Brooklyn Bodega

Posted: February 27, 2009 in hip hop

Like most people, I do have a facebook page. Its a great way to keep in touch with people, especially if you’re not a phone person like myself. If any thing I have gained from facebook, is that the man or woman running Brooklyn Bodega’s page is a genius. The daily posts by this person are intuitive, creative and thought provoking. Pretty much the same idea behind The Wunderground. So if you have a minute read the below text. Its definitely a new way of thinking, working and approaching hip hop. Some many people and companies have stolen from the hip hop culture over the years. They’ve tried to rip the very soul out of it. When the fuck will people starting giving back and contributing towards a positive growth towards hip hop. It’s so easy to say “Hip Hop is Dead.” It never was. Its just become pop culture, a label, a mere brand so we can just label things. Lets move forward and promote a pro-active approach towards hip hop culture.

peace, love and dope beats.



I’ve been toying with an idea that I am deciding to launch after watching Big Bama tonight. We are working on an official announcement next week but I want to roll the idea out here and get some comments.

The idea is to form a Hip-Hop Advocacy Group. A venture designed for the single purpose of improving the Hip-Hop brand. Provide advice and counsel for artists, entrepreneurs and business owners. In looking around I see virtually no organizations dedicated to supporting Hip-Hop on a macro level. We have scores of amateur and professional journalists doing their part for the art. Bloggers and fans who support every shade of Hip-Hop. From Harlem champagne poppers to DC go-go babies. But what do you do after you get that ‘buzz.’ How do you monetize it? Maximize it? And prevent it from being exploited? How do you find a lawyer, manager, or booking agent?

Secondly, who is out there advocating for Hip-Hop in the face of negative publicity? Making sure the stories of arrests, domestic violence, and missed child support payments are balanced with stories of increased market share, voter registration drives and reinvestment in the community? We may be the only billion dollar industry that sends email blasts when one of our own gets arrested and bury the stories of nationwide tours on the back page.

It is my belief that Hip-Hop is the most powerful force on the planet. It leaves its fingerprints on politics, fashion, sports, art, music, and more. We must take care of it. I am a child of Hip-Hop. The first record I can ever remember is ‘Rapper’s Delight.’ ‘Jimbrowski’ was the soundtrack to my first love. Raiders and Kings hats were my wardrobe in high school. I have spent my life supporting Hip-Hop. From starting and running a record label (three and counting – Seven Heads, Uncle Junior and now Savannah Boogie), the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and a marketing company (The Room Service Group) we are committed. I realize what is important to me is not the money. Year after year I have made decisions that put a focus on giving back to Hip-Hop rather than taking from it. And I like it.

So what we are planning on doing is something I wanted to do last year after I met incredibly talented up and coming artists like Homeboy Sandman. Brooklyn Bodega will offer free advice, counsel and support to anyone we can help. Especially to those who can’t afford it. Contracts, marketing plans, licensing agreements, digital distribution. The whole shebang. Whether you’re a backpacker, hipster or trap star we want to make sure the machine doesn’t gobble you up and spit you out.

I am not sure how we will fund it, and we will not be able to help everyone but that has never stopped me before. We’ll do what we can. After listening to our president last night I realize now is the time for service. It is time to help the youth, the next generation of professional and artistic stars.


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