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Who created urban culture?
March 19, 2007 – 12:20 pm | 3 Comments
Who created urban culture?

We came across an interesting article by former One World magazine editor John Pasmore, defining the main power players in the creation of urban culture.
The top five were:
1. Russell Simmons

Mr. Simmons created the culture or …

Random House/Villard to release “epic” hip-hop book
March 16, 2007 – 2:00 pm | No Comment
Random House/Villard to release “epic” hip-hop book

Hip-hop fans, mark your calendars for the June 12 release of Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Random House/Villard) by veteran music journalist Brian Coleman.
Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from De La Soul’s …

Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery present Lettus Bee
March 15, 2007 – 3:53 pm | One Comment
Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery present Lettus Bee

FIFTY24SF in association with Upper Playground deliver a grown up toy that’s sure to sell fast.
Lettus Bee is the novelty icon of the Wrench Pilot comic series from Transworld Skateboarding magazine.
The toy shows Lettus Bee …

Coloring books for the hip-hop generation
March 12, 2007 – 11:28 am | 8 Comments
Coloring books for the hip-hop generation

According to The Sun, furious parents in the UK are demanding a coloring book for kids showing rappers in various violent poses should be taken off the shelves.
One page features 50 Cent brandishing a gun …

2007 Zoo York Spring Break Tour
March 9, 2007 – 4:40 pm | One Comment
2007 Zoo York Spring Break Tour

Following in the hallowed tradition of college students far and wide, the Zoo Crew is packing its bags and heading down to the Sunshine State for the first-ever Z.Y. Spring Break Tour.
From March 16 – …

Art imitates life at the Def Jam Icon game launch
March 8, 2007 – 3:29 pm | One Comment
Art imitates life at the Def Jam Icon game launch

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons with Redman
The stars came out last night in New York City to celebrate the release of the new game Def Jam Icon.
Each a unique character in the …

Jazz star claims hip-hop acts are “ghetto minstrels”
March 6, 2007 – 5:18 pm | 4 Comments
Jazz star claims hip-hop acts are “ghetto minstrels”

Is today’s hip-hop just one big joke?
Jazz star Wynton Marsalis seems to think so, recently ripping into some of the biggest names in hip-hop, claiming the genre demeans African-American culture.
Marsalis – widely regarded as one …

Graffiti bars make their debut this month
March 4, 2007 – 9:10 pm | One Comment
Graffiti bars make their debut this month

Nowadays not only are hip-hop heads pining for the good ol’ days, they’re doing something about it.
Whether it’s acts like Nas dropping tribute tracks like “Where Are They Now” about rappers from the past, or …

Must-see television for the hip-hop generation
March 4, 2007 – 9:55 am | No Comment
Must-see television for the hip-hop generation

The 38th NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards were recently held in Los Angeles, hosted by rapper/actor LL Cool J.
U2′s Bono received the Chairman’s Award for his unwavering efforts to …

Radio jock Wendy Williams lends her voice to a good cause
March 1, 2007 – 4:20 pm | No Comment
Radio jock Wendy Williams lends her voice to a good cause

Often called the “Queen of Radio,” radio host and author Wendy Williams has teamed with non-profit organization Hangtags for Humanity and Apple Bottoms clothing to produce the “Contribution Smart T”.
The proceeds generated from the Contribution …

Russell Simmons to release new book
March 1, 2007 – 11:06 am | No Comment
Russell Simmons to release new book

One of hip-hop’s most revered figures, Russell Simmons, is getting ready to release his new book – Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success – in April.
With …

MAGIC fashion show 2007 – wrap up!
February 27, 2007 – 4:45 pm | 2 Comments
MAGIC fashion show 2007 – wrap up!

For the DrJays.com team, the first day of the MAGIC trade show, held every February and August in Las Vegas, is always Streetwear.

The bustling tradefloor at MAGIC 2007.
The Streetwear section is the most vibrant …

Shop till you drop in Def Jam’s new game
February 27, 2007 – 4:21 pm | 3 Comments
Shop till you drop in Def Jam’s new game

In the new videogame Def Jam: Icon, not only do you get be a rapper, you get to burn cash like one.
One of the game’s highlights is the ability for players to purchase virtual clothing …

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