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J.R.O.B. Inspired by 67 Orange

J.R.O.B. is an artist out of Chicago who is making his name known here in NYC.  He’s refreshing –  someone who brings high-level musicality and intelligence to his deeply personal views of the world and his own life experiences.  He’s authentic, and is never predictable.  Every song he makes is a journey full of surprises, driving beats, along with a true, relevant message.

J.R.O.B. was in Harlem at 67 Orange recently, and the atmosphere, of this wonderful, historical speakeasy inspired him to write the above account of his life experiences that led him to the moment he experienced there.  He was staying at Aloft Harlem at the time, where the song was written. I asked him how it all came about:  67 Orange Street is a personal record that was sculpted at the Aloft Hotel in Harlem during a dark period of time in my life. ..the song was inspired by 67 Orange, a quaint, cozy little speakeasy that was invisible to the average eye on Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem. Its array of beautifully prepared, classy and tasteful specialty cocktails, and southern style chicken served as a source of comfort during an already difficult time. The hook was created as a way of saying that I will not go down without a fight. I will remain powerful even in my darkest days.

So my friends, you heard it here.  Keep an eye out for J.R.O.B.  He is destined to achieve high levels of success.  He’ll return to the city soon.  I’ll keep you posted about his upcoming shows.  Please know that the above song contains a little adult content.  Enjoy, and please let me know what you think!



Hip Hop Saves Lives A Non-Profit Organization For A Good Cause

Kids helping Kids is a youth program where children are taught humanity through hip hop.  Listen to the explanation on “why hip hop” by Founder and CEO “Chad Harper” of Hip Hop Saves Lives and learn more about this organization and their upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall.

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Hip Hop was birthed out of a gang truce in the South Bronx that happened on Dec. 8th 1971. This gang truce was celebrated weekly as all the gangs would come together and party in honor of the peace. A gang called The Ghetto Brothers which was formed as a gang to create peace was behind this treaty and weekly parties. The Ghetto Brothers were also a live band and performed each week at the celebrations. From these parties the culture of Hip Hop woud be born. Kool Herc began DJing on Aug 11th 1973 which is Hip Hop’s official birthday. Kool Herc is credited as the father of Hip Hop because he extended the break beat by playing two of the same record and looping the break beat over and over. This he called the Merry-go-round. This dj technique is what created Break dancing or what the original Hip Hop heads call Breakin’. The extended break beat ignited dance battles and crews formed to compete. As the word spread of the new dj and dance style DJ Kool Herc’s parties became the most popular in the Bronx. He then got a microphone and began to give shout outs to his friens and local celebrites at the parties. This was the birth of the MC or rapper. This addition would transform the community culture of celebrating peace to a music form that would cirlce the globe!
My name is Chad Harper. Founder and CEO of Hip Hop Saves Lives, a non-profit organization that teaches humanity through Hip Hop by celebrating the works of everyday heroes around the globe through songs and videos. My brother Johwell St-Cilien founded an organization called Negus World. Negus means KING in an ethiopean language. His organization is a self empowerment movement around the world. Johwell also was a dancer and became a well known videograher in the dance community in NYC. We came together to create a youth program entitled KIDS HELPING KIDS; A HIP HOP EXPERIENCE. In this program we don’t just teach humanity through Hip Hop we create young humanitarians.
To celebrate Hip Hop’s 40th birthday we are taking Hip Hop’s original principles of PEACE LOVE UNITY AND HAVIN’ FUN which were outlined by the God Father of Hip Hop Afrika Bambaataa and going to Carnegie Hall for our youth to perform their intelligent music created in our program honoring everyday heroes. Hip Hop is American roots music so our youth will be joined on stage by world roots bands Brown Rice Family and Zing Experience.
This event is important to show our youth and youth around the world that there is a stage and most importantly an audience for intelligent music.
People around the world have their expressed dissapointment concerning the current state of hip hop for its negative language and actions towards its own community. THis current music is NOT what Hip Hop was founded on and we are here to take back the name Hip Hop and educate on the difference between Hip Hop and Rap music. One can rap about what ever they like and create Rap music but Hip Hop was founded on a peace treaty that created unity and expressed love, all while having fun!
If you love the true principles of Hip Hop and feel it’s important for the youth to have a tool that they love and can use to express themselves positively, then we need your support. We all know the power and influence of Hip Hop. We must make sure it continues to do what it was intended to do. We will see you at Carnegie Hall.

*Please help to spread the word about Hip Hop Saves Lives by tweeting, reposting or sharing this information within your community. You can also help by going to their Event Link NOW and buy a t-shirt or more to help the kids program to perform this November 3rd at Carnegie Hall.

Sunday Jazz Corner With Gil Scott-Heron – Is That Jazz?

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Gil Scott-Heron was a jazz and soul, musician, and author, known for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 1980s.  With a wide range of diverse fans he delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles.  He referred to himself as a “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.”

After a 16 year stretch he recorded his last album released in 2010 entitled  I’m New Here.  A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, April 27, 2011.  In looking through his video footage today, I chose one in particular besides Gils obvious talent and the amazing Midnight Band, was because of something he said before he starts his performance at the half way point in the video.  He said “Every once in awhile I have gone into record stores lately and found our music in a category called miscellaneous.  Bothered the hell out of me.  Folks are often to anxious to put things into various little compartments.  To often they are to anxious to sweep certain sorts of music under the corner of the rug.  We find that this is particularly true with music that they refer to as jazz.”

Update: This video was deleted unfortunately on youtube,  so I have reposted two more videos instead.  The first one is Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” an excellent 60 minute documentary.  The second one is Gil Scott-Heron  “Is That Jazz” performed live.

Check out Gil Scott-Heron’s last album “I’m New Here” on  iTunes MUSIC.  And while you are there browse and listen to all of his work and you will understand why he became a cult classic and an inspiration for many new artists.

This Is How You STOP The Harlem Shake

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This is how you stop the Harlem Shake… LOL.  This is the best one yet by far.  I keep saying I will stop posting, but couldn’t resist.  Thanks jl3sport for sending it to Harlem Condo Life.

Enjoy Harlem!

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See our previous Harlem Shake posts –

How To Do The Harlem Shake – A Brief Tutorial                                                      Harlem re-claims the Harlem Shake
The Harlem Shake from a Business Perspective
John O’s Harlem Shake Down – Rapper responds to the Harlem Shake