For Those Who Can't Sleep On Hip Hop

Here is an awesome event for anyone interested in marketing. IIR’s “THE CONFERENCE ON MARKETING: Seeking Certainty in Experimental Times,” Feb. 4-6, 2008 at Naples Grande Resort & Club.

Seth Godind, marketing guru and author of The Dip, Purple Cow, and Meatball Sundae will be speaking.

Also appearing will be Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink & The Tipping Point. Many other great speakers are scheduled as well. Visit to get more information. Or to sign up call 888 670-8200 or email . Ask for a discount and give them the code word insomniac for up to 15% off of the entrance fee.

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Wu-Tang’s standout member Method Man, produces a DVD full of Wu bangers. Mr. Meth shows why he is one of the favorite Wu-Tang members by engaging the audience throughout this DVD. He produces a live show full of crowd-pleasing rhymes and a non-stop energy filled performance.

Recorded LIVE in Los Angeles, CA on the infamous Sunset Strip, this DVD is a good stocking stuffer for all Wu-Tang heads. Meth even gives some much-needed shine to fellow Wu-Tang emcees, Ugod and Inspectah Deck.

Old Dirty is memorialized with a gritty performance from Meth, U God and Inspectah Deck. Although, ODB is gone, he is definitely still alive in the minds of hip hoppers.

Method Man’s Live From The Sunset Strip is a good addition to the collection of any Hip Hop fan. I am Tony Samuel and I endorse this DVD.

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December 23, 2007


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Insomniac asked some of their favorite Hip Hop experts to give suggestions for great gifts for the Hip Hop fan on their Christmas list. 51qly5gagkl_ss500_.jpg

Before we get to their responses here are a few from Insomniac’s Editor:

First things first: Almost anything from the Golden Recorded Era of Hip Hop would make a great gift. Go online and look for classic music from 1979 – 1988. Artists such as Run DMC, Public Enemy, Grand Master Flash, Whodini, The Jungle Brothers, Stetsasonic, Ultramagnetic, Boogie Down Productions, The Juice Crew, and others are great gifts.

If the music is on vinyl, even better. Go out and explore some of the best music in the genre, then learn and teach others about some of these gems. If you don’t know the history, you don’t know Hip Hop.

Don’t sleep on Slam Jamz new James Brown tribute release Tribb to JB. You know if it’s from Chuck D, it has to be great Hip Hop-

Check out the Ion Cassette Deck to record your old tapes to digital format.

Here’s the Portable Flip digital video usb camera to record impromptu freestyle sessions.

Numark’s portable, battery operated turntable so you can bring your vinyl on the road.

Don’t sleep on The Fat Boys’ debut album. These ’80s Hip Hop pioneers had a gimmick on the surface, but really delivered the goods.

Here are the responses from our experts:

Kwame Vear
Occupation- Hip Hop Radio Host Veteran (15 years on the air)
Details- Kwame has hosted an insightful Hip Hop Music and Talk Program-“Equilibrium Radio” which currently airs every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm est. on WHCR (Harlem Radio) for over 15 years. Listen to him on 90.5 in NYC or online at or visit

Best Gift For A Hip Hop Fan

Wildstyle 25th anniversary edition

Tommy D.R.E.A.D.
(Hip Hop/Music Human Database)

“The Hip Hop audience needs to obtain some houses, land, and education, since these are more valuable than any gift that could be wrapped up or obtained during Black Friday (the day after “Thanksgiving”.) You could borrow money from you house and land (equity) to finance your education. In addition, those three items NEVER depreciate in value. For those who still want to participate in being a helper for a fictional obese man and stick something under a tree, listed below are my ‘Best Hip Hop Gifts.’”

Wildstyle (VHS) – I know that I sound like a technophobe, but; so what. The DVD version does not contain the breakbeats (Take Me to the Mardi Gras and God Made Me Funky) that Grandmaster Flash was cutting.

Street Credentials (DVD) – For those who want to comprehend the music industry from a prospective of several independent hip hop performers and producers.

Letter to the President (DVD) – I know this came out approximately 3 years ago. But it is a documentary that examines political and social issues discussed in hip hop community.

Mr. Untouchable (DVD) – According to ,the release date is January 29, 2008. Anyway, this is recommended for the individuals who are interested in the history of Leroy “Nicky” Barnes and spent their $10.50 watching American Gangster.

Anilast aka Stuart de la Rosa
Occupation- Long time radio DJ- Sundays 8-10pm on KSMT 102.3 & 102.7

Roc Radier’s “How to Rock a Party”
For beatmaker’s memory cards for their drum machines
Pharoh Monch’s new album “Desire” is a must!!

For the digital DJ, a Serato system

D.I.T.C For Life……………

Occupation- Hip Hop Producer and Artist
Current album-Distraktions (available in stores and now)

“The Livescribe smartpen. You could record some of your rhymes, while writing them, take notes while your in class. It’s bananas and affordable. Here’s a link to check the science. ”

Lork La Rock
Occupation- Proprietor

“An all velor, sky blue and white Adidas jumpsuit with a Kangol…ha, that would be a dope gift for a real Hip Hop fan.”

Khalid Strickland
Occupation- Extroadinary Hip Hop journalist, director and artist.
Recent film- Thug Opus

“‘The Wire’ season 4 dvd box set- that may have been the best season yet. The hip-hop following for The Wire is huge, plus the final season (#5) is coming out in 2008.”

“Also, how about the 2008 calender for Coco (Ice-T’s wife). Last year, her people gave me the 2007 calender & the DVD that comes with it. Man, that made the spot above my desk look so much better. LOL.”

Deena B
Occupation- Long timeHip Hop Radio Host for Soundbox at 10:00pm on KBOO (90.7) Portland, OR

“The best gift for the hip hopper is always sh*t they don’t NEED but WANT.”

DJ Nesto
Occupation- Long time Hip Hop radio host and DJ as heard on “The HoneyComb Hideout Show” on WODU in Norfolk, VA

“For any DJ that wants to stay relevant on the party scene I’d say that Serato or M-Audio’s Torq is a must. Labels have either stopped servicing vinyl or have cut back extremely hard on wax, and the chosen format has now become MP3s.

DVDs- Style Wars, Beat Street, and the first Breakin’ movie are a must for the collection.”

Fiona Bloom
Occupation- Publicist
For The Ladies
“BiJules NYC has this great gift item called “Serpensive“- it’s a pinky ring– can wrap around 1 or 4 fingers.”

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Words by Khalid Strickland a.k.a. Dirty Angel  

Photos and video clips by Sachiko Kato

     The J.A.M. Awards and Concert, an event which honored the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last week.  This monumental tribute was orchestrated by Jay’s wife, Terri Corley-Mizel, New York graffiti legend “Kaves” (from rap group “Lords of Brooklyn”) and the CEO of EPOP International, David Clark.  The Jam Master Jay Foundation, headed by Corley-Mizel and some of JMJ’s closest friends, sponsored the show along with Adidas, The Fader magazine and radio station Hot-97.  Nominees for the three awards (categorized as Justice, Arts and Music) were chosen by JMJ Foundation board members for their track record of social responsibility.  The Ballroom’s capacity crowd was treated to tight performances by Snoop Dogg, Jim Jones, Raekwon, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, M.O.P., De La Soul, EPMD, Papoose, Everlast and Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs.

Prodigy of Mobb Deep…

Big Noyd & Prodigy…



     Political rap duo dead prez presented the Justice Award, which Chuck D of Public Enemy won.  Chuck wasn’t in attendance, so his manager accepted on his behalf.  Tough-as-nails emcee Bumpy Knuckles and Q-Tip presented the Arts award to the winner, graffiti pioneer Lee Quinones.  Finally, the Music award (presented by “Kaves”) went to Wyclef Jean, who also couldn’t make the event.

M-1 of dead prez…

Bumpy Knuckles & Q-Tip present the Arts Award…

     The concert was great, with plenty of memorable highlights.  Much to the delight of the crowd, LL Cool J joined EPMD onstage to perform their classic collabo, “Rampage”.  DJ Scratch (who was introduced to EPMD by Jam Master Jay) wowed the audience with his incredible feats of turntable manipulation.  Prodigy (rocking a hoodie emblazoned with the phrase “Free P”) gave one of his final live shows before his 3 and ½ year bid in the bing.  Before launching into his platinum catalog, Snoop Dogg, clad in a trademark Run-DMC fedora and thick gold rope chain, began his performance with a rendition of Run-DMC’s 1983 hit, “Sucker MCs”.  Mixtape phenom Papoose closed his set with “Alphabetical Slaughter”, the creative song that inspired Kay Slay to sign him.  Pap wowed the crowd as he rapped the entire alphabet from A to Z, only using words that started from the letter he was at; all the while, his hype-men held up giant cards that displayed whatever letter he was rapping.


Snoop Dogg…

Snoop Dogg…

     Jim Jones, accompanied by fellow DipSet member Juelz Santana, took to the stage to perform what is arguably the year’s biggest record, “We Fly High”.  Jimmy donned a leather Adidas jacket, shell-top Adidas sneakers and a rope chain to honor the Jam Master.  The DipSet Capo (or leader, depending on who you ask) received a smattering of boos, however, when he inexplicably exited the stage midway through “We Fly High”. Upon his departure, Jones didn’t say “goodbye”, “peace” or anything; meanwhile, the song (complete with his pre-recorded vocal track) continued to play.  M.O.P. killed s**t as usual with their high-energy performance.  Everlast, with DJ Muggs on the one’s and two’s, played an electric guitar through his set (he even covered a Johnny Cash song) before he finally did “Jump Around”.  Shucky Ducky, a member of the Boot Camp Clik, staggered onto the stage blind drunk (like he’d done earlier in the show) during Raekwon’s powerful, crowd-pleasing set.  Throughout the performance, the boozed-up Shucky danced wildly and played Rae pretty close, but The Chef didn’t mind.  Earlier that day, the mother of BCC member Tek (Smif-N-Wessun) had passed away.  So, as Rae put it, “Anybody down with Boot Camp can do what the f**k they wanna do around me right now.”  Fellow Wu-Tanger Cappadonna gave Rae a huge assist on songs like “Ice Cream” and “Fish”, and the crowd went nuts.

Jim Jones & Juelz Santana…


Jim Jones…


Jim Jones & Juelz Santana…


     Once the show ended, elated hip-hop fans exited the premises peacefully and without incident.  Much to the disappointment of the stone-faced cops posted up outside of the Ballroom, there would be no arrests or violence for the tabloids to exploit.  Jam Master Jay would have been proud.

Peep these links to see exclusive video clips taken at the concert:

M.O.P. (“Ante Up”):

SNOOP DOGG (“Deep Cover”):


EPMD (“Rampage”):

SNOOP (“Sucker MCs”):

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