Hip hop and basketball have gone hand-in-hand ever since Kurtis Blow greased up his ‘fro and wrote a song dedicated to the sport back in ’84. There has been a litany of b-ballers that have tried their hand at the rap game (Iverson, Ron Artest and Chris Webber to name a few) and a handful of…
As rural art forms that have been around for generations, country and folk music have a long history of joining forces to create infrastructure to help support music, principally in festival gatherings, some that have been going on for many years, and some that have reached into urban zones. As an urban art form, and one that is only a few decades old, hip-hop is devoid of the long-standing festival infrastructure roots music enjoys. And as the corporate music world continues to crumble and is able to support fewer artists, while capital and infrastructure to develop upcoming acts continues to contract, hip-hop and indie rock bands have been flocking to traditional roots festivals for support.
Most of my heroes didn’t appear on no stamp,’ is more than just a great quote. Chuck D’s words define generations of struggle, racial intolerance and also act as a timely reminder that Hip-Hop can be a snarling and witty political beast rather than just about bling and bitches. The brainchild of Mark Culmer, a graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist based in Brighton, the Hip-Hop stamp collection is, quite simply, one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. Although they are not available as actual stamps, the original collection ‘A Celebration Of The Golden Era’ featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Eazy-E, Biggie, Biz Markie and 30-odd other MC-ing legends, is available on a T-shirt or as an A2 print and Mark is now rolling out a load of new stamps of 50 Cent, Eminem and Jay-Z.
This dude’s dedication to his Taco Bell “Monster” Remix is unreal. For real, someone at Taco Bell give this dude free Taco Bell for life. Watch the whole way through, at the least til he hits the Jay verse. SMH.