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HEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA NOMINATED FOR HALL OF FAME
One year after Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Afrika Bambaataa has been nominated as well.
The top five voter getters of the nine nominees will be inducted as the class of 2008. Their competition includes The Beastie Boys, Madonna, John Mellencamp, Donna Summer, Chic, The Dick Clark Five, Leonard Cohen, and The Ventures.
Votings is done by 500 industry journalists and professionals.
HEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
DMC WINS EMMY FOR VH1 ADOPTION SPECIAL
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels has added another award to his trophey case.
At the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in New York, he won for his VH1 documentary DMC: My Adoption Journey. The doc told the story of his search for his biological mother who gave him up for adoption in 1964.
He is currently working on his follow up about the foster care system in the US called DMC: Deliver My Children.
HEADLINES FOR JANUARY 4 , 2007
SLICK RICK FACING DEPORTATION YET AGAIN
Here's a good article from CalendarLive.Com about Rick's latest problems.
HEADLINES FOR DECEMBER 18, 2006
OLDSCHOOLHIPHOP.COM HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
After several months of discussion and voting the first five pioneers have been inducted into the OldSchoolHipHop.Com Hall of Fame.
The Inaugural Inductees Are:
REV RUN'S TRAGIC LOSS
On Tuesday, September 19, the wife of Joseph Simmon's aka Rev. Run gave birth to a child that died shortly after birth.
The pregnancy was announced on the MTV show "Run's House".
JG - The thoughts and prayers of the entire hip hop community go out to the family during their time of need.
DMC NEWS RUNDOWN
You can get a sneak peek of the solo DMC CD at his official site:
The release date for "Checks, Thugs, and Rock N Roll" is currently set for March 13th.
He will also be appearing on VH1 in a special called "My Adoption Journey" which will be airing on February 25th.
He also has a few live dates that have been added to the Concert list of this site.
DJ KOOL HERC NEWS UPDATE
PHOENIX - DJ Kool Herc, “The Father of Hip Hop,” recognized for laying the foundation of the culture at the Sedgwick Avenue & Cedar Park intersection in New York City’s Bronx Borough in 1973, has selected Foot Klan Entertainment featuring “Mr. and Miss Soul Train” Darryl Khalid and Luciana Bell to represent his clothing company Sedgwick & Cedar as well as the Pioneers of Hip Hop at events across the country and the world, starting with the MAGIC International Fashion Show, Feb. 21-24, 2006.
The group will be at the Sedgwick & Cedar MAGIC booth (ST # 30618) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where more than 100,000 attendees from around the world come to see and buy what's new in fashion. Sedgwick & Cedar, The Heritage Brand of Hip Hop, will be launching limited edition Retro T-shirts that combine powerful imagery of the early raw environment where Hip Hop was born, combined with rare images of the Pioneers who paved the way. They will also launch high-end Vintage Track Jackets, Leather Jackets, Varsity Wool Melton Jackets and Retro Hoodys. In addition to the backing of the Founding Pioneers, Sedgwick & Cedar has the exclusive world-wide clothing and footwear rights to Universal Zulu Nation and Wild Style.
“To us, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation represent true Hip Hop, by bringing awareness to what we define as ‘Higher Inner Peace Helping Other People,’” Foot Klan’ founder, Khalid, said. “Foot Klan is honored to join with Kool Herc, the Pioneers, and Sedgwick & Cedar, with whom we share the same belief that Hip Hop really is ‘come as you are.’”
Ray Riccio, Founder and CEO of Sedgwick & Cedar, adds, “Our alliance with Foot Klan demonstrates that we are committed to paying respect to the entire Hip Hop culture representing not only the early DJ’s, MC’s and Graffiti Writers but B-boys and B-girls around the world. DJ Kool Herc actually coined the term B-boy back in 1973. It was important that his clothing company show that he respected the B-boys back then, and he and Sedgwick & Cedar continue to have respect for the movement today and always.”
For more information about Sedgwick & Cedar, visit www.sedgwickandcedar.com.
Foot Klan has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 15 years, with members dancing weekly on national television and at concerts, special events, sports venues, trade shows and more. This full-service, international award-winning group includes professional dancers, choreographers, champion martial artists and fitness trainers, college professors, videogame rendering artists, DJ’s, actors, models, rappers and singing artists. Foot Klan’s Khalid and Bell have studied and perform all the original styles of Hip Hop dance including “popping,” “locking,” “break dancing” and “House.” For more information, visit www.footklan.com.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
It’s official, Hell has frozen over. The original members (Kangol Kid, Doctor Ice, Educated Rapper and DJ Mix-Master Ice) of The Untouchable Force Organization (UTFO) have reunited and are ready to entertain true Hip Hoppers with their unique blend of Rap, Breakdance, Singing and incredible turntable skilled performances.
For a brief period in late winter 1984/5, you couldn't leave your house or turn on your radio in New York without hearing some rapper going on about a girl named Roxanne. There was "Roxanne's Revenge," "The Real Roxanne," "Roxanne You're Through," "Roxanne's Mother," "Roxanne's Brother," "Roxanne's Doctor" and perhaps strangest of all, "Roxanne's a Man" (in addition, several female rappers adopted the "Roxanne" name themselves, including Roxanne Shanté and The Real Roxanne). Demonstrating the volatility of the dance music market, Roxanne replaced "y'all" as the word most frequently used in raps, and the term quickly passed into urban slang for an unaccommodating woman. Credit for this fad goes to Brooklyn's UTFO (Untouchable Force Organization), the trio who started it all with "Roxanne, Roxanne," a playful poke at a good-looking girl with the temerity to resist their suave attentions.
From the beginning, Brooklyn, NY-based rap group, comprised of the Kangol Kid, Doctor Ice, the Educated Rapper and D.J. Mix-Master Ice (Doctor Ice was the "Hip-Hop Physician," Educated Rapper was a college student who wore a suit and tie, Mix Master Ice assumed the persona of a ninja since he would "cut things up" on the turntables, and Kangol Kid got his name due to his affinity for always wearing Kangol-brand hats) led a charmed life. After winning a break-dancing contest, they found themselves on the Phil Donahue Show, which led to an invite to Dustin Hoffman's daughter's birthday party and ultimately went onto a European tour with as dancers for Whodini. Before things could get any weirder, they released a 12-inch of the sharp and fast "Beats and Rhymes, followed-up, with "Roxanne, Roxanne” and that’s all she wrote.
The Roxanne fad ended, leaving the talented UTFO at mortal levels of popularity as their self-entitled album launched “Leader of the Pack”, “Bite It” and their surprising song ballad “Fairytale Lover” which introduced them as vocalist as well. The Educated Rapper sat out Skeezer Pleezer but that didn't stop the group next hit “Split Personality”. Restored to full four-man strength, a more adult UTFO came back harder on Lethal, a sharp-sounding recordings which climbed the charts to becoming the #1 Rap Album in the country. Fellow influential rap acts as Run-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow, the Fat Boys, and Newcleus travel with UTFO on a 30-city venue tour called the New York City Fresh Fest and later UTFO accompanied New Edition for several months on their tour of the states.
UTFO is possibly responsible for almost every hip-hop formula invented. They paved the way for future rappers by accomplishing the following: • First rap/breakdance group • First breakdancers for a rap group (Whodini) • First breakdancers on a national talk show (Phil Donahue) • First rap group to perform at The World Famous Apollo Theater • First rap group to integrated Rap with Reggae ("Pick Up The Pace") • First rap group to record an R&B love ballad ("Fairytale Lover") • First rap group to challenge Michael Jackson for #1 on Billboard • First rap group to challenge Guiness Book of World Records.
Today UTFO has regrouped for the purpose of celebrating the 20th year anniversary of “Roxanne, Roxanne”. As individuals, Educated is an A&R Director for an independent record company, Doctor Ice has appeared as an actor in several short films, MixMaster Ice is an air-personality on radio and Kangol is a music producer for various artists and is scoring his second film.
The Hip-Hop Community truly owes a great deal to these four LEGENDS.
ORIGINAL RUN DMC ALBUMS RE-RELEASED
If you're someone that hasn't yet picked up a copy of the original four Run DMC albums, now's your chance. They have been given the Deluxe Edition treatment and are now available. They all include never before released mixes and songs.
REV. RUN UPDATE
Hopefully you all caught the Reverend and his brother co-hosting the VH1 Hip Hop Awards last month. You'll be able to catch him in your music player and your TV coming up this month.
Starting October 13th he can be seen with his family in the latest MTV reality series "Run's House".
Also on October 18th, his new solo CD will be released entitled "Distortion". If you're interested in checking out some samples check this site below.
REV. RUN NEWS (CD, VH1. ETC..)
Big news in the post-Run DMC world of Joseph Simmons, better known as DJ Run.
First off, his new album, "Distortion" is currently awaiting a Fall release of this year. His single, "Mind on the Road" and video can be seen at RevRun.Com.
Also, he will be hosting the 2nd Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors on September 26th.
SPYDER D BUYS ABA TEAM
Pioneering rap recording artist Duane “Spyder D” Hughes is now the official owner of the Charlotte, North Carolina ABA basketball team, the Carolina Thunder who have now been renamed the Charlotte Crunk.
Hughes, started his rap career 25 years ago in New York City, he is the creator of the seminal classic recordings “Placing the Beat”, “Smerphies Dance” and “I Can’t Wait To Rock the Mike”. He was also one of the first artists to be managed under Russell Simmons’ RUSH Artist Management.
Spyder was the first rap artist to co-ordinate and perform at the first NBA “after the game concert” for the Atlanta Hawks in 1985. The season starts November stay tuned for further details.
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