We all know about the cars, the bling, the girls, and the money. We hear about it every time a rap song comes on the radio. Sadly some people may think this is all hip-hop is about.
Which is another false allegation against hip-hop.
The mainstream has painted a picture of a materialistic culture which is completely irrelevant to what hip-hop was based upon. Actually itâ€™s the complete opposite.
Now we have these impostors of hip-hop representing the entire culture. In order to completely understand why I call them impostors, we will need to look at the foundation of hip-hop.
Hip-hop is a cultural movement. Its made up of some basic elements including, but not limited to rapping, graffiti, djs, bboys. Furthermore its an ideology of awareness.
Hip-hop was formed in the 1970s, in New York City. To be more specific the Bronx.
This emergence didnâ€™t come abruptly. The Vietnam war had begun and heroin was flooding the streets of New York.
The teenagers and young adults werenâ€™t enthused about this environment of chaos. They now just needed an outlet to express themselves.
Than came along â€œAfrika Bambaataaâ€ and â€œKool Hercâ€. Simply put the forefathers of hip-hop. Itâ€™s a heated debate questioning who officially started it.
None the less, they began becoming what is now known as Djâ€™s.
They started recruiting people to perform spoken word while they used their techniques. This developed into what is now known as rapping. This entire process was a lot more complex.Iâ€™m just giving a quick overview.
Finally the poor inner city kids had an escape to express themselves. They wouldnâ€™t ever be forced to give that up.
In 1989, Kool Herc said in an interview â€œI wanted rap to always be a positive, beautiful music. I wanted it to be political. I want it to stay that way. We got kings, queens and jokers. There was
some women complaining about the lyrics of a Slick Rick, but she gotta understand that heâ€™s like a Eddie Murphy in our business and there are selective people out there that want that. Itâ€™s not like
heâ€™s gonna go to play in front of the youngsters. The radio is not supposed to give a lot of air time to records like that. Thatâ€™s the peopleâ€™s choice. Thatâ€™ll spread like wild fire through word of mouth. It donâ€™t need no airtime.â€
Unfortunately the culture of hip-hop didnâ€™t appeal to the masses. Which means it wasnâ€™t making enormous amounts of money. This is where big business found opportunity.
At the end of the 1980s N.W.A emerged with â€œStraight Outta Comptonâ€.
A conscience look at problems facing the society. While literally condescending themselves as they promoted violence. This is arguably the turning point in hip-hop.
This is where the commercialized industry began.
In the 1990s small record labels became obsolete. As big business began to control the marketing of hip-hop.In 2006, Nas made an album claiming â€œHip-Hop is Deadâ€.
This has stirred up great interest in the hip-hop community. Nas stated on this album that we (hip-hop) donâ€™t respect our past.
He also summarized various reasons through-out the album explaining his position. Even though this title stirred a lot of controversy. This isnâ€™t a new concept.
Many people who love hip-hop have been claiming this for almost a decade.
My conclusion is Hip-Hop isnâ€™t what it was meant to be. Though there are many people who are making music that is note worthy of hip-hop.
If you look at it on a broad scale. Hip-hop is quite tainted right now compared to its origins.
This article shouldnâ€™t be looked at as absolute fact. Historians will need to be exonerated because of the lack of attention during hip-hopâ€™s primitive stages.
In my next article, I will be examining the hidden concepts in hip-hop. If weâ€™re not suppose to be rapping about materialistic things.
Than what are we suppose to be rapping about. I will compare various rappers. Than once again reach a conclusion.