The Flip Flop of Hip Hop
I watched the birth of rap music and music video evolve right before my eyes at ten years of age. In the beginning rap music was all about fun and lyrical creativity. As it progressively matured it became the voice of the Black community and the reeducation of the American Negro. Yes, some of us remember when birth certificates said Negro on them and then became Black; subsequently, “African-American.” Ask any “African American” what part of Africa they are from and watch the blank stare. The American Negro needed reeducation in order to understand their true origin, debunk falsehoods and inevitably their destiny.
Suddenly, rap music became a social movement and has been forever dubbed “Hip Hop.” The social movement blossomed into artist who were not only politically motivated but spiritually as well. Their lyrics became a classroom of change inspiring the Black community to read and rediscover ancient knowledge about themselves. A sense of pride emanated from this early school of thought and many Hip Hop artist embraced it.
Somehow ubiquitous shout outs to the third eye began to permeate the air waves. Black bookstores armed themselves with their music and the Black community became a reflection of the music. At times the Bible was devalued; but, most artist seamlessly integrated lyrics with the acceptance of The Creator. The Hip Hop consensus at the time was The Most High is real and true power lies with mastering yourself from within. When you read this Scripture it makes more sense.
20 One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs.
21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you”
There is a laundry list of artist who spit the spiritual “it” to the Black community with artist like Public Enemy, KRS One, Rakim, Kool Mo Dee, Common, De La Soul, The Pharcyde, and Tupac. I know I left many artist out but you get the point. Tupac said instead of bobbing your head to the beat “peep” the game, listen to the words. This was a time of intellectual empowerment for Black people and like most good things it was hijacked. Quite evident from the current diametric change of Hip Hop chocked full of Satanic motifs and occultism.
Hip Hop was silently murdered much like Malcom X and Martin Luther King. This time instead of bullets they used well financed White owned record labels according to early disenfranchised rappers like Easy E, Ice Cube, Chuck D, including Michael Jackson! You began to hear the perpetuation of gangster rap and materialism fill the air waves. The Hip Hop spiritual movement was crushed without a whimper.
The Black community became chasers of bling and anything shiny. Respectfully, the best thing ever to happen to Jay Z was to out live Biggie and Tupac. What is Jay Z selling to his fans? How is he empowering their minds? Now days he has been knighted the Godfather of this new social movement I call “Ho’ Hop.” This new mental hiphopcracy is bankrupt of any type of spiritual knowledge and sells sex, materialism and blunts. This is the new prime directive of Ho’ Hop and to be a successful artist you must program your listeners in this manner.
Jay Z bragging how he has never read the Bible in his life!
You must ask yourself why this original movement was transformed? In the beginning the Black Community was the capital of Hip Hop. Now the largest market segment of Hip Hop is the White community. With the urban education system sporting a 50% Black male High School dropout rate, the science being dropped in original Hip Hop is needed more than ever. Now every teenage Black male wants to be rapper and be like Jay Z. It should be easy. You can order a rapper costume for Halloween for $14.99.
We have to return to our Hip Hop roots and listen to the lyrics and reevaluate ourselves including the artist we finance today. The record labels are nothing without us and we hold the power to their future. You ever heard anyone who can not sing? You just change the dial or walk away. This is what needs to happen now. This is a battle cry to anyone reading this and it is the manifesto to reclaim Hip Hop from the clutches of musical cancer. The state of current Hip Hop is the result of a methodical plan to poison the ideals of early Hip Hop. Plato said,
“Give me the music of a nation; I will change a nation’s mind.” – Plato
Listen to Hip Hop today, especially Jay Z and ponder the state of Black America’s mind. Soon an educated Black male will be so rare they will be on the show called “Sightings.” This is a state of emergency. The only way to fight back is to stop buying their music. New labels must be encouraged to bring back the original school of thought in Hip Hop. If Ho’ Hop was water it is dirty. Would you give a glass of mud to your child to drink?
Michael Erevna, is Editor-in-chief and author of “THY SUN, THY ROD, and THY STAFF”