Kool Herc

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Hip-Hop Did Not Start the Way You Think it Did

    To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on wax. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The man behind the mask: Forget about Who Killed Jigaboo Jones -- who is Jeff Campbell?

    Jeff Campbell's one-man show, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?, premieres tonight at work | space. Our Show & Tell blog spoke with Campbell about the show, and that piece focuses primarily on the production. We also caught up with Campbell, who's been a stalwart of the Colorado hip-hop scene for the better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    The Worm Tank jam in Boulder this Saturday is meant for everybody, not just hip-hop heads

    See also: The third annual Spirit of Hip-Hop celebrates the four elements and keeps the culture alive What began as a casual Friday cookout/dance get-together has blossomed into a full-blown community hip-hop jam -- and you don't need to be a hip-hop-head to appreciate the Worm Tank Jam going down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Peter Black on growing up around music, So What! and the importance of community

    See Also: Tonight: Peter Black at the Meadowlark Peter Black (aka Peter Gurule) first gained renown as a DJ as part of the long-running and legendary club night, So What! Since then, he's made a name for himself not just as a skilled DJ in a very real sense of the term but as someone who has taken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    As Black History Month comes to a close, we reflect on the influential Sounds of Blackness

    Black History Month 2012 has been a doozy. Beginning with the tragic and shocking death of Don Cornelius to dealing with equally troubling news of Whitney Houston's passing as the month wore on. Most interesting about this time is the ways in which the music healed us. When Whitney died, DJs played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Dual release party at Cervantes' tonight featuring A.V.I.U.S., Mane Rok and Es-Nine

    Tonight at Cervantes' A.V.I.U.S. is releasing his sophomore solo effort, For Better or Worse, in a dual release party with Mane Rok and Es-Nine, who are dropping En Stereo -- a tribute to the deejay and MC collaboration. We already gave you a sneak peek of A.V.I.U.S.'s new joint, now we've got an ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Mane Rok and Dee Jay Tense to donate proceeds to Kool Herc to help offset medical bills

    ​As you might have heard, Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell), father of the breakbeat and master hip-hop visionary, was hospitalized over the weekend. Since news of his illness and subsequent trouble covering medical costs first dropped on DJ Premier's blog, there has been an outpouring of support ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Out Tha Box TV, Green Lantern, Common, 50 Cent

    LOCALS ONLY The online Colorado hip-hop show Out Tha Box TV will celebrate two years on air next month and they’re beginning their third year with a bang. The online show will be heading to television sets on May 14 on the ION Network at 3 p.m. “We were looking for a station that was on the move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    The Friday Rap-Up: DJ Low Key, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Buckshot, Dr. Dre

    Locals Only DJ Low Key is doing big things in Denver right now. The last year was a big one for the Basementalism Radio Show alum and 2008 is looking to be just as big. He ended 2007 having his mixtape Median’s Relief in the Making (hosted by 9th Wonder) on several critical year-end lists and he ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Critics' Picks for 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Review: Westword Music Showcase @ DC10 - 6/16/07

    Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 Westword Music Showcase June 16, 2007 DC10 Better than: KS107.5’s Summer Jam (cheaper too!). This is real hip-hop. DJ Bedz kicked off things at DC10 this past Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. before a rather sparse crowd -- a stage manager, a sound guy and a couple of b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    Showcase by the Snippet

    Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 There are several ways to approach a festival such as June 16's Westword Music Showcase. Wrist-banders can check out a handful of their favorites or several groups they haven't had a chance to catch yet and spend the rest of their time exploring the rewarding world of mass ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2007

    Lifesavas Take Portland to School

    Meet the three righteous teachers behind Hip-Hop 101.

  • Home Entertainment

    March 30, 2006

    Spray-On Soul

    Getting Up is a flawed but fascinating ode to graffiti 's early years.

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Consumer Aborts

    Don't look for DJ Spooky's new CD in his slot at the record store. It's not for sale.

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Old at Heart

    Mainstream news offers little to the under-thirty crowd.

  • Music

    March 7, 2002

    Peoples Get Ready

    As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    And You Don't Stop

    Jeff Campbell's hip-hop classes are about reading, writing and rapping.

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Up With People

    The People Under the Stairs question hip-hop's answers.

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Break Out

    The beat of the street makes the Freestylers feel like dancing.