Rap vs. Hip-Hop

“What’s the difference between rap and hip-hop?” This is a common question for people becoming interested in hip-hop culture. It is also a distinction that is extremely important for Next Level and the work we do around the world. The standard answer is that hip-hop is a culture with four elements* – deejaying, MCing, graffiti,

Roots & Branches 7: DJ 2-Tone Jones

“This is very conceivable.” In this series, we look at different ways that Next Level’s influence endures, often long after the residencies are over. How do the seeds that we have planted take root and grow? In previous posts, we have discussed how Next Level has influenced artists’ attitudes towards education, technology, community building, professional identity, social