TWIHHP had an interview with Bronx NYC artist - David Bars at the famous D.I.T.C (Diggin In The Crates) Studios. David Bars talks about his view on the state of hip-hop, his roots to the culture, and his new upcoming project.
TWIHHP sat in on a studio session with Mickey Factz as he knocked out track after track for his upcoming Y3 Mixtape. Moving around the studio like a worker bee in production. From the booth to the boards to his cell to communicating with his fans via social media, and then to his playlist and back to the booth.
HIP-HOP REVOLUTION was held on April 1, 2015 through September 13, 2015 at Museum of the City of New York.
Honor and Respect to Joe Conzo for his accomplishments and contribution to Hip-Hop!!! Here are some images from the event.
Photos by Tyrone Z. McCants
Joe Conzo, "Almighty KG of the Cold Crush Brothers at Harlem World," 1981. Courtesy of the photographer
Rewinding to the days of gold chains, hoop earrings, and sneakers with no laces, a new hip-hop photography exhibition is on its way to Museum of the City of New York. HIP-HOP REVOLUTION: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper presents the work of three photographers who were paramount in proliferating the look and feel of hip-hop in its infancy. “In New York’s long history, the creativity born of the city’s density and diversity has brought enormous riches to the world,” says Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “Hip-hop is yet another incredibly vibrant example of how the world has been shaped by what started in New York. You can see this dynamic and influential music and culture come to life in this exhibition through the powerful photographs of three wonderful photographers.”
HIP-HOP REVOLUTION, which follows the museum's 2014graffiti art exhibition, features over 100 original photographs taken between 1977 and 1990, starring the likes of Afrika Bambaata, Queen Latifah, Run DMC, and a very skinny Busta Rhymes. The shutterbugs themselves run the gamut, from "the man who took hip-hop’s baby pictures,”Joe Conzo, to Kodakgirl, a.k.a. documentarianMartha Coooper, to iconic music photographer Janette Beckman, who is credited for helping create "the public face of hip-hop," according to Museum of the City of New York.
(L to R) Martha Cooper, "Little Crazy Legs strikes an impromptu pose during Wild Style shoot, Riverside Park, Manhattan," 1983. Courtesy of the Photographer. Janette Beckman, "Afrika Bambaataa," 1983. Courtesy of the Photographer
“We’re seeing in these photographs the foundation of what many people consider a way of life today,” explains Curator of Prints & Photographs for the Museum, and HIP-HOP REVOLUTION producer, Sean Corcoran. Beckman, Conzo, and Cooper's works “show the development of a culture from the grassroots, and these photographers were part of propagating the culture to ever expanding audiences," he continues. "This is really a New York story.”
Janette Beckman, "Eric B & Rakim" NYC, 1987. Courtesy of the Photographer
Designed by Marissa Martonyi, the exhibition also contains newspaper clippings, music listening stations, books, flyers, and other artifacts of the era, and even offers special programs for students and teachers.
Check out some of the awesome images in the show below, and visit Museum of the City of New Yorkto learn more.
Janette Beckman, "LL Cool J with Cut Creator, E-Love, and B-Rock," 1986. Courtesy of the Photographer
(L to R) Janette Beckman, "Salt-N-Pepa," "Busta Rhymes (Leaders of the New School)." Courtesy of the Photographer
Joe Conzo, "JDL at Skatin’ Palace," 1981. Courtesy of the photographer
Martha Cooper, "High Times Crew breaking outside transit police station, Washington Heights, Manhattan," 1980. Courtesy of the Photographer
Joe Conzo, "Tony Tone and Kool Herc Backstage at T-Connection," 1979. Courtesy of the Photographer
On July 8, 2015, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a wonderful Hip Hop conference which proved to be both enlightening and hip-hop related. This one day conference was one among 5 events of the 4 day Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. This huge event was held at Medgar Evers College, New York. The main topic of the day was ‘Hip-Hop, Technology and Reforming and Re-investing in our community.’
The sponsors were Nielsen and Teaching Firms of America, Inc.
The Aim of the Conference
An enterprise known as ZeroCampaign was formed last year by the following:
- Brooklyn Bodega
- Hip-Hop Institute
- The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
The aim of ‘Zero’ was to particularly reduce the incidents of:
- Gun brutality
- Police violence
- Domestic as well as spouse abuse
This initiative endeavored to eliminate these vices to ‘zero.’ The Zero Campaign does not just aim to deal with community organizing but to form lasting solutions for the above issues involving the culture of violence and other problems found in our community.
Great Lessons of the Day
On this great day I had the opportunity to listen to speakers talk about how we have shown our anger on the streets and how we are under scrutiny from the world; we intend to show them we are tired. Many years have been endured, going through violence and abandonment in city neighborhoods such as Baltimore and Ferguson.
People such as Walter Scott, Mike Brown and Freddie Gray have fallen victim to police misconduct. These atrocities against minority communities with low income need to be stopped once and for all.
In this regard, the conference was convened to suggest a varied kind of protest involving political and economic awareness. Genuine change involves:
- Changing the criminal justice system.
- Eliminating unscrupulous politicians.
- Having more meaningful dialogue.
- Motivating youthful men and women to pursue their visions.
- Setting up our individual businesses
When we arrived, we were served with refreshments as we listened to the keynote address presented by Reggie Williams (founder, Ambrosia for Heads). The event was hosted by Wes Jackson and Ebonie Jackson of the Brooklyn Bodega and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.
Crucial Lessons Learnt
Other great speakers were Aubrey Flynn of Combs Enterprises, Brandon Hixon of We Make Music, Chad Foster of Nielsen Entertainmenta and Anthony Frasier Phat Start Up.
The speakers emphasized to us that we have a great impact on culture; we build the content and are the major consumers. However, we are not gaining wealth. The panelists pledged to talk about methods of searching for business prospects in our neighborhood.
The panelists discussed the changes brought about by technology to the industry of Hip-Hop. I learnt a lot about the developing association between these two.
Robert Stolarik and Daryl Khan (journalists and filmmakers) discussed their planned documentary on the murders which were racially triggered.
A discussion on the reforms which should be carried out on criminal justice was held and about reforms in the pipeline and what more should be done.
I am glad I attended this well organized event; however, of utmost importance is that I became more aware of the real issues behind the negative experiences we face in our society and how to effectively deal with them.
On the set of Detroit Red with @MickeyFactz | Photos & IG Promo | October | @RevoltTv | Director: @tuddynana | DP: @ndzine | Editor: @itszino. I got to sit with the hip-hop prodigy for a Q & A during the taping of his new music video for the 740 Park Avenue
November 10th, 2009, I was invited to shoot a book signing party for one of my childhood lyrical heroes, KRS-One of B.D.P. KRS-One released a book titled, The Gospel of Hip Hop. I had the pleasure of shaking hands with the Legend. Check out some still images from the event.