Krip-Hop Nation’s 10th Anniversary CD

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It’s time to wish Happy Birthday to Krip-Hop Nation!

Krip Hop Nation: Much More Than Just Music! A breakdancer next to the universal accessibility logo. In the logo, the person's body forms the K in Krip and H in Hop. The O is a speaker. Inside the wheel is a turntable. Read up on some great news from their press release below, and follow the link at the bottom for the new CD. And follow all the other links all over the place for the best music and lyrics.

Krip-Hop Nation has grown and pushed itself by searching for more women with disabilities, like Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp, The Real Toni Hickman and Julie Annjewelz Haneyj. They’re also collaborating with DIP-HOP, Deaf Hip-Hop artists like Prinz-D, and going deeper with our relationships with non-disabled Hip-Hop artists who have supported Krip-Hop from the beginning like @C.R.I.$.I.$. from Zambia, Africa, Latino Hip-Hop Bay Area group Brown Buffalo, Wonder Mike from Sugar Hill Gang, and more.

The new CD has 23 songs, many of which are from new members of Krip-Hop Nation or their first time to be on a Krip-Hop project. We also have the hottest DJs from Italy to California and the legendary Darryl DMC McDaniels from Run-DMC! As we all know, Hip-Hop stripped down is poetry. So this why we include Black Deaf poet, Joy Elán.

DJ QUAD of 5th Battalion in LA co-produced the CD with Leroy Moore, and extra thanks go to the original founders like Keith Jones, Rob Da’ Noize Temple, Manfred Schmerz, and Preech Man.

In 2007, Krip-Hop Nation was born with our Vol.1 Mixtape with Hip-Hop artists with disabilities all over the world. Since that day Krip-Hop Nation lived up to our tag line, “Krip-Hop is more than music.” Krip-Hop Nation is an international network of Hip-Hop and other musicians with disabilities with a few chapters around the world, what we call Mcees With Disabilities (MWD) in Germany, UK, Canada, and Africa. Krip-Hop is a community as well as style of music, an artistic space where people with disabilities can speak out and speak back to the social structures that exclude people based on disability, race, sexuality, and a host of other marginalized identities.

Why Krip-Hop Nation: Musicians with disabilities have always been here, but there has been a lack of cultural activism, especially in Hip-Hop, with disability justice to only advocate. We also want to continue to display the talents of musicians with disabilities, advocate, and celebrate our history, intersectional cultures, and politically educate ourselves and our communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

When: Leroy Moore first put a spotlight on disabled Hip-Hop artists in the early 2000s when he co-produced and co-hosted a three-part series on what he dubbed “Krip-Hop” for Berkeley, California’s KPFA’s Pushing Limits radio show. The program focuses on news, arts, and culture from the disabled community. The series was so well-received that Moore founded the Krip-Hop Nation for disabled musicians.

Krip-Hop’s Mission is to educate the music and media industries and general public about the talents, history, rights, and marketability of Hip-Hop artists and other musicians with disabilities from Blues to Hip-Hop internationally.

Krip-Hop Nation’s main objective is to spread awareness about the history, arts, the isms facing musicians with disabilities along with getting the musical talents of hip-hop artists with disabilities into the hands of media outlets, educators, and hip-hop, disabled and race scholars, youth, journalists and hip-hop conference coordinators. Krip-Hop Nation have put out CDs, held conferences, and spoken on issues from police brutality against people with disabilities to ableism in Hip-Hop, media, and in our communities.

That’s from the press release above. And a quick note from me: You’ll find Krip-Hop Nation artist Toni Hickman’s song “People Pleaser” in my film “Who Am I To Stop It.” Please check out the music and art from this outstanding, international group of artists.

COMPILED BY DJ Quad & Krip-Hop Nation. ENJOY!