Righteous hip-hop: in an excerpt from his forthcoming book, an old-school conscious rapper critiques the direction of a cultural expression he loves. (rhythm & books).
Some people continue to regard Hiphop as a form of music and dance, while others are only interested in using Hiphop to further their individual careers. Still, there are others (like myself) that live Hiphop beyond its entertainment value. It is important that everyone understand fully the meaning of the term Hiphop: True Hiphop is a term that describes the independent collective consciousness of a specific group of inner-city people. Ever growing, it is commonly expressed through such elements as: Breakin' (Break dancing), Emceein' (Rap), Graffiti art (Aerosol art), Deejayin', Beatboxin', Street Fashion, Street Language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism. Hiphop is not just music and dance, nor is Hiphop a product to be bought and sold.
Discovered by Kool DJ Herc in the Bronx, New York, around 1972, and established as a community of peace, love, unity, and having fun by Afrika Bambaataa through Zulu Nation in 1974, Hiphop is an independent and unique community, an empowering behavior, and an international culture.
Hip-Hop: the popular culture of big city and especially inner-city youth, characterized by Graffiti art, Break dancing and rap music; of or relating to this culture (The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third Edition).
One day we shall realize that all who participate in Hiphop Kulture are part of one family. We are united in a life experience that has created our common culture. As a family, when we tap into our collective creative reservoir, it should be for a cause that will eventually repay and strengthen our collective creativity.
--Excerpt from "The State of Hiphop" from the forthcoming book Ruminations by KRS-One [c] 2003 by Front Page Entertainment. Reprinted by permission of Welcome Rain Publishers and Front Page Entertainment.
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|Publication:||Black Issues Book Review|
|Article Type:||Critical Essay|
|Date:||May 1, 2003|
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