Launched in 1999, HipHopDX is an online magazine giving you the latest news, videos, reviews, interviews, new releases, and what’s hot in the industry. Check out HipHopDX on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube for more of the goods.
New York-based record label Babygrande has been around since 2001, and has released more than 3,000 albums in different genres, from hip hop, EDM, to indie rock, and they’ve launched hundreds of careers and promoted even more. You can also find Babygrande on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and YouTube.
One of the leaders in showcasing and promoting independent rap and hip hop, Stop The Breaks helps up-and-comers focus on what matters most: making music. Check out their website to find the latest news, music, and showcases; you can also connect to Stop The Breaks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and YouTube.
The NY Hip Hop Report is an online hip hop talk radio show and pod-cast created by Manny Faces, where it filled the void in the New York Hip Hop scene by not just playing the music, but talking about what mattered to everyone about music, culture, and everything in between, with call-ins, discussions, debates, and special guests. The NY Hip Hop Report goes live every Sunday night at 10PM, and you can follow the show on Facebook and Twitter as well.
Created in 2011, Upcoming Hip Hop offers news, interviews, new releases, reviews, and more from up-and-comers and veterans that have long been under the radar, and they also do their bit by offering to help artists with promotion and marketing. You can find Upcoming Hip Hop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, and YouTube.
Sharelle Burt of the New York Daily News shares her impressions and some hard facts about the most successful hip hop albums of 2015.
The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz writes a feature-length article about the life, work, and career of hip hop host Peter Rosenberg, going through the highlights and encounters with some of the most influential artists of the industry.
What happens when a rapper finally gets a big break in the music industry? Nancy Jo Sales’ feature for NY Magazine takes a look at artists’ lives after they’ve earned their fortunes.
The New York Times’ Alex French writes about how old-school rap boosted an Indianapolis radio station's ratings from the #15 spot straight to #1.
Writing for the New York Times, Winnie Hu reports on how hip hop is being used as part of an innovative school program in counseling children and young adults.
For some troubled young adults, conventional community therapy may not be the best way to treat their mental health issues; Hip Hop offers an effective alternative to traditional tools for endangered youths living in compromised neighborhoods.
I want to start off by stating my intentions when I say “mental health issues”: I understand that, for some readers, this term may sound harsh, or even insulting; after all, popular culture often gives us the impression that the phrases “mental health issues” or “mental conditions” mean mysterious illnesses that are barely understood, consist of nasty hallucinations, or even come with a hefty amount of delirium; while actual mental disorders can actually cause these symptoms, there are also milder conditions that aren’t nearly as intense as pop culture presents ― for instance, stress is considered as normal in certain situations, but when it gets out of hand and is not treated promptly, it can lead to a mental disorder.
When it comes down to mental health issues in violence-stricken communities, there are studies that reveal that incidences of certain conditions are much more common. For example, the prevalence of PTSD in youths of these communities is higher than in the rest of the country. Naturally, there are lots of ways that a professional could help treat these diseases, but in some cases, such as when the affected individual is uncooperative, or when the therapist can’t establish effective rapport, treatment fails.
Fortunately, in a dramatic turn of events that might even be called destiny, in the cases where all else failed, it seemed like the music that originated in these violent communities could be the cure for the mental health issues that ail its denizens. That’s right - Hip Hop music is being used as a tool to help youths living in rough neighborhoods. From HIV prevention, reduction of unwanted pregnancies, to counseling for sufferers of mental conditions and other applications, hip hop has proven to be a very effective instrument that allows communication with patients in a language and platform they can relate to and feel comfortable around.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the reasons of why therapy fails is when the therapist isn’t able to establish rapport with the patient. With hip hop music and lyrics, it is possible to engage even the most uncooperative of youths and build effective rapport that could, in the best of cases, help him or her to cope, and even get rid of most mental conditions.
But while this method has been achieving significant results in the patients’ lives, it remains under scrutiny from members of the scientific community, as these types of alternative methods that sort of “break the mold” are often met with resistance and dismissed as pseudoscience.
However, things are starting to look up for hip hop counseling, now that the method is starting to receive government support and serious scientific backing. An innovative program at the New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science in New York is using hip hop for counseling adolescents who ― for whatever reasons ― do not respond to conventional therapy. The music in question is used to teach these youths a better way to respond to life’s many hardships; instead of punching someone, they learn to channel that rage and frustration into writing lyrics and making music.
Some might regard hip hop counseling as a “gateway” to formal psychotherapy, since learning to effectively express one’s feelings is one of the main goals of every therapeutic process. But the truth is that this method has already achieved significant results by itself. I guess only time will tell what’ll really be in store for this very promising and innovative therapeutic method.
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