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The NY Hip Hop Report [S05E06]

Will The Real Hip Hop Museum Please Stand Up + #HipHopHacks + Illspokinn/ZaJazza Recaps [S05E06]

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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.


S05E06: Will the real hip-hop museum please stand up!

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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The NY Hip Hop Report - s05e05

Summer of NY Hip Hop + #ForTheCulture?? Hip Hop Festival Pricing + Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Event Recap [S05E05]

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The NY Hip Hip Report with Manny Faces returned for a fifth episode in its new Facebook Live, video/vodcast/podcast format, recapping several New York City-area hip-hop events, most notably, the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey “Sabor Del Barrio” event held at the swanky Paper Factory, which paid homage to the contributions of several notable Hispanic artists and creatives that hailed from the borough of Queens.

A photo slideshow accompanied Manny’s commentary, highlighting hip-hop group The Beatnuts and renowned visual artist Danny Hastings.

Along with that recap and others, Manny previewed upcoming NY-area hip hop events of note, and then spend a good deal of the show discussing the high prices of certain hip-hop festivals, in particular, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.


The NY Hip Hop Report – S05E05

New episode of The NY Hip Hop Report! Recaps of some select recent events, previewing upcoming summer events, and a discussion regarding hip-hop festivals, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival in particular, and their increased prices… #NYHipHopCNN #NYHipHop!

Posted by Manny Faces on Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Many viewers added to the discussion in the comments section, having strong opinions on the drastic increase in pricing for tickets to the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and other large-scale hip-hop-related events that seem to be pricing out some of the very audience that helped them achieve their renowned status throughout the years.

While many lamented the days when these sorts of things were much cheaper — free even — Manny and other viewers made it clear that there shouldn’t be an expectation that hip-hop enterprises can’t thrive and be profitable — only that the caliber of the event much match the cost, and in a rapidly gentrifying place like New York City, jacking up prices to the levels that price out hometown hip-hoppers, is not something that sounds very much #ForTheCulture.


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The NY Hip Hop Report S05E04

Napoleon Da Legend, Black Privilege, NY Hip Hop Event (P)reviews, Ticket Giveaways & More [S05E04]

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The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces continued with its new format and flow, airing another episode via the Facebook Live platform. In this episode, as always, Manny Faces shed much needed light on the plethora of New York area hip-hop-related happenings, by recapping the past week (including star-studded concerts by iconic veterans like T.I. and buzzing up-and-comers like A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) and previewing upcoming events (including the lyrical legend Kool G. Rap’s album release party coming up at NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club).


The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, E05E04

#NYHipHopCNN is back! The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces, E05E04 – We have NY-area hip hop news and event reviews/previews, plus my interview with Karim Bourhane / Napoleon Da Legend about new music. Charlamagne Tha God, #BlackPrivilege and more. Plus, your comments and a big TICKET GIVEAWAY.. TUNE IN!

Posted by Manny Faces on Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Manny also welcomed to the groundbreaking new video format, the DMV-to-NYC lyrical and substantive dynamo known as Napoleon Da Legend. This talented lyricist has dropped well-produced, thoughful and head-nod worthy bangers for years, and just recently — off of the strength of his two recent mixtapes Steal This Mixtape and Steal This Mixtape Too — spoke on the concept of “Black Privilege,” both through his music, and as it relates in particular to Charlamagne Tha God, who reecently penned a now best-selling book by the same name.

In fact, the two men had a brief encounter due to the mutual appreciation for the phrase, which left Napoleon Da Legend feeling some type of way about CThaGod’s true motivation.

Manny Faces invited Napoleon Da Legend to the show to discuss his recent music, #BlackPrivilege as HE sees it, and what Charlamagne Tha God might could have done better.

As always, New York hip hop music and culture was represented and reported on in a way that no one besides Manny Faces could deliver, as he broke down some of the recent news and releases that are important to the NY-area hip-hop community and fanbase.

Catch this episode of The NY Hip Hop Report and join Manny LIVE every Wednesday night at 10pm here or on Manny’s Facebook page.