Hip Hop is more than Music

Ever since Rap Music has transitioned into Mainstream Corporate America the elements have been replaced with Misogyny, Money and Violence. The stereotypes and misleading of Hip Hop Culture has set an unethical view to the world that the movement is dangerous and hazardous to the youth. Emcees are the voices of storytelling and healing the wounds that Black America has had to endure from Social injustice, Racism and Poverty. When Violence, Crime and Drugs became the new sound of rap music there was a major shift in behaviors and mindset. The Lyrics became belligerent with images of gun-clapping, blood-shedding and genocide in the black community. Many believe the horrifying images and lyrics of Rappers are setting back the Black Youth.

Hip Hop was formed in the 1970’s out of the Civil Rights Movement and the voices of Black and Latinos who lived in Ground Zero of the burning Bronx. The South Bronx was in crisis with the widespread burning buildings set by landlords to collect insurance money. The Decay of the Bronx community has caused an Economic Depression as many businesses and property owners were relocating into the White suburban areas. The Financial Crisis and infrastructure of the abandoned building left by the Property owners was shifted into a new hub for gang members and house parties. The gangs dominated their territories and went to war with their rivals, however, they protected their community, stood up against the social injustice and confronted city officials on the condition of the South Bronx. Members of the gangs held a large meeting to bring peace as the birth of Hip Hop was building its foundation.

During the crack era, teens who later became Hip Hop legends had created an underground moment. The up-rise of Social Changes and transformation of the Bronx had spread to other parts of the world that a new movement of self-expression was born. The origins of Hip Hop originated from House Parties into creative Elements of Graffiti, DJ (Disk Jockey), Breaking, Emcees, and Knowledge. The Elements of Hip Hop plays an important part of the culture from extending of the Break Beat by the Dj’s, Emcees battling or giving a shout out over the Microphone and the B-boys taking over 50% of the floor with their dance moves. The Graffiti writers created the promotional flyers, beautified the community, and sent messages on the trains through art.

Fashion had changed from the 70’s, Cut Sleeve Jackets to the Sweat Suits, Chuck Taylor’s, Kangos, Cazles, and Bomber Jackets. Jheri Curl was a popular hairstyle to many Black and Afro Latinos. In the 80’s, at this time, emcees became the focal point of the culture and change the content of flow and delivery as an artist.

Around 1986, the powerful voices of Emcees delivered lyrics of Black Empowerment, Racism, and Economics. This Era was considered The Revolutionary Movement and the shortest era in Hip Hop History. Emcees continue to challenge the issues and being the voice of the streets. The West Coast rappers shed a new light on the issues of police brutality and gang violence. Even though the west coast represented the gang-life, they also expressed the same Social issues related to the East Coast.

In the mid 90’s the sound of Social Consciousness had vanished. Drugs, Money and Violence had become the new trend called “gangsta’ rap”. The Back Pack Emcees still dominated The Underground Movement but the main focus was to keep the gangsta’ sound as the primary voice of the culture. Radio Stations had begun to program music in replace of the Dj’s. Record labels had paid radio stations to promote a certain song in heavy rotation around a certain hour of the day in difference Urban Demographic Areas. It seemed like the same song was being played every 13 minutes targeting a younger audience from the hours of 3:00pm-7:00pm.

In the high-light of Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other cities that are dealing with violence, why aren’t there any songs that can heal these cities and put it into heavy rotation on every FM radio station? In the late 80’s and 90’s, the Black community was fighting Crimes and in the wake of the violence KRS One (Stop The Violence Movement) with various of Emcees deliver a power song called “Self Destruction, Slick Rick “Hey Young World” and the West Coast Rap All-Stars “We’re All in the Same Gang”. Today’s generation believes in becoming a successful Rapper, the lyrics must include genocide, corruption and verbal attack on Black woman. Artists promoting a false narrative by displaying a life they never lived and prison sentences they never served.

Positive music and the uplifting of the generation was never a factor, but rather use of lab rats. Music and instrumental beat taps into the body of human life, the affects can be positive or negative. A certain sound or sound effect can change one’s feelings and thoughts. It also can put the person into a deep thought and if interrupted it can be scary. When artists deliver their lyrics of violence it can cause a person to react in a violent way.

There are rap artists who make music about poverty, homelessness, and financial hardship, as other can relate. Our youth has stated how a rap song brought them out of depression and changed their lives for the better, especially children who lost their parents or dealing with a personal crisis in their lives. The purpose of Hip-Hop Culture was to re-inform and help shape the lives that are being affected by a crisis through music, art and dance. All Elements of Hip Hop still serve a purpose and a need to the culture, Hip Hop Culture will continue advocating peace and unity through the Streets, Schools and Universities. Hip Hop Culture is more than music; it is a movement that speaks a universal language.

Michele Hairston Hip Hop Educator/ Historian

Hip Hop Education 4 Youth Fundraiser

 

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Hip Hop Education 4 Youth is a Educational Based Program that uses elements in Hip Hop to focus on trouble youth who struggles Socially and Emotionally and dealing with passed trauma in their lives. Partnering with the After-School and Community program in the Harrisburg Area to work with the teens in hoping to keep them in a safe environment, created projects to allow them to express themselves through the culture of Hip Hop.

Mission:
HHE4Y mission is to used Hip Hop as a way to improve behavior, learn to socialized through proper communication and enhance problem solving ,disputes and anger management through prevention and control.

Goal: (Our 7 main goals)
Preserving the foundation and Purpose of Hip Hop Ideology.
using Hip Hop as a way to express themselves through Dance, Music and Art.
Decreased Youth going in and out of the Juvenile Center.
Learning and Understanding Self-Worth and Opinion matters.
Listen and comprehend to identify the problem and Solving.
Learning to defused the Anger before it escalate.
Identify the problem and hold self accountable.

Donated to HHE4Y:
Christine Strickland-Cobb (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Michelle Anthony (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Amanda Isley (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Alisha Glenn (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Suzanne Martinez (Duncannon Pennsylvania)
Terell Mosbley (Harrisburg Pennsylvania)
Craig Andrus (Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania)
Dj Craig Andrus: http://www.jukeboxdj.biz /Email juke_box_dj@yahoo.com
Bryan Wentz( Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania)

Special Thanks to Holistic Heights Ministries for donating to Hip Hop Education 4 Youth
http://www.holisticheights.com

To Donate through PayPay
http://www.paypay.com to donate used the Email utthhc_hiphop75@live.com

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Hip Hop Debate (Harrisburg PA)

COMING 2017

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The question is who’s right or wrong? Everyone opinion matters but the question is who have the actual facts?

Hip Hop Debate Part 1 will feature a panelist of Young and Older Hip Hop Artist of all elements who have different views on the state of Hip Hop and the language of todays Artist.

*Hip Hop Debate part 1 Topics:

  • Is Nigga-ology the cause of Violence or Rap Lyrics?
  • Who’s your Boss?
  • Is Mumbling Rap acceptable or UnAcceptable?
  • Masculinity in Hip Hop.

 

The 90’s Comeback

 

His style is vintage 1980’s/1990’s hip hop. He decided to bring this style back because he believes that the style was more created than it was bought. Jalen believes that a style should be more “created” and not “bought” meaning that anybody can buy something and just wear it but it’s not their own style, but if you buy a jacket and customize it to fit your personal taste then it becomes an original style. He also believes that the vintage hip hop look best represents being free and rebellious. The style mostly reflects the around-the-way homeboy who don’t like to spend so much money for one outfit but keep it cheap and simple and lastly, it’s Black fashion. The high top is an homage to all the hip hop legends who rocked it before and it represents embracing your own hair, no matter what it looks like.

Jalen “Jay-Doggz” Hemphill is a 22 year old aspiring singer/songwriter, dancer, DJ, actor, hip hop enthusiast and blogger from the South Bronx. His love for music and entertaining started when he was 2 but he didn’t decide to take it seriously until he was 14. He is currently a student at Hostos Community College working towards his associates degree in Liberal Arts and after graduating, he will be working towards his dreams of becoming a professional entertainer.

 

Meet Zuhn Madison

13315390_148528735561931_1100984275664154256_nHe was the little kid that wanted to join the cypher and show off his lyrical skills. His love for music and passion for Hip Hop was reserved for him because he was determined and consistent to earn his spot.

Zuhn Madison, a Harlem based Rap Artist, the nephew of the Late Jam Master Jay (RUN DMC) and the founder of AMG started his career at age of 12 .At 14, Zuhn Madison released his first mixtape called “The Best Coming” ,at 16, released “Grindtime” and with the support of his fans it help gained positive notoriety and independent streets sales.

In 2016, Madison released a couple of singles called “AMG Wining”, “Menace to Society”, “No Apologies”,and “Lit Tonight”. In 2017, He dropped his single called “UP” and released his video for the song.

Zuhn Madison stated in his interview ” I want to collab with Artist all around the world”. Madison believe he is the voice of his generation,understand the struggles and want to teach other to fight to be heard.

To hear more of Zuhn Madison
Go to his soundcloud account (ZUHN MADISON)

 

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