Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson

I listened to this whole interview a couple days ago and think that any real artists should tune in. There are a lot of gems in here so listen close. This is just one of the videos if the full interview so take a peek an if your really interested go to the Q blog and watch the whole thing.

Q on MJ

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The Low Down On WorldStarHipHop

wshh, worldstarhiphop, world star hip hopWorld Star Hip Hop – The Best Place to Get Hip Hop Information?

If you are a serious hip hop music fan and need to find a place where you can catch up on all the latest hip hop action, then you want to check World Star Hip Hop. This website is designed with hip hop fans in mind and provides them music videos and entertainment that is geared toward the ‘urban community’. With news, videos, music and more, this is comprehensive website for all of your hip hop needs.

Videos seem to be a big attraction for people and World Star Hip Hop has plenty of them. They have a searchable database collection that you connect to when you join the site and as a member you will be able to learn about the videos and watch related video content as well. Just imagine how nice it would be to watch all of Jay-Z’s videos in one place without having to troll the Internet. You can search the database by video or artist and then watch the result. You can also chat with other users in the attached chat box and make new friends while you enjoy the latest in hip hop.

Currently World Star Hip Hop has over 508,000 fans with 78% of them being in the United States. It is considered a top 5,000 websites and while it is geared towards the urban community as a whole, its main demographic base is African American teen and young adult oriented, leaning slightly towards the ladies. People who enjoy Black Entertainment Television (BET) and shop at stores like Finish Line are most likely to be found frequenting a website such as this, based on the market research done prior to launching the website to the world.

Music videos aren’t the only thing showing up on World Star Hip Hop. All types of special interest videos are being mixed into the sites database. There are videos surrounding the current Presidential campaign – not surprising since Democratic candidate Barack Obama is African American – as well as entertainment and general interest videos. The database currently has over 40 pages of videos to look through, and that is before you even join the website to investigate the rest of the content available to members.

The site should definitely not be viewed by children under the age of 18 as there is some very adult content available on it just in the public areas. For example, if you click on the ‘WSHH Honey’s’ link at the top of the home page, you are taken to a web page that displays ladies in all states of undress including their videos showing why they should be considered a ‘WSHH Honey’. There are even instructions on the World Star Hip Hop site on how to submit your own video.

What is interesting to note is that while World Star Hip Hop is a membership site, it doesn’t seem to be any links on how to join. When you run your mouse over the website and text that talks about membership, it does not give you an option to click and join.

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HIP HOP MUSIC: THE HISTORY BEHIND

Hip Hop HistoryIf you were under the impression that hip hop is just a style of music with attractive beats and peppy lyrics, you are very much mistaken. For those who are a part of the hip hop world, it is a culture, an art, an expression of oneself and a lifestyle that embodies freedom itself. It is a cultural movement that was started to express social freedom with the help of its four main elements- MCing, DJing, dancing and graffiti writing. And what was started in the late 70s early 80s has now become of the most popular genres in the world today.

But not many people are aware of its history. Initially known as Disco rap, the term hip hop was sort of created by accident, whose credit goes Keith Cowboy, who was a rapper with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. It is believed that Cowboy used the term for the first time when he was teasing a friend who had been newly recruited in the U.S. Army, by singing the words hip-hop-hip-hop in an attempt to mimic the rhythmic sound of soldiers marching. Cowboy later used the very same sound hip hop as a part of a song during one of his stage performances. The term caught on and came into trend and quickly started being used by other artists like The Sugarhill Gang etc.

However, Hip hop as a music and culture came into being during the 1970s, in the era of New York block parties. These gained a huge amount of popularity especially amongst the African Americana and Latino youth that resided in the Bronx. These parties involved DJs who played popular songs and musical genres such as funk and soul, creating mixes and eventually developing the early DJing techniques like isolating the percussion breaks of songs- a popular Jamaican club music technique.

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This is the time around which the greats like DJ Cool Herc and Grandmaster Flash gained popularity. Often credited with being the father of hip hop, DJ Cool Herc was the first to develop the technique of using two turntables to extend the percussion breaks in songs, as these breaks were generally short in disco, funk and soul songs.
Around this very time, various other techniques such as the of Turntablist techniques of scratching (credited to Grand Wizzard Theodore), beat mixing and matching, toasting as well as beat juggling were also developed for using as bases to rap over. This era can well be credited as the time when hip hop music was born and its base and style was developed. MCing or rapping also came about during the same time, completing the hit musical combo and forming the second pillar of this subculture.

Today, however, it is one of the most listened to genres with hip hop rap songs and hip hop music videos constantly topping the charts. Although the industry has evolved much and come a long way from its humble beginnings, latest hip hop songs and new releases still create the same type of buzz and anticipation in its followers as it did in the disco rap era!

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Early Documentary about Sampling (1988)

Sampling Back In The Day.

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Great documentary about sampling made by an Aussie T.V station back in 1988 before the laws we’re changed to regulate the practice.

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