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The People's Radio

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2005
"The girls don't seem to care what's on/As long as it plays till dawn ..." -- Steely Dan, "FM" I haven't been sleeping well lately. For the last few weeks, I've had this recurring dre  

The Real West Coast Resurrection

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2005
"But then she broke to the West Coast, and that was cool/'Cause around the same time, I went away to school ..." -- Common, "I Used to Love H.E.R" I used to tell friends that if they ever  

Hip Hop vs. Rap

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2005
"Rap is something you do; Hip Hop is something you live." ­ KRS-One, "Hip Hop vs. Rap" About a month ago, a reporter from our local ABC affiliate contacted me via e-mail and asked for s  

Searching for Ra

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2005
"Doc (Dre) wanted me to bring the guns back out ... but I don't think the world wanted that from Ra ..." -- Rakim Allah, January 2004 A wise and intelligent MC once told me that Hip Hop was 5 pe  

More Than a Game

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2005
"Been here, done that, sold crack, got jacked/Got shot, came back, jumped on Dre's back" ­ The Game Somebody's running a game on us. And the 586,000 people who copped Compton newcomer Th  

A Return to the Crossroads

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2005
"I am the teacher from the far and beyond/Turn an apple to a lotus, turn a rib to a wand" -- Grand Verbalizer Brother J I recently stumbled upon a blog suggesting that the early '90s Hip Hop   

The Reclamation

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2005
"Not a thug, not a drug seller, not a gun shooter/Not a stripper, sex symbol or anything you're used to." -- Jean Grae On "Shine," a track from Jadakiss' 2004 Kiss of Death album, Calvi  

Dirt Don't Hurt

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2004
"I come with that un-local, style from my vocal/ Couldn't peep it with a pair of bifocals/ I'm no joka, play me like a joka / Be on ya like a house on fire, smoke ya!" ­ Ol' Dirty Bas  

Poddy Over Here ... Poddy Over There

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2004
"I know I'd be the man if I cold yanked the plug on R&B, but I can't and that's bugged..." -- Q-Tip Picture the scene: I'm sitting in a crowded Red Lobster lobby on a Saturday afternoon in  

The Rebirth of Cool ... Again

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2004
It's fairly safe to say that my wife isn't a huge fan of Hip Hop. Sure, she'll nod her head to the "clean standards" -- the songs we've all heard at wedding receptions, family reunion cookouts and h  

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2004
"It's been a long, long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come" -- Sam Cooke I should feel some sense of vindication at seeing the cover of this month's XXL Magazine. Guest edit  

Tale of the Tape

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 25, 2004
"J-a-y are the letters of his name/ Cutting and scratching are the aspects of his game." -- Run D.M.C. Somewhere -- perhaps in that ubiquitous kitchen "junk drawer" or packed away in that du  

The Politics of Rap

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2004
"Can't make it to ballots to choose leadership/But we can make it to Jacob's and to the dealership" -- Kanye West To many, the words "Hip Hop" and "Political Convention" don't even   

Falling on Def Earz

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 30, 2004
"If skills sold, truth be told, I'd probably be lyrically, Talib Kweli ..." -- Jay-Z I guess it's official: The latest issue of Complex Magazine (a relatively new Hip Hop/fashion monthly)  

You Must Learn

The Positive Side of Hip Hop

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2004
If the secret to meditation is found in the breath Then speech is another form of meditativeness ... ­ KRS-One, "Ocean Within" I wonder how many Hip Hop heads knew that May 16­23