Now, that title that I have chosen depends on your opinions and thought process. I often feel recently that so-called ‘Hip Hop’ has lost its way. I personally blame the mediums and corporations that have their own agenda for it, ie; radio stations, blogs, websites that push and promote music that they want to be at the fore front. I personally blame the artist that are not concerned with the art form but rather the exploitation and the greed for money. Trying to follow or mimic what is supposed to be current or popular ‘Hip Hop’. Last but certainly not least, the listener. As the majority we defiantly play the greatest role in which way the cookie crumbles. This is the reason why I have created this site. I strongly oppose the misuse of ‘Hip Hop’. ”Hip Hop represents a people, a culture, a movement. Our thoughts, our feelings, our wrong doings, good times and our teachings.
Hip Hop is certainly not a new thing. Ancient Africans who created the drum which resembles the heart, used to beat it in rhythm while a member of the community chanted words over it which was either stories, praises to their ancestors and deity’s or words of endearment. We carved images into walls which is called hieroglyphs that subconsciously we still do today called graffiti. It is said that hieroglyphs was an artistic representation of an esoteric idea . We danced as parts of our rituals just as we do today. Remember break dancing? Or what we changed it to in recent terms, street dancing. Dances teach social patterns and values and help people work, mature, praise or criticize members of the community while celebrating festivals and funerals, competing, reciting history, proverbs and poetry; and to encounter gods. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. With the exception of some spiritual, religious or initiation dances, there are traditionally no barriers between dancers and onlookers. Even ritual dances often have a time when spectators participate.
I grew up listening to Public Enemy, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS1, Salt n Pepa etc who laid down the foundations of this powerful movement. The level of music was high, surprisingly they wasn’t trying to set a bar as such they was just creating and being themselves. Expressing themselves to the highest degree. Now i am not saying all is lost within the ‘Hip Hop’ spectrum, i am just magnifying the fact that the authentic, real and original is not represented correctly. We have many today that still carry that same energy but are not honored or highlighted like they should be. I hope you enjoy this journey with me in discovering and representing the great tool that is called ‘Hip Hop’ and the special people who create it.