Monday, March 22, 2010


-"The Source is a
United States-based, monthly full-color magazine covering hip-hop music, politics, and culture, founded in 1988. It is the world's second longest running rap periodical, behind United Kingdom-based publication Hip Hop Connection. The Source was founded as a newsletter in 1988. The current president of the publication is Jeremy Miller. From humble beginnings, the Source had grown into one of the largest and most influential hip-hop publications in the United States[citation needed]. It had even grown to the point of being called "The Bible of Hip-Hop." [1]-wikipedia

"I think the key to great journalism, is being a great listener"-

Tavis Smiley

Music, and its personal voice to the masses..journalism. I started with the foundations of hip hop journalism in specifics, a publication pre-world wide web and its progressive movement: the source magazine. Journalism constantly bridges communication, though commercial media is relative to the masses, i salute journalism or journalists who come from key perspectives, whether grassroots, journalists centered in an african-american consciousness(tavis smiley, gil noble, tony brown) or music/hip hop journalists ie: harry allen, dream hampton or peter rosenberg. Journalism that comes from a personal view that relates to the people.
Peep some the profiles of some of names mentioned specifically in hip hop:

Harry Allen is a hip hop activist and journalist ("The Media Assassin") affiliated with the group Public Enemy, and is the director of the Rhythm Cultural Institute. He grew up in Freeport, Long Island.[1]
Harry Allen first met Carlton "Chuck D" Ridenhour in 1982, when the two took an animation class at Adelphi University in Garden City. Ridenhour, also a member of hip hop group Spectrum City, introduced Allen to a clique who congregated around university radio station WBAU/90.3 FM on Monday nights (although not all were students), and, in Allen's own words, "looked at hip-hop scientifically - as an analysis of its parts - and took it completely seriously, like I did." -wikipedia

In 1990, Dream hampton became the first woman editor of The
Magazine. Hampton penned essays on, among other
misogyny, police brutality and Winnie
. She also profiled Snoop Doggy
, early in his career, as well as the
first Source cover story for megastar
Tupac Shakur.
As a contributing writer at
since the magazine's launch in 1993, Hampton
wrote articles on
Jay-Z, Mary J.
and D'Angelo. Her writing has appeared in The Village
, Spin, The Detroit News, Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Parenting
and other magazines. In addition, her essays and articles have appeared in
several anthologies, including Rock She Wrote, The Vibe History of Hip-Hop
and And It Don't Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25
Years. Hampton co-authored rapper Jay-Z's unreleased autobiography
The Black Book.
[1] -wikipedia

-Along with an insightful view to the voice of journalism.. we close thursday with an xclusive interview from peter rosenberg with dj premier..and if u never caught it several months ago..a BET network cipher hosted by premier himself..power.. every one has a voice..let it be heard by who you are..and what you do. Peace.


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