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“Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert” x dream hampton

Esteemed writer dream hampton has directed “Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert.” The documentary will be premiering this Thursday (August 26) at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre. Using archival footage and interviews with artists and members of the Malcolm X Grassroots movement, it chronicles the creation, development and movement behind the annual Black August Hip-Hop Project, which “strives to promote human rights though supporting and influencing the global development of Hip Hop culture.” Their most well known event is the Black August Benefit Concert which has now been going strong for over a decade.

After the screening their will be a panel discussion with hampton, Lumumba Bandele (co-founder of Black August), Professor Marc Lamont Hill (Columbia University), former political prisoner Dhoruba Bin Wahaad, Talib Kweli and M1 of dead prez, who is hosting. Co-presented by Lincoln Center and the ImageNation Cinema Foundation, tickets can be purchased here. Definitely should be some nourishing food for thought to counter the saccharine Hip-Hop you get bombarded with daily.

August 24, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Grandmaster Flash: Resolve Around Science*

Flash, Bam & Herc

Flash, Bam & Herc

The good Jake Paine asked me to connect with Grandmaster Flash for a feature on HipHopDX and I readily obliged. It’s not often you can speak to a rap godfather, something Flash no doubt is. Even if there were DJ’s before him.

I remember picking up this November 1993 issue of The Source (pic above) around my way and greedily reading it cover to cover. I wasn’t too pressed about particular bylines back then but looking back, this issue was just sick. You got Herc, Flash and Bambaataa on the cover of The Source being interviewed by the legendary Nelson George no less. The first few reviews alone broadcast The Source’s weight: Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage (written by Cheo H. Coker), Casual’s Fear Itself (written by the homie Brett Johnson) and Leaders of the New School’s T.I.M.E. (written by dream hampton) all received 4 mic ratings (as did KRS-1’s Return of the Boom Bap).

Not sure how this issue sold when it was released, but any editor pitching the idea of placing these legends on a mainstream magazine cover would be considered a lunatic. The reality is that a greater respect for Hip-Hop’s elders and the culture’s history are sorely lacking in many of today’s fans and artists. Sad, really.


Hip-Hop, Before The Bronx?

*Yes, that’s the correct title. Read The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash and you’ll know he’s been through some ish.

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Aqua's Clips, Freshness, Hip-Hop, The Boogie | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments