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April 19, 2014

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That Time He Got Kicked Out Of Prince's House

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HIP-HOP: Respect the Architects

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One of the beautiful aspects of the written word is that it can be a historical reference that can be revisited by generations to come. Books can capture legacies and remind us of the importance of documenting our histories.

My book, THE MESSAGE: 100 LIFE LESSONS FROM HIP-HOP'S GREATEST SONGS, has been out for about three weeks and I've had several "older hip-hoppers" ask me what I know about hip-hop, probably because of my baby face and youthful energy. If I didn't know better, I'd be slightly offended. I'm mean I'm fully aware that I wasn't chillin' in the parks when Kool Herc was spinning, but I ain't no spring chicken either--evident by the fact that I wouldn't be caught dead doing the Chicken Noodle Soup dance. I'll leave that to the younger, younger folks. But this question of how do I know about hip-hop is quite silly as if I can't pick up books like Jeff Chang's CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP, Nelson George's HIP HOP AMERICA, Bakari Kitwana's THE HIP HOP GENERATION or several other titles (just check those shown above) which aim to document the culture and in turn add to my appreciation for the architects who paved the way.

Luckily many of those said architects who were there when the culture was just growing are still around to talk about it. So in celebration of hip-hop history, as I promised in a previous post, I've put together a mini, multimedia feature which includes words, audio, and video featuring first-hand accounts from the legendary DMC, MC Lyte, and CL Smooth. Read, listen, or watch them (I'm trying to please everyone, and do realize that tragically, not everybody likes to read) as they discuss their personal relationships with hip-hop, the inspirations behind their songs included in THE MESSAGE, and what they've learned from the culture.

If we don't document our stories, who will?

GO ON TO DMC... Next

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