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Is It Low H?

Not feelin’ the new Rap music on the radio these days? Maybe you have Low H

2 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We've all seen the TV commercial: An average-looking, mid-forties husband/dad-looking guy complains about not having enough energy to hang out with friends, or enough passion for the one he loves. The announcer suggests the symptoms might be associated with a treatable condition known as Low T (as in testosterone). Rumor has it that there's a similar condition known as Low H — as in “Hip Hop.”  

The Boombox Project (Review)

Lyle Owerko [Abrams Image]

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Through interviews and retrospectives from artists and cultural icons from the era, Lyle Owerko chronicles the role boomboxes played in the democratization of urban music. And though the book contains dozens of Jamel Shabazz-esque shots of boombox-wielding breakdancers from the late ’70s and early ’80s, it's Owerko’s staged photos that truly capture the appeal of the era.  

Pressing 'Pause'

Boomboxes achieve collector status and offer a break from incessant multi-tasking

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Watching the unveiling of the new Apple iPad solidified my decision about the vintage boombox that I'd purchased off eBay. I had originally begun searching for a portable stereo cassette player to listen to old tapes. Since then, I've realized that I had unwittingly become a member of a worldwide subculture where vintage boomboxes are as good as gold.  

Hip Hop and the GOP

Is it time for a Hip Hip (re)definition ... again?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Call me crazy, but lately I've been thinking that Hip Hop has more in common with the Republican Party — more specifically, the much discussed "Far Right" — than we might ever have imagined. Both entities are suffering an identity crisis resulting in crazy in-fighting.  

Inaugural Jam

Welcome to the 'Official Unofficial Barack Obama Mixtape'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I'm working on the mixtape of a lifetime. This is not, of course, a mixtape in the traditional Hip Hop sense, replete with recycled beats, guest appearances and endless self-aggrandizing promotional drops. My mix is a personal collection of tracks that I've chosen to capture the range of emotions I experienced as Barack Obama became our 44th President of the United States.   

The Three-Minute Challenge

Hip Hop should reflect the historical significance of our shifting political landscape

1 Comments · Tuesday, September 30, 2008
So even without adjusting for inflation, during the three minutes that your local FM voice-tracked DJ spins Soulja Boy's tall tales of "super soaking" young women, about $368,000 has been spent on a military action which most of the country believes needs to come to a swift and decisive conclusion.  

Music: The Three-Minute Challenge

Hip Hop should reflect the historical significance of our shifting political landscape

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
"Those songs on the radio may glorify violence, but in my house we give glory to achievement, self-respect and hard work." - Sen. Barack Obama, June 15, 2008 (Father's Day) Before I launch in  

Music: Dogs, Pee and Hip Hop

Hip Hop continues to be a scapegoat for individual misdeeds and society's ills

0 Comments · Monday, September 10, 2007
Much to the chagrin of family and friends, I'm neither a huge sports fan nor much of a dog lover. I make every effort to catch the Super Bowl each year, and I also try to make a Reds game from ti  

Deaf Jam

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Only in America could you hear Don Imus and Hip Hop uttered in the same breath. That the focus of the Imus fiasco would soon turn toward Hip Hop music and culture came as little surprise to me. Af  

Music: Tenacious D

Chuck D of the legendary Public Enemy keeps busy defending Hip Hop's integrity

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
"If you're making a record you can't perform, there's going to be a problem." -- Chuck D If it were up to me, you would have been reading this a week or so before Public Enemy's show at Co