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Brighter Dayz (The Finale)

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I look into my daughter's eyes and realize that I'm a learn through her ... If I'm a do it, I gotta change the world through her. -- Common (Sense) At some point in the not-too-distant futu  

Birth of a Nation

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
"Nation: A people who share common customs, origins, history, and frequently language" -- American Heritage Dictionary Though DJ/producer Eric B. was never really elected president, imagine fo  

Don't Sleep

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 25, 2006
"They think that I'm a new jack, but only if they knew that, they who think wrong are they who can't do that ..." -- Rakim Allah There are some things worth losing sleep over. Problem is, th  

Hurricanes and Hip Hop

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 27, 2006
"Them drums say the revolution is near. Are you listening? Are your eardrums open for christening?" -- De La Soul's Posdnuos (Plug One) The artwork that accompanied my September 2005 column,   

J. Dilla Changed My Life

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 19, 2006
"I used to listen to records and actually ... look for mistakes. I try to do that in my music; (I) try to have that live feel ..." -- J. Dilla About a month ago I saw someone wearing one of   

Starting from Scratch

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 28, 2006
About 20 years ago, I taught myself how to scratch using a copy of Run-DMC's hit single "Jam Master Jay," one of a handful of songs from the time that acknowledged the DJ's pivotal role in Hip  

Music Ain't the Answer

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
"We need some unity, to bring together you and me..." -- Colonel Abrams On May 3, 2006, I was miserably late to work. But this time, I had an excuse -- one nearly too far-fetched to explain  

Speak. Hear. Dance.

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
"You may know me as a political candidate and an attorney, but (right now), I am Hip Hop." -- Fanon Rucker Professional and family demands aside, it's taken me four years to attend Perry Simm  

The Lesson

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 29, 2006
"You get these boys calling to request Hendrix whose voices haven't changed yet." -- Steven Van Zandt, E Street Band guitarist and Garage Rock DJ The year is 2106. Archaeologists have excav  

Radio Activity

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Radio Activity "I ain't gotta love it even if they play it a lot." -- dead prez WIZF-FM Program Director Phillip David March barely winced when I told him that I hadn't listened to hi  

The Reel Story

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 4, 2006
"Tell the truth -- James Brown was old/'Til Eric and Rakim came out with 'I Got Soul' ..." -- Stetsasonic, "Talkin' All That Jazz" "Those rappers need to stop using other people's mu  

Make P.E.A.C.E., Not War

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2005
"All that beef ... is done, we had our fun. Let's get this money." -- Jay-Z I imagine that somewhere "up there," 'Pac and Biggie are high-fiving each other over the public display of unit  

No Kidz Allowed

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2005
"You could find the Abstract listening to Hip Hop/ My pops used to say, it reminded him of Be Bop ..." ­ A Tribe Called Quest A few months back, Common was in Cincinnati for a brief appea  

A Nation (Almost) Unified

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 28, 2005
"Rappers are getting rich and starting businesses and corporations and once you get to that level you have nowhere else to go but politics." -- Wise Intelligent (of Poor Righteous Teachers) For th  

Caught: The Rest of the Story ...

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2005
These rules (prohibiting payola) serve the important purpose of ensuring that the listening public knows when someone is seeking to influence them." -- Kevin Martin, FCC Chairman July 27 -- a