Episode six of the new format, and The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to smart, passionate discussion about New York-area hip hop music and culture. For this episode, Manny Faces recapped outstanding recent hip hop-related happenings in and around NYC, including the inspiring and innovative #HipHopHacks event held at Spotify (at which Manny was the opening speaker), as well as an album release party for internationally touring, independent artists Illspokinn & ZaJazza.
The meat and potatoes of the episode? An incredibly insightful look at the various entities who purport to be developing/building/opening various incarnations of a hip hop museum or Hall of Fame. Despite recently circulating reports about a new development planned for such an establishment in Harlem, Manny broke it down when it came to the history of the entities, and why, from multiple perspectives, while the idea of a hip hop museum/hall of fame sounds great in theory, the execution of those currently undertaking this monumental task is largely flawed, and such a project is highly unlikely to find success.
The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces – S05E06
Tonight: Why a hip-hop museum/hall of fame is a great idea — and a horrible one. Plus, we recap a few choice NYC hip-hop happening, including the U.S. album release from Illspokinn & DJ Zajazza, the incredible #HipHopHacks event from Hip-Hop Hacks, Hip-Hop Education Center & Spotify & Monthly Music Hackathon NYC. Tonight’s episode is brought to you by Birthplace Magazine and US News Beat.
Posted by Manny Faces on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
This episode brought to you by BirthplaceMag.com and News Beat, an innovative new music+journalism project.
While hip hop museum project announcements are excitedly shared across social media, the main problem as Manny Faces sees it, is that there are nothing more than plans and ideas at the moment, among several unrelated and in some cases, poorly operating entities. While it is a natural reaction to be interested and excited when a regurgitated press release appears on a local blog (or even a major website), the lack of background and fact checking in most hip-hop related journalism ends up allowing the entities to play the public like fools.
The most egregious move by almost all of these entities, Manny explains, is the money grab from the fans. Various crowdfunding campaigns have been run by all of these prospective builders, but nothing of substance ever gets produced. Some of these organizations then fall to the wayside.
It is with this in mind that Manny implores fans and members of the hip hop community who would normally be highly supportive of such a project, to hold off before donating, and investigate the project and its backers to determine if financially supporting the project is in their best interest.
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