Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bonus Cut Poetry: “#bully” By That Sweatpants Kid

This is Bonus Cut Poetry, a new series that features original poems by Bonus Cut staff, artists and YOU! In this series, our mission is to bring people together in poetry, share stories and display wonderful artistic pieces. If you would like to have your poems in the next Bonus Cut Poetry installment, just email us at bonuscut@gmail.com

This installment features Bonus Cut’s own That Sweatpants Kid.

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Album of the Week: “The College Dropout” by Kanye West

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Kanye West
The College Dropout
Def Jam, 2004

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Breaking Abroad and the Hip Hop Worldview

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This picture highlights the 10-year anniversary of Special K Crew (Spain), which I attended this fall. The crews Special K, Supremos, Alter Ego, Sugoi and Mighty Soul, among others, were present. The photo can also be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Special-K-Crew/217484285041812. Yours truly is in the blue (Biggest & Baddest brand) t-shirt in the middle of the top row.

By: Flava Vitz

I recently resided in Valencia, Spain for four months, interning as a translator for an e-journal, taking language courses, living with a family and training with new friends. You could call my choices atypical, because while anticipating my time there, I absolutely planned on continuing most of my behavior, which in this case was Breaking (“breakdancing” for some). Bonus Cut emphasizes Hip Hop as a worldview and worldwide phenomenon, and this reflection delves into that, so here are a few guidelines. I emphasize the following disclaimers:

1. The article’s topic is Breaking but it can relate to the other pillars of Hip Hop.

2. I have been Breaking for three years so what I write reflects that.

3. My experience abroad reflects a limited time experienced there.

4. I credit the crews 99stylez, 61syx Teknique, Weaponz of Rhythm (WOR), Supremos, Alter Ego and Mighty Soul as instrumental in my learning. The first three are US crews and the latter are from Spain. I cite Coda (WOR) and K2Roc (61syx and WOR) here, though in no way do I represent their individual or crew views and concepts. I flip ideas in my own Style.

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Bonus Cut Poetry: “Saturday, 9am” By Abby Conklin

This is Bonus Cut Poetry, a new series that features original poems by Bonus Cut staff, artists and YOU! In this series, our mission is to bring people together in poetry, share stories and display wonderful artistic pieces. If you would like to have your poems in the next Bonus Cut Poetry installment, just email us at bonuscut@gmail.com

This installment features Bonus Cut’s own Abby Conklin.

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Bonus Cut Poetry: “#leavemealone?” By That Sweatpants Kid

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This is Bonus Cut Poetry, a new series that features original poems by Bonus Cut staff, artists and YOU! In this series, our mission is to bring people together in poetry, share stories and display wonderful artistic pieces. If you would like to have your poems in the next Bonus Cut Poetry installment, just email us at bonuscut@gmail.com

This installment features Bonus Cut’s own That Sweatpants Kid.

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The Mixes: The Valentines Day Mixtape

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By: Daniel Hodgman

The Mixes is a Bonus Cut series that focuses on themed mixtapes. The purpose of this series is to share music in hip-hop, but also to share the ability to express feelings through mixtapes. The premise takes after Rob Sheffield’s book Love is a Mix Tape, but unlike his book, these mixes will vary in theme. Although I will have notes explaining why I included each song, the overall interpretation of the songs and the mixtape as a whole is on you. Music is fickle because it triggers different emotions, and one of the greatest feelings is determining your thoughts for specific music on your own. Although Bonus Cut provides The Starting Five, a weekly list of songs the creators are currently digging, The Mixes is an individual entity because of its focus on certain themes.

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Album of the Week: “3 Feet High and Rising” by De La Soul

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De La Soul
3 Feet High and Rising
Tommy Boy/Warner Bros., 1989

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Bonus Cut’s Hip-Hop State of the Union Address

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Eryakah Badu via http://www.okayplayer.com/news/erykah-badu-the-music-snobs-on-ghostface-killah.html

By: Daniel Hodgman and Gus Navarro 

Fellow hip-hop heads:

Where is hip-hop at right now? Where does the culture stand? For a movement that is now over 40 years old, what can we as a community tell everyone else about hip-hop’s presence in 2014?

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