Category Archives: Editorial

From Malcolm to Hip Hop


“From Malcolm to Hip Hop” is a talk series that first take place in Taipei, Taiwan with our global partners at the lifestyle brand known as Dssent. 

The inspiration for the event comes after Dssent and Curators of Hip Hop discussed wanting to collaborate on a project that focused on the theme of “Legacy”.  

Along with the talk, Dssent and COHH will release a line of clothing starting off with a T-Shirt dedicated to Malcolm.  

Curators Co-Founder, Jermaine Fletcher will lead the discussion by breaking down for the Taiwan audience the importance and relevance of Malcolm to Hip Hop culture.  For many in Taiwan, this is their first exposure to Malcolm X and various layers of the civil rights movement of the 1950s-1960s. 

 (In particular, the focus is on the elements of the emcee and knowledge were key talking points.   

Stay tuned for continued segments and workshops from this ongoing conversation.  


King’s knowledge on Copyrights: Freedom with a Price


The “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most popular speeches known in the U.S and across the world.  The words “Let freedom ring” is repeated 10 times. With a business mind, MLK copyrighted the speech one month after he delivered it.  In order to properly and professionally use it, you must pay $10 to his estate.

Let this be a lesson to all of you out there.  Know your business and understand your value.


Submitted by Jermaine Fletcher

AKAI and the Beat Machine that influenced Hip Hop


Founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1929, AKAI is the brand responsible for the creation of the MPC (Originally Midi but now known as the Music Production Controller) designed by Roger Linn. In 1988, the machine hit the market creating a new force of power for producers throughout the world. HIP HOP producers like Pete Rock, J Dilla, DJ Premier, Large Professor and Dr. Dre make up just a few of the names that used the controller.  The feature producers loved so much was the combining of a powerful MIDI sequencer with the ability to sample one’s own sounds.  Many of the songs composed on the MPC would now be considered classics.

The MPC has been recreated in many forms today by other brands. Many of them are strictly MIDI devices but they have grown in popularity because of the much lower cost.

This machine created an entire workflow that majorly contributed to what HIP HOP heads call  that”Boom Bap” sound.

dj premier studio

Photo:  DJ Premier’s Studio at D&D in 2000

Editorial by Jermaine Fletcher

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable” – Renaissance Tour Recap



“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” This Kenyan proverb embraces the value of collective strength within unity.  This saying is something that really explains our newest efforts in the DMV region.   We recently conducted the “Renaissance Tour” which is a continuation of the “Urban Renaissance” events we started producing a few years ago. This tour covered the cities of Baltimore, Washington, D.C ,Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC.


Although the DMV artists reside so close to one another, it’s very rare for them to collaborate and tour together on a consistent basis. By joining forces with local ambassadors in each city, we plan to make this a very regular habit.

When we started the tour in Baltimore, the city was also in the national headlines for very negative reasons.  On the very same day as our event, the public was told that Federal agents were being sent to the city to join with local homicide police and “quell the unprecedented violence.”

While this was being presented to the public, we had a very different type of vibe at a venue called Metro Gallery.  There we had RaTheMC (DC), Joey Gallo (Richmond) and Baltimore’s own ELLIS perform along with local dance family – BMORETHANDANCE.


With the help of our ambassadors in every city, each event was soulful, peaceful and inspiring for the Hip Hop community.  Over time, this ‘mobile renaissance”  will become more newsworthy in the headlines and by building bridges we will one day create more positive changes in the cities we visit to reverse, minimize or even help end some of the adverse circumstances we now know of.
This is MOVEMENT and will require many people to create more momentum.

Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming tours! If you’re interested in helping us bring a showcase to your city, please email us at

Written by Co-Founder:  Jermaine Fletcher