April 6, 2013 |
Do you remember the pulsating beat and powerful lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, or LL Cool J? Those artists were some of the key figures of old school hip-hop. They had a message, a unique style, a following, and no doubt a contract with a major record label. Today, the pioneer rappers have been replaced by Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Big Sean. The message, the style, and fans may differ from the past, but the biggest change from old school to new school is the use of social media.
March 22, 2013 |
The Diggity Dudes four-member band, who play hip music for hip kids, are known for their infectious grooves and will bring their show to the World Cafe Live in Wilmington on Saturday. Their songs, combining melody and humor, are about kid-centric topics, but are adult-friendly. In 2011, the title track from their debut album, My Science Project , ranked No. 3 on WXPN's Kids Corner Philadelphia's top songs of the year. The performance starts at 11:30 a.m. The Diggity Dudes, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.
March 20, 2013
I LIKE Mayor Nutter. He's always been nice to me. Our kids go to the same school. We exchange pleasantries when we see each other. That's why I felt so bad watching city union members jeer him as he tried to deliver his budget address last week. Maybe if he'd reprised his inauguration performance of the Sugarhill Gang classic, "Rapper's Delight," things would've turned out differently. Because, frankly, it's hard to boo a brother when he's delivering lines like: "I said, a hip-hop the hippie to the hippie The hip hip a hop, a you don't stop The rock it to the bang, bang boogie Say up jumped the boogie To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.
February 28, 2013
D ARRELL MARTIN, 46, of Center City, is owner of Hip Philly, an event-entertainment company he started in January 2011. The company operates from a 3,000-square-foot party space at the Piazza at Schmidt's. He also founded an independent dance-music record label in 2001 and is a dance-music recording artist, writer and producer. Several of his tracks hit the Billboard Dance Chart Top 10, including "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous. " Q: So, what's Hip Philly do? A: We are a one-stop-shop entertainment company.
February 26, 2013 |
OSCAR PETTIGREW had a restless mind. He was always on the lookout for moneymaking schemes, some of which he'd try for a short time, then move on to the next venture. He was a store owner, street vendor, chauffeur, T-shirt designer and DJ, to name a few. He also had a heart as big as his body - 6 feet 9, 400 pounds. His generosity and concern for others knew no bounds. Oscar H. Pettigrew Jr. - who was also concerned with the safety, progress and cultural development of his community - died Feb. 18 of complications of sleep apnea.
February 20, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years. The message for women considering hip replacement surgery remains unclear. It's not known which models of hip implants perform best in women, even though women make up the majority of the more than 400,000 Americans who have full or partial hip replacements each year to ease the pain and loss of mobility caused by arthritis or injuries.
January 24, 2013 |
Many years ago, my sister moved to Portland, Ore., when it was merely a rainy city with low rents. It was not remotely hip. There were bars on many corners where old men drank their breakfast. Now, Portland has become insistently hip. Those bars are yoga studios. There are guys in beards and women with bangs in vintage clothing. They're all doing do-it-yourself stuff. We know this because almost daily there's an article telling us Portland is hip. There's the IFC series Portlandia . The city is famous for craft beer and fair-trade coffee roasters.
January 17, 2013 |
ALEX RODRIGUEZ had surgery on his left hip Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break. The New York Yankees said Dr. Bryan Kelly repaired a torn labrum and impingement and the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York "went as planned and without complication. " The 37-year-old third baseman is expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday and the anticipated time for a full recovery is 6 months. The Yankees signed free agent Kevin Youkilis this offseason to play third base while Rodriguez is out. Also, righthander Phil Hughes and the Yankees agreed to a $7.15 million, 1-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.
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.
December 4, 2012
Passing along some city high school football tidbits . . . DAVID GEPPERT doesn't like to think of himself as one of those woe-is-me guys, but this is getting a little ridiculous. "I haven't caught a break all season," he said. When healthy, the 6-3, 285-pound Geppert, at right guard, is the only starting underclassman on La Salle's offensive line. Alas, after missing time this season due to problems with his right hip and then his left hip, he likely suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Saturday's 28-7 win over Parkland in a Class AAAA quarterfinal.