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"Taking OVer the Game - Hip Hop"

YOUNG DYNASTY TAKING OVER THE GAME

Hip Hop101

by Evan Newton

Welcome to class. Contained in this magazine is a brief introduction to some of the finest that the new generation of Hip Hop has to offer. Each artist represents one of the pillars of Hip Hop culture. But that goes without saying – Hip Hop itself is nothing new. We’ve all heard the beats and rhymes spinning through the radiowaves and dance parties. We’ve all seen Snoop Dogg struttin’ his ‘G Thang’ in the movies alongside Queen Latifah and Mos Def. If this is the extent of your knowledge in this world, sit back and remember that Hip Hop, as a lifestyle, is not just defined by gold teeth, bling, and baggy clothes. With its roots centered in African culture, and its birth in the Bronx, Hip Hop encompasses not only rap (eMCee’ing), but dance, graffi ti art, and DJ’ing.
Early 70’s – one of the original MC’s, Jamaican DJ Kool Herc, began a tradition of acknowledging himself and people in his crowd during his instrumental breaks (or
‘break-beats’), “Yo this is Kool Herc in the joint-ski saying my mellow-ski Marty D is in the house!” The tradition grew until MC’s were making up whole verses. Pioneers
like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Caz created tracks that can easily be recognized as early versions of today’s beats and verse.

During this time, Graffiti art and tagging began to become a regular sight on New York subway cars and back alleys. Vic, a mail courier who rode the subways and busses to deliver packages, began to paint his name and courier ID number
(156) on everything he rode. Soon, names like Case 2, Tracy 168, Sly II, and Chain 3 began to appear. The tradition continued to spread, and soon, the Graffiti group “Ex-Vandals” formed under the direction of TAKI 183 (also known as Demetrius), evolving more complex artwork and tagging.
Also around the same era, Don Campbell, a street dancer out of Los Angeles, invented a dance called the “Campbellock.” The style began to be called “Breaking.”
This break dance in its earliest forms started showing up at clubs like Plaza Tunnel and the Puzzle. Moves like the “Drop” and the “In-and-Out” were adopted. Later, a style of dance, “Locking,” was started by Lockatron Jon and Shabba-Doo. Shabba was also responsible for starting another form of dance called “Popping,”
which many argue is the precursor to modern day Hip Hop dance.
Through the 80’s and 90’s, Hip-Hop moved slowly from the ‘underground’ and hit mainstream. Def Jam, Public Enemy, N.W.A., and other revolutionaries turned Hip-Hop into a national phenomenon. Graffi ti, Dance, MC’ing, and DJ’ing were combined under one cultural roof to create Hip Hop. Few know where the industry is going next. Many say that Hip Hop as we know it is due for another ‘revolution’ – when or where that will occur is purely up to the public. The next generation is already offering new talent like Young Dynasty, TI, and Kanye West.
Hip Hop 101 is on campus to show you – the regular, b’pack toting girl or guy – a tour of culture. It is a culmination of revolution and retribution. This is a period of time when you get to decide where we will go next. Contained in a two hour event, Hip Hop 101 will include a concert by Young Dynasty, MC, DJ, and Graffiti hosted by Fab 5, all mediated by Dwayne Cathon(aka ‘Rhythm’). Allow Hip Hop 101 to show you some of a new generation of artists, and if you’re diggin’ it...don’t hesitate to show some love. Some Hip Hop history and information found on www.daveyd.com and www.b boys.com.
- College Scene Magazine S P R I N G 2 0 0 6


Discography

Young Dynasty- Chosen Generation Mix Tape Vol. 1
Young Dynasty - The Tac Movement
Clemm Rishad - Get away (Single)
Chanelle Ray - Answer Me (SIngle)
Nu Money - Life (Single)

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Bio

Young Dynasty is an organization of talented artists that believe in using their musical talents to educate and entertain. With their unique blend, varying from Hip Hop, R&B, to Soul, they are guaranteed to fulfill a music fan's need. On their most recent Hip Hop 101 tour they informed the masses about the history of hip hop culture, while captivating them with their extraordinary musical ability. The Hip Hop 101 tour is a culmination of revolution and retribution. Their concerts include performances by all three of their artist, break dancing, graffiti exhibits and Dj’ing, representing all pillars of the hip hop culture.
Young Dynasty is made up of three artists, Clemm Rishad, Chanelle Ray and Nu Money. Reigning from different coast of United States each of the artist has a unique story and style which comes together to make a perfect blend of Hip Hop Soul.

Young Dynasty: Clemm Rishad
Born to Reign

The self-proclaimed “smooth and laid-back fly leader” of Young Dynasty. Clemm Rishad is the original protagonist, starting the organization with the help and guidance of his older brother, King Rich. Clemm’s story is intimately intertwined with the birth of YD. He is joined by a number of artists, each with an individual style, but all with the same message: Address everyday conflicts and promote positive lifestyle. It seems simple enough, but in this era of war among public voices, Clemm Rishad offers something new to chow on.
Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Clemm is the product of two worlds: his father, and his oldest brother. His father is a preacher, instilling him with positive values and spirituality. His brother was a gangster, a street hustler who, before incarceration, taught him the importance of drive and tenacity. All of which contributed to his rhymin’ style, recorded in a couple notepads he would always keep by his side. Writing constantly – relationship, family, and world issues ended up as poetry on his pages, and weren’t revealed until he felt it was time.
Leading songs in church choir and other performances gave him enough musical ambition to show his brother his rhymes. King Rich’s initial reaction was of plagiarism, “Who’s lyrics are these?” Clemm proceeded to pull out two notebooks he had filled with material, and thus a partnership was born.
They formed ‘Mic Check’ – a weekly MC battle at Club Friday’s in Tacoma, Washington. The night was a quick success, featuring young talent from across the region. Once the night had established itself, Clemm looked to other directions – namely, Young Dynasty.
Clemm Rishad’s style is much like his history. He is edgy and provocative, calling himself a “Picasso of flow.” He and Nu Money partner up on the YD album to represent the “chosen generation” with a lyrical dynamic that speaks for itself. Clemm’s style is slick and full of reflection.

Young Dynasty: Chanelle Ray
The Princess of Hip Hop Soul

As the lady royalty of Young Dynasty, Chanelle is the feminine flavor added to the blend. She represents the sexy and soulful side of the organization, reigning in styles that pull from Hip-Hop, R&B, and Soul. Her style includes sultry and breathy vocals which echo across her solo tracks “Mystery Man,” and “No More.”
Born in New Jersey, Chanelle’s family rarely stayed put for more than a year. The two main constants in her life – music and her family – were great influences in her desire to perform. She followed the footsteps of her older brother, Scorpio, to write her own lyrics and sing. Recently moved to Washington, she met up with Clemm Rishad and Nu Money. She felt the messages of Young Dynasty fit her own views of the world.
Chanelle inhabits a stylistic duality which borders between chic and sass, “One minute you’ll see me in heels, and the next minute, I’m in Timberlands or sneakers.” She represents a broad range, drawing in influence from artists like Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and Beyoncé. It’s a lost cause to pin her down with any of these artists, however. There is no one quite like Chanelle Ray.
Miss Ray began her journey with Young Dynasty performing R&B and Soul covers around venues in Tacoma, Washington. She provides balance to the rap styles of Nu Money and Clemm Rishad, and she’s also about to release a solo album of her own. Like the others, she wants to promote a more positive lifestyle through her lyrics. “I want to show people how to learn from their problems, not just feeling depression and losing touch.”

Young Dynasty: Nu Money
Ambitions of a Hustler

A few minutes with Nu Money is like sitting down with a new era philosopher. He completes the Young Dynasty triumvirate by being the force of the message. Showing drive and personal hustle, he is the evangelist tying together experience and talent. If anything, he has lived the life that Young Dynasty is now trying to combat: poverty, violence, and bad choices. He wants to promote hope and comfort, to “give an out