. As the new artistic director for the Walt Whitman Arts Center in Camden, he will bring the First Element Quartet - four turntablists - to the center.
April 13, 2005 |
It sounds like a put-on: Buck 65 is a white-guy rapper from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a country-music-loving, former tuba player and shortstop scouted by the New York Yankees, whose American debut album, This Right Here Is Buck 65, combines the influences of Run-D.M.C. and Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe and Grandmaster Flash. "It does seem odd," says Rich Terfry, who will perform as Buck 65 when he opens for Moby at the Electric Factory on Friday. "But I never thought it was unusual. In fact, I allowed myself to believe that my music was perfectly normal.
March 5, 1997 |
"Rhyme and Reason" has a difficult task - covering the wide world of hip-hop in under two hours. No wonder it fails. Documentary director Peter Spirer set out to make a definitive documentary about hip-hop. A more concert-oriented film, "The Show," was released last year, but it didn't have the breadth that "Rhyme and Reason" aspired to. Spirer wanted to cover the history of the music, as well as its personalities and some of the issues - both positive and negative - that surround the culture.
August 25, 1995 |
Near the end of The Show, an up-close look inside the world of hip-hop, a group of old-school rappers sharing war stories at a coffeeshop are asked to discuss the meaning of hip-hop. Their answers center on expression - the craft of creating new rhymes, capturing all kinds of situations, performing. Somebody gets up and imitates a gangsta rapper by moving from side to side, implying that the new stars don't work very hard to entertain. "You come to see us, you see a show," says one veteran.
June 25, 1998 |
It's 95 degrees on Sunday afternoon, and even with the fans running and the fire-escape door open, the Kumquat dance studio at 4th and Bainbridge Streets is hot. But the nine dancers moving on the dance floor to a hip-hop groove are raising the temperature, and energy level, even higher. "OK, let's take it from the top. " That's Rennie Harris, directing members of his Rennie Harris Puremovement dance ensemble through a rehearsal of Rome and Jewels, his reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story that premieres tomorrow in a program called One Love at the Wilma Theater.
August 17, 2000 |
The mysterious two-day disappearance of the father of hip-hop star Wyclef Jean has ended safely, but left some unanswered questions. The Rev. Gesner Jean, 59, of the Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, was admitted Tuesday afternoon to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, Bergen County. Authorities learned that he had returned Tuesday to a family member's home in Saddle River, Bergen County. The family called authorities for medical assistance for Mr. Jean, and he was conscious and breathing on his own when an ambulance took him to the hospital, Saddle River Police Lt. Tim Haruthunian said.
March 1, 2004 |
The romanticism of old-school R&B with the throb of hip-hop - that's what Friday's "For Ladies Only" show at the Tower Theater was meant to display. Everyone lived up to the title as a packed house of lit-up and red-rose-holding women swayed and screamed to lewd men on stage in various degrees of bump, then grind. "How could you be so calm with all these ladies hollering," one woman asked this reviewer. Someone had to be. Smooth, stewing crooner Joe didn't make it easy for them.
January 21, 2012 |
The 10-year-old Montreal troupe RUBBERBANDance returned to Annenberg Center on Thursday evening with the Philadelphia premiere of Gravity of Center . In focus and technique, the soulfully danced work far surpasses the company's last offering here in 2008. The vision of company founder and former hip-hop dancer Victor Quijada is to blend his b-boy background with ballet as well as such martial arts movement as capoeira. In Gravity of Center , he's crystallized this style into what I'll call "acro-balletic.