Hip Hop :
The Culture vs The Industry and
The White Supremacy Factor
To me, the MOST GLARING contradiction OF studio gangsta rap is, “how can a music which only thirty five years ago so expressed the probabilities, possibilities and potentiality of our people, NOW BE SO GLOBALLY debased and UNCONSCIOUS? the perverting of original HIP-HOP/ RAP music INTO SO CALLED GANGSTA RAP IS ASSOCIATED WITH A WHITPLOITATION Corporate work ETHIC That is NOURISHING, WHAT DR AMOS WILSON calls “black SELF-annihilation in SERVICE OF WHITE DOMINATION”. rap was a music THAT ORIGINATED TO TEACH AND INSPIRE POOR BLACK AND BROWN FOLK. part of a larger afrikan cultural experience in America, HIP-hop, WITH influence far beyond ITSELF TODAY (AT LEAST AS IT IS PROPAGATED IN ESTABLISHMENT MEDIA) is too often diametrically oppose to its original purpose,value and potential. it started out as A WAY and means OF POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION and upliftMENT FOR black and BROWN PEOPLE and their ghettos/barreos”. To my dismay, today too much rap music has become a poor man’s music which keeps my people historo-CULTURALLY, socio-politically and psycho-educationally imporvished. This short essay is meant to support such sweeping condemnation.
…when BROTHERS LIKE Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa, three of the pioneers of hip hop and rap music from the BRONX, KICKED OFF THE SECOND MUSIC REVOLUTION BORN IN THE U.S.A. (JAZZ BEING THE ONLY OTHER TRULY AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC); I’M sure they DIDN’T FORESEE THE POSSIBLE OFFSHOTS. NAMELY, EVEN A REVOULTIONARY PHENOMENON Can be contaminated by individualism, materialism, jealousy, ENVY, black self-hatred and whitesploitation. they knew then that the revolution is in the music, but NOW I’M SURE THEY ALSO REALIZE that “JOY AND PAIN ARE LIKE SUNSHINE AND RAIN”—-SAME THING MAKE you LAUGH MAKE you CRY. When hip-hop first emerged, it was about having fun and proving yourself using clever sentences – rhythmically put together – said smoothly over 12-inch vinyl records spun on a disc jockey’s turntables. Most critics believed that hip-hop was just going to be a fad in inner cities. Little did they know that it would become a worldwide multibillion-dollar enterprise ONCE THE CAPITALIST VULTURES GOT A WIFF OF THEIR PRAY. BACK IN THE DAY OUR JAZZ GENIUSES WERE EXPLOITED BY THE MUSIC MOGALS in the SAME WAY for the same reasons—monopoly capitalist greed. BUT THEY STILL PRODUCED MUSIC THAT INSPIRED OUR PEOPLE…JUST LIKE HIP-HOP —BACK IN THE DAY. I CAME UP ON RAP BACK IN THE DAY AND THEN IT HAD AN INSPIRING AFFECT ON MY SPIRIT THAT WAS AS IMPACTFUL AS BE BOP WAS FOR MY FORE PARENTS. IN ALL MY STRUGGLES, TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS IT HAS BEEN THE MUSIC OF INSPIRERS THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED THE MOST TO SUSTAINING AND DEVELOPING ME INTELLECTUALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. GIL SCOTT HERON, THE LAST POETS AND BOB MARLEY TAUGHT ME MANY YEARS AGO THAT much of the EVOLUTION OF A physical, mental and/or spititual REVOLUTION IS IN THE MUSIC. recently FOLK LIKE PE, BPD, X-CLAN, POOR RIGHTOUS TEACHERS, THE COUP, KAM, DEAD PREZ, PARIS, heavy d, GRAND PUB, CUBE, SISTER SOULJah, SUccESS-N-EFFECT, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT AND MANY MORE HAVE COME TO US IN THE SAME SELFLESS, PROPHETIC SPIRIT as the aforementioned street scholars / edutainers” WITH LESS THAN DESERVED PROPS secondary to OUR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM WHITE DISEASE AND AFRAID TO FIGHT DISEASE.
ALTHOUGH THEY ARE STILL BLACK, STILL STRONG AND “BLOWIN up like the world traded AS WE SPEAK IN THIS ZINE, THIS TIME their REVOLUTIONARY BUT GANGSTA flava of RAP— TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL LUV AND POSITIVE PROBABILITIES, POSSIBILITIES AND POTENTIALITIES OF THE HIP HOP MOVEMENT AND THE ORIGINAL BLACK GANGSTAS / BLACK NATIONALIST—– IS GOING TO BURN DEEP IN THE SOUL OF OUR CHOcolate CITIES LIKE WILD FIRE. THIS IS BECAUSE ALL WIT EYES TO SEE AND EARS TO HERE NOW APPRECIATE THE DEAD ENDS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL INCARCERATION THAT IS INHERENT IN LISTENING TO AND INVESTING IN MIDDLE CLASS STUDIO GANGSTA RAPPERS AND REAL STREET THUGS THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM NIGGERIZATION AND SELF-HATRED; AS IS DOCUMENTED BY THEIR OWN LYRICS.
WHAT WE ARE REALLY DEALING WITH, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, IS GLOBAL WHITE SUPREMACY PROPAGATING PSYCHOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL INCARCIRATION. SHACKLES ON THE ARMS, WAIST AND LEGS, AS WAS OUR ANCESTORS CONDITION, WERE NEVER AS ENSLAVING AS THE “CHAINS AND IMAGES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SLAVERY”. THE CONDITION WE FIND OURSELVES IN TODAY CRIES OUT FOR A CLEAR overstanding of AND APPROPRIATE COUNTER-ACTION TO these oppressive yokes. what is THE MOST APPROPRIATE THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION TOWARD A CURE FOR RAP musick AND THE HIP-HOP HEADZ ILLMATIC-SIDE?
FIRSTLY, WE MUST BE CRYSTYAL CLEAR ON A WELL DOCUMENTED FACT; niggerized musick is a manifestation of OPPRESSION. and oppression IS ESSENTIALLY A caldron of violence and fraud. It was brought into existence and is maintained by dint force and falsifications. Now that Afrikans IN AMERICA have been coerced into fearing physical death at the hands of the oppressor and have submitted to oppression, we have invariably condemned OURSELVES TO psychocultural, socio-material and historical death. THE INDIVIDUALISM, MATERIALISM AND HEDONISTIC words and deeds …
…of too many so called rap artist, Depresonalized/ desocialized and deracinated, have become surrogates of the will and self of the enemy. THIS IS THE NEXUS FOR THE REASON WE NOW MAKE MUSIC THAT GLORIFIES KILLING ANOTHER BLACK MAN AND EXPLOITING AND DISRESPECTING OUR WOMEN. But our psycholoical and social death only hastens our physical death WHEN WE ASSIMILATE THIS MINDSET. ACTUALLY, WHAT MANY OF OUR YOUNG HIP-HOPPERS AND RAPPERS ARE SUFFERING FROM IS Negro Humanist – Integratioinist Inbetweenity, the Western Acculturation PROCCESS and outright niggerization. BACK IN THE DAY WE use to simply say, “THEY’VE BEEN BRAINWASHED”. MALCOLM WOULD SAY “THEY GOT WHITEs DISEASE”. THEY HAVE DONE THE SAME TYPE OF THING THAT RESULTED IN THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT’S ‘POST-60’ EROSION—sold out. NOW THEY MAKE MUSIC FOR A DOLLAR IRRESPECTIVE OF THE FALLOUT. PLEASE LET MY INTERJECT A THIS JUNCTURE, BEING A healer, inspire AND STREET SCHOLAR, I HAVE NO REASON TO HATE, BECAUSE i realize that just FIFTY YEARS AGO IT WAS RARE FOR the AVERAGE BLACKMAN TO HAVE FIFTY DOLLARS IN HIS POCKE; but today THE TRICKNOLOGY OF …
…THE OLD MIGHTY DALLAR HAS ONCE AGAIN TAKEN US OFF COURSE. ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE STRUGGLES AND STRIDES Of THe SIXTIES, THE HIP-HOP GENERATION’S PARENTS IN THE SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES LEFT OUR CHILDERN HOME AND ALONE SO THEY COULD RUN A BREAK-NECK SPEED TO GET MORE THINGS. SO YOU see, THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THINGS STAY THE SAME. AFTER BEING DE-AFRIKANIZED, DE-HUMANIZED AND INFERIORITIZED AFRIKANS IN AMERICA THAT ACCEPTED THE WHITE MAN’S DECLARATION OF INFERIORITY HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO “ARRIVE” / Be VALIDATED AND ACCEPTED BY MASSA BY GETTING ALL THE MATERIAL THINGS MASSA GOT. BUT THIS IS BECAUSE FAR TOO MANY OF US HAVE CONFUSED HISTORICAL SOCIO-MATERIAL INFERIORITY WITH PSYCHOCULTURAL, INTELLECTUAL AND SPIRITUAL SUBSTANCE.again this is not ABOUT BUST ANOTHER BROTHER’S HUSTLE, BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY FAKERS OUT THERE DROPPIN LYRICS BASED ON BEING HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUTS, PETTEY DOPE DEALERS AND THUGS THAT DON’T WANna TO WORK. THEY ARE TOO LAZY TO PICK UP A BOOK AND GET SOME NEW KNOWLEDGE SO THEY CAN HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY THAT WOULD BE MORE IN KEEPING WITH THEIR GOD GIVEN TALENT. RATHER, THEY CHOICE TO STAY LOCKED INTO THE REFERENCE Point Misorientation CHARACTERISTIC OF THE Psychopathologic and Pathophysiologic Manifestations Self-Alienation.
Secondly, ALL THAT BEING SAID,THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT TOO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE (CONSUMERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THEIR MUSIC) HAVE GOTTEN THEIR PRIORITIES TWISTED IN THIS ERA MATERIALISM, CONSUMMERISM, INDIVIDUALISM AND IT’S ALRIGHT TO DO WRONG AND ALL WRONG TO DO RIGHT. A LOT OF THese SO CALLED ENTERTAINMENT ARTIST, in order to gain financial favor with a treacherous, hypocritical AND OUTRIGHT RACIST
corporate MUSIC INDUSTRY, find it to their own advantage to sacrifice the integrity of our youth and the black/ afrikan LIBERATION STRUGGLE FOR money and notoriety. too many of our “Rap artist” would rather surrender, crawl and talk about killin another black man, than take a stand and use their talent and creativity for the good of the collective. As long as they are able to go along to get along the industry pretends to ignore the decay and collapse of our communities brought about as a direct result of our youth chasing after a “gangsta tale”; only to end up dead, in prison OR LIVIN A DEAD END LIFE. AND DON’T TELL ME WHEN THESE YOUNG BOYS BE SELL DOPE AND SMOKIN WEED AND CARRYING PISTOLS THAT THE MUSIC DON’T FACILITATE DA RIDE CAUSE , BEEN THERE, DONE DAT. but it’s all GOOD; BECAUSE I believe the day is coming when they must answer for their treason. WHEN that day does come, and it will be here soon, they will find their pleas falling on deaf ears. Treason, how be it punished?”
Also see the Zine for:
Major Record Companies Manipulated Control of Black Music Pt I and 2
Hip Hop and Rap Music: A Comprehensive
RBG Street Scholars Think Tank Video Database