A Moment for Life- A Hip-Hop Timelapse

Song Credit: “Moment 4 Life” by Nicki Minaj- you can buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pink-friday-deluxe-version/id403927867

Shot with: Canon Rebel t2i, 17-85mm and 75-300mm

This is my first attempt at making a full timelapse video, and I decided to shoot the entire thing at night over the course of 2 weeks in San Francisco. I’m pretty sure this is the also the first time a Nicki Minaj song has been used for a timelapse- I chose it because I wish there was more variety in the music people select for these videos (and trust me, I watched about 60 of them before shooting this- I’m done with the weird instrumental music tracks everyone uses).

Anyways, enough ranting- I’m slowly working on becoming a better photographer (and editor!) so let me know if you have any feedback in the comments!

Females In Hip Hop

Artists such as Wu Tang Clan and Tupac Shakur brought international attention challenging militants to fight, thinkers to think, and DJ's to turn the party out. Rumors would say that the female artist surfaced during the course of hip hop's history. But the truth is the female artist arrived on the scene in the late seventies along with other male rappers. Lady B was one of the first female rap artists to record an album. When we talk about accomplishments, for a female hip hop artists to record a whole album not only proved to the world that she had skills, but potential to survive in a male dominated genre. Later on, other female rap artists would surface from the underground such as, Salt n 'Pepper, The Real Roxanne, Roxanne Shantae, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte (first to get a major record deal), Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, etc … Although only a few surfaced from the underground, there are countless amounts of female talent that never made it into the big leagues. The question today is where is the variety pack? What happened to the female selection of hip hop CD's within the local music stores, or DJ booths? When a girl desires to hear what a female has to say about a woman's worth how can they find an album in which they can refer to?

Every female in the world has their own story. All women are not single or even desire to lead a single life. In fact according to statistics, 69.3% of American women have been married, divorced, widowed, or separated. 30.7% have never been married. With statistics rating so low, for single women it is amazing how most music is geared around those who lead a single and promiscuous lifestyle. When choosing a female hip hop artist that can refer to the real issues of life, record labels have failed us. There are countless amounts of men that do promote mental growth, knowledge, education, and understanding such as Common, Mos Def, 9th Wonder, and so forth. But today's female artist seems to be more materialistic and immature mentally. That's not to say that there is not a countless amount of men within the genre that are negative. But the fact is that there is a huge variety of men dominating the game on both sides, but few women are heard through the industry that promote positivity through their lyrical content.

Hip Hop has become a league that's almost equivalent to the law firms and medical fields during the 50's and 60's when females within those industries were nothing more than litigation secretaries and nurses who by the way did most of the real work. The music industry in the US does not teach young ladies of the future anything about survival life. They are being taught that it's OK to lower their standards in order to get ahead. Women are steadily promoted as booty shaking backup dancers, bitches, hoes, and materialistic self sufficient yet uneducated girls? Where is the realness in the industry that claims to keep it real? Although Rolling Stones Magazine crowns Nicki Minaj as the Queen of Hip Hop, it would be hard to prove that she is not due to the lack of competition. There are not enough female voices within the industry to even get the best results for the Best Female Rapper category during mainstream award ceremonies. When the major talks about female rappers, we can only take a look back in times past to those that governed well before this generation. If the female voice is going to survive within the world of hip hop, then they will have to present new faces that have never been heard or seen before. In times past, there were plenty of females who surfaced from underground. Of course, that was before capitalists and venture seekers got involved.

The fall of the Female Rapper

Most female artists in the late 90's were often portrayed by males as a promiscuous gangstress that would do anything to protect the man who disrespect her continuously by calling her names publicly such as bits and hoes. Although a decade has past, not much has changed since that era. The female that is presented to the public today does not have a backbone of their own, and is often degraded by men and presented as modern day concubines.

Today, activists could compare the modern day mainstream female hip hop movement to Saartje Baartman. For those that do not know the history of Saartje Baartman, she was a slave from South Africa that was idolized because of the size of her buttocks. They were so amazed by her appearance that they offered to pay her as a dancer. If she went along with this plan, she would be able to raise money for the poor tribe in which she belonged. Instead they deceived her and used her for their own selfish agenda.

According to former South African President Mbeki, " What followed was five years of exhibitions in museums and at fashionable parties, her spectacular buttocks and breasts bare, French and British men and women clustering around her, mocking her at the same time that her body made them uncomfortable with their own desire. Her days were punctuated by rape and scientific examinations. "

This is something that young black girls should be mindful of when conducting such behavior. Although the story of Saartje Baartman has been broadcast through stage plays, spoken word performances, blogs, and books, apparently it has failed to make its way inside the homes of urban women in America. According to African American history, black girls in times past have been blamed for rapes, abusive relationships, and accused of being weak and materialistic. When the popular culture Promotes this type of image to masses of people, they give the world that same impression of urban women. That can be incorporating not only to the average black female but her daughters as well. People perish continuously for the lack of knowledge. When they are not informed of the things that happened within their own history, they lose sight of their own cultural identity, and as an end result, they allow them to be used in a way that Saartje Baartman was used. Hip Hop labels, promoters, producers, managers, and so forth (black or white) feed young women false information on what it takes to make it as a female rapper. Their whole goal is to accomplish their own personal agenda. At the end of the day, when the industry is done using her, she is pushed to the side as if she is nobody as she watches mainstream producers and so forth gimmick her through someone else. (Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj) Even more than that, they monopolize from their so called beef. What's more disturbing about it is that even black people, some of which are educated continue to promote this image because they see it as a step towards success for themselves and the African American Community. But how does this affect the black community? In the year of 2010, there were 434,758 live births from parents ranged between the ages of 15-19 years old. That's 41.5 live births per 1000 with African Americans having the highest rate according to the US Census Bureau. 63% of the teen population within the United States suffered an STD for the year 2010. African-American adolescents 13 – 19 accounted for 1,919 AIDS cases alone. (Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body) Hip Hop Magazines, blogs, and so forth go out of their way to promote negative images of black girls because that's what's hot within the popular culture. Speaking out against things that affects the black community has become an act of hating and doing wrong has become the history of the African American culture according to the stereotypes that are often promoted through mainstream media. More than a few black men lead other cultures to think that it is OK to disrespect the average black girl in this manner. When others speak on it, racism is the levee that holds the propaganda in place which further gives political parties the motivation to mock blacks such as the President of the United States through stereotypes promoted in mainstream media. According to Eric Bolling of Fox News, Obama chills in the white hizzouze with thugs while popping forties.

Until the female rapper comes to the realization of how they are demoralized by mainstreamers, they will never develop a community like the males within the hip hop genre. Education is the key to surviving life. We would like to see the average female rapper not only become successful on the hip hop charts of America, but successful in all that they do in life. It is important for black women to stand up and speak out loud against those that market the negative images of themselves. Females need to create a movement letting the world know that they are much more than what is seen on television. All the way from Dj's, Break dancers to emceeing, women have provided themselves in times past to be just as talented as any male. But who will support the strong females of today? Who will support the talent that everyone claims does not exist, but has a large community underground?

There should be someone who can talk to the girl with low self-esteem as she is a part of this world too. There should be someone who can council the poor at heart through their music, or open the blinded eye. To teach each is what rap intended. It was not created just to rock a party, and for those who say so, I would question their passion and knowledge of not only hip hop, but life in general.

What does it take to succeed as a female rapper in today's industry? Lyrical skills no longer matter. In order to make it within the world of hip hop in times past you would have to have real talent. Now if a female artist puts on an outfit that promotes sexuality auto tune can make up in the areas where she lacks creativity. Lyricism no longer counts in a world that corporate America has taken over. It solely depends on how well you can dress or how much money you've made from your glorious hustling lifestyle. It sees as if women are no longer able to think consciously aloud. All black women are not uneducated, and many have decent paying jobs, college educations and live a positive lifestyle with her husband and kids. The big question is why do US corporations continue to spread propaganda in hip hop / rap music through the face of the earth keeping urban youth subjected to an old crack epidemic lifestyle.

David Guetta ft Jessie J – Repeat [HD][HQ]

Disc #1
1. Where Them Girls At (featuring Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida)
2. Little Bad Girl (featuring Taio Cruz & Ludacris)
3. Turn Me On (featuring Nicki Minaj)
4. Sweat (Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta)
5. Without U (featuring Usher)
6. Nothing Really Matters (featuring will.i.am)
7. I Can Only Imagine (featuring Chris Brown & Lil Wayne)
8. Crank It Up (featuring Akon)
9. I Just Wanna F*ck (featuring Timbaland & Dev)
10. Night Of Your Life (featuring Jennifer Hudson)
11. Repeat (featuring Jessie J)
12. Titanium (featuring Sia)

Disc #2
1. The Alphabet
2. Lunar (David Guetta & Afrojack)
3. Sunshine (David Guetta & Avicii)
4. Little Bad Girl (Instrumental Version)
5. Metro Music
6. Toy Story
7. The Future
8. Dreams
9. Paris
10. Glasgow

The Top 5 Best Female Rappers Of All Time

For as long as Hip-Hop has exhausted, it has been dominated by the microphone wielding bravado of the male gender. Among these testosterone fueled rap gods however, have insignificant tiny but powerful pockets of resistance from the fairer sex; women yearning to grab the mic and tell their story.

Although numerous ladies have attempted to put their stamp on the game, only a select few have been able to earn the respect and the recognition of their male counterparts. From the underground lyricists, to the overtly sexual "glamazons", the question of who the best female rappers are most assuredly give rise to heated discussions.
Here's what I came up with …

5. Jean Grae
The daughter of accomplished South African jazz musicians, the MC known as Jean Grae has been rocking the underground for over a decade. Armed with ferocious lyrics that rival most rappers-regardless of gender, only time will tell if Ms. Grae will finally get the commercial acclaim she so disappointingly seeks.

4. Rah Digga
Born Rashia Fisher, Rah Digga was the only female member of Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad. The New Jersey native look up the hip-hop world in 2000 with her near classic debut album Dirty Harriett . Her witty punch lines and hardcore flow upstaged most, if not all, of her fellow Flipmode Squad members (including Busta Rhymes himself).

3. Lil 'Kim
Whether or not you are a supporter of Kim's verbal war with Nicki Minaj, there can be no denying that she has solidified herself as one of the all-time greats. A protà © gà © of late rapper Notorious BIG, Lil 'Kim got her start as a member of the hip-hop group Junior Mafia. Her solo debut album Hardcore showed the world that female rappers could be just a filthy and raunchy as their male counterparts. Shocking sexual content side, Lil 'Kim is a bona fide spitter; riding beats effortlessly with her gritty yet perfectly feminine voice.

2. MC Lyte
MC Lyte rose to prominence in the 1980's with her debut Lyte as a Rock . The Brooklyn native is well known as being a gifted lyricist and storyteller, inspiring a plethora of prominent female rappers.

1. Lauryn Hill
With just one solo album under her belt, the critically acclaimed The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill , Ms. Hill tops my list as the best female rapper. By proving that female artists can be both thoughtful and accessible she has set the barometer my which we measure femcees almost unreachably high.

Estos son los mejores y más polémicos momentos de los MTV VMA 2015

Este domingo se llevó a cabo la entrega de los premios MTV VMA 2015 que con contó con la participación de grandes estrellas como Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Selena Gómez y Jared Leto.

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Entre los momentos más memorables está el emotivo discurso de Kanye West y su aspiración a la presidencia de los Estados Unidos de 2020; el llanto de Justin Bieber luego de su presentación y la pequeña pelea entre Miley Cyrus y Nicki Minaj.

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La gran ganadora de la ceremonia fue Taylor Swift, quien se llevó tres estatuillas, incluida a la de Mejor Video del año.