As the world anticipates
the return of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show to national
television later this year the creator and executive producer of the
program J.T. Thompson is preparing his new Hip Hop Music and Cultural
history documentary film entitled Hip Hop Hall of Fame Uncut.
This documentary will follow the History of Hip Hop through the eyes of
the Artists and Pioneers who started it, and lived it. We will document
their stories in the film that will be completed in time for the
Sundance Film Festival.
The project has begun filming and will include the footage from the
original Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show that aired on BET Network in
the 90s, and the upcoming Hip Hop Hall of Fame 'All Star' Museum
Benefit Concert on Monday July 30th. The concert and production will
feature performances by the Legendary Cold Crush Brothers, the Crash
Crew, the Fearless Four, DAS EFX, Brand Nubian, X-Clan, Black Sheep,
Rob Base, and Philly's Schoolly D.
The recent success of Ice T's film the Art of Rap, underscores the Hip
Hop Hall of Fame Uncut story will be as equally compelling with an
accurate account of the history of hip hop music and culture to the
creation of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. The project will also include a
bonus music album compilation co-produced by Hip Hop Global Media &
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame was created in 1992 by the Brooklyn born,
Queens, Harlem, and South LA raised James JT Thompson, whose
grand-uncle played with Harlem legends Billie Holiday and Louise
Armstrong, while he was working on the Historic L.A. Gang Truce and
serving as a Community Leader and Organizer in the City of Los Angeles
during the '92 LA Riots. Mr. Thompson seen there was no outreach
between the Music, Culture, Youth, and Community to effect real
Socio-Economic and Political change thru Urban Public and Private
Partnerships and Hip Hop.
J.T. Thompson established the Hip Hop Hall of Fame in partnership with
Hip Hop Pioneers, after he rebuilt the Sear's Hollywood store with at
risk youth and former gang members after the civil unrest. He also
co-founded the Minority Contractors, worked tirelessly with the
R.O.Y.A.L. Alliance of Students, Colleges, and Gang Interventions
organizations, producing music concerts, the first Hip Hop Get Out the
Vote Campaigns that even got the attention of then Presidential
Candidate Bill Clinton who came and played basketball in the
neighborhood with his group, and selected some of his members in his 50
faces of Hope.
After working on a television deal for two years the US Army Veteran
scored with African Heritage Network in late '94 that lead to the BET
Cable Network deal in '95 and subsequent broadcasts of the Hip Hop Hall
of Fame Awards TV Show. J.T. Thompson has had to defend and protect the
Hip Hop Hall of Fame, and Awards show from trademark infringers,
website and domain squatters, and unauthorized merchandisers.
"These stories had to be told, because through it all the Hip Hop Hall of Fame
Awards Show is back, and the Museum & Entertainment complex has found a
home in New York City," stated J.T. Thompson.