Keepers of the Art

Keepers of the Art Keepers of the Art is an urban arts and entertainment company designed to preserve the integrity of urban artistic expressions through progressive artistic and live entertainment outlets.

We are deeply committed to spreading diversity and enhancing pride through the arts and entertainment while working to bring down barriers by bringing different groups of people together through the passion for music and art. We believe that we can fight the battle against negative influences in the world through the creation of more socially responsible artistic and entertainment outlets for all human beings.

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33 years ago today (May 16, 1989), Special Ed (17 year old) (& Howie Tee) released his debut album Youngest in Charge under Profile Records.
Favorite Tracks?
Three 12': I Got It Made / Hoedown, Think About It / One In A Million (not on the album), I'm The Magnificent / Ready 2 Attack (on the album 1990) / Club Scene and the single Club Scene.
In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.

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Ghostface Killah Opens New Coffee Shop On Staten Island
Ghostface Killah Opens New Coffee Shop On Staten Island

Ghostface Killah Opens New Coffee Shop On Staten Island

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah cut ribbon at his Killah Koffee shop with Mayor Eric Adams and other elected officials and community members on Monday (May 9).


24 years ago today (May 12, 1998), Streets is Watching was released on VHS.
Streets Is Watching is a musical film in which Jay-Z composes a film with many of his unreleased music videos tied into a storyline. The film takes place in Jay-Z's old neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The film uses transitional skits between music from Jay-Z's albums Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime, Vol. 1.
He contains Jay-Z's first two videos, "In My Lifetime" and "I Can't Get Wit That", both released without a major label contract. Each skit is meant to accompany the music it precedes. The same setting or set of the videos are also the same set for the correlating skit.


30th anniversary SALUTE to a hip hop classic..."Daily Operation" by Gang Starr...Rest In Beats GURU...


#ShowcaseVeteran and Massillon, OH native. 🖊 📑🎤 🗣



Whodini released their third album, Back In Black, 36 years ago today (1986).


9 years ago today, former Kris Kross member Mac Daddy passed away of a drug overdose at the age of 34 (August 11, 1978 – May 1, 2013).
Favorite Tracks?

On May 1, 2013, Chris Kelly was found unconscious in his Atlanta home. He was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. on the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center; he was 34 years old. According to the police report documents, Kelly had been brought home to recover from his drug use, as he had done several times in the past. His uncle told police that Kelly "had an extensive history of drug abuse."The following day, Dupri tweeted a "letter to fans", in which he referred to Kelly as "a son that I never had", and praised Kelly as an artist. Numerous other artists and fans publicly acknowledged Kelly's death, some citing Kris Kross or Kelly as their inspiration or their reason for entering the music industry. On July 1, a toxicology report was released stating that Kelly died from a drug overdose. According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner Office, the toxicology screening shows that Kelly had a mixture of drugs in his system, including cocaine and heroin.
Rest In Peace



Ed O.G & Da Bulldogs released their debut album, Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto, 31 years ago today (1991).


Beastie Boys on the cover of SPIN magazine, March 1987...MCA FOREVER...


27 years ago today (April 25, 1995), Mobb Deep released their 2nd album The Infamous… under Loud Records & RCA Records.
The album features guest appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Q-Tip, Crystal Johnson & Big Noyd with four tracks.
It was largely produced by Havoc, with Q-Tip also contributing production while serving as the mixing engineer (who discovered Mobb Deep in the early 1990s).
The album produced four singles: "Shook Ones (Part II)", "Survival of the Fittest", "Temperature's Rising", "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)".
Most of the leftover songs from the album became bonus tracks for Mobb Deep's The Infamous Mobb Deep album (2014).
Favorite Tracks?

Matt Life later recalled Q-Tip's involvements, "Tip was very involved in The Infamous from early on. Probably more than people know. Tip was just a fan of theirs and I knew him from way back, so he was really helpful, giving them advice. Q-Tip's contributions to the album were credited under his alias "The Abstract".

Havoc produced most of the beats in his Queensbridge apartment, with Prodigy often assisting him; earlier in their career, Prodigy taught him how to sample. Describing their minimal production setup, Prodigy said, "Our first sampler we had was an EPS 16 plus ... We had that for a little while, and when the MPC came out we bought that, and that was it. A little record player, a little mixer, and that's all we needed."

Mobb Deep initially recorded 20 songs for The Infamous, but executive producers Matt Life and Schott Free worked with them to improve the music. The early rough version of the album contained five or six songs, including the original versions of the album's four singles.
The original "Temperature's Rising" was remade because of sample clearance issues.
Later on, Q-Tip became the album's mixing engineer; Matt Life explained, "he came in later in the sessions and said he'd help mix a couple records. And then he ended up picking a couple of records they did to re-do. Except for 'Drink Away the Pain', the songs that Tip produced were already a full song before he got to them. He liked the lyrics on those original songs, but he re-did the beats. It was the same song title, same hook, same rhymes, just new beats." Q-Tip also improved the drum programming on "Survival of the Fittest", "Up North Trip" and "Trife Life". Q-Tip encouraged Mobb Deep to make their dark sound stand out, by telling them to add major chords to their minor key samples.
Havoc later stated, "Q-Tip definitely bent his style a little bit to get with what we was doing. Like with 'Drink Away the Pain' you see him trying to get gangsta with it.

In 2002, The Source reappraised The Infamous and gave it a perfect "five-mic" rating.
In 2020, the album was ranked 369th on Rolling Stone's updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.



Throwback ad for that awesome 'Double Or Nothing' by Erick Sermon aka The Green Eyed Bandit. Still remember seeing this ad in old school hip hop magazines like it was yesterday, so happy to still have all the magazines I bought back in the day.

#hiphopcollector #ericksermon #DoubleOrNothing


MC Hammer, Oakland A’s batboy.



Nas in the studio during the recording of ‘Illmatic’, with DJ Premier, Q-Tip and Large Professor, who all produced tracks on the album.



° Africa area = 30,37 million km2
° China area = 9,6 million km2
° US area = 9,8 million km2
° Europa area = 10,18 million km2

● Africa is bigger than all of Europe, China and the United States of America together.

● But on most world maps, Africa is represented in downsize.

This is deliberately done to create the visual effect of a small Africa to manipulate, brainwash, and deceive Africans wherever they are.

- Africa has 60% arable land.

- Africa owns 90% of raw material reserve.

- Africa owns 40% of the global gold reserve.

- Africa, 33% of diamond reserve.

- Africa has 80% of Coltan's global reserve (mineral for telephone and electronics production), mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

- Africa has 60% of global cobalt reserve (mineral for car battery manufacture).

- Africa is rich in oil and natural gas.

- Africa (Namibia) has the world's richest fish coastline.

- Africa is rich in manganese, iron and wood.

- Africa is three times the area of China, three times the area of Europe, three times the United States of America.

- Africa has thirty-half million km2 (30 875 415 km2).

- Africa has 1,3 billion inhabitants (China has 1,4 billion inhabitants in 9,6 million km2).

Which means Africa is SUBPOPULATED.

- The arable lands of the Democratic Republic of Congo are capable of feeding all of Africa.
And all of Africa's arable land is a cord to feed the whole world.

- The Democratic Republic of Congo has important rivers that can illuminate Africa.
The problem is that the CIA, western companies and some African puppets have destabilized DRC for decades.

- Africa is a culturally diverse continent in terms of dance, music, architecture, sculpture, etc.

- Africa accommodates 30.000 medicinal recipes and herbs that the West modifies in its laboratories.

- Africa has a young global population that should reach 2,5 billion by the year 2050.


#iloveafrica #Africa #motherland




G.U.R.U. 4ever 🕊️
(17/07/1961 - 19/04/2010)


R.I.P Guru (17th of July-19th of April 2010) Guru of Gang Starr on the Industry (he was more about Morals and Art over industry tactics, real to the end)

"I've learned to stick to my guns, my gut feelings. where my heart is at, keep my feet to the ground and when the whole crowd is going one way, we walk the other way, the path of the righteous is narrow - the righteous pay A sacrifice to get what they deserve..."

The Tribute rolls on at Real Hip-Hop Forever.


Rest In Peace Guru!
(July 17, 1966 - April 19, 2010)


Akron, OH


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We recently wrapped up another quarter of grantmaking, as our board of directors approved nearly $2.7 million in grants, including $603,500 in competitive arts and culture grants, including funding for Curated Courthouse, Keepers of the Art and New Horizons Band of Summit and Stark Counties, among nearly 60 nonprofits. We also recently hosted virtual educational sessions for grantees and professional advisors. For a full list of grantees, visit
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When we going to get another podcast?
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