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Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” Children’s Book (Record Store Day 2017)

Yes yes yes! The day has arrived!. Record Store Day 2017 is here. Today is the the that you (the fan of music) go out and support your local mom and pop record shops no matter what kind of music you enjoy. Every year I search for different Hip Hop collectibles to add to my existing collection when I came across the Holy Grail of Hip Hop collectibles. No! I’m not talking about Ghostface Killah‘s bird bracelet, Freeway‘s beard, Flavor Flav‘s clock or Slick Rick’s eye patch. I’m talking about the book Slick Rick read during his classic son, Children’s Story. You know how it goes:

(High pitch voice)Uncle Ricky, could you read us a bedtime story?
Please, huh, please?
Alright, you kids get to bed, I’ll get the storybook
Y’all tucked in?

Well the great folks at Get On Down have released a collectible book with Slick Rick’s classic tale. According to Get On Down, “It’s an 18-page, puffy-cover children’s book with illustrations detailing Rick’s classic cops-and-robbers story single from 1988”.

I think it’s safe to say that I will be copping this. This is must for any fan of the culture. Check out your local record store and you might get lucky.

Stay Healthy!
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Tone Liv – The People’s Mayor (Commentary)

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Before I joined this fine blog that is 7thboro, I started a site 7 years ago in Chicago. My focus was to shine a spotlight on a lot of talented emcees who were working hard to emerge from obscurity. Some life changes, and a few years later, I found myself back in my home state of New Jersey. So now, my focus was seeking out all the Hip Hop The Garden State had to offer, and I wasn’t disappointed, I mean Jersey only being a bridge away from the birth of the culture we love so much, it only made sense.

Jersey has a lot of Hip Hop talent, some known, many unknown. With technology today, and the flooding of content and information and very short attention spans, alot of talented dudes get lost in the fray, one emcee who refuses to be one of those dudes, is Tone Liv.
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The Comeback……..

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I’m not one for grand announcements or showmanship, and this is not what this post is…This is about how I tried to stay away from a culture I love, with my whole heart, because I felt it didn’t need me, I felt Hip Hop is really for the younger generation now, it’s taken its course outside the realm I felt comfortable in. Hip Hop has evolved so much in the last few years, it’s almost unrecognizable. From the business side of it and how indies and majors work, to how artists promote their music, even down to the very nature to how we get and listen to our music, it’s all changed drastically. For us Hip Hop Purists(Ole’heads), it’s now moved away from the many things we fell in love with this genre in the first place. Listen, I’m never against change, change for the most part is good, in anything we do or enjoy, at first it’s hard to accept, and that’s human nature, but in time we see that it was for the better…That being said, I guess I wasn’t there yet, and it was very hard to accept.

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Spotlight #3: Wisconsin

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Spotlight: Wisconsin
What’s the first thing you think of when you think of the Wisconsin music scene? If you said rock, then you’re not alone. But I’m here to change your mind. When you think of Wisconsin I want you to think of hip-hop. I will admit I honestly didn’t think that I would get as many dope emcees out of Wisconsin that I did until I started this spotlight piece. I knew of two. Father Focus Confucius who is a member of a collective I am a huge fan of, Dead Rabbits, and Taiyamo Denku who I first got familiar with because of his dope catalog and the number of artists I am a fan of, who have featured on his songs and co-sign him. I know what you purists are thinking…But they’re mid-west! Everything is going to be trap right? Absolutely not. Turns out there are some real ill emcees that rep the state famous for its cheese. So many in fact that I may have do a spotlight Wisconsin Part 2. So sit back and let us introduce you to some dope.
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7th Boro Writer Spotlight: Relm 1

As you guys know hip-hop is more than just emceeing. One of the elements of hip-hop that doesn’t get the shine it deserves is the art that is graffiti. Graffiti, as we have come to know emerged in the 1960s, started as a protest tool to leave messages to the people. Then in the 70s the emergence of tagging, using your Graff signature to create a piece became prevalent. Some say that it can be traced to a single source, Taki 183. If you’re unfamiliar Taki 183, was a messenger who lived on 183rd street in Washington Heights, hence the 183. Wherever he went he would use a marker and write his tag {name) at subway stations and on subway cars, both inside and out. Writers started mimicking him and the trend was born. When I was living in Brooklyn I partook in some writing myself. In fact my first tattoo was my tag.

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Then came the use of spray paint instead of markers, especially on more intricate pieces. Thus began the period of Style Wars. Many would have you believe that graffiti is gang related. While there was an emergence of crews it was rarely violent. Crews were formed to look out for one another, to work together on larger pieces or to look out for authority figures. Older writers took on younger ‘interns’ to teach them their style. At one point gangs did adopt the practice of tagging to mark territory but yeah I’m not getting into that. We’re here to talk about the culture. So how exactly did graffiti become known as one of the elements of hip-hop?

To understand that you would have to understand the history of hip-hop itself. It started out at block parties. But early hip-hop days where music brought us together, was in essence a big show. While emceeing and DJing repped the music side of things, b-boying showcased dance and graffiti supplied the visual. It was not unusual to see all the elements simultaneously at one of these block parties. Someone spitting while a DJ did his thing, while there was a dance off and a writer was working on a wall piece. This is why hip-hop is all these things. In the early days of hip-hop it wasn’t uncommon for an emcee to also be a writer or a b-boy or some mix, it was all intertwined. It made sense that graffiti became an essential element to the hip-hop culture.

We here at 7thBoro celebrate all the elements of hip-hop. So we have decided to bring to you a new Sunday series. For the next few months we are going to highlight a different writer. Some local, some known. All with a common goal. So sit back and get to know our first writer: Relm1

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7th Boro Salute to Halftime Radio – Thank you @ItsDJEclipse

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In about a half hour from now (10:30 eastern) the Halftime Show will air for the last time. In a city where mainstream radio has fallen apart, one could always depend on DJ Eclipse to bring us that good old fashioned boom bap hip hop. This show has been holding us down for 18 years. That’s pretty remarkable if you think about it. Shout out to DJ Eclipse and the whole Halftime Crew for making our Wednesday nights special. Thank you.

Peace to Bryan from the Beeshine for this dope video.

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Spotlight #2: Kentucky

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Spotlight: Kentucky

When you think of Kentucky music the first thing that pops in your head may be folk music or bluegrass but certainly not hip -hop right? But you would be wrong. There is a new movement of Kentucky hip-hop artists trying and succeeding in changing the stereotype that any hip-hop coming from Kentucky is all “trap rap” or “country”.
I’ll be honest few years ago I would have made that same assumption. I didn’t think Kentucky and hip-hop was synonymous until I came across Lexington artist Devine Carama. Not only is he nice on the mic but he’s one of my favorite artists out at the moment. And this is coming from a Brooklyn chick for life. Thus began my expedition to find more dope hip-hop. For the past two months I have been listening to some Kentucky artists and my verdict is there are some real dope emcees hailing from the K.

One of the things we love doing here at the blog is introducing you to new artists from all over that you might not have heard otherwise. Here are some dope emcees repping their state that get the Scy stamp of approval. The great thing about hip-hop is that it really is universal and reaches so many different people on different levels. They say our culture is dying but here is proof that it is thriving. And it’s not just thriving in places you expect like New York and Philly but all around the globe, and places like Kentucky!

So sit back and let me introduce you to some Kentucky hip -hop. While I can’t post each artist’s entire catalog, I urge you to check out their Sound Cloud, Band Camp, and other outlets for their music. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

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Spotlight #1: Michigan (RE-POST)

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As you guys know The Hip Hop Head and 7th Boro did a merge a few months back. Prior to that I had started an editorial series hoping to highlight underground emcees that deserved some shine other than their local scene. Right now I am working on the second edition of that featuring some dope artists from… Kentucky! I figured I would repost the first of the series. So while I get the Kentucky piece together peep some dope artists from Michigan, the subject of #1. And of course hit me up and let me know what Spotlight #3 should be. I’m open to suggestions. Check it out!

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