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 - Artist Feature - Len Berzerk / New Music
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
On June 10th, 2014, Duck Down Music and Boot Camp Clik kicked off summer with a free neighborhood BBQ featuring special performances by Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Masta Ace, CJ Fly of Pro Era & more! Duck Down Music is an 18-year old independent music label based in NY, NY, co-founded by Dru Ha & Buckshot. The company has sold over 3.5 million records. Over the last few years, they've released titles from the likes of Sean Price, Talib Kweli, Statik Selektah, 9th Wonder & Buckshot, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Skyzoo & Pharoahe Monch.
On October 8, 2015, Brooklyn's own, Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah passed away. He is survived by a wife and 3 children. He is also survived by his verbal diversity that gained him fans from all spectrums of the hip-hop world were he is also known as
Ruck, Sean P, Scagnetti, TheGrimeyBootMan, DecepticonSean, MegaSean, TallSean, P-Body, MasterP, P , PyrexPotSean, KimboPrice, MicTyson, SeanDaBarbarian, SeanPriceAlpha, ImperiusRex, Niggelitus
with 22 album releases, 127 appearances and over 320 artist credits. His lyrical contribution to hip-hop is compared to none.
Support the Duck Down family, his family and the culture of hip-hop by keeping his music and legacy alive. Go get the Sean Price "Planet Apes" Audio + 'Songs In The Key Of Price' Mixtape Bundles.
Video by MICKEY BUNDLES
Songs In The Key of Price bundle packages available at
. The bundle includes:
Includes Songs In The Key of Price CD + digital MP3 download, Sean Price ‘Key’ bottle opener, P! socks, Songs In The Key of Price T-shirt, and RIP! T-shirt.
The first 100 orders will receive an autographed copy of the Songs in The Key of Price CD.
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.