Exploring the Elements

At Next Level, our approach to education and social development is based on the same cultural principles that form the foundation of hip-hop itself. The main reason for this is simply that we respect hip-hop culture and the people who created it. But we also take this approach because it works: hip-hop has advocated sophisticated

Hip Hop, Tout Le Monde

While in Paris on his way to a French Immersion program in Tours, Next Level Site Manager Paul Rockower had a true hip hop worldwide experience: I had just finished dinner, and I stopped in the cafe on the corner for a saidera (last drink).  I walked in to the place, and heard the tail-end of

Next Level Profile: Winston “Iller-Strator” Mundiro

    This multi-lingual freestyle from Winston “Iller-Strator” Mundiro is one of our favorite examples of the power of hip-hop to communicate internationally. Iller-Strator participated in our residency in Harare, Zimbabwe, earlier this year, and we recently reconnected to learn more about his experiences with hip-hop and the Next Level program. What would you like people

“A Drop of Red Dye in Water”: Q & A with Ken Fury

Kenneth “Ken Fury” Marez Jr. (dancer) is an artist who expresses his vision in multiple disciplines, including music, poetry, photography, painting, jewelry design and hip-hop dance. As a b-boy, he has studied with and been influenced by many, including the legendary Wayne Blizz and D – Flex (The Executioners, The NYC Float Committee)  Kwikstep (“Full