Rapdiddy, too pretty, not too siddity, flow like water, you soon envy Listening to all this hot young talent has a sister having flashbacks to my writing and reciting days.  Perhaps I’ll pick up a pen again.  In the mean time you can peep an emcee far more talented than I ever was, Rapsody.  This sister is repping the east coast well—but she ain’t from NYC or Philly.  Naw my nig, she’s from North Cakcalac aka Carolina. I don think I’d be remiss in saying that often when you think of hiphop from the south you think fast tracks with lots of bass that would be very appropriate in a strip club. However that does hiphop from the region a disservice in more ways than one.  It also totally negates the fact that all hiphop coming out of the dirty south doesn’t sound like that.  Rapsody is no exception in that regard especially with a producer like 9th Wonder who is deeply rooted in hiphop culture.This member of generation next has a little southern drawl, a little attitude, and a lot skill.  On Return of the B-girl she collaborates with the old guard, Kane and Rah Digga.  On solo tracks, she covers all the ground she walks on. She reps well by self or with a crew. The lyrics are tight, and run the gambit from fun loving to introspective. All things good music can be and in this instance is.
She Ain’t Playing. She Works.Wackness is ubiquitous, especially in hiphop.  It has run a muck, but bringing balance to hiphop and particularly, the scene in Chicago is the first lady of Rhymesayers, Psalm One. What can I say about Psalm that hasn’t already been said?  Not much. Skills-check, wordplay-check, familiar with metaphors, similes and the use of a thesaurus-checkaroo. She is a bgirl’s bgirl.  Hailing from Englewood, Repping the Go, original member of the Nacrobats and now doing it solo.  Psalm’s latest project Women at Work.  Is a project in three parts: Something for erbody— party perfect product, old school boom bap, backpackeresque and the unexpected.  A lyricist with a sense of the world around her and a sense of humor always makes for an engaging listen. Don’t sleep on sis, You might find her at the foot of your bed with her ginsu knives

Part 3 of my interview with the gorgeous and grustling ass Nitty Scott.

Thanks to you all for listening and to Nitty and Jules for being receptive. Boombox Project Represent! 

You can get Nitty’s latest project here http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/nitty-scott-cassette-chronicles/

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Part 2 of my continuing conversation about Hiphop and Aging.  What it means? What Issues have developed and how do we as members of the Hip hop community move it forward?

As I understand it many people have been waiting impatiently to peep this next segment on hip hop and aging. Not necessarily because they find the subject so compelling, but because of Nitty Scott.  Miss Scott is next in line for people from the hip hop community I spoke about the subject and at 20, the youngest.  Its important when having these discussions to be inclusive.  I sought out Nitty because it was clear to me she had done  the knowledge, she’s a hot mc and she’s fresh in the game.  If you ain’t up on what’s she putting down, shame on you.  Get in the loop. It’s all about the boombox movement. Nigga what. Our initial conversation was engaging, thoughtful and honest.  Our follow up was as well but some of the spontaneity was lost.  Why you ask? Because goofy that I am I forgot to hit 4 during the google voice phone call for part two, so we had to do it again. Thanks again Jules.  LOL I’m all about full disclosure people.  Please forgive my errors. The conversation was long.  Damn you Nitty, your enthusiasm and large vocabulary forcing me to learn new software and shit.  While you’re busy forgiving me, listen to what Nitty had to say. Since tumblr only allows audio files that are 10MB max, this conversation can be heard in three parts folks. Oh and unbeknownst to me tomorrow means 24 hours not that a reset occurs at midnight.  FML. Listen to Part I here.That hot track you hear in the background is Nitty’s Grustling available for download at http://turntabletendencies.com/nittyscottmc/ 
“Keep it simple sweetheart. Tear that record apart so the party can start


bless roxwell


kayesway:

 Three people have stepped on my new kicks this morning….and they didn’t even say sorry. How rude! In school, this was a sign of disrespect and warranted an ass-whooping. This song represents how I feel right now…

LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out

I ain’t much for fighting ,but I agree with the brother’s sentiment. Prolly ‘cause I just got these and some folks have stepped on my joints.  People don’t be messing up my fresh kicks yo. I don’t want to have to cut nobody.  Peace. Love. HipHop. Shout out to Misschief916 AKA Ms Nina.


We’re still talking, discovering and shaping our conversation about hip hop and aging. What that means, What it looks like and What to do now? Next up we got some west coast flavor coming act ya.  Miss Nina Rebultan  representing the 916.  That’s Sacramento for those that ain’t know.  For her hip hop is  all day er’day.   She goes in.  Misschief is an event planner, community organizer and promoter for the local scene. She is also a blogger.  You can check her here.  How old were you when you got into hiphop? I grew up on Hip Hop, I’m an 80’s baby. I used to listen to RUN DMC and Digital Underground before I even knew what Hip Hop was. I liked it in Middle and High School, but I really started to get into the culture in college when I was 17.How old are you now?I’m 27.How do you participate actively in the culture?I’m the super Hip Hop enthusiast. Lol… I don’t breakdance, do graffiti, emcee or DJ but I’m a true admirer of the art. Hip Hop is my passion. I stay active in the culture by incorporating Hip Hop with my other passion: Community. I am an event planner, blogger and community organizer involved in several groups that utilize Hip Hop as an educational tool and a bridge to strengthen the community.  Writers and bloggers hold a lot of power in this generation. I hope they use it appropriately. Shout out to Hip Hop Congress, Capitol Roots, The Mashup, Bring it Back Tour and Shine Clothing!In your time how has the culture been shaped by your generation in ways good and bad?  By the next generation?  The generation before you?It is very interesting to see the impact that the different generations are making on Hip Hop. I would like to say that my generation is trying to preserve the culture that the generation before us created. But in some ways that is not true. I am part of the Millennial generation which is one filled with technology and internet kids. Emcees are being discovered off of YouTube and DJs aren’t spinning vinyl anymore. Hip Hop has become a fad and is not seen as a culture to many. It’s up to my generation and the one before me to educate the next.Do you think the presence of the older generation in hip hop, means there’s no room for the younger generation?There is definitely room, and it is our responsibility to educate. I think my generation is using Hip Hop as an educational tool now more than ever. There are organizations like Hip Hop Congress, Hip Hop Summit, Hip Hop 101, Hip Hop Chess and many many others that are giving the youth a positive outlet while negating from the bad rap that Hip Hop holds in society – pun intended ;)Do you welcome them? Are you looking to mentor or collaborate with them?I do welcome them if they are willing to learn and embrace the culture, and not dumb it down.When it comes to the commercial arena, what are the rules? Can you be 50 and still spit? What about in the underground?I hate barriers. What defines mainstream, commercial, underground, indie, etc.? I don’t usually have to put a label on it when I’m talking to people who understand the culture but when I have to include a label when explaining to those that don’t understand it, I cringe.  My favorite group is the Roots who are all over the mainstream and commercial media, but to put them in that category kinda sucks lol.  But I listen to it all. Hip Hop is not just about lyrics.. its about the way it makes you feel, its about the beat, the rhythm, the melody and so much more. Sometimes I’ll find myself dancing to a mainstream song with a hot beat even though the catchy ass hook is ignorant as hell!As far as age goes.. HELL YEAH you can be 50 and spit… Hip Hop is getting older… its in its 40’s! Hip Hop music is about classics. If you can play a song that was made several years ago and still get down to it… that’s real Hip Hop.What should the exit strategy be in that instance?An artist/musician/performer can retire but it would be awesome to pass down the knowledge in some way – education, charity, writing books, making videos etc.How can your experience, assist the next generation?I’m not exactly sure.. I’m still trying to figure that out!Do you have to be a emcee, bboy, graf writer or dj to affect the culture’s impact? Or help shape it? I hope not. Hip Hop enthusiasts are just as important as the ones in the spotlight.Do you think mentorship is necessary? And how does it happen?YES! Some people are mentors without even knowing it. Building relationships with people of the community is how it happens. I’ve made many friends through Hip Hop and I’ve learned so much from them, some of them don’t even realize the positive impact they have made in my life. I hope to pass it on, and I try to as much as I can.Did you think you’d still be an a member of the hiphop community at this age? Hell yeah! ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! Some people get sick of it, some people get over it, and some people grow out of it. I believe it will be a part of me until the casket drops. It means something different to everyone. To me, it’s the love of my life.At what age do you think you’ll stop being a member of the hiphop community?  And what can you contribute to the culture at that age?I can’t tell the future.. but for now I don’t see myself stopping. I’ll contribute as much of the “5th Element” of Hip Hop as I can, for as long as I can which is: Knowledge Wisdom and Understanding.
The Conversation Grows: Bless Roxwell talks about Hip Hop and Aging.And so the discussion continues.  Why? Because we are still exploring the topic. Determining what the consensus is and listening to what motherfuckas gotta say about this shit.  Hip hop is experiencing growing pains.  This ongoing conversation is suppose to act as salve for it.  Next up to discuss this here thing called hip hop is an emcee out of NY, Brooklyn by way of Boston, Bless Roxwell.  This emcee is 15 years in the game.  She too (seems to be a trend) has an umbrella organization that allows her to act in many capacities in the business: promoter, manager, artist development and consulting to name but a few. After all hip hop is not only a culture but a business.  Though she stresses keeping it simple she is anything but.  How old were you when you first got into hiphop?My earliest recollections of Hip Hop and recognizing what it was and that I loved it was about 5 years old.. How do you participate actively in the culture?I’m an MC, first and foremost. Beyond that, I started J.A.G. Music and Media that functions as my record label and umbrella for my website dedicated to women in Hip Hop called the The Revolution of FRESH on www.wesofresh.com where we do a blog series called “She’s So Fresh” Fridays featuring a different woman in Hip Hop every Friday. Out of that grew the “She’s So Fresh” Showcase Series that ran from 2009-2010 (with more events to come), and featured an all female MC lineup for the first three events, and then we did “She’s So Fresh” Showcase, The Freshest on Film Edition, featuring all women film makers, specifically sistas that move in the world of Hip Hop, producing and directing videos and documentaries for and about Hip Hop culture. In your time as an MC, How has the culture been shaped by your generation in ways good and bad? By the next generation?  The generation before you?My generation defined Hip Hop..lol.  It continues to define Hip Hop, and I’m very proud of that. But at the same time I live with the understanding that we may have destroyed it or done irreparable damage to it with our…dreams. My generation are children of the 70’s and 80’s, and the reality is that growing up, most of us didn’t have much (see Reagan Era).  So to have something like Hip Hop as a “way out” and to be able to gain riches and material things as a result of it, well..the generation went a little buckwild.  The “Money, Power, Respect” ideal led us down a path of debauchery. BUT, and this is a very big BUT..that “image” of the Hip Hop artist “blinging” is not AT ALL representative of ALL of my generation.  There were, and are, many of us that see the big picture, that understand the power of Hip Hop and choose to use it’s powers for good as opposed to just for self. And it’s interesting to me the two sides of the coin: without the “money, cars, hoes and sex sells” road that we took in Hip Hop, would it be as culturally impacting and altering as it has been? Or would it have faded away into history? Things happen the way they do for a reason, and you can’t change what has happened in the past.As for the other generations before and after, well..those who came before were the pioneers, they took the lumps for us so we wouldn’t have to. They signed bad deals and got jerked on shows and had to fight just to perform in venues because the owners of those venues didn’t believe Hip Hop was “real” music. They did all of that so that this art would survive and grow.  I have so much respect for the trails that were blazed and the sacrifices that they made for Hip Hop, and I wish more people did.As for those who are coming after? Well, for a long time, I was nervous..lol. about Hip Hop’s survival, its legacy, but I feel a shift coming.  I can’t put my finger on it yet though.  I think a segment of the next generation is rebelling against the materialism and misogyny, and that aspect of the culture is facing a backlash. I say a segment because of course there are those that do it just to do it or to get paid or famous or whatever.  I once was on a radio show with a sista, and the question was “Do you feel any sort of responsibility to Hip Hop?” and her response flat out SHOCKED me because she said no, she did not feel any responsibility OR obligation. I won’t lie, a little piece of my heart broke right there, BUT I’ve met some amazing young artists since then and my faith has been restored.  Young people have always been a driving force in any movement, and I think they’ve realized that when you spend your advance on a Bentley, as opposed to something that will sustain your family and the community, you’re potentially setting yourself and your community up for failure.  
I think they’re realizing that Hip Hop has become a business, as opposed to an art form, and that if they continue to be defined by the record label corporation dollars, that the art form will soon die out because that’s NOT what the corporation is looking out for, they’re looking out for their bottom line. I think they’re realizing that just because you can doesn’t mean you should or that you need to. I think that young women are getting tired of being defined by their bodies and not their minds. so I feel a shift coming and I’m looking forward to it!Do you have to be a DJ, MC, BBOY or GRAF WRITER to affect the culture’s impact? or help shape it?Absolutely not!  If I decided today to stop rhyming and just focus on building my label I would still be Hip Hop. and as a label, I would definitely be affecting the culture and shaping it.  In the beginning, the indie labels were shaping and defining Hip Hop, as much as any of the four tenets, I mean Def Jam started out as an indie label, and they just got SO big that it’s easy to forget that. But there’s no one that can argue that Def Jam did NOT shape the game and/or impact the culture.  That’s just one label that comes to mind, but there are SO many that are now defunct: Tommy Boy, Next Plateau, Cold Chillin, Fresh Records, Select Records and many many more.  We haven’t [even] touched fashion (FUBU, Rocawear, etc) and how that changed the game, so the answer is absolutely not, you do NOT have to be involved in one of the four tenets to impact the culture of Hip Hop.Do you still have a statement to make with your artistry? Or have you said all you had to say?I believe I still have something to say, no doubt! I think it’s silly to think that only people of a certain age can guide the culture because in reality, as much as I adore and support young people exploring their creativity via Hip Hop, I also know that there’s wisdom to be imparted. And truthfully, with age should come wisdom. You learn things as you get older, you see the world differently and it’s SO important to impart those lessons to young people. So I think it’s necessary and imperative that MC’s remain on the mic as they get older, if only to help the generation behind.Do you think your presence, means there’s no room for the younger generation?I think it’s a Jedi Mind Trick when society tells us there is not enough and so we have to be at each other’s throats to get our slice of the pie. There is enough. There is enough space, enough creativity, enough studio time, enough sales outlets, enough of it all. I believe there’s enough, so it’s not even like you have to take someone else’s. I believe there’s room for everyone, it’s the powers that be, whomsoever they may be, that trick everybody into believing they have to cut out the next person so there can be room. If we’re too busy cutting out each other, then we’re not cutting THEM out and that’s the goal.Are you still looking for a major label deal?  I am looking for major distribution..lol. I don’t really have a desire to be signed to a label because I’ve gotten too used to the freedom that comes with independence. However, I’m a realist and realistically I understand that majors have a multitude of outlets for the promotion of their artists. So I’m still open to being distributed by a company that has reach or licensing a project to a label, where I would retain ownership of my project but not necessarily be signed to a label that will determine when I record, tour, release music etc…How does being an underground artist versus a commercial arena artist influence your response?Again, I’m probably in the minority..lol, but I think that’s another Jedi Mind Trick. I don’t live underground, I live on the surface of the earth, in the sun and on occasion I fly. In my opinion the sky’s the limit and we limit ourselves by defining ourselves as mainstream vs. underground (i.e. divide and conquer). There are some folks that relish being “underground” and that’s fine for them, no harm no foul. But me? I’m an artist. I’m a Hip Hop artist that paints pictures and images with words and I see no reason whatsoever that those masterpieces should not see the light of day, so to speak.At what point do you foresee yourself exiting the performance arena?I have no sincere idea..lol. When my body gets to old to rock shows and tour? When I feel like I can’t control my breathing? Who knows?When it comes to the commercial arena, what are the rules? Can you be 50 and still spit?It’s hard to say what the rules are because for most of the history of music, all music, it’s been figured out as it went along. Music in general, as a rule almost, is organic, it grows and changes based on the people creating it. So I think that as long as you got something to say, say it! and make it available for purchase because you NEVER know who wants to buy it, so why limit yourself?Did you think you’d still be an a member of the Hip Hop community at this age? What’s the cut off if there is one? 70? What should the exit strategy be in that instance?I always knew I’d love Hip Hop no matter what age I am..lol.  It’s Hip Hop.  We created this. Who’s to come in now and start dictating HOW it’s supposed to work? When it first started people ain’t even think it would last, let alone to be having this discussion, which is really cool to me. LOL I think overall, and I guess this is just how I live my life, nobody defines for me how, when, where I can express myself creatively.  It’s art.  I think folks forget that, but Hip Hop is an ART form, and it’s NOT just for consumption and then it’s disposable. It started as an outlet for expression and release.  It started as something that belonged to us, so I don’t know about anyone else but not I’m letting anybody get up in my head and tell me I’m too old to do something.  When a) I’m not..lol, b) it’s art, c) I enjoy it and d) that person saying that is probably somebody who ain’t never touched a mic or wrote a verse or rocked a stage but now wants to come and tell ME something?! nah sun..lol, #jedimindtrickingagain.  Now if you want to stop? Stop.  But don’t expect me to stop, I’ll stop when I’m good and ready.How can your experience assist the next generation?Well, as a woman, I’ve been through alot of what these young people, young women in particular, go through, we all have. Sometimes we have to learn on our own, but it’s nice to know that someone’s experienced what you’re going through.  Then maybe that person that’s older than you can show you a new trick on how to rock the stage without running out of breath, or how to hold the mic even! I mean, in this country it seems like we have an issue with age and aging, but again with age is supposed to come wisdom and that wisdom should be passed on to the next generation as much as possible so the same mistakes are not constantly repeated.Do you think mentorship is necessary? And how does it happen?Well, I try to pseudo-mentor MC’s whenever I can. I’m not one of those twisted people that’s like “well, I paid my dues and nobody ever helped me so I’m not gonna help anyone else”, maybe I’m just too nice..lol.  I’m always trying to stay focused on the bigger picture which is the art of Hip Hop that I love so much. If I’m going to help that survive, then it’s not really about me, it’s about the Hip Hop community and how I can help that grow.  So anytime I can help another MC, whether with advice or a connection or link to someone that can help them out, I usually do. Now that’s not to say I’m some sucka…lol, I peep movements and I love ALL people but I don’t LIKE everyone, nobody does…and it is what it is. But if I see that you are someone that truly appreciates, understands and wants to contribute to the legacy, then I am here to help in any way I can. I’ve met those that don’t feel that way, like I said above, and those are the ones that bother me and I’m less likely to support because I feel like they’re using the art selfishly, I’m not gonna front ,but those that I do support, I wholeheartedly do so!

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