It was exactly 2 years ago I launched The Tika on 11-11-’11. Today is a very special day to me. While you read on, you might as well hit play on the the fresh Tika Tape already! Not the most underground sounds as we usually search for, but characteristic tracks for the Tika vibe & mind that inspires us to work on The Tika.
I can remember setting up a blog in Sydney to share my love for Hip Hop and could’ve never predicted this. That only 2 years later we had build up a global team of dedicated heads, over 1000 likes hopefully counting the bright Hip Hoppas that have joined us on our journey; we got to book Slum Village for our first event, pressed Boom Bap tees for all our fellow addicts, Tika beanies for the Tribe, sharing them Tika Truths & Tapes across nations and just being able to spread the love and the knowledge of this beautiful culture to more and more people everyday.
We strive to become the biggest righteous Hip Hop enterprise in the world and will stay true to the essence by all means necessary. Towards this; we have a long but exciting way to go, calling on a lot of dedication, passion and persistence from our end and love and support from yours. We will continue to do what we do, always better and bigger, and hope on your ongoing and growing support. “Not close to where we are going, but far from where we started“.
For now, we thank you for being part of the Tika Tribe and thus motivating us, inspiring us, and empowering us to develop & grow this movement. We wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for you and we’re anticipating on many, many more years. Happy earthday to The Tika!! To make this celebratory day for us as joyful to you, we’re
Dropping some Tika goodies!
First off, we’re bringing you another Tika Tape #4 which we suggest you’d already be listening to.
Next up is the worldwide Boom Bap Addict Tee 20% discount! Clickclickclick the image to go straight to the webshop and order yours this week withto save some dough.
Up last, we’re bringing you the 1st Tika wallpaper! Though not a famous quote, it is a truth; this is what we truly believe, act upon and hope you’ll agree with. If you dig, feel free to save and use it as your wallpaper on your phone, tablet or laptop and be reminded of Hip Hops power & qualities, on the beautiful backdrop of NYC rooftops. If you did put it up; send us a printscreen and we’ll consider it a birthday card :D
We also asked a few long time and fresh followers what made them get with and stick with the Tika Tribe, and their replies consisted of the kindest words! A collection of quotes after asking them
“What are your thoughts on The Tika movement??”
“If the emcees, producers, bboys and girls, sprayers etc. symbolize the heart of Hip Hop, The Tika would be similar to the brain that receives, assimilates and spreads the message. It has the Power of connecting different parts of the “Body” and enables it to go on.” – Juju Rogers (Man of Booom)
“When dealing with the core concepts of a something, namely culture, ones mind must be ready and able to adapt to the multi-faceted dynamic landscape of that culture, learning and being open to all the different sources, that create and embody that culture. The Tika is everything that – The essence.” – Malev Da Shinobi
“When searching for the description of an old or even new word, people tend to look in a dictionary, while others tend to look into the mind. Whether its diggin from personal experiences that help you define something, or scanning the pages from a dusty book, what you need is the source: the underground vibe from the crew called the Tika tribe! From catchin random Gangstarr grooves on radio rips as a kid to networkin and buildin at hip hop shows, the Queen Tika is actively expandin’ in creative and unique ways. A staple of funk in the hip hop scene, I forsee this culture benefitting in positive ways thanks to The Tika, and in the meantime, I know you will too. Big respect.” – Kick Back (Da Shogunz)
“Being from the states, I was introduced to The Tika dot com via a friend from down under. Don’t ask me how this translated to Amsterdam, it just happened. So.. with no expectations I was delighted to meet a highly informed individual at Winston’s Kingdom. Along with Z Man, Equipto, L*Roneous, and Michael Marshall we conversed about all things hip hop and beyond well into the night until POOF she was gone. Needless to say I was forever hooked on The Tika.Com.” – True Justice
“Happy 2nd Anniversary 2 The Tika Movement & Staff and Beyond,…Great work & Great Job Y’all be doing,..Keep da movement positive & creative,..& y’all will continue 4 years,years & years 2 come…Peaze,Love,Light,& Blissings..2 The TIKA Movement.” – Writer Oustem-1 (UZNCH-Chapter Holland)
“It is really a strange thing that I never heard of The Tika before, until I came in contact with Nadia a couple of months ago. But in that short time I really got to know what The Tika is about. And I really can say that in 14 years of HipHopAgenda I’ve rarely met an organization that is so hiphop-dedicated, not colored or biased by opinions, so full of inspiration and ideas and, most important of all, honest in the things it does. The Tika always tries to emphasize the power of hiphop in terms of love, peace, unity, knowledge, culture, consciousness, healing and of course music. Therefore: Hiphop is not dead, Hiphop is The Tika.” – Colin Kraan (www.hiphopagenda.nl)
“Hip Hop needs youngsters and their movements like the Tika to keep pushing that real shit. Hip hop comes in many different shapes and forms. But the youth that learns and respects the culture and its past are in my opinion going to be the trendsetters for the future in keeping real hip hop alive! Congratulations The Tika. Many more years to come!” – DJ Turne
”The Tika is the one and only ‘Dutch’ Hip Hop website, showing what’s really real in the underground and overground Hip Hop culture and more! Keep on preserving and spreading Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Freedom, Justice, Equality, Food, Clothing, Shelter, Love, Peace and Happiness. Much props from the Guerrilla Ant Army Federation. Big Up!” – David Paris
“Hiphop is not dead, You just don’t know TIKA!” – Psl Persoonlijk (Eastgarden Music)
“I’m digging how The Tika shines the spotlight on real Hip Hoppas worldwide and offers a platform where people can gain knowledge on Hip Hop culture. There should be more organizations like The Tika!” – Brick Da Smasher
“It’s a real inspiration seeing y’all make your moves in Hiphop and having the positive aspect of the culture as the focus” – Corné Chamon Matton
“The Tika team has been doing a great job to the Hip Hop Culture. It’s bringing us the real Hip Hop music, beautiful street art / graffiti, and many articles / interviews about this culture. Thanks and congrats to the team, specially to Nadia, and go ahead! Peace, love and success for all you! Cheers!!!!” – Rochelle Pereira
“It’s about a year ago now, when I met the amazing woman behind The Tika. Driven by passion for the HipHop culture, The Tika is growing into a platform we can’t live without. Connecting and inspiring, ready to conquer the world! I wish Team Tika all the best for the future, may you guys do wonderful things!” – Lisa van Roon (Life in Sound)
“The Tika is one of many dope hip-hop sites out there spreading awareness and keeping the culture alive. The website allowed me to get insight on various talented independent artists around the world that deserve a spotlight.” – Matt Luu
“I consider The Tika to be one of the very best movements Hip Hop has ever encountered. Their cypher is always positive and their first event ‘The Tika presents: Slum Village Evolution Tour’ is one I’ll be talking about for a long time” – Gilson Zandwijk (Radiohost Go Uptown)