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Friday, March 28, 2014

Meeting Rakim At SOB's; Was Rakim the Dj scratching on the Album Paid In Full?

Rakim at SOBs-OffTheCorner_net
        Shout out to my Homie Danny Vega for the pic
In a every person's lifetime we get to witness greatness. We get to witness an Emcee who has that special niche about them. Someone who is far ahead of our time that when you listen to their lyrics 28 years later, the feeling you get brings you back to the time they first blew you away. For me that emcee was and is none other than the God MC, Rakim. His contribution to Hip Hop culture is cemented in legacy as one of the best if not the best Emcee ever. I got to witness greatness last night at SOB's in NYC. First off I'd like to point out that the night did not start off good for me, because as a dj you are supposed to know your crowd, and of course the crowd in attendance had to be at least 80% of 30 and older. The ones that were around when Rakim slammed the mic down to make sure it's broke. So to have the house dj playing songs from Lil Wayne, Drake, and some other rap radio commercial trap laced music was down right disrespectful if you ask me. This dj should have been dropping gems from A Tribe Called Quest, to Run DMC, to Sugarhill Gang and kept it in the era of what the crowd would have been going crazy for. I had to get that blast out because not only do we hear this music 24/7 on these so called NY Hip Hop radio stations, but to play it in front of the crowd waiting to see Rakim was ridiculous.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kool Herc and Hip Hop’s 40th Anniversary on Episode 063 of The NY Hip Hop Report


Wow. 25 cents to get in!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Hip Hop Commentary..Happy Born Day Dj Kool Herc

real hip hop is not on the radio offthecorner

For all outlets that say they support Hip Hop Culture, today is the day that they should be paying homage and respect on the birthday of the Founding Father of Hip Hop, Dj Kool Herc. Not surprisingly, New York based radio stations Pop97 and Plague105.1 didn’t do a damn thing to recognize the one figure that brought this culture to New York, 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx to be exact. Now I’m not surprised that they didn’t do anything in his name, I’m just disgusted with the bullshit they are constantly doing, and the mindless people that don’t even give a fk what they are not doing. I haven’t even heard a prominent Hip Hop Icon come on one of their stations and call them out! They are painting only one picture of what Hip Hop is supposed to be! To me basically they are a gossip outlet, if it isn’t Kfoxy talking about wtf Kanye and Kim are doing every other minute, to "Charlene man" running his jokes, and catching beef with every other person in the limelight, they are playing RAP music 99.9% of the day, not Hip Hop music, RAP music! There is a big difference if you didn’t already know!  I have no problem with party music, but goddammit not every minute of the day!

 And let’s face it most of it is simplistic trash, from Trinidad James (Def Jam, you are something else, smh) to Gucci Mane who revels in beating up women. There’s no balance and there hasn’t been a balance in a longggg time, ever since the shiny suit era took over Pop97 shit hasn’t been the same, everything is all about PAYOLA and MONEY. So for these 2 radio stations to not even say anything about the person who gave them this Hip Hop to water down and exploit is an even greater tragedy. And I really don’t give a fuck if you don’t agree with me, this shit has been going on far too long, I give respect to Peter Rosenberg for saying what he said about Nicki Minaj, even though he can be a hypocrite as well, he is chained to the corporate jail of Pop97 as well (we heard some of the songs played on his late night show, not all of them are “The Realness”).    



Written By Ralo

Many radio stations, magazines and so-called hip-hop award shows claim to honor and respect hip-hop music and culture. The truth is most people that claim to represent the culture know nothing about the origins of it. If we are going to respect hip-hop as a valid art form. We have to keep the history in perspective and pass it down to the next generation. Most people still think that hip-hop and rap music is one and the same thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you understand anything about the origin of hip-hop music, you will know that it was a performance art, exclusively. When you take that idea into a studio to put it on a cd, a record or tape, that's when it become rap. So, hip-hop is the performance art, and rap is the recorded art.

Before the terms hip-hop and rap existed there was Kool Herc, a Jamaican born Bronx resident with a vision that changed the world. The date was August 11th 1973. This was the day hip-hop was born. Kool Herc had DJed a party that was the brain child of his sister Cindy. It was titled "The Back To School Jam". This was the very beginning of hip-hop culture.

Kool Herc got his name known in the 1970s by djing local parties. He was famous in the Bronx for spinning funky soul and R&B records that were not getting the light of day on commercial radio. A person would have to go to a Kool Herc party to hear certain records. He also pioneered the concept of extending the break or the break beat part of records, an idea that was later made famous by Grand Master Flash. When Herc would get to the break part of the record the B-Boys would get on the floor and get busy. Thus the term breaking or break dancing. The B-Boys would pull out their best moves when the break part of the record played.
Koll Hercs' crew was called the Herculoids, and Hercs' first MC was Coke-La-Rock. After Coke-La-Rock the oral expression of MCing was born. There was plenty of crews like The Funky 4, The Furious 5, Grand Wizard Theodore And The Fantastic Romantic and countless others. Without the turntable skills of Kool Herc, none of this would have been possible.

Much more can be said of the legend that is Kool Herc. It would be more appropriate to write a book on him as opposed to writing a short term article.

Today is the 58 birthday of the man who's vision put a lot of money in a lot of pockets. Here at Off The Corner we pay homage to those in our culture that are worthy of honor. Today we take off our hats and bow down to the legendary Kool Herc. Happy Bornday to the father of hip-hop culture!



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