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



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.

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: /Email
Bryan Wentz( Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania)

Special Thanks to Holistic Heights Ministries for donating to Hip Hop Education 4 Youth

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The Philosophy of an Emcee lost it element due to mainstream music but there are some who is willing to break this stereotype for their generation. Meet Mc. Candy (10 Years Old Emcee) Amya Roxxstar (13 Years Old Emcee, Model) and Dj Glo (10 Years old Emcee, Producer & Dj) who are killing the culture with there Lyrical Ambition and Creative word Pattern .While others are rapping about Cars, Money and Drugs ,the 3 Hip Hop Princess enlighten their audiences and fans on Self Productiveness, Straighten , Education and Self Motivation through their music. Not only the Emcee’s promote fashion like other artists however these young ladies are more focus on keeping it tasteful and age appropriate. 


Today’s Female Artist are told to be less Powerful, Dominate, limitation of their words as well creative ideas who is viewed as B’s and H*es. Many Female Emcees discuss how they walked away from million dollar contracts to become successful and independent. The Phenomenal Female Emcees like Rapsody, Sa Roc, Soul Flower, Narubi Selah, Rah Digga, Lauryn Hill, Bahamadia, Jean Grae , Missy Elliott and Heather B who rebelled against the forces to educate our young girls to be Powerful, have a voice and continue the cycle for the generation after them.

Dj Glo, the youngest member of Lords of the Underground and the daughter of Dj Lord Jazz who was brought up in this culture and groomed by Red Man, Doitall, Mr Funky and other Great Emcees traveled with the LOTUG and the back up Dj for the group. The Paris France Emcee is a Producer, Break Dancer, and a Dj who multi-task as she performs at her event. Amya Roxxstar who is a Model and Youth Ambassador who traveled to many cities and gain a large fan base who shared the stage with many famous Pop & Rap Artist. The New Jersey native enjoy giving back to her community and look for ways to help others. Mc Candy another New Jersey native had performed in many shows and created a young audience who mother is her “Hype-Girl” and share the stage with many famous Rap Artist in the New Jersey and New York Area. Candy and Amya Roxxstar share the stage with the legendary Malika Love who Dj their performances in New Jersey this pass March. These creative humbled Emcees put their Education first. The young ladies come up with their own concept, creativeness, but more important to created music for their young audience to enjoyed. 

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Thank to the Mother of Hip Hop Pebblee Poo the first Female Emcee and Zulu Queen Pepsi of the Zulu Nation. Thanks to the legendary Roxanne Shante, Mc Lyte, Us Girls (Sha Rock, Lisa Lee and Debbie Dee,) Lady B, Malika Love, Sequence, Salt-N-Pepa, Lin Que (Isis),Sister Souljah ,Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Finesse and Synquis, Sweet Tee, Oaktown 357, YoYo, Lady of Rage, and the Earlier Emcees who was demanded their place in Hip Hop and shared the stage with other Hip Hop Legends and Pioneers. 

If you want to see more of the Young Emcee’s Please go to their Facebook and Website. 

Mc Candy

Amya Roxxstar 
Dj Glo


Thank you to Slovo Magazine for the Article on Zulu Queen Michele

Thank you Slovo for Interviewing me for Hip Hop History Month.
Hip Hop Magazine SLOVO #23 with an interview of Zulu Queen Michele 


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