Thu, 12/09/2010 - 12:20 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
Hip-hop music grow from the streets of Harlem and the Bronx into a multi-billion-dollar industry. Dan Charnas chronicles how hip-hop producers and entrepreneurs changed the music industry and pop culture in The Big Payback.» E-Mail This» Add to Del.icio.us
NEW YORK (AP) — A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City "ghetto" has stopped the bus rides under protest from an outraged neighborhood. Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx "from a safe distance," issued a statement this week saying it would immediately cease all tours there.
In mid-July, Marvel announced that its forthcoming "All-New, All-Different" line of comic books would be accompanied by a full range of over 50 alternate covers paying homage to iconic hip-hop album art.
Becoming successful in the music business is a rare thing, but how often in history has someone never failed? Aubrey "Drake" Graham has been able to accomplish just that: Since the beginning of his career, he has rarely struck out. Mainstream-music listeners are always looking for who or what's next, but Drake has already arrived and is here to stay.
Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising star who has made writing about hip-hop serious business, and the advertising tactics that life insurance companies are using to attract young people.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Deco Carter, the Hip Hop Lyft driver, is giving out free rides at Sundance. Lyft is an on-demand ridesharing service that got its start in San Francisco. It just recently expanded to the San Francisco East Bay Area, from Oakland to Castro Valley, and some of the suburbs of Los Angeles, like Pasadena and Malibu.
In two unlikely instances of mash-up marketing, a new hip-hop video features wholesome youths rapping about organic dairy farming. And a new cookbook is aimed at fans of heavy metal: Mosh Potatoes.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The Harlem Shake, now two weeks into its life as America’s favorite (or most annoying) meme, has shown a surprising resilience in an age when most Internet jokes have a 24-hour shelf life. More than 4,000 videos featuring the words “Harlem Shake” were being posted per day to YouTube during the peak of the mania last week, and new versions continue to crop up. The primary element holding the videos together, which feature everything from dancing walruses to Power Rangers, is the song “Harlem Shake,” a hip-hop instrumental that sports a now-infamous beat drop about 15 seconds in.