ProHipHop (www.prohiphop.com) launches as the first hip hop business news blog tracking developments across industry sectors. Hip hop business involves a wide range of products and markets that go far beyond urban music and fashions. Clyde Smith gathers hip hop related business news from such industries and subsectors as music, movies, apparel, mobile content, automotive, publishing, jewelry and beverages and publishes them in ProHipHop, a hip hop trade blog.



Clyde Smith conceived the idea of ProHipHop while gathering news for his personal hip hop blog called Hip Hop Logic (
www.netweed.com/hiphoplogic). Long fascinated by the spread of hip hop culture and rap music from the Bronx to the rest of the world, Smith began noticing that business news effectively tracked the development of hip hop as a global force. Surprisingly, an extensive search revealed that no one was providing this information in a daily weekday format online. The recognition of a gap in hip hop related information services was the deciding factor in the creation of ProHipHop.



Before ProHipHop, hip hop business news was scattered across sources from consumer to industry-oriented websites and publications. Today ProHipHop offers daily business news that is available in weblog form or via an xml newsfeed for Atom and RSS newsreaders and mobile devices. ProHipHop is also planning an email newsletter edition.



Clyde Smith writes ProHipHop drawing on a rich background in the performing arts (The Lost Colony,High Risk Group), academic research (Ph.D. in CulturalStudies from Ohio State) and freelance writing (HipHop Logic, New Age Retailer). Clyde is also the owner and editor of netweed.



ProHipHop is the first offsite project incubated by netweed (
www.netweed.com), the alternative news and culture center. netweed provides basic funding and services for ProHipHop as well as related information resources such as Hip Hop Albums(www.netweed.com/hiphop/albums), Hip Hop Movies(www.netweed.com/hiphop/movies) and Hip Hop News(www.netweed.com/hiphopnews).



ProHipHop is located at:
http://www.prohiphop.com

Clyde Smith can be contacted at:prohiphop(at)netweed(dot)com

415-356-9826



Mail: 2370 Market St. #391

San Francisco, CA 94114