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Hip Hop Highlight: Sufi Hamilton

As we approach The 50th anniversary of Hip Hop on Aug. 11, Epicenter will be interviewing up-and-coming New York-based Hip Hop artists each week as part of our new series, “Hip Hop Highlight.”  Sufi Hamilton is a 29-year-old Brooklyn-based Hip Hop artist of Somalian descent. He is the first member of his family who was…

Exploring the evolving state of Hip Hop

Hip Hop is among America’s most popular genres of music; it’s also among the youngest. Birthed in ż at a house party in the ‘70s, nobody in their right mind could have imagined that Hip Hop would become what it is today. But lo and behold, here we are; 50 years later and…

Behind the Eye: The life and times of Joe Conzo Jr. 

A man stands frozen mid dance step, silhouetted in a silver lining of harsh fluorescent  light. His right arm is twisted, his gloved hand contorted into a spout. The left arm rests on his hip, his head akimbo, topped by a glowing white Kangol. Darkness creeps in all around him, revealing a crowd of onlookers.…

The 3 natures of Hip Hop

Like many news organizations, ż follows Associated Press style, which dictates our grammar usage. For instance, we abbreviate October when written with a specific date, but not March. Numbers under 10 are spelled out, while numbers 10 and up are written as figures. And, according to AP style, hip-hop should be spelled as such, lowercase and…

Funkmaster Flex’s recipe for success

Earlier this week, the non profit organization Windows of Hip Hop alongside the Bronx borough president Vanessa L. Gibson invited Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex to the Bronx School for Law, Government, & Justice to speak with students currently taking a popular DJing class. The 54-year-old DJ spoke candidly with the students about his journey to…

The best Hip Hop movies of all time

As we approach 50 years of Hip Hop, there is certainly no shortage of films and documentaries that either highlight the history of the genre or incorporate the culture. And while there is no way to encompass the impact Hip Hop has had on films in one list, here are a few suggestions to add…

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