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The State of Hip Hop (Series Intro)

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For a while now I have watched, discussed, chronicled, and blogged about Hip Hop. As an eighties baby, Hip Hop and I have grown up together and, therefore, it is a part of my life and influenced a lot of who I am. But the bigger reason that I write about Hip Hop is because Hip Hop is a culture: a sub-culture of American culture.

All sub-cultures are microcosms of the larger culture in which they exist. So I use Hip Hop as a barometer for American culture. If want to know the truth about a culture, look at the sub-cultures. They are the hardest hit by major cultural changes. They are the first to feel the shift in the winds when change comes…and a change is coming.

In this blog series, I endeavor to document the evolution of Hip Hop and discuss what those changes signify about American culture and Black culture. Hip Hop music is (and always has been) so much more than just music. Let’s talk about it.

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I’m not sayin’; I’m just sayin’,

An Angry Black Man

9 Comments on The State of Hip Hop (Series Intro)

  1. I agree that there is a profound influence of language on thought and the current state of things. I think KRS is really touching on the rhetoric in music – how the language in music can change your perception and in turn change your reality by manipulation – manipulation with words. Knowledge of words is obtained through context or experience and these words can elicit similar emotions in people who obtained knowledge of these words from similar context and experiences which in turn elicit similar responses. Simply put, words can control masses, and this is demonstrated through hip-hop music. Repetition is also important for it can affect your subconscious mind which in turn affects your actions. This too is common in current mainstream hip hop. I agree hip hop music is way more than just music.

    • Wow. That’s wassup. Thanks for reading and the extremely intelligent response.

      Just as you said the manipulation of language (a post I’m working on) is powerful. Those who use language in any degree but especially rappers, lyricists, mc’s, singers, and writers have to recognize this power and not use it haphazardly. By the same token the general public should always be aware of power of language and analyze the language out before them. It is the only way to uncover that which is edifying and that which is destructive.

      • I think many have recognized how powerful the manipulation of language is and choose to use it haphazardly for the accumulation of wealth. Many are willing to dismiss morality for money. And, as you said, the majority is nescient of what’s occurring and this needs to change.

        • Yo did you use the word nescient?? Your mind is beautiful!

          But you are right as far as the ones who so realize the power of language. Which is why I believe, especially in the Black community, we have to teach each other and our kids this power as well as instilling in them a consciousness and measure of social responsibility. What are your thoughts about this?

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I’m looking forward to your post on the manipulation of language. 🙂

  3. Wow! I really enjoyed this blog and youtube clip…KRS is truly a genius…I am too an eighties baby, but I must say my appreciation of Hip Hop came kind of late…I am now truly yearning to know more about it, though I lived it…Is it ironic…to live in a subculture and not know it? Maybe because Hip Hop was life… “Hip Hop is a perceptional ability. It helps you to see your world, not “THE” world” , “Your vocabulary is your reality…”, “Your brain can only see reality according to words…” …Jewels everywhere…I learned today! Much Respect

  4. Reblogged this on Chronicles of Osage Dior and commented:
    “Hip Hop is a perceptional ability. It helps you see your world, not “THE” world…” KRS @NEEMA

  5. Honestly, I don’t believe that I’ve ever used the word nescient in verbal communication with anyone, only in an essay or two. But to answer your question, I agree with you. Everyone should be taught that with language you can disguise lies as truths and display covert negatives as overt positives. A prime example of the power of language would be the current obsession with “popping mollies” and “twerking”.

    We do indeed need to teach the black youth to be socially conscious and responsible. We have to teach the youth the proper morals as well as equip them with a strong backbone to uphold those morals. I think that many have accepted the state of black youth as the new normal which is unfortunate and intolerable. They need to become aware. You cannot act higher than your own conciousness; how can they act properly upon something they’re unaware of?

    Maybe it will take a powerful figure that’s able to reach a vast audience to address such issues and elicit the response that we’re looking for. Just look what Michelle Obama did with her anti-obesity campaign. Such an act may provoke an uproar initially but it would be well worth its effectiveness.

    I hope that I’m not rambling, it’s way past my bedtime.

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