Rock the Bells sparked some memories. MCing and DJing reign supreme but do you remember the b-boy? If not here’s a refresher.

Many forget that hip-hop is a culture, not a genre of music.  The fundamental elements are MCing, DJing, Breaking and Graffiti.  The music has become synonymous with the culture, but where there’s music, there’s dance.  Here are some classic b-boy moments.  Enjoy.

(Yes…that was the young homie Ice-T)

(and for the new school…)

Erykah Badu sings The Healer, her ode to hip-hop, at the House of Blues. Can you dig it?

If you have not seen Erykah Badu live, please do so if you are a fan of R&B, neosoul or hip-hop music.  She is a consummate performer who brings it every night (well…most nights…) she performs.  When she is on, she is a siren.  You will be brought under her spell and thankful for it.  Her songs are typically re-arranged from the album version to be MUCH funkier.  Often, they feature samples of hip-hop classics.  Whatever may seem too abstract on the album is brought down to earth and fully to life in concert.  The clip above does not do it justice, but it’s a start.  Hip-Hop.  It’s bigger than the government…

Is T-Pain hip-hop? He is when he has Rick Ross on his new track.

The rapper ternt sanga drops Rap Song, his first single in a while and he brought out Ricky Rozay to make it hot.  Did he succeed?  Click here to listen and download.  Props to hiphopconnection.com.

Skillz has alway been slept on. His tribute to DJ AM called Adam is dope. The beat is official.

Click here to download.

Buckshot Shorty rocked the stage with KRS-One at Rock the Bells in New York yesterday. Check out the original song used in Who Got Da Props.

Old School hip-hop was in full effect yesterday at Rock the Bells.  Snoop, Lauryn, KRS, Slick Rick, Rakim, Wu-Tang and A Tribe Called Quest all did material from their best albums.  KRS-One’s set was one of the highlights as he bought out both Buckshot and Super Natural (maybe the illest freestyler ever).  Of course, Buckshot did Who Got the Props, one of the all time classics…Props go to Ronnie Laws for creating the original song.

Tidal Wave

Who Got the Props

Speaking of Drake…he, Bun B and Boi1da team up to lace Pimp C’s new track What Up.

Pimp C’s final album drops in October.  This is the first single. If it’s any indication it will be the second classic dropped by a member of UGK this year.  Click here to listen and download.

Diddy’s Dirty Money track Loving You No More ft Drake is a nice way to end the summer.

This one has the same kind of mid-tempo chilled out feel that Drake’s album has.  Will Dirty Money’s Last Train to Paris ever drop?  Click here to listen to the song and download in the meantime.