Your mans "P" invaded KDVS 90.3FM the other day and dropped a TON of new and exclusive Hip-Hop on Riff Raff's Global Underground Rundfunk Show... Much love to everyone who checked in on me while i was live in the mix, and big up to my man Riff for letting me come thru and invade his show.. Now click play and if you dig it feel free to download it and pass it to your local Hip-Hop head...
Japan clothing company Sasquatch Fabrix's has teamed up with NEW ERA to create this 59fifty fitted baseball cap. Using the dog ear silhouette, Sasquatch used a Black melton wool crown with fake rabbit fur on the dog ears. Yeah it's fake rabbit, but the looks you will receive on the streets will be priceless.. Straight B-Boy shit is you ask me...
Vestax and Carhartt got a colab going down.. Checkout the Vestax Handy Trax USB Turntable.. It features a tough plastic casing and the capability to operate at angles of up to 90 degrees... On top of this, a stereo line-out makes hooking it up to your hi-fi system at home easy and a mini line-in jack also allows you to connect external devices such as MP3 players. If you prefer to listen to your music digitally but own a large analogue collection, you can easily transform your vinyl into binary code via the newly integrated USB port.
The Carhartt x Vestax Handy Trax USB Turntable will be released mid December.
The newest feature of Mighty 4 TV just dropped.. The clip features some of the Mighty 4 posse getting it in along side some of the members of Style Elements.. Mighty 4 TV even laced up there peoples Jern Eye with a track so he could get his shines as well.. Check the clip and get in the know.. -P Dogs
Peach Jacobs beat maker and up and coming artist just dropped a new podcast.. I checked the tracklist and it did have a couple of interesting joints on it.. Most of them you might be up on, but some of them you just might not be up on.. He even slipped a few of his own personal tracks.. Check in on the tracklist and if it's your cup of tea then you already know what to do... -P
tracklisting: 1.”Forever”-De La Soul 2.”Exhibit C”-Jay Electronica (radio rip) 3.”Run Away”-Georgia Ann Muldrow 4.“Falling”-Preach Jacobs & Denz (watch the video) 5.”Love,Love,Love”-Donny Hathaway 6.”Stars”-Kam Moye f. Jon Robinson 7.”Crazy”-M.O.P. f. Termanology 8.”Press Pause”-Sene & Blu 9.”My Flame”-Phonte 10.”Dope Man”-Slum Village 11.”2U4U”-Slum Village 12.”Made You Look” (9th Wonder RMX)-Nas 13.”That Day”-Muhsinah 14.“Breathe Easy” (Recycle RMX)-Preach Jacobs & Denz (prod. by Stellar Edwards)
Check this clip out of DJ Premier and DJ Revolution live at Rote Fabrik in Zurich.. Pay close attention to how Premier attacks the mic and gears them up into a frenzy, straight crowd control if you ask me.. M.C's please take notes! -P
Sup party people just giving you a heads up on some Hip-Hop shit.. Your boy "P" is going to be invading DJ Riff Raff's Global Underground Radio Show on KDVS tonight at 10pm-12am on some high power Hip-Hop shit... If your in the northern California area then you just might want to turn your dial to 90.3FM and get in where you fit in.. If your not in the northern California area then i suggest you check in via internet and get plugged in.. It's a live Hip-Hop radio show so if you feel the need to call in and crack some jokes please feel free.. I got a TON of exclusive Hip-Hop im going to be dropping special for this show as well as doing a on air interview that you won't want to miss! -P
DJ Eclipse did a sub last week on DJ Premier's Live From Headquarters.. On this show Lord Finesse and the Beatnuts check in live on the show, a gang of new music is being played, and some phone calls are going down.. Oh yeah and you know Eclipse is going in with all them doubles to make for a complete show.. Now check the tracklist and if you are digging it you already know what to do! -P
Playlist 11/13/09 1. Rakim "Dedicated" prod. by Nick Wiz 2. Jared Evan "Feeling Like A Song" prod. by Illmind 3. Nutso "Queens Talk" prod. by DJ Wonder, cuts by DJ Iron 4. 50 Cent "The Invitation" prod. by Ty Fyffe 5. Sha Stimuli feat. Freeway & Young Chris "Move Back" prod. by Just Blaze 6. Freeway feat. Young Chris & Beanie Sigel "Last 2" prod. by 9th Wonder 7. Scram Jones "40 Bar Flashback" prod. by Scram 8. Ol Dirty Bastard "Stretch & Bobbito WKCR Freestyle 1/28/93" 9. Kurious "Back With VIC" prod. by V.I.C., cuts by DP-One 10. Sadat X & A.G. "In Da Jungle" prod. by Diamond D 11. Fashawn "Breathe" prod. by Exile 12. Diamond District "Streets Won't Let Me Chill" prod. by Oddisee 13. King Magnetic & Reef The Lost Cauze "Hit Em Up" prod. by Astronote, cuts by DJ Kwestion 14. NYGz "Ready ?" prod. & cuts by DJ Premier 15. Obie Trice "Got Hungry" prod. by MoSS, cuts by DJ Grouch 16. Canibus And Keith Murray "Stop Frontin" prod. by Erick Sermon 17. Sha Stimuli feat. Lydia Caesar "I Believe" prod. by Focus 18. Naps N Dreds feat. Kool G Rap "Bully!" prod. by Illmind 19. Goblin "Green Lights" prod. by Psycho Les 20. Pete Rock feat. E-Villz "Rapper's Jail" prod. by Pete Rock 21. Rakim "Still In Love" prod. by Nick Wiz 22. Armageddon "It's Over" prod. & cuts by DJ Mike Mic 23. Blakroc feat Raekwon "Stay Off The Fuckin' Flowers" prod. by The Black Keys
As a added bonus here is a link for last weeks show from DJ Eclipse's "Rap Is Outta Control".. On Eclipse's show he had Bekay and Diabolic in the place promoting Bekay's "Hunger Pains" and D's upcoming album as well as had them kick some freestyles.. Now check the playlist for last weeks show and if you are digging it then you already know what to do! -P
Playlist 11/15/09 1. Fashawn "Breathe" prod. by Exile 2. Obie Trice "Got Hungry" prod. by MoSS, cuts by DJ Grouch 3. NYGz "Ready ?" prod. & cuts by DJ Premier 4. Kurious "Back With VIC" prod. by V.I.C., cuts by DP-One 5. King Magnetic & Reef The Lost Cauze "Troublemakers" prod. by Teddy Roxpin 6. Bekay feat. R.A. The Rugged Man "Pipe Dreams" prod. by Marco Polo 7. Bekay feat. Dilated Peoples "I Am (Remix)" prod. by Alchemist, cuts by DJ Revolution 8. Canibus And Keith Murray "129" prod. by Erick Sermon 9. AP "All I Seen" prod. by Illmind 10. Termanology "Can't Stop Now" prod. & cuts by DC The Midi Alien 11. Kam Moye "No Substitute" prod. by Jake One 12. A&E (Masta Ace & Edo G) "Over There" prod. by M-Phazes 13. Bekay feat. Wordsworth "Skemers" prod. by Shuko, cuts by Dutchmaster 14. Daniel Joseph "And I" prod. by Capicoo 15. A&E (Masta Ace & Edo G) "Here I Go" prod. by Rain 16. Diamond District "Something for Y'all" prod. by Kev Brown 17. Fashawn "Samsonite Man" prod. by Exile 18. Apathy "Thinkin" prod. by Apathy 19. Bekay feat. Heltah Skeltah "Crazy" prod. by Illmind 20. A&E (Masta Ace & Edo G) "Hands High" prod. by M-Phazes 21. Rakim "Dedicated" prod. by Nick Wiz 22. Armageddon "It's Over" prod. & cuts by DJ Mike Mic
Like always it's Monday morning and if you check the blog you should be expecting some type of music to get your thru your Monday morning work day.. I know just like everyone else after getting back from the weekend Hip-Hop Fiesta' it's hard to go back to the desk and start your work week off on the good foot.. So like always, P's going dust you off real quick, and get you back in the game...
So on that note, here is a new mixtape that has been popping up here and there in the cyber world called " I Still Love Detroit Hip-Hop".. This mixtape was put together by a lady who goes by the name Wanja, out of Germany... Wanja did some research in the Detroit Hip-Hop Scene and found some new undiscovered local heat.. Then took all what she found and gave it to her peoples DJ Prime Minister ( Detroit DJ ) who assisted her on the mix/composition of the project.. The mix is put together real smooth with some nice composition, it's not really mixed, but the selection is there, and the project does feature some nice production and good subject matter.. As well as got a few that caught my attention.. Do yourself a a favor and check in you might like that you are hearing.. Now click the pic and check the tracklist...
Lilou, winner of the 2005 Red Bull BC One, took home the honor of being "The One" a second time, a first in Red Bull BC One's six-year history. He defeated the USA's Cloud in a three-round, intense finals face-off.
Now us being Funkwhatyaheard had to take a closer look at them finals.. Here is the entire footage of the final round Lilo VS. Cloud for you to judge for yourself.. Check the clip and then you make the call..
Check out this clip of Circle of Fire ( Orb & Free ) VS. Dirty Pair (Rob Nasty & Profo Won) in the bay area going at it for $2000 smacks in a all styles battle.. This one went down at the DNA Lounge last week duke! -P
Retna and El Mac have been really staying busy these days.. Check out this footage of these two co rocking Salt Lake City.. The burner stands over 40 feet tall, and looks to be a new landmark for Salt Lake..
Checkout this real wild video from NASA called Spacious Thoughts featuring Kool Keith and Tom Waits.. Sometimes it really amazes how cats flip the video footage these days.. Real wild shit if you ask me! -P
9GRAND and NEW ERA are rolling out baseball caps after a brief break. The Wings & Things 59Fifty fitted returns in three color ways including our favorite Teal/Orange combo. A new design added to their collection is the Ivy League cap, which features a plaid under bill. Both are available at HALL OF FAME in store and online
It's yet another edition of "Coo Pics" why?? Cause it's a "Coo Pic".. This weeks Coo Pic is once again brought to us by my brother Refa 1 from the UZN Northstar Wahset Chapter.. He posted this one up on his facebook profile this morning and I just had to share it... So instead of me talking about it, I figure I'd let him tell ya, take it away my brother...
New Book Cover work I did for a Special Client... "Teach" ..."Each One Teach One"... Peace to the Godz and The ZULU Nation... North Star Zulus and Waset Zulus Oakland. -Refa 1
*Now do yourself a favor and click the pic and get a closer look at all them JEWELS my brother is dropping on the death , dumb, and blind!*
Sup cyberspace?!?! I'm finally back on the saddle much love for checking in on the blog.. I know I been lacking updates I'm still away from my computer so please bare with me.. It's going to be like this for the next few weeks or so.... But like always if you believe in P, then P is going to continue to give you those updates you all grown to love.. I dropped a gang of new posts yesterday dedicating it to getting you through your work week, so hopefully that will hold you over till I return.. This week im going to be once again out of the office for a few days but before I cut I wanted to leave you with this exclusive footage I took of Raekwon tearing it up at this low-low disco me and my mans at Battlefield got invited to for a proper check in.. This happened a few nights ago, and what a night it was.. Instead of me writing another story about this jive ass night i just figured i'd let my mans at Battlefield tell you how it all went down.... See you in a couple days, -P
p.s. Happy B-Day Mark & big up's Chef for the love!
Check this entire video out of the classic UK documentary called "Bombing" straight CLASSIC!!!!!!!!
This documentary was created sometime around 1987 and aired on channel 4. It is a follow up of sorts to the 1984 BBC documentary 'Beat This' which served as an outsiders view of Hip Hop as a new New York sub-cultural phenomenon. Here Director Dick Fontaine returns to focus on the UK adoption of this Hip Hop culture and some of the conflicts created therein. To achieve this, the production chose to focus on Graffiti Art, no doubt because this element had the biggest conflict and issues to explore with its high presence, intrusion and illegality. In those days Break dancing took centre stage in the UK but wouldn't have provided nearly as interesting debates to explore. After providing such a strong argumentative presence in 'Beat This', Brim Fuentes (TAT) is brought over to the UK as a sort of cultural ambassador of New York graffiti in a string of workshops and informal seminars. He is also put squarely in front of international main stream media's scrutiny. To which they responded in a manner of ways that at best was condescending and at worst was a down right personal attack for being a catalyst to the vandalising of Britain's culture and heritage. From here the documentary alludes to the social implications of ethnicity and poverty, and their relationship with the Hip Hop subculture. This is where Goldie (of later Drum n Bass fame) as one of the UK premier graffiti artists makes a strong presence in his most notable early television appearance. It's his relationship and 'parallels' with Brim that really play out the rest of the documentary as the two exchange visits to each others home environments in Wolverhampton and the Bronx respectively. The film incidentally captures some of the earliest footage of significant UK protagonists such as Goldie and a pre Massive Attack 3D (not his finest hour here), as well as a noticeably limited Mode 2 and the Chrome Angels appearance at the Birmingham wall commission. However it is debatable that the producers pushed their own inclinations towards ethnicity and Graffiti here, with their focus on Goldie and Brim. It makes for interesting viewing but considering the well documented fact that the culture transcended ethnic barriers in New York and beyond, it can be held up as a particular flaw. You decide
Kon and Amir are back at it again with yet another edition of there monthly Radio Show hosted by Spine Radio.. If you are up on these 2 cats then you already know what to expect.. But if you are not, what you can expect is nothing but straight soul power with a grown folks twist.. These two brothers go in real heavy when it comes to the frequency's ... Not your average sap would be up on these joints.. Do yourself a favor and check, check, it out.. 100% business on this one, -P
Bobbito aka Mr. Cucumber Slice invaded a Europe radio show for a quick interview soon as he touched down from N.Y. On this show Bobitto goes in on some straight latin jazz soul power, throwing all types of joints in the mix and keeping it oh so funky.. D yourself a favor and check in on this one.. -P
Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth invaded the Dan Green Peace Radio Show and dropped a gang of never heard before tracks, remixes, some classics, and a few exclusives to gear the fans up for their reunion tour.. Not only do they keep the whole show Pete Rock and C.L. Dan even gets a real nice interview with the two bash brothers.. If you are a fan of this classic super duo then this is your sure shot! I promises you wont be disappointed... Now go get it in, -P
Here is something for all you beat nerds out their in cyberspace.. The Switzerland producer The Chief just released his new project entitled Colabo Collection.. This project features his works from 2005-2009 with some emcee's you just might be familiar with.. As for his production it's on some grown folks shit... You can throw this one on and just vibe out and appreciate some good production on a positive note.. Do yourself a favor and check in on this on it does have a few on it that you just might dig... Now check the tracklist duke, -P
01.Chief – Intro 02.Moka Only - Felt before 03.John Robinson - Jazz unconditional 04.Co$$ (isCa$hUSKing) - Love lost 05.Tha Connection - Let it be 06.Blu & Sene - True love 07.Les Nubians - Once in my life 08.Just Brea feat Abstract Rude - Hello 09.Moka Only - Anyway 10.Sunken Heads - The journey 11.Co$$ (isCa$hUSKing) - Soul brother 12.Kissey Asplund feat Moka Only - Demon love 13.Dynas - D&C 14.J Sands & Kenn Starr - That's how we kick it 15.Chief - Go, ladies (instrumental) 16.Chief - Perspective (instrumental) 17.Chief - 16 Levels (instrumental) 18.Chief - Chieflada (instrumental) 19.Chief – Outro
Here is something interesting for all you Hip-Hop cyber junkies.. Checkout these wood turntables with full on working parts so you can get your spin on in a whole other level.. I don't think these would be cool in the club, but they sure would look sick in the living room on some swagged out shit... If you are feeling them check in on audiowood.com and get in the know... -P
WIP and HAT CLUB have launched another Pac-Q exclusive for the month of November. The Pac Q Teal release takes on similar design cues of the Pac Q Crimson cap which dropped in October. The two tone release comes in an all Black dome with a teal bill. The eyelets, button, Wip and Flagship logo all accent the cap in teal as well. The Pac Q Logo is teal with hints of Gray. While the caps ghosts bring the cap together with Teal, White and Gray tones. Only available at www.hatclub.com.
Here is a LIVE funk mixtape done Dam Funk (if you aint up on him i suggest you Google him and get in the know) This mix was rocked at a club in Floss Scandalous (Los Angeles) and handed out at the new CLAE store grand opening in Floss Scandalous (Los Angeles) as a little bonus for checking in with the store...The mix features some real ill Cameo type funk...When I checked in I was really inpressed with what I was hearing, and i noticed the sun was coming out for a real nice day.. Check in on this one it delivers... Happy Monday, -P
P.S. I'm back, got a major update coming this morning stay tuned !!!!
Last week or so i got a email that DJ Premier was going to be invading DJ Skratch Internet Radio Show so of course I'm going to go in and peep the show.. As i watched/listened to the show live all i could think about is hopefully they release this show as a archive, cause Premier was doing his thing-thing on the Ziggah Ziggah's... Then last night I surfed around the cyber world and yup there it was, so here is the link to that show! Do yourself a favor and check in on this one.. Premier drops a lot of new heat, some new Pete Rock tracks, slips in a few classics and of course rocks them doubles.. Don't Sleep, -P
Karriem Riggins sat down with Benji B from BBC 1Xtra for a real nice interview.. Not only does Benji jam him up with some nice questions for all the fans.. Karriem even goes in with a live mix and drops a gang of his production featuring new music and some exclusive tracks to be on the look for.. Also don't get it twisted Benji is no fool when it comes to the heaters him damn self he plays all types of flavor to gear you up for a really great 3 hour long show.. Do yourself a favor and do the right thing and snatch this one up you wont be disappointed.. Now check the track list duke, -P
Drake — Fear Wale Feat Bun B — Mirrors Jay Electronica — Candyman Houseshoes — Wild Child Raekwon — Ten Bricks Hudson Mohawke — Rising Five Afrika-Hi-Tek — One Two Harmonic 313 — Lion Krystal Tears — Tried For Your Love Notorious B.I.G Vs Dam Funk — Going Back To Cali Débruit — Civ 012 Funkineven feat Fatima — Kleer J Rocc – Share My Bed — Do You Remember Paul White — What’s Good for Me Tru’s Me feat Dam Funk — Unknown Track Title Kay Dee Orchestra – The Journey — Kenny Dope House Mix Roska — The Sheppard Motor City Drum Ensemble — Raw Cuts 6 Joy Orbison — Brklln Clln Breakage ft. Newham Generals — Hard Silkie — Turvy Zo!- Holding You Loving You Karriem Riggins — Higher Karriem Riggins — Rhodes Ahead Marcus Belgrave — Space Odyssey Erykah Badu Erykah Badu — Soldier Slum Village feat Dwele — Tainted Supreme Team — Cee Sweet Karriem Riggins — Untitled
Karriem Riggins Mix Karriem Riggins — Untitled Karriem Riggins — Untitled Karriem Riggins & Black Thought — Mona Lisa Supreme Team — Dado Music Supreme Team — City Supreme Team — Untitled Karriem Riggins — Raw Karriem Riggins — Untitled Karriem Riggins — Slow Jam Plus Karriem Riggins — Track 4 Karriem Riggins — March Madlib & Karriem Riggins — Volta Por Cima Karriem Riggins — Scp Karriem Riggins — Untitled Karriem Riggins — Delegation Ahmad Jamal — Ahmad’s Blues Bobby Timmons — I Didn’t Know What Time It Was Nicholas Payton — Let It Ride Nohelani Cypriano — Lihue Pops Rap — All My Children
Profowon just thru up some footage off his Facebook and after i peeped the footage I had to share it.. Check out this clip of him battling A-One at the Dancer Delight Mixed Battle that went down in San Francisco.. the commentary alone is worth it dood drops some funny one liners and A-One isn't to shabby with the locking either now check the clip and get in the know...
Check this interesting clip out... To what it's worth it looks like a new era of Deejays are stepping up to the plate to claim that they are the Founding Fathers .. If it wasn't for them there be no Hip-Hop.. That these key figures never got there shine and that Hip-Hop didn't start in the Bronx... Check this trailer out and get in the know...
Check out this entire clip of the classic 1984 Hip-Hop documentary called Beat This: A Hip-Hop History.. This film is about the beginnings of Hip-Hop culture and how has it evolved and who or what made Hip-Hop music popular.. The cast includes Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc, The Cold Crush Brothers, Jazzy J, Brim, Dynamic Rockers, and so many more.. The film even includes footage from Herc's original dance parties, footage of Soul Sonic Force in the studio, and a up close and personal interview with a young Afrika Bambaataa on his creation of the Zulu Nation... -P
Rakim sat down for a interview on U.K's own Hip-Hop Conspiracy Radio with Menace and Montana.. Not only do they ask Rakim some really nice questions they drop some new joints, some new U.K joints, and host a gang of special guest interviews on the show.. One of the main highlights of this radio show are all the special guest they have on the show.. Each week they feature at least 4 different heavy hitters and really jam them up with questions that only fans would ask... Do yourself a favor check in and take a look at some of there past shows you just might be real surprised on what you see/hear..
It's about that time for another edition of 'Coo Pics" why cause it's a "Coo Pic"... This weeks Coo Pic is brought to us by the UZN France Chapter.. This ill production was done in celebration for their anniversary, and celebration for November being Hip-Hop History Month. Do yourself a favor and click the pic to get a closer look at this one! Funkwhatyaheard salutes you UZN France...
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Here is the footage from last night show.. This week we dropped some new beats, and had a special guest in the house.. Oh yeah and this weeks Hip-Hop trivia question is still unanswered.. So check the show and if you know the answer hit us direct and we will send you your Hip-Hop package.. Happy Friday, -P
You know what it is.. We going on the air tonight.. We got a good show lined up with some special guests in the house as well as some NEW Hip-Hop music.. If you watch the show then you already know how we get down.. If you don't then we suggest you check in you just might like what you are hearing /seeing DONT SLEEP, -P
Peep this clip of DJ Izoh from Japan getting it in on the turntables doing some nice doubles.. Not only does Izoh have hands, the footage has a nice concept behind it... Do yourself a favor and check in.... -P Rock
Check out this download of Afrika Bambaataa rocking his show " True Skool Radio" live last night on WHCR 90.3FM.. In this show Bambaataa goes in heavy taking the listener on a musical roller coaster of classic sounds.... Then again what can you expect from the Master Of Records.... Not only is he throwing down the classic joints he also grabs the mic, drops jewels, gears everyone up for Hip-Hop History Month, and invites everyone to attend the 36th UZN Anniversary... -P
Amoeba Records caught Q-bert digging in the crates and decided to hunt him down and check in on what he is holding... Check the footage and see for yourself what Qbert is checking on in terms of music and sounds...
Check out this 1976 clip of the N.Y. gang Devils Rebels.. This NBC reporter went in with the night vision on the Devils Rebels, without them knowing to film the notorious gang drinking, hanging out, fighting, and even stabbing someone...
It's Monday morning and most likely you went in real hard for the Halloween weekend.. So to help you decompress from your weekend and get you back in the game, here is a nice real vibed out blend of beats MIXED by Phoreyez.. This is a mixtape that any mature hip-hop listener or just music fan would appreciate.. Phoreyez goes in real heavy with the selections and takes you on a musical Whoo-Ride.. Just when you think you got him figured out on the selections he goes another route.. From some vibed out remixes, to some Dilla sneak in action, all the way up to some zoned out salsa tracks.. Happy Monday, -Peezoe Oner UZN NS GBK
It's about that time another edition of "Coo Pics", why??? Cause it's a "Coo Pic"... This weeks "Coo Pic" is a burner my Ahki Refa 1 from TNS/TCB is working on.. This burner is at a local school in Oakland CA. around the subject of Eating to Live... The characters represent the Ghoulish FDA and there attempts to Biologically engineer all of our food. "You are what you eat".... Now click the pic for a close up! -P
The official birthday of the Universal Zulu Nation is November 12, 1973.
The official birthday of Hip Hop is November 12th, 1974.
With consideration to the above mentioned dates, nothing makes more sense than to celebrate Hip Hop culture and it's history during November, which is exactly what the Universal Zulu Nation has been doing for over 27 + years. November is also significant in the fact that it kicks off the "indoor jam season". The Hip Hop community jams, enjoyed outdoors in the parks, throughout the Summer, had to move indoors for about 7 months to community centers, gymnasiums, schools etc. for the Fall and Winter seasons. The Hip Hop World should recognize this month and pay tribute to those who laid the foundation and paved the way as well as to those who continue to preserve the rich tradition of the culture.
Of course, The Zulu Nation appreciates all efforts to preserve the whole of Hip Hop culture, including any days or weeks set aside to conscientiously appreciate Hip Hop, but would rather that all of these days and weeks combine to celebrate in unity every November as the tradition has been since the beginning of this culture. Founded by the godfather of Hip Hop himself, Afrika Bambaataa, The Universal Zulu Nation is the world's oldest, largest and most respected grass roots Hip Hop organization. It's members and supporters are Hip Hop's most famous and legendary artists. True school enthusiasts travel from all around the world to be in New York City, in November, for the annual Zulu Hip Hop Anniversary, the only true Hip Hop Anniversary since the beginning. The Anniversary hosts a positive Hip Hop community coming together from all walks of life to celebrate the true essence and excitement of what Hip Hop was meant to be. Many artists who have donated their performances to help raise funds at Zulu Hip Hop Anniversaries have gone on to become legends and many of these legends continue to return to NYC, in November, to give back to the core community who supported them since their careers began.
A Little Background Information: In the early years of the culture, the movement went untitled until Afrika Bambaataa, started calling it "Hip Hop", a term originated by Lovebug Starski. In the 70's, ten years prior to it's gaining global recognition, Hip Hop was a celebration of life gradually developing each of it's elements to form a cultural movement. Due to it's energy, dynamics, and momentum, Hip Hop culture has become, ultimately, a key to upliftment and reformation, as well as a billion-dollar industry.
From the 80's on, the Rap industry and media have helped to make the terms "Hip Hop" and "Rap" synonymous, leaving out the other elements included in the culture. In light of this enormous oversight, the Zulu Nation promotes the "5th element" of Hip Hop, which is KNOWLEDGE, and actively tries to educate the masses about the history and foundational elements of true Hip Hop culture. Bambaataa declared: "When we made Hip Hop, we made it hoping it would be about peace, love, unity and having fun so that people could get away from the negativity that was plaguing our streets (gang violence, drug abuse, self hate, violence among those of African and Latino descent). Even though this negativity still happens here and there, as the culture progresses, we play a big role in conflict resolution and enforcing positivity."
Hip Hop is the Vehicle to Deliver Innumerable Lessons! Afrika Bambaataa doesn't believe that Hip Hop heads should just have knowledge of Hip Hop. He promotes and proves that Hip Hop can be used as a vehicle for teaching awareness, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, peace, unity, love, respect, responsibility and recreation, overcoming challenges, economics, mathematics. science, life, truth, facts and faith.
The Elements: Hip Hop culture is defined as a movement which is expressed through various artistic mediums which we call "elements". The main elements are known as MC'ing (Rapping), DJ'ing, WRITING (Aerosol Art), SEVERAL DANCE FORMS (which include Breaking, Up-Rocking, Popping, and Locking) and the element which holds the rest together: KNOWLEDGE. There are also other elements such as Vocal Percussion/Beat Boxing, Fashion, etc. Within the past 20 years, Hip-Hop culture has greatly influenced the entertainment world with its creative contributions in music, dance, art, poetry, and fashion.
Due to their lack of knowledge about the whole of Hip Hop culture, many of our world's youth are mistaken in thinking that activities such as: smoking blunts, drinking 40's, wearing a designer label plastered across their chest, carrying a gun, or going to strip clubs, are "Hip Hop". Hip Hop is being portrayed negatively by many artists who work in the element of Rap (emceeing), and this negativity is usually instigated and promoted by the record industry and various other corporations who exploit the culture at the expense of the youth's state of mind and morality. The Universal Zulu Nation believes there is a difference in speaking out about negativity (activism) and promoting it as a desirable lifestyle. Gangsters, pimps, playas, hustlers, niggers, spics, and many other derogatory words once used against us are now self employed in our everyday vocabulary. Our ancestors who have fought and died trying to free us from these sicknesses and slave mentality are probably turning over in their graves! Bambaataa asks you to just think about this, "How in the hell did we turn from gods to dogs?"
Afrika Bambaataa encourages you to do more research about our story, his/her-story, and what you think is your mystery is actually your history. Where are our Hip Hop thinkers, lawyers, holistic doctors, scientists, agriculturalists/herbalists, revolutionaries, politicians, judges, researchers, teachers, police, army, accountants, anthropologists, etc. Where is our own Hip Hop Museum? Many talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Many straight out sell-out to the liberation of our people as well as to all humans on the planet so called Earth! He also encourages you to do research on any Hip Hop organization that deals with consciousness and the upliftment of all people. To all those who purposely make up your own history and lie about the culture- DO YOUR RESEARCH!
You can contact the Universal Zulu Nation at their main website WWW.ZULUNATION.COM and to explore links to other Zulu chapters and websites.
Thank you in advance for forwarding this announcement to everyone you know!
Peace and Blessings Afrika Bambaataa & the entire Universal Zulu Nation.
As we say in Zulu - respect the many universes and especially mother earth - cause if you don't she will spit your asses out!
PS: If you are planning any events in honor of Hip Hop History Month in November please feel free to write to the webmaster at ZuluNation.com to keep us up-to-date!
Checkout this massive Super Mario Brothers Lego sculpture by Dirk VH, who is a part-time LEGO sculptor... Dirk has built the world’s biggest LEGO Mario and is auctioning it off for charity on EBAY. The 40,000 bricks that make up this model weighs a whopping 110 pounds! Damn throw that mug in your living room and see what happens... WOO!
The Zero Fighter NEW ERA 59fifty fitted baseball cap is the latest from JP STAR. The cap features JP Star zero logo embroidered in Black/Gold on the front of the Black crown. The underbrim takes inspiration from the A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders cover. Giving you two colorways to choose from, you can head over to ONSPOTZ to score yours today...